At a Glance

Living abroad in Thailand will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in everything this country has to offer. As a teacher in Thailand, you will be directly affecting your students and their futures, helping to break the cycle of poverty that many Thai children are born into. From gorgeous beaches to stunning temples, and all the pad thai and curry in between – read more about why you want to make this country your new home!

Program Details:

  • Paid English teaching positions throughout Thailand. Guaranteed salary of at least 30,000 Thai baht per month.
  • All inclusive program with add-ons packaged in: airport pickup, extensive emergency medical insurance for 4 months, accommodation for your training period in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, all orientation excursions, and more.
  • 1 week orientation (+ optional 3 week TESOL certification) in either Hua Hin or Chiang Mai
    • Teaching Placement Only Option: $1,660 USD
    • Teaching Placement + TESOL Course Option: $2,400 USD
    • Summer 7 Week Program: $1580
    • See what’s included here!
  • Short contracts (7 weeks, 2 months, 6 months) with the ability to extend as many times as you’d like to for free. You’re able to stay in Thailand for as long as you want and never have to pay another program fee!
  • Comprehensive medical travel insurance included for 4 months: covering prescriptions with a $0 copay, $150,000 medical maximum, hospitalizations, ER visits, repatriation, medical evacuation, and more.
  • Couples and friends can be placed together!
  • Assistance in applying for the Non Immigrant B (legal working) visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.
  • Placements in kindergartens, elementary, middle, & high schools.
  • Monthly start dates, year round


Let Greenheart Travel staff members Kara and Savannah give you all the deets on what you need to know before going to Thailand! 

Costs and Inclusions

Teaching Placement Only: $1,660 USD
        Ideal if you’re already TESOL certified or have teaching credentials

Teaching Placement +  TESOL certification course: $2,400 USD
        Ideal if you don’t have a TESOL yet, or don’t have classroom experience

Summer 7 Week Program: $1,580 USD
        Ideal for qualified teachers looking to spend their summer break abroad

Packaged into the Price:

  • Guaranteed teaching placement in Thailand with a salary of at least 30,000 THB (~$900 USD) per month
  • Arranged accommodation prior to your arrival at your placement
  • 4 Months of Medical Insurance
  • TESOL Certification Course (if chosen): classroom, instructors, learning materials
  • 1-month of accommodation during orientation week and TESOL course in Thailand
  • Airport pickup and transfer to hotel
  • Transportation from Bangkok to Hua Hin (Chiang Mai teachers fly to Chiang Mai)
  • One-week group orientation upon arrival including all excursions
  • Group Dinner during orientation
  • Access to Greenheart Travel Facebook groupsto connect with alumni and others on your start date ahead of your program.
  • Greenheart Atlas Program 
  • Greenheart Travel T-shirt & Greenheart Stickers

Our Support and Services: 

  • Visa Assistance in applying for the Non Immigrant B (legal working) visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.
  • Extensive pre-departure advice and support from Kara, your program manager! She did the program herself and will be able to answer all your questions and tell you what teaching and living in Thailand is really like! She will be with you from your first inquiry, all the way through preparing to leave and your arrival in Thailand.
  • Online webinar logistical orientation before you leave
  • Highly experienced team of 20+ in-country support staff members
  • 24 hour in-country and emergency support for duration of the program, including 24 hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.
  • Free Program Extension – You never have to pay a program fee again if you extend your contract past your first semester – it’s a one-time fee!
  • Lifetime job placement assistance in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, China, or Myanmar upon successful completion of first contract.
  • Opportunity to apply for a Greenheart Grant to give back to your community at home or abroad

Additional Expenses You’ll Need to Cover (Estimates):

  • Airfare to Bangkok or Chiang Mai ($800)
  • Visa fee or any costs associated with obtaining documents required for the visa ($100)
  • Background check ($30-$50)
  • Degree legalization ($50-$150)
  • Meals and daily transportation in Thailand ($5-$7/day)
  • Rent during your teaching contract ($100/month)
  • A deposit for your orientation or course accommodation electricity and water usage ($70). Just don’t use your air conditioning like crazy and you should get most of this back 🙂
  • A laptop:  Teachers are responsible for bringing a laptop computer to Thailand with them for lesson planning
  • Startup cash to hold you over until your first paycheck ($1500-$2000)

Payment Details:

  • $300 Application Deposit due to move onto interview  
    • Refunded if you are not accepted 
  • $300 Commitment Deposit due after acceptance 
    • Confirms your spot on a start date 
  • Remaining Balance Due 6 Weeks Prior to Start Date:
    • Placement Only: $1,060
    • With TESOL course: $1,800
    • Summer Program: $980

Ready to start your application? Get started here! 


