Teach Abroad in Bangkok, Thailand

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A Guide to Teaching in Bangkok

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36 Teach Abroad Programs in Bangkok, Thailand

Get Paid to Teach English in Thailand

Live and work abroad through this one-year teaching program offered by International TEFL Academy in Thailand. Available in over 40 different cities in the country including Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai, this placement allows individuals from across the globe to learn a new culture and be professionally grounded on teaching the English to other people through the organization's TEFL or TESOL...

Teach English in Thailand

Teach Away, Inc. Thailand based programs are open to native English speakers who hold a Bachelors degree and are interested in teaching English as a Second Language. This program typically lasts for one year and are based in Bangkok. Teachers who are open to exploring a foreign culture with a distinct history and traditions are welcome to apply.

LanguageCorps – Teach English Abroad

Live abroad in Thailand and spend at over 100 hours getting TEFL training and participating in a TEFL certification course provided by LanguageCorps. Program fees include language and cultural courses, excursions, and accommodation. Placements are available in multiple cities, including Bangkok and Pattaya.

Get Paid to Teach in Thailand

Earn a monthly stipend teaching English to students of primary or secondary schools in Thailand with GeoVisions. The schools are located in both urban and rural areas, including the capital of Bangkok and the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The program provides language instruction and medical insurance.

Get Paid to Teach English in Thailand with i-to-i

Sign up to a 5-month supported teaching programme in Thailand and be more than a tourist as you commute to school, teach English and fall in love with this idyllic country… whilst also getting paid! Known as our Thailand Internship, you will also receive full internationally accredited TEFL training to get you fully prepared for a memorable adventure. No teaching experience necessary!

LoveTEFL Ltd

Spread valuable knowledge of the English language through this teach abroad program set in Thailand. Developed by LoveTEFL Ltd, this opportunity lasts for two months and is available in five cities including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Kanchanaburi. Participation is limited to Kiwi, South African, Australian, Canadian, European and American citizens.

Find Teaching Opportunities in Beautiful Thailand!

Teach for a period of two years in Thailand with Teach Anywhere. Conveniently located in the stunning metropolitan city of Bangkok, this program seeks Primary Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers for a bilingual institution. Chosen participants get to explore the fascinating destinations in the country while helping students gain a deeper understanding on various subject areas.

TEFL Certification and Teaching Programs in Thailand

Choose from among four teach abroad options provided by the American TESOL Institute in Thailand. Successful candidates get the chance to tutor individuals in the English language, gain international teaching experience, and immerse themselves in a new culture. Participants receive various trainings in order to improve their capabilities in teaching English as a Second Language.

Get Paid to Teach English in Thailand!

Choose between two program options organized by AYC Intercultural Programs in Thailand. Both opportunities seek native speakers of the English language to teach in one of over ten cities where positions are available including Bangkok, Chonburi, and Sukhotai. Participants must be between the ages of 22 and 55 with a Bachelor's degree.

Edvectus

Edvectus is a friendly company that personally matches teachers to international school jobs and gives teachers access to our free online learning portal with hundreds of teaching and travel resources. Edvectus has offices worldwide in Dubai, Hong Kong, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Teach Abroad with CIEE

Travel to Thailand and educate the young locals with the Council on International Educational Exchange. American participants who are enthusiastic to learn Thai customs, culture, and language can lend their English language skills and teach at a primary or secondary school in an urban or rural location. The international teaching program in Thailand lasts for a 5-month or 10-month period of time.

Teach with Global Vision International

Work as a paid teacher in Chiang Mai, Thailand through GVI. Participants are provided with comprehensive training and orientation to ensure that they are well prepared for teaching placements. Participants who do not have a degree can qualify for the program by completing a TEFL course, also available from GVI.

Greenheart Travel

Get paid to teach in Thailand, while exploring the country's beauty. To be considered for Greenheart Travel teaching programs individuals must be American citizens who possesses a Bachelors Degree in any field. Although prior teaching experience is an advantage, it is not required. Positions last for an entire academic year.

InterExchange

Develop professional teaching skills through this international opportunity offered by InterExchange in Thailand. Positions last for three months to a year and participants can choose between two locations, Bangkok or Saraburi. Interested candidates must be at least 18 years old, a native English speaker, and a college graduate in order to participate.

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The Bangkok skyline from the window of the Sky Train.

How To Teach Abroad in Bangkok

A Guide to Teaching in Bangkok

Bangkok is city that even people who say they don’t like cities will love. You will feel its energy from the second you step off the plane. The city maintains all the characteristics people come to love about Thai culture, from the extremely helpful nature of the locals to the mouth watering food. High up you'll find shining offices and beautiful apartments, but stick to the ground and walk through floating markets, pass fresh fruit shake stands, and mounds of sizzling peanuts. The greatest number of teaching jobs in Thailand is offered in Bangkok in a variety of schools, and the booming business of the city has left the population eager to learn English.

Teaching Placements

Private Language Institutes are very popular in Bangkok often offering English language courses for specific industries, such as Tourism and Business language classes. Something to note about the Private Language Schools is that they are ALWAYS open. A teaching job in Bangkok at one of these schools will likely result in unusual work hours.

Public Schools. Opportunities to teach English abroad in Bangkok through teaching positions at public schools are popping up more and more. Teachers are usually contracted for 16 to 20 classroom hours, but will be expected to spend additional hours at the school for lesson preparation and other tasks. Opportunities to teach subjects beyond English in public schools are available as well.

