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I'm thinking about trying my hand at some teaching. By the looks of it I can get an online qualification and get work fairly easily with these guys
www.onlinetefl.com has anyone tried teaching in Thailand? anybody got any advice?
it's not that easy.
In order to teach legally in the Land of Smiles, you'll need the following qualifications:
- a degree of any kind (at least a BA)
- from the 1st of May you'll need prove of NOT having a criminal record
- a TEFL certificate/qualification WITH 120 hours rexperience.
The last one is important: if you obtain a TEFL certificate online, you'll not have the required experience and in most/all job adds, the schools ask for a TEFL Qualification + 120 hrs experience.
There are plenty of possibilities to get TEFL qualified. Please PM me if you want to know how and where?
The two different associations which regroup the interests of the private bilingual and international schools in Thailand, and a Catholic organisation which is the country's largest single provider of non government primary and secondary education, require in addition to the mandatory legal minimum requirement of any Bachelor degree:
- Bachelor degree in an educational or linguistics related .
- Bachelor degree (any) + significant, provable teaching experience with a professional track record and excellent references.
- Bachelor degree (any) + TESOL certification which shall be, or be based on, the University of Cambridge CELTA or the Trinity Certificate which include:
120 hours of face-to-face instruction/training by individually accredited tutors on accredited courses, and a minimum of 6 hours observed practical teaching.
Salaries in Thailand for foreign teachers are the lowest in South East Asia, but the standard of living is high. The poorest countries, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam often offer far more realistic remunerations, but the living and working conditions could be significantly harsher.
A very informative page about living and teaching in Thailand is provided by an indipendent education authority here: www.edubkk.org/faq.html
Some organisations offer free TESOL certification courses for suitable applicants.