  • Fluent English Speaker*
  • At a minimum, a degree equivalent to a U.S. 4 year Bachelor’s degree (if you are not American, you will have to have completed a degree that is equivalent to a Bachelor’s in your home country)
  • A TEFL/TESOL certification is required unless you majored in Education (but you can add this on as part of your program!)
  • Ages 20-50
  • Citizen of the US, Canada, UK, EU, Aus, NZ, or South Africa
  • Be in great mental and physical health
  • No criminal record (with the exception of traffic or other minor violations)
  • An adventurous attitude and strong flexibility are a must

*For those from the EU (and not Ireland) you will need to provide proof of your English fluency at a C1 Level. Please email your program manager, Kara, for more information at We also may require that EU citizens come to Thailand on certain high peak hiring start dates, like April and May.

There are no exceptions to the eligibility requirements. (Don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree? Check our our Teach in Myanmar program).

Still need your TEFL/TESOL certificate?

Add on a 3-week 120 hour TESOL certification course in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, Thailand on ANY start date. The TESOL course is required for those participants who did not major in Education or have a formal teaching license. Those who take the course will continue their training for three additional weeks after the one week cultural orientation upon arrival. More than 90% of our teachers that do this program also take this TESOL course in Thailand, upon arrival.

Why should you take the course in Thailand?

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 Hua Hin or Chiang Mai with all of your new friends taking the course before you spread out into your placements – and it’s a lot of fun!

“Getting certified in Hua Hin was one of the best decisions I could have made prior to coming over here! It wasn’t just getting acclimated to the weather, time, etc. it was the quality relationships that I built during my month there. Getting to know others made it easier to adjust and allowed me to better ease into the whirlwind of teaching English. Although I’m sure the training is great online, I think most that I took the course with in Hua Hin (or Chiang Mai) would agree that there’s no way an online course can compare to the experience of getting TESOL certified here in Thailand!”

– Ben Gervais, Teach in Thailand alumni

If I need to take the TESOL course, do I arrive 4 weeks before my chosen start date?

No, we have TESOL courses on EVERY start date listed on the website so the date you choose on your application will be your first day in Thailand. We run courses every month, all year long. Everyone (regardless of if they need to do the course) will start do the 1 week orientation together, and those taking the course will stay an additional 3 weeks after orientation.

Get a behind the scenes look at your TESOL course in Chiang Mai

Does the location of your TESOL course affect where you end up being placed?

No. Your placement could end up being anywhere in Thailand, regardless of where you take your course (Hua Hin or Chiang Mai).

Accreditation Information

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 in the world that requires or prefers a TEFL or TESOL certification. The certification lasts for the rest of your life!

Start Dates

Our Teach in Thailand program has a 1 week orientation, followed by the option to add on an additional 3-week TESOL certification course for those who are not yet certified (or did not major in Education). Everyone will still start the 1 week orientation on one of the start dates below, and those that add on the certification will have their orientation followed by 3 extra weeks of coursework. We run an orientation and TESOL course every month, on every date listed below.

Thailand School Calendar (exact dates vary by school):

First Semester: May – end of September
break for October
Second Semester: November – February/March
break for March and April

Read more about how to pick a start date.

Start Date Deadline to Apply Training Location Contract End Date 
April 29, 2019^ FULL Chiang Mai, Hua Hin September 2019
May 27, 2019^ 10 spots left! Hua Hin September 2019
June 10, 2019 April 20, 2019 Summer Program Only July 26, 2019
June 24, 2019 April 24, 2019 Hua Hin September 2019
July 1, 2019 May 1, 2019 Summer Program Only August 16, 2019
July 22, 2019 May 22, 2019 Hua Hin September 2019
August 19, 2019 June 19, 2019 Hua Hin March 2020
September 30, 2019^ July 30, 2019 Hua Hin March 2020
October 7, 2019^ August 7, 2019 Chiang Mai March 2020
October 28, 2019^ August 28, 2019 Hua Hin March 2020
November 4, 2019^ September 4, 2019 Chiang Mai March 2020
November 25, 2019 September 25, 2019 Hua Hin March 2020
December 30, 2019 October 30, 2019 Hua Hin March 2020
January 27, 2020 November 27, 2019 Hua Hin March 2020
February 24, 2020 December 24, 2019 Hua Hin September 2020
March 30, 2020^ January 30, 2020 Hua Hin September 2020
April 27, 2020^ February 27, 2020 Chiang Mai, Hua Hin September 2020

^peak hiring season and best times to arrive.

