Should you do this? Only if you want to open minds and touch hearts.
Many of us are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Still others are looking for an alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. Teach in Thailand with GeoVisions and those opportunities are woven into the fabric of your daily life.
Our goal for the teachers who choose to work with us in Thailand is not providing opportunities for you to “work hard, play hard.” Our goal is that the work and play is indistinguishable.
For Thai citizens, one of the best ways to secure a good post-secondary education or to qualify for a better job that will help their family be more secure in life is to learn English. It has become a necessity. And that’s why GeoVisions needs you in Thailand.
Native English-speakers are highly respected in schools and in the community. If you watch one or more of these videos, some by our own teachers in Thailand, you will see just how respected English teachers are in Thailand. Just hover over the Playlist and choose a video. Or watch them all!
Go beyond the beaten path and experience Thailand the way no tourist ever could. GeoVisions’ Teach English In Thailand program allows you to live and work in one of the world’s favorite holiday destinations while helping to improve the English skills of local children and experiencing and engaging in an important cultural exchange. You will find a rich culture built upon a fascinating history and a country populated by a caring, vibrant people. You will truly come to learn why this country is often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Smiles”.
|Teach In Thailand
|Teach In Thailand
|Degree Required?||No, but positions for non-degree
holders are limited in number.
|Yes. Bachelor’s degree in any
subject; preference given to
education, math, science degrees
and those with teaching experience.
|Orientation Included?||Yes. 5 days in Hua Hin.||Yes. 6-days in Chiang Mai.|
|Firm intake dates?||Start dates throughout the year.
You must stay a minimum of 3 months and a
maximum of 12 months.
2016: December 28.
2017: January 30, February 27, April 3,
May 1, May 29, June 26, July 31,
August 28, September 25, October 30,
November 27, December 27
May and Oct begin new semesters.
|May 6, 2016 ends March 2017.
Oct 15, 2016 ends Sept. 2017.
May 6, 2016 ends Sept. 2016.
Oct 15, 2016 ends March 2017.Note: 2017 dates coming!
|Application Deadlines||We need 60 days
to process your file.
March 1, 2017 for non-native
English speakers to apply.
|May intake: April 1 deadline.
Oct intake: Aug 15 deadline.
|Accommodation||We help you find housing.
You will pay monthly rent.
|Housing is provided by
the school as part of your
|Salary||Starts around $800 a month
and varies based on experience.
|Min of $720 a month.|
|Bonus||No||$560 US bonus if you start teaching
in May and complete one year
at the same school
|Eligibility||Native English speakers from Australia,
Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South
Africa, UK or US. Limited openings for
non-native English speakers.
|Native English speakers from Australia,
Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South
Africa, UK or US.
|TESOL Training||Non-degree holders – required.
Degree holders – optional.
Onsite TESOL in Thailand -3 wks.
|Visa / Work Permit||Single entry non-immigrant B visa.||Single entry non-immigrant B visa.|
Are you between the ages of 20 and 60? Thailand has proven to be a popular destination for native English speakers interested in teaching full time in Thai schools. If you’re a non-native English speaker with a very slight accent, we have extremely limited positions for you in May, June and July to start. You would need to arrive in April for the onsite TESOL. Application deadline for non-native English speakers is March 1, 2017.
Teaching English in Thailand can be the start of a lucrative, professional career path as well as your chance to gain international experience! This experience will be useful in your home country upon your return from Thailand by giving you an edge over applicants with no classroom experience.
If you are graduating from college and you’re having trouble finding a job, we have hundreds. And we need you! If you have classroom experience already, you can sometimes earn more that the minimums we list here. Teach full time, earn a salary with benefits and build up your resume. When you’re finished in Thailand you can come home and find a job. And with classroom teaching experience … you go to the top of the list of job candidates.
- Yes! Think about traveling with a friend or two. While we may not be able to place you in the same town or school, with enough time we can get you close! Plus you have weekends to travel together.
