How to Pick Your Start Date to Teach in Thailand This Year
The school year in Thailand is not on the same timeline as Western schools, so some start dates are better to arrive than others. We have start dates every month, so you’re welcome to choose ANY time to come to Thailand, and we can place you, but there are some things to consider when choosing a start date. Keep in mind the Thai school year is as follows:
First Semester: May – September
Second Semester: November – March
Break: some of March and all of April
The best times to arrive are at the beginning of either semester, so either April/May (beginning of school year) or September/October (beginning of 2nd semester). Those will be our biggest arrival times!
We also only run our Chiang Mai course on our 4 biggest start dates of the year (at the beginning of each semester) with starts in April, May, Sept, and October. Read on for more information about the benefits to each start date we have coming up soon:
April 15, 2019 (ALL the Options! Chiang Mai or Hua Hin TESOL or Placement Only)
Deadline to apply: February 1, 2019
This is the big one. The Thai school year starts at the beginning of May so if you can arrive to Thailand on ANY start date all year, this would be the best choice of the entire year.
These will be our biggest start dates of the spring, as completion of the TESOL certification lines up perfectly with the beginning of the Thai school year – so this is when demand is HIGHEST in the entire year for hiring teachers. Those who need to be certified will take the TESOL course until the end of April, and then begin your contract from May until the end of September.
If you are someone that wants their best shot at having their placement preferences met, this would be your ideal choice for a start date. We are able to meet more preferences at this time, due to the extremely high demand for English teachers to start in May at the beginning of the school year. Most current teachers leave during the school break of March/April to go home, so this is the point of the year with the most turnover and most demand.
This start date will be full, so we recommend applying well ahead of time if it’s your intended choice. We cap the Chiang Mai TESOL course at 60 participants, and will cap Hua Hin at around 150 typically. These dates could fill up before the deadlines listed above, so it’s important to apply early.
April 29, 2019 (ALL the Options! Chiang Mai or Hua Hin TESOL or Placement Only)
Deadline to apply: February 29, 2019
The Thai school year starts at the beginning of May so if you can arrive to Thailand at ANY time all year, April or May would be the best choice of the entire year.
This date in Hua Hin is the best option for those who have their TEFL/TESOL certification already, or their teaching license and want to do the “Placement Only” program. You will have a one week orientation, and then begin your placement at the beginning of the Thai school year as well. Your contact will end in September, with the option to stay longer if you want.
If you want to take the TESOL on this date, school starts at the beginning of May, but arriving a few weeks into the semester is no problem at all. Many schools actually prefer to get started before hiring their foreign teacher, since the first few weeks of school can be hectic. Demand is still VERY high during May.
This start date will be full also, so we recommend applying well ahead of time if it’s your intended choice. We cap the Chiang Mai TESOL course at 60 participants, and will cap Hua Hin at around 150 typically. These dates could fill up before the deadlines listed above, so it’s important to apply early.
May 27, 2019
Deadline to apply: March 27, 2019
Hua Hin training location only
This start date is perfect for those looking to teach abroad, but aren’t ready to commit to a full semester. The semester is over in September so for those who are already TESOL certified, it’s a 4-month contract and for those taking the course in Hua Hin, it’s only a 3-month contract!
Summer Program: June 10 – July 26, 2019 // July 1 – August 16, 2019
Deadline to apply: April 10, 2019
The summer program is specifically built for already-certified teachers who are looking to do something different for their summer break! Both start dates offer 6-week paid contracts teaching at a Thai public school and will allow teachers to be able to return home in time for the beginning of the school year at home. This is ideal for those who already have a degree in Education, a teaching license or a TESOL course.
June 24, 2019
Deadline to apply: April 24, 2019
Hua Hin training location only
This date is great if you want a short contract. You will work until the end of September when the semester ends, so you will be in Thailand for a total of 3 months (including 1 month of TESOL training if you add that on). If you decide to stay longer you can always extend your contract for another semester (November – March) if you’d like.