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Guaranteed Job Placement with Peace of Mind Pre Departure and In-country Support

We outline the entire process you’ll follow to realise the dream of teaching in Thailand, from all pre-departure support, to guaranteeing you a job in one of our trusted and vetted schools and supporting you during your entire experience.

Our knowledgable, experienced and passionate enrolment and support teams guide and support you every step of the way both before you leave your home country and once you arrive in Thailand.

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With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide, prepare and support you before, during and after your experience.

  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • We'll explain all the paperwork, visas, contracts, taxes, work hours, budgets, requirements, responsibilities and answer all of your questions to help ease any anxieties.
  • We guide you through everything you need before you depart to Thailand and from the moment you touch down, you'll continue to receive peace of mind 24/7 support from our in-country team who will be on hand for you throughout your placement.

Salary

Earn $800 – $1000 USD * (30,000 – 40,000 Thai Baht) per month.
* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Placement Types

Placements are mainly in public schools teaching kindergarten, primary (elementary and middle) and high school students.

Contract Length

Placements are for 1 semester (5 months) or for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay and continue to teach for more than a year.

In-class or Online Accreditation & Placement Only options

Get TEFL/TESOL certified in-class in Thailand or online. If you already have an accredited TEFL/TESOL certification, our Placement Only option is best for you.

Eligibility Requirements

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Thailand. You do need:

Required

  • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
  • A bachelor’s degree in hand in any field – no teaching experience required
  • A Native English Speaker

Preferred on case-by-case basis

  • Between 19 and 59 years of age
  • No criminal conviction whatsoever (even misdemeanors)
  • No major medical or mental health diagnosis or medication in the past 5 years
  • No communicable diseases
  • No visible tattoos, such as on the face, neck and hands
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Submit a quick application and we’ll let you know your eligibility and best program fit.

Can I teach English in Thailand without a degree?

While you don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Thailand, you do require a bachelors degree to qualify for the program.

If you are a non-degree holder please see our Teach English in Cambodia program.

Can I teach English in Thailand with a diploma or associate degree?

While these often require you to do just as much work as a bachelor’s degree unfortunately they’re just not held in as high regard internationally.

There are a number of reasons for this, particularly that colleges offering these aren’t required to be kept to the same internationally recognized standards as those offering bachelor’s degrees.

Courses can vary wildly in terms of standard and requirements for both enrollment and passing and it makes judging the quality of the certificate really difficult. This means that schools in general, the world over, have a blanket rule of not accepting diplomas and associate degrees as a qualifying certificate.

Check out our Teach English in Cambodia program if you’re a diploma or associate degree holder.

Reviews

4.77 (77 reviews)

A super supportive experience from start to finish

If you want to make the move to become a teacher abroad, I would recommend going via TravelBud, especially if it’s your first time. It really is like having someone to hold your hand through all of the hard bits – but in the best way!”

Lauren

United Kingdom, May 3, 2023

I’d definitely recommend this experience

I was a little nervous to go so far away from home alone, but they made the process simple in terms of explaining VISAs and all other information. Thank you TravelBud for helping me get to Thailand, and for helping me become a certified TEFL teacher!

Deepali

United Kingdom, Oct 12, 2022

Program Options

Option 1: In-Class TEFL & Placement

If you do not have an internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certification, we highly recommend our in-class course held in Thailand to prepare you for your teaching adventure abroad.

Option 2: Online TEFL & Placement

We also offer a range of internationally accredited online TEFL/TESOL courses which you can take prior to heading to your guaranteed placement in Thailand.

Option 3: Placement Only

If you already hold an accredited 120 Hour TEFL/TESOL certification, then our Placement Only option guarantees you a teaching job with all our in-country support benefits.

What’s included for each Program Option

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Option 1

In-Class TEFL & Placement

Option 2

Online TEFL & Placement

Option 3

Placement Only

Secures your spot
Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance
Personalised one-on-one Support
Visa Guidance
Your questions answered
Guaranteed Job Placement
24/7 In-country support
Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee
TEFL/TESOL Course
(4 weeks in-country)

(4 weeks online for 120h or 11 weeks online for 170h)
Internationally Accreditated Certification
Practical Teacher Training in-class
(not applicable for Sep and Apr intakes when schools are closed)

(not applicable for Sep and Apr intakes when schools are closed)
Airport pickup and transfer
Subject to correct arrival times
Airport Assistance
Info & guidance on trains/taxis/buses and routes
SIM Card Included
SIM Card guidance
Local bank account guidance
Shared Accommodation
(for 1st month in-country)

(for 1st week in-country)
Cultural Orientation including excursions
(1 week)

(1 week)

(1 week)
Visa Run
(for 1st month in-country)

(for 1st month in-country)

(for 1st month in-country)
Lesson Plan templates and resource directories
Support Network
Self-development and advantageous future employability

Fees

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Full Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance

    • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
    • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights.
    • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.
  • Logistics and safety when arriving

    • Airport pickup (provided participants land within five days of start date, and are going to the designated hotel).
    • Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin for TEFL training and cultural orientation.
    • Sim card and setup assistance.
    • Assistance with opening a local bank account.
    • Welcome dinner / Beach BBQ to meet your fellow teacher travellers.
  • A toolkit for navigating Thai culture

    • Cultural Orientation and excursions.
    • Social events and meet and greets.
  • Practical Teacher Training

    • To hone your craft and ensure confidence before you begin teaching professionally.
    • Lesson Plan templates and resource directories.
  • Guaranteed Job Placement

    • At carefully vetted schools.
  • An Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL certification

    • The knowledge required to teach english successfully.
    • You will graduate with an Internationally Accredited 120 hour in-class TEFL/TESOL certificate that never expires and can be used to teach all over the world.
  • A support network of fellow teachers

    • Lifelong friendships and travel opportunities.
  • 24/7 In-country support

    • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
    • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
    • Teacher meet-ups.
    • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.
  • Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee

    • Once you’ve completed your contract, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school throughout Asia for which you are eligible, at no additional charge to you.
  • Self-development and advantageous future employability

    • When you do head back home, you’re not just another resume in a pile of resumes – you are someone different who’s done something interesting and rewarding.
    • Add teaching abroad to your CV to stand out from the crowd.

Free Enrollment Consultation
Free Enrolment Consultation

Submit a quick application and we’ll send you more info, explain the program and answer all your questions.

Guaranteed Job Placement

We find you a teaching job or jobs to ensure you have the maximum work hours allowed under your visa.

You could spend your own time trying to find your own teaching position.

But this can be time-consuming and stressful because you’ll have to wade through a myriad of risk factors and paperwork when evaluating teaching positions.

These can include but are not limited to: 

  • Work visas, relevant permits and documentation
  • The interview process
  • The credibility of the school
  • Your safety at the school
  • Understanding contracts, contract length and hidden clauses
  • Payment terms and what happens in the event of non-payment
  • Taxes
  • Teaching philosophy and environment
  • Teaching materials
  • School code of conduct
  • Local staff support and English proficiency
  • After school activities and requirements
  • Disciplinary processes
  • And many more considerations!

So you might find a job but you’ll be unprepared from a teaching, cultural, financial and emotional perspective.

