Teach English in Thailand

Choosing to teach English in Thailand is a rewarding and affordable option as it offers not only a healthy salary ranging from 25,000 to 40,000 Thai Baht per month, many school holidays and low living expenses but also allows you to experience the true beauty of “The Land of Smiles”, its local people and rich culture.

The decision to teach English in Thailand not only offers travellers the opportunity to save up some money whilst teaching english abroad, it is also a great option for everyone seeking a truly unique adventure and an opportunity to give back to those less privileged.

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Full-time paid teaching English in Thailand positions at schools in Thailand

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Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, high schools

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Teaching English in Thailand TESOL training and cultural orientation. Learn more about TESOL below.

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Access to an Online Teacher Resources whilst teaching English in Thailand, tons of resources!

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Screening and full background checks on schools

Applying is free

YOU ONLY PAY DEPOSIT ONCE ACCEPTED

$400.00

– required once accepted into a program and to begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

How does payment work?

TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
– required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

Final payment: $1650
– required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure

Total Fee: $2050

Thailand Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final payment: $965
Total fee: $1365

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Please note: The program fees above do not include travel insurance and accommodation during the TESOL course. Please refer to the Costs & Budget section of this page for more information.



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Teach English in Thailand Program Information

If you have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to enquire and we will get back to you!

Overview

Engage in a financially sustainable adventure by choosing to teach English in Thailand. Referred to by many foreigners as The Land of Smiles, Thailand holds in its grasp the beauty of a diverse and friendly population; rich in culture, history and tradition.

With the freedom to choose between a vibrant city life and that of a more eloquent and peaceful life in the smaller rural areas, Thailand really has it all!

Watch our short introduction video to get a better understanding of what to expect teaching English in Thailand:

Teach English in Thailand Highlights:

  • Full-time paid teaching English positions at schools in Thailand
  • Monthly salary between 25,000 and 40,000 Thai Baht per month
  • Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, high schools
  • Placements available in cities and small towns
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months) or for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay in Thailand for more than a year
  • Shorter placements can be arranged if you arrive midway through a school term
  • Pre-departure support provided by a former teacher in Thailand
  • 24/7 in-country support in Thailand
  • Teaching English in Thailand TESOL training and cultural orientation
  • Opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture while giving back to the local communities through teaching English

What’s Included

The following is included in TravelBud’s Teach English in Thailand program:

  • Airport Pickup (provided applicants land within four days of the program start date)
  • Cultural excursions – Includes visits to Khao Tao Temple, Hutsadin Elephant Sanctuary, Pineapple Plantation, Artist Village, Muay Thai training, Thai cooking lessons, and Rescue Paws Dog Rescue Shelter
  • Accommodation assistance – Accommodation will provided and arranged for you throughout the program but it will be your financial responsibility. With the low cost of living in Thailand, accommodation is very reasonable
  • 120 hour in-class TESOL Course in Hua Hin – takes place over 4 weeks in the beach town of Hua Hin
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance
  • Screening and full background checks on schools
  • Pre-departure support – Getting necessary visa and documentation prepared and ready prior to departure
  • Thai SIM card
  • Documentation & assistance in opening a Thai bank account. ATM card is optional cost and includes free road and accident insurance – can be very beneficial to have in any country
  • Access to an Online Teacher Resource whilst teaching – Includes tons of lesson plans and flash cards all tailored specifically to teaching English to Thai students within the Thai English curriculum
  • Welcome beach Barbecue (Braai) – takes place at the end of the first week of orientation on the beautiful Khao Takiab beach in Hua Hin

What’s Excluded

  • Accommodation – Some schools provide accommodation free of charge but this is not always the case. We will provide assistance in finding accommodation in Thailand for applicants but this is the financial responsibility of the applicant. Accommodation usually costs around 6500 Thai Baht but can be a lot cheaper if you are placed in a rural town. Visit the “Fees & Budget” section for more information on costs of living in Thailand.
  • Visa Fees – TravelBud provides visa assistance but it is the applicant’s responsibility to pay for visas and couriers.
  • Flights to Thailand – It is the responsibility of the applicant to organize his or her own flights to Thailand. TravelBud will however provide guidance in booking the most affordable and convenient flight
  • Travel Insurance – Everyone is required to obtain travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Thailand which TravelBud will arrange. This will be an additional fee

