Teaching English In Thailand

I started teaching English in Thailand to get a new experience and prolong my travels. It was a short term plan until I figured out my future. Six years later that experience has developed into a career with real opportunities. I now wake up every day looking forward to going to work, my job puts a smile on my face. 

I’m 100 % sure that if I was still living in the UK I would not have this feeling. It is not only the job satisfaction, it is also the lifestyle I am able to live. I live in a country where strangers smile at each other, I live 1 hour away from tropical islands and i get to eat delicious food every day. If I was living and working in the UK, I would have to  work extremely long hours every week in a job i probably didn’t really enjoy just to give my self a small chance of visiting a place like Thailand for a 2 week holiday. (In reality I’d probably just earn enough to cover my costs of living!!) Now, I get to visit these beautiful places every weekend and work in a job that I love.

I first moved to Thailand in April 2009 to complete my TEFL Course in Phuket. The 4 week long course was a great way to get started. Since living here I have heard other teachers say many negative things about the TEFL course. I agree with some, however for me it was a great way to establish a friendship network in Thailand. I completed my course with 30 other trainees. These people would go on to become the friends I traveled with every weekend during my first year getting to know this country. The course did also teach useful teaching techniques although, when being faced with a classroom of 50+students I do question how useful they really are. They have certainly been more useful to me now I teach smaller class sizes, however small class sizes is not the norm for Thailand.

On completion of my TEFL I was placed into immediate employment in Angthong province, just north of Bangkok. I spent 3 years working at Satri Angthong School. This was a large government high school with 50+ students in each class. I enjoyed my time working here. However, after 3 years I had decided my future belonged in this amazing country and I needed a better job.

I moved to Nakhon Si Thammarat and began working for Si Thammarat Suksa School English Program. This is a school that offers the chance to climb the career ladder. It offers great bonuses, health insurance and even a pension scheme. It is  a school that takes care of their teachers. With less than 30 students per class it is a much more enjoyable environment in which to work. I can see my students progress each year and enjoy watching their development. I live near the popular islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, Krabi is only 3 hours away and Malaysia is on my doorstep. Life is great!


7 Comments on “Teaching English In Thailand

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  2. Great post! I am now considering teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand. I am a foreigner though, English is my second language, have a QTS with no experience and I am wondering if I can teach / or how hard it is to get into teaching without TEFL?

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  3. After reading your blog I have been so inspired to do the same and have actually read about TEFL course etc but then I talked to other people around and now can’t make up my mind!!

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    • Im happy my words have inspired you. For me, it is always important to make up my own mind. Yes, listening to advice is great but ultimately it is your decision. Doing the TEFL course is a perfect start to your job/career as an ESL teacher. If it introduces you to the teaching network in the country you choose then great, it will also give you the confidence to go into the classroom. Another company that I have instructed a course for is Echo English.

      Do what you are inspired to do, you won’t regret it.

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