ThaiJobs can provide you with everything you need to get out to Thailand and begin your adventure. We help you with every step of the way, providing information on everything from visa’a and TEFL courses to beaches and street food. We’ll even pick you up from the airport and take care of all your transfers in your first few days. We offer a 24/7 support line, which will give you complete peace of mind so you can concentrate on teaching and exploring Thailand. Read through all of the information in the tabs below and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any more questions.
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- Our main intakes are in April and October each year.
- We can also take a certain number of applicants throughout the year.
- Internationally accredited 120 hour TEFL/TESOL course (can be completed online or on location in Thailand).
- 5 or 12 month teaching placement
- Airport pick up and transfer
- 2 day Meet and Greet
- 4 day Orientation and Teaching Seminar
- Pre-departure and in country support (including visa and work permit support)
- International sim card
- Souvenir T-shirt
- Please see tab below for what else is included…
- Placement with no TEFL course- £585
- Placement including internationally accredited 120 hour online TEFL course- £899
- Placement including On Location TESOL course in Thailand- £1199
3rd Party Costs
- £45.86 for CRB (Criminal Background Check)
- Aged between 21-45 years of age
- Native English speaker with or without degree
- Non-native English speaker with degree
Thailand is the most visited country in Southeast Asia and as soon as you arrive you’ll understand why…Thailand has everything! From dense green jungles, to white sand beaches with clear, warm water and with an average annual temperature of 30ºC, you’ll be in shorts and flip-flops even during the rainy season! Thailand is rightly nicknamed the country of smiles as the Thais are world renowned for their friendliness, hospitality and their sabai sabai mentality, which basically means happy happy!
Everyone knows the infamous Full Moon Parties on the picturesque southern islands of Koh Phangang, but they aren’t the only parties. If you’re in Thailand for Songkran, the Thai New Year in April, you’ll find yourself engulfed in the world’s biggest waterfight, as the Thais take a few days off from work to wash away their sins from the past year using buckets, supersoakers and hoses! It’s almost impossible to go anywhere dry during Songkran, but as during April it can reach 40ºC, you’ll probably be grateful! If that sounds a little too manic there’s also Loy Krathong where Thais float small boats laden with flowers and candles on lakes, rivers or swimming pools under a full moon. Just make sure you have cameras at the ready as this is an incredibly beautiful scene.
Another part of Thai life is food, so much so that Thais don’t greet each other with ‘how are you?”, instead they ask ‘gin khao laew?’, which means ‘have you eaten?’. You’ll find out why they are obsessed when you try Thai food! Whatever food you like, you’ll find something in Thailand for you, there’s everything from a staple dish of chicken, rice and stock to curries that will blow your taste buds! Just be careful not to get over confident with your spice levels as Thais love to see tourists bite off more chillies than they can chew!
Thailand is arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and you can experience all types of incredible scenery, whether you choose to take an elephant trek through the mountainous jungles of the north in Chiangmai or lie on a postcard worthy beach in the south. If that sounds a little too calm you can also immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok, where you will find everything from authentic Thai street food stalls to gourmet restaurants that could put Gordon Ramsay to shame! Bangkok is also famous for its nightlife where you can mix with the backpackers on Khao San Road, or drink Thai whiskey with the locals on RCA or Coco Walk.
Healthcare in central Thailand rivals that of the western world with Bumrungrad regarded as the best hospital in Southeast Asia. With Invasion you’ll be provided with basic healthcare insurance and we also offer possession insurance to cover you whilst you’re away through a special partnership with RBI. Prior to departure we advise making an appointment with your GP or Travel Nurse to discuss vaccinations, but for the most up-to-date information please check out (http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/thailand.aspx).
