Teaching English in Thailand
With a TEFL certification and a four-year degree, you can find jobs teaching English in Thailand year-round, as it is an enormous and fast growing market for teaching English abroad. Jobs teaching Engish in Thailand are found primarily in private language schools for both children and adults. Within recent years, however, the demand in Thailand's public school system for English language teachers with a TEFL certification has expanded considerably.
While most job interviews for teaching English in Thailand are conducted in person, some are completed in advance over the phone and via e-mail. English instructors in Thailand are typically responsible for airfare and housing expenses. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers. Contracts typically last 12 months with jobs available to teach business professionals as well as children.
A generous salary affords those teaching English in Thailand the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle, while saving 250–300 USD per month. The Thai Baht is valued at about one third of the US Dollar- foreigners have considerable purchasing power while in the country. English language schools in Thailand offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, allowing for plenty of time to travel and explore. A four-year bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certification are typically required to teach English in Thailand. Major cities for teaching English in Thailand include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya.
Staff Articles about Teaching English in Thailand:
Discover the City of Angels While Teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand
11 Slices of Paradise to Discover While Teaching English in Thailand
Teaching English in Thailand: Celebrating Songkran - The Thai New Year!
Feedback from our TEFL class alumni who are now teaching English in Thailand:
Q&As - Teaching English in Thailand:
Thailand Q& A with Mitch Amarando
Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand Q&A with Sarah Ballhaussen
Thailand Q&A with Stephan Stansfield
Tha Bo, Thailand Q&A with Emily Robinson
Chonburi, Thailand Q&A with Amelia Perri
Tha Bo, Thailand Q&A with Robert Sohigian
Alumni Articles - Teaching English Abroad:
Oh, The People You Will Meet - Stephan Stansfield
Teaching English Abroad: The Greatest Experience - Sarah Ballhaussen
You Are My Destiny, ESL Teacher of the World - Jirawadt Siri-Aree
Life Couldn’t Be Better. Or Could It? Deciding To Teach English Abroad - Cinthia Cazuela
Blogs - Teaching English in Thailand:
Sarah Ballhaussen: http://ramblingsandtravels.blogspot.com/
Bob Sohigian and Emily Robinson: www.once-upon-a-thai.blogspot.com
Cinthia Cazuela: www.flipfloptravellers.com & www.curiouscatonline.com
Video: Check out Stephan's experience teaching in Chiang Mai Thaiand
Requirements to Teach English in Thailand
- Education: BA/BS is required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification in our Pattaya Thailand TEFL Course any of our Worldwide TEFL locations or by taking the Online TEFL Class.
- Citizenship Requirements: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Austalia, New Zealand, South Africa, others with fluent speaking ability and 12 years education in a native English speaking country
- Typical hiring process: Face to face interview in Thailand for most schools, some schools will interview in advance over phone
- Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
- Types of students: Business professionals, children in public schools and private language schools
- Cost of living per month: 500–750 USD; 15–25,000 THB
- Average monthly pay: 750–1,000 USD; 25–35,000 THB
- Start-up cost: 750–1,100 USD
- Potential to save or break even: Save 150–250 USD/month
- Accommodation/housing benefits paid: No, recommendations provided
- Flight reimbursement: No
Interesting Facts About Life in Thailand
- Nearly 95% of Thai citizens practice Buddhism.
- The world’s largest reclining Buddha is located in Bangkok.
- Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been colonized, despite heavy European pressure.
- Thai cuisine is one of the most famous in the world, consisting of a blend of 5 fundamental tastes: sour, sweet, spicy, salty, and bitter.
- Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice.