Teach English in Thailand

Teach English in Thailand TravelBud Enrollment Coordinators

TEFL/TESOL accreditation

Including cultural orientation.

Guaranteed job placement

Earn $800-$1300 USD per month teaching English in Thailand



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Want to teach English in Thailand?

Here’s where you start.

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed job placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable schools in Thailand.
  • Accredited TESOL and cultural orientation. We provide the essential courses to help you succeed abroad.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Thailand we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

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

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Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in Thailand with TravelBud.

Why Teach English in Thailand?

  • English Teachers in Thailand earn generous salaries of $800 – $1300 USD per month and live comfortably because of the low cost of living. Our teach English in Thailand program offers travelers the opportunity to save up some money and then travel extensively around Thailand and its neighboring countries.
  • Most teachers save a third of their salary which is more than enough to travel internationally but you won’t be bringing back loads of savings due to all the awesome travel adventures you’ll experience!
  • You’ll get 16 official public holidays, as well as 2 and a half months of school holidays plus weekends off!
  • Our teach English in Thailand 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.
  • It is also a great option if you’re seeking a unique adventure in a diverse culture and is an opportunity to experience the joy of teaching English to keen young learners.

Travel Opportunities Teaching English in Thailand

Our Teach English in Thailand Program is great for travel enthusiasts because Thailand has 16 official public holidays, as well as school holidays and weekends. 

You’ll have plenty of time off and many affordable options for weekend and holiday getaways.

We’ll provide advice and suggestions for exciting travel experiences in and around Thailand, watch the video below to get an idea!

Traveling in Thailand: Swimming in Khao Sok National Park and that crazy Bangkok traffic

Go swimming in Khao Sok National Park and experience Bangkok’s crazy traffic

The top of Ngao Temple stairs in Ranong

Visit the top of Ngao Temple stairs in Ranong.

Khao san road in Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.

Visit Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.

Train in Thailand's Countryside

Catch a train to Thailand’s Countryside

Koh Tao Island is situated in the gulf of Thailand and is one of the best diving spots for snorkelling and beginner divers

Koh Tao Island the gulf of Thailand and is one of the best diving spots for snorkelling and beginner divers

Do I Qualify To Teach English in Thailand?

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

You do need:

  • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or European Union (EU Nationals excluding Irish Citizens will need C1 certification of their English proficiency)
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • A 120-hour, internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification
  • Between 20 and 45 years of age

Can I teach English in Thailand without a degree?

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.

How long is the Teach English in Thailand contract for?

  • Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months) or for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay 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 on all the options.

What if I don’t have a TEFL/TESOL certificate?

We offer both in-class and online TEFL/TESOL courses to prepare you for your Teach English in Thailand adventure abroad. Read about our TEFL/TESOL courses below to learn more.

If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us! We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

 

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

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

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin, Thailand.

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin, Thailand.

Thai markets

You’ll get to explore authentic Thai markets and take in Thailand’s rich history.

Teach English in Thailand TEFL/TESOL Courses

Need to get TEFL/TESOL certified? Watch the TEFL/TESOL video below to get an idea of what we offer.

Many TEFL/TESOL courses are not accredited and do not provide adequate preparation for teaching.

That’s why we highly recommend completing the 120-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL in Thailand. It will give you the best possible preparation and ensure that your students get the best education.

TravelBud In Class TESOL Course

Our 120-hour Teach English in Thailand TESOL course will ensure that teachers are properly prepared for teaching English prior to being placed at a school in Thailand.

The TEFL/TESOL Course is a 4 week course which takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand and is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English in Thailand.

It consists of a 1 week cultural orientation program followed by 3 weeks of theory and practical learning.

You’ll also get to meet fellow teachers and forge new friendships while participating in exciting cultural activities and excursions.

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the in-class TEFL/TESOL course. As we place teachers across Thailand, this becomes valuable as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Thailand and fully experience all that Thailand has to offer.

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 TESOL in Thailand.

An accredited TESOL certificate

You’ll get an internationally accredited TESOL certificate and recommendation letter at the end of your Thailand TESOL course.

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 Thailand cultural orientation.

Teachers taking a stroll along the beach in Hua Hin.

Teachers taking a stroll along the beach in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Costs

What Will I Earn?

As an English teacher in Thailand, you’ll earn 25,000 to 40,000 Thai baht per month ($800 to $1300). This will comfortably cover your living expenses and weekend adventures.

