Teach English in Thailand

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TESOL accreditation

Including cultural orientation

Guaranteed job placement

Earn $800-$1300 USD per month



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Want to teach English in Thailand?

Here’s where you start.

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed job placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable schools in Thailand.
  • Accredited TESOL and cultural orientation. We provide the essential courses to help you succeed abroad.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Thailand we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

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Teach English in Thailand with TravelBud

Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in Thailand with TravelBud.

Why Teach English in Thailand?

  • English Teachers in Thailand earn generous salaries of $800 – $1300 USD per month and live comfortably because of the low cost of living so this program offers travelers the opportunity to save up some money and then travel extensively around Thailand and its neighboring countries.
  • Most teachers save a third of their salary which is more than enough to travel internationally but you won’t be bringing back loads of savings due to all the awesome travel adventures you’ll experience!
  • You’ll get 16 official public holidays, as well as 2 and a half months of school holidays plus weekends off!
  • 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.
  • Placements are flexible so if you’re looking to spend a shorter or longer time, chat with us and we’ll advise all the options.
  • It is also a great option if you’re seeking a unique adventure in a diverse culture and is an opportunity to experience the joy of teaching keen young learners.

Travel Opportunities Teaching English in Thailand

Our Teach English in Thailand Program is great for travel enthusiasts because Thailand has 16 official public holidays, as well as school holidays and weekends. 

You’ll have plenty of time off and many affordable options for weekend and holiday getaways.

We’ll provide advice and suggestions for exciting travel experiences in and around Thailand, watch the video below to get an idea!

Traveling in Thailand: Swimming in Khao Sok National Park and that crazy Bangkok traffic

Go swimming in Khao Sok National Park and experience Bangkok’s crazy traffic

The top of Ngao Temple stairs in Ranong

Visit the top of Ngao Temple stairs in Ranong.

Khao san road in Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.

Visit Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.

Train in Thailand's Countryside

Catch a train to Thailand’s Countryside

Koh Tao Island is situated in the gulf of Thailand and is one of the best diving spots for snorkelling and beginner divers

Koh Tao Island the gulf of Thailand and is one of the best diving spots for snorkelling and beginner divers

Do I Qualify To Teach English in Thailand?

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Thailand.

You do need:

  • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or European Union (EU Nationals excluding Irish Citizens will need C1 certification of their English proficiency)
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • A 120-hour, internationally accredited TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification
  • Between 20 and 45 years of age

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • 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.
  • Placements are flexible so if you’re looking to spend a shorter or longer time, chat with us and we’ll advise on all the options.

What if I don’t have a TESOL certificate?

We offer both in-class and online TESOL courses to prepare you for your adventure abroad. Read about our TESOL courses below to learn more.

If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us! We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

Meet fellow English Teachers in Thailand and experience an adventure of a lifetime!

Meet fellow English Teachers in Thailand and experience an adventure of a lifetime!

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin, Thailand.

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin, Thailand.

Thai markets

You’ll get to explore authentic Thai markets and take in Thailand’s rich history.

Teach English in Thailand TESOL Courses

Need to get TESOL certified? Watch the TESOL video below to get an idea of what we offer.

Many TESOL courses are not accredited and do not provide adequate preparation for teaching.

That’s why we highly recommend completing the 120-hour in-class TESOL in Thailand. It will give you the best possible preparation and ensure that your students get the best education.

TravelBud In Class TESOL Course

Our 120-hour Teach English in Thailand TESOL course will ensure that teachers are properly prepared for teaching English prior to being placed at a school in Thailand.

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.

You’ll also get to meet fellow teachers and forge new friendships while participating in exciting cultural activities and excursions.

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the in-class TESOL course. As we place teachers across Thailand, this becomes valuable as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Thailand and fully experience all that Thailand has to offer.

TravelBud English Teachers in Thailand

Teachers pose for a photo during their beach barbeque in Hua Hin, Thailand. You’ll meet fellow teachers and make life-long friendships during your in-class TESOL in Thailand.