- You can teach for as few as 3 months or as long as an academic year. Please note, there is no school during the months of October, March and April. The school terms are approximately: May through September and November through February.
- Please see detailed pricing below:
Teach in Thailand Standard: $1,569 for orientation and then placement. $2,369 orientation, 3 weeks of TESOL and then placement.
Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr: $1,699 for orientation and placement for the semester and $1,889 for the academic year.
Note: Accommodation is included on all programs during orientation week. Accommodation is included for the TESOL course.
Surprisingly, when teach in Thailand program fees and other expenses paid are compared with salaries earned and the lower cost of living, teachers abroad earn more than they spend.
Did you know that being a teacher in Thailand is one of the most affordable ways to experience international travel even if you have to pay program fees and flight expenses?
To see how the math works, press the red button below. See for yourself that being a teacher in Thailand can be one of the most affordable ways to experience international education, work and travel, while having the experience of a lifetime!
What documents are required to apply? Am I eligible to apply? You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements: Do I need to have TEFL/TESOL certification? TEFL/TESOL certification is not required to teach in Thailand for degree holders, but it is highly recommended and preferred by hiring schools. A TEFL/TESOL certificate will make your application much more competitive, and you will receive a higher salary. GeoVisions HIGHLY recommends that you obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before teaching abroad. Non-native English speakers are required to do an in-country TESOL course. Teach in Thailand Standard participants can opt to take a 3-week TESOL certification course in Thailand before the orientation and placement for only $800 more! Or, take the 120-Hour Online Professional TESOL Course for $550 more. Applicants can also elect to take the onsite or online TESOL / TEFL locally. Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr will not need to take an onsite TESOL or TEFL in Thailand but could take a local course or online course. TEFL is recommended but not required. What documents will I need with me when I arrive Thailand? Be certain you pack to bring with you: Can I apply with a friend or spouse? It is more difficult to place friends and couples together. However, we will try! We are usually successful with these types of placements. Can I teach in the city/province of my choice? You may submit your preferences for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request.
What documents are required to apply?
Am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:
Do I need to have TEFL/TESOL certification?
TEFL/TESOL certification is not required to teach in Thailand for degree holders, but it is highly recommended and preferred by hiring schools. A TEFL/TESOL certificate will make your application much more competitive, and you will receive a higher salary. GeoVisions HIGHLY recommends that you obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before teaching abroad. Non-native English speakers are required to do an in-country TESOL course.
Teach in Thailand Standard participants can opt to take a 3-week TESOL certification course in Thailand before the orientation and placement for only $800 more! Or, take the 120-Hour Online Professional TESOL Course for $550 more. Applicants can also elect to take the onsite or online TESOL / TEFL locally.
Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr will not need to take an onsite TESOL or TEFL in Thailand but could take a local course or online course. TEFL is recommended but not required.
What documents will I need with me when I arrive Thailand?
Be certain you pack to bring with you:
Can I apply with a friend or spouse?
It is more difficult to place friends and couples together. However, we will try! We are usually successful with these types of placements.
Can I teach in the city/province of my choice?
You may submit your preferences for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request.
Yes! For Teach In Thailand Standard there is a 5-day orientation before you begin your teaching contract, unless you’re doing the TESOL course there, which takes an additional 3 weeks. The location is Hua Hin, a beach resort area on the coast. Your fee includes accommodation during this course.
For Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr, orientation is 6 days in Chiang Mai or Bangkok, depending on the intake date.
What is taught during orientation?
Orientation includes important activities and classes on TESOL theory, Thai language and local culture. You will learn lots of ideas and approaches of teaching in Thailand and learn more about Thai Culture.
What may be included during orientation?
- At least one Cultural Excursion.
- In-depth classsroom learning covering:
- Thai language lessons.
- Thai and Southeast Asian culture.
- Cultural awareness training.
- Politics and history of Southeast Asia.
- Geography of Southeast Asia.
