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!
WHAT YOU GET:
- 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
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Personal expenses
Courses begin on the first Monday of each month.
- January 8, 2018 limited availability
- 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
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.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your resume, copy of your diploma, a copy of your passport and a recent headshot (a common request from schools in Thailand) to be considered!
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.”
~Krystin Gutierrez, Chiang Mai TEFL Program (USA)
Do I need to speak Thai?
Nope! The schools want this to be an English immersion experience for the students, so no Thai spoken in the classroom. However you will get a Thai language course as part of your TEFL course if you want to learn some basics.
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.
What if I’ve never traveled abroad?
No problem. This program is perfect for the first-time traveling teacher.
How long are the teaching contracts?
It depends on when you start and where you’re placed. After successful completion of the TEFL course, our partners will work to place you in a school, and your contract terms will ultimately be between you and the school. Most teachers are simply asked to complete the term they start in, so if you start mid-term your commitment could be as little as 2-3 months or as much as 5 months (a full semester). A few schools will ask for a one-year commitment. Just let the team know what you’re open to and keep in mind that 95% of our teachers decide to re-sign contracts and stay longer than they initially planned.
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!
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 appropriate visa process.
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.
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.
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. After you book your flight, just send us the details and we’ll arrange pickup.
Are flights included and booked for me?
No, flights are not included in the tuition, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation. 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 made your tuition deposit.
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?
Usually between 20-30 students.
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. We work with schools all over the country, and it depends on which schools have a need for teachers at the time of your course graduation. However, it’s just as much in our interest as yours to make you happy!
What am I supposed to wear to work?
Thais prefer a smart look. Black skirts and colorful blouses with heels or close-toed flats are accepted with smiles. For the guys, slacks or dress 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.
Is housing included?
It’s included for the duration of the three-week course, but after that it’s your responsibility. Housing in Thailand is 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?
In most cases, 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?
In most cases, you’ll have help setting up a local Thai bank account with an ATM card, and your monthly checks will be directly deposited. Some schools pay in cash.
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.