Teach in Thailand
Whether it’s the delicious street food, heavenly beaches, vibrant cities, or the welcoming people that initially draw you to Thailand, you’ll immediately be captivated by all that the “Land of Smiles” has to offer while teaching abroad in Thailand. Spend your weekends away from the classroom amongst the tall golden stupas of the Buddhist temples, trekking in the hills of Northern Thailand, or relaxing on beaches that can only be described as paradise.
Greenheart Travel’s program provides a generous monthly salary that allows you to save money as you travel around beautiful Southeast Asia. Read on to learn more about this unique and incredible opportunity. This program offers:
- Paid English teaching positions throughout Thailand
- One semester contracts
- Monthly salary of 30,000 THB
- K-12 students
- Monthly start dates, year round
2014 Start Dates:
March 3, 2014
March 31, 2014
April 28, 2014
June 2, 2014
June 30, 2014
July 28, 2014
September 1, 2014
September 29, 2014
October 27, 2014
December 1, 2014
Application deadlines are two months before the listed start dates
The semesters in Thailand are roughly mid-May to late September, and early November to Mid-March. There are school breaks for the month of October, and for two months starting in mid-March. For this program, you will be asked to work until the end of one term, at a minimum. For example, if you arrive on April 28, you would do a one week orientation, and then you can be placed until the end of September. If you’d like to extend (recommended), you can do so for another semester or a year. This means that you’d have the month of October as a break for travel, or we can set you up with a volunteer project during that time. Some schools will even have opportunities to work during that month.
Please note: It is possible that the Thai school calendar will be changing in 2014. If it changes, the new semester schedule will be roughly mid-June to mid-November, and December 1 to mid-April.
For gaps in between the semesters, we can arrange work or volunteer programs for those who are interested! Opportunities include teaching at school English camps in exchange for salary and accommodations, or volunteering with a dog rescue foundation in exchange for accommodation.
- Native English Speaker
- Bachelor’s Degree in any subject
- A TEFL/TESOL certification is required unless you have a teaching degree
- Ages 20-50
- Citizen of the US, CA, UK, Ireland, Au, NZ, South Africa
- An adventurous attitude and strong flexibility are a must
Still need your TEFL/TESOL certificate?
Add on a 4-week TESOL Certification course in Hua Hin, Thailand for only $700 more
Why should you take the course in Thailand instead of online?
Taking an in-person course instead of an online course is highly preferred by hiring schools not just in Thailand, but all over the world. By taking the course in Thailand you will get hands on experience with Thai students and the Thai curriculum, as well as personal and helpful guidance from your TESOL teachers. You’ll also get to spend an additional 3 weeks in the beachside town of Hua Hin with all of the other TESOL trainees before you spread out into your placements – and it’s a lot of fun!
Placement Only: $1,450
With TESOL course: $2,150
It is free to extend your program for additional semesters!
- Full time, paid teaching placement in Thailand
- One week comprehensive orientation upon arrival
- Accommodation during orientation
- TESOL Course Option: hotel accommodation is included for the entire month of your course as well
- Pre-departure support and orientation from an experienced Greenheart Travel Program Manager
- Airport pickup
- Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin
- Full screening/background check on school and contract negotiation
- 24 hour in-country Support for duration of the program
- International Medical and Accident Insurance provided through Greenheart Travel until work visa is processed (4 months)
- “Culture Smart” Thailand Customs & Culture Guidebook
*Program does not include: your airfare to Bangkok, visa fees, meals, visa renewal trips, daily local transportation, or accommodation during your teaching contract
Accommodations vary by school placement and location. Most often, teachers live in basic, single, furnished apartments near the school.
In most cases, program staff or your school will help you identify more than one option for accommodation. Please keep in mind housing in Thailand may not live up to your standards at home. In some locations, there are not as many housing options available, and your school might have a specific accommodation arranged for you.
5,000 Baht (~160 USD) per month is a safe basis for a rental budget, but it’s likely you’ll be able to find cheaper accommodations if you live outside the larger cities. Apartments in Bangkok may be more expensive.
You should budget two months’ rent (~$350) for your move in, as one month’s rent is required as a security deposit. Utility bills range between 1,000-2,000 baht ($30-65) per month.
No teacher will be required to share a room, but some teachers may be located in the same complex. However, this is not guaranteed, as it will depend on the placement.
Do I need a TEFL/TESOL certification?