*Please note each school has a different schedule and exact start and end dates, especially in March (end of the school year). Flights home or vacation travels should not be booked or planned until you sign your contract with your school and know your exact end date. We recommend arriving to Thailand on a one-way flight.

Your initial commitment is only for a semester, but it’s free to extend if you want to stay longer! More than 50% of our teachers end up staying longer than their first semester.

Your initial contract will be until the end of the current semester that is in session when you arrive (until either September or March). We have start dates once per month, so if you arrive during the semester, you will jump right into the school year whenever you arrive and be expected to stay until the end of that current term. Demand is high for English teachers throughout the year in Thailand, so even if you arrive during the semester, we can place you with a school. We wouldn’t have monthly start dates unless we were confident about placing teachers year-round. If school is on break when you arrive, you will either be hired for summer school help and advance planning for the upcoming semester, or you can take that time to travel before the next semester begins.

Not sure which city to choose for your certification? Head here: Chiang Mai vs. Hua Hin

Application deadlines are two months before the listed start dates, but contact us if you are interested in applying for a start date that is not listed above. Sometimes we are able to take very last minute applicants.


Training Period

Greenheart Travel packages in accommodation for all participants during the training period in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, as part of your program fee. For those taking the TESOL course, this means you have hotel accommodation provided for around a month when you first arrive in Thailand. For those who don’t need the certification and are doing “Teaching Placement Only” – your first week during orientation is packaged in.

We also provide accommodation in Bangkok for one night for those doing training in Hua Hin, on arrival day, so that everyone can go down to Hua Hin together the following morning.

In Your Placement City

Accommodation once you arrive to your placement is provided, but it’s your financial responsibility to pay for it out of your paycheck. Your school will have an apartment waiting for you when you arrive to your placement. Most often, teachers live in basic, studio, furnished apartments near the school. Many times, the foreign teacher who taught at your school before you also lived here, so it’s been vetted by a teacher in the past. Assistance is ALWAYS provided in finding an apartment and no teacher will ever have to find an apartment or search for an apartment without guidance from the program.

Teachers will pay rent to their accommodation directly, from their monthly paycheck. Rent is very cheap in Thailand and usually ranges between USD $75 and $150 per month.

We don’t pay your rent as part of the program, because it’s your money! Programs that include rent, likely skim part of that off your salary (you’re not just getting it for free) and many times the amount they keep is more then what rent actually costs. Keep in mind on this program you are making 30,000 baht per month.

Paying rent instead of having an apartment provided “rent free” as a part of your contract or program gives you flexibility. If you want to leave that apartment and move somewhere else after a month or two, you’re free to do so. Leases are not the same as you might be used to, and many accommodations are month-to-month so some teachers make friends (new roommates!) or find an area of the city they like better after a few months and decide to move. That’s totally fine! It’s your paycheck! You’re not locked into a “rent free” apartment on this program.

Utility bills range between 1,000-2,000 baht ($30-65) per month.

Curious about what your apartment might look like? What Are Apartments and Houses Like in Thailand!?

2019 Summer Program

In addition to our traditional semester contracts, we also offer short-term summer positions with all of the same basic program details, just short term (7 weeks!).  If you only have the summer off, this is a perfect way to get abroad for that time! This is geared towards teachers who have summer vacation and cannot commit to a full semester in Thailand, but want to travel during their summer vacation.

  • Paid short-term English teaching positions in schools throughout Thailand
  • Salary of around THB 35,000-40,000 for the duration of your teaching contract (six weeks)
  • 2019 Program Dates
    • June 10 – July 26
    • July 1 – August 16
  • Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2019 or until all spots are full
  • Program fee: $1580
  • Requirements: Completed bachelor’s degree in Education or a TEFL/TESOL certification of at least 100 hours (online is OK).
  • One week orientation is included in Hua Hin and and includes the same activities as outlined here.
  • Teacher workshop during orientation specifically for summer participants on teaching Thai students
  • Hard copy of our TESOL course book for reference and lesson plan guidance
  • Teaching placements throughout the country of Thailand
  • Emergency travel health insurance coverage for the entire duration of your program (full 7 weeks)


Common Concerns

Why do I have to pay for a job?