How much does it cost?

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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In-class TESOL and Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and Support (Highly Recommended)

The in-class TESOL courses is tailored specifically to teaching English in Thailand and will give you valuable insight into Thai culture and the specifics of teaching in a Thai classroom.

Total

$2200

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team.

$500

In-class TESOL, guaranteed job placement, orientation and 24/7 support

The 120-hour in-class TESOL gives you the best possible preparation and ensures your students get the best education. We also guarantee you a job placement so you can start earning straight away.

$1700

Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and Support

This is for applicants who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL. Chat to us about the many benefits of completing the in-class TESOL in Thailand, we highly recommend this to give you and your students the best education.

Total

$1500

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$500

Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 Support

Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school. Payable 8 weeks prior to departure.

$1000


What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your deposit, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

  • 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.

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Thailand experience.

Lifetime of job placement opportunities

  • Your once-off placement fee guarantees you a lifetime of job placement with TravelBud.
  • If you want to teach somewhere else after your time in Thailand, we will organise job placement for you – as long as you qualify to teach in that country.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

What is included in the TravelBud Program fee?

Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you’ll unlock all the benefits of your pre-departure support and placement process. The last thing you’ll need to pay is your final fee, this is the remainder of the cost for the program you’re signed up for. Here’s what’s included in that:

  • 3 Week in-class TESOL course with an experienced instructor, tailored to teaching in a Thai classroom (if you qualified for the orientation & placement only option on this program, your final fee will have been adjusted to exclude this)
  • 1 Week cultural orientation packed with activities, classes and lessons to help you make the most of your time in the country
  • Airport pickup, sim card and more
  • Guaranteed Job Placement at a carefully vetted school where every effort is made to match your placement requirements
  • 24/7 in-country support for everything from basic advice to help resolving issues which might arise with your employer or landlord to crisis management in the case of emergencies
  • Access to our teacher network, our TEFL/TESOL education team and a wide array of online teaching resources to help you in your job in the classroom
  • Lifetime placement guarantee ensuring placement on any qualifying program where there is availability on our Asian network for FREE, once you’ve completed your first contract

What are the other costs involved prior to departing?

The above tables detail costs you’ll need to pay TravelBud in order to join the program.

You’ll also need to budget for various other expenses, not payable to TravelBud, which allow you to legally teach abroad plus the cost of travel to your destination and insurance for your trip.

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. The following is what you’ll need to budget for:

TOTAL

$915 - $2660

Flights

Flight prices vary dependent 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.

$400 - $800

Insurance

Travel insurance prices can vary dependent on things like provider, your 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.

$350 - $1500

Documentation

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

$165 - $360

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your Thailand TESOL course and first month of teaching english in Thailand.

What do I need to budget for?

Bear in mind that you will be spending at least 2 months in Thailand before you receive your first paycheck. You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the 1 month TESOL course and your first month of teaching.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits and Thailand is generally a cheap place to travel to, so you should be able to manage on a relatively low budget if necessary.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits:

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Budget for 1 month TESOL course in Hua Hin, Thailand

TOTAL

$400 - $745

Hotel in Bangkok

You will be booked into a hotel for the first weekend in Bangkok, before you start your TESOL course. The price will depend on how many nights you stay and whether you are comfortable sharing a room.

$0 - $105

Accommodation + Deposit

You will have to pay for your accommodation during your TESOL course. We always try to ensure the price is as reasonable as possible, balancing comfort with cost as best as possible. You will also pay the equivalent of 1 month's rent as a refundable deposit (minus utilities).

$155

(plus refundable deposit of equal amount)

Bank account setup

About $8 of your setup fee can be withdrawn again once your debit card is operational. The remaining fee goes towards bank charges and SMS notification charges.

$40

Daily expenses

Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$35 - $165

Optional expenses (nightlife, entertainment, shopping, weekend excursions)

Depending on your needs and interests, these costs can vary. Chat to us for specific advice.

$15 - $125

Budget for first month of teaching

TOTAL

$240 - $615

Transportation to your placement

Depending on where you are placed, you might travel by van, bus or plane. Our in-country partners will assist you with purchasing your ticket and guide you through everything you need to know.

$10 - $45

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation will vary depending on where you will be teaching. You will need to pay a deposit with 1 to 2 months rent up front.

$105 - $290

(deposit refundable)

Daily expenses


Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$125 - $280

Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending. We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Thailand is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered and you will be able to enjoy your time in Teaching and Traveling in Thailand.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

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

When can I start Teaching English in Thailand?