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the following  requirements in order to be eligible to Teach English in Thailand:

  • Native English speaker – must be a first language English speaker and completely fluent in English
  • Completion of High School (Grade 12)
  • Bachelor Degrees are preferred however non-degree holders can still be placed at schools in Thailand and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Completion of 120 hours in-country TESOL course through TravelBud’s partners in Hua Hin, Thailand. – If you have already completed a TESOL/TEFL course, you may be eligible for placement only in Thailand
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Between 20 and 45 years of age
  • Valid passport from one of the following countries: United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, or Ireland
  • Willing to step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the experience of a lifetime

Important Documents To Bring With You To Thailand:

  • Passport and visa
  • Degree holders: Original degree certificates and original academic transcripts to date – This can be collected from your university or college
  • Criminal Background Check – This will be explained to you in full
  • Electronic Microsoft Word version of your CV / resume
  • Laptop to plan lessons and help with marking/grading
  • Travel Insurance – We provide travel insurance tailored specifically to the needs of English teachers and travellers in Thailand

How Does Payment Work?

TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
– required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

Final payment: $1650
– required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure

Total Fee: $2050

Thailand Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final payment: $965
Total fee: $1365

Recommended Budget

Please note: The budget below is based on the first 2 months of your stay in Thailand during your month of TESOL training in Hua Hin and the first month of teaching while you are waiting for your first pay check.

This budget is designed to serve as a guide and can be less or more depending on your spending preferences.

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Visas The price for your visa varies dependent on your nationality. Please chat to our program coordinators for further guidance.
Flights

Price depends on when you book, where you are travelling from and what sort of ticket you purchase

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Travel Insurance

Price depends on which provider you use, the length of time you are covered for and limits of liability of that insurance

Varies
Food (60 days at 215 Baht per day) 13,000 Baht ($399)
Acommodation (2 months). Based on single occupancy, including a refundable deposit of 6,500 Baht. Of that deposit, you will likely get back 4,500 Baht after expenses for electricity and water. 18,000 Baht ($553)
Entertainment based on a moderate amount of going out during the course and no going out the first month or portion of teaching placement 4,000 Baht ($123)
Transport in Hua Hin and between Hua Hin and Bangkok 3,000 Baht ($92)
Miscellaneous 3,500 Baht ($107)
Total 41,500 Baht ($1,275)

TESOL Training & Dates

Our 120 hour TESOL course will ensure that teachers are properly prepared for teaching English prior to being placed at a school in Thailand. One can expect to learn about and be immersed in all aspects of Thai culture including the country’s history, politics and the Thai language during the orientation program.

The TESOL Course is a 4 week course which takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand and is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English in Thailand. It consists of a 1 week cultural orientation program followed by 3 weeks of theory and practical learning. Below is a brief breakdown of the TESOL course:

  • 120 hours of onsite and off-site instruction and work
  • Comprehensive cultural orientation including four days of in-class lessons on Thai language, culture, society and politics
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • 2 days of practical teaching experience at a local school in Hua Hin
  • Camp facilitation
  • Course book, multiple handouts
  • Graduation certificate, recommendation letter, and graduation ceremony

You will be provided with more information on the TESOL course by our Thailand Specialist and are welcome to read up more on the course here

In-take dates 2017 & 2018

Start Date: Sign-up By:
31 July 2017 05 June 2017
28 August 2017 03 July 2017
25 September 2017 31 July 2017
30 October 2017 04 September 2017
27 November 2017 02 October 2017
27 December 2017 01 November 2017
22 January 2018 27 November 2017
19 February 2018 22 December 2018
02 April 2018 5 February 2018
30 April 2018 05 March 2018
28 May 2018 02 April 2018
25 June 2018 30 April 2018
23 July 2018 28 May 2018
20 August 2018 25 June 2018
01 October 2018 06 August 2018
29 October 2018 03 September 2018
26 November 2018 01 October 2018

Job Placement

Accepted applicants will be provided with a guaranteed job placement in Thailand on completion of the 120 hour in-class TESOL course. A teaching job will be arranged for participants whilst completing the course.

