For Thai citizens, one of the best ways to secure an excellent post-secondary education or to qualify for a better job that will help their family be more secure in life is to learn English. It has become a necessity. And that's why The Cultural Exchange Project needs you to teach English overseas in Thailand.
Go beyond the beaten path and experience Thailand the way no tourist ever could. Teach English In Thailand with The Cultural Exchange Project and live and work in one of the world's favorite holiday destinations while helping to improve the English skills of local children and get paid. Experience an engaging and essential cultural exchange. Find a rich culture built upon a fascinating history and a country populated by caring, vibrant people. Thailand is known as "The Land of a Thousand Smiles." Teach in Thailand and find out why.
- $1,589 for one year, placement only.
- $2,299 for one year, placement, and in-country TESOL certification course.
- Pay a $350 deposit, a $500 placement fee when you're accepted, and then a final amount of $739 (placement only) or $1,449, (placement and TESOL) 60 days before departure.
- An experienced U.S. based Cultural Exchange Project Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Thailand.
- Professional, locally-based staff to provide online orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
- One-week of in-country orientation before you start your teaching job with some tours and practice teaching included. We pay for the week of accommodation.
- Included in your week of orientation can be Muay Thai lessons, a cooking class, basic Thai language, a market tour that helps you learn how to buy local items, a BBQ on the beach, a visit with a Thai monk to learn more about the Thai culture and some practice teaching.
- If you choose to receive your TESOL in Thailand, the fee includes your TESOL Certification, 1 week of orientation and practice teaching, and your month of accommodation.
- Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
- Visa guidance ahead of arrival, as well as work permit guidance while in Thailand.
- Pre-departure support from our offices in Thailand.
- Airport transfers from the airport to a local hotel.
- 24-hour in-country support for the duration of the program, including 24-hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.
- Extend your program for additional semesters at no additional cost. Stay as long as you like. Just make sure your visa status is maintained.
- International airfare.
- Local transportation.
- Accommodations other than orientation week and during TESOL if you opted for that course.
- Work Permit (approximately $100).
- Background check.
- Degree legalization.
- Rent (except for your accommodation for orientation)
- Health insurance.
What You Will Earn
- Earn a monthly salary of around $1,100 (dependent on location, teaching experience, etc.)
- That’s twice what a local Thai teacher earns each month.
- Our placements range from Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school.
- Teachers are earning between 30,000 and 35,000 Thai Baht depending on location, and level of education.
- The contract will typically state that you need to be at the school from 7 am until 4 pm or 8 am to 5 pm.
- Teaching hours will be between 18-24 per week. Many schools might let you leave a reasonable amount of time after your last class (2:30/3:30 pm) but that is dependent on the school.
Requirements And Qualifications
Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
You will be required to have your bachelor’s degree legalized for use in Thailand before travel to your new school.
Native English Speaker
Must be a native English speaker and citizen of one of the 7 accepted native English Speaking countries (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland). Degrees from outside these countries are not recognized.
During certain times of the year we will accept non-native speakers who hold a bachelor’s degree. Non-native speakers must hold an EU passport, be fluent speakers in English with a clear accent and have a bachelor’s degree or above.
All non-native speakers must take and in-class TESOL course in Thailand as a prerequisite of joining the program.
In order to obtain a Work Permit as a non-native English speaker, the Thai government may require the applicant to take the TOEIC exam once they arrive in Thailand. The minimum required score on the TOEIC is: 700. South African and Irish citizens may also be required to take the TOEIC exam in order to obtain a work permit.
The schools also want to see that you have a desire to change lives and have an unending curiosity for cultural exchange.
You don’t need prior teaching experience, a degree in education, or even plans to become a teacher.
We will need a full resume and a 30-second intro video to begin your placement.
Physical and Mental Health
Applicants must be in good physical and mental health.
In order to get a work permit candidates are required to go for a health check once in country. The health check consists of: a blood test and a general check-up (blood pressure, weight etc.).
This is a government requirement for a visa and permission to teach in Thailand.
100% clean Criminal Background Check.
No criminal record (with the exception of traffic or other minor violations).
You can run this online and submit the results as part of your application.
Most Thai schools require that degree holders hold an internationally accredited TESOL certificate.
Qualify for a work permit
The first thing to note is that the process is long and detailed so patience is a must. Regardless, take comfort in knowing that you are not the first person to go through this process and there will be guidance and help throughout. The process involves not only yourself and the school but also 3 government ministries (labor, immigration, education) and Kurusapa (Teachers’ Council of Thailand).
All of these parties have to provide various documents during the 7 steps. As such, the process could take anywhere from 1-2 months to longer depending on the different parties involved. Additionally, understand that we attempt to anticipate and advise of any possible document request but there may be other items of information that the ministries may request.