Has anyone worked (not volunteered) teaching english in Thailand or Cambodia. Im am going to do the TEFL course and need some advice on how easy it is to get a paid job teaching in these countries and if there is a mimimum time you have to teach. Also if this affects the type of visa you need and how they would pay you, do you need a bank account in that country etc.
Thanks for any answers!
I haven't worked in either countries teaching English. I work in Vietnam at the moment teaching kids.
Thailand and Cambodia have very different market's for this type of work. You will need a degree to work in Thailand, and just to get a visa. Cambodia they are more lax, and it's not so hard to get a visa for working. Thailand you will have the opportunity to earn a lot more money also, whereas Cambodia, the pay isn't that fantastic in comparison. Vietnam is somewhere in between the two.
Also, there are lot's of jobs in Thailand for teaching English, in Cambodia they are harder to find, however they don't ask for as much (don't need a degree, some places you won't need experience etc).
Saying that, I would prefer Cambodia.
I have met several guys in Cambodia that were teaching English. You are not going to get rich, but they were making enough to cover all living expenses and save some money as well. Private lessons were the key to success in Cambodia. Once you have a decent teaching job, wealthier families would sign their kids up for private lessons.
Stickman has been teaching English in BKK for many years. He has a very good website on all things farangs need to know while living/working in Thailand. Take a look.
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Officially you need a degree and a TEFL cert to teach......in some cases people have avoided this, but you are going into a legally gray area.
All govt school s employ an EL teacher - native speaker - I assume you are a native speaker??
If you get a job, any company worth its salt will organise your visa and work permit....they might even pay for it.
However to work in Thailand you need a Non immigrant "B" visa...this is only available at certain emassies and consulates outside Thailand....so if you get a job you may well have to go t somewhere like Singapore to get you visa...this involves going to the Thai consulate/embassy with all the right docos....you won't want to make any mistakes here!
However, if you can persuade your local consulate to give you a Non im "B" before your arrive, you might save some time and money.....however if you say you are looking for teaching work, they probably won't give you one without the right docos....which you won't get until you go to Thailand.........a catch 22 situation.
there IS plenty of work in Thailand,but the pay is pretty poor at the govt schools....you are better off if you can get work in business teaching.
most schools want you to commit for a year, private companies sell their teaching in 30 blocks....so they are only interested in people who show up on time every time. If yu ae thinking of teaching for the odd day here and thtere whilst you travel round, forget it.
thanks for all the replies, im taking in everyones advice and although i will have a degree and i am a native speaker it sounds way to complicated to teach in SEA so i think i will shorten the amount of time i travel there and go to new zealand and get a working holiday visa as it will be much easier to arrange that wildfk youve answered what i really wanted to no... if it is possible or not to pick up a few days teaching while travelling.. and obviously now i realise it doesnt go down like that!!