Teach English in Thailand & Get Straight Paid Boooyy!
Intro to Salaries in Thailand
You Will NOT Become a Millionaire Teaching English in Thailand, But You WILL Have a Great Time! Bottom Line.
Understand that all figures are approximate. They are meant to reflect the typical job. Obviously, every situation is unique.
Salaries Paid by Agencies & Government School Salaries
If you go through an agency and work at a government school, you can expect to get paid about 30-35,000 baht in BASE* salary. This is typical for entry-level English teaching jobs.
90%+ of the people we’ve trained (even non-native speakers of English) started at 35,000 baht/month or more and then moved on to 40,000-45,000 in their next job (after 3-6 months, sometimes sooner). If you follow our advice in this blog, and you were properly trained, you can easily get the 40,000-45,000 baht per month jobs.
*BASE. Does not include side jobs, bonuses, tutoring, etc.
Private School Salaries (e.g. Assumption College, Sarasas, St. Johns, etc.)
If you start teaching English at a private school you can expect to make about 50,000 baht/month.
University & Technical School Salaries
They typically pay 30,000 baht/month. The pay might seem low, but it’s less hours, more enjoyable work, more prestigious, and gives you access to higher-paying outside opportunities (e.g. editing, tutoring, etc.).
A lot of these jobs never get published & are filled via word of mouth. As such, it’s rare for you to land in Thailand and immediately acquire one of these positions. However, get out and network, and you can grab one of these sought after posts!
However, there’s the potential to get one off the bat if you have the fortitude and tenacity to do some research on universities, make contact with someone at the University, or just drop-in to talk with the appropriate staff at the Uni.
Just about every University has an English language program with a handful of people like you teaching.
Corporate Salaries (e.g. Inlingua, AUA, Wall Street Institute)
Here you can expect to make about 50,000 baht/month with many opportunities to earn money on the side.
International School Salaries (e.g. KIS & NIST International Schools)
This is a big subject unto itself and will be saved for another article on another day.
In short, if you’re looking to teach English in Thailand, you’re probably not qualified to teach at International Schools.
However, it’s not unusual for English teachers in Thailand to maneuver into positions as English teachers at International Schools. Usually they are the less desirable IS’s with the less desirable salaries, but for someone with just a TEFL, it’s the Holy Grail. Salaries here are 55,000+ baht/month and can go up to 150,000 baht/month for properly qualified subject-matter teachers.
Taxes & Benefits
Taxes are quite low in Thailand. Expect about 5% of your salary to go to taxes.
Benefits do vary, but most legitimate companies provide dental & medical (or will offer you the option to purchase it at a ridiculously cheap rate).
In our experience, they will deduct 750 baht/month from your salary, which pays for 1/2 of it. The company then pays the other half. Most people aren’t even aware of these benefits. Definitely inquire.
The medical and dental care I got for 750 baht/month was top-notch!!! I even got to pick my hospital, private hospitals included. (Guaranteed to get 1 out of the 3 you write down). I know people from the UK who needed major and serious surgery done. Instead of going back to England (where it’s covered for free), they were more than happy to use their insurance to go to a Thai hospital where the care is quality enough.
Copies & Folder. Make copies of all your relevant documents and bring them in a folder. Some HR people even assume that you will provide them with a copy of your resume at the interview.
Confirmation. Call the evening before the interview if it’s in the a.m. or call the morning of the interview day if it’s in the afternoon to confirm. (This makes you look organized and professional.)
Show-up 5-10 minutes early. Showing up too early sends a bad message. It puts undue pressure on the Hiring Manager to accommodate you and it actually shows that you’re not a good manager of your time.
We also like to go the day before to look around and get a feel for it all. Like a trial run. It makes the actual process run much smoother and stress free
Interviewing is like anything else, you get better at it with experience. If you haven’t interviewed in awhile, we suggest finding a friend to run you through a Mock Interview using something such as http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm.
The fact is, you just don’t know what the interviewer is going to ask. Assume they are going to ask the questions you least want them to ask and have answers ready. HR types look through 100s and 1000s of resumes, and can sort through the BS at a glance.
What to Wear?
It partially depends on the job. If it’s a management job or one of the better teaching English jobs, go with a suit, tie, and dress shoes. If it’s a job with an agency, a suit and tie sans jacket is more appropriate.
