Take two months this summer to teach in Thailand ... and get a monthly stipend!
Become a paid teacher in the summer of 2017 in Thailand with GeoVisions. Spending two-months teaching in Thailand as a paid teacher can enhance your teaching career. It is also an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of Southeast Asia.
If Thai students are going to qualify for a good post-secondary education or land a better job, they need to learn English. That’s why Native English-speakers are highly respected and sought after in schools and in the community.
Go beyond the beaten path and experience Thailand the way no tourist ever could … even for two short months. GeoVisions’ Summer Paid Teach 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”.
Abel Mota is one of our summer teachers in Thailand. Set to the tune Papercut by Zedd, sit back and relax and watch this simply amazing footage, some shot with a drone. Abel’s a teacher in Chicago. In the summer of 2018, if you’re a teacher, this could be you.
Are you between the ages of 21 and 50? Are you a current classroom teacher … or hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Education? This program is a great opportunity for global teaching experience to enhance your career, while getting paid a monthly stipend.
2-months in June and July or July and August
Perfect for summer vacation
Become a paid teacher this summer in Thailand with GeoVisions. Spending two-months teaching in Thailand as a paid teacher can enhance your teaching career. It is also an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of Southeast Asia. And think what you’ll bring back to your own classroom at the start of the school year in your home school.
These 40 positions each intake fill up around 6 months before the sessions begin. Since we use rolling admissions, you will want to secure a position as soon as possible.
Teaching English in Thailand over the summer is an excellent professional choice to enhance your career as well as your chance to gain global teaching experience!
Teaching English in Thailand for 6-8 weeks this summer 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 a current classroom teacher, this experience will provide you with rich experiences in your own classroom when school starts again for the 2017 school year in your home country.
- Yes! While we may not be able to place you in the same town or school, with enough time we can get you close!
- 2-months. June and July or July and August.
The fee above also includes accommodation during your orientation.
This is teaching position in Thailand that involves teaching English in a real classroom in a real school. You will not earn a full time teaching salary because you’re coming to teach in the middle of Thailand’s school year and you will be leaving before the school year ends. Rather, you will earn a stipend that is designed to assist you in paying for your meals and accommodation. You will not receive National Health insurance, but you will have sickness and accident insurance from GeoVisions. You will not open a banking account (as you would if you were teaching a full academic semester or year) but will be paid in cash.
The stipend can run approximately USD $600 to $900 every four weeks, and you will receive this monthly. So do come prepared to pay your rent and food in advance of your first stipend payment. Teachers with degrees in education or advanced degrees tend to earn towards the high end of that range. Although this might not sound like much for Westerners, this is more than a full time Thai teacher would make, and you can live well on this amount of money in Thailand even during two months in the summer.
What documents are required to apply? Am I eligible to apply? You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements: 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:
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! There is a formal orientation before you begin your teaching contract. Your fee includes accommodation during orientation.
What is taught during orientation?
Orientation includes important activities and classes on Thai language and local culture. You will learn lots of ideas and approaches of teaching in Thailand and learn more about Thai Culture.
What’s 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)
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.
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 Bangkok.
When should I arrive?
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 arrange your tranportation and travel plans by bus or train to your placement.
You are earning a monthly stipend, 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.
How do I pay my monthly rent?
You will pay your monthly rent directly to the landlord.
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 for your mobile phone.
When planning a move to Thailand, even for a short period like the summer, 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 the 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 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. Therefore, you will be coming in during the middle of a semester!
- 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
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.
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 two months.
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.
For degree holders who are teach for a full semester, monthly Base Salary of approximately 30,000 THB (approximately $850 USD). For summer only teaching placements, teachers will earn approximately US$600-900/month.
Is it expensive to live in Thailand?
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.This program accepts only native English speakers and gives preference to current classroom teachers and recent Education graduates.
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.
- Your teaching placement.
- 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 in Bangkok is provided if you arrive no more than 4 days before the start of orientation. Pick up is not provided if you arrive late for the program.
- Comprehensive peer lesson plan resource.
- Alumni teacher network and events.
- Extensive medical, accident and dental insurance along with emergency evacuation 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
For summer 2017: June 5 to July 29 and June 26 to August 12.
You teach Monday through Friday.
INCLUDED. 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. Your accommodation during the orientation is covered.
Native English speakers only. All classes are taught in English.
Beginning Thai during orientation.
21 years of age is the minimum. 50 years of age is the maximum.
The locations vary depending on the school placement. Positions are available all over Thailand. Because these positions are available in the middle of the Thai school year, we are very lucky when we receive permission for teachers to be accepted. Finding schools who will accept a new teacher in the middle of a school year and exiting before the term is over is special and we can’t be picky on location.
Because of this, you know these schools really do want a westerner who will teach English, even for this short amount of time. You will understand quickly how much good you will be doing for the students, the school and the community.
Not included. Teachers enter on a Tourist or Non-Immigrant B visa. Visas can be taken care of in advance of arriving in Thailand. GeoVisions will supply you with the support documents to apply for your visa.
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. We struggle to understand these insurance laws in our country every day.
For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel. 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.
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, 3 hours Southwest of Bangkok, on the coast for orientation. The cost is included in the placement fee.
Accommodation is included during Orientation. While teaching, your school will assist in finding accommodation (not included).
Not included. Budget around $300 for the month for food, depending on your standard of living.
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