An accredited TESOL certificate

You’ll get an internationally accredited TESOL certificate and recommendation letter at the end of your Thailand TESOL course.

Learn how to cook traditional Thai food as part of your orientation in Thailand.

Learn how to cook traditional Thai food as part of your Thailand cultural orientation.

Teachers taking a stroll along the beach in Hua Hin.

Teachers taking a stroll along the beach in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Costs

What Will I Earn?

As an English teacher in Thailand, you’ll earn 25,000 to 40,000 Thai baht per month ($800 to $1300). This will comfortably cover your living expenses and weekend adventures.

How much does it cost?

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in Thailand.

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In-class TESOL and Job Placement, Orientation and Support (Highly Recommended)

The in-class TESOL courses is tailored specifically to teaching English in Thailand and will give you valuable insight into Thai culture and the specifics of teaching in a Thai classroom.

Total

$2150

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team.

$450

In-class TESOL, job placement, orientation and 24/7 support

The 120-hour in-class TESOL gives you the best possible preparation and ensures your students get the best education. We also guarantee you a job placement so you can start earning straight away.

$1700

Job Placement, Orientation and Support

This is for applicants who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL. Chat to us about the many benefits of completing the in-class TESOL in Thailand, we highly recommend this to give you and your students the best education.

Total

$1450

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$450

Job Placement and 24/7 Support

Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school. Payable 6 weeks prior to departure.

$1000

What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your deposit, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

  • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure
  • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights
  • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Thailand experience.

Lifetime of job placement opportunities

  • Your once-off placement fee guarantees you a lifetime of job placement with TravelBud.
  • If you want to teach somewhere else after your time in Thailand, we will organise job placement for you – as long as you qualify to teach in that country.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

What are the other costs involved?

The major initial costs are:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Documents

These are variable prices which change constantly and depend on where you are from.

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your Thailand TESOL course and first month of teaching english in Thailand.

What do I need to budget for?

Bear in mind that you will be spending at least 2 months in Thailand before you receive your first paycheck. You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the 1 month TESOL course and your first month of teaching.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits and Thailand is generally a cheap place to travel to, so you should be able to manage on a relatively low budget if necessary.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits:

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Budget for 1 month TESOL course in Hua Hin, Thailand

TOTAL

$145 - $560

Hotel in Bangkok

You will be booked into a hotel for the first weekend in Bangkok, before you start your TESOL course. The price will depend on how many nights you stay and whether you are comfortable sharing a room.

$0 - $105

Accommodation Deposit

Your accommodation is provided during the TESOL course - however, you will need to put down a deposit, which will be returned to you at the end of the course minus utilities (water and electricity).

$70 - $145

(refundable)

Bank account setup

About $8 of your setup fee can be withdrawn again once your debit card is operational. The remaining fee goes towards bank charges and SMS notification charges.

$40

Daily expenses

Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$35 - $165

Optional expenses (nightlife, entertainment, shopping, weekend excursions)

Depending on your needs and interests, these costs can vary. Chat to us for specific advice.

$15 - $125

Budget for first month of teaching

TOTAL

$240 - $615

Transportation to your placement

Depending on where you are placed, you might travel by van, bus or plane. Our in-country partners will assist you with purchasing your ticket and guide you through everything you need to know.

$10 - $45

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation will vary depending on where you will be teaching. You will need to pay a deposit with 1 to 2 months rent up front.

$105 - $290

(deposit refundable)

Daily expenses


Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$125 - $280

Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending. We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Thailand is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered and you will be able to enjoy your time in Teaching and Traveling in Thailand.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

When can I start Teaching English in Thailand?

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How long is the teaching contract for?

  • 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.
  • Placements are flexible so if you’re looking to spend a shorter or longer time, chat with us and we’ll advise on all the options.

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
Experience Thailand's rich history and beautiful natural scenery.

Experience Thailand’s rich history and beautiful natural scenery.

Learn about Thailand's culture with your fellow teachers during your orientation.

Learn about Thailand’s culture with your fellow teachers during your orientation.

