Paid teaching jobs
If you have signed up for the Premium program or purchased placement separately then placement is guaranteed upon completion of the course. Entrust TEFL is proudly one of the few TEFL companies in Thailand that “really” places their graduates directly after graduation.
Placement is not always easy, especially when factors like nationality, educational status, ethnicity and age play a role. But we have successfully found and facilitated teaching positions for all our graduates, even though we only guarantee positions for degree holding TEFL students. It gives us great satisfaction to see our graduates employed, putting their skills to use and start earning an income as a foreign language teacher. We can honestly say that in Thailand there is no shortage of teaching jobs. We will empower you, encourage you and help you – and then the rest of your adventure is up to you!
Where would I typically be placed as a teacher?
Our graduates are placed nationwide by our network of schools and agents. We cannot guarantee a level or location of your placement however we will try our best to meet your requests. If you arrived on the “buddy deal” which means that we will place you and your buddy at the same school or at least close enough to live together during your teaching placement. The chart on the right is where most of our graduates were placed in 2016.
What is the typical process?
- Sign up for the Premium Program or purchase placement separately
- The second week of the course you will be receiving job offers from potential employers
- Speak to your potential employers in person or via Skype to make your decision
- The third week of the course you will finalize your placement by picking the one that suits you best
- Directly after graduation, head to your school and start earning an income as an ESL teacher
What is the difference between rural and beach placements?
Most everyone that attends the course want to teach on or near a beach however creates a problem as these locations become extremely competitive for foreigners wanting to live and work there. Most of these coastal beach towns are created for tourism thus the cost of living is extremely high for a teacher earning Thai baht and since the demand is so high with so many applicants are going for the same jobs salaries are reduced lower than what can be expected. So what often happens is people find jobs in these areas, but with the cost of living is higher and salaries lower they don’t earn enough to enjoy their time off. This scenario is usually the exact opposite to what people are looking for.
The opposite is true for somewhat rural to rural areas as the cost of living is extremely low and the salaries are higher as they value you as a teacher and want to keep you at the school. This will give you more money to go to those beach locations on the weekends and have money to enjoy yourself.
Once you arrive at your new school either the agent or someone from the school will take you around to look for an apartment. You can expect a normal Thai apartment will have a western toilet, Air conditioning, hot water, a refrigerator, a TV and available Wi-Fi.
I would recommend that you rent something suitable on a monthly basis first so that you can talk to the other foreign teachers at your school to see where they are living and take the time to explore and find a place that perfectly suits you. The typical rent for a furnished apartment or the rent on a unfurnished three bedroom two bathroom house would rent for 2,500 Thai baht ($75) – 6,500 Thai baht ($190). Homes or apartments with a western kitchen, swimming pool, or other western conveniences are considered luxury so if this is something you can’t live without then expect to pay at least 25,000 Thai baht ($750) per month.
The typical starting salaries for teachers in Thailand depend on a couple factors, as to which type of school, where the school is located, your nationality and educational status however the amount of salary you receive will be more than efficient to live a comfortable life in Thailand. As you gain valuable teaching experience both your job prospects and teaching salary will grow.
Non-degree holders 25,000 – 30,000
Degree holders 30,000 – 35,000
Teaching contracts and terms?
Teaching contracts in Thailand are fairly standard and require you to be present during school hours, which is usually 7:30AM – 4:00PM Monday through Friday. Teaching contracts depend greatly on the school and agents as to the need they have for teachers. The two main types of contracts given are either a one term contract or a year contract. A one term contract will not provide salary during the school term breaks of October and April, however the one year contract will provide a salary during those breaks.
The first teaching term in Thailand is May – September and the second teacher term is November – March, but even though the largest intakes coincide with these term start dates such as April and October we still place teachers year around.
Teacher dress code?
A teacher in Thailand is a professional job so you must also dress and act like a professional. Males generally dress business casual with slacks, dress shirt and tie. Females generally wear a dress or skirt, blouse and closed toe shoes. It would be best if you brought teaching clothes with you to Thailand, but if not there are plenty of western malls (and sizing) to find pretty much anything you need.
If you are of normal build and size you can pretty much shop any shopping center for clothes. If you are looking for great deals on garments then you can always visit your local China town or if in Bangkok then you should go to Baiyoke where you can find dress shirts as low as 50 Thai baht ($1.50) each.
Your teacher salary and typical expenses
Monthly income: 25,000-35,000 THB starting salary
Rent: 2,500THB – 8,000THB
Electricity: 1.8THB – 8THB per unit
Weekend meals and drinks: 500THB per day
- Rent and utilities: 8,000THB Per Month (max)
- Food and weekend drinks: 8,000THB Per Month
- Misc. entertainment: 2,000THB Per Month
(Miscellaneous entertainment is up to you, but shouldn’t require more than 2,000THB a month.)
Total Living Expenditure Per Month:11,200THB – 18,000THB
Total Savings Per Month: 13,800THB (non-degree holder) – 23,800THB (degree holder)
This is living like a Rock Star as the average income in Thailand for Thai people is Approximately 8,500 Thai baht per month!!