The following is included in the Teach English in Thailand Job Placement fee:

  • A teaching job is arranged for teachers based on their preferences of location in Thailand as well as the age of children they wish to teach (anything from kindergarten to grade 12)
  • Placement preferences cannot be guaranteed but our placement team will do their very best to meet your preferences
  • Placement durations: 1 semester (4 or 5 months) to 1 year – placements can sometimes be arranged for a shorter period of time if you can’t commit to a full semester depending on the time of year
  • Placements are renewable so you can choose to teach at a school in Thailand for more than a year if you wish
  • In-depth screening and full background checks on schools prior to being placed at a school
  • TravelBud’s job placement is based on the close-knit and broad network and relationships our placement team have with the top schools around Thailand
  • Monthly salary of between 25,000 to 40,000 Baht
  • Couples and friends can be placed together
  • Assistance in finding accommodation close to your school
  • Placement can be provided on English camps during the school breaks to help sustain you financially and provide you with some more teaching experience – see the Thai school calender below 
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support

Thailand’s School Calender:

The Thai school calender can change slightly but is typically structured as follows:

Term 1: November to the end of February (+- 4 months)

School break: March to April

Term 2: May to the end of September (+- 5 months)

School break: October

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about teaching English in Thailand. If you would like to read our reviews from past and current English teachers in Thailand, please read our Teaching English in Thailand Reviews

Can my friend or partner come with me?

Yes! We provide friends and couples with placements in the same towns and sometimes at the same schools.

I have already completed a TESOL/TEFL course elsewhere. Do I still need to complete TravelBud’s course in Thailand?

This is possible for degree holders. With many courses out there not being accredited and providing the necessary training, our placement team will first need to review your certificate before accepting you for placement only.

What are travelling costs like?

Taxi’s can range from 60-150 Baht for a 15-30 minute trip. A motorbike taxi is roughly 50 baht.

How safe is it in Thailand?

It is extremely safe.  Like anywhere else it is recommended that you remain alert, however, Thailand is a relatively safe place for both men and women to be alone.

Medical services and insurance?

Yes, some schools do provide this. But with our starter pack, the applicants have the option to sign up for a year’s accident insurance for an extra 700 Baht. This covers them for up to 5000 Baht per visit.

What does the average meal cost?

It’s best to plan on 100 Baht a meal and that includes drink; however, local Thai food can range from 30-60 baht.

Where am I going to stay and how much will the accommodation cost me?

You will stay at the accommodation provided in Hua Hin (where the TESOL course takes place) and it will cost you 6,500 Thai Baht for the month. You will also have to pay a 6,500 deposit which you will get back at the end of your stay minus a fee of about 1,000 to 2,000 Baht for electricity. During your time teaching you will stay at accommodation either arranged by the school, our partners in Thailand or by you personally. Rent will vary between 4000 Baht and 10 000 Baht per month, depending on your location and preference.

Can you guarantee me a job once the course has ended?

Granted we have confirmed that you are eligible to teach English in Thailand after looking through your CV and photograph, you have a bachelor’s degree, meet the other minimal requirements, and you pass the in-class TESOL course, we can guarantee you a job placement once the course is over.

Is airport pick-up provided?

Yes, airport pick-up is provided as long as you land within 4 days prior to the start of your TESOL course.

Do schools provide lunch?

Yes, some do but not all. This will depend on each individual employer and their policy.

What islands job placements are there?

Phuket and Koh Samui. However these positions are hard to get as availability is limited.

What are the age groups you will be teaching?

Anything from primary school to high school. During your TESOL course you can request a preferred age group, but it is not possible to ensure the request is met.

Are there sports after school that you have to attend or teach?

No, but they do have concerts, cultural festivals and after school activities every now and again.

After contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to be out?

You can stay as long as you like as long as you have a job and you maintain a legal Visa status.

How long is the working visa valid for?

Start off on a tourist visa, and then convert to a Non Immigrant B. The following website provides detailed Visa information http://thailand.visahq.com/information.

What activities are happening during evenings and weekends?

Nothing arranged by the school, but we have a network all over Thailand. We can put the applicant in contact with people all over.

Where are the best and worst places to work?

There are no bad places to work as every person has their own preferences; however, we find that there are tremendous benefits to working in both rural and urban areas.

What is the possibility of acquiring a second job to make more money?

Very possible, making a double salary is very common when getting extra work on the side. This can be negotiated through your employer or done privately and usually for English tuition.

How are the authorities?

The authorities are genuinely helpful and professional. They should be treated with respect as in your own home country.

What is phone and Internet connectivity like?

Really good and cheap and there are many places to assist you with this process. You will be provided you with a Thai SIM card upon arrival and will be up and running within the first two days of the course.

