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Overview

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 overseas 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.”

Fee

$1,299

Duration

One academic year or one academic semester.

Visa

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.

Start 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.

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Costs

$1,299.

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The fee you pay to teach in Thailand goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, 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, supported 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 can be deducted as a charitable donation. Also, ask your tax preparer about moving costs and if you can deduct those as well.

Salary And Benefits

This is teaching position in Thailand that involves teaching English in a real classroom in a real school. You will earn a full time teaching salary.

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.

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.

What's Included

  • Job Placement. When you receive confirmation from our office, 100% of the time our teachers are placed in a teaching job.
  • 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.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • 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. Group dinner the first night of arrival. Accommodation during orientation and breakfast daily.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Transportation to orientation and to your new school.
  • Accommodation.
  • Work Permit (approximately $100)
  • Lunch and dinner during orientation.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

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?

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.

 

 

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 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.

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?

Accommodation is included during Orientation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can I bring pets?

No!

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.

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.

Can I apply 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.

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.

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.

Will there be orientation when I arrive in Thailand?

Yes! There is a 3-day orientation before you begin your teaching contract.  Your fee includes accommodation, breakfast and airport service during this course. We also include a 1/2 day of practice teaching in a local school with actual school children during orientation.

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

Will I sign a contract and what is the length of the 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.

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 about food? What's included and what do I budget?

During Orientation, Breakfast is included.

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.

What do I do about my student loans?

Many of the teach abroad programs GeoVisions operates pay more than enough to take care of your student loans. Some pay enough to live comfortably, but depending on your monthly loan payment, it could be close.

GeoVisions will work with you to provide official documents from your school and from GeoVisions. But ultimately, it's going to come down to the loan provider to make the final determination.

Many participants end up putting their loans on forbearance if their salary doesn't leave them enough funds to cover their loans.

The teach abroad programs that pay the most and where teachers have consistently been able to stay current on student loans are in Taiwan, South Korea and in some instances, China.

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You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Thai since you're now living as a local and helping your community and students realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in Thailand and you're ahead of the game.

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