Keep in mind that teachers in Thailand are expected to wear a dress shirt, tie, slacks, and dress shoes to work. You might notice that the Thai teachers are not similarly dressed. Well, they’re also making 25% of what you’re making. So deal with it.
What to Do?
Smile (After all, this is the Land of Smiles. And don’t think a smile to the Thai staff will go unnoticed/unappreciated.)
Be polite and courteous while you wait.
Expect to shake hands with the interviewer. Not too hard and not too limp. There are many psychological studies that have shown that jobs are won or lost on this interaction alone. Occasionally, the interviewer will be a Thai, but as it’s likely to be a Thai accustomed to Western culture, he’ll expect to shake your hand. On the other hand, if he ‘wais’ you, then reply accordingly. Above all else, don’t force a Thai to shake your hand if they don’t want to.
Eye Contact. While shaking hands, make eye contact. Maintain eye contact throughout the duration of the interview.
Hands. Keep them comfortably in your lap. Don’t put them over your face. Don’t put them in your pocket.
Speaking. Speak clearly and confidently
Be comfortable. You’ve read this blog and followed our advice. You’re ready for this interview, and you’re going to get this job!
What to Say?
Realize that the interviewer has spent countless hours reading through emails, cover letters, and resumes. They’ve spent countless more replying to job seekers and scheduling interviews. And now they are spending even more time doing interviews?
What’s the point? Their time is limited and very valuable. They know what they’re looking for and what questions to ask in order to get a feel for you. So, let them lead the interview. Don’t take over the interview. Don’t go on 5-minute diatribes, story-telling, etc. to answer a simple question. More talking does not equate to a better answer. Sometimes more is less as they say. With every word you add, you have as much chance of doing harm to your candidacy as improving it.
Remember, it’s a dialogue, a conversation. It goes both ways. Engage in a conversation as you would normally, with a slightly greater amount of deference for the interviewer. But don’t over do it.
You should have scanned copies of the following documents prepared as most employers will ask for them:
First page of your passport
Any degree(s) you have
Your TEFL certification
Any other awards, certifications, training, etc. which might help.
#5 is less important. I don’t think I’ve ever been asked for my transcripts. In addition to the scans, I suggest bringing the originals. I have never been asked for my original degrees and certifications, but I know that it does occasionally happen.
Most people take the “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks approach”. Personally, I don’t recommend it, but the choice is yours. It seems like a lot of extra, and unnecessary work. Are you really going to write a specific email and cover letter for each job you apply to?
You want your email and/or cover letter to look like it was written SPECIFICALLY for the job you’re applying to.
An email and co and you’ll end up writing ‘canned’ emails and cover letters.
If you’ve applied to College/University, I’m sure you recall the following strategy
Following Up – Persistence
There is no hard and fast rule as to what is appropriate. However, doing it is a must.
As I mentioned in another article, I’ve followed up on an International University job that had been posted for only 2 hours that was filled by the time I called. That’s not the norm.
What I do is;
Call to see if the job is still available.
While doing this I try to find out some more information such as the Hiring Manager’s name. (*Be careful to not ask too many questions, especially questions that aren’t pertinent at the moment. It’s common for applicants to ask questions that will only matter IF I make them a job offer. Never mind that I haven’t even offered them an interview yet.)
I will do research on that person (Facebook). (*Yes, there is a 100% certainty that the potential employers will do the same to you. So it might be time to do a little housecleaning or to fiddle with permission controls.)
Next, I send my email out, making sure to include something I’ve gleaned from their Facebook page to form a connection with them. (*Make sure it doesn’t seem like you’ve stalked their Facebook :D)
Finally, I follow-up later in the day or the following morning to confirm my application was received. This shows that I’m organized, detailed-oriented, and that I don’t work off of assumptions. You can do this and it won’t feel like you’re pestering the employer. At this point, I will briefly inquire into the application timeline if it wasn’t mentioned in the job listing. For example, when is the start date, when will interviews take place, etc.
There’s a fine line between being persistent, and being annoying. If I tell you I’ll call you on the 7th, don’t call me on the 6th to follow up. Either call me late on the 7th or early on the 8th.
The Low-down on Finding a Job Teaching English in Thailand
Applying From Abroad vs. Being in Thailand
Newbie. If you aren’t here, in Thailand, it’s highly unlikely you’ll get a job offer. It happens, but don’t expect to get hired until you’re here.
