Thailand - TEFL Course and Paid Teaching
Join this project and experience the real Thailand - the culture, the sights, and the amazing friendliness and warmth of the people. This program includes a weekend adventure in Bangkok, a 2-week teacher training (includes TEFL course), and then a paid placement to teach English in central Thailand.
|Location of Project||Around Singburi, Thailand|
|Project Length||Minimum 6 months (maximum is up to you)|
|Volunteer Work||Paid teaching after TEFL and cultural training|
|Age||21 - 45|
|Accommodation||Single gender shared rooms|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Training||Full TEFL and cultural training|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival day (Fridays)|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Visa Documents||We will provide you with visa-supporting documents|
|Orientation||Weekend tour of Bangkok upon arrival|
What's Not Included
Singburi is 142 kms north of Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The volunteer camp is located on the riverside in the village of Tha-Kham, near the small cities of Singburi and Tha-chang. There are several temples in the area, some of which are quite well known. You can find banks and internet access in either of the neighboring cities, which are both about 15 minutes away by car.
The local people of Singburi live near the river on both sides. Singburi has many beautiful temples to visit: Wat Phra Non Jaksi Woravihan is a royal temple in the third class. The Singburi province houses local temples, museums, and various places of interest; it is a treasure trove for Thai culture!
In Singburi you will find all the amenities you could need including internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks, and restaurants.
About the Program
Teachers in Thailand are very highly regarded. The relationship with fellow teachers and students often spreads its wings outside of school hours. A former participant had this to say about teaching in Thailand:
"I was amazed at the extent to which schools in Thailand resemble a family unit. It is so unlike Europe, where outside of standard school hours people are just individuals. My fellow teachers invited me out for meals, constantly brought me snacks during the day, and in the beginning would call me every single night to see how i was settling in. I would advise anybody looking for a cultural experience to teach in Thailand. It reflects the friendliness, warmth of harmony of the people, and culture alike."
This program is a wonderful way to experience the real Thailand, immerse in Thai culture, and make friends with Thai people.
Monthly salary: a foreign teacher with a TEFL certificate can expect a monthly salary of between 300 and 500 euro (15,000 – 25,000 Baht), based on a workload of 20 -30 hours per week.
You will begin your Thai adventure in a fun Bangkok weekend, in which you will have a chance to experience the capital of Thailand; the cycle & boat tour takes you through both intense metropolitan areas and beautiful green gardens. You will also have some free time to experience the shopping and nightlife.
After your time in Bangkok you will start your 2-week training:
You will learn about the Siam culture, and gain more understanding of Thai customs, history, culture and religion.
Next you will start your TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. In order to help you become a confident teacher you will learn about how to teach students English as a foreign language from an experienced teacher. The training will be focused on how to manage a class, what to teach, and how to conduct oneself in the Thai classroom. Through this training you will also learn more about the Thai culture, but in a different way.
To complete your teacher training, you will take part in Culture Training for Foreign Teachers. As per Thai law all foreign teachers must sit for a 3 day course with an exam on the last day.
After your orientation and training, you will begin your paid placement in a school in Central Thailand.
Accommodation during training: during the 2 week training you will stay at the volunteer camp near the small city of Singburi.
The houses there are walking distance to the local villages of Tha Kham or Tha Chang, where you can find ATM’s, a pharmacy, a doctor, convenience stores, and local food markets. All houses have single-gender shared rooms with 2 bunk beds (maximum 4 people per room). Private rooms can be arranged for an additional cost. The houses sleep from 30 to 72 people. All rooms have a private, western-style toilet and shower where the water is always nice and cool – very refreshing in the heat. The doors and windows are screened (to protect you from mosquitoes). There are fans in the rooms.
These houses are situated about 8 to 15 km from the town of Singburi, and it takes 10 to 15 minutes to get there by car. In Singburi you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks, and restaurants.
For your valuables, we have lockers available. We strongly encourage you to use them, even though our houses are generally very safe.
Accommodation during teaching placement: volunteers will stay in accommodations arranged by their specific school placement. Some schools cover the cost of these accommodations for their teachers, where others may take a small amount from your paycheck to cover the cost of these accommodations.
Food: All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes.
Internet: WiFi is available in all the volunteer houses (during training).
Laundry: There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand, or pay a local to do it for you.
- Minimum age 21, maximum age 45
- Previous teaching experience is preferable but not necessary
- University degree
- Native speaker or equivalent English ability
- Police clearance
- CV and at least one reference