- Accommodation throughout orientation is included in the fee (meals are not included, but food is very inexpensive)
Upon successful completion of the course with a passing grade of 83% or better, students will receive a certificate demonstrating that they successfully completed the 120-hour in-class TESOL.
The course also includes a cultural foundation to prepare students for the country that they are interested in teaching in. It comprises the following components:
- Information and discussion about the local culture of the country that they have selected to provide exposure and help them navigate their new environment.
- Strong grounding in the history and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language. This is taught in a way that emphasizes application of theory to enhance success in the classroom.
- Significant practical training in how to teach listening, reading, speaking and writing in the classroom, including extensive lesson plan development and presentation and feedback both from peers and instructors.
- Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group.
- Advice and guidance for effective classroom management. The total course time is approximately 120 hours. The on-line section is taught on our new, advanced eLearn™ platform.
- Upon successful completion of the 120 Hour Online TESOL Course you will receive your TESOL Certificate, along with your final grading, as well as a personalized letter of recommendation.
Benefits of Taking On-line Versus an In-class TESOL
Provides you with the flexibility to keep earning money at your job while doing the entire course at home before you depart. You will spend less of your money since the time from arrival to starting work is just a matter of days. It is considerably cheaper than the In-class TESOL course as you will not be paying for housing in Hua Hin. There are also video skype based lesson presentations by students.
Upon successful completion of the course with a passing grade of 83% or better, students will receive a certificate demonstrating that they successfully completed the 120-hour online TESOL.
For Teach in Thailand Standard: Yes, a staff member will pick you up from the airport as long as you arrive no more than 4 days prior to the start of your program. If you are unable to arrive within this time frame, you will be responsible for your transportation from the airport.
For Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr: Provided for participants who arrive between 10 am – 6 pm local time on set arrival date. (Detailed instructions will be provided for those that arrive outside these hours.)
Are flights included and booked for me?
No, flights are not included in the fee, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation to Thailand.
When should I arrive?
For Teach in Thailand Standard: In order for us to pick you up, you will need to arrive 1 to no more than 4 days prior to your program start date. If you are unable to arrive within this time frame, you will be responsible for your own transportation to the orientation.
How will I get from orientation to my placement?
We will help you arrange your transportation and travel plans by bus or train to your placement. Participants pay for the actual transportation.
Teach in Thailand Standard: As a full time teacher you are earning a full time salary, and you will pay your rent each month as you would in your home country. Program staff will assist you in finding accommodation near your school. Please keep in mind that housing in Thailand might not live up to your current standard of living at home. In some towns or locations, there are not as many housing options available. Accommodation will typically be Thai-style studio apartments with private bathrooms, or in a shared townhouse with your own room. There will be an A/C Unit or fan, hot water, a double-sized bed and closet. Extra amenities like refrigerators or TVs can typically be rented from the landlord.
Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr: Accommodations of a local standard are provided by the school as part of the compensation package. Accommodations range from apartment, studio to a dorm room.
How will teachers travel from their accommodation to their school location?
Ideally, you will be within walking distance of the school. If not, you will be able to take a motorbike taxi or songtow truck to the school.
Is bedding provided?
Beds and other furnishings are provided, but bedding is not. You can either bring your own, or buy some in Thailand to save space in your luggage.
What is the likelihood of other teachers being in the same accommodation?
No teacher will be required to share a room, but it will be likely that teachers will be located in the same complex. However, this is not guaranteed, as it will depend on the placement.
Can I bring my children?
If agreed upon at the outset, partners, spouses and children can come with you. Basically this is done when 2 of you are teaching at the same school or nearby schools. If this is not agreed upon before you leave your home country, the answer is no.
Can I bring pets?
Will I have access to a phone?
You will be provided with a Thai SIM card at orientation.
When planning a move to Thailand, there are many questions that participants naturally have. They may include topics such as the weather, food choices, the environment, what teaching is like, health and safety, how participants transition from arrival to teaching, and what to expect if coming with a friend or loved one. We have addressed these frequently asked questions below.