But why? It’s easier and faster to hire someone ALREADY here. And that ALWAYS wins in this game, especially in Thailand (EVEN IF THEY ARE LESS QUALIFIED). Why bother with someone in South Africa when you can find someone already in Thailand NOW!?
Why deal with all the extra paperwork when you can avoid it by hiring someone who is here? Why bother at all when you have ZERO guarantee that the prospective teacher will come? “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” A warm body today is better than the perfect teacher who might never come.
Veteran Teacher. If you’ve taught English in Korea, Spain, etc., it SLIGHTLY increases the likelihood that you can get a job without being in Thailand. Why? Well, you have experience, so an employer MIGHT (unlikely) think you’re worth the risk. Your experience shows that you’re a DOER and not just someone dreaming of teaching abroad. This means you’re more likely to follow through on coming.
However, since it’s easier and faster to hire someone in Thailand, especially given that job openings happen at the spur of the moment, you will likely be passed over for less desirable candidates who are already in Thailand.
Advice for Applying from Abroad
Start the application process before you come. Maybe 2 weeks beforehand. Make connections with employers. Schedule interviews. But intend to be here to go to interviews. Also, if you’re applying from abroad, you will be taken more SERIOUSLY, if you provide them with a copy of your flight itinerary.
Word of Mouth Jobs Teaching English in Thailand
Another reason to be here is that many jobs, especially the BEST jobs, never make it into the job market. Instead, an employer tells their employeesabout a vacancy. Those employees then turn around and tell their friends. This process taps deeply into human psychology and sociology. When you get ‘referred’ you automatically pass the ‘sniff-test’. Your friend’s referral ‘vouches’ for you, and employers figure, “If I like this guy, and he’s putting his name on the line, then I’m probably going to like the guy he referred.” This process is a lot faster and easier. Have I mentioned that they like to do things fast and easy here?!
Solution. Get out and get to know people. Personally, I don’t recommend going out and ‘targeting’ people, but get out there, develop relationships, and it will come naturally.
P.S. Word of mouth is not necessarily recommended for your first job. We recommend going with an agency. As you’re doing that job, you’ll develop relationships, which will lead to word of mouth opportunities. Also, people are not likely to share good word of mouth opportunities with people who just arrived. You gotta earn your stripes first!
Websites for Teaching English Jobs in Thailand
Super cool Facebook Group. Seriously f’ing cool. Especially for a newbie to Thailand!! You MUST join it! This particular one is for Bangkok (BKK), but you can find it for other locations. If you have any questions about Thailand, especially Bangkok, there will be someone there to answer it for you. The collective knowledge of this FB Group is unsurpassed. Guys like me had to work hard for 5+ years to get this knowledge and now you can access it, plus 1000’s of other people’s, by simply posting on the group.
Caveat. There are some know-it-alls, bitter expats, etc., and sometimes it turns into a pissing contest. Do your best to keep people focused on the topic, and they will.
This is my personal favorite for finding teaching jobs. They seem to have all the jobs the others have + some really interesting jobs not posted elsewhere. I also like that it’s a FREE SERVICE. This means they don’t try to push you to a particular employer who paid for advertising (e.g. Ajarn.com).
I used to love it, but now it’s a strictly for PROFIT site. This means they promote the companies who give them the most money, not because they believe in the company. Also, their blog is full of misinformation. It seems like their writers want to discourage people from teaching English in Thailand by making it sound difficult. That makes sense, because encouraging people to come means more competition for jobs. Lame! However, there are a lot of jobs on the website.
This is for jobs in general, but it has teaching jobs as well. It certainly has a greater variety and more interesting jobs than the 2 above.
Good old craigslist. It doesn’t have quite the same following in Thailand like it does in the US. That means 2 things. 1., not as many jobs get posted. 2., American employers do post on there because of their familiarity with it. 3., Because it doesn’t have quite the international following, there is the potential that there is less competition there.
A newer site. I’m not particularly sold on it. I don’t like how they don’t post the job listing date. Am I applying to a posting from 1 week ago, 1 month ago, 1 year ago, or what? That fact makes me a little sketchy. Also, it looks like they are simply re-posting ads from the other websites. If you have nobody to drink beer with, then check it out, because some of the ads did look interesting.