We take the pressure and stress away from you by guaranteeing your job placement and providing peace of mind support

  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle knowing your income of $800 – $1000 USD is secured.
  • We’ll explain all the paperwork, contracts, taxes, work hours, requirements and responsibilities.
  • We guide you through everything you need to know before you depart to Thailand and from the moment you touch down, you’ll continue to receive peace of mind 24/7 support from our in-country team who will be on hand for you throughout your placement.
  • We’ve all taught abroad before and, having placed over 2200+ participants around the world, know the key to success is well-trained, culturally-adjusted, and emotionally-supported teachers. Read more about our teaching placements.
Free Enrolment Consultation

Apply now and we’ll call you back, explain the program and answer all your questions.

Awards & Nominations

We’re thrilled to be recognized as one of the best Teach Abroad organizations and these awards reflect our commitment to delivering an exceptional standard of professional support, training and experiences to our community of teacher travelers worldwide. Read more about our values and team.

TravelBud Top Rated Teach Abroad Organization 2022!
TravelBud Won the 2021 Innovation Awards in the Teach Abroad Category
TravelBud recently won a GoOverseas Community Choice award for the Best TEFL Course with Job Assistance in 2020!

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Lifetime Placement Guarantee

Once you’ve taught in one of the TravelBud schools, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school in any of our destinations for which you are eligible on your program line, at no additional charge to you.

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  • Pay one fee and you’re able to teach in any partner school on your program line as long as you like.
  • It’s a once-off fee for a lifetime of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of your students and travel the world in a sustainable way.
  • For example, once you’re finished in Thailand you can travel over to South Korea or Vietnam and experience a whole new cultural adventure.

Boost your employability

You might think you’re taking a step back by taking a year off but nothing could be further from the truth!

Although you may think it’s a halt in your education journey, you’re actually fast tracking yourself through:

  • Learning independence.
  • Learning how you react to different situations.
  • Learning how to master and grow your confidence in public speaking.
  • Learning how to overcome obstacles.
  • Learning about yourself through your own personal self discovery.
  • Learning how to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

These would normally take much longer in a normal, sheltered environment and wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

When you do head back home, you’re not just another resume in a pile of resumes – you are someone different who’s done something interesting and rewarding.

People who are able to reflect on their experiences will give them an edge in their interview, no matter what industry or profession.

Read why working abroad boosts your employability →

Teaching Placements

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Teaching Placement Overview

Salary range in USD per month$800 - $1000 USD *

* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Salary local currency per month30,000 - 40,000 Thai Baht
Saving potential in USD per month$100 - $300+
Employment TypeFull-time
Contract Length5 months, 1 year
Placement TypesPublic Schools
Classroom AudienceKindergarten, Primary (elementary and middle), High school students
Classroom AgeBetween 4 - 18
Classroom SizePublic Schools: 30 - 50
Working Hours per week25 - 40
Days offWeekends
Holidays / Paid Leave16 official public holidays (paid), as well as 2 and a half months of school holidays plus weekends (not paid)
Tax rate range for teachers3-5% *

* Only those with work permits will be expected to pay tax, however, depending on how much you earn overall, you may not be required to pay any tax at all.

VisaNon-Immigrant B visa, Non-Immigrant O visa or a tourist visa
Initial Enrollment to Arrival3 Month Minimum
Top Placement Locations1. Bangkok
2. Trang
3. Sukhothai
4. Ubon
5. Chonburi

Teaching Placements

Placements are available in public schools.

Thai schools are generally very well-resourced and you will have a Thai teacher to assist you in the classroom.

Your books and teaching resources will be supplied, although you may want to get creative and supplement with your own. We’ll provide you with ton of resources and directories for all kinds of classrooms printouts and lesson plans!

Where will I be teaching English in Thailand?

  • Urban or rural areas.
  • In small or big towns.
  • In some cases on Phuket island (Due to extreme demand these island placement locations are rarely available).

You can teach:

  • Kindergarten.
  • Primary (elementary and middle).
  • High school.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

What are the working hours? And days per week?

  • You should expect to be at school for 8 hours per day, but you will only have about 4-5 “in class” hours though.
  • In most cases you will work a regular Monday to Friday, 7:30AM to 4PM with an hour for lunch.
  • There may be times when you are asked to participate in events or activities outside of these hours.

Are there sports after school that you have to attend or teach?

This will depend on your school. In most cases, teaching activities out with work hours is voluntary, however they do have concerts, cultural festivals and after school activities every now and again that you will be expected to attend.

What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

Yes, but we don’t often find this to be a problem. If you really dislike the job and you have a good reason, then we can help move you. But you need to understand that this can take time, and we ask that you be patient and flexible.

What us the dress code for teaching?

Men are expected to wear smart trousers and a collared shirt. Depending on the school you may also be required to wear a tie. Women are expected to where a skirt and a smart shirt or blouse or a dress. Some schools may permit women to wear trousers. The dress code varies depending on the school but you should plan to dress to impress.

Can couples be placed together?

This can be done, but not always at the same school. The schools may be within the same town. For participants travelling in couples or friends, they need to be extremely flexible and open to placement location.

What is the level of English and behavior of students?

This will vary city to city; however, there is typically beginner knowledge of English throughout the country. Thai students are generally well behaved.

What curriculum will they follow at school?

There is no set curriculum; each school will have their own curriculum and procedures.

Will my colleagues speak English?

Yes. Sometimes only limited English though.

Will I work with any special needs children?

Yes, probably, but they won’t necessarily be classified as such. They will just be in your normal classes.

What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this work?

Schools may sometimes hold a small portion of salary in escrow until the end of the contract to dissuade teachers from leaving in the middle of a school term. This is, however, a rare policy.

What are the expected deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Yes, some schools take off tax at 3%. But normally they don’t take off tax for the first year.

Will I get paid overtime?

No.

What are the chances of getting a salary increase?

If you do a good job there is potential to get a pay rise or a resigning bonus.

Is all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

Yes, most of the time, but not all the time.

When are the school holidays?

Typically, Thai government schools have a month holiday in October and two months in March-April.

Are you expected to work during school holidays?

Not normally, however your school may ask you to participate in an English camp or activities camp of some kind.

A TravelBud teacher in her classroom in Thailand.

A TravelBud teacher in her classroom in Thailand.

A TravelBud teacher engages in group work in a classroom in Thailand.

A TravelBud teacher engages in group work in a classroom in Thailand.

Visa Trip

Teachers who take the In-class TEFL/TESOL course may be required do a visa trip once they have completed the course and before (or soon after) they start teaching. Visa trips are mandatory trips to countries bordering Thailand to acquire or renew visa statuses.

Popular destinations for the visa trip are Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. The visa trip can often be completed in a single day, but there may be circumstances that require a participant to be gone for 3-4 days.

The cost of the visa trip will be anywhere from $0 to $300 USD and you will receive time off to go on the trip. Depending on the school or agent this may also be paid leave.

Note that this may not be required for those who do the Placement Only program, as they will likely have their placement before they arrive and thus will arrive on a business visa provided by their school.

Don’t worry, we’ll talk you through the whole process, explain all your options and guide you every step of the way!

Cultural Preparation

Part of the success of your experience comes from understanding the culture that you’re going to be living and working in.

Cultural awareness training helps you to settle into your new environment, make local friends, avoid misunderstandings, and enjoy success in social and professional life.

