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Below are some tips which may help you : 

1. Teaching Requirements

  • You are generally required to be a native English speaker although it is not always necessary. 
  • Having a university degree will help a lot but again, not entirely necessary unless you are looking to teach at the university level.  
  • A TEFL or TESOL certificate will be very useful. Ensure that the training provider is CELTA (Cambridge certified).
  • Schools prefer previous experience, but it's not essential.

 

2. Speaking Thai

You don’t need to be able to speak Thai. Actually they often prefer it if you don’t. The teaching method is usually referred to as “total immersion”, whereby the teacher is only allowed to speak English during the lessons. 

3. Finding Jobs

It has become increasingly harder to find teaching working in Thailand. Especially since certain regulations have been put into place by the Thai Ministry of Education. Teaching Licenses are becoming more frequently enforced by schools and institutions, which require Thai culture courses to be attended. However, this is generally not mandatory. I have met many people who teach English in Thailand who do not have any related qualifications apart from being able to speak English. When seeking employment you can apply for short-term positions if you want. Some will allow you to apply for six-month positions or less. The school year begins in May and ends in March and there are school breaks in October and April (including various public holidays/festivals). You can apply for work all year round although you may find it more productive to apply for jobs approximately one month before the beginning of term. 

There are various websites and organisations that may help you find work as a teacher in Thailand :

Websites…

  • Ajarn.com
  • gooverseas.com
  • thailandjobs77.com
  • bangkok.craigslist.co.th › jobs
  • esljobfeed.com

 

Organisations…

  • Teach English ESL
  • Greenheart Travel
  • International TEFL Academy
  • LanguageCorps
  • CIEE
  • GeoVisions
  • Teach Away
  • Global Nomadic
  • Cultural Embrace

 

4. Government or Private Schools

If you work for a government or private school you will be asked to for Monday-Friday and you will rarely

be asked to work evening, weekends and public holidays. The pay is usually less than what you would get at private institutes. If you work for government schools you may be the only native english speak which may make communication difficult. 

5. Salary 

Most teachers start at around 30,000 Thai Baht per month (660 eur approx). This is more than enough to live a comfortable lifestyle including most western amenities. It is approximately twice what the local teachers get paid so be humble or you may find yourself irritating the other teachers.  

6. Work permits

Although it may cost more, it may be better to find a job through an organisation as acquiring visas and work permits can be a little tricky. You will first need a Non—B-Immigrant visa which then allows you to apply for a work permit. Good luck with that. 

7. Understanding the culture

Of course, it is important to familiarise yourself with the culture. With certain aspect of the Thai culture being so different than western cultures, you may find yourself unknowingly or unintentionally offending people. You will probably be asked to join in on certain festivities. The Thai’s are generally characterised as care-free and fun-loving. The pace of life is slower and more relaxed. As such you will need to learn to go-with-the-flow and don’t expect everything to be on time. 

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