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Old Dec 3rd 2001, 12:27 pm   #1
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Hi,

My girlfriend and I recently went to Thailand and fell in love with it. We'd love to go and work there for a year or so. Does anyone have any advice on getting work, flats or anything?? We dont speak Thai (yet!!) which may be a problem.

All help appreciated greatly.

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Old Dec 3rd 2001, 5:35 pm   #2
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Firstly to work you will require work permits. These are arranged by the employer. Unless you are very highly skilled in expert professions or on transfer from your present employer there is little chance unless you want to teach. You will need TEFL course certificates. Pay is very low indeed, and although many do it, it is just 'get by' money, usually around B 20,000 a month. Do be prepared to do without many of your normally 'accepted' luxuries. Teaching is the only option unless of course you have a highly needed skill or have funds to set-up a buinsess, in which case 1 year would not be enough.
Many young people have this idea but unfortunately it is not as easy as many might think. Not trying to be off-putting but this is the case.
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Old Dec 3rd 2001, 9:09 pm   #3
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Your problem is finding a job there.
 
Old Dec 4th 2001, 4:15 am   #4
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Hi,

This is a good website:

http://www.chopsticks.net/stickman/ Stickman's guide to Bangkok

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Old Dec 5th 2001, 2:23 pm   #5
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Thanks for your replies. The site you recommended seemed good.

Has anyone out there ever taught English in Thailand?? Can you give me an idea of what it's like??
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Old Dec 11th 2001, 2:02 pm   #6
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http://www.khao-san-road.com/work.html

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).

Ajarn.com 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.

ECC Thailand/First Training 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.

Newspapers 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 web sites, but beware: Positions often get posted onto the net one or
two weeks after the fact so don't rely on this web presence to help you get the job
you are looking for. This situation does seem to be getting better with the
introduction of there new jobs services, but for now - stay current with hard copy
just to be on the safe side!

Internet 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. A newcomer on the scene is
Teach in Thailand. As the name suggests, this site focuses on jobs in the Kingdom and
aims to be the middleman between the schools and teachers. A good idea, and we wish
them good luck - if it works out this site will help a lot of people out.

If you are looking for information on jobs coupled with other information about
living and working in Thailand, Experience Thailand and 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.

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