Paid Teacher In Thailand

Paid Teacher In Thailand

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Many of us look for an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Still others look for an alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. Teach English in Thailand with GeoVisions, and weave those opportunities into the fabric of your daily life. GeoVisions offers paid teaching positions for university graduates or current classroom teachers looking to share their language and culture while immersing themselves in new communities around the world.

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 to teach English in Thailand.

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 get paid.  Experience an engaging and important cultural exchange.  Find a rich culture built upon a fascinating history and a country populated by a caring, vibrant people.  Come and learn why this country is often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Smiles.”


Native English speakers from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or US.  The equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in any subject is also required. If you are a non-native English speaker, we will ask you to take the 30-minute iTEP online English conversation test. We will share the result with our schools and try to find a placement based on the results of your test.

Intake Dates

The dates below in bold are major intake dates for a complete semester or academic year.  You may arrive on the other intake dates as well. If you do, the only requirement is that you finish to the end of the semester so you are there for the marking period.

May 4 (Deadline to receive your school in advance is February 2) Major intake date for a full semester of teaching.

June 3 (Deadline to receive your school in advance is March 2).

July  3 (Deadline to receive your school in advance is April 3).

**October 26 (Deadline to receive your school in advance is July 27).

November 26 (Deadline to receive your school in advance is August 27).

December 28 (Deadline to receive your school in advance is September 27).

The first semester runs approximately May to September.  The second semester runs approximately November through February.  October, March and April are holiday periods (Dependent on school contract). Be sure to arrive on the evening before the start date.

**If you sign a one-year contract for the October intake, you will receive a 2-3 week paid holiday in November at the end of the academic year.  Many teachers who sign up for one semester extend to a 2nd semester for no cost.

We include
  • Full time, paid teaching placement in Thailand with a guaranteed salary of between 30,000 and 40,000 THB per month, based on education and experience.

  • When you receive confirmation from our office, 100% of the time our teachers are placed in a teaching job.

  • International medical and accident insurance coverage while you are a teacher in Thailand.

  • 3 days of formal orientation, which includes practice teaching in a local school before you depart for your new school.

  • Assistance in applying for the Non Immigrant B (legal working) visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.

  • Pre-departure support from our offices in the USA and in Thailand.

  • Orientation with practice teaching included.

  • Airport transfers at Orientation.

  • 24 hour in-country support for the duration of the program, including 24 hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.

  • Free GeoVisions mobile app to take on your tablet and phone to stay in touch with GeoVisions, other teachers and receive updates and in-country information.

  • Extend your program for additional semesters at no additional cost. Stay as long as you like. Just make sure your visa status is maintained.

  • Teaching job placement in the US after a successful term in Thailand and with a good evaluation from the head administrator in your Thai school. GeoVisions has over 800 teaching jobs available in the US at any given time.
Not Included
  • International airfare.
  • Transportation to orientation and to your new school.
  • Hotel and meals during orientation (around $150)
  • Work Permit (approximately $100)
Placing Teachers In Thailand Since 2006

Our first group of teachers heading to Thailand to teach for a semester was in October 2006.  Now in our 12th year, we have seen the program grow from that first small group to hundreds of teachers annually, teaching not only in Thailand but Vietnam, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Italy, and Costa Rica.

GeoVisions places teachers in the USA and currently has 800 job openings in school districts all around the US. After you teach for at least a semester in Thailand and with a good evaluation from the head administrator in your Thai school, GeoVisions can place you in a great US school district if teaching is a career you are going to pursue.

Most teachers want to know where they will be teaching before they fly thousands of miles to Asia.

No different from your home country, it would feel a bit “odd” to apply for a teaching job and not find out where you will be teaching, how large the school is, to see photos and other critical information to make sure you have made the right decision.  Some placement companies will tell you, “Most ‘place ahead’ programs are only able to offer jobs in places with less demand, like rural areas.”  That simply isn’t true. That statement is designed to get you to travel abroad, pay your hard-earned money and trust that you’re going to be happy where someone else places you, with no input from you.