Programs like this one in Thailand don’t have direct government funding, so teachers who want to teach there must cover some of their own expenses. When programs cost money, we do try to keep them as cheap as possible (we are a non-profit!) but there are some costs associated with running a program when it does not have any direct funding. The program cost covers things like support from your program manager, the support of 20+ staff in Thailand upon arrival, insurance, orientation and excursions, accommodation during orientation (and the TESOL course if you add that on), airport pickup, transfers, administrative costs of placement and support, etc. Program staff will be available to answer any questions before and after arrival, and you’ll have access to 24/7 support if needed while in Thailand.

It is also free to extend your program for additional semesters or take your skills to another country! As a Thailand program alumni you are entitled to lifetime job placement in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, or Myanmar. You are welcome to stay in Thailand for as long as you like, or come back later down the line, as long as you maintain the correct visa and immigration status through your school. You never have to pay a program fee again if you extend your contract past your first semester, it’s a one-time fee!

Am I guaranteed a job placement after the course or orientation?

Yes, acceptance onto the program means a placement is guaranteed once you are in Thailand. We have a 100% success rate in placing our teachers, and would not accept you onto the program unless we were sure we could place you.

Will I be alone?

This completely depends on the placement, but most people have friends or other English teachers close by. We place people all over the country of Thailand, so every placement is going to vary. Some teachers are at the same school as up to 5-10 other teachers, but some teachers might be at their school as the only English teacher. In most cases, there are going to be other foreign teachers in your placement city, as there are a lot of foreign teachers in Thailand.

Is Thailand safe?

Thailand is a very safe country. In fact, most of our participants report feeling safer in Thailand than they do back in their home countries. 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.

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!


Can I talk with alumni or current participants from the program in Thailand?

Of course! Please join our Facebook community specifically for teachers in Thailand, or check out our reviews on or!

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?

Yes, we welcome friends and couples to apply and we can place you you so that you can live together! Every applicant can note in their application who they are applying with. We can guarantee placements together so that you can live together, but you may work at different schools within the same city.

Will I have insurance in Thailand?

You will be covered by comprehensive international medical and accident insurance through Greenheart Travel for 4 months of your program as part of your program fee. This will cover you for most medical expenses you could incur, like prescriptions, ER visits, doctor visits, dental accidents, and hospitalizations. We provide insurance for 4 months as it’s the average amount of time a teacher is in Thailand on this program. If you want to extend your coverage, we’ll provide the link to purchase additional coverage.

How does placement work?

During your first week in Thailand, you will meet with a member of the placement team to go over your placement preferences that you will submit ahead of arrival to Thailand. They will be your liaison with Thai schools and agents, and while we ask everyone remain open minded and flexible, we’ll try our hardest to place you somewhere where we think you’ll be happy. At the end of they day, we cannot force a school in a certain city to hire you, so we will try our best to match your preferences as best we can – but we ask that you remain flexible and open minded.

I am a certified teacher/majored in Education, should I still take the TESOL Course?

While the course won’t be required for you, we still do recommend it. You’ll learn methodology specific to Thailand, as well as cultural things that will help you succeed at your school (like how to interact with your new coworkers!).

The biggest reason to take the course outside of what you’ll learn, is the relationships and friendships you’ll make during that first month. Most everyone says this is one of the most important parts of the extra time in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, since you’ll be able to spend that time with other teachers who have just arrived and are in the same boat. From there, you’ll have friends to visit and travel with for the rest of your time in Thailand.

I’m a certified teacher, but chose to go ahead and do the TESOL course as well. I’m glad I did! Yes, some parts of the course were repetitive to things we may have learned in college, but there was plenty of new techniques introduced, as well. The method of teaching here to speakers of other languages is a much different approach then how I taught back in the states. I think the TESOL course did a good job preparing me for this new way of teaching, and I felt much more confident when stepping into the Thai classroom for the first time, especially because the course gave us the opportunity to be in several classrooms to practice teaching before being sent to our placements.

