Overview

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 already packaged in: airport pickup, 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
    • Placement Only Option: $1,570 USD
    • Placement + TESOL Course Option: $2,370 USD
    • Summer 6 Week Program: $1550
    • See what’s included here!
  • Short contracts (6 weeks, 2 months, 6 months) with the ability to extend as many times as you’d like.
  • Placements in kindergartens, elementary, middle, high schools, and universities
  • Monthly start dates, year round

Learning a second language in countries like Thailand, where tourism is a major part of the economy and where the country is developing quickly, can be a ticket to a better life. 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.

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More Info:

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Costs Accommodation
FAQs Orientation
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What's Included

Please note, all prices are listed in USD

  • Teaching Placement Only: $1,570**
  • Teaching Placement + TESOL course: $2,370**
  • Summer 6 Week Program: $1550

**$400 discount for those who arrive on our peak hiring dates (April 2 or 30)

It is free to extend your program for additional semesters!

In order to interview you will need to submit a $300 deposit which works towards your total program fee. If you do not pass the interview and are not accepted, you will receive this deposit back in full. After your interview and acceptance you will also be asked to submit a $300 commitment deposit to secure your spot on your chosen start date, and this also works towards your total program fee.  The rest of your balance is due after acceptance, 6 weeks before departure. You’re welcome to pay off your balance in as many “installments” as you want leading up to the 6 week mark before you leave.

Program Includes:

  • Full time, paid teaching placement in Thailand with a guaranteed salary of at least 30,000 THB per month (most teachers are able to save over 30% of their salary every month)
  • If you are accepted to the program, our placement success rate upon arrival in Thailand is 100%
  • International medical and accident insurance coverage provided through Greenheart Travel for the first 4 months ($200 value)
  • Accommodation during full training period in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai
  • Pre-departure support and online webinar orientation from your experienced Greenheart Travel Program Manager, Sara!
  • Airport pickup
  • One week comprehensive orientation upon arrival including all excursions
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin (Chiang Mai participants will fly directly to Chiang Mai)
  • 24 hour in-country support for duration of the program
  • Free Background Check for US Citizens built into the application process ($50 value)
  • “Culture Smart” Thailand Customs & Culture Guidebook
  • Greenheart Travel T-Shirt

*Program does not include: your airfare to Bangkok or Chiang Mai, visa fee ($80 USD), meals, daily local transportation, or rent during your teaching contract. Accommodation assistance is provided with the program, but rent will be your responsibility.

Why do I have to pay for a job?

Our free or cheaper programs are usually fully funded by the Ministry of Education in our partner country. 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 your orientation and excursions, accommodation during orientation (and the TESOL course if you add that on), support staff, airport pickup, 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! You can read more here.

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Eligibility

  • 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 4 year degree that is equivalent 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 Ire or UK) you will need to provide proof of your English fluency. Please email your program manager, Sara, for more information at sthacker@greenheart.org. 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.

Course at a Glance

  • 120-hour TESOL Certification Course
  • Intensive 3-week, in-person training following the one week orientation
  • Locations
    • Hua Hin
    • Chiang Mai
  • Fully accredited and the certification lasts for your lifetime.

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.

Read more about how to pick a start date.

Upcoming Hua Hin Start Dates:
February 19, 2018 — Deadline Dec 19
April 2, 2018 — Deadline Feb 2 — $400 Discount for this date – peak hiring season
April 30, 2018 — Deadline Feb 30 — $400 Discount for this date – peak hiring season
May 28, 2018 — Deadline Mar 28
June 25, 2018 — Deadline Apr 25
July 23, 2018 — Deadline May 23
August 20, 2018 — Deadline Jun 20
October 1, 2018– Deadline Aug 1
October 29, 2018 — Deadline Aug 29
November 26, 2018 — Deadline Sept 26

Upcoming Chiang Mai Start Dates
April 2, 2018 — Deadline Jan 2 — $400 Discount for this date – peak hiring season
April 30, 2018 — Deadline Jan 30 — $400 Discount for this date – peak hiring season
October 1, 2018– Deadline Aug 1
October 29, 2018 — Deadline Aug 29

Six Week Summer Program Start Dates (more info):
June 11, 2018 to July 27, 2017 — Deadline Feb 15
July 2, 2018 to August 17, 2017 — Deadline Feb 15

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

Semester and Contract End Dates:

The Thai school year is as follows:

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

You will work until the end of the current semester that is in session when you arrive. 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.

