English Teaching Jobs in Thailand

An Introduction to Teaching English Jobs in Thailand

For information on Teaching English in Thailand Salaries

Low RequirementsDo I Need a Degree or Experience to Teach English in Thailand?

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.

Requirements for English Teaching Jobs in ThailandYou 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 the best time to get hired to teach English in Thailand?Hiring Year Round

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!

20-24 Hour Work-weekHow many hours do you work teaching English in Thailand?

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

Days Off of Work Teaching English in ThailandWorking in Thailand, you’ll have more than 4 weeks off for public holidays such as the King’s Birthday.

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.

Travel and Teach English in ThailandAdditionally, you’ll be free to travel during the Thai summer (March-April) & their semester break (October) should you desire.

Easy-going & Stress Free Work Environment

Relaxed Job Teaching English in ThailandIt’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 Jobs Teaching English in Thailand Are Stress Freeup 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

Work Permit & Visa for ThailandWhen 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

Types of Jobs Teaching English in ThailandBy 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

International Schools


High & Growing Demand for Private Tutors in Thailand

Jobs Tutoring English in ThailandThailand’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?  Map of ASEAN CountriesWell, 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.


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