- Population – 67,000,000
- Currency – Thai Baht (฿)
- Only Southeast Asian nation not to be colonised by European powers
- Coastline of 3,219km (plenty of beaches)
- Almost 95% of the population is Buddhist
- 5 or 12 month Paid Teaching placements
- Salary of 27,000- 30,000 THB per month. (Up to 3x what a local Thai Teacher earns)
- Internationally accredited, 120-hour, TEFL/TESOL certification Course. Earn your certification online or on-location in Thailand.
- Airport pick up and transfer to your hotel.
- 2 day “Meet and Greet” with shared accommodation*.
- 1 full day Thai cultural excursion with lunch included.
- 4 or 5 day comprehensive Orientation Seminar with shared accommodation*
- Full Visa support
- Work Permits and school accident insurance are provided in Programs S and T
- 24/7 support
- International Sim Card to keep in touch with friends and family back home
- Souvenir T-shirt
- *Shared accommodation is two students to a room. Private accommodation is available for a modest surcharge
-Aged between 21-45 years of age
-Native English Speaker with or without B.A. degree (in any subject).
-Non- native English Speaker with B.A. degree (in any subject).
Main intakes are in April and October each year but there are positions available throughout the year at the start of each month.
Placement Details (Government schools):
- 4-6 month (one term) or 12 month contracts. You have the option to renew the contract and even change location.
- Teaching hours are usually between 20 -24 hours per week.
- Excellent Salary- 27,000-33, 000 Thai Baht per month.
- Depending on placement accommodation may be rent free, or an allowance will be given for this.
- You will receive full B1 Visa preparation and assistance, a paid Work Permit and accident insurance.
Placement Details (Language Schools):
- Accepts applicants between 21-50 years of age
- Based in major shopping centres and malls in and around Bangkok
- 6 or 12 month contracts
- Salary between 34, 000-36, 000 THB per month (dependant on location). Bonuses available.
- Assistance with visa and work permits available.
- Weekends are mandatory.
- Accommodation assistance available- no financial assistance
Please Note- Candidates wishing to Teach in a Private Language school rather than in a traditional Government School setting, a program surcharge fee of £60 applies, if your application is successful.
All programme costs are detailed above and depend on the TEFL/TESOL course chosen (online vs. on location), or if the applicant has already completed a TEFL course elsewhere.
We take payments in two stages:
1. Deposit- the deposit for all programmes is 25% of the total amount. If this is paid within 10 days of the team requesting it, you will qualify for discounts on your remaining balance.
2. Final balance- we require this to be paid no later than 1 month before your scheduled departure to Thailand.
As you can see above, we have a number of programmes to fit a wide range of applicants with a range of previous experience, skills and experience. Once you have applied to our Paid Teaching and TEFL course programme, our expert team will work with you to find the right programme and placement for you.
LIFE IN THAILAND
With Invasion you’ll be earning an extremely healthy minimum salary of ฿30,000 (per month), which in a country as cheap as Thailand goes a very long way. To put that in perspective, the average salary in Thailand is around ฿17,000 and doctors wages start from ฿35,000, so you’ll definitely be able to live the high life. Check out the table below to find out the standard cost of living in Thailand so you can see just how far your salary will take you.
£1 ≈ ฿49
Cost (in Thai Baht)
Furnished flat with AC (per month inc. bills)
4,000 – 4,500
Meal from a street food stall
30 – 40
Large beer in a bar
Large beer from 7/11
Meal from KFC or McDonalds
Backpacker accommodation (per night per person)
Taxi metre start price
Beats By Dr. Dre
Designer shirt (Ralph Lauren)
So what exactly will you be doing day-to-day as a teacher? On average you will teach around twenty lessons per week, which is only four a day, with lessons normally being 50 minutes long. The school week is from Monday to Friday with school normally starting around 8:00am and going through until 3:30pm or 4:00pm. This means plenty of time to plan lessons so you can use afternoons and weekends to explore Thailand. You will almost always have the same classes each week and depending on your school, you may get certain classes a few times each week. Here at Invasion the majority of our partner schools in Thailand provide curriculum and relevant subject materials for all of the topics you will be required to teach, giving you a structure and a guidance, allowing you to concentrate on planning how to teach, rather than having to research the different material.