Feel free to click on any of the buttons below and have a look at actual school placement packets you will receive in advance of traveling to Asia. While these are only a few actual school packets and placements, we have been placing hundreds of teachers all over Thailand for 11 years.

Chiang Mai
Nakhon Sawan

GeoVisions places over 500 teachers from 35 countries in the United States each year. They choose their locations in a similar process. We have yet to meet a teacher from any country who wants to be surprised when they arrive for a teaching job. And they certainly don’t want to have to pay extra for services that are not required.

Application deadlines and visas

100% guaranteed teaching placement after approval of your application.

If you want your school placement before you arrive in Thailand, your application and supplementary materials need to be in our office a minimum of 90 days before you depart.  You will receive your visa invitation letter from your school that qualifies you for the Non-Immigrant B Visa. Many teachers want to know before they depart where they are teaching, the makeup of the school, the school staff, see photos of the area and even communicate with their new school.

You can also choose to receive your placement after you arrive and during your orientation. The choice is yours.

Orientation and Salary

We include 3 days of orientation which includes Thai society, geography, politics, culture and language.  We go over the rules in a Thai school, the do’s and don’ts, and your visa and work permit procedures.  On the final day you practice teaching techniques, writing lesson plans and participate in a ½ day of teaching local Thai children in a local school. 4 nights of hotel accommodation (double occupancy), breakfast daily, airport pick up and all orientation supplies included.

Earn a monthly salary between $900 and $1200 (dependent on location, teaching experience, etc.). That’s twice what a local Thai teacher earns each month.  Our placements range from Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school.  Teachers are earning between 30,000 and 40,000 Thai Baht depending on location, and level of education.

TESOL and/or TEFL Training

Beneficial but not required.

  • 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.
  • $1,099. $899 if you apply by June 27.
  • The fee you pay to teach in Thailand goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation.  The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host schools in Thailand; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect for a guaranteed job and the correct visa; and assistance in Thailand during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in Thailand. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.

    We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people.  You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees (and even moving costs) can be deducted as a charitable donation.


How does the application process work?

  • To apply, you must complete the online application.
  • Once your application has been submitted, your Operations Coordinator will provide you with a list of documents required for the program. All documents can be attached and uploaded with your supplemental application.
  • We will then submit your completed application to our Thailand office for approval.
  • Within 2-4 weeks, you’ll know if you’re accepted to the program. You will receive an acceptance letter and we will provide you with more information regarding placements, visas, and training schedules.
  • Next we send you a list of available placements (if you have applied within the advanced placement time frame) in accordance to your interests specified in the application form. Rank each school and/or location in order of preference. Our team will work hard to secure your top choice by sending your application to each school for review.
  • After being accepted by a school, your placement will be confirmed and reserved.  If you change your mind about your placement and want to relocate, you are free to discuss this with our team at the orientation.
  • Choose whether to obtain a non-B visa from your home country before entering Thailand, or arrive Thailand on a tourist visa and apply within one of the gorgeous neighboring countries. Our team will assist you with proper documentation for any path you choose.
  • If you have not applied in the advanced placement timeframe, you will receive your placement on the first day of Orientation.

What documents are required to apply?

  • Your completed online application.
  • A copy of your passport identification page.
  • 3 references, their relationship to you and their contact information.
  • Copy of your degree, transcripts, or a letter of expected completion if you haven’t graduated.
  • Resume.
  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Any certificates related to teaching (ex: TEFL/TESOL, First Aid, Teaching Certification, etc)
  • A photo of you, dressed professionally, smiling and with a white background.

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a native English speaker.
  • BA/BS degree in any field.
  • Age 21+
  • Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  • TEFL/TESOL Certification is not required but strongly preferred.

Do I need to have TEFL/TESOL certification?

