An Introduction to Teaching English Jobs in Thailand
For information on Teaching English in Thailand Salaries
If you’re over 18 and have a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate, there’s a job teaching English in Thailand for YOU!
No experience. No degree/diploma. No problem.
Even non-natives, especially Filipinos, can easily find work as English teachers in Thailand.
You will hear a lot of varying information about ‘requirements’. However, we’ve worked for and closely with the big teacher agencies, and they 100% say it is NOT the law in Thailand that you need a degree and to be a native speaker.
For more information on Requirements & Qualifications for Teaching English in Thailand
When is a good time to find English teaching jobs in Thailand? ANYTIME! Jobs are ALWAYS available.
With that said, we recommend coming in April-May, October or January, because there is slightly more availability of jobs in Thailand during these times. However, if you can’t come during this time, don’t worry. Anytime is a great time to find a job teaching English in Thailand. We guarantee you find a job!
By law (for the most part), teaching English jobs in Thailand cannot be more than 24 hours per week. You can work more if you like, but for teaching English jobs in Thailand, that’s considered a full work week.
Days off Work
Also, most schools commit about 20% of the school calendar to fun activities like science day, sports day, scouts day, etc. It will be up to you, but many teachers take these days as holidays. Word of advice, don’t expect you school to inform you ahead of time about these holidays, so be vigilant.
Easy-going & Stress Free Work Environment
It’s a great place to “cut your teeth” in teaching. Thais have reasonable expectations for teachers and are NOT expecting perfection. They are grateful and satisfied if they receive a sincere effort and a smile from you. If you make mistakes, don’t worry, the Thais aren’t stressed about it, so don’t be stressed. “Mai pen rai” as they say. Which means “Don’t worry.” In contrast, South Korean employers are VERY demanding.
Thais are VERY easy going. They have a saying that sums up their society, “If it’s not fun, it shouldn’t be done.” “Work” is no different in Thai culture. They don’t separate the concepts of work and play, and so “work” should be fun. They look at school and learning the same way. That’s why at least 20% of the school calendar is spent on fun activities outside of the classroom like Music Festivals, Sports Week & Scout Camps.
Free Work Visa & Permit in Thailand
When you get a job teaching English in Thailand, your company will obtain a work visa & permit for you. Even if you don’t have a degree or are a non-native English speaker, your company can usually sort it out. It’s all about who you know in Thailand and you can be sure that the better companies know the right people. Then again, slipping some low-level worker at immigration 5,000 baht to process a work visa for someone who doesn’t meet all of the ‘requirements’ probably doesn’t hurt either.
Types of Jobs
Agencies & Government Schools
By far the most numerous jobs in Thailand are working in government schools. If it’s your first time teaching English abroad, then this is likely the route you’ll go for your first job. Most government schools find it easier to outsource their teacher recruiting efforts to agencies, so you’re likely to go through these agencies.
For more information English Teacher Job Agencies in Thailand (We recommend this route for your 1st job0
Direct Hire By Schools, Private & Government
High & Growing Demand for Private Tutors in Thailand
Thailand’s economy, much like most of Asia, is BOOMING and money is flooding into the country. The more money that comes in, the wealthier Thai people become. Along with this international money comes a desire to work with people who speak English. This means that any Thai who wants to stay or get ahead in the job market has to shell out some dough for private English tutors in Thailand.
UPDATE: This is even more important with the impending ASEAN unification of markets in South East Asian. We will keep it simple, but it’s essentially like the European Union in that citizens of member-states can more or less move about freely for work and travel. For middle-class and lower class Thais, this is a bit of bad news. Why? Well, this means that Filipinos will be flooding the job market in Thailand. Filipinos speak better English, presumably work harder, and their culture is closer to that of Western cultures than is Thailand’s. Oh, and their currency is worth only 3/4 of the Thai Baht, so they are able to send a lot of $$$ back home. The bottom line is that Filipinos can do as good, if not a better job, at a similar or reduced rate.
Now is a GREAT time to get a job teaching English in Thailand.