The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand | Free Book | Part 6

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Teaching SCAMS – Avoiding Them

There are not widespread teaching scams like you might encounter in Korea. This is one area of Thai culture that is rather untouched by scams. However, they do exist. Here is what to look out for.

1. Small private schools oftentimes set up by a foreigner, are the ones that tend to try to screw teachers out of salary or bonuses.

2. If you are the only teacher at the school the school wouldn’t be risking much by trying to get the most out of you that they can – and throwing you away if you don’t like it.

3. Get everything in writing and translated to English. Don’t agree to a contract that has wording, and paragraphs that you don’t like. Cross them out and initial where you did, get the Thai staff hiring you to initial it too. Anything in a contract is negotiable. don’t agree to anything you don’t want to do.

Thailand needs teachers badly. It’s likely that your school will accept anything you cross out of the contract. Get copies of the contract and all paperwork you sign or they show you.

Interviews

Once you’ve found an area you want to live in, and found a school you might consider working at…

Applying

If you’re already in town the best way to apply is to walk in and say you want to apply. I’ve done this at many schools and was always treated royally, even if they didn’t have openings at the time.

Applying from overseas is probably a waste of time for you and the school. They want to see you, and you want to see the school and try to meet the other teachers working there and get the inside scoop.

If you see the job mentioned online as having openings you should call first and start firing away questions. There are many jobs you can weed out this way and you don’t waste your time with an interview.

Dress the Part

Whether you are offered the job or not probably depends more on how you present yourself at the interview than anything else except whether you have a bachelor’s degree. Really. Dress the part in a long-sleeved white shirt, tie, and dark pants, socks and non-tying shoes.

Resumes

Have copies ready to give the interviewer. Ideally, you’ll have your color photo attached to the resume with a paper clip. There may be another person or two that has some say in the hiring process and they’ll want to have a good look at you.

If you don’t have anything on your resume related to teaching kids in the past, emphasize any contact you’ve had with kids!

Salary

Another reason you want to speak with other foreigners already teaching at the school is to find out how much they’re making or made when they started. They might be able to give you the heads up on any salary increases that might be expected soon too. 

Add Ons to your Teaching Responsibilities

You’ll want to read your contract very closely to see what is expected of you. There are various ‘add ons’ that could be attempted by schools. I was told that I must teach after school for 3 days per week for children whose parents made them stay another hour after regular school hours were finished. The pay rate was 300 THB for 1 hour. Parents of these kids were charged 200 THB each and there were frequently 10 or more of them in that special class. Someone was going to make 1,500 THB or more off me working.

I said no, and they accepted it – but, none of the other foreign teachers questioned it – not knowing they could make 2,000 THB themselves teaching a special class at their home, maybe with those same kids. Did I feel badly that others had gone along with the game plan and I hadn’t. A little bit, but such is life. You get the deal you make. You have to watch out for yourself in Thailand – most everything is negotiable, remember that. Nearly every single thing!

The Interview

You should look at the interview as a chance for you to find out as much about the position as possible. All the Thais want to know is: Are you qualified? Are you presentable? Are you reliable?

You might have 20-30 questions for them. Here’s a starter list.

Interview Questions

1. What is the salary for this full-time position? Is that the same as the other foreign teachers are making? For university, you’ll make 25K or more, for government schools it starts around 30k. Maybe 5k more for a master’s degree.

2. How long is the contract? Usually 12 months or until the end of the year if you come mid-term.

3. Do you sponsor me for the non-immigrant b visa – doing all paperwork and helping me get it?

4. Do you pay for the work permit and my run out of country to get the non-immigrant b visa?

5. Do you pay for the training necessary to get the teaching license?

6. How many hours of teaching per week and how many hours in the office? It should be 18-20 hours teaching in a high school. Less hours are expected at a university.

