Teaching in Thailand

For seasoned educators and newcomers to the teaching profession alike, partnering with Entrust TEFL to teach English in Thailand is a truly exceptional experience. Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles” for its friendly people and sabai sabai (relaxed) way of life. As the only nation in Southeast Asia to have successfully resisted colonization by a European power, Thailand has retained its unique, millennia-old culture.

Like many other developing nations, Thailand’s economy has grown substantially in recent decades. English, as the international standard language of business, has become crucial to the continued success of the business sector. As a result, native English speakers from Western countries are consistently in high demand – and highly valued. Entrust TEFL has done the work of building a network of schools eager to accept recent graduates from its English teaching training program.

Benefits of Teaching English in Thailand with Entrust TEFL

Why would an aspiring teacher want to start his or her career in Thailand? Or, why would an experienced teacher want to gain additional expertise teaching English in Thailand?

Whatever a teacher’s long-term ambitions, using Entrust TEFL to secure a position in Thailand offers many long-term benefits.

First, there is the fully immersive exposure to teaching English as a foreign language offered in a nation like Thailand which is simply not available in the United States or Europe. Teaching English to non-native speakers is challenging, yet also hugely rewarding when successfully done. The grammar, vocabulary, and syntax of the Thai language are worlds apart from English – which means that when the English teacher is able to succeed teaching English in Thailand, he or she can do the same anywhere.

Perhaps the most striking difference, among many, of teaching English in Thailand is the genuine appreciation English teachers receive. Not only are Thais interested in learning English, but they also are fascinated with Western culture. Exchanging these cultures – giving and receiving – is a wonderful aspect of teaching English in Thailand.

Lastly, using the services provided by Entrust TEFL guarantees that after you finish the program, you will be placed in a high-quality, legitimate school with the support of a respected agency.

Qualifications for Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

Standard requirements for native English teachers are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the West and a passport from one of the following countries: UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, or South Africa. An English or education major is preferred, but any field is generally acceptable.

Schools are also very keen to recruit candidates with a TEFL or TESOL certificate, which teachers earn from Entrusted TEFL upon completing training.

TEFL Getting Prepared for Teaching in Another Country

The biggest aspects of relocating to a distant spot on the globe are coping with any feelings of homesickness and, in turn, adapting to an unfamiliar environment.

Overcoming Homesickness

One of the main reasons many do not dare to venture from their homelands is, of course, the fear of missing out on important events and life developments of friends and family back home. The very human fear of the unknown is hardwired into each of our brains and has historically served an important function in maintaining social cohesion throughout humanity’s evolution. As such, it’s not an emotion that can be removed, but one that can be managed.

Modern technology has made a huge difference in the ability to communicate. The widespread availability of SIM cards, Wi-Fi networks, satellite technology and other advancements have made maintaining contact back home easier than ever before.

Also, consider bringing a few items from home that have a strong sentimental value. These can make an expatriate’s new accommodations feel warmer and more intimate, easing any potential negative feelings of homesickness.

Adapting to an Unfamiliar Environment

Many expatriates and long-term travelers find help in adapting to their new environment by making friends – both with locals and other ex-pats. Making friends with locals has obvious benefits like learning about the local culture, trying new foods and discovering which ones are the tastiest, and absorbing a bit of the language to make basic communication possible.

Making friends with other ex-pats also will help you overcome the difficulties of assimilating to the host country’s atmosphere. Obviously, others who have made the transition from the West to their new residence can best empathize with the attendant difficulties and provide the most helpful advice for neutralizing them. When relocating to an unfamiliar place, feelings of isolation are often reported, especially initially. Having a trustworthy set of Western friends can help alleviate that and build a sense of community so far from home.

Pledging to Get the Most out of the Experience

It’s important to remember that feeling a sense of loneliness or regret is temporary. When coming to a new land, that person has likely done so to gain all the wonderful advantages that the experience has to offer. Therefore, promise yourself, before the plane leaves the tarmac from your hometown, that you will be brave in the face of adversity, and that the positives of the enriching journey that lay ahead far outweigh any of the momentary negatives. With the right mentality, adapting to your new environment will prove much easier than you might expect.

 

Traveling and Teaching

Entrust TEFL makes journeying abroad to Thailand fun and enriching for teachers. One of the many reasons teachers choose to relocate to Thailand, either short-term or long-term, is the unique experiences the “Land of Smiles” has to offer Westerners. The beautiful Southeast Asian nation offers a breath-taking array of recreational options to take advantage of.

Thailand’s Natural Resources

With beautiful landscapes from the mountains of the far north like Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to the agrarian traditional lifestyles of the eastern rice-growing Isaan region to the world-famous tropical beaches in the south, there is no shortage of captivating scenery.

One great aspect of living in Thailand is the affordability of everything, including travel. Whether by bus, railroad, boat, or airplane, the cost of transportation in Thailand is incredibly cheap compared to Europe or North America. A bus ticket from Bangkok to virtually anywhere else in Thailand can be purchased for less than $20 USD and accessed via an advanced network travel options including vans, old-fashioned trains, buses, Bangkok’s subway system, the ultra-modern BTS Skytrain system (modelled after Vancouver, Canada’s above-ground rail transit). All of these make exploring the sites the nation has to offer easy and affordable.

Thailand’s Culture

The culture of Thailand is also very unique. Social norms, familial relations, organizational structure, and almost every other aspect of society is often transformative for Westerners who spend time among the Thai people. Many leave with a new outlook on life — what it means, what is important, and new ways to view how to be in the world.

A major influence on Thai culture is Buddhism, which has thrived in the Kingdom of Thailand for thousands of years. Temples (called wat in Thai) can be found everywhere, populated by the distinctive shaved-head monks in orange robes. It is easy to understand, after interacting with the locals, how the peaceful religion has influenced their easy-going demeanour and even-keeled lifestyle.

Entrust TEFL Resources for Travelling in Thailand

Entrust TEFL’s Basic TEFL Course provides the following travel resources for teachers to utilize:

  • In-Country Cultural Orientation
  • Thai Language Lesson
  • Ongoing Alumni Support
  • Entrust TEFL’s Premium TEFL Course provides even more:
  • Airport Pick-Up and Transportation to Hotel/Resort
  • Hotel/Resort Accommodation
  • Thai Culture Immersion Trips
  • Organized Excursions (Island Hopping or Mountaineering)
  • Real Job Placement Guarantee
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Support

 

Choosing to train with Entrust TEFL gives teachers ample ability to travel and explore as well as to learn advanced English-teaching skills upon arrival in Thailand.