Chiang Mai TEFL Course in Thailand

When you think of Thailand, do you think of the mountainous north? If so, our Chiang Mai TEFL Course in Thailand is the perfect option for you! In just three weeks at our state-of-the-art facility in the northern jewel of Chiang Mai, you’ll earn international recognition with our TEFL course in Thailand, and be placed in a position teaching English in Thailand shortly after.

Chiang Mai is an urban oasis, providing all the metropolitan charm of Bangkok but without the hassle, and with a picturesque landscape set amidst the lush mountains, where temples dot the city and a mote surrounds Old Town — there’s nothing you won’t love!


  • Job placement
  • Airport pick-up
  • 140-hours of instruction
  • 3 days teaching practicum (15 hours)
  • English Camp experience (5 hours)
  • Books & course materials
  • Resort accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Jungle trekking adventures
  • Thai immersion tours
  • Step-by-step assistance for all preparations
  • Ongoing support
  • Lifetime TEFL support


  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal expenses


Chiang Mai TEFL

$2,400 USD


Courses begin on the first Monday of each month.


  • January 8, 2018
  • February 5, 2018
  • March 5, 2018
  • April 2, 2018 – limited availability 
  • May 7, 2018
  • June 4, 2018
  • July 2, 2018
  • August 6, 2018
  • September 3, 2018
  • October 1, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • December 3, 2018

*apply 3-6 months in advance

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My time in Thailand has been truly incredible and this TEFL course has been amazing. Starting with the initial airport pick up and including everything after that, this experience has been truly incredible. And to think, this is just the beginning! Again, thank you for everything.”

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~Krystin Gutierrez, Chiang Mai TEFL Program (USA)


Course at a glance: 

  • 140-hour TEFL Certification Course including 15 hours of teaching practice and 5 hours of English camp
  • Intensive 3-week in-person training
  • Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Jungle trekking, elephant trekking, white water rafting all included
  • Tours of Doi Suthep temple, Hill tribes and Thai markets all included
  • Internationally Recognized
  • Approved and verified by Thailand Ministry of Education
  • Free job placement in Thailand (upon application approval)
  • Monthly salary dependent on qualifications

Advantages of the TEFL Course in Chiang Mai:

  • In-person training–students study in a 3-week, onsite course in Chiang Mai
  • Hands-on experience – students get 20 hours of practicum experience before entering the job market
  • Cultural Immersion –explore Chiang Mai and surrounding areas while getting your certification!
  • Worldwide recognition – an internationally recognized, 140-hour certification course, with graduates now teaching English around the world
  • Job Placement – Upon successful completion of the Chiang Mai TEFL Course, you’ll be placed directly into a school in Thailand and begin earning a salary! How cool is that?


Learn more about the country here. 

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Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai


Accommodation for the duration of the course is provided by Eco Resort Chiang Mai.

Located near the training center, Eco Resort has all the amenities you’ll desire — pool, gym, comfortable beds, free wifi, onsite coffee shop — and you can walk to and from the training center.

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Eco Resort Chiang Mai


Must have a fluency in English and an eagerness to learn about Thai culture.

Non-native speakers and those without a university degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may need to provide a video essay and an interview.

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The Chiang Mai Classroom


Please send your resume, copy of your diploma, a copy of your passport and a recent photo (a common request from schools in Thailand) to be considered!


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Teaching English in Thailand

My name is Joanne Hart and I have been teaching English in Thailand for 2months now but before I decided that Thailand was the place where I wanted to be for the next year of my life I spent a disproportionate amount of time online researching everything that I could about working here. As I am sure most of you are! After reading more than one horror story about multiple agencies I began to understand the term “ignorance is bliss” and started to wonder if working in Thailand really was a viable option. Fortunately for me I found Teach English ESL and Jessica.What I found unique about Teach English ESL is that Jessica has worked [in Thailand] and has done exactly what I am doing and what you are thinking about doing. She knows what she is talking about and can empathize with how it feels to leave the security of your home life and follow a dream. Jessica has been very supportive from that first ever email. Nothing has been too much trouble and she has answered all questions that I have had thoroughly and efficiently (and there were lots of questions!) I can honestly say that the professionalism of this site is a true reflection of the professionalism of the service that is provided by Teach English ESL.

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~Joanne Hart, Thailand Course (U.K.)

Read about Joanne’s experience teaching in Thailand here. 


How long are the teaching contracts? 

It depends on where you’re placed. After successful completion of the TEFL course, the agency will work to place you in a school, and your contract terms will be between you and the school. Usually contracts are either 5 months (one semester) or 10 months (one academic year), but it’s quite common for teachers to re-sign contracts and stay longer than the initial commitment.

What if I decide to extend my contract?

Assuming you successfully fulfilled your first contract, most schools will be more than happy to have you stay longer!

Does Teach English: ESL help with the visa process?

Yes! Once you’ve been accepted to join the team, we’ll guide you through the visa process. You’ll first apply for an extended tourist visa, and once you’re placed with a school, your employer will pay for your Non-B visa and work permit.

What if I don’t speak the local language?

No problem! Schools want fluent English speakers because they want the students to have an immersion language program, which means only English is spoken in the English classroom, all the time. The idea is to force students to use the language they already know, and not to rely on conversing with their English teacher in their native tongue. However, you may also be asked to participate in a cultural exchange with the Thai teachers, where they teach you Thai and you teach them English. You’ll find that knowing certain words/phrases will only make your job easier.

New Perk: The Chiang Mai Premium TEFL course includes a free 40-hour Thai language lessons!

What if I’m not a native speaker?

