How to get a job in Thailand?

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Thailand’s Borders opened to Teachers – including TEFL Course, TOEIC and guaranteed placement. Becoming an English teacher in Thailand is one of the best ways to legally live in the Land of tropical islands with clear waters, lush mountains and stay for a longer period. Every year thousands of people apply for teaching positions in Thailand. Pandemic has made things worse for all of us but most schools and recruitment agencies are intensely hiring foreigners who are currently in Thailand and remotely hiring outside the country. This country has attracted many travellers due to their low cost of living, the perfect weather and laid back atmosphere which makes this country a perfect expatriate destination.

Sacred temples in Thailand

There are seemingly endless options when it comes to teaching English Thailand and overseas. Thailand has been at the top of many expats’ lists (mine included as I am currently living here in the capital city, Bangkok). The magnificent beauty and culture of Thailand attracts many English teachers each year.

Bangkok streets

Now if the opportunity to live abroad, travel frequently, and make money at the same time sounds like a dream come true to you, then this article will help you a lot. We all live in a digitally influenced era where travelling and teaching are perceived as a luxury. Social platforms are filled with people who live abroad, teaching English across the globe, and making great living earnings to sponsor their lifestyles… there’s no doubt that some people envy them.

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It’s important to realize it takes a lot of time, research/analysis, financial planning, the proper qualifications, and knowing yourself enough to know if you’re truly ready for this experience of living abroad or not. Working abroad lifestyle is not for the faint fainted.

About Teaching in Thailand, Visa, TEFL, TOEIC, Experience

Table of content
  • Basic requirements to teach in Thailand
  • Type of teaching jobs in Thailand
  • TEFL information + Apositle
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Finding a Job Teaching English in Thailand 30 sites & Facebook groups to join to advertise yourself
  • Classroom management & Culture
  • Salaries & Visa processes
  • Cost of living & Lifestyle
  • Bonus Information (Paid Teaching & TEFL Program in Thailand with TravelBud)

Basic requirements to teach in Thailand

But there are a few basic qualifications that all legal positions—the kind that would be advertised on the popular teaching forums—ask for.

Bachelor’s Degree (3-4 Year Degree)

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university is a basic requirement to qualify for certification from the Teacher’s Council of Thailand, which is also a basic requirement for qualifying for a work permit. As a result, it is the most recurring basic qualification in many positions. Immigration or the Department of Labour will require the original copy of your degree and the transcripts, so make sure you pack them along when you come to Thailand.

University of the Free State

You don’t need to be a teacher by profession in order to be a teacher in Thailand or Asia. You can be an engineer, a software developer, an artist or an actress like me. As long as you have an authenticated degree or SAQA certificate plus original degree. Different schools may require documentation, depending on whether it is public, private, or follow a particular teaching methodology. As you apply to different agencies or schools be open to different requirements.

Be Native English Speaker

Most of the Asian countries, including Thailand requires English native speakers. To qualify to teach English abroad, you must be a native speaker of English (which the Thai government defines as those holding a passport from the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand) South Africans also get hired and some schools recognise them as native speakers of English. Countries like China and South Korea still recognise South Africans as native English speakers. If you hold a passport from any other nation you need to prove your fluency in English by providing a TOEIC score of 600+ or an IELTS score of 5.5+.

TEFL Certificate (Optional) for Thailand

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course is crucial for your as it will boost your changes of landing yourself a great offer in Thailand. TEFL certification is not always a requirement but a substantial bonus. There are lots of companies on the market, which provide such courses. You can complete it in South Africa, China, or you can do it here in Thailand.

It’s highly recommended that you complete at least 120 Hours of TEFL certificate. Without a TEFL certificate, you can also work as a volunteer especially if you don’t have teaching experience at all. (That’s optional, though). Irrespective whether it’s required or not, I’d urge you to take the TEFL course because forthcoming English teachers get a TEFL certificate. Not only this course would get you in the front line of thousands teacher but it will guide you with a training prior to getting started as a teacher, and aid you with the strong skills that you need to provide a good English education to your students. Last but definite not last, many schools in Asia require 120 TEFL Course, and is even a legal requirement in some countries.

TOEIC TEST for Non-Native Speakers of English


Classroom management And Culture

During the first week trainees learn how to deal with discipline issues in a Thai classroom and familiarise themselves with methodology used in Thai schools. On top of that, there is one day of cultural awareness – a field trip to a temple and other interesting places and a crash course on local customs and culture. A great addition are 10 hours of Thai language.

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