Teaching Jobs in Thailand
The choices

The best time to look for teaching jobs in Thailand is from February to April, prior to the start of the Thai academic school year in May.

Teaching Adults – General and Business English

Language schools provide the main opportunities for teaching adults, often involving weekend and evening work. Some schools have contracts with businesses and hotels which require the teachers to travel to that location. For those teachers who prefer teaching Business English then working at a language school enables them to either teach Business English in-house or go to different hotels and offices to teach their staff.

The major language school chains like ECC, EF, IH and Inlingua have branches in key cities throughout Thailand and many smaller Thai-owned independent ones exist. These independent schools may not be able to provide the support and know-how of the established international chains but working in the smaller schools does give you a sense of ‘family’ and they are often more flexible.

Teaching jobs in Thailand don’t always have to be within academic environments. Some hotels employ their own English language trainers and this is a good opportunity for someone with a commercial or service industry background, providing they hold a TEFL certificate. Salaries are around 40,000 baht per month and there are additional benefits of a food and beverage allowance and a share of the monthly tips.

Teaching Teenagers

Theses days, government high schools make up the bulk of teaching jobs in Thailand with a huge demand for degree qualified teachers for Mathayom Levels M1-M6 – teenagers aged 13-18.

Working conditions vary but most high schools have large classes, around 40 students. Many classrooms are not air-conditioned and some may not even have fans. For specialist Mini English Programs (MEP), where student class sizes are smaller, working conditions for teachers are better and students are usually more motivated.

There is also work at the many private and government universities. Outside of Bangkok, the government’s group of Rajabhat Universities, found in major cities all over Thailand, is the main source of tertiary level employment.

Teaching Children and Kindergarten

Primary school levels are known as Prathom, and students are categorized as P1 to P6. P1 being the first year of formal schooling until the completion of primary level at age 11/12.

Class sizes are usually large, which is one disadvantage of most teaching jobs in Thailand. Demand for teachers at Prathom level is high and if you don’t have a degree it may still be possible to get a teacher’s license. When current supply exceeds demand, the MOE may make an exception, providing the teacher has a TEFL certificate and a high school diploma.

For anyone qualified in teaching Kindergarten, then the world is your oyster. This is a growing market. Schools have difficulty in filling kindergarten positions, as not everyone wants to teach at this level.

Whatever your preference, one thing is certain. If you are TEFL qualified and hold a bachelor’s degree you will have the pick of teaching jobs in Thailand.

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