What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

Yes, but we don’t often find this to be a problem. If the applicant really dislikes the job and they have a good reason, then we can move them. But they need to understand that this can take time.

Dress code for teaching?

Casual-smart. Typically collar shirts for men and conservative dress for women.

How difficult is the TESOL course? Can one fail?

Yes, one can fail. But if we see that an applicant is not doing well, we will spend more time with the applicant to make sure they pass. We have had people fail or be kicked off, but that is because of other things like bad behavior such as drinking or fighting.

Must the teachers have CV’s?

Yes, it is vital for the job placement process for people wanting to teach English in Thailand

Packing essentials? Sleeping bag, towels?

People can get everything in Thailand, and it’s very cheap. Some of the accommodation does not include bedding, but this can be bought in Thailand. All participants are provided with a detailed packing list before departing for Thailand

Any serious laws they are very strict on in Thailand?

Thailand has a zero tolerance on drug possession and speaking about the Royal Family. It is strongly advised not to speak about either.

What is the level of English and general behaviour of students?

This will vary city to city; however, there is typically beginner knowledge of English throughout the country. Thai students are generally well behaved.

What curriculum will they follow at school?

There is no set curriculum; each school will have their own procedures.

Do your colleagues speak English?

This will greatly depend on which area in Thailand you are working. In the more urban areas such as Bangkok, many teaches will speak good English. In the more rural areas fewer teachers will speak English.

Will you work with any special needs children?

No

What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this work?

This does not occur.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Yes, some schools take off tax at 3%. But normally they don’t take off tax for the first year.

What are the chances of teaching English in neighbour countries?

Very good, TravelBud can arrange this for you. We offer teaching programs in Myanmar, China and South Korea.

Is all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

Yes, most of the time.

When are the school holidays?

Typically Thai government schools have a month holiday in October and two months in March-April. You will be provided with a great deal of spare time to travel when you teach English in Thailand.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

Not much difference, mostly only starting times and salary.

Can participants choose part or full time?

Job positions are generally full time.

Is religion a big issue?

No

What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

If you are fired, TravelBud and our partners will no longer help with job placement.

Are teachers expected to work during school holidays?

Not normally, this will depend on the school.

Can you drink tap water?

It is recommended not to drink the tap water, as there can be bacteria our bodies are unfamiliar with in the West. Bottle water is cheap and it’s safer to go buy a bottle. But if you happen to get a mouth full brushing your teeth, etc., no need for concern.

What are the benefits of completing the 120-hour In-class TESOL Course?

Thai culture and Thai lessons, Network of friends, Closer teacher / trainer relationship, Thai children are unique, practical training gives the applicant an opportunity to get to know how to work with Thai students and provides the best skill set required to teach English in Thailand. Volunteering in Thailand with our non-profit English Camp is a great experience! And looks great on a teacher’s resume. Gets applicants very comfortable to teach English in Thailand.

What if I don’t have a degree, will I be sponsored for a work permit?

For participants that do not have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, it is very difficult to be sponsored for a work permit. The requirement in Thailand is that all teachers possess a four year degree. Because of this, non-degree participants will need to do quarterly or bi-annual visa trips. In some instances a school can apply for a work permit for a non-degree holder through a special exemption process with the Thai government, but this is not the normal case for non-degree holders who choose to teach English in Thailand.

Next Steps

Interested in going to teach English in Thailand but not sure what to do next?

Follow the steps below and we’ll ensure that we make your dream a reality:

  1. Read through all the information on this page
  2. Submit an enquiry form via the Enquire Now section above and we will get back to you within 1 business day with more information
  3. Our Teach Thailand Specialist (with first-hand experience teaching English in Thailand) will set up a time to meet in person or over Skype to talk you through everything, answer your questions, and guide you through the application process
  4. Complete our online application and submit required documentation- only to be done once you have been through all the program information
  5. You will be notified whether you have been accepted onto the program – this shouldn’t take more than 2 business days
  6. Pay the program deposit once accepted onto the program – see “Costs & Budget” section for more information
  7. Once your program deposit has been paid, you will be enrolled in the in-take of your choice and our Thailand Specialist will begin assisting you with all the pre-departure support to get you prepared for the adventure that awaits you.
  8. Fly to Thailand to begin your orientation and training with fellow soon-to-be-teachers
  9. Head to your job placement and let the teaching begin!

