How to Pick Your Start Date to Teach in Thailand This Year
August 28 – Deadline to apply is June 28
August 28 is a perfect start date for those who want some free time between the orientation/TESOL course and starting school. School won’t start until early November, so you will have around 1 month off to travel between the course and when school starts. Lots of time to explore before you settle into your placement from November – March 2018. Most teachers take this time to get to know Thailand’s beaches or the bustling cities of Bangkok or Chiang Mai, before settling into their daily teaching routine. It’s a lot of fun to have all your new orientation and TESOL course friends to travel with for a month before you spread out into your placements!
September 25 — Deadline to apply is July 25
This will be our biggest start date of the year, as completion of the TESOL certification lines up perfectly with the beginning of the Thai semester which starts in November. This date offers the choice between Hua Hin and Chiang Mai and both locations will be chock full of other TESOL trainees from all over the world embarking on their adventure in Thailand with you. The Chiang Mai course is capped at 60 participants and Hua Hin is capped at around 200. This date is the craziest and most fun of the year, simply because of the volume of newbie teachers coming to Thailand at the same time for orientation and/or TESOL!
October 30, 2017 – Deadline to apply is August 30
This will be our second largest start date of the fall, and the perfect time to arrive to experience Thai culture at it’s best. Celebrate Loi Krathong (the famous Thai Lantern Festival) during your TESOL course with all of the other TESOL trainees! Loi Krathong takes place on November 4th this year and the biggest celebrations in the country of Thailand are in Chiang Mai, so this is the best date for those wanting to take the course in Chiang Mai.
Your contact will end in February/March, with the option to stay longer if you want! Your contract will start in late November (which is the first day of school for some schools, and for others you might start 1-2 weeks into the semester, which is preferred by many schools). Many schools prefer that their foreign teachers come a few weeks after the first day, and won’t be hiring until school starts and they have a grip on the school year ahead of the, so demand is still very high for this start date. For those who don’t need to take the TESOL course, this would be your best option if you don’t want any time to travel before your contract starts (November).
November 27 — Deadline to apply is September 27 – short contract option!
This start date is great for those wanting a shorter contract, as you will begin teaching during the middle of the semester, with an end date in late February/early March. That means your contract is only 2-3 months depending on if you take the TESOL course or not. It’s also free to extend for another semester if you haven’t had your fill just yet!
December 27 — Deadline to apply is October 27 – shortest contract option!
This start date is perfect for those graduating from college in December or just want to be home for the holidays, and are ready to jump right into their teaching adventure. Your first week in Thailand will consist of a New Year’s party on the beach in Hua Hin! This is also a great option for those wanting a short contract, as you will begin teaching during the middle of the semester, with an end date in late February/early March. That means your contract is only 1-2 months depending on if you take the TESOL course or not. It’s also free to extend for another semester if you haven’t had your fill just yet!