7. Do you pay health insurance? Do I contribute anything to it?

8. When does work start and end? What days do I work?

9. Must I teach extra classes for the school after work?

10. How many weekends do I have free?

11. Are the courses all set up or, do I need to create them?

12. Is there air conditioning in the classrooms? Can it be used during the entire class?

13. Are there computers to use in the teachers’ room? Is there internet that works well?

14. Are there English camps I’m supposed to attend? Are they paid?

15. What is the discipline policy?

16. Does every student pass regardless of the grades I give? This is usual. Thai teachers create their own system of who passes and who repeats grades. Hint: nobody repeats grades unless they are incorrigible and don’t have wealthy parents.

17. Are there other foreign English teachers working here? I’d like to schedule a time to meet with one of them for 30 minutes. This is crucial if they already have staff working there. They’ll probably be pretty honest with you unless they are doing mad hours covering for the position you’re filling. Ask whether they are.

Working in Thailand – Not Teaching

Work permit still required

All foreign workers must possess a valid work permit. Whether or not you can work depends if you have a skill which is needed in Thailand. The kinds of jobs foreigners are not legally able to do are listed in the “Alien Employment Act”. All forbidden occupations for foreigners are listed.

Visas

To receive a work permit you must have an existing non-immigrant b or permanent “residence permit”.

New work permits are required for each position you hold, you cannot transfer them.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kingdom of Thailand http://www.mfa.go.th

Jobs in Thailand:

http://www.jobsdb.com
http://www.thaijobcenter.com

Working in Bars

I’ve been asked to manage three different bars. If that’s the type of work you are looking for you can probably find it too. Clean cut males that aren’t into drugs or drinking much themselves seem to make the best candidates as the bar owner believes they’ll be more reliable and trustworthy.

Some expats consider buying or starting a bar. The bar business is said to be extremely competitive. A friend of mine in Patong Beach that owned 2 bars at the time he was telling me how rough it was to break even, now owns four bars on Soi Bangla. Profits can be made. Five years ago my friend was making more than 30,000 THB per night on the weekends (gross). There are various things to payoff that come out of that, but it seems to me it can’t be all that difficult to work around naked dancing girls and upbeat music. What do I know though?

Western Companies

There are many western companies that have branches for their business located in Bangkok. Bangkok is like the capital of Asia, and it’s easy to do business in this big city. There are jobs available but you’ll have to really look for them online. Start your search using Monster.com, an American based company with jobs available in most countries of the world. Working with western companies in Bangkok might be the best chance you have to earn income matching your income from your home country. There are many sales positions and project management positions available in Bangkok. If at some point you are able to speak and write Thai as well as English you’ll be in high demand in Bangkok as a manager.

Online Business

There are a small number of successful expats in Thailand that are running websites that meet a need usually for other expats in the country. BahtSold.com, StickmanBangkok.com, Ajarn.com, and ThaiVisa.com were all started many years ago to fill a need they saw in Thailand among expats living here.

The primary way the owners of these sites make money is from advertising placed on the pages of their popular website. Some companies will pay 5,000 THB per month to be on the front page of StickmanBangkok.com because there are a very high number of web surfers that reach that first page.

If you notice how many banners he has on the first page (8 at last count), you’ll begin to understand the power of having your own high traffic site. Stick makes about 40,000 THB ($1,200+ USD) just from advertising on his first page.

All of the sites mentioned above have taken years and years to grow the traffic to such a degree that income can be made. That is not to say there aren’t 100 other people with ideas for websites waiting to happen that could be just as, and more successful. There is a lot of room for success. The space is wide-open in Thailand for someone to build a couple of large sites that grab huge amounts of traffic – especially in the nightlife niche.

Many disillusioned teachers look online for the answer to making money. Very few are successful. Being successful online takes a real familiarity with the many online tools you’ll need to help make you successful. It takes the entrepreneurial spirit and usually repeated attempts to find something that will work for you online and provide enough income that you can either stop or cut down on teaching English. It also takes investment capital if you don’t have the technical skills to do it all yourself.

