Thailand is a beautiful country with an expanding opportunity to teachers seeking opportunities to travel and teach. The steady demand for native English speakers means that any confident applicant with basic teaching skills can secure employment without difficulties. Jobs are also available all year round which means you can travel at the time of your convenience to either Bangkok or any of the other big cities to teach. The section below will help you plan how to secure employment and enjoy your teaching experience in Thailand.
If you are planning to jet in o Bangkok, you should at least have a working visa which can be facilitated by the employer (hiring school/institution). Applicants should also have a college degree and a TEFL certification, though some employers don’t mind about these certifications. Also, bring all relevant copies of credentials with valid references. Besides the qualifications, you should have reasonable teaching experience which is a key determinant of the kind of employer who will hire you.
Where you can Get Hired
The best way of finding a teaching job is to fly to any of the big cities in Thailand. You will find that it is easier to start your search on the ground than sending applications to hundreds of schools which don’t reply to applications. However, this might be a daunting experience if you are on a tight budget, or if you don’t know where to start the search. You might want to try some of the following places when seeking job openings.
If you are in Bangkok or in any of the big cities, you should ideally schedule a visit to one or more private schools. The purpose of such visits is to help you grow comfortable with prospective employers and to inform them that you are available for interview when new openings arise. A place like Siam square has a considerable number of English schools and the British Council is also within reach.
Make sure that you drop your resume in 2 or more schools and request them to arrange an interview if they are in need of a teacher. You can just hand over the resume to the receptionist or talk to the principal if he/she is within reach.
It is also advisable to send applications via email to big Schools such as English Plus, AUA, and Inlingua. Such schools have multiple branches with continual job openings for English teachers. You can indicate the timeline for arrival, summarize your credentials, and request an interview. This will boost your chances of being hired upon arrival.
2. Government Run Schools
Apart from the private schools, you can also submit applications to different schools run by the government. These may be the perfect gateways for new entrants in the ESL job market. The basic requirements for prospective ESL teachers are at least a bachelor’s degree, but it is advisable to have ESL/TEFL certification just in case you want to switch jobs. The countryside is a good place and the life is more affordable. However, the pay may not really meet your expectations or those of Western countries.
Resources with Possible Job Openings
● Teaching Job Sites
- you should also check out new openings in established ESL sites like www.ajarn.com. This is an invaluable source of information for prospective ESL teachers in Thailand. It provides job listings of all opportunities and highlights some of the important considerations for new teachers. Ajarn make things easier for you if you are already in Bangkok or in any of the other big cities. Another good site that can provide useful leads to new openings is Dave’s Café. This site is not specific but worthy to check out. Scan the listings, and determine which schools you are interested in contacting. ESL base also has a list of international schools in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and other big cities.
● Bangkok Post and The Nation
<- make effort to get a copy of The Bangkok Post or The Nation, the 2 English language newspapers in Bangkok. Check out the classifieds section to see if they have ads for English teachers. Take the contact details, and contact the employers via e-mail or phone to see if they can grant you an interview.
Thailand has a vibrant ESL market which provides good teaching opportunities for any experienced or qualified teacher. School visits informs potential employers of your presence and increases the chances that you will be hired once new openings arise. Also, check out for classified ads in the top English newspapers and contact the schools to see if they will grant you an interview. With a detailed resume, neat appearance, and enthusiasm, you can easily secure a good job within the first few weeks of arrival.