At LanguageCorps, we pride ourselves on helping talented people to Teach English Abroad. We have helped people find paid teaching jobs all over the world, but one of our most popular destinations right now is Southeast Asia, and more specifically, Thailand.
A land of beautiful beaches, plummeting waterfalls, gilded temples, mouthwatering food, and smiling, gentle people, Thailand is a popular locale for people of all ages and backgrounds. From backpackers to retirees, whether one is looking for a getaway vacation or a place to settle down, Thailand has something for everyone.
Looking for the excitement of urban living? Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, might be the place for you. Often referred to as the “Venice of the East” because of its numerous canals and floating markets, Bangkok is the definition of a diverse city. History and technology live side by side in Bangkok, where more than 400 richly decorated Buddhist temples are contrasted by some of the most impressive shopping and business centers in Asia. Every April, the Songkran Thai New Year festival at the Grand Palace is truly a sight to behold. In a culture where having fun is a high priority, local citizens douse each other in friendly water fights, and the streets are full of merriment. In a culture where fun is a high priority, there are always events and festivities to take part in, such as Loy Krathong, the most beautiful Thai festival of the year. It begins on the full moon of the twelfth month of Thailand’s lunar calendar (usually the end of October or beginning of November) and runs for three days in most areas. During this period people make or buy small krathong (floats) adorned with candles and flowers and float them on rivers, oceans or other bodies of water to let go of bad luck and bad feelings and welcome in good luck and happiness. he festival is visually stunning and everyone who participates is in a cheerful and friendly mood, making it a truly memorable experience for visitors.
Looking for a more tranquil, relaxing destination? Just a couple hours Southeast of Bangkok is the more rural Chonburi Province, another very popular location to live and work abroad. Situated on the Gulf of Thailand, Chonburi Province is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. There are a plethora of golf courses to choose from within driving distance; and other leisure activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling and go-karting are easy to find. Also nearby is Pattaya, a coastal city with a thriving expat and retiree community. While it’s not quite the bustling metropolis that is Bangkok, Pattaya certainly offers enough excitement for those that are looking for it! Perhaps best of all, the cost of living is a fraction of what one is used to in the United States, Europe or Australia. A nice studio apartment would cost one approximately 160 US dollars per month, and a nice local meal would run about two US dollars, making it fairly easy to live off a pension or stipend.
But for those who aren’t looking to retire completely, Teaching English Abroad can be a rewarding, fulfilling way to fund your life in Thailand. With one of the strongest TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) job markets in the world, LanguageCorps can basically guarantee participants a paid job placement. English teachers usually have a fairly flexible schedule, with a good deal of downtime that can be used to travel or simply relax on of those gorgeous Thai beaches! So, if you are interested in living abroad, and not quite ready for full retirement, or are just looking for an interesting way to fund your new international lifestyle, we at LanguageCorps would encourage you to look into Teaching English Abroad.