Essential Resources for TEFL in Thailand

Thailand is an amazing country to teach English as a foreign language. I worked in Bangkok for seven months and had a great time. Check out my blogs on my TEFL Thailand page. In the meantime here are some essential resources to help you to do a course, get a job, and travel in Thailand.

Courses
Check out the courses on i-to-i for internationally recognised combined and online TEFL courses.

GoAbroad has a list of almost 60 TEFL Certificate Course Programs.

Cactus has a list of seven CELTA TEFL courses in Bangkok, Chang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket.

This link by Teach English Worldwide might be titled ‘TEFL courses in Peru’ but it’s for Thailand.

This is a new site for me. TITC The International TEFL Corporation have courses in Phuket.

Have a look at The English Club has a great list of TEFL courses in Thailand. Photo by denniswong.

Finding a job
Best job board in the land for TEFL jobs: tefl.com.

Dave’s ESL cafe has an extensive list of jobs in Thailand too.

ESL Employment has a decent section on Asia.

ESL Jobs Thailand has a list of jobs in Thailand.

jobstefl.com has a section on Thailand.

ESL Teachers.net also has jobs all over Thailand. (Photo by Rev Stan).

Thailand Travel Websites
Thailand is a great place to travel. While I was there I visited the islands in the Gulf, Chang Mai, and surrounding villages in the north. Here are a few websites to help you travel around this marvellous country.

The best website for teachers in Thailand is Ajarn.

If you’re a big foodie then check out Thai Cuisine for information about the various dishes throughout Thailand.

The Lonely Planet section on Thailand is a great read with details about travel information, visas, places, weather, and tips and articles.

Definitely check out the Foreign and Commonwealth Office part on Thailand before you go. There has been a lot of trouble in the country over the last few years so you have to be wary.

Discovery Thailand is a great websites. Check it out for information on the beaches, history and culture, night life, sport and activities, and diving and snorkelling.

A good hotel and flight site is Asia travel and virtual tourist has detailed travel information.

Thailand Blogs
Get in contact with other expats in Thailand on Expat Blog.

Drawing Cows in Bruges by Heather, an English Teacher in Bangkok is worth a look.

Thai Blogs is full of blogs about food, festivals, culture, Buddhism, and Thai cinema.

My Thai Village Life in Chiang Rai is an interesting read.

And finally here’s a great List of the top 100 Thai Blogs which should keep you busy. (Photo by mksystem)

So what are you waiting for? Get out to Thailand and live the dream. Any questions on living and teaching English in Thailand then let me know.

11 thoughts on “Essential Resources for TEFL in Thailand

  1. How important is the TEFL page where all sort of things related to Thailand is available from English learning to travels.Thanks for this wonderful sites description which helps in future for the visit.

  2. I've always been attracted to Thai traditional arts including Thai dancing and music based on court entertainment and religious rituals. Thai boxing, an indigenous sport originating from military training of Thai warriors, is very popular among the local, though I personally find a bit brutal.

  3. Hi Barry,

    What's an acceptable monthly salary for teachers working in Thailand or Bangkok?

  4. Hi Jon,

    Sorry for the late reply. I got about 35,000 baht, which was about 8 years ago. Depends if you get accommodation and on your experience. For a new teacher anything between 25,000 and 35,000, but for an experienced teacher with P.G.C.E or DELTA then anything up to 70,000 a month. What's your situation?

    Barry

  5. Myself and my partner are both looking to get over to Thailand and do some teaching. I have a degree, my partner doesn't. We are both looking to do a course in Thailand. I am looking for some advice on which course, or centre, is the best?

    Thanks

    Sarah

  6. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for writing. There are a massive range of places to do a TEFL in Thailand. To be honest I don't know the best places as I did my course in London, but I'd definitely do a CELTA. International House are pretty good and the schools listed above under Cactus are all reliable.

    A friend of mine did a dodgy one there a few years back, we said he had a TELTA instead of a CELTA, just be careful. Do some reading on the school and make sure they're qualified. If you can pop in beforehand then better.

    When are you going over? Where abouts?

    Good luck

    Barry

  7. Amazing views! If you might be interested in learning the English language in another country you can try and experience new culture and lifestyle at the same time.

  8. A little late to the conversation, but thought I'd leave my 2 cents.

    First of all, this post is a great resource. I remember trolling around the internet for months before deciding on a course and then not being sure if I made the right decision.

    In terms of TEFL vs CELTA – it's a matter of what direction you want to go with your career. If you are absolutely committed to becoming a lifetime educator specializing in ESL, then CELTA is your ticket. However, if you're new to teaching and want the necessary skills to succeed while further discovering the profession, I feel TEFL is the way to go.

    TEFL certifications are much less expensive and they can establish classroom competency and have you teaching within a month. I have a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Mathematics – coupled with my TEFL certification, I was able to land a teaching gig outside of Chiang Mai for just about 50k/month.

    I completed my TEFL in Chiang Mai at UniTEFL – http://www.unitefl.com – This was helpful with previewing potential employers in the area before committing to a contract. I highly recommend this course if you're thinking about teaching in Thailand – I've continued to stay in touch with them and they are very supportive following graduation.

    Good luck future teachers! It can be a difficult job, but at the end of the day it's really rewarding. OK, sometimes at the end of the day you just need a Chang, but it's rewarding nonetheless! 😉

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