If you have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to enquire and we will get back to you!

Overview

Overview

Engage in a financially sustainable adventure by choosing to teach English in Thailand. Referred to by many foreigners as The Land of Smiles, Thailand holds in its grasp the beauty of a diverse and friendly population; rich in culture, history and tradition.

With the freedom to choose between a vibrant city life and that of a more eloquent and peaceful life in the smaller rural areas, Thailand really has it all!

Watch our short introduction video to get a better understanding of what to expect:

Teach English in Thailand Highlights:

  • Full-time paid teaching positions at schools in Thailand
  • Monthly salary between 25,000 and 40,000 Thai Baht per month
  • Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, high schools
  • Placements available in cities and small towns
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months) or for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay in Thailand for more than a year
  • Shorter placements can be arranged if you arrive midway through a school term
  • Pre-departure support provided by a former teacher in Thailand
  • 24/7 in-country support in Thailand
  • TESOL training and cultural orientation
  • Opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture while giving back to the local communities through teaching English
What's Included

What’s Included

The following is included in TravelBud’s Teach English in Thailand program:

  • Airport Pickup (provided applicants land within four days of the program start date)
  • Cultural excursions – Includes visits to Khao Tao Temple, Hutsadin Elephant Sanctuary, Pineapple Plantation, Artist Village, Muay Thai training, Thai cooking lessons, and Rescue Paws Dog Rescue Shelter
  • Accommodation assistance – Accommodation will provided and arranged for you throughout the program but it will be your financial responsibility. With the low cost of living in Thailand, accommodation is very reasonable
  • 120 hour in-class TESOL Course in Hua Hin – takes place over 4 weeks in the beach town of Hua Hin
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance
  • Screening and full background checks on schools
  • Pre-departure support – Getting necessary visa and documentation prepared and ready prior to departure
  • Thai SIM card
  • Documentation & assistance in opening a Thai bank account. ATM card is optional cost and includes free road and accident insurance – can be very beneficial to have in any country
  • Access to an Online Teacher Resource whilst teaching – Includes tons of lesson plans and flash cards all tailored specifically to teaching English to Thai students within the Thai English curriculum
  • Welcome beach Barbecue (Braai) – takes place at the end of the first week of orientation on the beautiful Khao Takiab beach in Hua Hin

What’s Excluded

  • Accommodation – Some schools provide accommodation free of charge but this is not always the case. We will provide assistance in finding accommodation in Thailand for applicants but this is the financial responsibility of the applicant. Accommodation usually costs around 6500 Thai Baht but can be a lot cheaper if you are placed in a rural town. Visit the “Fees & Budget” section for more information on costs of living in Thailand.
  • Visa Fees – TravelBud provides visa assistance but it is the applicant’s responsibility to pay for visas and couriers.
  • Flights to Thailand – It is the responsibility of the applicant to organize his or her own flights to Thailand. TravelBud will however provide guidance in booking the most affordable and convenient flight
  • Travel Insurance – Everyone is required to obtain travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Thailand which TravelBud will arrange. This will be an additional fee
Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the following  requirements in order to be eligible to Teach English in Thailand:

  • Native English speaker – must be a first language English speaker and completely fluent in English
  • Completion of High School (Grade 12)
  • Bachelor Degrees are preferred however non-degree holders can still be placed at schools in Thailand and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Completion of 120 hours in-country TESOL course through TravelBud’s partners in Hua Hin, Thailand. – If you have already completed a TESOL/TEFL course, you may be eligible for placement only in Thailand
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Between 20 and 45 years of age
  • Valid passport from one of the following countries: United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, or Ireland
  • Willing to step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the experience of a lifetime

Important Documents To Bring With You To Thailand:

  • Passport and visa
  • Degree holders: Original degree certificates and original academic transcripts to date – This can be collected from your university or college
  • Criminal Background Check – This will be explained to you in full
  • Electronic Microsoft Word version of your CV / resume
  • Laptop to plan lessons and help with marking/grading
  • Travel Insurance – We provide travel insurance tailored specifically to the needs of English teachers and travellers in Thailand
Costs & Budget

How Does Payment Work?

TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
– required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

Final payment: $1650
– required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure

Total Fee: $2050

Thailand Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final payment: $965
Total fee: $1365

Recommended Budget

Please note: The budget below is based on the first 2 months of your stay in Thailand during your month of TESOL training in Hua Hin and the first month of teaching while you are waiting for your first pay check.