Incidentally, I’m always looking for partners in this area. My expertise is in building online companies. I do web development, graphics, search engine optimization and everything necessary to start the business and get it running. I look for expats in Thailand that need to partner with an expert in this regard and want to invest money either in an idea they have or in one of my own projects. If you don’t have the skills to bring a project to fruition, I can help.

Another option you have is to buy an existing business in Thailand or start your own.

It is possible to set up your own English language teaching business, legally, in Thailand. I had a friend, Cam, from Australia, who set up a private office behind one of the Anuban (kindergarten) schools in the northeast. He set the company up through a lawyer that went to Bangkok for him to make it “legal”.

My friend had all the required paperwork, and, because he was literally no more than 100 meters from the Ministry of Education building, he was visited by them and police on two different occasions to check his paperwork. It all checked out.

Cost to set it up? 20,000 THB and he had to have some Thais on the payroll as well as himself. He stayed for over two-years and did very well before moving on.

There are lawyers advertising in the newspapers and online that they can set you up in your own legal company in Thailand for sums of 20,000+ THB and get you a work permit, all nice and tidy. Apparently, it works and is above board enough that it is an option you have if you’re looking to start your own Thailand business and you don’t have the few million baht deposited in your business account.

Most people I know that left the teaching profession and moved on to something more successful met many people – expats and Thais in the upper levels of society and eventually got a break. If you keep your eyes and ears open you might find your break the same way.

Teaching FAQ – Questions and Answers

Is it possible to stay in Thailand long-term, happily, and never make more than teachers’ salary?

For some, I think yes. For myself, I go back and forth between minimalist living and not. Recently I had a baby here with my Thai wife so I’m more money-focused than I have been in the past. Living on a teaching salary now would be ludicrous and if I were teaching I’d probably move quickly into another, higher-paid position.

Do any schools require 6 day work weeks?

There are some schools that require foreign teachers to work 6 days per week just like the Thai teachers. Of course, I’d recommend you don’t do this. Cross it out of the contract. If they don’t accept it, go elsewhere.

Contact hours (teaching hours) around 18-20 hours per week at a government school is doable with not that much stress. Maximum hours at a private language school shouldn’t be more than about 25 hours. Any more than that and you should look elsewhere for another more convenient schedule.

Do most major cities have shopping?

Tesco, Big C, Makro, Carre 4, and Robinson center are department stores that you can usually find in major cities.

Do most major cities have western food restaurants?

Some. There might be a McDonald’s, Burger King, Swenson’s Ice Cream, KFC, Dairy Queen, Pizza Company, or Pizza Hut are common. Black Canyon Coffee is a chain that is found often. I don’t enjoy it.

Can I easily get a bank account?

Sure, your passport is all that is needed. Schools can pay you by direct deposit in most cases, in others, cash.

How many teachers are usually at a Thai Government school?

It varies. I’ve seen one, and I’ve seen 14 foreign teachers.

I’m from Germany (insert any country whose citizens speak English as a second language), and I have a bachelor’s degree. Will I have a problem finding a teaching job in Thailand?

If your English is understandable, very understandable, no you won’t have a problem at all!

What is the average age of foreign teachers in Thailand?

I’d say it leans toward 30-35 range. But, I’ve met teachers that were 68 and some that were 22.

Are part-time teaching contracts available?

Not usually at government schools, private schools, or universities but you can sometimes find part-time hours at a private language school.

What is the top paying job I could get as a teacher in Thailand?

Working at an international school in Thailand might pay you over 100,000 THB if you had a teaching certification and a year or two of experience. If you had a master’s degree or higher, better yet. If you chose to teach university students at Chulalongkorn during your free-time you could probably make another 50,000 THB. Maximum possible? I’d guess 200,000 THB.

Are there AIDS tests for teachers?

Yes at government schools. They won’t tell you about it until you arrive at the clinic and start scraping your cheek. If you’re found positive you’ll be sent back to your home country. If you’re positive, don’t work at a Thai government school!