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in Thailand

When you arrive in Bangkok, you can count on:

  • Airport pickup.
  • Hotel accommodation for the night.
  • Transport to Hua Hin where you will start your Cultural Orientation.

When you arrive in Hua Hin:

  • Your accommodation will be organised for you.
  • You’ll start your Cultural Orientation.

Week 1 (Cultural Orientation)

  • Learn about Thai culture, history, politics, language, religion and more
  • Get to know your fellow teachers
  • Participate in cultural excursions including:
  • Meditate with, and learn about Buddhist philosophy from a local monk
  • Visit beautiful local temples, take in the sights, and learn more about Thai culture
  • Volunteering with RescuePaws animal rescue organization
  • Visiting a local Thai market, learn bartering & get fresh produce
  • Participating in Muay Thai lessons
  • Participating in authentic cooking lessons
  • Attending a beach barbecue in Hua Hin or a traditional Lanna dinner in Chiang Mai

Weeks 2 – 4 (TESOL Training)

Find out detailed information including a weekly breakdown of the syllabus at our Thailand TESOL training page.

Teaching Environment

Your teaching job is guaranteed with TravelBud. We discuss your preferences and then carefully select and guarantee your teaching position at reputable schools around Thailand. You’ll head off to your new job as soon as you’ve completed the 120-hour in-class TESOL.

Where will I be teaching?

We can place teachers in:

  • Urban or rural areas
  • In small or big towns
  • In some cases on islands (Phuket and Koh Samui).

You can teach:

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary (elementary and middle)
  • High school
Placements in Thailand with TravelBud

Placements around Thailand with TravelBud. Click to enlarge.

Keep in mind that placements do depend on what jobs are available.

We will always to our best to accommodate your preferences.

Do schools provide lunches?

Some schools do provide lunch, but not all. This will be communicated to you once your placement has been finalised in Thailand.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

What are the working hours?

  • You will generally teach for 16 to 20 hours per week. That’s about 4 or 5 hours a day.
  • School hours are usually from about 8am to 4pm and you will be expected to be at the school for the whole day, but you won’t be teaching all the time.
  • You’ll use your extra time at school to mark, prepare lessons and spend time with the kids.
  • If you teach kindergarten, your teaching hours might be different. This will be communicated to you once your placement has been finalised.

Are there sports or activities after school which I will need to attend?

Sports programs after school are not common but you might need to attend concerts or cultural festivals. These should be fun and interesting for you and will give you greater insight into Thai culture.

What type of school will I teach in?

Job placements are available in private and government schools.

Thai schools are generally very well-resourced and you will have a Thai teacher to assist you in the classroom.

Your books and teaching resources will be supplied, although you may want to get creative and supplement with your own.

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the job is not working out for you, TravelBud will place you in a different job.

We have strong relationships with our partner schools and our applicants are generally very happy with their placements.

We are also available 24/7 to chat about how things are going and will check in with you throughout your adventure.

What is the dress code for teaching?

Dress code is smart-casual – collared shirts for men and conservative for women.

A TravelBud teacher in her classroom in Thailand.

A TravelBud teacher in her classroom in Thailand.

A TravelBud teacher engages in group work in a classroom in Thailand.

A TravelBud teacher engages in group work in a classroom in Thailand.

Living Environment

How does accommodation work?

Your First Night in Bangkok

When you arrive in Thailand, you’ll be picked up from the airport and will stay a night in a Bangkok hotel.

Hotel In Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel In Bangkok for your first night. Clean and modern.

Hotel room in Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel room In Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel room in Bangkok with toilet and shower for your first night.

In-class TESOL Course Accommodation

If you opt to do the 120-hour In-class TESOL course which we highly recommend to best prepare you for your adventure, we’ll book you into one of our partner accommodation options:

Your accommodation during your TESOL course

The apartment building in Baan San Pluem where you might be stay during your In-Class TESOL course.

A twin bed in Baan San Pluem. Clean and tidy.

A twin bed in Baan San Pluem, Thailand. Clean and tidy.

