Thailand Paid Teaching
6 or 12 months from £1,129
- Spend a week getting to grips with real Thai living and culture with temple trips and language lessons
- Gain a university accredited TEFL qualification whilst living in Thailand and training in a school environment
- Study at our training centre in beautiful Hua Hin with a bunch of like-minded people
- Get expert assistance finding an amazing paid teaching job in a Thai school
- Make a real difference to the lives of Thai children as a school teacher and volunteer at a children’s camp
- Get to travel around the country and explore the best bits of Thailand in your downtime
Thailand is a country packed full of culture and history, outstanding natural beauty, and warm and smiling people. Its heady mix of cool and vibrant city centres, rustic rural villages, and unspoiled coastline make it a top destination for many travellers but, for some, a few weeks seeing the sights just isn’t enough. If you’re the sort of person that wants to become fully immersed in the lifestyle of a culturally diverse country, taking your time to explore rather than rushing through, and have dabbled with the idea of working to fund your travels, then this programme will give you the chance to completely immerse yourself in the Thai way of life, as well as earn you an accredited qualification, and acquire a whole host of life-enhancing skills and experiences.
Study on our intensive, accredited TEFL course and train with like-minded people gaining practical skills and experience before finding work on a paid teaching placement. You’ll have a week of fun and orientation, getting to know your peers before learning the techniques of teaching, planning, and management, which you’ll then put into practice as an English teacher living and working in a friendly Thai community.
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What to expect at the project
Flying into Bangkok, you’ll be met by our friendly team at the airport and taken to your accommodation in the city centre. You’ll spend an incredible first week getting to know your peers while finding your feet and experiencing some amazing activities including a trip to a Buddhist temple and a tour of the pineapple plantations. You’ll learn about Thai society, history, politics, and geography, take Thai language classes to help you with the basics, try your hand at Thai cooking, and even get to give Muay Thai (a traditional Thai sport) a go.
In your beautiful host town of Hua Hin, you’ll be surrounded by incredible landscape from gorgeous sandy beaches to vast national parks. A laidback town, Hua Hin is Thailand’s oldest beach resort and a favourite summer destination for Thailand’s Royal Family. Without the effects of mass tourism, Hua Hin makes for a more authentic Thai experience, but still offers plenty of fun things to do in the form of water activities, buzzing outdoor markets, and a number of sandboarding centres.
You’ll spend three weeks learning all you need to gain your accredited TEFL qualification, with a group of like-minded people, and we’ll help you secure a paid job in a Thai school afterwards. You’ll receive full support from our team to find accommodation, discover the best places to visit in your own time, advice on life in Thailand, and help to figure out the basics.
Once placed with a school, you can count yourself a Thai resident and can expect to earn a salary of between 20,000THB-35,000THB/£450-£790 per month. But you won’t be left without any support – our team and tutors are available for the duration of your time in Thailand, so whenever you need help or advice, or even just a chat, there’ll always be someone on the end of the phone to talk to.
Day in the life
During your TEFL studies, you can expect to learn about lesson planning for different age groups and skill levels, be given classroom tips, and focus on brushing up your language and grammar knowledge. You’ll fine tune your skills as a teacher, learning how to get the best from and develop students’ proficiency in reading, speaking, and listening. As the weeks go by, your confidence will grow as you become used to presenting ideas and discussing techniques in a classroom environment. You’ll gain a full understanding of classroom management and learn the skills to help you cope with excitable school children, as well as learning how to form bonds with and get to know your students.
In the last week of your training, you’ll get some hands-on experience and get to practice your newfound skills by helping out at a not-for-profit English camp for disadvantaged children in the local area. You’ll then take an in-class exam to complete your training.
During your first few weeks, whilst studying, you’ll have plenty of downtime to explore the local and surrounding area. Your accommodation will be close to both beach and town, so get out and see the sights or party in town with your teaching peers. It depends whereabouts you’re placed in the country once you take on employment as to what sorts of activities there will be, but Thailand is renowned for its natural beauty and limitless number of attractions, so you’ll always have things to see and do. During school holidays why not take a flight to Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, or Vietnam?
