Working in ThailandKevin (เควิน) Khaosan
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Teach in Thailand
You’ll find that most people who have been in Thailand for a while probably got a foot in the door teaching English. There are numerous opportunities for teaching in Thailand, and the good thing about it is it’s not necessary to have masses of qualifications to land something worthwhile. Most languages centers (and especially universities and other government organizations) require potential employees to have a degree, but if you are keen and willing to learn, you’ll probably be able to get something without one. If you have TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications, the range of job opportunities available to you broadens, and the income you can command gets better (even more so the longer you stay here).
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If you are interested in teaching in Thailand there is only one really definitive source of information on the topic – Ajarn.com. ‘Ajarn’ means teacher in Thai, and this site has basically everything you need to know to be able to fully consider teaching English as an option. Developed by Ian – an Englishman from Yorkshire – the site lists a number of local jobs, tips of the trade, and what to go for and what to avoid. Ajarn.com has grown from humble beginnings to a thriving online community of likeminded people. Check it out – it’s good.
As you will see from the Ajarn.com web site – ECC (Thailand) is the largest English language organization in Thailand. With 56 branches around the country, ECC pretty much always has positions available in Bangkok, as well as positions in places a little more of the beaten track (fancy a year in Yala?). Given their size and the difficulties faced by any large organization, ECC are reasonable employers and pay well by local standards. A company related to ECC is First Training. First Training often has positions available for primary school teachers and also has a variety of opportunities for people interested in teaching at Thai companies. We should stress though that both ECC and First Training require native English speakers who have TEFL qualifications and at least some experience, so if you are new on the scene they may not be able to offer you much. Check them out all the same.
If you have time on your hands and you have very specific requirements of the positions you apply for, you are going to have to do some research. Obviously, one of the best sources of jobs is the local newspaper. The Bangkok Post and The Nation are both English language dailies, and at 20 Baht a throw they often have more teaching jobs listed than you can ‘shake a stick at’. Teaching jobs are also listed at the papers’ websites.
Aside from the local rags there are numerous Internet sites that deal with TEFL positions in Thailand. The classic source is Dave’s ESL Cafe. One of the veteran sites, Dave’s ESL Cafe lists jobs all over the world and it’s basically the first place a serious teacher would look for a job in Thailand. If you are looking for information on jobs coupled with other information about living and working in Thailand, Escape Artist.com might fit the bill. Escape Artist.com is bit more ‘ex-pat’ in its approach, but let’s face it – ex-pat is where the money is! Both have good tips on teaching positions. One final site to visit is TEFL.net. Again, one of the classic sites, TEFL.net is another site that serious teachers would visit first during a job hunt.
Jobs in General
If you have other strings to your bow, our advice is this: USE THEM! Although teaching in Thailand is a fine profession and one of the most enjoyable jobs you can have, the income can be ‘modest’ to say the least. Most teachers don’t get rich. Some have been known to suffer from malnutrition and there are teachers’ soup kitchens abound around Bangkok! Actually, that’s probably a bit of an overstatement – but you do have to hunt far and wide for a well-paid teaching job! With expertise in other areas, the possibilities become endless. Despite of the recession (in fact, probably because of it) there are numerous opportunities for qualified, talented and experienced people in a number of areas.
As with elsewhere in the world, a swathe of jobs sites exist for jobseekers in Thailand. A lot of these sites are interactive in the sense that you put your profile into their system and it sends you jobs that fit your criteria as soon as they arise. Some sites also allow you to put your resume on display for prospective employers. One site leads the way in Thailand – JobsDB. Both sites offer interactive capabilities that deliver jobs right to you in-box. Jobbees is another good site. Although it doesn’t offer the high-tech know-how offered by other sites, Jobbees has a grassroots approach and a ‘cute’ feel about it. It’s packed with jobs for both foreigners and locals. Well worth a visit.
Of course as with teaching jobs, the best source of up-to-date information on vacant positions must be the English language papers – in Thailand, the Bangkok Post and the Nation (see above).
Another thing to try is putting a wanted advertisement in the papers. A small advert costs around 3,000 Baht in the Nation and around 1,500 in the Bangkok Post (see above).
From the Community
Of course, in the Khao San Road community the main source of information about jobs should be word of mouth. If you hear of any good jobs available, or any good organizations, companies or groups that help people find jobs, let us know. We’ll pass on the information.