Start Date:
25 February 2019
01 April 2019
29 April 2019
27 May 2019
24 June 2019
22 July 2019
19 August 2019
30 September 2019
28 October 2019
25 November 2019
30 December 2019

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months) or for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay 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 on all the options.

Thailand’s School Calender:

The Thai school calender can change slightly but is typically structured as follows:

  • Term 1: November to the end of February (+- 4 months)
  • School break: March to April
  • Term 2: May to the end of September (+- 5 months)
  • School break: October
Experience Thailand's rich history and beautiful natural scenery.

Experience Thailand’s rich history and beautiful natural scenery.

Learn about Thailand's culture with your fellow teachers during your orientation.

Learn about Thailand’s culture with your fellow teachers during your orientation.

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in Thailand

When you arrive in Bangkok, you can count on:

  • Airport pickup.
  • Hotel accommodation for the night.
  • Transport to Hua Hin where you will start your Cultural Orientation.

When you arrive in Hua Hin:

  • Your accommodation will be organised for you.
  • You’ll start your Cultural Orientation.

Week 1 (Cultural Orientation)

  • Learn about Thai culture, history, politics, language, religion and more
  • Get to know your fellow teachers
  • Participate in cultural excursions including:
  • Meditate with, and learn about Buddhist philosophy from a local monk
  • Visit beautiful local temples, take in the sights, and learn more about Thai culture
  • Volunteering with RescuePaws animal rescue organization
  • Visiting a local Thai market, learn bartering & get fresh produce
  • Participating in Muay Thai lessons
  • Participating in authentic cooking lessons
  • Attending a beach barbecue in Hua Hin or a traditional Lanna dinner in Chiang Mai

Weeks 2 – 4 (TEFL/TESOL Training)

Find out detailed information including a weekly breakdown of the syllabus at our Thailand TESOL training page.

Teaching Environment

Your teaching job is guaranteed with TravelBud. We discuss your preferences and then carefully select and guarantee your teaching position at reputable schools around Thailand. You’ll head off to your new job as soon as you’ve completed the 120-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL.

Where will I be teaching English in Thailand?

We can place teachers in:

  • Urban or rural areas
  • In small or big towns
  • In some cases on islands (Phuket and Koh Samui).

You can teach:

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary (elementary and middle)
  • High school
Placements in Thailand with TravelBud

Placements around Thailand with TravelBud. Click to enlarge.

Keep in mind that placements do depend on what jobs are available.

We will always to our best to accommodate your preferences.

Do schools provide lunches?

Some schools do provide lunch, but not all. This will be communicated to you once your placement has been finalised in Thailand.

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?

  • You will generally teach for 16 to 20 hours per week. That’s about 4 or 5 hours a day.
  • School hours are usually from about 8am to 4pm and you will be expected to be at the school for the whole day, but you won’t be teaching all the time.
  • You’ll use your extra time at school to mark, prepare lessons and spend time with the kids.
  • If you teach kindergarten, your teaching hours might be different. This will be communicated to you once your placement has been finalised.

Are there sports or activities after school which I will need to attend?

Sports programs after school are not common but you might need to attend concerts or cultural festivals. These should be fun and interesting for you and will give you greater insight into Thai culture.

What type of school will I teach English in Thailand?

Job placements are available in private and government 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.

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the job is not working out for you, TravelBud will place you in a different job.

We have strong relationships with our partner schools and our applicants are generally very happy with their placements.

We are also available 24/7 to chat about how things are going and will check in with you throughout your adventure.

What is the dress code for teaching English in Thailand?

Dress code is smart-casual – collared shirts for men and conservative for women.

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.

Living Environment

How does accommodation work?

Your First Night in Bangkok

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.

In-class TESOL Course Accommodation

If you opt to do the 120-hour In-class TESOL course which we highly recommend to best prepare you for your adventure, we’ll book you into one of our partner accommodation options:

Your accommodation during your TESOL course

The apartment building in Baan San Pluem where you might be stay during your In-Class TESOL course.

A twin bed in Baan San Pluem. Clean and tidy.

A twin bed in Baan San Pluem, Thailand. Clean and tidy.

Two single beds in Baan San Pluem

Two Single beds in Baan San Pluem. Single rooms available for an additional fee.

Glory Accommodation option

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

Shared accommodation in Glory Thailand.

