Program Spotlight: Teach in Thailand


Experience Thailand the way no tourist ever could in the Teach in Thailand Program. In this structured, supportive program, participants receive teacher training at home, then attend orientation in Bangkok or Chiang Mai in preparation for their teaching placement at a Thai school.  In this respected teaching position at a K-12 school, you’ll help improve the English skills of your students, while promoting cultural exchange within the local community. Why just visit the country, when you can live the culture!

Program at a Glance:

What: Teach young learners in Thailand

Where: Cities throughout the country

Duration: Choice of 5 or 10 months

Requirements: native English speaker, bachelor’s degree (in any discipline), citizen of the US, UK, CAN, AUS or NZ


Why should I go through a program?

Getting a paid teaching position overseas on your own is not easy –  it takes time, research and perseverance. The main benefit of paying to join a program like this is that we take care of all the details for you: TEFL certification, setting up the teaching job, arranging housing, helping with the visa, and more. The Teach in Thailand  Program is great for those who have not taught overseas before or are simply looking for more advice, experience and support than they would get on their own.

Do I need teaching experience for the Teach in Thailand Program?

No! This program is suitable for both new and experienced teachers. Participants in this program must hold a bachelor’s degree and be native speakers of English (or have near-native English fluency).

To prepare you to teach in Thailand, you will first receive training via our 120-hour Master Diploma course, which includes a component on how to teach young learners.  Once in Thailand, you will attend a week-long orientation in Bangkok or Chiang Mai with other participants. When you’re on the job, you can put the skills from your training to work and you’ll also have the support of the director at your school for day-to-day assistance.

What is included in the cost of the program?

Whether you choose the 5-month program for $1800 or the 10-month program for $1900, the following are included features of this program:

  • Pre-departure advising and visa assistance
  • 120-hour course
  • 1-week orientation in Bangkok or Chiang Mai upon arrival
  • Salary of about $700 a month paid by your host school
  • Housing for the duration of the placement
  • Coordination of work visa and work permit
  • Emergency travel insurance
  • Lifetime, worldwide job placement assistance from BridgeTEFL upon completion of the program

Is there support once I’m in Thailand?

Yes!  Here is an outline of the different types of support you’ll receive once you’re in Thailand:

  • Airport pickup by onsite staff in Thailand
  • All-inclusive, 7-day orientation in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai
  • 24-hour in-country support for the duration of the program
  • School coordinators and onsite staff to offer assistance and support while teaching

Will I get time off to travel?

Definitely! Beautiful Thailand has so much to explore, and as a teacher, you’ll have weekends off to set out for Thai beaches or mountains, or to visit elaborate temples or other points of interest. Teachers also get paid national holidays. You’ll have time for the type of adventures previous teachers have enjoyed, such as floating up the Kwai River on a restaurant barge at sunset, playing with elephants in Kanchanaburi or celebrating Visakha Bucha (Buddha Day) in unique Chiang Mai.

Can I take part in the program with a friend, boyfriend or spouse?

Yes, we are very successful at placing friends and couples together at the same institution in Thailand. It’s important to notify us during the application process that you are seeking placement with someone else, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What’s it like living in Thailand?

Thailand is known as the “land of smiles” for a reason! Thai people go out of their way to be friendly and accommodating to everyone, including foreigners. This laid-back culture is a good fit for teachers looking to experience a more slowed down lifestyle, as described by past program participant, Lauren, in this recent article:  Notes From The Field: Learning to Live the Mai Pen Rai Way in Thailand.

To hear from an alumna of Bridge’s Teach in Thailand program, read Sarah’s story!