Teaching English in Thailand 101
With a TEFL certification and a four-year degree, native English speakers (& qualified non-native speakers) find jobs to start teaching English primarily in May & November. Most jobs in Thailand will be found in public or private formal schools teaching to children or young adults. In larger cities such as Bangkok, it is possible to teach in private language institutes/schools teaching to children, young adults or adults/business professionals, and there are some positions also available in smaller Thai towns around the country.
While most job interviews for teaching English in Thailand are conducted in person, some are completed in advance over the phone or Skype. 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 5 to 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 $200–$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. Teachers planning to teach in Thailand are also required to obtain a clean background check. Major cities for teaching English in Thailand include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya.