The whole world is learning English it seems. Generally, it is the Developing World and Asia that have the greatest demand, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, or the Middle East. In Europe, jobs tend to be in dedicated language schools. Africa is a less popular choice. The most dynamic demand, however, is certainly here in Asia.
What’s the pay like?
Pay scales in the TESOL/TEFL world vary considerably according to the country and type of job. In Thailand, an entry-level job in Bangkok pays around $1,000, which you can live off comfortably. Experienced teachers at private schools can earn twice that, while provincial posts with lower living expenses might pay $700 a month.
Many teachers do a stint in Japan or South Korea where salaries are much higher, while others prefer the laidback lifestyle of Southeast Asia.
Teaching in much-admired Thailand, the Land of Smiles
Thailand is a favourite country for teaching English for several reasons. Chief among them is the laidback lifestyle and friendliness of the locals. It’s relatively attractive to ease into the country’s life. The Thais are grateful for quality teaching but at the same time can show tolerance. Many foreigners have trodden this path before you.
There are some much-beloved side benefits: it never gets cold, the food is great, and it’s an excellent base for some travel during the school vacation breaks.
The Thai Ministry of Education issues teaching licenses quite easily provided the teacher has a recognized TESOL/TEFL certificate in combination with a general bachelor’s degree. Regulations can change from time-to-time, so inquire with us for more information about TESOL certification in Chiang Mai, we are happy to help!