As you may already know, Thailand has a tropical climate, meaning it’s often hot and humid, but it also means monsoon and the rainy season. Thailand has three seasons. The Hot season, Wet Season, and Cool Season. For most of the year Thailand experiences hot, humid and generally dry weather conditions. The rainy season typically begins in June and continues until the end of October, during which time you can expect daily, sporadic showers. Temperatures during the hottest time of the year (April) range from the high 80’s to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while temperatures during the cooler, sunny and drier months (November through February) tend to range between the mid 60’s to the upper 80’s Fahrenheit, depending on which part of the country you’re in. The month-long October school break provides the ideal opportunity for teachers to travel in good weather, while the March through April school break allows teachers to embrace the Thai New Year (Songkran, which is basically a large several-day-long water fight) which takes place during the hottest time of year.
Thailand is famous for its food, and rightly so. Their exotic cuisine stems from a history of fertile land and an abundance of food, as well as significant influence in from the Middle East, India and China. Thailand’s informal national dish is Pad Thai, a stir-fried noodle dish with subtle flavors suitable to any palate. It’s one of many non-spicy dishes loved by both the locals as well as foreigners. Much like the Kingdom’s geographical diversity, the Thai cuisine will vary in taste and variety depending on which part of the country you’re in. In Northern Thailand the region’s favorite dish is Khao Soi, a creamy noodle curry. In the Southern areas Gaeng Som—a spicy sour fish soup served with rice— is a local favorite. The Northeastern regions are well known for their spicy dishes including Som Tam, a spicy papaya salad.
For those with a taste of the non-spicy variety, there are hundreds of dishes in Thailand that are delicious, affordable and suited to your taste. Street food is also another one of Thailand’s culinary nuances loved by locals, expats and tourists. Food at roadside stalls is incredibly cheap and tasty, with the average dish costing around $1.50.
Suburbs, Cities, Towns
The Kingdom is well known worldwide for hosting the mega-metropolis that is Bangkok, a vibrant, bustling, and dynamic city much like any other world-class city around the globe. However for those without too much knowledge on the country, very little will be known about the majority of the populated areas. Small cities and suburban areas provide an experience that blends home-like amenities with a true Thai cultural experience, while more rural areas provide the most immersive cultural experience, allowing teachers and expats to really delve deeply into the Thai culture.
There are pros and cons to living in any part of Thailand, but there is always a lot to learn and a lot to take away from any experience that delves deeper into Thailand than the usual brochure holiday. Thailand is incredibly diverse, both ethnically and geographically, with the two elements generally being related. The Northern part is dominated by a cooler climate, mountainous terrain and people with a heritage commonly stemming from China, Laos, and Myanmar. The South of Thailand is world renowned for its exotic islands and beautiful beachscapes, with the history of the locals being closely related with that of the Malaysian people. The Northeast is considered the heartland of Thailand, and the people share a similar culture and history with the peoples of Laos and Cambodia. The people from the Northeast truly embody Thailand’s nickname, ‘The Land of Smiles’. It is important to note that Thailand is still largely an agrarian country and close to 85% of it is considered rural. We cannot guarantee that we can meet preferences but we will do our very best to place you in an environment that meets at least some of your preferences.
Some teachers face culture shock when they first arrive at their placement. Culture shock is a natural part of adjustment in Thailand with stages usually playing out in the following order:
- Seeing the differences between your culture and Thai culture in a romantic light.
- Adjusting to a new culture and new practices which can lead to frustration, anxiety and feelings of seclusion. (The toughest stage of transition).
- Beginning to master your surroundings with new knowledge gained. You feel more comfortable with the culture and eventually begin to use it to your advantage.
We prepare teachers for how to recognize and overcome culture shock. Within a few weeks you will become very familiar with your new environment and will love it!
