Want to Teach English in Thailand?
LanguageCorps in Thailand
In Thailand, LanguageCorps offers TEFL Certification Programs in two locations; Chiang Mai and Krabi.
Our Training Center in Chiang Mai is perfectly located close to the city hot spots and modern mall that offers all the comforts of home. Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand and is the second biggest city, but a lot more relaxed than its capital Bangkok. It was voted the most tourist friendly city in 2011. Chiang Mai is a charming, popular destination for travelers, surrounded by beautiful nature and cultural authenticity. Spend some time in Chiang Mai and you will get some great insight into the typical Thai lifestyle!
Are you interested in more nature and less city? Then Krabi is a great fit for you! Krabi is a resort town near the Andaman Sea coast with access to over 200 tropical islands. The area is surrounded by white sandy beaches with clear blue water and allows you to snorkel, dive and sunbath in an absolutely stunning beach setting.
Both training centers provide a great learning environment, and are equipped with modern facilities, spacious bright classrooms, and a teachers’ lounge with WiFi and all the materials you need to plan your lessons.
TEFL Certification Program
Unlike most traditional TEFL Certification Programs that typically last four weeks, our TEFL Certification Programs in Thailand are three-week courses. This means that you will spend about 2 more hours in class every day, but it also allows you to start working a week earlier!
The course includes 140 hours of in-class training and takes you through 25 units. It covers both the traditional 120-hour TEFL course objectives, as well as 20 hours of focusing on more specialized teaching disciplines such as “Teaching Business English” and “Teaching Young Learners”. The course also includes a 2-hour Thai lesson and cultural awareness sessions that will give you valuable insight into cultural differences between you and your future students. During this course, you will spend three full days at a real school to teach local students. Your classes will be observed by your trainers, who will provide you with constructive feedback and tips on how to improve your lessons. At the end of your training, you will conduct a real English camp, which is a true highlight both for teachers and students.
The TEFL Certification Program Fee in Thailand is US$1,300
Teacher Certification Dates
TEFL Course Dates 2018
8 January – 26 January
5 February – 23 February
5 March – 23 March
2 April – 20 April *
7 May – 25 May *
4 June – 22 June
2 July – 20 July
6 August – 24 August
3 September – 21 September
1 October – 19 October *
5 November – 23 November *
3 December – 21 December
TEFL Course Dates 2019
7 January – 25 January
4 February – 22 February
4 March – 22 March
1 April – 19 April *
6 May – 24 May *
3 June – 21 June
1 July – 19 July
5 August – 23 August
2 September – 20 September
7 October – 25 October *
4 November – 22 November*
*Please note that our courses in Chiang Mai are held year round while our courses in Krabi only run in April, May, October and November.
To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.
Teaching in Thailand
Most English teachers are offered jobs in public schools and universities. Jobs are available in the private sector as well, and these are often salaried at a higher level than the public schools. That said, previous experience and additional qualifications are usually preferred.
LanguageCorps Teachers in Thailand have literally found jobs all over the country. Apart from the locations where we have our training centers, our teachers have secured paid positions in Bangkok, Chonburi, Pattaya, Rayong, and other cities in South-Central Thailand. A few choose to go outside the primary focus area, and our teachers, with our assistance, have been successful finding multiple opportunities in other locations.
While rural areas are, well, rural, don’t discredit these areas. Living costs are much cheaper and often there are additional perks like the use of a motorbike, substituted accommodation and, on occasion, free lunches from the school.
An average workweek is usually 25-30 hours, including class time and preparation. Schools usually open at 8:00 am and generally close at 3:00 pm. A typical teaching day consists of two or three lessons, and then planning time. Thailand offers great opportunities for people who are more interested in short-term teaching contracts. Although most graduates work as teachers at least a year, many employers also offer 4-month contracts. During the peak periods, language schools are happy to offer teachers a short-term contract.
Private language institutes in Thailand hire year-round. Hiring season at public schools and universities follow the Thai school year which is divided into two semesters. Jobs can be found between February and April, and again between August and October. However, with the high demand for teachers in Thailand, you should be able to secure a job easily any time of year.
