Teach English Abroad In Thailand

Get Paid $900+ Each Month

The cost of living is low enough that on your salary, you can actually save money.

 

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Overview

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. Teach English In Thailand with GeoVisions Foundation and 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 caring, vibrant people. Come and learn why this country is often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Smiles.”

Fee

$1,569.

Duration

One academic year or one academic semester.

Visa

Not included. When time and location 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 location becomes an issue to obtain the Non-Immigrant B, an O visa will work.  During 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.  

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be native English speakers. If you are a non-native speaker, you must score a 76 or higher on the iTEP Conversation test to be considered.
  • Applicants must be from Australia, Belize, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA. Other countries are considered with the iTEP test, and the ability to obtain the necessary visa to work as a teacher in Thailand.
  • Ages 21 to 50.
  • Bachelors degree required.
  • Good mental and physical health.
  • No criminal record (with the exception of traffic or other minor violations)

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.

October 28, 2019 

April 27, 2020

May 25, 2020

October 26, 2020


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.

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Costs

$1,569

The fee you pay to teach in Thailand goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. 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

The contract will typically state that you need to be at the school from 7 am until 4 pm or 8 am to 5 pm. Teaching hours will be between 18-24 per week. Many schools might let you leave a reasonable amount of time after your last class (2:30/3:30 pm) but that is dependent on the school. Therefore, the contract will read 7am-4pm and 8am-5pm.

Earn a monthly salary of around $800 to $1100 (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.
  • One week of in-country orientation. Accommodation is included during this orientation along with activities and excursions.
  • Group dinner at orientation.
  • Guidance in applying for the Non-Immigrant B or O (legal working) visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and instructions.
  • Pre-departure support from our offices in Thailand.
  • Airport transfers from the airport to a local hotel. Transport from hotel to orientation location.
  • 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.
  • 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 your new school.
  • Accommodation, except during orientation.
  • Work Permit (approximately $100)
  • Meals
  • Insurance. 

Application Process

  • 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.
  • Obtain a non-immigrant B or ) visa from your home country before entering Thailand. Our team will provide guidance and documentation.
  • You will receive your placement during orientation.

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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.
  • Obtain a non-immigrant B or ) visa from your home country before entering Thailand. Our team will provide guidance and documentation.
  • You will receive your placement during orientation.

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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.
  • A short introductory video.

Am I eligible to apply?

Native English speakers from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or US.  Non-native speakers with a score of 76+ on the iTEP Conversation test.

 

 

The equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in any subject is also required.

 

 

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

  • Applicants must be native English speakers. If you are a non-native speaker, you must score a 76 or higher on the iTEP Conversation test to be considered.
  • Applicants must be from Australia, Belize, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA. Other countries are considered with the iTEP test, and the ability to obtain the necessary visa to work as a teacher in Thailand.
  • Bachelors degree.
  • Ages 21 to 50.
  • Good mental and physical health.
  • No criminal record (with the exception of traffic or other minor violations)

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. But it may be possible to have people placed in areas near each other.  

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, you will be picked up at the airport and brought to a local hotel, as long as you arrive within 4 days of the Monday start date.  One night at the hotel is included with the program fee.  

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.

Accommodations in your school community are not 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. School staff typically 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?

With consideration to visas, childcare (even during orientation), and schooling, it is not suggested to have children accompany you on this program. 

What is the likelihood of other teachers being in the same accommodation?

Depending on the school and location, there may be other teachers in the area.  No teacher will be required to share a room.

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?

Placements will be provided while at orientation.  Please note, if a teacher is confirmed on this program, he/she will always be provided a school placement!

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 may 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!  Modest dress is required at schools.  You will be provided with suggested packing list.

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.

How much will I be paid to teach in Thailand?

Teachers earn approximately US$800-1200/month.  This is considerably more than local Thai teachers earn.  And it should more than cover monthly living expenses in Thailand. 

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 provide guidance 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 may be able to secure a job. 

