Types of jobs
Public schools, language schools, international schools, private tutors, corporate, university
Angelic cherubs in kindergarten all the way up to way up to grizzled chain-smoking, hong thong whisky swilling corporate executives.
30,000 -> 40,000+ baht seems to be the average
30,000 appears to be the going rate for new teachers in Thailand and has been for quite awhile. There are jobs starting at less than that but those are typically offered to non-native English speaking teachers. A growing source of income for teachers are private tutor gigs. 300 baht an hour is a suitable rate for students, but this might be more if you are teaching in the big bad BKK (Bangkok), especially if you are teaching students from a wealthier background. I’ve also read that 400-500+ baht an hour seems to be the going rate for part-time corporate teaching jobs.
There is no standard package of benefits offered to teachers like there is in South Korea. But I have seen stuff like health insurance, housing allowance, and discounted rates for TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification.
Potential to save
LOW. If you’re looking to save money to wipe out your debts or to build up a backpacking warchest, unfortunately Thailand is not the destination for you. If you’re not going out and partying every weekend or going shopping, then you could save a decent chunk of your paycheck. However, what it lacks in saving ability it more than makes up for it in terms of the lifestyle and standard of living, which brings us to….
Standard of living
HIGH. Thailand, the land of smiles. Because you are paid significantly more than the locals you will be able to live quite comfortably. Food is cheap. Housing cheap. Utilities cheap; if you don’t leave the AC on at all times of the day! Alcohol is relatively cheap. It seems possible to be able to go on one or two weekend trips and still save a little money. One of the things I like about Thailand is the high number of public holidays meaning plenty of opportunities to head south to the islands, trek north to places like Chiang Mai and Pai, or even dip into Cambodia, Laos, or Malaysia.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Nakhon Ratchasima
Those are the three biggest cities in Thailand and also among the most desirable. It should also be stated that if you’re working at a public school, you may be placed out in the countryside hours away from a city. So its important to do your research; are you comfortable being a city slicker or is the laid back surroundings of the jungle and rice paddies more your scene?
Potential to climb the ladder
MEDIUM. I say medium because I’ve seen ads online for senior teaching positions, teacher trainers, IELTS examiners, university jobs, corporate gigs, etc. While the majority of the management positions are naturally taken by Thais, I think the working culture in teaching is open enough that if you’re experienced and/or able to speak Thai to a reasonable level, if it possible to move up the ladder.
Professional development options
HIGH. You can find tons of options to get TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certified. But be warned, not all certificates are created equally. It is often the case that if the organization offering the program doesn’t have their certificate accredited by a major sponsor, like Cambridge University, then it might be that your certificate won’t be recognized outside of Thailand or Southeast Asia. Personally, if you have the time and money I recommend doing the CELTA which I will post about in the future. The other reasons Thailand is a great place for professional development is the fact the program costs are lower, accommodation is cheaper, and food is cheaper. Not to mention the higher potential to climb the ladder.
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