This budget is designed to serve as a guide and can be less or more depending on your spending preferences.

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Budget Item Cost
Visas The price for your visa varies dependent on your nationality. Please chat to our program coordinators for further guidance.
Flights

Price depends on when you book, where you are travelling from and what sort of ticket you purchase

Varies
Travel Insurance

Price depends on which provider you use, the length of time you are covered for and limits of liability of that insurance

Varies
Food (60 days at 215 Baht per day) 13,000 Baht ($399)
Acommodation (2 months). Based on single occupancy, including a refundable deposit of 6,500 Baht. Of that deposit, you will likely get back 4,500 Baht after expenses for electricity and water. 18,000 Baht ($553)
Entertainment based on a moderate amount of going out during the course and no going out the first month or portion of teaching placement 4,000 Baht ($123)
Transport in Hua Hin and between Hua Hin and Bangkok 3,000 Baht ($92)
Miscellaneous 3,500 Baht ($107)
Total 41,500 Baht ($1,275)
TESOL Training

TESOL Training & Dates

Our 120 hour TESOL course will ensure that teachers are properly prepared for teaching English prior to being placed at a school in Thailand. One can expect to learn about and be immersed in all aspects of Thai culture including the country’s history, politics and the Thai language during the orientation program.

The TESOL Course is a 4 week course which takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand and is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English in Thailand. It consists of a 1 week cultural orientation program followed by 3 weeks of theory and practical learning. Below is a brief breakdown of the TESOL course:

  • 120 hours of onsite and off-site instruction and work
  • Comprehensive cultural orientation including four days of in-class lessons on Thai language, culture, society and politics
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • 2 days of practical teaching experience at a local school in Hua Hin
  • Camp facilitation
  • Course book, multiple handouts
  • Graduation certificate, recommendation letter, and graduation ceremony

You will be provided with more information on the TESOL course by our Thailand Specialist and are welcome to read up more on the course here

In-take dates 2017 & 2018

Start Date: Sign-up By:
31 July 2017 05 June 2017
28 August 2017 03 July 2017
25 September 2017 31 July 2017
30 October 2017 04 September 2017
27 November 2017 02 October 2017
27 December 2017 01 November 2017
22 January 2018 27 November 2017
19 February 2018 22 December 2018
02 April 2018 5 February 2018
30 April 2018 05 March 2018
28 May 2018 02 April 2018
25 June 2018 30 April 2018
23 July 2018 28 May 2018
20 August 2018 25 June 2018
01 October 2018 06 August 2018
29 October 2018 03 September 2018
26 November 2018 01 October 2018
Job Placement

Job Placement

Accepted applicants will be provided with a guaranteed job placement in Thailand on completion of the 120 hour in-class TESOL course. A teaching job will be arranged for participants whilst completing the course.

The following is included in the Teach English in Thailand Job Placement fee:

  • A teaching job is arranged for teachers based on their preferences of location in Thailand as well as the age of children they wish to teach (anything from kindergarten to grade 12)
  • Placement preferences cannot be guaranteed but our placement team will do their very best to meet your preferences
  • Placement durations: 1 semester (4 or 5 months) to 1 year – placements can sometimes be arranged for a shorter period of time if you can’t commit to a full semester depending on the time of year
  • Placements are renewable so you can choose to teach at a school in Thailand for more than a year if you wish
  • In-depth screening and full background checks on schools prior to being placed at a school
  • TravelBud’s job placement is based on the close-knit and broad network and relationships our placement team have with the top schools around Thailand
  • Monthly salary of between 25,000 to 40,000 Baht
  • Couples and friends can be placed together
  • Assistance in finding accommodation close to your school
  • Placement can be provided on English camps during the school breaks to help sustain you financially and provide you with some more teaching experience – see the Thai school calender below 
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support

Thailand’s School Calender:

The Thai school calender can change slightly but is typically structured as follows:

Term 1: November to the end of February (+- 4 months)

School break: March to April

Term 2: May to the end of September (+- 5 months)

School break: October

FAQ & Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about teaching English in Thailand. If you would like to read our reviews from past and current English teachers in Thailand, please read our Teaching English in Thailand Reviews

Can my friend or partner come with me?