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.

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Will there be orientation when I arrive in Thailand?

Yes! There is a 5-day orientation before you begin your teaching contract.  Your fee includes accommodation and airport service during this course.  An introduction to Thailand including basic Thai, group outings, and information needed while in Thailand is included. 

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?

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.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

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.

What Our Teachers Say (Click to see all reviews on GoAbroad.com)

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Thailand is an incredible country, and through my program I had an amazing opportunity to gain experience teaching and provide a wide range of English skills to my students. As long as you have an open mind, and aren't afraid of occasionally feeling awkward with not only a language barrier, but a cultural barrier, there's no shortage of new experiences and adventures you can have! During my time here, I found most Thai people are appreciative of the fact that you're putting in the effort to even learn the language. A great way to help you learn about your host country is by visiting the many beautiful temples. I have done this in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok and felt it helped me to understand the rich culture and history of Thailand. I have had incredible support from the beginning of my program, from teaching strategies to feeling safe exploring on my own. During my free time I have even been able to attend music festivals and visit Pai, Khao Yai, down south on the islands. There's certainly no shortage of adventure in Thailand!

Kara B., 2018

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"Like most recent college graduates, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated. While all my friends were applying for ""real jobs"", I decided to take the less traditional route and move to Thailand. When deciding what program I should go through, I just googled ""teach abroad in Thailand"", applied to about five programs, and crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Geovisions was the first program to get back to me and after speaking to them on the phone I was sold. They help you with literally everything and answer any questions that you may have at any time. I still feel super well taken care of even though I'm currently half way across the country.The first month of the program was spent in Hua Hin completing a TESOL course and cultural orientation. I highly recommend taking the TESOL course in person rather than online. There are three other foreign teachers at my school and let's just say that I was the most prepared in terms of what to expect out of Thai schools. Completing the TESOL course in person also gives you a really strong support system of people who get what you're going through. It's such a reassuring feeling to know that at the end of a really bad (or good!) day, you have a group of people who you can reach out to, vent about your frustrations, or just have a normal conversation with in English. It also makes traveling cheaper because you have plenty of people you can stay with all around Thailand.Thinking back on my experience, I wouldn't have wanted to do it any other way. Geovisions really helps you out with everything and I'm so happy that I went through them :)"

Amanda N., 2019

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I know it sounds clichÌ:copyright: but this was truly one of the best decisions I've made so far. This has been the most challenging, rewarding, and eye-opening experience and I've loved every second of it. There are definitely times where things were a little bumpy, but they were just that. A LITTLE bumpy. However I have a great support network, and there are tons of people I know I can reach out to if anything were to go wrong. Geovisions made the process leading up to getting to Thailand as smooth as possible and they put up with all my silly questions graciously and put my mind at ease. I recommend to anyone that wants a new experience that they just go for it. I don't mean to make moving to a foreign country and starting a new life sound like a breeze because it is by no means a job for the faint hearted, but if you're up for a challenge I promise you wont regret it.

Rachel 2018

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I would say to take it easy and not have expectations. The Thais are very laid-back and last minute with their planning, so it would be difficult to feel comfortable if you must have every hour planned out every day.

Emily, 2018

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I've been teaching in Northeastern Thailand for a year, and every day it seems like it just keeps getting better and better.There are lots of challenges of course, especially when you first start teaching at your school, but that should be expected. I teach at a public high school, and everyone at the school loves my girlfriend and I. Our hours are very fair, and we get paid enough to live comfortably in Thailand.Geovisions always answered all of our questions promptly, helped us get all of our visa paperwork sorted, and got us connected with an awesome TESOL agency in Hua Hin, called Xploreasia. My girlfriend and I were a little nervous putting our faith in a company we read about on the internet, but we got our TESOL degree, some volunteer experience, and a job within 50 days of being in Thailand.This program far exceeds all my expectations, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is ready for this kind of adventure."

Justin, 2018