A TEFL certification is required to teach in Thailand, unless you majored in Education or having a teaching license. A certificate will make your application much more competitive, and you may even receive a higher salary. Greenheart Travel highly recommends that you obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before teaching abroad, even if you did major in Education.
All Teach in Thailand participants can opt to take a 4 week TEFL/TESOL certification course before placement. This is highly recommended (and not to mention, a lot of fun!). By taking the course, you’re setting yourself up for success in your new teaching job!
Learn more about our TESOL certification in Thailand
Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?
We welcome friends and couples to apply! However, please note that it is more difficult to place friends and couples together. Our number one priority will be to place you together, so it will be imperative that you are flexible with your placement location. Applicants will have to submit their applications together, and each applicant should be sure to notify Greenheart Travel staff of their intention to be placed together. It’s also important to note that you will not necessarily be placed in the same school. You may find that instead you are placed in different schools close to each other.
Why does Greenheart Travel charge a program fee?
Our free programs are free because they are fully funded by the Ministry of Education in our partner country. Thailand’s government unfortunately cannot afford to fund a program in that nature, so teachers who want to teach there must cover some of their own expenses. The program cost covers things like your orientation, support staff, in-country transportation, insurance, administrative costs of placement and support, etc. We’ll make sure that you’re guaranteed a placement at a safe and reliable school, and that you’re well taken care of from when you first inquire about teaching abroad, all the way through to the end of your program. You will receive a generous salary and benefits once you’re working…you just need to get yourself there!
Pre-departure and Arrival
How do I get a visa?
You will need a Non-Immigrant (Type B) visa for Thailand. This is the only type of visa that will allow your school to apply for a Thai work permit on your behalf once you arrive, allowing you to work in the country legally. Before you arrive, we will coordinate with our partner to provide you with a visa invitation letter, which will be necessary to include with your visa application documents.
How does Greenheart Travel assist with the visa application process?
Once you are accepted and have signed your contract, we will send employment documentation so that you can apply for your non-immigrant B visa from your nearest Thai consulate. There are usually no issues with this process, but the visas can’t be guaranteed due to the different procedures and standards among Thai Consulates. If this process is not successful, don’t worry! You can still enter Thailand on a three month tourist visa, and convert your visa to a Non-immigrant B Working Visa once you are in Thailand.
When will I receive my visa documents?
You should receive them about one month before your departure – plenty of time to get your visa!
Do I need to bring any documents with me to Thailand?
You should take the following documents to Thailand, as the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Labor or Immigration can request to see them: Original University Degree Certificate and an Original University Degree Transcript
Are there any required vaccinations for Thailand?
While there are no required vaccinations for Thailand, we highly recommend that you see a doctor or travel clinic for advice on vaccinations. You can find more details about recommended vaccinations on the CDC website.
What are my startup costs?
In addition to the program costs, you will need to buy your plane ticket to Thailand, which averages about $800-$1,000. We also recommend you bring living expenses for your first month (at least $1,000 to get by until you get your first pay check). Teachers will also need to purchase their own visas, which cost about $80 for a single-entry visa, and ~$200 for a multiple-entry visa.
Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?
A staff member will pick you up from the airport if you arrive on your designated arrival day or if you arrive early and arrange with us to stay at the hotel for extra nights. It’s best to land in the morning of your arrival date if possible, unless you want to arrive a few days early and see the sights in Bangkok before you head south to Hua Hin. If you’d like to arrive early and stay in the hotel, it can be arranged for ~$33 a night.
Are flights included and booked for me?
No, flights are not included in the fee, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation to Bangkok. We recommend booking a one-way flight, and purchasing your return flight later.
When should I book my flight?
You may book your flights once you’re accepted to the program, have paid your program fee, and have signed your contract with Greenheart Travel.
When should I arrive?
We will let you know the exact date you should book your flight for after you have been accepted to the program. Typically you should arrive one day before your intended start date.
How will I get from orientation to my placement?
During orientation, you will be given an information packet which will include information about your school and teaching location, along with contact details and instructions on how to get there from Hua Hin. You’ll be greeted upon arrival by your local agent or school coordinator.
Teaching and Schools
When will I find out where I’m placed – prior to arrival or upon arrival in Thailand?