I also am glad I did the course because it allowed me to have more time to adjust to being in a new country and to get to know the other group members better, as opposed to being sent off to a placement right after orientation week. Another thing to think about–many other countries require a TESOL certification to teach, and so if you think you might want to travel and teach in another country after Thailand, the certification wouldn’t be a bad idea!! –
Lindsay Gall, Greenheart Travel alum

When should I apply?

We take applications as far as one year in advance and accept applicants on a rolling basis. We can usually accept you within 2 weeks of applying, no matter how far in advance you’re wanting to leave. Deadlines are 2 months before each start date.

Do we have to find our own accommodation?

Your school will provide you with an apartment when you arrive at your placement location, so you don’t need to find the accommodation on your own. Most apartments and accommodations are month-to-month so if you don’t like your provided accommodation you can always find something else after that first month. You will pay rent, which is on average around $75-100 USD per month.  What Are Apartments and Houses Like in Thailand!?

How do I get a visa?

You will need a Non-Immigrant (B) visa for Thailand which is a legal working visa. 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 provide you with a visa invitation letter along with very detailed directions on how to apply. If you have question, your program manager is always available to help with the process.

The visa cost will be $80 USD or $100 CAD. The entire process to apply and be approved just takes 1-2 weeks and is very simple and straightforward. We will provide all the paperwork, directions, and help you through this whole process so it’s nothing to worry about!

What if I want to stay longer than one semester? How do I extend?

Your school will usually ask you at the end of your first semester if you want to stay for another, in most cases. If for some reason your school does not ask you to stay, we can find you another placement in Thailand! You do not have to pay the placement fee again in order to stay another semester, it’s free to extend!

Are there any required vaccinations for Thailand?

While there are no required vaccinations for Thailand, we recommend that you see a doctor or travel clinic for advice on vaccinations. We highly recommend obtaining Hepatitis A and B, as well as Typhoid before arriving.

What are my startup costs?

In addition to the program costs, you will need to buy your plane ticket to Thailand, which averages about $500-$800. We also recommend you bring living expenses for your first month (around $2,000 to get by until you get your first pay check). Teachers will also need to purchase their own visas, which cost $80 USD or $100 CAD.

All teachers will need to bring a government issued criminal record check with them to Thailand in order to obtain a formal work permit. This can range from free to around $50 USD.

Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?

Yes, you will be picked up at the airport, unless you are traveling independently before the program begins.

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 Thailand. We recommend booking a one-way flight, and purchasing your return flight later. The Non Immigrant B visa you arrive on will allow you to enter with a one-way ticket. You may book your flights once you’re accepted onto the program, and we will let you know when you can do so!

When is the first/last day of school?

It depends on the school and each school will have it’s own set schedule. Each school will have their own EXACT set start and end dates, but will mirror the calendar below very closely:

First Semester: beginning of May – end of September
break for October
Second Semester: beginning of November – February/March
break for March and April

Please note each school has a different schedule and exact start and end dates. Flights home or vacation travels should not be booked or planned until you sign your contract with your school and know your exact end date. We recommend arriving to Thailand on a one-way flight.

How will I get from orientation to my placement?

During orientation, you will be given information about your school and teaching location, along with contact details and instructions on how to get there from Hua Hin or Chiang Mai. You’ll be greeted upon arrival by your local agent or school coordinator. Usually teachers take a bus to their placement location and program staff will make sure everyone knows how to get to their cities.

Will there be a book or curriculum to follow?

This depends mostly on the school, but in most cases you will have a curriculum and a book to follow. In most cases, course books are provided, but lesson planning will still need to be done in order to properly supplement the course book.

What is the most common level of English ability for the students?

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 (no matter the age level) 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.

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 hits under the knee, light colored shirts and formal closed shoes.

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 (USD 1.25) Some schools might offer free lunch depending on their budget and the luck of the teacher! Meals are also not included during orientation (or TESOL course) but meals in Thailand are very cheap, and usually will cost around $1-2 USD. During orientation and the course most teachers tend to eat cheap Thai meals at places like the Hua Hin Night Market, where the cost of a delicious plate of pad thai will run you around 30 baht ($1).

Can I bring my children and/or pets?

No, you cannot bring your children or pets.

Will I have access to internet?

