Thailand Paid Teaching
6 or 12 months from $2,615
- Spend a week getting to grips with real Thai living and culture with temple trips and language lessons
- Gain a university accredited TEFL qualification whilst living in Thailand and training in a school environment
- Study at our training centre in beautiful Hua Hin with a bunch of like-minded people
- Get expert assistance finding an amazing paid teaching job in a Thai school
- Make a real difference to the lives of Thai children as a school teacher and volunteer at a children’s camp
- Get to travel around the country and explore the best bits of Thailand in your downtime
Thailand is a country packed full of culture and history, outstanding natural beauty, and warm and smiling people. Its heady mix of cool and vibrant city centres, rustic rural villages, and unspoiled coastline make it a top destination for many travellers but, for some, a few weeks seeing the sights just isn’t enough. If you’re the sort of person that wants to become fully immersed in the lifestyle of a culturally diverse country, taking your time to explore rather than rushing through, and have dabbled with the idea of working to fund your travels, then this programme will give you the chance to completely immerse yourself in the Thai way of life, as well as earn you an accredited qualification, and acquire a whole host of life-enhancing skills and experiences.
Study on our intensive, accredited TEFL course and train with like-minded people gaining practical skills and experience before finding work on a paid teaching placement. You’ll have a week of fun and orientation, getting to know your peers before learning the techniques of teaching, planning, and management, which you’ll then put into practice as an English teacher living and working in a friendly Thai community.
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Introduction week & TEFL Course
Flying into Bangkok, you’ll be met by our local team at the airport and taken to your accommodation in the city centre. After getting to know your group at an orientation in Bangkok, you will travel down to Hua Hin as a group. During your first week you’ll learn about Thai society, history, politics, and geography, take Thai language classes to help you with the basics, try your hand at Thai cooking and more.
During your TEFL studies, you can expect to learn about lesson planning for different age groups and skill levels, be given classroom tips, and focus on brushing up your language and grammar knowledge. You’ll fine tune your skills as a teacher, learning how to get the best from and develop students’ proficiency in reading, speaking, and listening.
In the last week of your training, you’ll get some hands-on experience and get to practice your newfound skills by helping out at a not-for-profit English camp for disadvantaged children in the local area. You’ll then take an in-class exam to complete your training.
After You Qualify
After completing your TEFL qualification, you’ll receive assistance finding a suitable teaching placement. Once placed with a school, can expect to earn a salary of between 20,000-35,000 Thai baht per month. But you will also have plenty of support – our team and tutors are available for the duration of your time in Thailand, so whenever you need help or advice, or even just a chat, there’ll always be someone on the end of the phone to talk to.
A typical working week for a teacher in Thailand is Monday to Friday, spending around four to five hours teaching in class during an eight hour day. Of course this does depend on the school you’re placed with, and hours can vary from region to region.
***Download the trip notes for further details on the course and placements***
- Airport transfer on arrival (Included if you arrive within 4 days of start date)
- Transport from Bangkok to Hua Hin
- 120 hour university-accredited TEFL/TESOL course
- Accommodation during TEFL course
- Starter pack including assistance and information on opening a bank account and arranging accident insurance. Information and programme T-Shirt. Note fees associated with ATM cards and insurance are not included
- Local Thai SIM card (excludes Blackberry devices)
- Assistance finding accommodation
- Thai language lessons
- Course on cultural awareness in Thailand
- Muay Thai boxing class
- Local Buddhist temple meditation experience
- Opportunity to volunteer at a rescue centre for dogs
- Thai cooking experience and market visit
- BBQ on the beach
- Comprehensive job placement assistance
- Earn up to 1,200USD per month
- Full background check on school
- Contract negotiation
- Visa support
- Continual support throughout your stay
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Accommodation in Bangkok - this will be booked for you and you will need to pay on arrival. Approx £25 per night)
- Accommodation after training course - Typically approx. £115 per month
- Work permit - approx USD200
You will spend a minimum of one night and a maximum of four nights in Bangkok, depending on when you choose to arrive. Accommodation is included during your TEFL course but not for your first few days in Bangkok. As you can arrive at any time between 1-4 days before your start date, we will help organise your initial accommodation on arrival in Bangkok for you and you just pay the hotel directly upon check in (around £25 per night). Your time in Bangkok is mostly independent time to explore, but at 5pm on Sunday there will be a compulsory welcome meeting with our programme manager. Please note that your airport transfer to the hotel is included on arrival and during busy intakes you may be required to share a twin room with another person of the same sex.
During your training in Hua Hin, you will stay in accommodation close to the training centre. These are shared houses specifically for the use of trainee teachers, all have modern rooms with air-conditioning, Wifi, and shared facilities including a TV/lounge area. The accommodation is included in the cost of the course.