You will receive your placement information once you arrive in Thailand, during the orientation or TESOL course. In very rare cases, it might take 2-3 weeks to solidify your placement. We place teachers once they arrive in Thailand for a number of reasons:
- Most Thai schools don’t know if their current teacher will be renewing their contract until a month or so beforehand, so there is little down time between openings and placements
- Being placed upon arrival gives some schools the opportunity to interview you in person, and you may have the opportunity to travel for some interviews
- It will give you flexibility, and in some cases teachers receive more than one job offer!
Do teachers receive an induction when they arrive at their school before they start teaching?
Usually this is done quite informally. We will make sure the school is ready and prepared to receive you, and that a proper tour and orientation (of the school and town) is provided. We will make sure that you have the contact details of the person at the school who will be receiving you.
Will I receive any help with their first few classes to ease myself into the routine, or will I be expected to lead a class on my own from day one?
Thai schools have no resources in place for this, so you will be expected to lead your classes from the first day. We know, it is an intimidating thought for a new teacher! But, it is something that everyone has to go through. The learning curve is steep, but quick! The very first day will be one that you will never forget, but the 2nd day will go a thousand times better! This is a key example of why getting a TEFL/TESOL certification can be a huge help as you settle into your new role as an English teacher in Thailand. Knowing how to create and lead a lesson plan makes a huge difference as you make your transition! You can get a TEFL/TESOL certification online before your program, or you can opt to arrive in Thailand early to take your certification course in Bangkok.
Will there be a course book or syllabus to follow?
This depends mostly on the school. All schools will have an objective for a mid-term and final exam, so a teacher can build a syllabus if there is not one already. In most cases, course books are provided, but lesson planning will still need to be done in order to properly supplement the course book. Our program is constantly creating curriculum to supplement and support our schools.
What type of lessons are the schools expecting the teachers to deliver?
The teachers will be ‘native conversational English teachers’; therefore they will be primarily be developing the student’s listening and speaking skills. Grammar will be taught in relation to the conversation. There will be reading and writing assignments, but this will all be secondary to the conversational element.
Are teachers involved in any exams? Do they have to evaluate the students at the end of term?
Yes, the teacher will often have to create and give the exams to the students, and input the scores into the school’s system. Tests will involve written and oral elements.
Do teachers have to set homework assignments?
The amount of homework might depend on the school. You’ll receive guidance on this from the head of the English department.
What is the most common level of teaching – elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced? Does this differ by age group?
Age can often be a deceiving indicator of English ability among Thai students. For planning purposes, we recommend preparing your expectations for lower ability students ranging from elementary to advanced beginner.
Will teachers be teaching alone or will there be assistant teachers?
Some private primary schools will have Thai co-teachers, but it is best not to expect a co-teacher – you will likely be leading your class on your own.
Are teachers provided with Thai lessons from the schools?
Not officially or formally. But for anyone who wants to learn Thai, you will find everyone around you more than helpful and encouraging!
What is the dress code for teaching?
For men: Dark colored pants and light colored shirts, closed formal shoes and a tie. For women: Dark colored skirt or dress that hit under the knee, light colored shirts and formal closed shoes.
Should I bring a gift for my co-teachers?
It’s a great idea to bring a few small gifts with you for your co-teachers. It would be nice to bring something that represents where you are from. Common gifts are chocolates, wine, coffee mugs, t- shirts, etc.
What meals are provided throughout the program?
You will be required to pay for your own meals. Breakfast and lunch at the school should cost no more than THB 40 (GBP 0.85, USD 1.25) Still, some schools offer free lunch depending on their budget and the luck of the teacher!
Is Thailand safe?
Thailand is a very safe country. However, just like in any country, you should exercise some caution: be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on your belongings, don’t walk alone late at night, etc.
Can I bring my children and/or pets?
No, you cannot bring your children or pets.
Will I have access to internet?
Broadband internet is easily accessible throughout Thailand, and most of the schools have wi-fi internet connection. Most accommodations have internet available, but the cost will be up to you. Many internet cafes are available throughout Thailand, and mobile internet SIM cards are available for about 800 THB per month. During orientation you will have access to the wifi at the hotel for free.
Will I have access to a phone?
You can bring your own phone to use in Thailand, as long as it is unlocked and able to use a new SIM card. If you aren’t bringing your own phone, you can purchase one in Thailand for about $20 USD. Plans are pre-paid and very inexpensive. Calls to the US costs about 30 cents per minute on the cell phone plans. We recommend that you
What if I don’t speak Thai?
