Teach English in Thailand

One of the world's top tourist destinations, Thailand is a unique blend of ancient temples and urban living in a tropical haven. Thailand is the ideal choice for ESL teachers who want to gain teaching experience while enjoying a comfortable lifestyle with beaches and naturalistic adventures within reach.

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Jobs in Thailand

What to Know about Teaching English in Thailand

Employment Requirements


A minimum university bachelor degree is required to teach English in Thailand.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is required. A minimum of 120-hour TEFL certification is recommended.

Citizenship Requirements

Strong preference for citizens of USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. Many employers also hire nationals of other countries.

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

Mainly public schools, language schools, and corporate training

Teaching Hours

20-40 teaching hours and lesson preparation time


1 - 2 weeks vacation days plus public holidays

Contract Period

Most contracts are for 12 months

Income and Living Costs


$800 - $1600 per month

Living Costs

$800 - 1600 per month

Savings Potential

$200 - 500 per month

Startup Cost

$1000 - 2000


Usually not provided. Some employers provide a housing allowance.


Usually not provided

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply


Hiring Process

1-2 interviews by phone or online, followed by job offer and contract if successful


To teach English in Thailand legally, one must obtain a visa extension and work permit (arranged by the employer)

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