Teaching ESL in Thailand

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1. Posted by Daver141 (Respected Member 117 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I am looking to pick the brain of anyone who is teaching in Thailand at the moment. I have read so many conflicting reports about what documents and/or background check materials need to be handy when looking for work, I figured I would come to the trusty Travellerspoint forum for the real deal. Anyone with information feel free to drop me a message on the site.


Dave Rubin

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Check out the ISB website - they may be able to help.

3. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

iv read on here that its illegal to teach in bkk without proper qualifications such as a degree but i was offered english teaching jobs twice when i was in bkk in august. they arrange your work visa and accommadation for you.

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 465 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

To teach English in Thailand you need a degree (Bachelors) and a TEFL certificate e.g. CELTA or Trinity.

Your paperwork - which is copious should be handled and even paid for by the establishment employing you.

There are people working here without the right qualifications and they stand a chance of either being deported or locked up. This is rare.

To work as a teacher you need to have a non-immigrant "B" visa and a work permit and probably a teacher's licence - all this will be organised by your employee. This could also mean you have to leave the country to get your Non-immigrant "B" visa. You might try to et one before you come but if you tell them you are looking to teach they probably won't issue you with one.

You might want to contact your local Thai consulate /embassy and research the options open to you. you can do a one month TEFL course in THaiuland or your home country. Some schools can get you work.

The pay is poor - usually starting at around 25 to 30k baht per month - business English tends top pay more than Govt schools but the hours are anti-social and erratic.

All in all I would say your best bet is to spend about a month here and forget about the beaches just go round the schools etc and talk to other teachers.