Thailand and Teaching
In The Provinces
Thailand’s Teaching Opportunities in its Beach Resorts
Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin are the most popular, as they offer clean air, beautiful beaches and a more relaxed pace of life. Recently an increasing number of private language schools have opened up, feeding a steady supply of teachers to hotels and government schools, as well as within their own institutions.
Working at a provincial language institute provides plenty of variety. Some teachers prefer to teach Business rather than General English, so the beach resorts are an ideal choice, give the amount of hotel work available.
Many hotels choose to contract out their English language training to language schools as they pay per hour rather than having to employ a full time trainer. Some of the bigger chains, however, do recruit their own teaching staff, and the salaries and benefits are often more attractive than in a standard teaching environment, not to mention the reduction in paperwork!
Another good option is to teach on one of the many Summer School Programs, held at the beach resorts during the Thai school holidays from March to May. These temporary positions are a good way of getting your foot in the door. As most of the permanent contracted school teachers are on their annual vacation at this time, academic directors are often more lenient in regards to the recruitment process, due to the sheer volume of teachers required. Teaching on these summer schools needs a great deal of stamina, energy and patience but the teaching environment is usually more informal and fun.
Language school jobs in the tourist resorts of Thailand and teaching opportunities in hotels are usually advertised locally or on ajarn.com, which has the biggest job database for English teachers in Thailand. Online versions of the regions’ English language newspapers are a good point of reference. The Phuket Gazette, Pattaya Today and Hua Hin Today are useful sources not only for job vacancies but for accommodation, local news and information.
Thailand’s Teaching Opportunities in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai in the north is Thailand’s second largest city and provides a good option for those who have no desire to be near the beach. The choice of work here is varied as there are several universities, a large number of language centres and government schools. There are not many vacancies year-round however; the demand for teachers is usually for the start of the academic year and also the second semester in mid October.
There are also a few international schools employing highly qualified teachers, mainly in Chiang Mai and Phuket. For a list of international Schools outside of Bangkok visit the website of the Thailand Ministry of Education.
Face to Face Interviews
Whatever opportunities you are interested in, it is worth remembering that Thailand’s teaching requirements are such that most school directors in or outside the capital, require face to face interviews and so are reluctant to recruit from abroad. International schools are the exception to this.
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