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.

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

Accommodation

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 – saving you around $300. For those who don’t need the certification, your first week during orientation is still packaged in.

In Your Placement City

Assistance in finding accommodation once you arrive to your placement is included in the program.

Your school will 99% of the time have an apartment waiting for you when you arrive to your placement. Most of the time, the apartment will be presented to you as part of your job offer, before you accept it. Most often, teachers live in basic, single, 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.

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 an apartment on this program.

We also don’t “provide” accommodation by paying your rent, because it’s so cheap! Many programs that include this, take much more than $75 – $100 out of your salary to compensate for paying your rent.

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 or share an apartment. However, this will depend on the placement.

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

Summer Program

In addition to our school-year contracts, we also offer several short-term summer positions with slightly different program details.  If you only have the summer off, this is a perfect way to get abroad for that time! Please note this Summer short term program is only available to already certified teachers.

  • Paid short-term English teaching positions in schools throughout Thailand
  • Salary of around THB 35,000-40,000 for the duration of your program (six weeks)
  • Program Dates
    • June 11 – July 27
    • July 2 – August 17
  • Deadline to Apply: February 15th
  • Program fee: $1550
  • Requirements: Completed bachelor’s degree in Education, valid teaching license, or TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification of at least 100 hours.
  • 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
  • When applying please choose “Thailand Summer” as your program

FAQs

Do I need a TEFL/TESOL certification?

A TEFL certification is required for our program in Thailand, unless you majored in Education or have a teaching license. It can already be a difficult transition, moving to Thailand, but when you also are untrained and unprepared to succeed in your job it can be overwhelming. All Teach in Thailand participants can add on a 3 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!

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 GoOverseas.com or GoAbroad.com!

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.

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. Most of the time we can place you together at the same school. Sometimes, you may find that instead you are placed in different schools close to each other in the same city, so that you can still live together in the same accommodation. We can guarantee placements together so that you can live together.

If I’m not coming with a friend, is there usually another teacher from the program in the same school or same town?

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 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.

This program is very social and all of the teachers travel and hang out together on the weekends. Please also remember that a big part of this program is experiencing a new culture and meeting and making friends with Thai people, not just those who speak English fluently. Many teachers become very close with the Thai coworkers they work with closely too! Having Thai friends is a great way to get to know the culture! They are also an invaluable resource if you need anything. No matter where you are in the country, you’re not alone.

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.

Only around 4-5% of our placements are in very rural areas, and these people have usually requested a rural placement – as a way to experience cultural immersion as much as possible.

I am a certified teacher/majored in Education, but 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.

Why does Greenheart Travel charge a program fee?

Our free programs are free because they are fully funded by the government in our partner country. 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 your program support and guidance, orientation and excursions, accommodation during orientation (and the TESOL course if you add that on), support staff before and after you arrive, airport pickup, transportation, insurance, 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! You can read more here: http://greenhearttravel.org/general/so-what-is-a-non-profit

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 (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 provide you with a visa invitation letter, which will allow you to apply for a Non Immigrant B visa at your nearest Thai consulate or embassy.

The visa cost will be $80 USD. 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 (at least $1,500 to get by until you get your first pay check). Teachers will also need to purchase their own visas, which cost $80.

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 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 – end of February
break for March and April

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. 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.

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.

 

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 (GBP 0.85, USD 1.25) Still, some schools 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).

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 cities. 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 and what speed you’d like to have installed. Mobile internet SIM cards are available for about 800 THB 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 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. You can get your phone unlocked in Thailand if you are unable to before you arrive, for around $50 USD. 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 obtaining a Thai carrier during orientation (we will help with this) and cancelling your plan (or suspending it) that you have back home. Plans like Verizon, Sprint, etc. are VERY expensive to use in Thailand.

