positions open for 2019 Session Two.
July 5 to August 9
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.
Go teach abroad this summer as a paid English 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 15 positions each intake fill each year. Since we use rolling admissions, you will want to secure a position as soon as possible.
Go beyond the beaten path and experience Thailand the way no tourist ever could … even for five short weeks. 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”.
5 weeks, including orientation.
Not included. Teachers enter on the "O" 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 in advance.
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:
For summer 2019:
Session 1: June 4 to July 5
Session 2: July 1 to August 2
The fee you pay to teach in Thailand in the summer goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe school. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation for orientation, some meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, supported by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. 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.
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.
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:
Native English speaker.
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.
Be certain you pack to bring with you:
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.
You may submit your preferences for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request.
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.
You will have assistance arranging your transportation and travel plans by bus or train to your placement.
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.
You will pay your monthly rent directly to the landlord.
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.
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.
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.
When possible, GeoVisions will provide you with information in advance of your departure from your home country.
The length of your initial contract is 4 weeks.
Placements are made in Kindergartens, Primary, and Secondary schools.
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.
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.
The maximum will be 50 but the average will be 20-35 students.
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.
Not officially or formally. But for anyone who wants to learn Thai, you will find everyone around you more than helpful and encouraging!
Think lightweight fabrics, as it gets very hot and humid in 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.