Our Program Includes:

Pre departure Support

to guide and prepare you

Logistics and safety

when arriving

A toolkit for navigating

your new country

A support network

of fellow teachers

24/7 In-country support

for peace of mind

Having Fun

& embracing new adventures!

Pre-departure Support

We assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets, booking flights and any questions or information you need. 

Pre departure Support

  • We’ll outline the entire process you’ll follow to realise the teaching abroad dream.
  • You’ll be provided comprehensive information relating to each step in the pre-departure process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, no matter how silly you may think they are!
  • We’ll explain and help you get the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
  • We’ll assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgeting and booking flights.
  • We’ll ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip and share the positive and life-changing adventures of the teach abroad experience.

Logistics and Safety when arriving

We’ll pick you up from the airport and introduce you to your support team in-country.

Logistics and Safety when arriving

  • We’ll pick you up from the airport so you won’t have to stress when you arrive off the plane (provided you land within five days of start date, and are going to the designated hotel) and transfer you to Hua Hin.
  • We’ll introduce you to your 24/7 support team on the ground.
  • We’ll take you to your pre-arranged accommodation. Read more about our course accommodation.
  • We assist you with your SIM card setup so that you can contact your loved ones back home and your new friends you’re about to make on your epic orientation!
  • We assist you with your local bank account setup so you can save money on international withdrawal fees. Your salary is paid into your local bank account.
  • You’ll get to meet and greet fellow teacher travellers with a welcome dinner or beach barbeque!

A toolkit for navigating your new country

The perfect foundation for adjusting to life in your new country and meeting your fellow teachers and in-country stafff members.

A toolkit for navigating your new country

Our 1 week cultural orientation on Thai culture and language gives you the perfect foundation for adjusting to life in Thailand as well as an opportunity to bond with your fellow teachers-in-training and in-country staff members.

Learn foundational Thai language

We help you with foundational language to help you navigate:

  • The bustling markets.
  • Grabbing a taxi.
  • Ordering a delicious mea.
  • Garnering respect from locals.

(plus it’s pretty cool to impress your mates at home or add it to your resume!)

Cultural and History lessons

  • Learn from local Thai staff and ex-foreign teachers who have made their home in Thailand.
  • You’ll understand the cultural dynamics so that you don’t feel like a fish out of water.
  • You won’t be making any faux pas or disrespecting the locals.
  • How to address locals and your fellow teachers.
  • You will know what you can and can’t do in Thai classrooms.

Relevant Cultural Excursions

Excursions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Visit Buddhist temples and learn about Buddhist philosophy.
  • Visit local Thai markets and learn how to barter and purchase fresh local produce.
  • Take part in a Thai cooking course.
  • Volunteer in a stray animal rescue organization.
  • Self-empowerment workshops.

Visit local markets and learn how to purchase the freshest produce.


Take part in fun Muay Thai lessons.


Learn how to cook traditional Thai food as part of your orientation in Thailand.

Learn how to cook traditional Thai food as part of your orientation in Thailand.


Participants meditate with, and learn about Buddhist philosophy from a local monk.

Support Networks

In addition to the personal assistance and 24/7 in-country support we provide, you’ll also have a support network of fellow teachers..

A support network of fellow teacher travelers

In addition the personal assistance and 24/7 support we provide, you’ll also have a support network of fellow teachers.

Meet fellow Teacher Travellers

Meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.

Only they understand what you’re also going through in a way that friends at home would never.

TravelBud English Teachers in Thailand

Teachers pose for a photo during their beach barbeque in Hua Hin, Thailand. You’ll meet fellow teachers and make life-long friendships during your in-class TEFL/TESOL in Thailand.

Make Lifelong Memories

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the cultural orientation and TEFL Course.

This becomes a valuable network and community for you as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Thailand and fully experience all that the country has to offer.

Meet fellow English Teachers in Thailand and experience an adventure of a lifetime! 

Diverse range of background

We have teachers participating in the cultural orientation and TEFL course from all over the world.

Teachers taking a stroll along the beach in Hua Hin.

24/7 In-Country Support

  • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, culture shock, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
  • Teacher meet-ups.
  • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.

Have some fun and embrace new adventures!

Hop on a Tuk Tuk and explore interesting alleys and streets.

Experience traditional Thai street food.

Incredible hikes and scenery are easily accessible.

Visit Krabi and the Phi Phi Islands for scenic views and breathtaking Beaches.

Visit beautiful temples across Thailand.

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin, Thailand.

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin.

Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certification

There are so many options when it comes to TEFL/TESOL courses that it can be quite overwhelming to understand what’s legitimate and what high quality schools require from teaching staff.

With TravelBud’s 120-Hour In-Class TEFL/TESOL certification you get years of teacher insight, experience and practical knowledge which has been refined into a quality internationally accredited curriculum that focuses on preparing students in the best possible way for their teaching abroad experience.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), are often used interchangeably but are essentially the same thing: a certification in teaching English.

A quality TEFL/TESOL course helps teachers avoid the frustration and pitfalls of being unprepared in the classroom and provides all the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively teach English.

Educational Philosophy

Students are trained based on a global ‘best practices’ approach to teaching English as a second language that incorporates the direct method, communicative approach, and task-based teaching approach within a lesson planning structure of Present, Practice, and Produce.

We focus on teacher creativity. In many environments, teachers cannot depend on technology, so they must be both creative and resourceful in their lesson planning and execution. Technology is a tool, not a crutch.

Our teachers must harness their own creative spirit during the course and perform in a low-tech environment. Then once they have demonstrated that, we begin to instruct on how to use technology and allow students to incorporate technology into their lessons.

We require extensive teaching practice. We believe that proper education in TEFL/TESOL must involve praxis, or the application of theory in a classroom setting. The course provides at least 16 hours of teaching practice whereby students are placed in a classroom as teachers, under instructor supervision and assessment, during the course. This typically happens several times during the course.

The process entails, preparing lesson plans for classrooms of different ages and skill levels, delivering those lessons, receiving peer and instructor feedback, and adjusting lesson plans and teaching approaches based on that feedback. This process is critical to the course and preparing teachers for the field.

In-Class TEFL/TESOL Course Location

The TEFL/TESOL course in Thailand is offered in the beautiful beach resort setting in Hua Hin.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of the most charming beach resort towns in Thailand. It is recognized by TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice as one of the top ten cities in Thailand and one of the world’s top 20 best cities to retire in.

Hua Hin is a 2.5 hour drive south of Bangkok and sits between a mountain range to the west and a calm sea on the Gulf of Thailand to the east. The sea in Hua Hin is adorned with small islands, fishing boats, and majestic rock formations, which dot the horizon of the coastline under a sun filled sky.

Hua Hin is known as Thailand’s Royal Beach Resort. It is the oldest and most traditional Thai resort in the country and also the current residence of the Royal Family.

Hua Hin strikes the perfect balance between traditional Thai culture and modern amenities. Hua Hin has a rich diversity of Thai temples and a genuine Thai hospitality. It also boasts a lively downtown district, as well as international quality hospitals, malls, accommodation, and transport.

