Resources to start teaching in Thailand
What do I need to be an effective teacher here in Thailand and get my first job?
I can get into detail later on some of these resources to teach in Thailand, but let’s keep it simple for now.
….. but Matt, I read in Facebook and other chat rooms that you don’t need one to teach in Thailand.
Yeah, this is true. I’ve worked with many people here who didn’t have a TEFL certification but were amazing TEFL teachers. They were also naturally annoying people do did everything right the first time. Not all of us are like that. You need to get some sort of training so you can do an effective job as a teacher. Also if someone directly tells you don’t bother getting one, they are a douche bag. Seriously. What they are saying is, “You don’t need to know what you’re doing to get hired.” What if you get put in a room and the school says, “Just go ahead and teach them something.” What are you going to do with no books and materials?
There are two types of certifications you can get. The absolute best is a CELTA. You can get those at International House Bangkok or International House Chiang Mai. I got mine there, and it was $1600. That’s only for people who want to do this in the long term though. It opens new doors for you and you get exclusive rights to jobs were people won’t even look at you if you don’t have a CELTA.
This is my graduating class when I took the CELTA. They were a great group to work with. Please don’t identify the girl in the black shirt. The mysterious people who do things are out to get her.
If you don’t want to be here for more than a year or two, or honestly if you don’t know where you want to go with this career yet, you can get a TEFL. The one place I would ask you to PLEASE go is International TEFL and TESOL Training. It accredited compared to a lot of the other websites where you can get a TEFL and just point and click. They have in-class 30 day intensive like the CELTA, but the best route to take is an online course. I took it and I can attest to the fact that it is hard as hell (it took me three months to finish) but it prepares you to teach. If you click on my link you get a 15% which saves you about $50.
Here is a more detailed explanation of what to chose for the TEFL certification from my youtube channel.
Do you need a degree?
Yes and no. You can work here without a degree. Purists will snap at you and say how working without a degree is illegal in Thailand. It is true, but you’re not going to be Public Enemy #1. There won’t be man hunts for you or anything like that. You might not be able to get work in Bangkok, but a lot of the smaller areas would hire you.
Getting your first job.
Some countries will do a Skype interview with you when you’re in your home country. I had one with my first job in Indonesia. Most places in Thailand want you to be here for an interview. The times for hiring season is between March and May because the school year starts in May. It will be difficult for you to get a job if you just e-mail but you’re not in Thailand. If you come during that time frame and do some door knocking, you will do alright. It’d be good to guesstimate $1000/month for expenses until you get a contract.
One company you could give a try is the one I am finishing up a contract with in 2017, Sine Education. It’s a company that contracts with Government Schools to teach conversational English. We’re not miracle workers. It’s just for the experience for them to learn from a native teacher. All of the lesson plans are done for you, you don’t have to worry about making tests. They treated me right when I had a blood clot at the beginning of the school year so I feel very good recommending them to anyone reading this.
If you’re from a native English speaking country like America, Canada, UK, etc, and have a bachelors degree, you can possibly work for them. They’re pretty strict about both since that’s their business pitch to the schools. It’s Thai owned but western run so if, for example, you’re in America and you send them your information, they can probably accommodate you with a Skype call. Between March and May is when they’ll be recruiting so try them around that time. If they can set you up with a job before you get here, that’s one less thing to worry about.
As of 12/30/16, I spoke with the hiring manager, he said they’ve started interviewing NOW for the new school year starting in May, so send your resume, copy of your degree and a picture to email@example.com, and get to Thailand now.
There are other places to go to possibly score a job in Thailand before getting here. You can get set up with a recruitment agency. Most of them are crap, but thanks to the Teaching Jobs in Thailand room in Facebook they did give a small list of some respectable recruitment agencies.
Media Kids Academy (Pathumtani)
Teachers 4 Thailand (Samut Prakarn).
Essential educational staffing
Text and Talk
Please do report complaints about the 6 agencies above (if any) and I’ll remove them from the list if it’s a reasonable complaint. Also I don’t know where the contact information is, but google is just a copy and paste away
Or, you could just go old school and get your butt here.
Visa run companies
These are a pain in the neck but it’s a way of life here sometimes. You could always try and get a tourist visa in your home country so you’re prepared when you get to Thailand, or even a Non-B (business visa) if you get hired before coming here. If not, these are two companies that run out of Bangkok that are the way to go. I used Mesuk Travel because they were supper efficient, but I heard a lot of great stuff from the other company too.
Keep in mind, both of these run out of Bangkok, if you’re in other areas, ask your school.
Again, thanks to the Teaching Jobs in Thailand room for this information.
Just to pimp them out again, Teaching Jobs in Thailand is a great room to join if you’re on Facebook. They’re pretty strict making sure companies that post jobs in their room don’t screw you over. Plus they took a lot of time to get deeper into advice about how to have a rewarding time here in Thailand. I appreciate them for putting this information together for me to share on my blog.
Hey Matt, can you help me find a job?
Did I miss anything?
I think I’ve covered just about everything on here. One thing I do want to do for future plans is to do a vlog where I interview an Attorney who can answer questions about visas. The reason why is a lot of people are mis-informed about visa rules and regulations even though everyone seems to be an Attorney on Facebook as well as different parts of the internet. When I do get the interview and upload the video I’ll keep you guys informed.
Let me know if I missed anything. I would love to hear from you.
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