Teaching in Thailand
6 Reasons why you should consider teaching English in Thailand!
If you love traveling, new foods, cultures,people, and life experience, then teaching abroad is one of the best and easiest ways to do that. Plus in Thailand you often get a decent amount of vacation so you can travel to surrounding countries. If they don’t, you can always use the money you make to go after your contract is up!
2. Personal Growth
There’s no doubt that a decision to make the move to another country is scary. You are leaving behind everything that is familiar to you, your friends, and maybe even everything that represents who you are.However when those things are no longer in your life, you are given the opportunity to redefine yourself.
The stresses and successes of teaching children and living in a new country will surely help refine who you are. It is a good time to educate myself more than ever, read a lot of books, learn a new language, and become more spiritual. What would you do with such an experience?
3. Love Kids or to Teach
We all have a deep desire within us to teach. All of us in some way or another seek knowledge to grow ourselves and share with others. And most of us feels that sharing that experience with children is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
Even though you will hardly be able to speak to many of your students, you will see in their eyes that you’ve inspired them to learn English and explore the world. You will feel honored not just to teach them English, but to represent it to them.Without you (or maybe you in the future), English is just something they see on a test.
4. Develop Your Future
As unsure as you was when graduating from college/school/university, you will come to find comfort in that uncertainty. If living in the moment is the only way to truly see what is, the none must learn to become comfortable with uncertainty.
Since you will be abroad, you will make new friends and decisions that will likely become an incredibly important part of your future successes. You will have no idea how necessarily they will be , but you will know that as long as you decide to use everything you have experienced and learned while abroad, will certainly end up somewhere in your future where those skills will useful, if not extremely crucial.
5. Get Perspective on Life
There were so many positive things about home that you are taking for granted in your everyday life, and yet, at the same time,there were so many negative things you completely ignore. While living in a different culture will allowed you too reflect back on your own country and life from a different perspective.
You will never realize how incredibly blessed you was born and able to speak English until you arrive here in Thailand and you will be grateful for that. Being here will help you realise the value of family and close friends – who truly cares and who doesn’t. If you value life experience over money and fame, then you should seriously consider adding a Thailand experience like this to your life resume.
6. Want to Make a Difference
This may sound a bit cliché, but let me tell you a quick story from a colleague of mine.
“A few months ago, I had gotten to know one of the students from my mentoring class on a somewhat personal level. One day, I noticed that she seemed a little blue. So, after class, I asked her to come by my office if she wanted to talk.Sure enough, she did, and after sitting with her for a couple of hours, she managed to tell me the news.
Two weeks prior, her mother had taken her and her younger sister away from their verbally abusive father and moved in with another man. A week after that, they found out that he had killed himself as a result. Since suicide is a taboo issue for discussion in Asia, she didn’t feel like she could tell anyone, not even her best friend.
But since I didn’t fit into that category, she felt comfortable telling me. We talked for quite awhile and many tears later, she resolved to be more open with some of her close friends and family. She has since decided to follow her heart and pursue art as a career.”
Maybe it’s just being at the right place at the right time, maybe not. You never know whose life you can make an impact on, simply by being a positive outsider.
Hooked yet? If so, here are the logistics.
If you are going to make the leap I suggest you get in touch with us ASAP! No better time than the present!
Apply immediately here on our website: www.iteachtefl.org/registration
Generally, the schools are looking for NES* (Native English Speakers) meaning it is your first language or you speak fluently and college degrees (but not always). There is a distinct preference for Caucasian individuals. In addition will be required you get a TEFL/TESOL certificate. This you will get with us when you join our program!
* NES Countries – Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, UK, USA and South Africa.
Your Life Abroad
Every country offers different salaries, living situations, and types of kids. You will end up teaching school kids who hardly know any English at all. You could find yourself in the nicest apartment you’ve ever lived in, or taking cold showers for a couple of months in a studio or have to use an Eastern squat toilet.
Of course you should take all these things into consideration when deciding to go, but believe me, later on in your life some of the ‘worst’ things that happen to you end up making the best stories. If you’re willing to take a chance and do something exciting, this is for you.
May be you were Thai greeting not looking for it before you read this article that this type of job even existed. All you may need is a little push and you might find yourself in Thailand!
