Teaching English in Thailand 101
With a TEFL certification and a four-year degree, native English speakers (& qualified non-native speakers) find jobs teaching English in Thailand primarily in May & November. 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, but some are completed in advance over the phone and via e-mail. English instructors in Thailand are typically responsible for airfare and housing expenses. Housing is typically very affordable and many English teachers in Thailand share accommodations with other English teachers. 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 the equivalent of $ 250–$ 400 USD per month. The Thai Baht is valued at about one-third of the US Dollar and the cost of living (and travel!) is low. 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.