Welcome to our complete guide to teaching English in Thailand.

What qualifications do I need?

In order to start teaching English in Thailand, you will need a bachelor degree (in anything) and you’ll need to be a native speaker of English. A TEFL certificate is not always required (,but highly recommended for the experience).

If you’re like me and like to be prepared beforehand, then I recommend myTEFL.com. Their online courses will get you prepared for your overseas teaching, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

How much will I be paid teaching English in Thailand?

Whilst some websites provide optimistic earning, between $900 – $3,500 per month, in truth the average falls on the lower end of that scale, with English teachers earning 35,000 Baht or $1,142 USD a month. Thankfully, the cost of living, also, isn’t much.

What’s it like teaching English in Thailand?

Thailand has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, and even though you wont be earning much, the low cost-of-living will allow you to save whilst working in this captivating country.

“Teaching in Thailand is great if you want to have a nice lifestyle and live in an exotic country, but don’t expect to make a fortune.”

-Joanna from The Blond Travels

Here’s 6 Things You Need to Know About Teaching English in Thailand

  1. You’re expected too dress professionally for work. That means knee-length skirts, no revealing tops or open-toed shoes, etc. For guys, it’s a short-sleeve, button-up shirt with dress pants.
  2. You need to bring the original copy of your degree. Copies will not suffice.
  3. To qualify you as a native speaker of English, you will need a passports from Canada, UK, USA, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. If you don’t have a passport from one of these countries, then you will need to prove your English proficiency with a valid TOEIC or IELTS result.
  4. Schools typically pay at the end of the month. You will need to open up a Thai bank account in order for them to direct deposit your income. You will need a work permit before you can open a bank account.
  5. You need a non-immigrant B or O visa to legally teach English in Thailand. Your employee will need to sponsor you.
  6. Nearly every school, if not all, offers a free cafeteria lunch.