During your time in both the TESOL and cultural orientation courses you will be trained on how to deal effectively with culture shock, challenges both in and out of the classroom, and Thai social and professional norms. The cultural orientation course aims to not only inform on what to expect in a cultural sense, but also on how to deal with issues related to cultural adjustment. The cultural orientation course is considered by many current teachers as just as important as the TESOL training course. With that in mind, the TESOL course and cultural orientation provide an all-in-one toolkit and knowledge base to ensure a smoother transition and successful experience.
The Thai school schedules are different than most other countries. The school year begins in May, and ends in March, with a semester break in October.
- First Semester: First/Second week of May to end of September*
- Second Semester : November to the end of February*
- Semester Break: October
- Academic year break: March to end of April
- *Please note that each school has the different period of school break, so please do not make plans in advance for your October break
When will I find out where I will be teaching – prior to arrival or upon arrival in Thailand?
When possible, GeoVisions will provide you with information in advance of your departure from your home country. In these cases, you will be able to teach at local language camps and earn a little money, even if you are not yet working at your school.
Will I sign a contract?
Yes, you will be required to sign a contract once you are hired. Upon arrival, you will sign the formal, hard copy of the contract of employment. This contract will include your salary, but not specific placement information.
What is the length of a contract?
The length of your initial contract is one semester (4.5 months) unless you chose a full academic placement. Teachers are always welcome to extend their contract for additional semesters.
What are the dates of the contracts?
- First Semester: Second week of May to the end of September.
- Second Semester : November to the end of February.
- Specific start and end dates vary by school.
- Be sure to wait to book flights or make travel plans until you receive confirmation of your school’s end date.
What age group will I be teaching?
Placements are made in Kindergartens, Primary, and Secondary schools.
What is the most common level of teaching – elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced? Does this differ by age group?
Age can often be a deceiving indicator of English ability among Thai students. For planning purposes, we recommend preparing your expectations for lower ability students ranging from elementary to advanced beginner.
Will teachers be teaching alone or will there be assistant teachers?
Some private primary schools will have Thai co-teachers, but it is best not to expect a co-teacher – you will likely be leading your class on your own.
How many students will there will be in a class?
The maximum will be 50 but the average will be 20-35 students.
How many hours per week will teachers be contracted to work?
The contract will state that you need to be at the school from 7am until 4pm or 8am to 5pm. Teaching hours will be between 18-24 per week. Many schools might let you leave a reasonable amount of time after your last class (2:30/3:30pm) but that is dependent on the school. Therefore, the contract will read 7am-4pm and 8am-5pm.
Are teachers provided with Thai lessons from the schools?
Not officially or formally. But for anyone who wants to learn Thai, you will find everyone around you more than helpful and encouraging!
What should I wear when I’m teaching?
Think lightweight fabrics, as it gets very hot and humid in Thailand!
Thailand is an incredibly safe country to visit in terms of the crime, illness, and general hazards. Malaria is one of the main concerns for those traveling to Thailand, however it is very uncommon. You should consult your doctor before coming over as to the appropriate precautions to exercise for preventing illnesses of any kind as well as for their recommended inoculations.
Excellent travel insurance is provided by GeoVisions as part of your program.
Thailand has very low cost of living; however, it really depends on your lifestyle. Food and accommodations are extremely affordable but things like running your air conditioner 24/7 can run up your electric bill.
At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the school and the position and in most cases, we have placed teachers at that school before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest salary possible. We provide a formal orientation, starting when we pick you up at the airport in Bangkok. You will learn survival Thai language. You will meet other teachers just like you the day you arrive. Attend our BBQ on the beach and start enjoying the GeoVisions safety net immediately. We help you with your visa, your formal documents and we make sure your new school is ready to receive you. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we work to move you to another school or another part of Thailand.
- Teaching English in a classroom setting, working to improve students listening and speaking skills.
- Prepare in-class activities focused on language development such as dialogues, games, pronunciation and grammar activities, songs, role-playing and conversation groups.
- Plan lessons and presentations to your class.
- Attend some faculty meetings.
- Help plan and implement some extra-curricular activities (after-school English clubs, art projects, sporting activities etc.)
