Teach English in Thailand
As a foreign teacher, you’ll support English language education, and promote a healthy exchange of cultures with Thai students, teachers, and the greater community. At the same time, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for Thai people, culture, and language through this unique immersion experience.
The fee for the program covers:
- Job placement
- Pre-departure assistance – including visa assistance
- Visa processing fees for US permanent residents
- iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services for US permanent residents
- 24-hour support while you're abroad
- Multi-day orientation
- Rent-free lodging
- Transport to your assignment
- Cultural and professional development activities
Meet your students
As a teacher in Thailand, you’ll work with Thai students of many ages, from eager young children who have never been exposed to English to university students looking to improve their skills. Most assignments are at the secondary level (grades 7 to 12). There are also some openings to teach kindergarten and primary learners, and university students.
CIEE participants are placed in the central, eastern and northern regions of Thailand. Get more info.
As a lead classroom teacher, you’ll focus on improving the conversational English skills of your eager students with creative classroom exercises and educational games.
Occasionally, positions are open to teach other subjects, such as math, science, technology, computers, social studies, health, and physical education. Candidates with educational backgrounds in these areas are encouraged to note a willingness to teach subjects other than English on their applications. Also conducted in English, these classes are smaller than normal English classes, and usually pay a higher salary (up to 3,000 baht/month) in addition to base pay.
This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and promote international goodwill while you earn money to support yourself. The cost of living in Thailand is quite reasonable, so your salary will go a long way.
Positions are available at private and public CIEE partner schools across Thailand. Most placements are available in the central, eastern, and northern regions of the country; while positions in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and the southern provinces are limited and typically more competitive. We do not place teachers in the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Satun, and Songkhla.
You can request placement at a particular level and location, but keep in mind that placements are driven by demand, so we cannot guarantee that requests will be met.
A typical teaching load is 25 classes per week, depending on the school. In addition to time in the classroom, participants are expected to devote time to class planning, presentations, faculty meetings, and a range of extracurricular activities. Participants should expect a 35- to 40-hour workweek.
This allows plenty of opportunity to travel, explore the countryside, and enjoy Thai culture. The Teach in Thailand program midyear entry option also gives you a one- to two-month break in the middle of the program that you can use to travel.
CIEE Teach in Thailand participants earn at least 25,000 baht per month. All program participants enjoy rent-free accommodations.
These salaries are generous in local terms – about twice what local teachers earn – and your wages can easily finance independent travel after the semester ends. In addition, full-year Teach in Thailand June participants earn a completion bonus of 20,000 baht to offset return airfare upon successful completion of contract.
You’ll need a bachelor’s degree to apply, along with a few other qualifications. These, plus a sense of adventure and a desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, will make you a great candidate.
CIEE looks for candidates who are independent, curious, and thrive in a changing environment. Are you self-motivated, responsible, and ready to take the plunge into a rewarding adventure? If so, start your application now!
- Native English speaker
- Bachelor’s degree in any field
- Citizenship in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:
- TEFL certification
- Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad
- Master’s degree in English, education, math, or science
- K-12 teaching licensure or certification