Course Components

  • Information and discussion about Thai culture, history, politics, and society to provide exposure and help students navigate their new environment,
  • Significant instruction in Thai language (6 Hours).
  • Strong grounding in the history and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language. This is taught in a way that emphasizes application of theory to enhance success in the classroom.
  • Significant practical training in teaching listening, reading, speaking and writing in the classroom, including extensive lesson planning, presentation, and feedback from peers and instructors.
  • Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group.
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management.
  • 16 hours of teaching practicum.

Detailed TEFL/TESOL Course Overview

Week One – Orientation

The first week of the course is an amazing, interactive orientation on Thai culture and language, as well as an opportunity to bond with other teachers-in-training and staff members.

The program is held in Hua Hin and encompasses Thai language, culture, and society. The course is taught by area experts and includes several exciting and informative cultural excursions.

Week Two

The second week of the course is a deeper exploration of theory in the discipline of English as a second language and how to teach grammar. Students learn about the structure and key elements of a lesson plan. Every lesson requires a detailed lesson plan that lays out the procedures of the class, and encourages teachers to consider the challenges, technology resources, and other factors that can impact a successful lesson in the classroom.

During week two, students will also learn how to teach speaking and grammar. Grammar can be challenging to teach. One of the reasons for this is that it has been a long time since native English speakers have reviewed grammar rules, so we provides students with a bit of a refresher. The major assignments for week two are to create a lesson plan for teaching grammar and to present a full lesson just as a teacher would in a classroom.

Week Three

The third week of the course focuses on how to teach reading and listening. The major assignments for this week are to create lesson plans for teaching reading and present full lessons just as a teacher would in the classroom. During this week participants will learn more about teaching young learners and practice planning lessons for kindergarten students. Additionally, our participants will learn about curriculum development for long term learning goals for their students.

Week Four

The final week of the course is dedicated to classroom management and preparing for and conducting the English camp.

While classroom management may be the final topic covered, it is in fact extremely important, especially in cross-cultural contexts.

Classroom management is about setting ground rules, apply them consistently, getting to know your students, and earning and maintaining their respect and commitment.

Students spend several days preparing their lessons for the English camp. The camp typically lasts 2-3 days.

During the final week there will also be an in-class final exam.

International Accreditation

Our internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL course is accepted by employers around the world and is accredited by Accreditat. Accreditat is registered under the UKRLP (UK Register of Learning Providers), Number 10065351. Registration on the UKRLP means they have been verified against a recognised legal source.

Graduates of our internationally accredited 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course have used their TEFL/TESOL certificate to successfully find employment in ESL teaching and education fields in nearly every Western, native-English speaking country, as well as across Europe, Asia, South America, and beyond.

Online TEFL/TESOL Courses

An alternative to our in-country TEFL course certification is an accredited online TEFL/TESOL course certification. See our fees section for all program options. 

Read more about our online TEFL courses →

Accommodation

Accommodation during the TEFL/TESOL Course

When you arrive in Thailand, you’ll be picked up from the airport and will stay a night in a Bangkok hotel.

Hotel In Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel In Bangkok for your first night. Clean and modern.

Hotel room in Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel room In Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel room in Bangkok with toilet and shower for your first night.

If you opt to do the 120-hour In-class TEFL/TESOL course which we highly recommend to best prepare you for your adventure, your fee includes shared accommodation for the duration of the course.

Accommodations are new and modern and at a minimum the rooms will have air con, Wi-Fi, TV, and be conveniently located with respect to the TEFL/TESOL school and Hua Hin town center.

Room prices will vary from 5,500 to 10,000 baht for the month excluding a room deposit.

Shared accommodation in Glory Thailand.

Shared accommodation in Glory.

Glory Accommodation option

Another accommodation hotel in Glory that teachers stay in during their In-Class TESOL.

Neat and tidy toilets with all the basics.

Neat and tidy toilet areas with all the basics.

Comfortable and modern accommodation, with everything you need in terms of bedroom and bathroom amenities.

Rural Thai accommodation

An example of accommodation in rural Thailand. Read about Didi’s teaching adventure with TravelBud on our blog!

A typical lounge in rural Thailand.

A typical lounge in rural Thailand.

How much will rent cost?

Rent will vary depending on where you are living, but it is guaranteed to be affordable based on what you will be earning.

Will I be living with someone?

If you are placed with a friend or partner, you will be able to live together. Otherwise, you might be living alone or sharing with another ESL teacher.

We’re here to help you through the whole process and will provide help, guidance, information and assistance finding your ideal accommodation during your teach abroad experience.

Dates

  • One of the huge advantages of taking the TEFL/TESOL course in Thailand is that the course itself prepares participants thoroughly for teaching in Thai schools and gives you first-hand experience in the classroom during the practical portion of the course.
  • With our Thailand team located in Hua Hin, participants receive expert, in-person support and an in-country network of resources.
  • The course begins on Monday morning, we typically have a welcome meeting on the Sunday afternoon before the intake. We would want all participants to be in country by Sunday afternoon before their course starts.
  • Placement-only candidates will join one of the dates outlined below for a week of orientation before heading to their placements.
  • By doing the in-country orientation, participants will be able to experience a full Thai cultural program as part of a group, meeting many other teachers who are also going to teach in Thailand.

2024

24 June 2024Spaces AvailableApply
22 July 2024Spaces AvailableApply
30 September 2024
Spaces AvailableApply
28 October 2024Spaces AvailableApply
25 November 2024Spaces AvailableApply
30 December 2024Spaces AvailableApply

2025

3 February 2025
(Online TEFL & Placement and Placement Only)
Spaces AvailableApply
3 March 2025
(Online TEFL & Placement and Placement Only)
Spaces AvailableApply
31 March 2025Spaces AvailableApply
28 April 2025Spaces AvailableApply
26 May 2025Spaces AvailableApply
23 June 2025Spaces AvailableApply
21 July 2025Spaces AvailableApply
18 August 2025
(Online TEFL & Placement and Placement Only)
Spaces AvailableApply
1 September 2025Spaces AvailableApply
29 September 2025Spaces AvailableApply
27 October 2025Spaces AvailableApply
24 November 2025Spaces AvailableApply

Budgets

Our support team will walk you through everything prior to you departing to ensure you have exactly what you need by when you need to have it.

    • Thailand is generally a cheap place to travel to. You should be able to manage on a
      relatively low budget if necessary.
    • You will be spending at least 1 to 2 months in Thailand before you receive your first
      paycheck.
    • Although Thailand may appear inexpensive, costs add up and it can be easy to overspend.
    • This guide is to provide you with an approximate budget for your initial few months in Thailand.
    • These values will vary depending on your personal budget and spending habits.
IN-CLASS TEFL/TESOL COURSE & PLACEMENT PROGRAM

We strongly suggest that you bring no less than $2000 USD with you when you
arrive in Thailand, or have access to it via ATM, to buffer any unforeseen costs
before your first paycheck.

PLACEMENT ONLY & SUPPORT PROGRAM

If you are only completing the cultural orientation week before heading to your placement, we strongly suggest you bring no less than $1,200 USD with you when you arrive in Thailand, or have access via ATM, to buffer any unforeseen costs before your first paycheck.

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Pre-departure costs

Flights

Flight prices vary depending on where you travel from and when you book. Prices can occasionally exceed this range. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance or more for the best rates.