Some jobs in Thailand can be found online and you can apply from outside of the country. If you agree to work with this school long-term, the school will sometimes offer assistance with your visa process and might offer to reimburse your airfare upon completion of your contract. However, the easiest way to find a job is by visiting the language schools while you’re in Thailand, as employers prefer to interview new teachers face to face.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate is needed to teach English in Thailand. This makes you a very good candidate and allows you to negotiate a higher salary. If you hold a 4-year degree in any field, you can easily apply for a work permit or a non-immigrant one-year visa. Teaching without a degree is also possible, but keep in mind that it might take some more time to land a job.
Typical wages for LanguageCorps Teachers range from US$800-$1,200 per month. Benefits vary greatly from school to school. (Salaries are always paid in baht and are usually paid at the end of the month.) Although not common, sometimes, if a teacher stays for one year, the school will pay for the airfare to another destination or will give a bonus. As you would expect, the larger cities have higher living costs, but pay rates are also higher. Housing is usually not provided by the employer, although some schools do offer assistance.
Local living expenses are low: about US$500-$800 per month. LanguageCorps Teachers can earn enough to live very comfortably, enjoy local entertainment and restaurants, travel to local attractions, and still save a bit of money.
Travel for the program
Participants enrolling for TEFL Certification Program can obtain a tourist visa upon arrival. This visa will allow you to stay in Thailand for 30 days with an additional 30-day extension which will give you ample time to complete the TEFL course.
Another option is to apply in advance for a Single or Multiple Entry Visa with a Royal Thai Embassy or consulate in your country prior to your arrival in Thailand. A Single-Entry Visa allows you to stay in the country for 60 days and can be extended by an extra 30 days. A Multiple Entry Visa is equal to two Single Entry Visas and will allow you to stay in the country for a total of 180 days.
Please note that any Tourist Visa you choose to arrive on must be cancelled once you start working at a school. It must then be exchanged with a Non-immigrant visa so that your employer can process your work permit to work legally in Thailand.
The 30-day extension of your Tourist visa gives you the time to get settled at your schools, meet with your employers, obtain a non-immigrant visa sponsorship package, and take this to a Thai Embassy or Consulate in a neighboring country after which you will return to Thailand on a working visa. You can apply for a Non-immigrant “B” visa if you have a degree, or a Non-immigrant “O” visa if you don’t have a degree.
A Non-immigrant Visa will open a 90 day window for you to obtain a work permit. However, if you are only teaching one term (4 months) this should be enough time to allow you to work at the school and head back home. If you need a bit more time, you can simply get another non-immigrant visa opening up another 90 days, or do a border crossing which gives you an extra 15 days over land, or an extra 30 days by air.
If you secure a job prior to arriving in Thailand, you can apply for a Non-immigrant Visa in advance.
Once you have a Non-immigrant visa, you can apply for a work permit. When you receive your work permit, your visa will be extended one year from entry. You can renew this visa every year from within the country.
Living in Thailand
Thailand – a land of beautiful beaches, “land of 1,000 smiles”, plummeting waterfalls, ornately gilded temples, mouthwatering spicy food, and smiling, gentle people. What makes Thailand so special? As the only country in Southeast Asia never to be colonized by the West, its people take great pride in the preservation of their way of life, and the customs and traditions that make their country unique. Thailand offers a great blend of western comforts and authentic, cultural experiences!
While most locals’ command of English is limited, you’ll find them warm and anxious to help. Thais are among the most friendly and outgoing of all peoples; most are curious about foreigners, and that curiosity is tempered by their interest in Western culture and your efforts to live among them and their friends and families. Our teachers have noted that the intensity with which Thai students throw themselves into learning English is amazing!
The climate of Thailand is tropical, with three distinct seasons: hot from March through May, rainy from June through October, and cooler from November through February. Average daily temperatures throughout the year are a warm and pleasant 80F. Even in the rainy season, the rainfall is brief and the rest of the day is normally clear and sunny.
The predominant religion in Thailand is Buddhism and monks are highly respected. Belief in ghosts and spirits is strong in Thailand and you will see temples and shrines all around the country.