Internet is easily accessible throughout Thailand, and most of the schools have wi-fi internet connection. Most accommodations have internet access, but the cost will be up to you and what speed you’d like to have installed. Data plans for your cell phone are available for about 800 THB ($20 USD) per month so you will have access to data on your phone as well. We will provide you with a Thai SIM card during orientation in order to officially get data working on your phones (Google Maps is key!). During the orientation and TESOL course you will have access to the wifi at the accommodation for free.

Will I have access to a phone?

We’ll help you get set up with a plan during orientation and we will provide a Thai SIM card for you. 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, but we recommend using FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts with wifi (which is free!).

We recommend obtaining a Thai carrier during orientation (we will help with this) and cancelling your plan (or suspending it) that you have back home. US based plans like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc. are VERY expensive to use in Thailand.

What holidays will I have off?

You will have all National Thai holidays off! Please remember, Thailand is mostly a Buddhist country, so you might not get time off for holidays like Christmas or other similar holidays. Thai schools usually do have some time off for New Years.

Will teachers need malaria pills?

All teachers need to consult a qualified medical practitioner or travel doctor about taking malaria medication when traveling 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 100% that you will not catch it.

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. When it comes down to it, it will depend on your lifestyle. Most of our teachers report being able to save more than 40% of their salaries each month! Most of them use this to travel or backpack after their teaching contract before heading home.

Can I use my credit card in Thailand?

Major credit cards are accepted by hotels and large stores, 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. You can use your ATM card to withdraw cash from a back account back home if you need access to more cash before you start being paid. Once you start working, you will have a Thai bank account where your salary can be withdrawn from.

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 salary is deposited at the end of every working month.


All participants will participate in a week long orientation upon arrival, whether you are taking the TESOL course or not. All participants who are already certified or majored in Education, will have their orientation in Hua Hin, while those taking the TESOL course will have their orientation in their chosen TESOL course location, either Hua Hin or Chiang Mai.

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. Orientation includes important activities and classes on what to expect on your program, Thai language, and local culture. Accommodation is included for the duration of orientation, as well as for the duration of the course for those staying an additional 3 weeks for certification.

Orientation week is full of fun activities and excursions, which are included in the program:

  • Thai Culture and History lessons
  • Muay Thai lessons
  • Thai cooking class
  • Visit to our Stray Dog Rescue Project for those in Hua Hin
  • Basic Thai language classes
  • Market tour with the Thai staff, to help learn basic phrases and how to buy items at a market
  • Beach BBQ at Khao Takiab beach (Hua Hin) or Welcome Dinner at a local Thai restaurant (Chiang Mai) on the last night of orientation
  • “Chat” with a monk to learn more about meditation, Buddhism, and Thai culture
  • Visit to Buddhist temples or shrines in the area (Khao Tao temple in Hua Hin and Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai)

Some Things You Might See During Orientation in Thailand


Placements will be made all over the country of Thailand in over 100 towns and cities throughout the country. Your students’ ages, class sizes and their English proficiency will also vary from school to school. As you can see below, over 50% of our teachers are placed in central or southern Thailand, and over 60% are placed in medium sized to large urban areas.

Check out our list of past Thailand placements to see where our Greenheart Travel teachers have been placed!

Below, you can see our top 5 placement locations and a bit more information

Placement Process

A few weeks before you leave for Thailand, you will be able to submit a form explaining your placement preferences. We cannot guarantee your placement preferences can be met 100%, but we will try our hardest to place you somewhere where you will be happy. The more open with your preferences you can be, the easier it will be for them to be met. For example, “I’d like to be placed in a mid-sized city where I can learn about Thai culture” is an easier preference to meet than “I want to be placed in {particular city}”. The placement team is a team of both Thai and Western staff, and they are experts at matching participants with placement cities they think are a great match.

You will receive your placement information once you arrive in Thailand, during the orientation or TESOL course. During your first week in Thailand, you will have a one on one meeting with a member of the placement team to review the placement preferences you submitted. We highly recommend that you remain open and flexible about where you are placed. This program is first and foremost about the students and schools that need teachers, and we have schools all over the country who are excited to have you!

We place teachers once they arrive in Thailand for a number of reasons:

  1. 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.
  2. This is especially true in the bigger cities and urban areas, where demand is high and schools are able to find plenty of teachers who can start right away. Typically, a school will want you start within 2 weeks of offering a job, which is why we place you when you arrive. Most “place ahead” programs are only able to offer jobs in places with less demand, like rural areas, due to this factor.