$450 - $850

Insurance & Vaccines

Travel insurance prices and vaccination (optional) can vary depending on things like provider, age, country of origin and duration of your stay. This range is for TravelBud's recommended policies based on stays of 6 months or 1 year. Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all TravelBud programs.

$350 - $1500

Documentation

This budget is assuming all of your current documentation is in English, you are in possession of your physical degree and you hold a valid passport.

$211 - $420

TOTAL

$1011 - $2770

In Country TEFL, Placement & Support - Orientation week in Hua Hin, Thailand

ACCOMMODATION, DEPOSIT, & EARLY
ARRIVAL (FOOD, TRANSPORTATION, &
ATTRACTIONS)

The Bangkok hotel cost is 700 Thai Baht per person per night (based on a shared room). If you request to stay in a room alone, the cost will be 1,200 THB per night. Note that there is a 500 THB key deposit that will be returned to you upon checkout.

Check-in at the Hotel is at 2 PM. If you wish to check in early (8 AM-1 PM) there is an additional charge of 500 THB. Checking in before 8 AM will be considered an additional night’s stay.

The in-country team will book your room and invoice you individually during your orientation week.

Monthly accommodations in Thailand require a 2,500 - 5,000 Thai Baht deposit to cover any damages and the cost of electricity. You will be told the specific cost before your arrival. All participants will need to pay the deposit upon checking in to the accommodation on the Monday of the orientation week. When you check out, your deposit will be returned to you minus any damages and minus the amount of water and electricity usage (electricity is charged at 9 Baht per unit- moderate usage would cost you about 1,000 - 1,500 Baht per person (based on a shared room).

The deposit must be paid by all participants upon accommodation arrival.

EARLY ARRIVAL & DEPOSIT:
$180 - $260

START UP ITEMS
(TEACHER CLOTHING, TEACHER PRACTICUM, & BANK ACCOUNT SET UP)

Teacher-appropriate clothing can be bought in Hua Hin if you find that you did not pack enough clothing. The prices for these items vary greatly depending on where you purchase them from. Clothing from night markets tends to be cheaper while clothing purchased at the mall is typically more expensive.

On the first Monday of the program, the in-country team will take everyone to the local mall where you can purchase anything you will need for your accommodation. The mall is easy to access, and you can return at any time during the course. Most accommodations in Thailand are self-serviced apartments. This means that they do not provide towels or other amenities you may find in a typical hotel. Participants will need to provide the following essentials for their room: A towel, toilet paper, and drinking water.

Participants are responsible for supplying their own stationery, and school supplies. As you will learn in the course, having colourful, creative, engaging materials enhances the experience for your students. During the English Practicum, you will need to make flashcards, props, and possibly some worksheets. Most teachers spend about 500 – 1000 THB (15 - 30 USD) on their supplies for flashcards, worksheets, activities, and games. You will be able to use these materials once you start teaching at your school.

During the first week of the program, the in-country team will assist you in obtaining a Thai bank account, which is required for salary payments. The total cost to set up the account is 1000 THB. Of that, 500 THB is a deposit that you can withdraw as soon as you get your debit card. 500 THB covers administration and the cost of the debit card.

$15 - $80

DAILY EXPENSES (FOOD, LAUNDRY, &
TRANSPORTATION AROUND HUA HIN)

A local meal in Thailand is about 50 - 100 Thai Baht per dish. There are many restaurants that sell western style food, but it is substantially more expensive. Western meals like hamburgers, pizza, etc. range from 200 - 400 Thai Baht and up for a single meal.

There are coin laundry machines (50 Baht per load) and full- service laundry shops (10 Baht per item of clothing) in Thailand.

Public transportation on routes in Hua Hin cost 20 Baht per trip. If you are looking to go somewhere specific, or are in a hurry, you can rent a taxi, tuk tuk, or motor taxi. They are very easy to find and will charge you based on the distance you are going to costing around 200 - 500 baht depending on the distance.

$220 - $340

OPTIONAL EXPENSES (NIGHTLIFE,
WEEKEND TRIPS, & SHOPPING)

Although going out for drinks may seem much cheaper in Thailand, the cost can mount up quickly. Be mindful of this when heading out. If you are interested in going on weekend day trips with fellow participants to the local waterfall, temples and beaches, there are some national park entrance fees and transportation costs. We will tell you more about these options during your first week and we can help arrange the trips.

$10 - $85

TOTAL

$510 - $965

Placement Only & Support - Orientation week in Hua Hin, Thailand

CCOMMODATION, DEPOSIT, & EARLY
ARRIVAL (FOOD, TRANSPORT, ATTRACTIONS)

The Bangkok hotel cost is 700 Thai Baht per person per night (based on a shared room). If you request to stay in a room alone, the cost will be 1,200 THB per night. Note that there is a 500 THB key deposit that will be returned to you upon checkout.

Check-in at the Hotel is at 2 PM. If you wish to check in early (8 AM-1 PM) there is an additional charge of 500 THB. Checking in before 8 AM will be considered an additional night’s stay.

The in-country team will book your room and invoice you individually during your orientation week.

Monthly accommodations in Thailand require a 2,500 - 5,000 Thai Baht deposit to cover any damages and the cost of electricity. You will be told the specific cost prior to your arrival. All participants will need to pay the deposit upon checking in to the accommodation on the Monday of the orientation week. When you check out, your deposit will be returned to you minus any damages and minus the amount of water and electricity usage (electricity is charged at 9 Baht per unit- moderate usage would cost you about 1,000 - 1,500 Baht per person (based on a shared room).

The deposit must be paid by all participants upon accommodation arrival.

EARLY ARRIVAL & DEPOSIT:
$110 - $190

START UP ITEMS (TEACHER CLOTHING, TEACHER PRACTICUM, BANK ACCOUNT SET UP)

Teacher-appropriate clothing can be bought in Hua Hin if you find that you did not pack enough clothing. The prices for these items vary greatly depending on where you purchase them from. Clothing from night markets tends to be cheaper while clothing purchased at the mall is typically more expensive.

On the first Monday of the program, the in-country team will take everyone to the local mall where you can purchase anything you will need for your accommodation. The mall is easy to access, and you can return at any time during the course. Most accommodations in Thailand are self-serviced apartments. This means that they do not provide towels or other amenities you may find in a typical hotel. Participants will need to provide the following essentials for their room: A towel, toilet paper, and drinking water.

Participants are responsible for supplying their own stationery, and school supplies. As you will learn in the course, having colourful, creative, engaging materials enhances the experience for your students. During the English Practicum, you will need to make flashcards, props, and possibly some worksheets. Most teachers spend about 500 – 1000 THB (15 - 30 USD) on their supplies for flashcards, worksheets, activities, and games. You will be able to use these materials once you start teaching at your school.

During the first week of the program, XploreAsia will assist you in obtaining a Thai bank account, which is required for salary payments. The total cost to set up the account is 1000 THB. Of that, 500 THB is a deposit that you can withdraw as soon as you get your debit card. 500 THB covers administration and the cost of the debit card.

$100 - $280

DAILY EXPENSES (FOOD, LAUNDRY, &
TRANSPORTATION AROUND HUA HIN)

Participants are able to spend much less than that amount stated here depending on their placement and spending habits. The amount given here is a safe approximation for most placements in Thailand.

