Should I teach English in Thailand? The answer is yes! Here’s my top tips and advice for teaching English abroad in Thailand.
Teaching English in Thailand
There’s something in the air in Thailand. I’d call it pure magic. When you’re here you feel fulfilled, happy, blessed, content and that all is right with the world.
Thailand is awesome for:
Super friendly generous locals
Buddhism (95% of Thais are buddhist)
Massages / Islands / Temples / Tuk Tuks / Buckets of questionable liquids
Healthy delicious cheap food…..ohmyword the food, food!
Are you a new teacher? Thailand is for you!
Thailand is a fantastic foot in the door for new teachers. There are ample opportunities to go and do your TEFL course then jump straight into a guaranteed job / internship afterwards. My favourite guys are MyTEFL who are offering 35% off their 120 hour course for all Teacake readers! It’s essential in today’s ESL market so go get one!
Get your TEFL certificate
No degree? No problem!
If you do not have a degree, Thailand is a great place to start your teaching career and gain some excellent teaching experience.
No TEFL and little experience? Do an internship!
If you want to get a TEFL certificate and teaching experience at the same time, why not excel in your English teaching and take part in an internship in Thailand?
Doing an internship (MyTEFL offer a 6 month paid-salary internship in Thailand) will give you everything you need to get your dream job straight away!
MyTEFL 6-month Thailand Teaching Internship
Get paid to teach and travel in Thailand with MyTEFL!
You will first complete your 120 hour online TEFL certification; then you will head out to Thailand in Chiang Mai or Hua Hin to complete a one week Thailand Orientation Course.
Once you complete the orientation course, you will be placed into a fully-paid teaching position
Where I taught in Thailand
I actually only taught here for a month whilst doing my CELTA course in Chiang Mai with International House.
I taught adults and the experience was unbelievably good. Thais are very willing to learn English. They’re also polite, friendly and patient people. I spoke to many expats teaching English here at the time and they were very happy teachers!
Looking for short-term work?
For travellers on the road who want to make a pit-stop and earn some extra money, most schools and agencies will allow teachers to sign only a six-month contract. That’s really great news for teachers who have wanderlust like Teacake and easily get itchy feet!
I’m not going to beat around the bush here: Thailand is not going to allow you to save buckets of money like China or South Korea can. However, when you take into consideration the cost of living here, you’re going to be comfortable and Thailand is just so soul-fulfilling!
Where to find a job in Thailand
Ajarn is by far the best ESL job website for Thailand but I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – looking around yourself, visiting schools, asking locals, knocking on doors – that’s the best way you are going to get a good job. No doubt about it. Fly there and start hunting. Good luck!