How To Teach English in Thailand For a Living

How to become a english teacher in Thailand

I’ll start off by saying that I’ve never taught English in Thailand.  The idea of working five days a week for a little over 1,000usd has never really appealed to me.  Besides that, having a “real” job again is something that I try to avoid like the plague.

However, teaching English in Thailand does have its benefits and something you may want to consider if:

1- You are tired of your own country and want to live in Thailand
2- Are able to accept the fact that you will not be paid American / Western wages
3- Unable to make money other ways, such as from the internet
4- Use it as a resource to network.

Since I am obviously not an expert in this field, I recently sat down with someone who was and asked him about it.  This is an America guy in his thirties who has been teaching English throughout Asia.  He is currently teaching English in Thailand and has been doing so for over three years. 

Here is a brief Q and A of our recent conversation:

Why Do You Teach English in Thailand?

Well, my credit is destroyed and I hate living in America.  Living in Thailand is a hell of a lot better than living in America.

What Are The Qualifications for Teaching English in Thailand?

First of all, you do NOT need a college degree.  You just need a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification and are a native English speaker.  Most of the English teachers come from: England, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

How Do You Get TEFL Certified and Is It Easy To Get a Job Afterwards?

You can get your TEFL certification pretty easily.  There are many courses throughout Thailand that do this.  You pay 15,000 – 30,000 baht (500 – 1000usd) and 1 -3 months later you are certified.

As far as getting a job, you have a few options.  Some TEFL courses will guarantee you a job, but be wary of these.  They tend to be shitty jobs in the middle of nowhere.

But once you are certified, getting a job is pretty easy.  The school will put you in contact with possible job options and you can simply contact English Language schools asking for work.

There are A LOT of jobs in Bangkok.  Less so in other places.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Job?

I don’t like working with children or high schools.  My current job is working with hotel staff, which I LOVE.  The girls that work at 5 star hotels tend to be VERY attractive and they LOVE their teacher…me.  It’s so easy to meet girls and new friends this way.

How Much Do You Make and Is It Enough?

I make between 40,000 – 50,000 baht (1,300 – 1,600usd).  More than most people.  Most will make between 20,000 – 30,000 baht (600 – 1,000usd).

I make more because I work at two companies.

This more than pays my bills.  My standard monthly expenses rarely exceed 30,000 baht (1,000usd).  (Excluding child support.)

What Is Your Schedule Like and How Often Do You Party?

Pretty much what you’d expect.  I work Monday thru Fridays and have weekends off.  The daily schedule is pretty much working 9 – 5 with a few hours off between the classes.

As far as partying, I tend to go out on Friday and Saturdays.  Which is fine with me because I have a limited income.  Going out every night of the week is not an option for me.

What Is Your Visa Situation?  Do You Have A Work Visa?

Yes, I have a work Visa.

This is probably the biggest challenge with becoming a teacher in Thailand.  If you want to be a full time teacher, you will need to make sure your employer will sponsor you for a work Visa.

If you don’t have a work Visa, it’s not a deal breaker.  Most companies will still hire you for part or full time work.  You’ll just have to arrange the visa situation yourself.

What Is Your Advice For People Wanting To Teach English in Thailand?

Teaching English is not as bad as you’d expect.  It’s just a job.  Sometimes it sucks and sometimes it’s fine.

Once you get your TEFL certification, finding a job is easy in Bangkok.

Any Other Advice You Have For Our Readers?

NEVER EVER cum inside a Thai girl.  It doesn’t matter how cool she is or how much you like her.  Even if she says she is taking the pill, Thai girls will forget for days at a time and not even worry about it.  While other Thai girls see a baby from a foreigner as a monthly paycheck.

My Thai Ex-Girlfriend got pregnant and turned completely crazy once this happened.  She became a nightmare.

I now pay child support of 15,000 baht (500usd) a month for the right to see my son two days a week.  But she rarely upholds this agreement and makes it very difficult for me to see him even a couple times a month.  The courts and laws in Thailand do very little to protect foreigners in this situation and it takes months just to receive a court date.

So my advice is simple, NEVER EVER cum inside a Thai woman.  Trust me on this one!

Posted on Gods of Thailand February 1, 2013 in


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  • Truth007 says:

    He’s totally correct with his wise bit of advice at the end there. Many Thai girls will say it is ok, implying it is ‘safe’ to do that, when it certainly is not… be very cautious… don’t do it… 😉

  • colin says:

    You do have to have a College to teach in Thailand. Good luck finding a teaching job if you don’t. It’s not a new law, it’s been like that for years.

    • I’m not an English teacher in Thailand. But I do have friends who are. And this is real advice from those who are doing it now.

      My understanding is, the bigger schools in the larger cities require a degree. However, you are able to get a job outside of the major cities teaching English without a degree – only needing the certificate.

      Either way, independent research will be required for those wanting to teach English here.

  • CURIOUS says:

    I heard they passed new laws supposedly where you have to have a college bachelors degree to teach english in Thailand now. Is this true? Many thanks

  • Kade says:

    Got a couple of questions. I know in other Asian countries some English teachers get jobs tutoring outside of teaching. Also do some foreigners start their own English teaching schools?


    • I’m not an expert on teaching in Thailand, however my understanding is that you can get your TEFL certification anywhere and then use it in Thailand. Although, if you don’t have it yet, it’s a good idea to get it in Thailand so you can get a better feel of what it would be like to teach here.


  • Do I Need To Be Able To Speak Thai To Teach English in Thailand?

    This is a common question I have received since posting this article. Short answer, no!

    I know quite a few English teacher in Thailand who can barely count to 10 in Thai. In fact, depending on where you teach, you may not even be teaching Thai people.

    Many students in these types of schools are Europeans and Russians who want to improve their English while receiving a Thai Language Visa.

    Hope this helps,

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