A local meal in Thailand is about 50 - 100 Thai Baht per dish. There are many restaurants that sell western style food, but it is substantially more expensive. Western meals like hamburgers, pizza, etc. range from 200 - 400 Thai Baht and up for a single meal.

There are coin laundry machines (50 Baht per load) and full- service laundry shops (10 Baht per item of clothing) in Thailand.

Public transportation on routes in Hua Hin cost 20 Baht per trip. If you are looking to go somewhere specific, or are in a hurry, you can rent a taxi, tuk tuk, or motor taxi. They are very easy to find and will charge you based on the distance you are going to costing around 200 - 500 baht depending on the distance.

$50 - $100

OPTIONAL EXPENSES (NIGHTLIFE, WEEKEND TRIPS, & SHOPPING)

Although going out for drinks may seem much cheaper in Thailand, the cost can mount up quickly. Be mindful of this when heading out. If you are interested in going on weekend day trips with fellow participants to the local waterfall, temples and beaches, there are some national park entrance fees and transportation costs. We will tell you more about these options during your first week and we can help arrange the trips.

$10 - $40

TOTAL

$270 - $610

1 month Teaching - Post Orientation week & TEFL Course

Travel to Placement Location

At the end of the course, the placement team will advise you on the best way to get to your placement. They will assist you in purchasing the correct van, bus, train, or plane ticket. The bus system in Thailand is the most common (and cheapest) form of transport. Most people will take a bus to their placement and the bus tickets will cost about 500 - 1200 Thai Baht depending on distance. If you do need to book a plane ticket, the cost is around 1000 - 2,000 Thai Baht.

$16 - $30

Accommodation

Your rent will not be included, and you will need to pay for electricity and water usage every month. Depending on your electricity usage you can expect to spend approximately 1,000 – 1,500 on electricity for moderate use. Water will be minimal, generally less than a few hundred Baht per month. You should expect to pay at least your first month’s rent and a deposit amount equalling one month’s rent, and sometimes even your last month’s rent up front. This amount is based on 2-month deposit, but you may only be required to pay 1-month deposit.

$390 - $900

* includes 2 months deposit

Daily Expenses (Food, laundry, transportation)

You can spend much less than the amount stated here depending on your placement and spending habits. The amount given here is a safe approximation for most placements in Thailand.

$230 - $350

Visa Trip (Highly likely, but may not be required for you)

It is likely that you will need to do a visa trip to a neighboring country to obtain a new visa for the work permit process. It will only be necessary to complete a trip once your school has completed your paperwork. You will travel to a neighboring country like Cambodia, Laos, or Malaysia. Trips can be lower on the budget scale if you stay in inexpensive accommodations like hostels.

$400 - $550

TOTAL

$1036 - $1860

Budget Totals

Pre Departure Total

$1011 - $2770

In-Class TEFL/TESOL, Placement & Support Program Total
- First month of course + first month at placement

$1543 - $2825

Placement Only & Support Program Total
- Orientation week + first month at placement

$1306 - $2470

  • The amounts shown above are estimated for someone who has frugal spending habits. We highly recommend that you bring no less than $2000 for your program start. This will provide an additional $500 USD cushion.

We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Thailand is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle knowing your monthly income of $800 – $1000 USD is secured.
  • Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered and you’ll start to learn how to cut down on your monthly expenses (for example, eating out less and finding the most affordable grocery store in your placement town).
  • You will be able to enjoy your time teaching and travelling in Thailand saving a portion of your salary ($100 – $300+ USD per month) for travels and adventures!  

Fees

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in Thailand.

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Option 1

In-Class TEFL & Placement

Option 2

Online TEFL & Placement

Option 3

Placement Only

Enrollment Deposit


$599


$599


$599

  • This fee is payable upfront and secures your spot in a program that has limited availability per course and gets the comprehensive support process started.
Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance
  • You’ll be introduced to the support team and your dedicated Support Coordinator will reach out with your next steps.
  • You’ll be provided comprehensive information relating to each step in the pre-departure process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like!
  • Our support team help you get the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
  • We’ll assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights.
Personalised one-on-one Support
  • Your dedicated support coordinator will guide you through everything you need to make your teach abroad experience successful and provide personalised, one-on-one support and guidance.
Visa Guidance
  • We make sure that the visa you initially apply for is the best and easiest option available for you as an individual.
  • All documents required before applying for your visa is explained and we even help you prepare the documents needed to apply for a work permit once you are in-country and have been placed.
  • Our support team will hold your hand through the initial visa application, explain visa runs, applying for a new visa once in-country and obtaining a work permit once you’ve been placed.
Your questions answered
  • You'll get to ask questions no matter how silly and arrange calls directly with our support team.
  • We’ll ease any anxieties you may have and share the positive and life-changing adventures of the teach abroad experience.

Online TEFL Fee

Choose between:

120 Hour Online TEFL

$499

170 Hour Online TEFL

$1299

This fee is due 1 week prior to your selected course start date.

Final Program Fee, Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 Support

$2200
$2000


$1300


$1300


Due 12 weeks prior to your selected intake date.
Guaranteed Job Placement
  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • We'll explain all the job details, working hours, taxes, responsibilities and more.
  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle and planning your adventures knowing your monthly income is secured.
24/7 In-country support
  • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, culture shock, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
  • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • Teacher meet-ups.
  • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.
Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee
  • Once you’ve completed your contract, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school throughout Asia for which you are eligible, at no additional charge to you.
TEFL/TESOL Course
(4 weeks in-country)

(4 weeks online for 120h or 11 weeks online for 170h)
Internationally Accredited Certification
  • You will graduate with an Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate that never expires and can be used to teach all over the world.
  • Graduates of our internationally accredited courses have used their TEFL/TESOL certificate to successfully find employment in ESL teaching and education fields in nearly every Western, native-English speaking country, as well as across Europe, Asia, South & Central America, and beyond.
Practical Teacher Training in-class
(not applicable for Sep and Apr intakes when schools are closed)

(not applicable for Sep and Apr intakes when schools are closed)
  • The course provides at least 16 hours of teaching practice whereby students are placed in a classroom as teachers, under instructor supervision and assessment, during the course. This typically happens several times during the course.
  • The process entails, preparing lesson plans for classrooms of different ages and skill levels, delivering those lessons, receiving peer and instructor feedback, and adjusting lesson plans and teaching approaches based on that feedback.
  • This process is critical to honing your craft and ensuring confidence before you begin teaching professionally.
Airport pickup and transfer
Subject to correct arrival times
  • We'll provide airport pickup to ensure a stress-free arrival.
  • We’ll introduce you to your 24/7 support team on the ground.
  • We’ll take you to your pre-arranged accommodation.
Airport Assistance
Info & guidance on trains/taxis/buses and routes
  • We'll provide full information and guidance on which train, taxi or bus you need to take to ensure a stress-free arrival.
SIM Card Included
  • A SIM card is provided for you.
SIM Card guidance
  • We'll aid in setting up a SIM card for connecting with loved ones and new friends during your experience abroad.
Local bank account guidance
  • We provide guidance setting up a local bank account so you can save money on international withdrawal fees. Your salary is paid into your local bank account.
Shared Accommodation
(1st month in-country)

(1st week in-country)
  • Your accommodation is all pre-booked and sorted for you before you arrive.
Cultural Orientation including excursions
(1 week)

(1 week)

(1 week)

In-class TEFL participants experience:

  • A 1-week cultural orientation that lays the groundwork for your South Korea experience, fostering bonds with your fellow teachers and staff.
  • Learn foundational Korean language
  • Cultural and History lessons
  • Cultural Excursions, including Gyeongbok Palace Tour, Korean War Memorial tour, Korean Cooking Classes, Taekwondo Martial Arts class and a K-POP Dance Class.

