How to Get a Job Teaching English in Thailand

June 23, 2013 by


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Thailand attracts more international travellers than any other country in the world because of its growing export and tourism sectors. This has made it necessary for Thais to learn English in order to manage their day-to-day lives. As a large number of Thais work in the tourism and other related industries and many students study abroad, mainly in the US and UK, there is a demand for qualified people to teach English in Thailand.

Teaching English in Thailand

Teaching English In Thailand – Criteria To Be Satisfied

If you are looking to take up teaching jobs in Thailand, then you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You must have at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • You must have regional teaching certification or license.
  • You must have at least 2 years of relevant teaching experience (for higher paid jobs only but not necessary for lower paid roles).

Native English speakers usually get preference over Asians. If you have a specific teaching qualification like a degree in education, teacher certification from your own country, master’s degree and specific TEFL qualification like CELTA, then you may be better equipped to find English language teaching jobs in Thailand. A majority of the foreigners teaching in Thailand are males. Therefore, there is always a great deal of demand for female teachers, especially for teaching younger kids.

Teaching English In Thailand – Where to find Positions

Teaching positions are available in regular Thai schools, both in the primary and high schools located in every nook and corner of the country. There are several language institutes located in Bangkok and other provinces in the country, smaller private language schools, international schools that follow the UK and US school curriculum and universities and institutes that provide English language training to businesses. These institutions design the course and position teachers at the company premises for short periods of time to teach English to the staff members. Finally, there are a number of agencies that recruit and send English language teachers to schools as well as companies. The English language teaching industry has seen a lot of development over the last two decades.

How Much Is A Teacher Paid In Thailand

Teaching English in Thailand is one of the easiest jobs to do and therefore the payment is also lower compared to other jobs. Typically, salaries are paid on the last day of every month. However, some schools are known to pay salaries twice a month, on the 15th and the last day of the month. Most schools transfer salaries directly to your bank account, but there are schools that pay check (this is just something that you will have to sort out when you get there). If you don’t have a work permit or are doing work on a part time basis, then you may be paid by cash or check.

Salaries vary widely. If you are an unqualified teacher who has little or no experience, then you can expect a salary of 25,000 baht per month. Experienced and qualified teachers earn around 35,000 baht a month. Low-end language schools may pay around 20,000 to 30,000 baht. If you are able to get hold of a teaching job in a better language school, you may earn around 60,000 baht a month. The international schools may pay a salary of 100,000 baht a month. High schools, language schools at The British Council and international schools pay the highest salaries.

Part-timers are paid at the rate of 250 baht per hour at the lower end and up to 1,000 baht per hour by organizations that engage language teachers. However, corporate teaching jobs are generally available after 5 O’clock in the evening when the staff members finish the day’s work.

Dress Code For Teachers

If you are well dressed, you are likely to land up better teaching positions. Dress standards vary from one school to another. For men, it is invariably trousers, shirt and tie. For females, the standards are a little more flexible, but dresses that are revealing are not encouraged. If you present yourself badly, you may not be able to win the respect of students quickly.

Where To Look For Teaching Jobs

Undoubtedly, the best place that you can turn to when looking for a teaching job in Thailand is Ajarn.com set up by Ian McMamara in 1999. The website wherein large numbers of jobs get listed every week is now being run by Bangkok Phil. Apart from job listings, the website also provides a great deal of information related to teaching in the country. You can also go door knocking, but you must carry your credentials and a copy of your CV with a photo attached to it. Also, make sure that you’re wearing your best dress.

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About Matthew Barby

There are few things that Matt loves more than to be sitting on a sunny beach with a cold beer, listening to a bit of Joy Division. Alongside this he's a big food-lover and a seasoned pescetarian, a complete Twitter-whore and spends far too long in front of the mirror in the morning. Get in touch with Matt through Twitter, Google+ or on either his pescetarian food blog or his digital marketing blog.