What are the government primary and high school yearly schedules like?

Start teaching in May and have a break in October for up to a month, then return and finish early/mid-March. End of the year until mid-May is the summer vacation time. University students are on a slightly different schedule.

Visa status of legal teachers in Thailand?

Your school will probably help you process a Non-Immigrant B visa that may require you exiting Thailand to Laos, Malaysia or Myanmar by land or you could fly to Singapore, or anywhere else that has a Thai consulate.

How much money will I earn teaching full-time as an English teacher in Thailand?

Typically the salaries for full-time teachers in government high schools and primary schools start at 30,000 THB per month. In Bangkok international schools and some private language schools pay highest at 50,000+ THB per month. Outside Bangkok, there are some international schools in Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya that also pay well.

Private language schools pay well, but more importantly, don’t require that you sit around the office for many hours you’re not being paid for. Many teachers teach here for this reason.

Universities pay the least and require the least amount of teaching hours but you will still need to make office hours available for students to visit you with questions and problems.

Teaching private lessons at your home or anywhere outside of the school where your work permit is registered is illegal – but many English teachers supplement their income with another 5,000 to 50,000 THB per month this way.

How long are teaching contracts in Thailand?

Usually for one year. If there is a break at the end of the year and your school is paying you through the break they’ll give you a month or so free to go where you wish, but you’ll likely be required to be available during the last part of the break to prepare for lessons and do whatever they come up with.

Can I teach English part-time?

In theory, yes. In practice, there are very few government schools or universities are willing to let you do it – even if they have many full-time teachers already, they rarely want part-time teachers.

You could instead opt to teach with a private English language school like ECC where all you have is hours and don’t need to stay other than to teach. Of course, you won’t likely have a work permit from them unless you’re teaching a good number of hours.

Are there any expat teachers in Thailand that blog regularly?

Isaan Style: Brunty, an Aussie in Ubon Ratchathani has a TON of personal experiences written about teaching in Thailand.

Easiest cities to find English teaching jobs?

Bangkok, Phuket Town, Trang, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon si Thammarat, Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Ubon Ratchathani.

What is it like teaching Thai schoolchildren in Thailand?

Many teachers upon arriving in Thailand are not given much in the way of materials that help prepare them to teach the children in their classes. Schools are notorious for this. They sign you up for a job not knowing if you can teach at all and then don’t bother to help you come up with a syllabus and course outline except to say – here’s what we did last year (verbally) and you have to find books that support what they want.

If you are the unlucky new English teacher that is a first for their new English program – you’ll need to find the approved Thai curriculum and get that translated by someone competent enough to do so. From there you’ll need to find books in English that will cover everything on the Thai curriculum.

In government schools, subjects like math are duplicated – in Thai and in English. If you’re in a program where you are the only teacher for either Math, Science, Drama, Health or whatever subject, then the entire responsibility is on you for teaching the kids what they would have learned in a Thai class. But, you’re teaching them in English. It pays to always follow the approved curriculum.

How easy is it to exchange money and where can I do it?

Exchanging money is easily done at any bank during the weekdays. If you arrive on the weekend and need to exchange some, get yourself to a Tesco or Big C department store, they have bank branches there and they’re open all weekend.

Are temporary positions available for a month, or couple of months?

Some are available, usually in businesses that want to train their employees on some specific conversations they will have with foreigners. The hotel industry in Patong Beach, Pattaya, and Krabi offer jobs like this. However, you won’t get a work permit or teacher’s license just for this temporary gig, and most companies require them now. It’s more an opportunity for a teacher who is already licensed and has the visa and just wants to moonlight for extra cash.

Summer camps hire teachers for a short time and some year-round like AYSO.

Universities are often looking for part-time teachers to teach on the weekend for very good remuneration. You may be teaching Ph.D. students how to speak conversational English. With the amount of face lost every time one opens their mouths, it’s very difficult to keep the class going well and everyone happy. A very tough job, but can pay 1,000 to 2,000 THB per hour with 5 hours each weekend day guaranteed for two or three months.

