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CMR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:57 am    Post subject: short(ish) term job in Thailand Reply with quote

Hi all,

I will be traveling overseas during 2012 and I will be in Thailand for 6 months (with a double-entry 60-day visa extendable each time to 90 days) beginning in April. While in Thailand I'm interested in teaching ESL. I have a BA in English Literature, a Masters, and a CELTA, but no teaching experience (my professional background is as an editor). Almost all the postings I've seen online are for a minimum of a year. I would like to know how I should be applying - in advance or when I arrive in Thailand, and what kind of job I can get with my qualifications and time constraints.

I searched the forum and I found a post that said that people who would like to teach short-term in Thailand should work at a language academy, but I'm not sure what that is.

Thank you for your help,
Charlotte
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tttompatz



Joined: 06 Mar 2010
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Location: Talibon, Bohol, Philippines

PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:36 am    Post subject: Re: short(ish) term job in Thailand Reply with quote

CMR wrote:
Hi all,

I will be traveling overseas during 2012 and I will be in Thailand for 6 months (with a double-entry 60-day visa extendable each time to 90 days) beginning in April. While in Thailand I'm interested in teaching ESL. I have a BA in English Literature, a Masters, and a CELTA, but no teaching experience (my professional background is as an editor). Almost all the postings I've seen online are for a minimum of a year. I would like to know how I should be applying - in advance or when I arrive in Thailand, and what kind of job I can get with my qualifications and time constraints.

I searched the forum and I found a post that said that people who would like to teach short-term in Thailand should work at a language academy, but I'm not sure what that is.

Thank you for your help,
Charlotte


Start of term you can get one term contracts (May - Sept or Nov - Feb) with agencies that provide teachers to k-12 schools. The pay is not great (30k thb) but it is work. AYC has been advertising a lot as of late but there are lots of others out there as well.

IF you are on the ground there are always options at language centers / language academies, around the country. Dec-Feb are the slowest time for finding work. April-May are the busiest.

Language academies are "after-school" study centers that offer classes in English with a focus, depending on age, in grammar, conversation, TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS prep.

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teacherkev



Joined: 05 Feb 2012
Posts: 18
Location: Vietnam

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like an obvious thing to do, though I have overlooked this area before. Check with your network, you will be surprised at how many people will know someone on the ground in Thailand. I have been offered a contract role to start later this year teaching English to employees of a conglomerate. I know that this would not have come my way without the all important connection.
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bulgogiboy



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
Posts: 801

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:12 am    Post subject: Re: short(ish) term job in Thailand Reply with quote

CMR wrote:
Hi all,

I will be traveling overseas during 2012 and I will be in Thailand for 6 months (with a double-entry 60-day visa extendable each time to 90 days) beginning in April. While in Thailand I'm interested in teaching ESL. I have a BA in English Literature, a Masters, and a CELTA, but no teaching experience (my professional background is as an editor). Almost all the postings I've seen online are for a minimum of a year. I would like to know how I should be applying - in advance or when I arrive in Thailand, and what kind of job I can get with my qualifications and time constraints.

I searched the forum and I found a post that said that people who would like to teach short-term in Thailand should work at a language academy, but I'm not sure what that is.

Thank you for your help,
Charlotte


You might find if you're there, on the ground, presenting yourself to schools in a professional manner, that they'll be interested in you regardless of a lack of experience. This is especially true due to you having a CELTA. It all depends if the manager/director likes the cut of your jib, or not. You could always visit a few places in person, hand in your CV, and offer to do a demo lesson?

Best of luck!
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MaiPenRai



Joined: 17 Jan 2006
Posts: 390
Location: BKK

PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are looking for a short term contract (1 term - 4-6 mths) do as ttom has suggested. Many agencies offer 1 term contracts. The money is fairly standard and you wont have to screw over a school by breaking a contract after a few months.
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