Why Greenheart Travel?

Greenheart Travel has been working in Thailand for many years, and there are advantages of applying for this program through us:

  • 33 years of experience with cultural exchange programs
  • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from your program manager, Kara, who has taught English abroad in Thailand.
  • Connect with alumni and others on the program via our Greenheart Travel only Facebook forums, before you even leave!
  • We try and make our program fees as inclusive as we can. We include things like extensive medical insurance for 4 months (medical maximum of $150,000 and prescription coverage with $0 copay) and accommodation for the entire TESOL course in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, so you don’t run into any hidden fees down the line.
  • Greenheart Atlas Program. The Greenheart Travel Atlas is a cultural training interactive guidebook alongside five videos where you will find three main topics covered: Personal/Professional Development, Cultural Understanding, & Environmental Awareness.
  • Guaranteed job placement. Take the stress out of finding a job, we 100% guarantee we’ll find one for you!
  • Our alumni recommend us! Reviews // Reviews
  • Hands on support and personal attention every step of the way
  • 24/7 emergency phone number to reach a staff member at any time
  • Pre-departure “Culture Shock and Adjustment” Webinar before you leave
  • Discounts for future Greenheart Travel programs
  • We are a non-profit, mission based organization
  • Continued support throughout your contract

We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel teachers and alumni!

Greenheart Grants

Greenheart Grants are funds awarded to Greenheart Travel participants to use for community development projects in their host or home country. A Greenheart Grant is the opportunity to create, improve, or maintain an impactful, community-focused project abroad or at home. Grant funds could be applied to supporting women’s cooperatives, schools, community centers, or health clinics, for example. Grant winners will be featured on our website, social media, and blog. You can see our past winners on our blog here.

Greenheart Alumni Program

We created the Greenheart Travel Alumni Program to provide resources and a community to support alumni in their advancement as global leaders, and a way to celebrate and reward our participants for being ambitious, inspiring catalysts of cultural exchange!

Greenheart Global Leaders Conference

Each August Greenheart offers full ride scholarships to over 40 alumni to attend our annual conference in Washington, DC. Participants even get a chance to advocate for cultural exchange in a presentation to the US Department of State. You can see more about what GGLC is and what you could do at the conference here.

Application Steps

1. You can start the application here: Greenheart Travel Application. This first step includes things like your name, address and chosen start date and should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Once complete, you will receive a link to a digital Terms and Conditions form.

2. Sign our online Terms and Conditions Document. These are our basic policies like cancellation policies, deferral policies, etc.

3. Submit your $300 deposit. A deposit is required in order to apply for the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. We only have the resources to interview serious applicants for this program, which is why we require the deposit ahead of the interview. We get thousands of applications each year, and while we wish we could meet everyone, we only have the time to interview those who are committed to participating. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.

4. Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. Links to this part will be emailed to you. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts.

5. Submit your required documents (below) at the link provided.

6. Schedule your video interview! Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application deposit, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.

7. You’re accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within a 1-2 weeks of their interviews.

8. Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment deposit within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program.

9. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Thailand!

Required Documents To Apply:

  • Application (done online)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Resume
  • Criminal Record Check
    • Greenheart Travel runs this for Americans as part of the application for acceptance onto the program. After acceptance, however, Americans will have to obtain a government issued check to bring to Thailand with them to submit to their school.
    • Those from the UK are required to submit an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) and bring a copy with them to Thailand
  • Copy of your University Degree or Transcript
    • If you are a current university student graduating in the future, you can upload current unofficial transcripts

Physical Documents

You will need to bring the following physical documents with you to Thailand in order for the school to process your work permit. We will provide extensive directions on how to obtain these after your acceptance to the program:

  • Original Bachelors Degree Diploma
    • Those from the UK are required to have their degree notarized, apostilled, and legalized by the Thai Embassy in London.
  • Government Issued Background Check (local, state, or national level)
  • Transcripts from your Bachelor’s degree, sealed in the envelope

Schedule a Call

Have questions or want to talk to the program manager, Kara? Set up a time to have a phone call below.

Not sure where to start? Schedule a phone call with the Teach in Thailand program manager, Kara, to discuss questions about the program. She also lived and taught English in Thailand herself!