You could always hit the private language schools who may be fine with you teaching for a week or month. Just remember that with positions like this, work permits are generally not included as part of the package. Odds are one would not have a problem working without a work permit but it could mean visa runs are necessary.

What is the government school yearly teaching schedule?

Start teaching in May and have a break in October for up to a month, then return and finish early/mid-March until mid-May is the summer vacation time. University students are on a slightly different schedule.

Visa status of legal teachers in Thailand?

Your school will help you process a Non-Immigrant B visa that may require you exiting Thailand to Laos, Malaysia or Myanmar. Who pays for fees is negotiable. Government and other good schools will pay for you. You also must get a legal work permit which resembles a passport. Your school can keep this for you.

Should foreign teachers hit Thai school children?

Probably not. Many Thai teachers do hit them and seem to keep better control over them. Are those kids learning as much as those that aren’t hit – but whose classes are more like zoos? We need a good study on this because I don’t have the answers and nor have I seen them anywhere either.

How much money will I earn teaching full-time as an English teacher in Thailand?

Typically the salaries for full-time teachers outside of Bangkok start at 30,000 Thai baht. Currently, this means about $950 USD. There is little or no tax taken in some cases, and most expats can live comfortably on that each month. If you enjoy nightlife regularly, shop a lot, or travel often, you will need more money.

How long are teaching contracts in Thailand?

Usually for one year. If there is a break at the end of the year usually you’re required to be available during the break for whatever they might come up with.

Can I teach English Part-time?

In theory, yes. In practice, there are very few schools willing to let you do it – even if they have many full-time teachers already they rarely want part-time teachers. The exception to this is “ECC” and other hourly English schools that are OK with part-time teachers.

What are Pink Books in Government schools?

The Thailand Ministry of Education has teachers fill out something teachers call, “Pink Books” to record all students grades and attendance throughout the year. They are a major task to fill out if you have 100 kids like most teachers do.

I’ve uploaded a free copy of the pink book computer (XLS) spreadsheet I used at a government school. Yours probably is exactly the same, but of course, check!

Download it here for free: http://www.Thailandebooks.com/files/pinkbooks.xls

It’s easier for some people to fill these reports out on the computer because all the formulas are built-in and you don’t have to do the math by hand.

Just fill in the students and their student numbers, grades, absences, and EVERYTHING else you would typically put into the very tedious PINK BOOKS. Print landscape mode and you’ll save yourself a lot of time figuring out grades – Excel does it for you. Of course, you must enter the formulas for it. Someone in your office should probably know how to do it.

When it’s finished on the computer you can print them out and paste them into the pink books and it’s a major time saver! Most schools are ok with this but get their approval first before you spend a lot of time entering the data on your computerized Pink Book sheet.

Just fill in the students and their student numbers, grades, absences, and EVERYTHING else you would typically put into the very tedious PINK BOOKS. Print landscape mode and you’ll save yourself a lot of time figuring out grades – Excel does it for you. Of course, you must enter the formulas for it. Someone in your office should probably know how to do it.

How many holidays do I get paid for per year?

It all depends on the school and your contract. Read it thoroughly!

How do Thais and Westerners get along together in the school workplace?

Generally fine. When we need to work closely with them is when differences emerge and are frustrating. There aren’t usually major problems.

In general, how well do Thais speak English? As good as Filipinos? Indians?

Not that good. Not as good as Malaysians, but better overall than Laotians. The real problem is that when Thais try in class, or in public to speak English and they speak incorrectly they lose ‘face’ – which can cut down considerably on the trying.

Can I date my adult students?

Warnings should be going off in your head when you ask this question, but it does happen. Probably it happens often. I’d say try hard to avoid dating your students.

Do I need to bring my original bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, TOFL certificates to Thailand?

Yes! The Ministry of Education and your employers will want to see the originals, though they will only keep copies. Don’t let anyone keep your original diplomas or certificates.

