Take 5 weeks this summer to teach in Thailand ... and receive a cash stipend!
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 cash stipend.
5 weeks in Thailand…
Perfect for summer vacation for a classroom teacher
Become a summer paid teacher in Thailand with GeoVisions. Spending 5 weeks (including orientation) teaching in Thailand 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 10 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.
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.
- Yes! While we may not be able to place you in the same town or school, with enough time we can get you close!
- 5 weeks, including orientation.
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. The stipend is provided at the end of your program. You will not receive National Health insurance, but you will have sickness and accident insurance from GeoVisions (US citizens only). 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 $750 paid at the end of the program. So do come prepared to pay your rent and food in advance of your first stipend payment. 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 your time there.
How does the application process work for the summer program?
- To apply, you must complete the online application and submit the required documents.
- Once your application has been submitted, your Operations Coordinator will provide you with a list of documents required for the program.
- We will then submit your completed application to our Thailand office for approval.
- Within 1-2 weeks after we send the documents to Thailand, you’ll know if you’re accepted to the program.
What documents are required to apply?
- Your completed online application.
- A color copy of your passport.
- A reference list.
- Copy of your degree, transcripts, or a letter of expected completion if you haven’t graduated.
- Criminal Record Check.
- Any certificates related to teaching (ex: TEFL/TESOL, First Aid, Teaching Certification, etc)
- A photo of you.
Am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:
- Native English speaker.
- Age 21+.
- Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
- TEFL/TESOL Certification strongly preferred but not required, especially if you are a classroom teacher.
- Teaching experience, if you are not-yet graduated, your required student-teaching for certification is also acceptable.
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 apply with a friend or spouse?
It is more difficult to place friends and couples in the same school. Since this is a shortened summer placement, we do have friends who do come together and we are able to place them near one another.
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.
Will there be orientation when I arrive in Thailand?
Yes! There is a 2-day 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.
Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?
Yes, a staff member will pick you up from the airport as long as you arrive anytime before 7 PM the day before orientation begins. 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.
How will I get from orientation to my placement?
You will have assistance arranging your transportation and travel plans by bus or train to your placement.
Is housing included?
You will receive a stipend at the end of your program that can offset your rent as you would in your home country. School 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?
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.
What is the length of a contract?
The length of your initial contract is 4 weeks.
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!
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.
Excellent travel insurance is provided by GeoVisions as part of your program.
How much will I be paid to teach in Thailand?
For summer only teaching placements, teachers will be provided approximately US$600-720/month as a “thank you gift” from the school at the end of your teaching position. You are technically a volunteer teacher that will receive a stipend at the end of the program since these positions are for teachers with teaching experience.
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 thank you gift from the school as possible. We provide a formal orientation, starting when we pick you up at the airport. You will learn survival Thai language. You will meet other teachers just like you the day you arrive. 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.
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 in the same town.
- 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 placed much more easily than those who do not (and it is also possible that they may be provided a higher stipend based on their qualifications). Most applicants are accepted within about 3 weeks of making application to GeoVisions.This program accepts only native English speakers who are current classroom teachers, recent Education graduates, or have other teaching experience.
GeoVisions has screened all jobs and schools and provides all of the benefits listed below for the Placement Fee:
- Two-days of 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. You will also receive a ½ day of actual classroom teaching before you head to your new school.
- Your teaching placement.
- Survival Thai language lessons.
- 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.
- Teaching assignment with a screened school along with a “thank you” fee provided by the school at the end of the 4 weeks of teaching.
- Local airport pickup is provided if you arrive between 7 am – 7 pm on the day prior to 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 for US citizens.
- 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.
For summer 2018:
Session 1: June 3 to July 6
Session 2: July 1 to August 3.
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. Breakfast and two lunches are included.
Orientation for these two sessions are in Bangkok. You will travel to your summer placement from Bangkok.
Native English speakers only. All classes are taught in English.
Beginning Thai during orientation.
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 the local airport if teachers arrive between 7 am – 7 pm. The cost is included in the program 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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