Teach In Thailand For A Year

Teach In Thailand For A Year

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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 for a year with GeoVisions and those opportunities are woven into the fabric of your daily life.

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GeoVisions provides several opportunties to teach in Thailand based on your available time commitment.  If you find this program won’t work for you, press the Help Me Decide button on the left to see other opportunities to get paid to teach in Thailand.  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.

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Native English-speakers are highly respected in schools and in the community. If you watch the quick video by one of our former teachers, One Life – Go Teach In Thailand by clicking the red button on the left, you will see just how respected English teachers are in Thailand.  Just hover over the Playlist and choose that video.  It’s the 3rd one down on the list.

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”.

  • Are you between the ages of 20 and 50? Thailand has proven to be a popular destination for native English speakers interested in teaching full time in Thai schools.  If you have a year to give to a Thai community, we have a good paying job.

    Bachelor Degree (minimum) required with at least one year of teaching experience.
    Your degree must be in Education, Science, Math or English.

    You must choose the intake for October 3, 2016.

    Orientation is in Chiang Mai and school placements are in Northern Thailand.  Your pay will be around $900 a month and your accommodation is provided and paid for by the school. There will be around a $600 bonus when you finish your year of teaching.

  • Teaching English in Thailand for a full year 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 with a degree in Education and you’re having trouble finding a job … we have hundreds.  And we need you!  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.
  • 1 academic year.
  • $2,079
  • 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!

    How Much Do I Really Make?

How does the application process work?

  • 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, you’ll know if you’re accepted to the program.

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:

  • Native English speaker.
  • BA/BS degree in any field.
  • Age 20-50. (If you’re over 50 … we should still talk.)
  • Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand.
  • TEFL/TESOL Certification strongly preferred.

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.

Participants can opt to take an Online Professional TESOL Course or check into a local TEFL or TESOL course.

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 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.

Will there be orientation when I arrive in Thailand?

Yes! There is a 7-day orientation in Chiang Mai.  Your fee includes accommodation during this course as well as the orientation and local tours with the group.

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’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)

Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?

Yes, a staff member will pick you up 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 Thailand.

How will I get from orientation to my placement?

We will arrange your transportation and travel plans by bus or train to your placement.

Is housing included?

Yes. 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. You may even live in an apartment on campus.  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.

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.

Life in Thailand

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.

All first-time teachers will receive guidance upon arriving at their host school in terms of a pick-up, help finding an accommodation, settling into the school, and learning about teacher expectations. Most teachers do not have Thai assistant teachers in the classroom but our partner organization prepares you to be able to teach without this assistance and to adapt to living and working in a Thai community.

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!

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.

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. 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 academic year (10 months).

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 22-25 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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

GeoVisions accepts only native English speakers for Teach in Thailand.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • 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

  • August 31, 2016 is the deadline for applications in 2016.

    The program will begin October 15 (you must be in Chiang Mai on that date for orientation.)

  • You teach Monday through Friday for around 25 hours each week.

  • INCLUDED.  7-days.

    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.

  • 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.  If you’re over 50, give us a call and we’ll talk.

  • The locations vary depending on the school placement. Positions are available in Northern Thailand with our headquarters in Chiang Mai.

  • Not included.  Arrive Chiang Mai.

  • 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 your safety are paramount to GeoVisions. Access to medical treatment keeps you safe, healthy and participating on the program.

    Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance is included for US citizens as long as you are on the program.

    Under the current insurance laws in the United States, we are unable to insure participants outside the US on our policy, which we have obtained from Travel Guard. However, if you live outside the US we hope you will still participate with us. You will need to scan your proof of insurance and send it to us.

    Yeah. We know. These laws make no sense to us either.

  • Included from airport in Chiang Mai to hotel in Chiang Mai. The cost is included in the placement fee.

  • Not included.

  • Accommodation is included during Orientation and during the entire time you are teaching.

  • Not included. Budget around $150 per month for food, depending on your standard of living.

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