Shared accommodation in Glory.

Neat and tidy toilets with all the basics.

Neat and tidy toilet areas with all the basics.

Your Teacher Placement Accommodation – What accommodation can I expect to have?

The school where you are teaching will either organise accommodation for you or provide assistance with finding suitable accommodation.

Accommodation will vary from place to place. One bedroom apartments for single occupants or two bedroom units for sharing are usually comfortable and modern, with everything you need in terms of bedroom and bathroom amenities.

Many Thai homes do not have kitchens, which might be unusual for you. There will generally be a rice cooker and a fryer, but this might be in the lounge rather than in its own room.

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.

Let us know what your needs are in terms of accommodation and we’ll assist with finding the best living environment for you.

We’re available to talk you through the whole process!

Why Teach English in Thailand with TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

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

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Thailand. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Accredited in-class TESOL in Thailand

Job Placement Guaranteed

Lifetime job placement with your once-off program fee

If you’d like to move to another program after teaching in Thailand, we will facilitate this at no cost.

Cultural orientation course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in Thailand and introduces you to Thai history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation, transport and spending money

Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting.

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Airport pickup in Bangkok

Within four days of the program start date.

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

What do TravelBud staff and teachers say about 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.

Teaching English in Thailand FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in Thailand?

You’ll earn around $800 – $1300 USD per month (which works out to between 30,000 and 35,000 Baht). 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.

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 don’t have a bachelor’s degree there is still a good chance you could get placed in Myanmar, a country which has only recently opened its doors to foreigners. They’re looking to improve the English skills of locals to help in their burgeoning tourism business and to provide further opportunities in business and study.

How much money can you make teaching English in Thailand?

You’ll earn around $1000 per month in Thai Baht (which works out to between 30,000 and 35,000 Baht). 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.

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 option. 

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 a 4 week orientation and TEFL/TESOL training program which includes guaranteed job placement to all participants.

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?

This is possible for degree holders. With many courses out there not being accredited and providing the necessary training, our placement team will first need to review your certificate 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, and you pass the in-class TEFL/TESOL course, we can guarantee you a job placement once the course is over.

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. But with our starter pack, the 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?

You will stay at the accommodation provided in Hua Hin (where the TEFL/TESOL course takes place) and it will cost you 6,500 Thai Baht for the month. 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?

Phuket and Koh Samui. However these positions are hard to get as availability is limited. View our post on Teaching Placements in Thailand to learn more about this.

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.

How long is the working visa valid for in Thailand?

Start off on a tourist visa, and then convert to a Non Immigrant B. You can view our page on Visas here to learn more information.

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.

What are the chances of teaching English in neighbouring countries?

Very good, TravelBud can arrange this for you. We offer teaching programs in Myanmar, Vietnam, South Korea and China.

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, TravelBud and our partners will no longer help 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.

What if I don’t have a degree, will I be sponsored for a work permit?

For participants that do not have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, it is very difficult to be sponsored for a work permit. The requirement in Thailand is that all teachers possess a degree. Because of this, non-degree participants will need to do quarterly or bi-annual visa trips. In some instances a school can apply for a work permit for a non-degree holder through a special exemption process with the Thai government, but this is not the normal case for non-degree holders who choose to teach English in Thailand.

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TravelBud has been the most supportive, warm and family like agency I have ever worked with.

They gave such a personal touch to getting me ready with my Thailand experience and always gave attention to personal details when checking up by phone call or email, which made me feel like I wasn’t just a number.

Both the staff and founders have gone out of their way to make sure we were looked after, supported, happy and if not happy a plan was always made. I have to say a HUGE thank you to Saskia and Liam, you have been incredible.

Caitlin

Female - Teach English in Thailand

I have been teaching in Thailand for 3 months now and I am so lucky to have this opportunity.

I want to thank TravelBud for helping get everything organized and started in a new country.

I was worried about living in an unfamiliar place but they helped ease the transition and helped me feel like I was not alone in the process. I know that I can email them at any time if I have questions about something.

Maggi

Female - Teach English in Thailand

Deciding to move to Thailand is not the easiest of decisions to make, but Travelbud made sure the actual process was seamless, clear and pleasant.

They’re always ready to answer questions, queries and concerns (anxiety may get the better of you, it’s normal) and guide you patiently through the process.

So, my advice to anyone considering teaching abroad… JUST GO! Obviously get TravelBud to assist you, it’s absolutely worth it.

Lethus

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