Working in Thailand
Teaching English and Other Options
Working in Thailand for Baht, whether you have got a Thai girlfriend, want to explore a different culture, or simply feel sick of the same routine in your homeland, working in Thailand is one way to stay in the beautiful country for longer than a tourist visa allows. Employment opportunities pretty much depend on your origin and education, but generally, there is a certain market of vacancies for farangs, particularly, native English speakers.
When it comes to working in Thailand, a lot of green pastures are available in the field of English teaching . The constant demand for good English teachers opens up plenty of opportunities for native English speakers (namely, those from the UK, US, Canada and Australia). Most employers will only ask for a bachelor degree and a teaching course certificate (preferably, TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language). The biggest advantage of the teaching job is that it doesn't require knowledge of the Thai language.
There is no lack in various English courses, schools and other educational institutions across the country, both private and governmental. Theoretically, you can find a vacancy in any city you want to stay in. Quite illogically, your actual degree (even if you have a full English teaching degree) doesn't matter as much as your nationality does. Being of the "right" origin invariably raises your salary and overall status.
Privately-owned schools and corporations usually offer higher salary than government schools (normally, it is per hour and makes around 40-50 thousand Baht a month). However, the risk of various scams is elevated as well. While government educational institutions tend to comply with the basic rules and regulations set for foreigners working in Thailand, private enterprises are notorious for their inability to provide a Thai work permit and other necessary legal documentation.
You should also be aware that an average salary is lower in provinces and less touristy places as compared to Bangkok, Pattaya and the popular islands. In small towns it is often below 20,000 Baht, but the criteria of selection is less strict as well. Besides, you normally, don't have to spend a lot of money on accommodation, transportation, etc.
However, don't be under the illusions that you can make great profits teaching English in Thailand. Most of the salaries, even in Bangkok Thailand, are under $1,000. You can live quite comfortably on this money, and even afford little pleasures and entertainment, but it is unlikely that you will manage to save a lot, unless you decide to seriously cut on everything.
A non-immigrant visa and Thai work permit are two main requirements for all foreigners working in Thailand. While the visa should be obtained in your home country before coming to Thailand, a work permit can be applied for once you are in the country. Your employer should take care of all the necessary documentation and expenses. Unfortunately, a great number of foreigners still work illegally, even after the rules have been made stricter.
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