If you are planning on travelling for some time, it is likely that you will want to find some work for a few months to help you to continue your onward adventures. Working somewhere for a while also allows you to relax for a little while and get to learn more about a particular culture and country. Finding work in Thailand is fairly easy for native English speakers, with many institutions constantly hiring English teachers to help students with conversation practice.
You may be also to find work in the resort areas of Thailand for a few days or weeks if you are looking for short term stints; bars commonly pay foreigners to hand out leaflets and flyers, and hostels may offer free board in return for performing some basic chores. When it comes to longer term work, however, teaching is one of the only really viable options in the Land of Smiles. Have a look at companies who provide staff for English camps for short term placements all over the country. English camps can be a lot of fun, and allow you to work in a more relaxed environment than a classroom.
Here are some handy tips for finding work in Thailand:
Many schools, language centres, and agencies advertise positions online. There are several websites dedicated to teaching English as a foreign language, with one site specifically aimed at those who want to teach in Thailand. There may be positions for other types of teaching work, including subjects such as IT, maths, science, and health, all taught in the English language. Finding work online is a great way to secure your first job before even arriving in the country.
Read the Local Press
Local Thai newspapers and other publications regularly list various EFL teaching jobs across the country.
Drop Your CV into Institutions
If you are already in Thailand it pays to show you are keen and eager by visiting a few schools and agencies in the areas where you would like to work. Take a covering letter and a copy of your CV to leave with the company, making sure that your up to date contact details are provided.
Talk to Expats
You are likely to bump into local expats in bars and restaurants around town. Having a quick word can open up lots of leads. You may hear of places that are actively looking for staff, as well as potentially having someone to recommend you to a school for a job. You can also get the lowdown on what life in that place is like, and find out of any places that have a bad reputation.
Be Prepared for Interviews
Many places interview prospective teachers, either in person, on the telephone, or over the internet. Have responses clear in your mind for common questions. These may include:
– Why do you want to teach?
– What experience do you have?
– Why do you want to work in Thailand?
– How would you inspire and engage classes?
– How would you deal with any problems?
– What do you think are important qualities in a teacher?
Be enthusiastic and lively, and let your personality shine through! You may be asked to perform a sample lesson. Recruiters will usually warn you about this in advance, so you should have plenty of time to prepare.
Appearances are really important in Thailand, and a sloppy appearance is almost certain to lead to a rejection. As a general rule, males should wear a button down shirt with a tie, and females are commonly better received when wearing skirts or dresses and a modest blouse.
Consider Obtaining a TEFL Qualification
TEFL qualifications, and similar, are not essential for finding work in Thailand, but they can certainly help. There are numerous institutions in Thailand and around the world that provide basic training for those seeking teaching work. As well as making you more marketable, it also helps you to prepare for your first nerve-wracking few weeks in the classroom. There are some online courses available, although you will not have the benefit of any classroom experience.
Be Honest About Your Skills and Experience
Whilst there are people working under the table in Thailand, it is better to go through the proper channels and obtain a valid work permit for the duration of your stay. You don’t want to run into problems further down the line. The basic requirement for teachers is a degree in any subject. Experience is useful, although many first time English teachers start out in Thailand before moving to pastures new.
With motivation and dedication, finding work in Thailand can be a relatively easy process, and teaching in Thailand is often a wonderful experience that helps you to learn more about this fascinating country whilst being part of the local society.