1. WHY TEACH ENGLISH IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND?
Chiang Mai gives you the authentic Thai experience that you crave, the nature that you love, the modernity that makes you feel at home, and the creative community that binds together Thais and Westerners alike.
The relaxed atmosphere and work ethic of Thailand, ensures that you will enjoy your teaching position every step of the way.
2. What is the cost of living in Chiang Mai? (Prices listed in USD)
Starting Salary at Private schools: 30,000 - 35,000 baht a month ($960-$1,120)
Apartment - One bedrooom with AC - 6,000-8,000 baht a month ( $192-$256 )
Utilities (Electric Bill) - around 1,000 baht a month ($30)
WIFI - very fast speed - 800 baht a month ($25)
Thai Food - about $1 for a meal
Western Food - pizza, burgers, mexican food - range from $3-$10 a meal. If you spent $15 on a meal that means you had alcohol and a lot of food.
Laundry Service (about $15 for 5 pounds of clothing - wash, dried, ironed, and folded)
Motorbike Rental about $70-$80 a month
Gas - full tank $3
Beer - $1.50 for a large bottle
Massages - $6 for an hour oil massage
2. WHY DO I NEED A TEFL CERTIFICATION?
A TEFL Certification is required to teach in Chiang Mai. The online course will prepare you for your teaching position.
3. DO I NEED A TEACHING DEGREE TO TEACH IN THAILAND?
You do not need a Teaching degree from the US to get a teaching job in Thailand. You do need a TEFL, which will help prepare you for the experience.
4. DO I NEED ANY TEACHING EXPERIENCE?
You do not. However, any experience with children will help you in your interview.
5. DO I NEED A TEFL IF I HAVE MY TEACHING DEGREE?
Yes, you do. Schools in Chiang Mai require a TEFL even if you have an education degree in the US. You will have the opportunity to be paid more if you do have an education degree.
6. WHY DO I NEED A BACHELOR'S DEGREE TO TEACH?
All teaching jobs in Chiang Mai require a Bachelor's Degree. Your degree can be in any subject area.
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7. WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
We accept applications on a rolling basis. Apply as soon as possible, so we can help pick the best start date for you.
9. WILL I NEED MALARIA TABLETS IN THAILAND?
You should consult a travel doctor in the US before entering Thailand, but malaria pills are not necessary for Chiang Mai. None of our other teachers have had cases, but it is under your discretion whether you would like to use them or not.
10. ARE THERE ANY REQUIRED VACCINATIONS FOR THAILAND?
There are not any required vaccinations to enter Thailand. However, you should consult a travel doctor in the US before arriving. The most common vaccinations are Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Tetanus. You can find more detailed information on the CDC website.
11. WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET?
Yes, Thailand is very well connected with Internet. WIFI will be included in your first month accommodation.
12. WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO A PHONE?
We encourage you to bring your phone from the US and make sure it is unlocked and able to use a SIM card before you arrive. We will set you up with an international SIM card and help you choose your phone plan.
13. WILL SOMEONE BE THERE TO PICK ME UP AT THE AIRPORT?
Yes, someone will be there to pick you up at the airport with a sign with your name on it.
14. WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
The best time to arrive would be before the school year starts on May 1st. Please check our program arrival schedule to choose the best time for you.
15. WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE FOR TEACHING?
The dress code for men is long pants, close toed shoes and a button down top. Some schools allow short sleeves, while others require long sleeves and a tie. The dress code for women is modest tops, long dresses, skirts and long pants. Some schools do not allow females to wear pants. Do not overpack for the dress code, everything you need is here and will be much cheaper!
16. WHAT MEALS ARE PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM?
There are not meals provided during the program. However, Chiang Mai has many amazing food options for a low cost. Thai meals range from 30-50 baht, which is ($1-$2 USD).
17. IS THAILAND SAFE?
Yes, Thailand is a very safe country. Our teachers have said they feel safer here than even in their home cities in America. However, it is important to take the same safety precautions as you would traveling in any country.
18. WHAT IF I DON'T SPEAK THAI?
It is not necessary to speak Thai. Many schools prefer that you don't to give the students a full English immersion experience. However, we will be sure you're prepared with the phrases you need to know during your orientation.
19. WHAT HOLIDAYS WILL I HAVE OFF?
Thailand has about 16 public holidays throughout the year as well as various other observance days. Teachers are usually pleased with the amount of time they get off of work in comparison to their home country.
20. WHAT'S THE COST OF LIVING LIKE IN THAILAND?
The cost of living in Thailand is very cheap. You can have a luxury apartment in the middle of the city for around $250 USD a month. Expect to spend no more than $70 USD a week depending on your lifestyle.
21. CAN I SAVE MONEY TEACHING IN THAILAND?
Yes! Of course you can. Saving money, no matter where in the world, depends on your lifestyle. Many teachers also teach online and make USD$, which enables them to save and pay any student loans.
22. CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN THAILAND?
Yes. Major credit cards are accepted at large stores and some hotels, but cash is the ideal form of payment almost everywhere.
23. WILL I HAVE A BANK ACCOUNT IN THAILAND?
Yes, you will. Once you have a teaching job, the school will help set you up with a bank account and debit card. You will be paid via direct deposit.
24. WHICH VISA SHOULD I ARRIVE WITH?
We suggest you get a two month tourist visa in your home city. That will give you plenty of time to settle in and start your teaching job. Once hired at a school, they will handle your paperwork and help you with the work permit visa process. Your work permit will last one year and is easily renewed year to year.
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