Online TEFL & Placement Only participants experience:

  • Cultural Weekends: Join fellow teachers for a Korean cultural program through selected weekends, including group activities and excursions in Seoul.
  • Possible activities encompass a welcome dinner, Gyeongbok Palace Tour, guided cultural walks, traditional hanbok wearing, tea tasting, and more.
Lesson Plan templates and resource directories
  • Access to Lesson Plan Templates and resource directories to help you create fun and engaging lessons.
Support Network
  • In addition to the 24/7 In-Country Support we provide, you'll also have a suport network of fellow teachers.
  • Meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.
  • Only they understand what you’re also going through in a way that friends at home would never.
  • Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the cultural orientation and TEFL Course.
  • This becomes a valuable network and community for you as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Korea and fully experience all that the country has to offer.
Self-development and advantageous future employability
  • Learning independence.
  • Learning how you react to different situations.
  • Learning how to master and grow your confidence in public speaking.
  • Learning how to overcome obstacles.
  • Learning about yourself through your own personal self discovery.
  • Learning how to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

Total Fee


120 Hour In-Class TEFL

$2599


120 Hour Online TEFL

$2398

170 Hour Online TEFL

$3198

Placement Only

$1899


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in Thailand?

You’ll earn around $800 – $1300 USD* (30,000 to 45,000 Thai baht) per month.
* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Living expenses are low in Thailand with meals easily costing you less than $2 and rent below $200 per month allowing you to save for travels around Thailand in the school holidays.

Most teachers save a third of their salary which is more than enough to travel internationally.Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

Safety in Thailand

With a warm, friendly culture and many tourists passing through, Thailand is generally an easy place to live and travel.

Our teachers (both men and women) report feeling safe and accommodated during the time they lived in Thailand.

Public transport is efficient and safe to use.

How are the authorities?

The police in Thailand are helpful and friendly. However, if you are found with illegal substances, you will feel the severity of the law.

Thai policy on drugs is incredibly strict and carries serious consequences.

Safety Tips

  • Be cautious with eating food that has not been cooked as fresh fruit and vegetables can be washed in tap water which might make you sick.
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Be alert and keep your valuables in a safe place, especially in a particularly touristy area.
  • If you need to travel by boat, avoid boats which are overcrowded.

24/7 On-the-ground Support

Our on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.

You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as emergencies, travel options, translation help, culture shock, legalities, or school queries.

Someone is on hand.

Is English spoken in Thailand?

In tourist centres and larger cities you’ll find more English spoken but further afield into rural areas and smaller towns English isn’t widely spoken.

This is why Thailand hires so many English teachers from abroad, to try and help the local population unlock opportunities only available to English speakers. Thais are a kind and helpful people so even if they can’t speak English they’ll do their best to understand and help you out where you need it.

Do you need a degree to teach English in Thailand?

In most cases you will need a bachelor’s degree to teach English in Thailand. In some cases associate degrees, foundation degrees and diplomas are accepted if that tertiary qualification is in Education.

If you are a non-degree holder please see our Teach English in Cambodia and Teach English in Myanmar programs.

How many days off do I get? When are the Thai school holidays?

You’ll get 16 official public holidays, as well as 2 and a half months of school holidays plus weekends off!

Our support team will provide you with a detailed breakdown of your days off in a useful calendar so you can plan your epic travels!

Can participants choose part or full time?

Our Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months) or for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay and continue to teach English in Thailand for more than a year.

Placements are flexible so if you’re looking to spend a shorter or longer time, chat with us and we’ll advise all the options.

What is the main religion in Thailand?

In Thailand the dominant religion is Buddhism, specifically the Theravada branch, about 90% of the population adhere to this form of Buddhism. You will also find other Chinese forms of Buddhism, Christians and in the far south, a Muslim minority in Thailand.

Are teachers in high demand in Thailand? Why?

Yes, teachers are in high demand in Thailand. The Thais understand the importance and value of speaking English and know that if they learn how to speak English that it will expand their future opportunities.

Do students have to learn English in Thailand?

English forms part of the Thai schools’ curriculum.

The English classes are given by Thai teachers and if the school is able to afford a Native English Speaker they will supplement the Thai English teachers’ classes.

The Thai English teachers generally focus on Grammar and the foreign teachers focus on Conversation (Speaking and Listening).

Do schools in Thailand accept Online TEFL/TESOL certificates? If no, Why not?

Yes they do. However, the candidates selected by the school will vary based on the schools’ preferences. Read more about our online TEFL/TESOL course options.

How long does it take to get a TEFL/TESOL in Thailand?

It takes approximately 3 weeks to complete a TEFL/TESOL course in Thailand. This forms part of an In-Class TEFL/TESOL & Placement training program which includes a 1 week cultural orientation, guaranteed job placement and 24/7 support.

What are the benefits of completing the 120-hour In-class TEFL/TESOL Course?

Thai culture and Thai lessons, Network of friends, Closer teacher / trainer relationship, and practical training gives the applicant an opportunity to get to know how to work with Thai students and provides the best skill set required to teach English in Thailand.

I have already completed a TEFL/TESOL course elsewhere. Do I still need to complete TravelBud’s course in Thailand?

You may eligible for our Placement Only option. We will first need to review your TEFL certification before accepting you for Placement Only.

Can you guarantee me a job once the TEFL/TESOL Course course has ended?

Granted we have confirmed that you are eligible to teach English in Thailand after looking through your CV and photograph, you have a bachelor’s degree, meet the other minimal requirements including previous TEFL certification, and you pass the in-class TEFL/TESOL course if you do not hold a TEFL certificate, we can guarantee you a job placement.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Tax deductions range from 3-5% generally, depending on salary. Only those with work permits will be expected to pay tax, however, depending on how much they earn overall, they may not be required to pay any tax at all.

Do schools pay you a fee/portion of my salary?

No, TravelBud and our partners DO NOT receive a portion of the teacher’s monthly salary.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

Language schools – These are not as common in Thailand and we seldom place teachers at them. Language schools normally have different work days and hours to normal schools as they provide extra lessons, which students attend after hours. Teachers can expect to work on weekends and evenings. For example a teacher can expect to work Wednesday to Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. This does however vary between language schools.

The essential difference between Public and Private schools in Thailand would most likely be resources available. That being said there are many public schools with many resources for their students. The standard of the school would depend on the area or location within which the school is located. In order to be accepted in public schools the students have to pass tests and if they cannot pass the test the children will attend private schools. (This seems to contrast the ways of the West) On the other hand there are also private schools that require these tests. There is seldom a difference in what the public and private schools pay their teachers.