No problem! It is not necessary to speak Thai to apply for this program. In fact, the schools prefer that you only use English in the classroom to create a complete immersion experience for the students. However, having some knowledge of the local language will of course benefit your day-to-day life, help you negotiate, understand the culture and allow you to connect with your students and people in your community. You will receive some introductory lessons to the language during orientation, and your Thai teachers would love to help you learn the language once you are at your school!
What holidays will I have off?
You will have all National Thai holidays off!
Will I have insurance in Thailand?
Once you receive your work permit, you will be covered by Thai national health insurance coverage. In order to make sure that you are covered until then, you will be covered by comprehensive international medical and accident insurance through Greenheart Travel for the first four months of your program. We recommend that you cover yourself with international insurance beyond that time period. You can extend through Greenheart Travel, or find your own provider.
Will teachers need malaria tablets?
All teachers need to consult a qualified medical practitioner or travel doctor about taking malaria medication when travelling to Thailand. However, even in the more rural locations, you will still be working in a town where malaria is less prevalent. We have not had any teachers suffer from malaria, but we cannot guarantee that you will not catch it.
What’s the weather like?
Thailand is tropical and the weather is hot and humid for most of the year. They do have a rainy season, but the time of the year varies by area. In the south and west, the rainy season is from April to October. In the west and north, the rain falls between September and December.
What’s the cost of living like in Thailand?
Thailand has very low cost of living. Food and accommodations are extremely affordable but things like running your air conditioner 24/7 can run up your electric bill.
Can I save money when teaching in Thailand?
Yes! Of course, the amount you save will depend on your personal spending habits, and where you are placed. Bangkok and the Southern provinces of Thailand have a more expensive cost of living, and teachers who are placed there will probably not be able to save as much money. Teachers placed in Northeast Thailand or in rural locations have a much lower cost of living. When it comes down to it, it will depend on your lifestyle, but if you’re serious about saving it can be done!
Can I use my credit card in Thailand?
Major credit cards are accepted by hotels and large shops, but cash is the ideal method of payment almost everywhere. Typically establishments will only accept credit cards for large purchases, so plan on paying for most things in cash.
Will I have a bank account in Thailand?
Once you are in Thailand, program staff will take you to open a bank account. This account is where your living allowance is deposited at the end of every working month. You’ll have to deposit 500THB to open an account. This money will be in your account when the account procedures are done. Additionally, an ATM/Debit card will cost 300 THB.
Will I have to pay taxes in Thailand?
Thai income taxes of 3% and health/accident insurance will be automatically deducted from your salary.
You will have a one-week comprehensive orientation in Hua Hin, Thailand, an amazing beachside city 2 hours south of Bangkok on the gulf of Thailand.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet many other new like-minded and adventurous teachers who have also just arrived! By the end, you’ll have new friends scattered around the entire country. The course includes important activities and classes on what to expect on your program, Thai language and local culture.
Hotel accommodation is included and is in a shared hotel room with another teacher. The hotel has a pool and Wi-Fi. Meals are not included, but there are many inexpensive, cheap options in the area including a small café on the hostel’s grounds.
Sample Orientation Schedule:
Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok at the H-Residence
Day 2: Transfer to Hua Hin and check into Suchaya House. Welcome party by the pool!
Day 3: Teacher workshops and introduction to rules and expectations
Day 4: Thai culture and language lessons in the morning, followed by Muay Thai lessons
Day 5: Visit to Khao Tao Temple, Hutsadin Elephant Sanctuary, and a pineapple farm
Day 6: Thai culture lessons and meetings with placement team, followed by a BBQ at the beach!
You will receive your placement information once you arrive in Thailand, during the orientation.
- Throughout Thailand
- 18-25 teaching hours per week
- Minimum one semester contract (free to extend)
- Placements in Kindergartens, Primary, and Secondary schools
We recognize that some personalities are better suited for certain age groups, so if you have an age preference, we will try our best to accommodate you, but nothing can be guaranteed.
We work with schools throughout Thailand. The country is divided into 75 provinces: Each province has a capital city by the same name, and it is in these cities/towns that the vast majority of our schools will be located. Those that are outside of these cities will be located in ‘districts’, and those will feel more rural.
We highly recommend that you remain open and flexible about where you are placed. You may submit a preference for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request. It’s extremely important to be flexible. This program is first and foremost about the students and schools that need teachers, and not necessarily about placing everyone where they envision themselves. We have schools all over the country who are excited to have you!