Your accommodation in both Bangkok and Hua Hin will be close to all local amenities, so you’ll have full access to a range of different cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars. Thai food is delicious, so take the opportunity to try out the local cuisine. We recommend you budget around 250THB/£6 per day for food.
You will need to arrange your flights to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Pickup from the airport is included if you arrive between 1-4 days before the start of the TEFL training programme. Once you arrive at the airport you will be met by a representative from the TEFL course and transferred to your hotel in Bangkok. The hotel reservation will be made for you before you go, but payment will need to be made locally when you arrive, at a cost of approximately £25 per night. Once you have arrived at the hotel, you will have some free time to chill out and relax, get over your jet lag, explore the city and get to know the other travellers in your teacher training group.
It is important that you arrive no later than the Sunday before your programme is due to start, as your welcome meeting and orientation will take place at 5pm on Sunday afternoon.
On the Monday that your programme starts you and your group will be transferred to Hua Hin by minibus, which is approximately 3 hours from Bangkok and then your TEFL adventure can begin!
The minimum age for the paid teaching programme is 20 and the upper age limit is 55. You must hold a degree in order to do this programme.
- Applicants should be native English speakers in order to qualify for a teaching role in Thailand. Non-native English speakers please contact us.
- You must have a degree by the time you travel to Thailand.
- You should be in good general physical and mental health and also have sufficient funds to pay for the programme fees and other associated costs, as well as enough money to cover the cost of personal living expenses.
- Applicants need to hold a valid passport from South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States of America. If you are a citizen of a country not listed, please contact us.
- Applicants should be mature, efficient and organised and prepared to commit to the rewarding and challenging TEFL training course and an ongoing teaching placement.
- You will need to have a return or onward flight out of Thailand booked before you travel out to Thailand to begin your TEFL training.
- Once accepted onto the program, you will also need to have a copy of degree legalised, notarised and 2nd step legalised. Please contact us for further information.
Stage 1: Reserve your place with a deposit of £199. You will then submit your CV and photo to us for approval.
Stage 2: You will be contacted by us to arrange a telephone interview to assess your suitability for the paid teaching programme.
Stage 3: Once your interview has taken place, your application will be sent to the programme coordinators in Thailand for approval and they will make the final decision about your participation in the paid teaching programme.
Stage 4: Once you are accepted onto the paid teaching programme you will pay off the balance of your trip. You’ll then receive advice about flights and visas, as well as step-by-step instructions and guidance with pre-departure information about Thailand and Thai culture, suggestions on what items to bring with you, how much spending money is recommended for the duration of the course and advice on accommodation options. You will also receive instructions about airport arrival and your transfer to Hua Hin.
You should apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you travel. Once you are in Thailand you will need to apply for another visa, which will allow you to work. The in-country team will help you arrange the relevant visa once you arrive.
An enhanced DBS check is required for this programme. If you do not hold a certificate dated within 12 months of your programme start date, please contact us as we can help you arrange the DBS check for an extra fee.
Please note: Some schools in Thailand may require you to also have an ICPC (International Child Protection Certificate) as well as a DBS. The ICPC is a more in-depth criminal background check. We will send you full information and details of how to apply for this (if required) in your pre-departure information.
What’s The Difference Between Tefl And Tesol?
There’s actually not a huge amount of difference between the two courses, and they last the same length of time, but TEFL is the better-known term used in the UK. The only slight difference is that TESOL perhaps focuses more on conversational English, whereas TEFL might be more focussed on grammar. You can choose to study either during this programme.
How Much Time Will I Get Off?
As with term time jobs at home, you’ll get all school holidays off, plus a further 22 individual holiday days spread throughout the year. Currently, Thailand has two main school holiday periods, in March/April and in October. Completing your TEFL training just before or during the school holidays will give you time to travel around the country to really get to know the fantastic quirks and customs of this special place. You could even enrol on another trip, like a volunteer programme, or spend some time in a Thai homestay before your teaching placement begins. Let us know if you’re interested in any excursions or other programmes when you book and we’ll talk through all the options available to you.
Do I Need To Have A Degree Before Taking On A Tefl Course?
Yes, the Thai government only grant working permits to applicants with degrees. You will need to bring your original degree certificate, as well as a notarised and legalised copy with you.
How Much Money Should I Bring With Me?
It’s a good idea to have a few months’ worth of living expenses in your account, in case you don’t find employment immediately after your training. We suggest a budget of: 15,000THB/£330 for two months’ food, 18,000THB/£400 for two months’ rent, 5,000THB/£115 for two months’ entertainment, 4,000THB/£90 for two months’ transport, and a spare 5,000THB/£115 for any miscellaneous costs. Do remember you’ll need more money if you’re planning to travel around Thailand or other countries before taking on paid work, or if your training falls just before the school holidays in March-April, and October.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.