Cold-Calling | Walking-In
In Thailand, there is NOT a normal HR hiring process like I’m used to in the United States. The first acceptable candidate to walk through the door gets the job. I learned this after 2 weeks of job hunting. I saw a job posting online. It had JUST gone live. I admittedly sent my resume. I waited two hours. I called to follow-up to see if they received my resume. Job filled. And this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill job. This was a management position at an International University! To say I was confused is an understatement. As I’ve lived in Thailand, I’ve come to understand the rule of the “first acceptable candidate to walk through the door gets the job”. It’s not always the case, but I work under that assumption. When I assist people who are struggling to find work, I tell them this rule. Inevitably, they immediately get a job.
Cold-Calling. Now, I personally don’t cold call schools about jobs, but it does WORK! Dozens of people I’ve trained have taken my advice on persistence and initiative and gotten a dream job! It blows my mind when I see them get International School & University jobs when they JUST completed their TEFL training. However, THEY put themselves in the right place at the right time. INITIATIVE! And sometimes that’s all there is to it. Do you have the guts?!!
Unless you were given a direct line to the hiring staff, then you have no idea who is on the other line. Assume that what you’re doing is unexpected and that they won’t necessarily know how to process the request. Make sure the person who answers the phone gets you to the right person who would know about these things. You might say, “I’m calling to talk to the person who hires teachers.” Obviously, the more you know about that person (name???), the better.
Walking-In. Likewise, the staff won’t be used to this, so they might not know how to react. The point is, tread lightly and be polite, not pushy. However, be firm in what you’re trying to accomplish; get in touch with whoever is responsible for making hiring decisions. Perhaps, “I’m here to talk with the person responsible for hiring. Is that person available?” They’ll probably say “No.”, so be prepared to leave a phone number with a note (business card???) or a resume. Most people leave a resume. If I were to do a walk-in, I’d be inclined to leave a business card or my name, phone number, and a reason for them to contact me.
Hey, you might get lucky and walk-in the same day that someone quits. (That’s more common than you think.)
Teaching Career Progress in Thailand – A Plan for You!
Start With an Agency. Plan to start with an agency making 35,000 baht/month. If you’re able to do better, great! If not, no worries!
Second Semester. By this time, you’ve got a feel for Thailand and you’ve made connections. You should be gearing up to move on to a job in the 40,000-45,000 baht/month range, if not more. Plus, you should have developed tutoring gigs on the side to add another 5,000-15,000 baht/month.
Sitting Pretty. Honestly, most people never make it to #2 because they don’t have someone guiding them like this blog. So if you make it to #2, you’re sitting pretty!
Ambitious Sort. The next step would be a International School, Private School, Corporate gig or University. If this is your goal, and you follow this blog’s advice, you’ll get there. For sure. Because most people don’t even know that it’s a goal, never mind that they don’t know how to get there.
Your Dream Job Location
It helps if you have a general idea of WHERE you want to teach in Thailand. If you don’t, don’t worry. You should be able to find a job in the location you want. There’s plenty of availability of jobs all over, so you’ll get to go where you want to teach. 50% of people want to teach in the big cities (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya) and 50% want to teach in the smaller city. In the end, everyone gets to go to the place that’s right for them.
Resume Writing for Teaching English Jobs in Thailand
By now, you know the basics to writing a resume and/or CV.
We won’t get bogged down about the difference between a resume and CV, especially since HR personnel are familiar and comfortable with both. As an American, I’m more familiar with resumes. As such, I’m approaching this as resume writing.
However, most of these tips are general principles that apply to all writing, copywriting, MARKETING, etc. Yes, I said MARKETING. Your resume/CV and your cover letter are your chances to MARKET yourself! Heck, the Subject Line of your email is a chance to MARKET. Why stop there, so is your email address**!
Tips from a Director of Human Resources at The Princeton Review
Include a Photo
This is NOT OPTIONAL!
This is one of the common differences between a Resume and a CV, and it is the one that matters.
Companies are going to expect that you put a RECENT photo somewhere in your application. Either on your resume itself or attached in your email. That won’t be shocking to some of you, but will be to some, such as Americans.
If you DON’T put a photo in your application, do NOT expect to hear back. It’s just that simple.
Be Concise, Be Specific
Your Resume is Prime Real Estate. Assume your real estate is limited to one page. This helps guide your decisions. Yes, CV’s are usually more extensive, 2-4 pages, but assume you’re either going to win or lose on PAGE ONE!
