Good news for teachers who aspire to work abroad especially in Thailand, several teaching positions in some areas in Thailand have been opened for English teachers from Kindergarten to High school with a monthly salary of THB 33,000 to THB 40,000 (PHP50,000 to PHP60,000). Areas include Bang Sue, Bangkok, Downtown, Chachoengsao, Sriracha, Chonburi, Pattaya, Chonburi, Downtown, Nakhoinratchasima and Downtown, Khon Khaen.
Above anything else, if you are wondering how does teaching works in Thailand, here is the gist of everything you need to know. You don’t want to enter a battlefield without proper arsenal, right?
WHEN TO LOOK FOR TEACHING JOBS IN THAILAND?
The Thai academic year is divided into two semesters, which begin in May and November. April and October are semester breaks. Due to competition, getting a job in a popular city like Bangkok or Chiang Mai may be challenging, but finding a teaching job in Thailand at any time of year is pretty easy.
Private institutions hire all year, while public schools and colleges often hire between March and May. During the mid-year break in October, schools may need to find replacement teachers. You can look for work at any time of year, but try to avoid looking between December and February.
ENGLISH TEACHER QUALIFICATION IN THAILAND
To legally teach in Thailand, you must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, though you may be able to locate employers or schools that will work with you if you don’t have one.
This criterion was previously lax, but the Thai government is now enforcing it more rigorously. Teachers should bring their official university diploma to Thailand, but maintain the original copy with you to avoid losing it. If the school needs to deliver the original paperwork to the Thai government, request that you accompany the official.
A teaching certificate (such as TEFL) and/or prior teaching experiences are not required, but Thai schools prefer teachers who have these qualifications.
CLASSROOM AND WORK CULTURE IN THAILAND
- Men should wear long slacks (not jeans) with a collared shirt and loafers or dress shoes when instructing. Pants and shoes should be black. When at work or in the classroom, women should wear more modestly and cover their shoulders.
- Be mindful that there is a more casual attitude toward time in general. Meetings and events tend to start late.
- The head is considered the most sacred part of the body in Thailand. If you kneel or sit down, dipping your head lower than your students can make them uncomfortable.
- Attend all of the ceremonies held at public schools throughout the year, even if they are not held during school or work hours.
WORKING VISAS FOR THAILAND
Before entering Thailand, teachers must get a Non-Immigrant B Visa, however the provider or school will normally assist you with the procedure. Teachers should apply for a work visa after arriving in Thailand and receiving a 90-day stay permit. Your authorized visa, passport, and a copy of your degree are usually required. Prepare to give transcripts as well as a criminal background check.
Teachers can live comfortably in Thailand on a monthly salary of 21,000-50,000 Baht ($650-$1500 USD) due to the low cost of living.
Teachers typically locate housing on their own, which can cost as little as $200 outside of the city center or as much as $600 in a large metropolis like Bangkok. Some colleges may offer you a housing allowance or help you find an apartment. Accommodation is normally up to Western standards, and air conditioning is available. Although internet connectivity is not provided in residences, it is readily available on campus or at an internet cafe for roughly 60 baht ($1.50 USD) per hour. Although you will have to pay for your own ticket to Thailand, many schools and providers will reimburse you. Your return journey home will be paid if you teach in Thailand for at least one year.
JOB DESCRIPTION: ENGLISH TEACHER (KINDERGARTEN TO HIGH SCHOOL)
- Teaching maximum 22 periods per week included homeroom duties
- Provided document for visa and work permit
- Paid Work permit
- Paid Holiday
- Help finding accommodation
- 24/7 support
- Provided curriculum and books
- Pick up from Bangkok and taken to the area
- Contract for one semester or 12 months
WORKING HOURS: Monday to Friday from 7.30-16.30 (Can go home after last class)
- Must be Fluent in English and Hold a bachelor’s degree.
- School preferred NES but NNES are free to apply.
HOW TO APPLY?
Applications are online, you may click through this link and fill out the required information Home (teachersforthailand.com).