Getting Placed & Working at a School

Teaching Placement, Salary & Work Schedule Information

Can you explain the placement process and am I guaranteed a paid teaching placement?

You will receive up to 3 arranged interviews for paid teaching placements lasting 3 to 5 or up to 12 months. Contracts are renewable by mutual consent. Interviews normally take place in the days following the conclusion of the Teacher Orientation seminar. We guarantee that you will receive at least one placement offer. Currently there is a shortage of EFL Teachers in Thailand and most of our participants receive multiple placement offers. It is important to note that you will need to be able to support yourself financially pending confirmation of your placement and before you receive your first month’s salary. Schools normally pay salaries once per month in arrears.

Do I qualify for a Work Permit?

As a native English speaker with a degree and acceptable TEFL/TESOL certification you will qualify for a Work Permit.

What can I expect in the way of salary?

As a native English speaker EFL/ESL instructor you can expect to earn a minimum of 30,000 Thai Baht per month which includes a built-in accommodation allowance of 3,000 Thai Baht per month. (this is more than twice the salary paid to a Thai teacher).

How will I be paid?

Your school will help you set up a bank account.

When does the Thai school year begin?

Term one begins in early May and term two begins in early November.

How will my teaching schedule work?

The school day in Thailand starts around 8am and ends around 3:30pm or 4pm. Classes are normally between 40 and 50 minutes and you would teach approximately 18-22 hours per week. The work week is Monday to Friday.

When are the school holidays?

The months of April and October are school holiday periods. These months are normally unpaid; however, it’s easy to find extra work such as teaching at English camps during these months. You will work through the Christmas period but you will normally have a 6-8-day break starting around December 28th to celebrate the New Year. There are also many public holidays in Thailand.