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10 tips to land a teaching job in Thailand

The article below was originally posted a few years back on Bukisa, a website where you can write and earn from your articles. The list was based on my personal observations and experiences in the kingdom.

Some of them might now be considered outdated since I wrote it nearly eight years ago. Therefore, if you think something needs to be added or deleted, please let me know.
Sapanteesam School

Education in Thailand is a very lucrative business that drive both government and private schools to hire foreign teachers; which in turn, drive parents who are willing to pay huge sums of money for their kids to be enrolled particularly in an English Program.
Here, you will be dealing with lots of students who can't speak, read, or even write their names in English. 

As a teacher, it can be a mixture of fun, stressful, and frustrating moment at the same time. But the experience is absolutely worth remembering.
Anyway, if you are thinking of pursuing a teaching career in Thailand, you might want to follow the 10 basic tips I firmly believe can help you.

Me teaching the staff at Naresuan University's Faculty of Engineering

1. Prepare a neat and presentable resume with a cover letter and send it to employers advertising at ajarn.com and ajarnjobspace.com. If there's a phone number, call it at once. You can also join Facebook groups for teachers where job offers are being posted everyday.
2. Check your email and respond to inquiries.
3. Securing a mobile phone with a Thai sim card for schools to contact you and vice versa is a must. You can get cheap phones anywhere in the land of smiles.
4. Hit the pavement and bring copies of your resume and other important documents related to the post being applied for such as TEFL, TOEIC and the like. This will give you a big chance of talking to school directors or department heads responsible for hiring teachers. I recommend this approach because you'll know the result of your application before you call it day.
5. Of course before visiting them, have your clothes ironed first. You won't like them looking at your shirt while having an interview, right? (coat and tie, much preferable)
6. Prepare a lesson plan for possible teaching demonstration.
7. Speak slowly, some Thai people need to digest your first word before hearing the next one.
8. Be all smiles. After all, this is the "Land of Smiles." And smiles can get you somewhere.
9. Don't accept or sign the contract of the first job that comes along (unless you've been unemployed for sooo long), some schools might give you a much better offer. It happened to me :)
10. Finally, always act professionally. Teaching is a profession and requires a professional attitude.
Teaching both staff and students at Pibulsongkram Rajabaht University
By following these steps, landing a teaching job in Thailand is possible. At least you have these steps to help you push through. Good luck!

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August 14, 2015 at 12:01 PM delete

Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

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Khon Philippine

I'm a full time travel and tourism lecturer at a university in the north who also loves blogging during my spare time. I blog about news particularly in Thailand, personal travel stories, and anything under the sun.