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! 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 I have insurance in Thailand?

You will be covered by comprehensive international medical and accident insurance through Greenheart Travel for four months of your program as part of your program fee, with a $0 deductible. If you wish to extend this coverage through us, if you stay longer than 1 semester, please just contact us!

Will teachers need malaria pills?

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 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!

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 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. 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.

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.

Will I have to pay taxes in Thailand?

Thai income taxes of 3% and health/accident insurance will be automatically deducted from your salary.

Orientation

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.  Meals are not included, but there are many inexpensive, cheap options in the area.

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
  • BBQ party 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

Sample Itinerary - Orientation Hua Hin 2

Placements

Placements will be made all over the country of Thailand in over 100 cities and towns 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 around 75% are placed in medium sized to large urban areas.

Here’s an at-a-glance visual to help you get a sense of our English Teacher Placements in Thailand:

A few weeks before you leave for Thailand, you will be able to submit a form explaining your placement preferences. We cannot guarantee your number placement preferences can be met 100%, but we will try our hardest to place you somewhere where you will be happy.

Applicants are not able to “choose” their placements. Placements depend on how many spots are available in each city or town, and which school sees your resume and decides they’d like to hire you. You will receive your placement information once you arrive in Thailand, during the orientation or TESOL course.

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.
  3. It will give you flexibility, and in some cases teachers receive more than one job offer!

Placement Process

During your first week in Thailand, you will meet 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! Thai schools – as the employer – make final hiring decisions based on their own individual preferences and requirements.

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

Why Greenheart Travel?

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

  • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from your program manager, Sara, who has taught abroad as well as visited the program in Thailand and attended orientation (3 times!)
  • We try and make our program fees as inclusive as we can. We include things like insurance for 4 months 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.
  • Our alumni recommend us! GoOverseas.com Reviews // GoAbroad.com Reviews
  • Our application is completely online and we pay for your background check and run it for you if you’re American ($50 value!)
  • Connect with alumni and others on the program via our Greenheart Travel only Facebook forums, before you even leave!
  • Hands on support and personal attention every step of the way
  • Monthly Pre-departure “Culture Shock and Adjustment” Webinar
  • “Travel For A Change” T-shirt and Thailand Culture Smart! Guide Book
  • 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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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

Required Documents To Apply:

  • Application (done online)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Resume
  • Criminal Record Check
    • Greenheart Travel pays for this for US Citizens as part of the online application
  • Copy of your University Degree or Transcript
    • If you are a current university student graduating in the future, you can upload current unofficial transcripts

Completing Your Application

Applicants will be screened and accepted on a rolling basis. We recommend submitting your application and documents as early as possible to secure a position.

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!

Application Process and Steps

  1. Select the APPLY NOW button to the right. You will be sent your unique link to your online application immediately via email.
  2. Using the unique link emailed to you, fill out the application. This includes things like your name, address and chosen start date.
  3. Sign our Program Terms and Conditions, which will be emailed to you and can be signed online. These are our basic policies like cancellation policies, deferral policies, etc.
  4. Submit your $300 deposit. A deposit is required in order to interview for the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. We only interview serious applicants for this program, which is why we require this deposit. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.
  5. Submit the required documents and run your criminal background check (provided for free for US Citizens)
  6. Schedule your interview! Once you have submitted your online application and paid your deposit, you will be asked to schedule an interview with a Greenheart Travel representative. This will be done online, via video chat, and we will send you the link to join us at your scheduled time.
  7. You’re accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within a few days of their interviews.
  8. After acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $300 Commitment Deposit to secure your spot and start date on the program. This will be due within 14 days of being accepted onto the program. This also goes towards your total program fee as well, and the rest of your balance is due 6 weeks before departure.

The above process can take as little as 1 week to complete, so it’s up to you how quickly you’re able to complete each step.