Although Thailand is known as ‘The land of smiles’, a smile does not always mean happiness. The Thai do not typically show negative emotion, a smile can sometimes be a mask, and a yes might be a no. If a Thai tells you ‘no’, you know you should take it seriously. It’s also uncommon for Thai people to say ‘I don’t know’. Instead, they might say what they think makes you happy, which can be a bit inconvenient; for example, when you ask for directions, they may steer you wrong out of sheer effort of being polite! You will get used to it and eventually realize that their intentions are only good. In fact, they think they are doing you a favor, but it might be a bit confusing at first. Nevertheless, the Thai belong to the nicest, most welcoming people in the world, and they will go above and beyond to help you!
Family is an important value in the Thai culture, both direct family and extended family. Status is also highly important and comes down to many factors. Status is not fixed in Thailand, there is not a caste system. In fact, status can be gained or lost, depending on different circumstances, including age, educational and professional background, and family relations.
Thai food is a joy of life. Most meals, even breakfast, include a vast array of dishes, from fried eggs to salted fish, to poached shrimp, to spicy grilled chicken. Everything, even eggs and fresh fruit, is eaten with rice. In Thai, gin means “eat” and kao means “rice,” and gin kao is an idiom for taking a meal. Local restaurants and street vendors abound, offering excellent, inexpensive Thai food. In general the food is very safe to eat, though common sense is essential – if you doubt the quality, don’t eat it!
Due to Thailand’s strong Buddhist tradition, vegetarian food is widely available. Fresh vegetables and fruits are in abundant supply, as are vegetarian restaurants. There are many local restaurants and street vendors near the Training Center offering excellent, inexpensive Thai food.
Thai people are quite conscientious of their dress. The nationwide stress on maintaining a neat and clean appearance creates a marked disparity with some Western visitors. (Thai people would never dream of wearing dirty clothes while traveling.)
Dress codes while teaching range from Western “Business Casual” to “Sport Casual” (track pants and short-sleeved shirts) to “Traditional”, which could include a locally handmade, ornately decorated silk shirt that is somehow more comfortable in the heat than anything else you own.
In general, women should cover their shoulders (sleeveless shirts are acceptable, but very thin straps or tank tops are not). No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Bare midriffs must not be visible, even when lifting arms up. Open-toed shoes are acceptable. Men should wear long pants (not jeans), short- or long-sleeved shirts with a collar, and loafers or dress shoes. Black pants and black shoes are preferred in Thailand for men, especially when interviewing. Sandals are not acceptable when teaching. Long hair should be neatly tied into a ponytail.
Excursions are not just a leisure activity – they are an integral part of developing a true understanding of the character and beauty of your host country and its surrounding area. Apart from the intensive classroom work and teaching practice, our program offers a series of optional cultural excursions that occur throughout your time in Thailand.
Thailand is great for jungle excursions and island hopping, depending on where you are. There are many temples and historical sites to visit. Great festivals are had in and around the country including: the Rocket festival and kayak trip in Laos, Songkran water festival in Pattaya, Thailand, Fire and ball festival in Laos, Christmas and New Years party in Pattaya, Thailand.
Chiang Mai is situated in the foothills of stunning national parks and gorgeous natural scenery. Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand, at an elevation of 2,565 meters. Easily accessible on a scooter, and only 3 hours away, the Natural Park offers camping facilities, a host of amazing walking trails, beautiful waterfalls, and an opportunity to explore the local ﬂora and fauna. In addition, a day trip to Chiang Rai is also extremely easy from Chiang Mai – with the White Temple being one that cannot be missed.
For many, Thailand means one thing: great beaches. The Krabi beaches and nearby islands are known for sunbathing, diving, windsurfing, and water skiing; they also boast the relaxing, park-like, royal temples and coral islets.
As the royal capital since 1782, Bangkok is at the center of Thailand geographically, culturally, economically, and spiritually. Ten percent of the country’s population lives in this tremendous metropolis, which boasts countless glittering temples and palaces, as well as a world-reputation for excitement and nightlife.
Nearby is the historic capital Ayutthaya, where Siam first became a powerful international force and developed its reputation for cosmopolitan openness. North of Bangkok, the pre-Thai ruins of the Khmer capital Lop Buri lie surrounded by the French-inspired Thai architecture of the early modern period.
Pattaya has recently developed into a major business center of Thailand, with the new office-industrial parks in Laem Chabang and Map Ta Phut diversifying an economy already booming thanks to domestic and international tourist traffic.