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Everything you need to know about becoming an international teacher in Thailand

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Known for its stunning beaches, delicious food, welcoming people, and affordable lifestyle, it’s no surprise Thailand is a great choice for those looking to teach overseas.

In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about becoming an international teacher in Thailand, including visa requirements, cost of living, healthcare, cultural expectations and norms, and expat communities.

 

Visa requirements for working in Thailand

To teach in Thailand, you will need a Non-Immigrant B Visa and a Work Permit.

To obtain a Non-Immigrant B Visa you’ll need:

  • a job offer;
  • a request from your new school that you be issued with a non-immigrant visa; and
  • an expression from your school that you are of good moral and will be respectful to the culture and laws of Thailand.

You should apply for your Non-Immigrant B Visa within 30 days of departing your home country. The Non-Immigrant B Visa is valid for 90 days and can be extended to one year.

To obtain a Work Permit, you must have a job offer from a Thai employer, and your employer must apply for the permit on your behalf. It’s important to note that you cannot legally work in Thailand without a Work Permit.

To obtain a Work Permit, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Passport
  • Non-Immigrant B Visa
  • Departure Card TM.6
  • Education degree (signed copy)
  • Transcript (signed copy)
  • Certificates or licenses held by applicant (signed copy)
  • CV or Resume
  • Photos
  • Marriage Certificate (if married to Thai National).

Your new school will also be required to provide a number of work permit documents. For detailed information, please visit the Thailand Government website.

 

Cost of living in Thailand

The cost of living in Thailand is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, the cost of living can vary greatly depending on where you choose to live. Bangkok, for example, is more expensive than other parts of the country.

Cost of living in Bangkok (USD)

Rent for one-bedroom apartment in city centre – $675 per month
Loaf of bread – $1.70
Litre of milk – $1.75
12 eggs – $2.05
Takeaway coffee – $2.25
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant – $28.75
Public transport – $1.30 one way

Cost of living in Chiang Mai (USD)

Rent for one-bedroom apartment in city centre – $345 per month
Loaf of bread – $1.30
Litre of milk – $1.65
12 eggs – $1.75
Takeaway coffee – $1.60
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant – $15.25
Public transport – $0.85 one way

 

Healthcare in Thailand

Thailand has a universal healthcare system, and medical care is generally affordable and of good quality. However, as an expat, you may want to consider purchasing private health insurance to cover any unexpected medical expenses. Many international schools in Thailand offer health insurance as part of their employment package.

 

Cultural expectations and norms in Thailand

Thai culture is deeply rooted in Buddhism and has a strong emphasis on respect and politeness. For example, it’s considered rude to point your feet at someone, and it’s customary to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home or a temple. Additionally, Thai people value harmony and avoiding conflict, so it’s important to be patient and understanding in communication.

It’s important to note that Thai authorities are strict when it comes to violations and the law in general.

 

Expat communities in Thailand

Thailand is home to a large expat community, particularly in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. These communities can be a great resource for new teachers, as they offer support, advice, and opportunities to meet other expats. There are also many online forums and social media groups dedicated to expat life in Thailand.

 

Schrole international schools in Thailand

Becoming an international teacher in Thailand can be a wonderful experience, offering a unique and affordable lifestyle, great healthcare, and a welcoming culture. Explore Schrole schools in Thailand now:

American Pacific International School
Amnuay Silpa School
Ascot International School
BASIS International School Bangkok
British International School, Phuket – BISP
Chiang Mai International School
Denla Trilingual School (DLTS)
D-PREP International School
ELC International Schools
International Pioneers School
International School Bangkok
Keerapat International School (KPIS)
King Mongkut’s International Demonstration School
KIS International School, Bangkok
Lanna International School Thailand
Mahidol University International Demonstration School
Meritton British International School
MYIS International School
NIST International School
NIVA American International School
Panyaden International School
QSI International School of Phuket
Raffles American School Bangkok
Roong Aroon International School
Ruamrudee International School
Singapore International School of Bangkok
Thai-Chinese International School
The American School of Bangkok – Green Valley Campus
The American School of Bangkok – Sukhumvit
Unity Concord International School
UWC Thailand

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