Write Normally and Naturally. Don’t bloviate & be Mr. Intemperate. What you say? Exactly! Don’t use Word’s synonym function wily-nily and don’t try to make things sound grander than they are. Oftentimes, the person reviewing your application won’t be a native speaker, so there’s no need to try to impress with your over-eloquence. Not that us native speakers care either.
Use Specific Examples. (Show, Not Tell. Achievements Over Duties.)
Under my leadership, sales increased by 33%, profit margin increased 21%, etc. etc. VS. I was responsible for improving sales and increasing profit margin while at my job.
I independently planned and organized field trips. Trip frequency increased from 4 times a year to 12 times a year. Participation increased from 12% to 28%. VS. I was responsible for planning successful field trips that people liked.
I was solely in charge of planning and managing field trips for 250 church-members. VS. I am a very responsible person who is able to work alone.
Working with 3 other Associates we planned and implemented blah blah blah. VS. I am a team player who works well with others.
Skills, Experiences, Accomplishments to Highlight
Whether you’ve been a teacher before or not, you might not realize which SPECIFIC skills, experiences, accomplishments are most relevant.
What skills, experience, characteristics, etc. are us recruiters looking for? In no particular order:
Fun, Energy & Enthusiasm. If you seem overly-officious and serious (especially in your photo) you risk your resume NEVER being read. Thailand is the Land of Smiles, so smile! Let your resume “smile” with enthusiasm and genuine joy. HIGHLIGHT fun things you’ve done and been responsible for.
Teaching/Tutoring/Mentoring/Training/Coaching Experience. Duh! You don’t have to have ever taught English. Heck you don’t even have to have ever taught, but if you have, HIGHLIGHT it! If you’ve done anything that reasonably resembles “teaching”, whether it’s kids or adults, HIGHLIGHT it.
Leadership Experience. Teaching is about leading as much as anything else. YOU will be solely in charge of groups of people. It will be YOUR responsibility to effectively lead and manage YOUR classrooms. If you were a Scout Leader, let them know. If you were ever in charge of a GROUP of people (kids, adults, church-members, stamp collectors, etc.), HIGHLIGHT it!
Planning & Organizational Skills. Do you seem scattered-brain or clear and focused? Can you point to specific things you’ve planned and organized? If you ever planned a family reunion, let them know. Heck, if you’ve planned and rebuilt a car, planned a catering event, etc., let us know!!! Planning and organizing are two VERY critical skills for teachers. If you think you can just ‘show up and wing it’, you have a nice surprise in store for you 🙂
Responsible. For the most part, you will be running the show. You will be working independently. Recruiters/employers want to trust that they can hire you and you will take ownership and responsibility for the job. They don’t want people they have to constantly “stay on top of”. They don’t want to be your mother! There are a lot of flakes in this world, and a lot of them end up teaching English in Thailand. Don’t look flaky!!!! Recruiters have a very sensitive antenna for finding flakes. Although they still hire flakes (they don’t have a choice sometimes), they give them the less desirable positions; jobs where a warm-body is sufficient.
Communication Skills. Can I understand what you’re saying?
Working Independently & Without Supervision. One of the coolest things about teaching English in Thailand is that oftentimes looking over your shoulder, telling you what to do, etc. On the other hand, that means the responsibility to guide, motivate, set and meet deadlines is YOURS! You will be running the show!
Age Group Experience. If you’re applying for a job teaching adults, businessmen, children, etc., highlight any experience you have with the SPECIFIC age-group.
Creativity. You don’t have to be creative to be a teacher, but we’ve seen some amazing things by people who were creative. Being musical or artistic is a BIG PLUS!
Working With Diverse Cultures. You’ll have to be a bit careful with this. If your idea of diversity is that you’re a white guy and have black & Asian friends from your childhood neighborhood, I won’t be impressed. That’s superficial diversity. You’re more similar to each other than a Thai person who grew up in the US is to a Thai person who grew up in Thailand. We want real diversity; working with recent immigrants, working with underprivileged families, working with gang members, etc. Diversity is working with people who grew up under very different circumstances and in a different culture, not the color of one’s skin.
Length (What Job Experience to Include)
Were not looking for a laundry list. We don’t want to know EVERYTHING you’ve ever done.
I want to know what you’ve done that is DIRECTLY RELEVANT to THIS job.
Think, “What is the recruiter likely to care about?” Your experience mowing lawns in high school? Probably not. (Unless it somehow tells a story about how the experience will make you a better teacher.)