TEFL/TESOL certification is not required to teach in Thailand, but it is highly recommended and preferred by hiring schools.  A TEFL/TESOL certificate will make your application much more competitive, and you could receive a higher salary.  GeoVisions HIGHLY recommends that you obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before teaching abroad.

What documents will I need with me when I arrive Thailand?

Be certain you pack to bring with you:

  • Your original University Degree Certificate or Original University Degree Transcript. If you do not feel comfortable bringing your original diploma, you can bring a notarized, stamped copy.
  • Criminal Background Check

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.  If you apply early enough, you will have choices sent to you which are prioritized and we will do all we can to obtain a teaching job for you in your first priority.

Will there be orientation when I arrive in Thailand?

Yes! There is a 3-day orientation before you begin your teaching contract.  We also include a 1/2 day of practice teaching in a local school with actual school children during orientation.

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.

How will I get from orientation to my placement?

We will help you arrange your transportation and travel plans by bus, plane or train to your placement. Participants pay for the actual transportation.

Is housing included?

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.

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.

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?


What are the dates of the Thai school semesters?

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.  You need to have all of your documents in at least 90-days before departure for this option.

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.

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 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.

How safe is 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.

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.

Why Is There A Placement Fee?

Over the years we have met teachers who have had horrible experiences when they think they are going into a fantastic overseas teaching job only to find out they are not going to a real school, but a corporate school and not a true International school. They have been caught in a signed contract without having visited the school or met the administrators. Where do they turn without a support team who’s only job is to look out for you?

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.  You will learn survival Thai language. You will meet other teachers just like you the day you arrive. 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.

Will Schools Hire Teachers That Are Age 50 Or Older?

Most schools do not impose age restrictions, but there may be a subtle age bias towards younger teachers. However, if you are active, vibrant, energetic and a creative educator who loves being around young people, you will be able to secure a job. A few countries do impose age restrictions set by the government for issuing work visas, but most do not.

Applying With Friends, Family Or Significant Others

One question we often get is whether it is possible to teach in Thailand with a friend, family member or significant other. The answer is absolutely! Finding placement for two or more people in the same school or area makes the task of job placement more challenging and tends to narrow the placement options, however, if you are open-minded to location and age group, and do not have narrow preferences, we have a very successful track record of placing friends and family if not at the same school, then certainly close enough to live together.

  • 2018 Intake Dates:
    May 4
    June 3
    October 26

  • You teach Monday through Friday.

    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.

  • We include 3 days of orientation (on June 3 intake orientation is 2-days) which includes Thai society, geography, politics, culture and language, rules in a Thai school, do’s and don’ts, visa and work permit procedures, teaching techniques, lesson plans and ½ day of teaching actual local Thai children in a local school. We include airport pick up and all orientation supplies.

  • Native English speakers only. All classes are taught in English.

  • Beginning Thai during orientation.

  • 21+

  • The locations vary depending on the school placement. Positions are available all over Thailand.

  • Not included.

  • Not included. When time permits, we encourage teachers to enter Thailand on a Non-Immigrant B visa.  GeoVisions will supply you with the support documents to apply for your visa.  If there isn’t enough time to obtain the Non-Immigrant B, you should arrive on a Tourist visa.  On the first day of Orientation you will sign your contract with your school and then apply for the Non-Immigrant B visa.  You will need this visa for your school to convert your visa to a Work visa.  You may not teach until the Non-Immigrant B visa is in place.

    Currently, the Work Permit is 3,100THB ($97).

  • 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 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.

    All teachers who sign a full year contract will be provided medical insurance from their school as a full time teacher.

    For US Citizens, whether you teach a semester or an academic year, GeoVisions has arranged extra 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 and teach in Thailand. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately if you teach for less than one year. 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 at Orientation.

  • Not included. When you arrive at your school to start teaching, 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.

  • 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.

  • Budget around $150 per month for food, depending on your standard of living.

    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.

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