Yes! We provide friends and couples with placements in the same towns and sometimes at the same schools.

I have already completed a TESOL/TEFL course elsewhere. Do I still need to complete TravelBud’s course in Thailand?

This is possible for degree holders. With many courses out there not being accredited and providing the necessary training, our placement team will first need to review your certificate before accepting you for placement only.

What are travelling costs like?

Taxi’s can range from 60-150 Baht for a 15-30 minute trip. A motorbike taxi is roughly 50 baht.

How safe is it in Thailand?

It is extremely safe.  Like anywhere else it is recommended that you remain alert, however, Thailand is a relatively safe place for both men and women to be alone.

Medical services and insurance?

Yes, some schools do provide this. But with our starter pack, the applicants have the option to sign up for a year’s accident insurance for an extra 700 Baht. This covers them for up to 5000 Baht per visit.

What does the average meal cost?

It’s best to plan on 100 Baht a meal and that includes drink; however, local Thai food can range from 30-60 baht.

Where am I going to stay and how much will the accommodation cost me?

You will stay at the accommodation provided in Hua Hin (where the TESOL course takes place) and it will cost you 6,500 Thai Baht for the month. You will also have to pay a 6,500 deposit which you will get back at the end of your stay minus a fee of about 1,000 to 2,000 Baht for electricity. During your time teaching you will stay at accommodation either arranged by the school, our partners in Thailand or by you personally. Rent will vary between 4000 Baht and 10 000 Baht per month, depending on your location and preference.

Can you guarantee me a job once the course has ended?

Granted we have confirmed that you are eligible to teach English in Thailand after looking through your CV and photograph, you have a bachelor’s degree, meet the other minimal requirements, and you pass the in-class TESOL course, we can guarantee you a job placement once the course is over.

Is airport pick-up provided?

Yes, airport pick-up is provided as long as you land within 4 days prior to the start of your TESOL course.

Do schools provide lunch?

Yes, some do but not all. This will depend on each individual employer and their policy.

What islands job placements are there?

Phuket and Koh Samui. However these positions are hard to get as availability is limited.

What are the age groups you will be teaching?

Anything from primary school to high school. During your TESOL course you can request a preferred age group, but it is not possible to ensure the request is met.

Are there sports after school that you have to attend or teach?

No, but they do have concerts, cultural festivals and after school activities every now and again.

After contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to be out?

You can stay as long as you like as long as you have a job and you maintain a legal Visa status.

How long is the working visa valid for?

Start off on a tourist visa, and then convert to a Non Immigrant B. The following website provides detailed Visa information http://thailand.visahq.com/information.

What activities are happening during evenings and weekends?

Nothing arranged by the school, but we have a network all over Thailand. We can put the applicant in contact with people all over.

Where are the best and worst places to work?

There are no bad places to work as every person has their own preferences; however, we find that there are tremendous benefits to working in both rural and urban areas.

What is the possibility of acquiring a second job to make more money?

Very possible, making a double salary is very common when getting extra work on the side. This can be negotiated through your employer or done privately and usually for English tuition.

How are the authorities?

The authorities are genuinely helpful and professional. They should be treated with respect as in your own home country.

What is phone and Internet connectivity like?

Really good and cheap and there are many places to assist you with this process. You will be provided you with a Thai SIM card upon arrival and will be up and running within the first two days of the course.

What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

Yes, but we don’t often find this to be a problem. If the applicant really dislikes the job and they have a good reason, then we can move them. But they need to understand that this can take time.

Dress code for teaching?

Casual-smart. Typically collar shirts for men and conservative dress for women.

How difficult is the TESOL course? Can one fail?

Yes, one can fail. But if we see that an applicant is not doing well, we will spend more time with the applicant to make sure they pass. We have had people fail or be kicked off, but that is because of other things like bad behavior such as drinking or fighting.

Must the teachers have CV’s?

Yes, it is vital for the job placement process for people wanting to teach English in Thailand

Packing essentials? Sleeping bag, towels?

People can get everything in Thailand, and it’s very cheap. Some of the accommodation does not include bedding, but this can be bought in Thailand. All participants are provided with a detailed packing list before departing for Thailand

Any serious laws they are very strict on in Thailand?

Thailand has a zero tolerance on drug possession and speaking about the Royal Family. It is strongly advised not to speak about either.

What is the level of English and general behaviour of students?