- Teach Monday through Friday.
Teachers with an Education degree or teaching qualification in their home country will be hired much more easily than those who do not (and it is also possible that they could earn a higher salary based on their qualifications). Most applicants are accepted within about 3 weeks of making application to GeoVisions.
GeoVisions has screened all jobs and schools and provides all of the benefits listed below for the Placement Fee:
- A week of extensive training during orientation to include extensive Thai culture and language orientation program that covers Thai history, politics, geography and culture, all taught by area experts.
- Survival Thai language lessons: Nine to 12 hours of Thai language instruction from a certified Thai language teacher.
- An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Thailand.
- Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
- Full time, paid teaching assignment with a screened school.
- Airport pickup.
- TESOL courses are provided for an optional fee. You can also take our online TESOL course or combine the online course with the last two weeks in Thailand and we provide 4 days of practice teaching in a Thai school before you go to your new home school.
- Multiple “active cultural learning” excursions.
- Comprehensive peer lesson plan resource.
- Alumni teacher network and events.
- Non immigrant B work permit support.
- Extensive medical and accident insurance.
- Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
- A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
- Premium online membership at the ESL-Lounge
STANDARD PROGRAM INTAKE DATES
Remaining intake dates for 2016:
November 28, December 28.
2017 STANDARD PROGRAM INTAKE DATES
May 1 Start date for the beginning of the semester.*
October 30 Start date for the beginning of the semester.*
*Dates in red are major intake dates for the start of a new semester.
We can take any number of applicants year 'round, but if you want to start teaching at the beginning of a term, please understand that those start dates are roughly May and November. Please note there is no school in Thailand during the months of October, March and April.
INTAKE DATES FOR TEACH IN THAILAND SEM/YR
One Semester: May to September or October to March
Two Semesters: May to March or October to September (there is a 2 month break between semesters)
NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER DEADLINES/YR
Application deadline is March 1, 2017. Arrive for the April 3 intake in Hua Hin. You will teach in May, June and July. Your evaluation will take place in July and you may be awarded a choice to remain in Thailand to continue teaching.
You teach Monday through Friday.
Teach in Thailand Standard:
5-days plus an optional 3-week TESOL course onsite in Hua Hin.
Learn about Thai society, geography, politics, culture and language. Some vocabulary for shopping, communicating with students and colleagues. Once at your school assignment, each school holds its own orientation on lesson plans, teaching, etc.
Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr:
6 days in Chiang Mai or Bangkok (depending on intake date)
Native English speakers only. All classes are taught in English.
Beginning Thai during orientation.
19 years of age is the minimum. 50 years of age is the maximum. If you’re over 50, give us a call and we’ll talk.
The locations vary depending on the school placement. Positions are available all over Thailand.
Not included. Arrive Bangkok (Teach in Thailand Standard). Arrive Chiang Mai or Bangkok (Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr. Please check with GeoVisions for arrival airport).
Not included. Teachers enter on a Non-Immigrant B work permit. Work Permits need to be taken care of in advance of arriving in Thailand. GeoVisions will supply you with the support documents to apply for your permit.
Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.
With the new healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us.
For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through iNext/Nationwide. You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure. Please read the information about the plan carefully.
If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple. And for the record, we don’t understand or agree with these laws either.
GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.
Teach in Thailand Standard: Included from airport in Bangkok to hotel in Bangkok if arriving within 4 days of the start of orientation. On the Monday of the start of orientation, participants are driven to Hua Hin, 2 hours Northeast of Bangkok, on the coast for orientation. The cost is included in the placement fee.
Teach in Thailand Sem/Yr: Provided for participants who arrive between 10 am – 6 pm local time on set arrival date. (Detailed instructions will be provided for those that arrive outside these hours.)
Accommodation is included during Orientation. Accommodations are also included during the optional TESOL course (Teach in Thailand Standard only).
Not included. Budget around $150 per month for food, depending on your standard of living.