Do I really need to hear about all your jobs from 10+ years ago? Well, if it’s somehow DIRECTLY relevant to the current job you’re applying for, then yes. BUT, only if the skills, experience, etc. are somehow NOT evidenced in more recent jobs.
Usually, it’s just your most recent jobs; last 5 years or so.
Include Hobbies, Extracurricular Activities, & Volunteer Work
Try and make it relevant to #3. I’ve seen resumes full of “I volunteer at a soup kitchen. I volunteer to do beach clean-up. I volunteer to give blankets to the homeless.” We get it. You’re a charitable sort, but I want to know how that ties into what we talked about in #3.
Hobbies & Extracurricular Activities will tie into the “FUN” we talked about before. Also, it opens up possibilities of things you can do for the employer and/or school. I ended up being the coach of a high school team because I listed “basketball” as a hobby. Who would’ve thought?!?!
Fonts, Spacing & Formatting
Keep your fonts simple. Don’t get overly fancy with them. No cursive scripts. Use standard fonts, for the most part. We personally use Verdana, Arial, Helvetica & Tahoma. Times New Roman, Calibri, Myriad Pro, Georgia, Courier & Tahoma are also popular, standard and familiar fonts. Don’t fret about it. Pick 1 font for your body text & 1 for your headings and roll with it!
Maximum of 3 fonts. Headings, Subheadings, and Body.
Instead of over-using fonts, use italics, bold, & underline to differentiate parts of your Resume. Don’t over do this.
Font Size. Every font is different, but as a rule, 10 point font is the ABSOLUTE minimum for body text. We recommend 12 point font for the body and 14 point for headings.
Spacing should be single to 1.5. Don’t try to jam things in by cutting out spacing between lines.
Have a few friends look at it. Ask them for their ‘first glance’ impression; “What did you think when you first saw it?”
An example, a specific example, is BEST!
I was responsible for selling blah blah blah
planning and organizing events for our church
Planning & Organizing. I pl
Try to avoid short stint jobs unless that’s how they were meant to be.
**Yes, you can and probably will be judged by your email address and the Sent From name in your email. I have an email address that has the word ‘dude’ in it. Do you think I use that one to apply for jobs? No. I simply use myname@…com. To see what your Sent From says, send an email to another of your email addresses (or make a new one). Some of you will be surprised what you see. Would you hire THAT guy?!
Maximum. Unlike my home country, America, it is legal to discriminate based on age. In fact, they force Thai teachers in Thailand to retire at around 60 years old. Now, with that said, we’ve NEVER seen a foreigner NOT find a job teaching English in Thailand due to their age.
For those who are 60+, more important than your age is your ENERGY level and your willingness to not feel self-entitled by your age.
In most circumstances, employers would prefer a young, goofy, smiling, energetic teacher who is a bit irresponsible than a 100% responsible curmudgeon. Don’t be the crusty curmudgeon!
Is your country on this globe? ————————————->
Then you are eligible to teach English in Thailand. Okay, we are exaggerating and oversimplifying things a bit.
There’s the ‘law’ and then there is reality. The reality is that we’ve trained and worked with English teachers from Somalia, France, Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia, Russia, and everywhere in between.
If you are a non-native speaker and/or not a passport holder of the countries down below, you can still find work teaching English in Thailand. (We assume that you are nearly fluent and can freely communicate in English with native speakers.)
For these individuals it can talk a little bit more work. We recommend that you make connections with your fellow countrymen or other non-native speakers. They are the ones with the access to employers who are willing to and able to work with the fact that you don’t come from one of the countries below.
Passport holders of the following countries are automatically eligible to teach English in Thailand.
No Experience Needed
What experience do I need to teach English in Thailand?
Life Experience. The only experience you need is life experience & a passion for life. For all intents & purposes, everyone begins teaching English abroad without previous teaching experience. That’s just reality.
Teaching Experience. If you have experience teaching, that’s
great. If not, no problem. To be honest, a lot of the best English teachers in Thailand are the ones with no experience. Why? That’s a complicated topic, but there are two main reasons:
They don’t have the bad habits that some experienced teachers have developed.
Since they don’t have preconceived notions about teaching, they are more open to the theories and practices of teaching English in Thailand, which differ from the lecture style of teaching you grew up with.