Two single beds in Baan San Pluem

Two Single beds in Baan San Pluem. Single rooms available for an additional fee.

Glory Accommodation option

Another accommodation hotel in Glory that teachers stay in during their In-Class TESOL.

Shared accommodation in Glory Thailand.

Shared accommodation in Glory.

Neat and tidy toilets with all the basics.

Neat and tidy toilet areas with all the basics.

Your Teacher Placement Accommodation – What accommodation can I expect to have?

The school where you are teaching will either organise accommodation for you or provide assistance with finding suitable accommodation.

Accommodation will vary from place to place. One bedroom apartments for single occupants or two bedroom units for sharing are usually comfortable and modern, with everything you need in terms of bedroom and bathroom amenities.

Many Thai homes do not have kitchens, which might be unusual for you. There will generally be a rice cooker and a fryer, but this might be in the lounge rather than in its own room.

Comfortable and modern accommodation, with everything you need in terms of bedroom and bathroom amenities.

Rural Thai accommodation

An example of accommodation in rural Thailand. Read about Didi’s teaching adventure with TravelBud on our blog!

A typical lounge in rural Thailand.

A typical lounge in rural Thailand.

How much will rent cost?

Rent will vary depending on where you are living, but it is guaranteed to be affordable based on what you will be earning.

Will I be living with someone?

If you are placed with a friend or partner, you will be able to live together. Otherwise, you might be living alone or sharing with another ESL teacher.

Let us know what your needs are in terms of accommodation and we’ll assist with finding the best living environment for you.

We’re available to talk you through the whole process!

Why Teach English in Thailand with TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Thailand. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Accredited in-class TESOL in Thailand

Job Placement Guaranteed

Lifetime job placement with your once-off program fee

If you’d like to move to another program after teaching in Thailand, we will facilitate this at no cost.

Cultural orientation course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in Thailand and introduces you to Thai history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation, transport and spending money

Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting.

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Airport pickup in Bangkok

Within four days of the program start date.

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

What do TravelBud staff and teachers say about safety in Thailand?

With a warm, friendly culture and many tourists passing through, Thailand is generally an easy place to live and travel.

Our teachers (both men and women) report feeling safe and accommodated during the time they lived in Thailand.

Public transport is efficient and safe to use.

How are the authorities?

The police in Thailand are helpful and friendly. However, if you are found with illegal substances, you will feel the severity of the law.

Thai policy on drugs is incredibly strict and carries serious consequences.

Safety Tips

  • Be cautious with eating food that has not been cooked as fresh fruit and vegetables can be washed in tap water which might make you sick.
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Be alert and keep your valuables in a safe place, especially in a particularly touristy area.
  • If you need to travel by boat, avoid boats which are overcrowded.

Reviews from our Teachers

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TravelBud has been the most supportive, warm and family like agency I have ever worked with.

They gave such a personal touch to getting me ready with my Thailand experience and always gave attention to personal details when checking up by phone call or email, which made me feel like I wasn’t just a number.

Both the staff and founders have gone out of their way to make sure we were looked after, supported, happy and if not happy a plan was always made. I have to say a HUGE thank you to Saskia and Liam, you have been incredible.

Caitlin

Female - Teach English in Thailand

I have been teaching in Thailand for 3 months now and I am so lucky to have this opportunity.

I want to thank TravelBud for helping get everything organized and started in a new country.

I was worried about living in an unfamiliar place but they helped ease the transition and helped me feel like I was not alone in the process. I know that I can email them at any time if I have questions about something.

Maggi

Female - Teach English in Thailand

Deciding to move to Thailand is not the easiest of decisions to make, but Travelbud made sure the actual process was seamless, clear and pleasant.

They’re always ready to answer questions, queries and concerns (anxiety may get the better of you, it’s normal) and guide you patiently through the process.

So, my advice to anyone considering teaching abroad… JUST GO! Obviously get TravelBud to assist you, it’s absolutely worth it.

Lethus

Female - Teach English in Thailand

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