That’s okay, as long as you speak, read and write English fluently! You may still participate in our TEFL courses with job placement, though you’ll have a few more boxes to tick before the application process is complete. Alternatively, you could look into our Volunteer Thailand programs teaching young monks or children on the beach.

What if I’ve never taught English before?

No worries! The TEFL certification course will prepare you for teaching in Thai schools, and it will answer any questions you might have about Thai culture and what to expect in the classroom, but it might take you a couple days to get the hang of things. That’s okay. Schools want conversational English teachers, so if you can speak with the students you’re doing your job.

Do I get training?

Yes. That’s what the TEFL courses are all about. On top of the regular course curriculum with hands-on teaching practice, you’ll learn all about Thai culture and customs, what to expect in the school, living situations, etc. It’s also a chance to mingle with all the other foreign teachers from around the world, to swap lesson planning ideas over a few beers, or make plans for the holidays. This is also where you’ll find out where you’ll be placed to teach.

What if I don’t have a degree? 

That’s okay too, but you’ll likely start at a lower salary than degree holders (usually 25,000 Thai baht per month).

Will I be the only foreign teacher at my school?

Probably not. Almost all of our placements have at least one other foreign teacher on staff, and some have up to 12. However, even if there aren’t many foreign coworkers at your school, it’s almost guaranteed there will be others at a nearby school or somewhere in the town.

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?

Yes! It is slightly more difficult to place friends and couples together, but we can do our best to get you in the same city if not the same school. Applicants will have to submit their applications together, and each applicant should be sure to notify us of their intention to be placed together.

Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?

Yes. A staff member will pick you up at the Starbucks inside the arrival gate at the airport in Chiang Mai, as long as you inform us of your flight information.

Are flights included and booked for me?

No, flights are not included in the fee, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation to Bangkok. We’re happy to provide tips and suggestions though.

When should I book my flight?

You may book your flights once you’re accepted to the program and have paid your program fee.

What will my teaching schedule be like?

Most schools operate 07:30-16:00, but you’ll only be teaching 20-24 classroom hours. This means, you’ll have plenty of free time to lesson plan, read a book, make friends with your coworkers, etc.. The leniency of the school depends on your placement, but keep in mind that Thai culture in general is much more laid back than what you’re likely used to.

Do I teach the same students all week?

In most cases, you’ll have several classes that you see more than once a week, for 45 minutes to an hour each time.

How big are the classes?

Anywhere from 20 in a smaller school to 50 in a larger one.

Can I teach in the city/province of my choice?

You may submit your regional preference (ie north, south, etc.) for a teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request. Thai schools – your employer – make final hiring decisions based on their own individual preferences and requirements. From our experience, we know that flexibility is the key to having an enjoyable experience! Many teachers who thought they wanted to be placed in one town or city were actually very happy that they ended up being placed elsewhere. Please remember we will try our best, but we can not guarantee a specific location.

What am I supposed to wear to work?

Thais prefer a smart look. Black skirts and colorful blouses with heals are accepted with smiles. For the guys, kakhi pants and button-up shirts go over well. Every school will differ a little on dress code – some might even provide a shirt for you to wear on a certain day of the week – and it’s a good idea to overdress your first few days and then change your style based one what the Thai teachers are wearing. Girls – absolutely no shoulders (tank tops) or cleavage will be accepted anywhere. Guys and gals – be careful not to look like a backpacker. No sandals, flip flops or open-toed shoes. It won’t bode well in your favor.

Will the school provide a curriculum?

Some schools will provide plans for foreign teachers, but others won’t. There’s usually a room full of books, CDs and a computer for your use, if you want to print off worksheets to use. And, as part of your TEFL course, you’ll be given loads of lesson planning ideas, as well as a copy of the government curriculum to go by. Remember, you’re there for conversational English, so your goal is to get the students to practice the English they already know. You might want to help with pronunciation and teach a few new vocabulary words, but anything you want to do to get the class talking is perfectly acceptable.

When does the academic year begin in Thailand?

The first semester begins in May and ends in September. The second starts in November and ends in March. However, we can place teachers year-round.

When are the Thai holidays?

The month of October is a holiday, and so is mid-March – mid-May. October is often paid, but the summer (Mar – May) is not. Most people use this time to travel around Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia!

Is housing included? 
No, it’s not, but it’s very affordable. Accommodation will typically be Thai-style studio apartments with private bathrooms. Units usually include an A/C unit or fan, hot water, a double-sized bed and closet. Extra amenities like refrigerators or TVs can typically be rented from the landlord. Rental rates vary across the country, but anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 THB per month can afford you a decent place to live.

It’s typical that teachers will need to put down a deposit equal to one month’s rent in order to secure their accommodation with the landlord.

How do I pay my monthly rent?

You will pay your monthly rent in cash (Thai baht) directly to the landlord.

What if I can’t fulfill my contract?

We ask that you don’t sign a contract with a forethought of breaking it, but we understand that life sometimes gets in the way. If you have an emergency and need to return home, the school and Teach English: ESL will be supportive of your decision provided it is reasonable.

How will I get paid?

You’ll have help setting up a local Thai bank account with an ATM card, and your monthly checks will be directly deposited. 

Is it easy to send money home from Thailand?

Yes. Almost any bank can exchange your Thai baht into your native currency, and Western Unions are available almost everywhere to send money home. Many teachers send money home to pay student loans and other bills while they’re working in Thailand, and it’s relatively hassle free.

Should I bring a gift for my co-teachers?

It’s a great idea to bring a few small gifts with you for your co-teachers. It would be nice to bring something that represents where you are from. Common gifts are chocolates, wine, coffee mugs, t- shirts, etc. We also recommend bringing photos of your family and your hometown, and perhaps a map to share with the Thais who will undoubtedly be curious about your life back home.

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