Will a master’s degree get me more money?

Yes, in certain schools. There is a school in Phuket Town that employs over 30 foreign teachers per year and they advertise in their ads that those with a master’s degree will receive 5,000 more baht per month. Other schools there is no such increase in salary.

Without a degree and without experience can I still find a job in Thailand?

Probably you can still find a job in Thailand. There are some schools so desperate that they would hire you only because you speak English. You’d not be able to work at a government school or decent university though.

Where can I find out about schools with poor records dealing with foreign teachers?

http://www.thaischoolwatch.com

Can a foreign teacher find a job at any age?

Yes and no. I remember a government primary school restricting ages of teachers to a maximum of 60 years. I’ve known foreign teachers that were almost 70 years old teaching at respected government schools. I think 70 would be close to the limit.

My school wants to give me an eleven-month contract. Is this a good idea?

For them, yes. For you, no. They are probably trying to get out of paying you for a month of vacation. You should negotiate or walk.

How much notice do I need to give a school when I want to quit the job?

Whatever your contract states. If it doesn’t state it you can probably give one month notice and be fine – even if they take you to court over it, and they won’t.

Are there any good teacher placement agencies in Thailand?

Yes, there are a couple. I’d hate to name them and have them do something negative in the near future though. It’s my belief that you never have to go through a teacher placement agency to find a job in Thailand.

Can I find volunteer work easily?

Yes, quite easily without paying for it. However, if you need college credit for it you will probably pay for it at one of the major volunteer agencies like Projects-Abroad.org.

Can I work in a hotel, teaching English to staff?

These jobs are available sporadically throughout the year as hotels realize they need to do something about the level of English their staff is capable of. The pay is usually average to decent but the term is usually of short duration and once you cover the basic things people say in a hotel, poof the job is over.

Is the online TEFL certificate course valid?

Some Thai schools won’t care at all. If it says TEFL you’re in. Others, the competitive schools and those to whom reputation means a lot – might point out that you had no real observed teaching experience. Probably you’re 80% OK with an online TEFL.

Must I get a TEFL certificate?

No. Many schools and universities will request one, but truth is, if they need teachers they will probably hire you without it.

Can my friend (or spouse) and I get a job at the same school?

It’s quite possible, likely even. Thais don’t seem to have anything against this idea.

Do I need to know Thai in order to Teach English?

No school will ever ask if you know Thai, and it will come in handy as you learn some key phrases… but, the truth is you need not know any Thai at all to get started. I know some English programs that forbid the English teachers from speaking anything but English in the classroom and on school grounds so the students are more immersed in the language.

What are the drawbacks to teaching in Thailand?

Most foreigners that come to Thailand choose it over Korea, Japan and other higher-paying countries because of the style of life. It’s simple here. It’s low-stress. The money made goes a long way. One drawback is that few teachers seem to save anything substantial because there is just so much fun stuff to do in the country.

Another drawback is that your professional career in whatever industry you were in back in your home country, is stagnating and if you stay too long in Thailand you’ll be doing yourself a disservice. It’s hard to explain more than a year overseas. Employers in your home country probably look at it as if you were on an extended vacation. Five-year vacation!

A drawback recently has been all the changes that are happening within the teaching profession in Thailand, as well as the visa changes and changes politically across the country. Things have become tougher and many foreign teachers have left for other countries or to return home. One thing is for sure, things will continue changing and there seems no end in sight. Thailand has a serious shortage of good teachers at the moment, so maybe they’ll relax restrictions in the near future. Maybe not!

What resources can I use to find a teaching job in Thailand?

Ajarn.com has the largest list of jobs available in Thailand for teaching. However, whatever city you’re in is likely to need English teachers as there is a severe shortage made more ridiculous by recent changes in visa and teaching requirements, and it’s only been getting worse each year. A lot of expat teachers have left the country to Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and other “greener pastures”.

