English Teaching in Bangkok

There is a year-round demand for those who are interested in teaching in Bangkok . Its many government schools, language institutes, colleges and universities have a consistent requirement for teachers. If you do not hold a bachelor’s degree then this city is your best bet for finding work.

Since the introduction of the skytrain and metro, teaching in Bangkok is considerably easier. Most teachers start out here, as salaries are higher than in the provinces and so they have a chance to save. Some move to quieter areas in the north or the seaside tourist resorts after a few years, in order to obtain a healthier, better quality of life and a more relaxing lifestyle.

Accommodation for Teachers in Bangkok

Prices of accommodation are no more expensive than in the international tourist resorts of Hua Hin and Phuket. Your school will often help you find reasonable accommodation; and a sensible move would to be to live within walking distance of your place of work or a sky train/metro station. Many condo’s and apartments are available in the city or you can pick up a small two storey house on the outskirts quite reasonably. The nearer you are to the Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) or the Metro (MRT) the more expensive accommodation will be.

Salaries in Bangkok

Teaching in Bangkok offers the chance to earn a higher salary than in the provinces. Salaries for an average teaching position is around 35,000 – 40,000 Baht. Work in one of Bangkok’s universities or colleges and it’s around 40,000 – 50,000. International schools pay the most, at of 60,000 Baht.

Bangkok Language Schools

Many international language school chains have branches all over Bangkok Thailand including English First, Inlingua, International House and Bell. ECC probably has more branches than any other group. The most concentrated area of language institutes is around Sathorn and Siam Square, near the British Council offices.

Government Schools

These are everywhere but the bulk of jobs are on the outskirts of the city. Some schools give subsidized teacher accommodation, especially if they are outside the main center.

Bangkok Universities

Chulalongkorn is one of the most respected in Thailand. Kaesetsart, Assumption, Thammasat, Mahidol and the Asian Institute of Technology are listed in the Webometrics top 100 Asia university rankings. Contact teaching hours are much lower than in a language school, usually around 9 hours per week. For a comprehensive list of Bangkok Universities.

International Schools

Teaching in Bangkok’s international schools is another option if you are a professionally qualified teacher. Recruitment is carried out for the start of the academic year but there is a lot of competition for these jobs. As some schools are based on the British Curriculum and others on the American or French system, this academic year will vary.

Although there is a big choice of teaching options in the city, salary is probably the most important consideration for teachers. According to Phil , Thailand’s definitive teaching site, “30,000 - 35,000 Baht is the bare minimum you need to survive when teaching in Bangkok.”

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