Thai schools – as the employer – make final hiring decisions based on their own individual preferences and requirements. Please keep in mind that flexibility is key to having an enjoyable experience! Many teachers who thought they wanted to be placed in one town or city were actually very happy that they ended up getting placed elsewhere. Try not to set expectations for what your placement will be like – your experience in a location where you’d never picture yourself might surprise you!
The TESOL course is required for those participants who did not major in Education or have a teaching license. We highly recommend the course for all Teach in Thailand participants, because teaching ESL in Thailand is a completely new experience and taking this course will give you the background and skills needed to tackle the Thai classroom. Those who take the course will continue their training for three additional weeks after the one week cultural orientation upon arrival. Most participants choose this option, and stay for an additional three weeks in Hua Hin.
Increase your confidence in the classroom, gain an easier adjustment to Thai Culture, and meet a whole network of friends as you get certified to teach English as a foreign language. Get your TESOL certification in a Thailand beach resort town before settling into your paid teaching position in Thailand!
Course at a Glance
- 120-hour TESOL Certification Course
- Intensive 4-week, in-person training
- Located in beachside Hua Hin, Thailand
- Fully accredited
- Guaranteed paid teaching placement in Thailand
Advantages of the Thailand + TESOL Course
- In-person training – students study in a 4-week, on-site course in Hua Hin, Thailand
- Student Practicum – 20 hours of teaching observation and practice in the local community
- Community Service – teaching experience in the school’s non-profit English camp for the locals
- Cultural Immersion – cultural excursions ranging from visiting ancient temples to volunteering at elephant sanctuaries
- Practical Context – learn to teach in the context of the typical Thai classroom experience
- Worldwide recognition – an accredited, 120-hour certification course, with graduates now teaching English around the world
- Guaranteed Job Placement – You will receive your placement information during your course in Thailand
- Top of the line support and preparation
Who Should Take This Course?
You should take this course if:
- You are not TESOL certified already or did not major in Education
- You aren’t ready to create a lesson plan and lead a class on your first day
- You don’t feel prepared and qualified to teach English
- You prefer learning in a physical classroom (instead of online)
- You are interested in being immersed in a different culture while earning your certification
- You want to meet tons of new like-minded explorers before settling into your placement
- You are unfamiliar with Thai culture, language, or working with Thai students
- You want some practical experience before starting your job
- You want to give back to the local Thai community while you get certified
This course is recommended for everyone, even if you have studied Education or taught in a classroom before. Teaching English as a Second Language is a whole new skill set and the Thai style of ESL might not be something you’re used to. This course will introduce you to ESL in Thailand, as well as Thai culture and language.
This TESOL course is internationally accredited by the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency (OTTSA). The course is audited quarterly by OTTSA staff, and will qualify you to teach anywhere that requires or prefers a TEFL or TESOL certification.
Completing Your Application
You should plan on completing the online application in one sitting. The sooner you submit your application and deposit, the sooner we can start reviewing your application, set up your interview, and hear about your acceptance. With your application and deposit out of the way, you can start planning your upcoming adventure!
- Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. You will be sent your unique link to your online application immediately via email.
- Step 2: Using the unique link emailed to you, fill out the general information application. This includes things like your name, address and chosen start date. Once complete, you will receive an email with links to the second and third part of the application.
- Step 3: Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. Links to this part will be emailed to you as well. Once complete, you can begin Part 3 of the application.
- Step 4: This is where you will be asked to submit your required documents. Please Note: You do not have to have all of your documents ready to submit your application! If you are missing some documents, be sure to check the boxes that indicate you will be sending them to Greenheart Travel at a later date! Even if you are not ready to submit any of your documents, be sure to click all of the boxes in Part 3 and submit the application anyways – in order to continue with the application process. If you don’t have some of your documents, you can upload them once they are ready, or you may email them to your program manager.
- Step 5: Submit your $250 deposit. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot in the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to place you we will refund your deposit, minus a $75 processing fee. Once the deposit is submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad.
- Step 5: Schedule your Skype interview! Once you have submitted your online application and paid your deposit, you will be asked to schedule a Skype interview with a Greenheart Travel representative. If you do not have a Skype account, please be sure to create an account before the date of your interview.
Reviewing Your Application
Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 weeks to confirm your acceptance. This can only be done after we have all of your required documents, so if you checked the boxes indicating you’d send us something later, please email those documents to us as soon as you have them. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. In some cases if you apply very early, it may take longer to obtain an acceptance decision. We will keep you updated in these situations.
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