The fact is, the methods and skills used in teaching English in Thailand are different from what your high school math teacher used. They’re better!
Gain Experience. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done up until this point in life, what matters is where you want to go, what you want to do, and who you want to be. You can’t place a value on the experience you’ll gain and the experiences you’ll have teaching English in Thailand.
No Degree Required
Do I need a degree or diploma to teach English in Thailand?
NO! Seriously, you don’t. It’s actually NOT a legal requirement. However, many people will tell you it is (including employers who tell people this instead of telling them the real reason they didn’t hire them; that they are bad teachers). Even if it was a ‘legal requirement’, employers would have no problem getting around this. In Thailand, where there is a will, there’s a way to get around visa requirements.
Can having a degree benefit you? Of course it can (some employer’s give bonuses for this), but not having it will not hold you back. Interestingly, some of the best paying jobs go to those with backgrounds in math, science, arts, business, etc., who possess only a TEFL certification & without a degree.
Thai Language, Do I Need to Speak it?
NO! In fact, it’s better if you don’t.
They already have someone teaching them English in Thai.
They hired you because you can speak English.
It’s bad methodology to teach English using their native language.
Teaching Languages Via Translation is Bad!
Think back to when you learned English or whatever your first language is. Did someone translate it for you? No! You learned your first language the right way, without translation.
If you ever wondered why you struggled to learn a foreign language in high school, well, the grammar-translation method is one of the biggest reasons why! So don’t be hard on yourself. It wasn’t that you were a bad student, you were just taught with poor methodology.
Why Should I Learn Some Thai?
Don’t get us wrong, we HIGHLY recommend that you learn some of the local language.
It will allow you to better empathize with your students.
It’s fun…and easy! Seriously. If you know a verb in one tense, you know it in all tenses!
It’s helpful for day to day tasks (e.g. ordering food, shopping, etc.)
It’s a way of showing respect to the local culture and the people will LOVE you for it.
Do I need perfect English and grammar to teach English in Thailand?
Nobody teaching English in Thailand is an expert at grammar. Nobody! (Okay, maybe 3 people.)
How did you learn English? Remember how you learned English? Did you learn it by studying grammar and reading grammar books? NO! So why should we teach English that way. When you get TEFL certified, you’ll be trained to teach English the natural way, effortlessly.
Who teaches grammar? This is left up to their regular English teacher. For example, in Thailand a native Thai speaker will teach them grammar. This is their area of expertise.
Non-Natives. We’ve trained & placed non-native English speakers from almost every country to teach English in Thailand. They actually get some of the best English teaching jobs in Thailand. Why? Their experience perfecting a foreign/second language gives them powerful insights into the process of learning a foreign language. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a non-native to be a great English teacher!
What do I Need to Teach English in Thailand?
You need to have the desire to get out and come teach English in Thailand. You clearly have that.
You need to register for a TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA (any of the 3 will do) certification course & get certified to teach English in Thailand. ASK US.
Book your flight & start your job teaching English in Thailand! We can help you find a job.
P.S. We recommend some traveling in Thailand before starting your job. 😀
If you can read this, you can teach English in Thailand.
1. Desire to teach English in Thailand
Since you’re reading this, we can assume the desire is there.
If you need more info on whether or not teaching English in Thailand is right for you, please read:
Why Teach English in Thailand?
2. Getting Certified to Teach English in Thailand
If you heard of someone who taught English in Thailand without a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA, it’s true. It can happen.
People have taught English in Thailand without a certificate, but they are few and far between…and there are fewer and fewer everyday.
Heck, you can do surgery without being a doctor, but just because you can do it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
You SHOULD get certified. To find out why you should get certified to teach English in Thailand, click here…
To find out about certification courses to teach English in Thailand, click here
Go! Travel to Teach English in Thailand
One-way Ticket! A one-way ticket to Thailand will suffice. Email us and we’ll put you in touch with the travel agent we use specifically for traveling to and from Thailand. If not, we recommend services like Kayak.com & SkyScanner.net to find the cheapest tickets to Thailand.
Get a Job! Finding a job teaching English in Thailand is EASY. We can help.
Get Paid! Jobs in Thailand allow you to live comfortably middle class.
Although, it’s not impossible to find work teaching English in Thailand from your home country, it’s HIGHLY unlikely. To find out why it’s unlikely and what you need to do to find a job teaching English in Thailand, click here.