International schools are Western style schools with curriculum taught entirely in English. These schools will expect teachers to have a degree in education, and teachers will teach their subject of expertise rather than English, or perhaps both.

Universities will have higher requirements for foreign English teachers in Bangkok. There are many private and public universities located in Bangkok, and some of the most highly regarded universities in Thailand, such as Mahidol University and Thammasat University. Many will require a masters degree, but it is possible to get your foot in the door with a bachelors degree and some good teaching experience too. 

Contracts. One year contracts are expected and common place, though short term jobs teaching in Bangkok are available too. Hiring a foreign teacher as a paid worker requires a lot of paperwork and effort from the school, so if they are putting a great deal of resources into you then they will want you to stick around for awhile. 

Freelance. You don’t necessarily have to work in one school at all. There are many adults looking to learn English, many parents who want their children to learn, plus schools that hire part time teachers or tutors. If you can get a few connections and build a reputation for yourself, it is completely possible to make a good living as an English tutor in Bangkok. 

Schedule. The peak hiring season is in early spring, March through May, but you can find a teaching placements in Bangkok year round. The academic year starts in May and includes many long weekends for Buddhist holidays.

Thai Classrooms. Thai students are quite different from most Western students, they tend to be shy and respectful. They will expect foreign teachers to be authoritative, but will also want to learn all they can about their teacher’s life. Tip: Don’t pose participating as a question simply tell them what they will be doing.

Life in Bangkok

You can skim the top sites in a couple of days and think you’ve seen it all, but sink in a little deeper and the things to do will fill your calendar for years. You will find some of the most stunning temples and architecture in Thailand such as The Grand Palace where the king himself prays to Emerald Buddhas or Wat Pho which houses the world famous Reclining Buddha. The image spans over 160 feet and is covered in gold leaf. The best place to marvel is from behind the bottoms of his 12 feet tall toes, which are inlaid with mother of pearl.  

There are also many Thai language schools and museums so you can learn more about Thai culture easily while teaching abroad in Bangkok!

Salaries & Costs

Thailand isn’t famous for extremely high teacher salaries, but their are paid teaching jobs in Bangkok, and at higher rates than other areas of the country. The average salary is 30,000 to 35,000 baht per month, or around $1,000 to $1,200. It is plenty to give teachers a comfortable lifestyle while teaching in Bangkok.

Bangkok, and Thailand as a whole, is one of the most affordable places to teach English abroad. Not only is food and transportation cheap, but it is fantastically convenient! Rarely will you find such an amazing combination of affordability and quality. It is possible to get about anywhere in the city using public transportation for around $5, except the airport which will cost usually more like $10 to $12 if you use a taxi.

Accommodation & Visas

Accommodations are much like they are in any large city. There many different neighborhoods with many different feels. Some programs combine English tutoring with homestay accommodation for a more affordable, informal teaching job in Bangkok. A one bedroom apartment will start at around $300 a month, but more luxurious options will be double that. 

Consider Transportation. Some apartments may charge more because of where they are located in relation to public transportation. Traffic in Bangkok is horrendous to put it lightly, but there are excellent public transportation options. The Bangkok Transit System, or BTS as everyone refers to it as, is a skytrain in Bangkok, and the MRT is the underground version. These are both prompt and super easy to use. You won’t be able to get everywhere in the city directly, but you should use them for at least a portion of the trip if possible if it is around rush hour. Once you have found a teaching job in Bangkok, look around the area or ask fellow teachers about good places to live nearby.

Visas. Americans arriving through an international airport will receive a 30 day tourist visa stamp upon arrival in Thailand. To teach in Thailand legally and for an extended period you will need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. Your school or employer will need to help you with this as you will need to provide information about your contract as well as have a recommendation letter from them.

Don’t rely on Visa runs. For years, taking 24 hours to run across the border to Cambodia or Laos has been the main means for people to prolong their stay in Thailand. However, new laws have been passed that limit the amount of times people can enter through land checkpoints.

Benefits & Challenges

Love Your “Face.” This is a super important part of Thai culture. The idea of face is kind of like the Western concept of keeping up appearances and how you are viewed by society. It is a very big deal to keep or lose face in Thailand. Breaking a contract will cause the school to lose face not to mention all the time and energy they used to get you on board so avoid letting this happen while teaching abroad in Thailand. Make sure your expectations are transparent and well understood once you select your school. “Face” is an important factor in the hiring process as well, so people who look professional and “Western” will be given preference for teaching jobs in Thailand.

Double Your Salary. Thailand is popular for beginning teachers, but it is also a great place to build a career for yourself if you decide you love it. Salaries may start low, but can rise quickly. TEFL certification programs, for example, are offered in Thailand and can take one to two years to complete, but will open up a whole new world of teaching opportunities and benefits; TEFL courses can even be done while working on the side too. Teachers with experience or a TEFL certificate can expect to make closer to 70,000 baht or over $2,000 a month teaching abroad in Bangkok.

Same Same. You will hear this from Thai locals and see it written on t-shirts everywhere. It is a popular saying in Thailand and it means, it’s pretty much the same, but different. So you might say, “Which is best place to view the temple at night, site A or site B,” and they’ll shrug and say, “Same, same,” which means it doesn’t really matter or they don’t see a difference worth pointing out.

Annie Bierbower

Originally from Nebraska, Annie has a BA in Mass Media Communications and a minor in Graphic Design from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has dreamed of traveling for as long as she can remember, and spent a semester studying in Lima, Peru. After graduation, she worked for a newspaper and in bilingual customer service before finding her ideal position as Content Manager for GoAbroad in the U.S.