A typical working week for a teacher in Thailand is Monday to Friday, spending around four to five hours teaching in class during an eight hour day. Of course this does depend on the school you’re placed with, and hours can vary from region to region.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
The aim of this project is to earn you an accredited qualification to teach English as a foreign language, give you hands-on teaching experience and confidence in practical teaching methods, set you up with paid work, and enable you to live in and travel through a country steeped in culture and beauty.
People all over the world enrol on TEFL courses to support their travels, many straight out of uni who have an interest in teaching and want a taster before settling into a teaching career, and others simply want to fund their travels, meet new people, or experience living in a country very different to their own. Whatever the reason for joining this programme, you’re guaranteed an amazing experience complete with a qualification that’s recognised the world over.
The TEFL course will equip you with the tools and life skills to teach others. The techniques used are specifically designed to help you pass on your language skills to students of different ages, where English is not their first language. You’ll gain a better understanding of English as a language overall, lesson planning, and class management. These are all key skills for use in most places of work, not just in education, but of course will stand you in good stead if teaching is a potential career option.
Living and working in a foreign country is something most people dream of doing in their lifetime, and will give you an incredible insight into the life and traditions of a completely different culture to your own. You’ll have the opportunity outside of your teaching hours to travel and explore Thailand, and during the school holidays will have plenty of time to visit other countries in Asia. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for you to work, travel, and become a valued member of the community in a diverse and wonderful part of the world.
- Airport transfer on arrival (Included if you arrive within 4 days of start date)
- Transport from Bangkok to Hua Hin
- 120 hour university-accredited TEFL/TESOL course
- Starter pack including assistance and information on opening a bank account and arranging accident insurance. Information and programme T-Shirt. Note fees associated with ATM cards and insurance are not included
- Local Thai SIM card (excludes Blackberry devices)
- Assistance finding accommodation
- Thai language lessons
- Course on cultural awareness in Thailand
- Muay Thai boxing class
- Local Buddhist temple meditation experience
- Opportunity to volunteer at a rescue centre for dogs
- Thai cooking experience and market visit
- BBQ on the beach
- Comprehensive job placement assistance
- Earn up to 1,200USD per month
- Full background check on school
- Contract negotiation
- Visa support
- Continual support throughout your stay
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Accommodation in Bangkok - this will be booked for you and you will need to pay on arrival. Approx £25.00 per night)
- Accommodation in local accommodation during the TEFL course - this will be booked for you and you will pay locally, approx £125-£160. A deposit equivalent to approximately 1 months rent which is refundable at the end of the course minus electricity.
- Accommodation after training course - Typically approx. £115 per month
- Work permit - approx USD200
Accommodation and meals aren’t included as part of this programme, but we will help you organise your initial accommodation on arrival in Bangkok and during your four-week TEFL course.
You will spend a minimum of one night and a maximum of four nights in Bangkok, depending on when you choose to arrive. Your time in Bangkok is mostly independent time to explore, but at 5pm on Sunday there will be a compulsory welcome meeting with our programme manager.
We will make reservations on your behalf at a hotel in Bangkok before you travel to Thailand, but you will be responsible for paying for this locally when you check in. Please note that your airport transfer to the hotel is included on arrival. The cost of the accommodation is approximately £25 per night (1,200THB). Please note during busy intakes you may be required to share a twin room with another person of the same sex.
During your training in Hua Hin, you will stay in accommodation close to the training centre. These are shared houses specifically for the use of trainee teachers, all have modern rooms with air-conditioning, Wifi, and shared facilities including a TV/lounge area. Room prices vary from 6,500THB-8,000THB/£145-£180 which is a flat fee for the duration of your training course.
Your accommodation in both Bangkok and Hua Hin will be close to all local amenities, so you’ll have full access to a range of different cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars. Thai food is delicious, so take the opportunity to try out the local cuisine. We recommend you budget around 250THB/£6 per day for food.
You will need to arrange your flights to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Pickup from the airport is included if you arrive between 1-4 days before the start of the TEFL training programme. Once you arrive at the airport you will be met by a representative from the TEFL course and transferred to your hotel in Bangkok. The hotel reservation will be made for you before you go, but payment will need to be made locally when you arrive, at a cost of approximately £25 per night. Once you have arrived at the hotel, you will have some free time to chill out and relax, get over your jet lag, explore the city and get to know the other travellers in your teacher training group.