So if you anything like a bit adventures remember there is a kids in Thailand that want someone like you to teach them English. If you wish, bring a friend! The more the merrier!
Can I survive or live well in Thailand on 30,000 Baht a month?
This will always be a difficult question to answer because each person has different needs. However, if you decide to take up the challenge of teaching English in Thailand, you will have to embrace the Thai Culture and Thai Lifestyle. It will certainly be a life changing experience!
For the purpose of this discussion, we assume that you just completed your TEFL certification course and have successfully secured an initial teaching position at a public or language school for a semester, earning a monthly salary of 30,000 Baht. No private One on One Tutoring income has been considered for the purpose of this discussion.
Obviously the location where you will teach and stay will determine the cost of accommodation and scooter rental! Therefor we assume you have been placed outside of the main centers of Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket etc!
Projected Monthly Expenditure
Accommodation for a furnished apartment that consist mainly of a double bed, TV, Air-con, fridge and Wi-Fi, will set you back between 4,500 – 6,000 Baht per month. This is more than likely a room of about 30m² plus a shower and toilet. If you need more than that, you’ll have to decide how much more you can afford.
Utilities ( Electricity and Water)
- Electricity will mainly depend on how much you make use of your air-con. If you are going to use it 24/7 it can be a bit pricey! Assuming that you will use it in moderation, your bill should not be more than 1,200 Baht per month!
- Water will not be more than 300 Baht per month!
Transportation (Scooter rental/Public Transport/Fuel )
- Transportation costs will mainly depend on how close your accommodation will be in relation to the school where you will be teaching! Public transport across Thailand is dirt cheap!
- In the event that you decide to rent a scooter full-time, the rental should not cost you more than 2,000 Baht per month.
- As these scooters are extremely economical on fuel, your fuel bill should not be more than 500 Baht per month!
Cell phone and Data
We suggest that you get yourself an AIS starter pack and sim card for only 50 Baht and then purchase an additional 250 Baht airtime. After you have uploaded that on your phone, you simply call and activate a 3 gig data package for only 213 Baht per month. Thereafter, it automatically recharges every month for only 199 Baht!
Very sensitive topic! One has to realize that once you arrive in a foreign country, things will change! Things that you take for granted back home will become apparent very quickly! To survive in Thailand you will have to embrace the local cuisine, get to know the area you live in, where the local markets are, where you can get the best food from, where the best prices are etc!
You have to realize that the food that you are accustom to at home might not be accessible or available here! It is much cheaper to eat at the markets or the numerous street cafes all over the rural Thailand towns than to try and make your own food at home! A Thai favorite “Friend Rice” with either Chicken or Pork will cost no more than 80 Baht! A meal on its own!
Initially the local 7Eleven and Family Mart shops (convenient stores – they are all over) are a *Farang’s favorite shop in Thailand. There you can buy a hamburger for 35 Baht and a coke for 10 Baht!
You should easily be able to survive on 200 Baht per day or 6,000 Baht per month! If you are going to insist on eating Western food primarily, you have to budget substantially more!
As this is a very personal matter the amount one will spend here will differ from person to person. We suggest you budget an initial amount of 2,000 Baht for personal necessities!
Again a personal choice! If you love socializing then you will obviously have to budget more than the 1,500 Baht we suggest you budget for!
Maybe you feel the need for medical insurance, therefore, we have allocated a suggested amount of 750 Baht. Entirely your decision!
Total projected expenditure: 20,500
Some money saving tips!
Piggy bank for change
You will soon realize that you gather a lot of change in the form of coins. Get yourself a piggy bank or a container where you drop your small change into every day. You will be amazed at how quickly you accumulate a fair amount of money! We use our piggy bank savings each month to spoil ourselves to a decent treat like either going to eat at a restaurant or a treat like ice-cream!
Fan vs air-con
Thailand, being known as a country where temperatures are always in the 30’s or higher, creates the problem of getting used to the heat! Yes an air-con is the answer, but it is really not economical with regards to the amount of electricity it consumes.
One has to be very aware of finding a balance between using the air-can and a fan! ONLY use the air-can when it is really necessary! If not, you will have to alter you budget on the utilities section! You can buy a decent fan for less than 400 Baht at Big C!
*Farang – Thai name for Foreigners!