University – We very rarely place teachers into University positions. In the few that we have had the age range of students would be from 18 and above and could cover a variety of topics related to certain qualifications, such as business or technical studies. The teacher hired in this position would have to have a bachelor’s degree and even better a qualification in the specified subject.

Can my friend or partner come with me to Teach English in Thailand?

Yes! We provide friends and couples with placements in the same towns and sometimes at the same schools.

What are traveling costs like in Thailand?

Taxi’s are generally the most expensive and can range from 60-150 Baht for a 15-30 minute trip, but you might also have to pay toll fares depending on where you are going.

A motorbike taxi is roughly 50 baht.

A van is often the cheapest transport for medium length trips from anything from 20 baht for a half hour trip to 150 TBH for a three hour trip.

For longer trips a sleeper bus across the country from Bangkok to Chaing Mai for instance would cost around 500TBH.

Songtaews go through common main roads and can cost as little as 10 TBH per ride.

Refer to our blog post about Transport in Thailand to learn more.

How safe is it in Thailand?

It is extremely safe. Like anywhere else it is recommended that you remain alert, however, Thailand is a relatively safe place for both men and women to be alone.

What about Medical services and insurance?

Yes, some schools do provide this. Applicants have the option to sign up for a year’s accident insurance for an extra 700 Baht. This covers them for up to 5000 Baht per visit.

Most medications and anti-biotics can be bought over the counter at pharmacies for a fraction of what you’d pay back home and visits to a doctor at a private local hospital are also very affordable.

What does the average meal cost?

It’s best to plan on 100 Baht a meal and that includes drink; however, local Thai food can range from 30-60 baht.

Beware of gravitating to western food as this will on average cost you about 5 times more than local food.

Don’t be scared to try new things!

Where am I going to stay and how much will the accommodation cost me?

Shared accommodation during the course is included in your fee.

You will stay at the accommodation provided in Hua Hin (where the TEFL/TESOL course takes place). You will also have to pay a 6,500 deposit which you will get back at the end of your stay minus a fee of about 1,000 to 2,000 Baht for electricity.

During your time teaching you will stay at accommodation either arranged by the school, our partners in Thailand or by you personally.

Rent will vary between 4000 Baht and 10 000 Baht per month, depending on your location and preference.

Is airport pick-up provided?

Yes, airport pick-up is provided as long as you land within 4 days prior to the start of your TEFL/TESOL course.

Do Thai schools provide lunch?

Yes, some do but not all. This will depend on each individual employer and their policy. You’ll be guided through all of this during your placement consultation.

What islands job placements are there in Thailand?

Please review the Job Placement section for comprehensive information.

What are the age groups you will be teaching?

Anything from primary school to high school. During your TEFL/TESOL course you can request a preferred age group, but it is not possible to ensure the request is met.

Are there sports after school that you have to attend or teach?

No, but they do have concerts, cultural festivals and after school activities every now and again.

After contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to be out?

You can stay as long as you like as long as you have a job and you maintain a legal Visa status.

This will depend on your employer and when they cancel your work permit. It is important to be aware of this so you do not overstay your visa.

You might need to leave the country soon after your contract ends and come back in on a tourist visa if you’d like to travel.

Where are the best and worst places to work in Thailand?

There are no bad places to work as every person has their own preferences; however, we find that there are tremendous benefits to working in both rural and urban areas. Have a look through our Thailand blog post archives to read stories from our alumni.

What is the possibility of acquiring a second job to make more money?

Very possible, making a double salary is very common when getting extra work on the side.

This can be negotiated through your employer or done privately and usually for English tuition.

How are the authorities?

The authorities are genuinely helpful and professional. They should be treated with respect as in your own home country.

What is phone and Internet connectivity like in Thailand?

Really good and cheap and there are many places to assist you with this process.

You will be provided with a Thai SIM card upon arrival and will be up and running within the first two days of the course.

What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

Yes, but we don’t often find this to be a problem. If the applicant really dislikes the job and they have a good reason, then we can move them. But they need to understand that this can take time.

What is the Dress code for teaching English in Thailand?

Casual-smart. Typically collar shirts for men and conservative dress for women.

The most important thing is to make sure you are respectful by covering your knees and shoulders and wearing close toed shoes when at school.

But also remember Thailand is hot that you need to be comfortable.

We recommend bringing 2 or 3 good outfits as you can purchase a lot of great teacher clothes for relatively cheap when you arrive.

Must the teachers have CV’s?

Yes, it is vital for the job placement process for people wanting to teach English in Thailand.

You will need to provide a resume with your application but don’t worry too much as we will help you format and edit it once you are enrolled.

Packing essentials? Sleeping bag, towels?

People can get everything in Thailand, and it’s very cheap. Some of the accommodation at your placement does not include bedding, but this can be bought in Thailand. All participants are provided with a detailed packing list before departing for Thailand.

Any serious laws they are very strict on in Thailand?

Thailand has a zero tolerance on drug possession and speaking about the Royal Family. It is strongly advised not to speak about either.

What is the level of English and general behaviour of students?

This will vary city to city; however, there is typically beginner knowledge of English throughout the country. Thai students are generally well behaved.

What curriculum will they follow at school?

There is no set curriculum; each school will have their own procedures which will be communicated to you.

Do your colleagues speak English?

This will greatly depend on which area in Thailand you are working. In the more urban areas such as Bangkok, many teaches will speak good English. In the more rural areas fewer teachers will speak English. You will always have a contact person at your school that can speak decent English and will often act as your translator.

Will you work with any special needs children?

No

What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this work?

This does not occur.

Are all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

Yes, most of the time. You will also have access to a database of lessons plans, printable graphics, warmers and flash cards.

Is religion a big issue?

No, most schools are buddhist. And they will often celebrate buddhist holidays and festivals.

What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

If you are fired, and it transpires upon review that you violated your contract, TravelBud and our partners will no longer assist you with job placement.

Are teachers expected to work during school holidays?

Not normally, this will depend on the school. Some schools will run holiday camps during the school holidays where you can work if you’d like to earn extra money, but you are still given the option to take leave.

Can you drink tap water?

It is recommended not to drink the tap water, as there can be bacteria our bodies are unfamiliar with in the West. Bottle water is cheap and it’s safer to go buy a bottle. There are also refill stations all over the country and near most accommodations, where you can refill big bottles for 1 TBH/ litre. But if you happen to get a mouth full brushing your teeth, etc., no need for concern.

A super supportive experience from start to finish

If you want to make the move to become a teacher abroad, I would recommend going via TravelBud, especially if it’s your first time. It really is like having someone to hold your hand through all of the hard bits – but in the best way!”

Lauren

United Kingdom, May 3, 2023

I’d definitely recommend this experience

I was a little nervous to go so far away from home alone, but they made the process simple in terms of explaining VISAs and all other information. Thank you TravelBud for helping me get to Thailand, and for helping me become a certified TEFL teacher!

Deepali

United Kingdom, Oct 12, 2022

Grateful for TravelBud!

We wouldn’t be in Thailand if it wasn’t for TravelBud. The network of friends that we’ve made across the country is incredible. TravelBud’s staff are friendly and helpful and available nearly 24/7 to answer any questions we had along the way. We definitely will be teaching through a TravelBud program again in the future!!

Emily

United States, Mar 15, 2022

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