It is important that you arrive no later than the Sunday before your programme is due to start, as your welcome meeting and orientation will take place at 5pm on Sunday afternoon.
On the Monday that your programme starts you and your group will be transferred to Hua Hin by minibus, which is approximately 3 hours from Bangkok and then your TEFL adventure can begin!
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
The minimum age for the paid teaching programme is 20 and the upper age limit is 35. You must hold a degree in order to do this programme.
- Applicants should be native English speakers in order to qualify for a teaching role in Thailand. Non-native English speakers please contact us.
- You must have a degree by the time you travel to Thailand.
- You should be in good general physical and mental health and also have sufficient funds to pay for the programme fees and other associated costs, as well as enough money to cover the cost of personal living expenses.
- Applicants need to hold a valid passport from South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States of America. If you are a citizen of a country not listed, please contact us.
- Applicants should be mature, efficient and organised and prepared to commit to the rewarding and challenging TEFL training course and an ongoing teaching placement.
- You will need to have a return or onward flight out of Thailand booked before you travel out to Thailand to begin your TEFL training.
- Once accepted onto the program, you will also need to have a copy of degree legalised, notarised and 2nd step legalised. Please contact us for further information.
Stage 1: Reserve your place with a deposit of £199. You will then submit your CV and photo to us for approval.
Stage 2: You will be contacted by us to arrange a telephone interview to assess your suitability for the paid teaching programme.
Stage 3: Once your interview has taken place, your application will be sent to the programme coordinators in Thailand for approval and they will make the final decision about your participation in the paid teaching programme.
Stage 4: Once you are accepted onto the paid teaching programme you will pay off the balance of your trip. You’ll then receive advice about flights and visas, as well as step-by-step instructions and guidance with pre-departure information about Thailand and Thai culture, suggestions on what items to bring with you, how much spending money is recommended for the duration of the course and advice on accommodation options. You will also receive instructions about airport arrival and your transfer to Hua Hin.
You should apply for a 60-day tourist visa before you travel. Once you are in Thailand you will need to apply for another visa, which will allow you to work. The in-country team will help you arrange the relevant visa once you arrive.
Criminal Background Checks
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS check and will need to have a clean criminal record.
DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.
There is an additional cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in 3 stages:
1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.
2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS will need verification of your identity – to do this you will need to take three original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.
3. It can take up to six weeks for your DBS to be processed, which will be sent to you directly in the post.
Please note: Some schools in Thailand may require you to also have an ICPC (International Child Protection Certificate) as well as a DBS. The ICPC is a more in-depth criminal background check. We will send you full information and details of how to apply for this (if required) in your pre-departure information.
What’s The Difference Between Tefl And Tesol?
There’s actually not a huge amount of difference between the two courses, and they last the same length of time, but TEFL is the better-known term used in the UK. The only slight difference is that TESOL perhaps focuses more on conversational English, whereas TEFL might be more focussed on grammar. You can choose to study either during this programme.
How Much Time Will I Get Off?
As with term time jobs at home, you’ll get all school holidays off, plus a further 22 individual holiday days spread throughout the year. Currently, Thailand has two main school holiday periods, in March/April and in October. Completing your TEFL training just before or during the school holidays will give you time to travel around the country to really get to know the fantastic quirks and customs of this special place. You could even enrol on another trip, like a volunteer programme, or spend some time in a Thai homestay before your teaching placement begins. Let us know if you’re interested in any excursions or other programmes when you book and we’ll talk through all the options available to you.
Do I Need To Have A Degree Before Taking On A Tefl Course?
Yes, the Thai government only grant working permits to applicants with degrees. You will need to bring your original degree certificate, as well as a notarised and legalised copy with you.
How Much Money Should I Bring With Me?
It’s a good idea to have a few months’ worth of living expenses in your account, in case you don’t find employment immediately after your training. We suggest a budget of: 15,000THB/£330 for two months’ food, 18,000THB/£400 for two months’ rent, 5,000THB/£115 for two months’ entertainment, 4,000THB/£90 for two months’ transport, and a spare 5,000THB/£115 for any miscellaneous costs. Do remember you’ll need more money if you’re planning to travel around Thailand or other countries before taking on paid work, or if your training falls just before the school holidays in March-April, and October.