This will vary city to city; however, there is typically beginner knowledge of English throughout the country. Thai students are generally well behaved.

What curriculum will they follow at school?

There is no set curriculum; each school will have their own procedures.

Do your colleagues speak English?

This will greatly depend on which area in Thailand you are working. In the more urban areas such as Bangkok, many teaches will speak good English. In the more rural areas fewer teachers will speak English.

Will you work with any special needs children?

No

What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this work?

This does not occur.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Yes, some schools take off tax at 3%. But normally they don’t take off tax for the first year.

What are the chances of teaching English in neighbour countries?

Very good, TravelBud can arrange this for you. We offer teaching programs in Myanmar, China and South Korea.

Is all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

Yes, most of the time.

When are the school holidays?

Typically Thai government schools have a month holiday in October and two months in March-April. You will be provided with a great deal of spare time to travel when you teach English in Thailand.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

Not much difference, mostly only starting times and salary.

Can participants choose part or full time?

Job positions are generally full time.

Is religion a big issue?

No

What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

If you are fired, TravelBud and our partners will no longer help with job placement.

Are teachers expected to work during school holidays?

Not normally, this will depend on the school.

Can you drink tap water?

It is recommended not to drink the tap water, as there can be bacteria our bodies are unfamiliar with in the West. Bottle water is cheap and it’s safer to go buy a bottle. But if you happen to get a mouth full brushing your teeth, etc., no need for concern.

What are the benefits of completing the 120-hour In-class TESOL Course?

Thai culture and Thai lessons, Network of friends, Closer teacher / trainer relationship, Thai children are unique, practical training gives the applicant an opportunity to get to know how to work with Thai students and provides the best skill set required to teach English in Thailand. Volunteering in Thailand with our non-profit English Camp is a great experience! And looks great on a teacher’s resume. Gets applicants very comfortable to teach English in Thailand.

What if I don’t have a degree, will I be sponsored for a work permit?

For participants that do not have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, it is very difficult to be sponsored for a work permit. The requirement in Thailand is that all teachers possess a four year degree. Because of this, non-degree participants will need to do quarterly or bi-annual visa trips. In some instances a school can apply for a work permit for a non-degree holder through a special exemption process with the Thai government, but this is not the normal case for non-degree holders who choose to teach English in Thailand.

Next Steps

Next Steps

Interested in going to teach English in Thailand but not sure what to do next?

Follow the steps below and we’ll ensure that we make your dream a reality:

  1. Read through all the information on this page
  2. Submit an enquiry form via the Enquire Now section above and we will get back to you within 1 business day with more information
  3. Our Teach Thailand Specialist (with first-hand experience teaching English in Thailand) will set up a time to meet in person or over Skype to talk you through everything, answer your questions, and guide you through the application process
  4. Complete our online application and submit required documentation- only to be done once you have been through all the program information
  5. You will be notified whether you have been accepted onto the program – this shouldn’t take more than 2 business days
  6. Pay the program deposit once accepted onto the program – see “Costs & Budget” section for more information
  7. Once your program deposit has been paid, you will be enrolled in the in-take of your choice and our Thailand Specialist will begin assisting you with all the pre-departure support to get you prepared for the adventure that awaits you.
  8. Fly to Thailand to begin your orientation and training with fellow soon-to-be-teachers
  9. Head to your job placement and let the teaching begin!
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TEACH ENGLISH IN THAILAND REVIEWS

Travelbud has made a nerve-racking decision to move from a tiny town to the other side of the world, the easiest thing to do. The team has been there every step of the way and assisted me with everything I needed to know for the teach english in thailand program including my visa application, resume and flights, amongst many other things.

The team is extremely efficient and every query and question (even the silly ones) are always answered within seconds, literally. I am so excited for my upcoming travels and I feel safe and confident because I know that if I need a little help or guidance that Travelbud will only be a phone call, text message or email away. Thanks guys, you are the best!

Natalie Marais, Thailand

Travelbud has been absolutely amazing in assisting me with my teach english in Thailand program, doing my TEFL/TESOL course as well as helping me get placed at a school.

The staff have been incredibly helpful and friendly, and they’ve truly gone out of their way to make sure that I understood and felt comfortable with the entire process of moving to and teaching english in Thailand. It was one of the best decisions to go through this process with them!

Lisa-Jo Snyman, Thailand

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Why teaching in Thailand can change your life forever

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