The size of Thai classes vary from school to school, and depends on what programs the schools have. Some with special English programs may have classes of around 15 or 20, but some schools without English programs have larger classes of 30 to 50. Guys are expected to wear a shirt, tie and trousers while girls can wear a skirt and blouse. Although you’ll be expected to be smart, the Thais understand that you’ll get hot in their tropical weather, so are normally quite flexible with what you can wear!
To give you an insight into a standard teaching day, below you can find how one of our teachers in Bangkok would spend a normal Wednesday.
7:15am – Get up, eat breakfast and have a shower ready to leave the house.
7:30am – Walk around five minutes to the MRT (Underground Train) and pay ฿20 for a ticket.
7:50am – After walking another five minutes from the MRT arrive at school and grab some sticky rice and pork skewers for breakfast number two.
8:00am – Go downstairs for Morning Ceremony and Flag Raising, where the whole school gathers to sing the National Anthem and the School Song before doing any announcements.
8:15am – First class of the day and it’s my top set Mattayom 1 (Year 7) class, we’re talking about our houses today.
9:25am – Class over and now have two free periods and lunch break. Time for a coffee and some marking.
11:45am – All that marking was hungry work, so time for a snack in the canteen. My school canteen isn’t free, but teachers do get double portions!
12:55pm – Now time for two lessons with a Mattayom 2 class and a Mattayom 3 class. I’m teaching sports in one and music in the other!
2:15pm – Lessons as today is an easy three-lesson day. A little bit of marking and preparing for tomorrow and it’s out the door and on my way home by 3:30pm.
Doing a TEFL course as well as teaching abroad was something I have always wanted to do, but I was unsure how to go about the process of where to go and how to do it. Invasion offered a distinctly clear and solid choice when researching the different options and companies providing such a service, the staff at Invasion have been quick to respond to any query, question or comment, with the utmost amount of professionalism and insight. When going abroad for such a long time it is important to feel secure in the knowledge that you can get any information or help at a moments notice and with this in mind I have full confidence in Invasion. They provide the most appropriate type of support as they give you the independence of choosing where you go, and yet also give you the 24/7 support when you are there. I am very much looking forward to starting my adventure in October and thank you Invasion for everything so far!
David Yodaiken, Heading out October 2013
When I started work in Thailand I was given a full orientation that gave me all the information I needed to support me at my allocated school. The professional team within the company give teachers all the help that they could need and make your teaching career happy, interested and stress-free. Lastly, despite being in a foreign country, knowing that you have the full back-up of a professional company makes you feel at home. I would recommend this project to anybody wanting to teach here in Thailand!
Robert McManus, Roi Et Province
The past year and a half in Thailand/Sakhon Nakhon City was one of the best experiences of my life. The low work hours and friendly staff afforded me an easy lifestyle that gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, travel around Thailand, and fully immerse myself into a foreign culture. Unlike many agencies in Asia, I never had to worry about being paid on time, working tons of extra hours, or visa problems. I would recommend to anybody thinking about teaching overseas to come to Thailand and work with Invasion Jobs.
Devon Rosen, Sakhon Nakhon City
Is there a minimum time I have to commit to? Why?
Yes, we require all candidates to sign up for a minimum of 4-6 months. This is because school semesters in Thailand are usually five months long and we can’t have our teachers leaving halfway through the semester and disturbing the children’s learning.
Do I need previous teaching experience to apply?
No, you can apply without any teaching experience as you will learn everything you need to know during the TEFL course. If you sign up for the on location course in Thailand you will also get plenty of classroom experience. We just want you to be enthusiastic and have an interest in teaching.
I already have a TEFL, can you help me!?
Of course! We have a package designed for you.
Do I get to choose where in Thailand I can teach?
