Welcome to our FAQs! We’ve put together the best answers to the questions that most baffle our beloved ThaiJobbers. If your question isn’t answered here then please feel free to drop by our office, get in touch with us by phone or email or swing by our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Does ThaiJobs help with the visa process?
Yes! We will put you in touch with a Visa Agent who will help you to organize the documents you need in order to get a 12 month renewable Education Visa for Thailand. If you are able to complete this process in your home country rather than initiating the process once you arrive in Thailand, this will allow you to enter Thailand on an Education Visa rather than a tourist visa, which will negate the need to do a visa run. For any more information on this, don’t hesitate to ask the team.
Do I qualify for a Work Permit?
If you are a Native English speaking EFL Teacher with a Degree you will. However unfortunately, if the previous sentence is not you, you will not normally qualify for a Work Permit. However, do not let this deter you. It is estimated that over 60% of EFL teachers are teaching in Thailand without a Business (B1) Visa and Work Permit. Most of these Teachers are in Thailand on the 12 month, renewable, Education Visa.
What can I expect in the way of salary?
You can expect around 27,000 – 36,000 Thai Baht per month for the months that you are teaching (£495-£600 at current exchange rates). Please note- the cost of living is much lower in Thailand than in the West so your money goes a long way, plus your salary is more than 3x that of what a Thai teacher would be paid. Teachers can supplement their salaries by working as private English Tutors in the evenings/on Weekends or by working in English camps during the school holidays.
How do I go about finding accommodation at my placement school?
The staff at your placement school are very happy to help you source suitable accommodation that is clean and located in a safe neighbourhood near your school. On some of our programmes, accommodation is included rent free, on others you may also receive an allowance to cover your accommodation costs.
Am I guaranteed a paid teaching placement?
You will receive up to 3 arranged interviews and we guarantee that you will receive at least one placement offer. Currently there is a large shortage of EFL Teachers in Thailand and most of our graduates receive multiple placement offers.
Will there be other foreign teachers at my school?
In almost all cases, yes! The exception is where a teacher requests to be placed in a school where there are no other foreign teachers. We typically have 2 – 5 of our teachers in any one school. Thailand is also a popular destination for ex-pats so there is usually a lively social scene even in the smaller cities and towns.
How will my teaching schedule work?
The school day in Thailand starts around 8AM and goes through until 3.30PM or 4PM (Monday-Friday). Actual classes start around 9AM so normally you’ll have an hour or so to prepare the day’s lessons before you start teaching. Classes are normally between 40 and 50 minutes and the foreign teacher would teach around 4 classes per day. This would usually mean teaching two classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon.
Do I always teach the same class?
You would normally teach each class in the school once a week. If it’s a big school, you might be responsible for teaching a particular year group and so would teach each class from that year group once a week.
How big are the classes?
Class size can vary quite considerably in Thailand. Some schools have a special English program and class size for these schools is relatively small. It’s not unusual to teach four or five students per class where this type of program is offered. The other end of the scale is the schools where no separate English program is assigned in which case classes can vary from between 25 and 40 students.
What do I need to wear to work?
Thai’s favour a smart appearance for teachers, so the usual work attire would be a shirt, tie and trousers for the guys and skirt and blouse for the girls with closed toe shoes in both cases.
Will the school have a curriculum?
Some schools will provide you with a curriculum and materials to teach from. Others will expect you to design your own lesson plans. We will offer you a lot of guidance with respect to this topic during your orientation program. There are usually internet facilities at the schools for printing off lesson plans and other teaching materials.
When does the Thai school year start?
The Thai school year starts with term one in May and term two is in November. Please note that from mid 2014 onwards the Thai school year will start later than in previous years.
When are the holidays?
The months of April and October are school holiday periods. These periods are normally unpaid, however, it’s easy to find extra work such as English camps during these months (as pictured below).
Can I extend my contract at the school?
Yes! You will initially choose a contract length of 5 months (1 semester) or 12 months (2 semesters). If you are unsure of whether you would like a long or short contract there is no harm in selecting a 5 month contract to see if you enjoy your placement as much as we know you will. As soon as you know you would like to stay longer with your placement school, let us know. We, and our partner schools, welcome teachers to stay longer than the 5 or 12 month contract that they initially selected.
How will I get paid?
As part of your Education Visa benefits you are allowed to have a Thai bank account. Your Ed Visa representative will help you set this up and then you will be paid electronically, in Thai Baht, into this bank account every month.