Look in Ajarn.com, but also go directly to schools in cities you are interested in living in. I’m 100% sure that most of the vacancies at Thai schools are not listed anywhere – they just hope they are magically filled.

ECC English School – Provide English classes across Thailand. Part-time work is found here. In most major Thai cities.

Visa Issues

What visa options are available to me before I enter Thailand?

Thailand’s visa regulations are constantly changing. Currently, most nationalities can receive a thirty-day visa on arrival when entering the country through an airport. The visa on arrival is only fourteen days if you arrive over a land border.

Here is a list of countries that can get visa on arrival:

http://www.imm3.police.go.th/eng/

Tourist Visas are issued at Thai embassies or consulates. There are different numbers of entries allowed on the visa, but it isn’t always easy to get more than one.

Single tourist visas entitle the holder to spend 60 days per entry in Thailand with an option to extend by 30 more days (at cost) at an immigration office.

Double-entry tourist visas entitle the holder to the Single entry and an extra 60-day entry by leaving the country and returning to Thailand and you can extend another 30 days.

Triple entry tourist visas would add another 60-day entry and 30-day extension.

In practice, it is hard to get more than a double-entry tourist visa.

How much are tourist visas in the UK?

http://www.thaiconsul-uk.com

A Non-immigrant O visa can be obtained for foreigners married to a Thai national, or that has Thai children or dependents. A work permit can now (since 2006) be issued with the non-immigrant o visas.

What is a border run?

A border run is leaving Thailand and returning through a border – can be air or land. This used to be done by thousands of foreigners needing to renew their 30-day visas. Now that the visa length is only 15 days (by land) there are a lot less doing border runs. Now, border runs are usually done to enable the second or third entry on a multiple entry visa.

What happens if I break the teaching contract at my school because I just cannot stand it anymore?

If the school paid for your work permit you’ll need to reimburse them for it. Your work permit and non-immigrant b visa are not valid anymore and you will need to leave the country within 7 days of your work permit being returned to the Labor Department.

What is a re-entry permit?

Leaving Thailand when you have a non-immigrant visa will nullify that visa. You must get a re-entry permit from immigration before leaving Thailand to enable you to retain your non-immigrant visa.

Cost is 1,000 THB for a single re-entry permit or 3,800 THB for a multiple that is valid for as long as your visa is valid for.

20 Positives to Teaching English in Thailand

1. Time flies because 3-4 classes per day and preparation, grading from days before keeps you busy.

2. Thai food breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You probably haven’t had Thai breakfasts yet. Delicious.

3. Instant status. If you were a nobody in your country, now you have status.

4. With extra classes can earn enough to pay off student loans at home and have a blast in Thailand.

5. Meet people from all over the world – teachers and others visiting or living here long-term.

6. When you find an age-group you enjoy teaching it’s very rewarding and you can look forward to work every day.

7. Free lunch, and sometimes even breakfast.

8. Killer after-work karaoke get-togethers.

9. When you return to your country you’ll know another couple dozen Thai foods you can order at the restaurants.

10. It’s not a difficult job once you get the hang of it. I’d call it the easiest job I’ve ever had.

11. One of the few places that is air-conditioned inside.

12. Many kids want to learn and try very hard.

13. There are probably going to be students that already speak well enough to help the other students ‘get it’.

14. If you work in a high school and you have it in your contract like you should – you’ll probably get paid for about 3 months of non-teaching vacation.

15. English program heads at government or private schools usually want to keep the foreign teachers happy and will change a lot of things to make them feel better.

16. If you learn some of the teenage slang and know what they’re saying, Thai kids can be very funny.

17. It’s OK to have a free-for-all in the classroom once a month.

18. Many contracts give you a full month’s pay at the end of the year as a ‘bonus’.

19. You’ll learn Thai easier than someone that doesn’t teach.

20. You’ll be introduced to some great people you work with, but also the parents of the kids are probably business owners, health professionals, professors and other white-collar folks.

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