Yes and no. We ask all applicants for their preferences of where they would want to teach and the team do work very hard to make this happen. However, we cannot guarantee this is where you will be placed.
Will there be other English teachers in my school, and can I be placed with my friend/partner?
The vast majority of our schools have more than one English teacher, so chances are you won’t be alone. If you’re planning on travelling out with someone, just let us know and we’ll try our best to place you together, although we cannot guarantee this.
I haven’t finished my degree yet, can I apply now?
As long as you have completed your degree by the time you travel to Thailand, that’s completely fine.
What other costs are there?
There are a couple of third party extras that you have to pay. Firstly you will have to arrange your own flights, but we do have lovely flight partners who will work with you to get the best rates possible. Secondly, you will have to pay for you CRB check with is required of all applicants on all our programmes, as the children’s safety is of upmost importance. Thirdly, although we provide you with all of the visa documentation, you must cover the cost of the Thai visa as we cannot apply for visas as a company.
Should I learn Thai before coming?
It might be worth having a quick look at the basics, but we’ll go over those in the orientation anyway. Either way, once you’re in Thailand you’ll pick up the Thai language much quicker than you could with a tape or from a book. In most cases the Thai staff at your school will give you lessons too.
How competitive is the application process?
A lot of websites advertising TEFL jobs boast that they will accept anyone, but here at ThaiJobs we work with only the best schools in Thailand and they demand a higher calibre of teachers. Therefore we are selective with our applicants to ensure we provide great teachers. Don’t be put off though, we do have plenty of spaces and we’re very good at spotting talent!
Will ThaiJobs provide me with flights?
No, but you get an exclusive ‘ThaiJobs Teacher’ rate when booking flights with our flight partners.
How do I get my Thai visa?
We will provide you with all of the necessary documentation and guide you through this process, but you don’t need to worry about getting a visa until a couple of weeks before your trip.
What vaccinations and medication do I need?
None of our schools are located in Malaria danger areas, but we do advise seeing your GP before travelling to discuss vaccinations etc. In the meantime check out http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/thailand.aspx for more details.
What exactly is the training that I’ll receive?
Online TEFL Course
Before you leave for Thailand you will complete our 120-hour Online TEFL Course which will help you learn everything you need to know to become an excellent teacher. It will teach you all about different methods or teaching and learning, how to structure your lessons properly, how to stay in control of your classes, and much, much more. If you’re interested in a syllabus before applying please email us. When you arrive you will then have an orientation seminar where you will learn all about living and teaching in Thailand; we’ll teach you a few necessary Thai phrases, tell you the dos and the don’ts, let you know how the school system works and most importantly show you which dishes will burn your mouth!
On Location TEFL Course
Just like the course above, you’ll learn everything you need to know to become a great teacher, and you will also gain classroom experience during the course. The course will also include a full orientation and as you’re in Thailand for three weeks before your placement begins, you’ll feel like a local by the time you start teaching!
What happens when I land in Thailand?
A member of staff from the team will meet you straight from the airport and transport you to your hotel where you can check in and prepare for the next two days of Meet and Greet fun. Following on from the Meet and Greet (which includes your Bangkok day excursion) you will have your 4 day Orientation and Seminar. This will prepare you thoroughly for life in Thailand and your teaching placement ahead.
Can I extend my time teaching?
Of course you can! We can guarantee that almost all of you will be asking this question!!
What shall I pack, and what happens if I forget something?
Remember that Thailand’s average temperature is 30ºC, so you don’t need to bring heavy coats and jumpers in your bag. Plus you really can buy everything you need in Thailand, so don’t waste space on a lifetime’s supply of toiletries! Just make sure you bring suitable clothes for work (smart), plenty of clothes to wear in your time off, things for the beach, sun-cream, mosquito repellent, sunglasses and most importantly don’t forget to pack your passport and any other important documents you may need (such as your degree certificate).