Teaching English in Chonburi, Thailand
Report submitted on 12 June, 2015 by Stacey.
Teaching English in Chonburi, Thailand:
How can teachers find teaching jobs in Chonburi, Thailand?
Through agencies and other schools.
The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools.
What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Tefl, Tesol, BA degree.
What teaching requirements would you recommend?
– Tefl or Tesol.
– At least a few weeks experience as a volunteer so you know what a school environment is like.
– Need to be pretty much fluent.
– Criminal check to prove you have no convictions.
What are the levels of payment?
Monthly wage 33,000 baht (approx.US$980).
How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.
How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
17 hours per week.
What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Any public holidays.
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chonburi, Thailand to teach English?
Need a lot of patience – the children are lovely and well mannered but their English even for a 11 year old can be pretty basic.
Teachers are lovely but notices are really short, you might walk into a classroom to find no class to be told that they have gone on a trip.
What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Chonburi, Thailand?
Stunning scenery, very cheap, Thai people are extremely polite and well mannered and will go out of their way to help.
What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Chonburi, Thailand?
Placements can be rural and in a quiet village where you are the only English person in your village.
What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Communication – being able to communicate and explain things can be difficult.
Living in Chonburi, Thailand:
Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Thailand?
Need a tourist visa or non immigration B visa which the school/company converts to a work permit.
What is the cost of living like in Thailand?
Very cheap rent is 5,000 baht (approx. US$150) or less for a luxury flat, food is really cheap about 40 baht (approx. US$1.20) for a meal.
What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Company and school can find you places. Teachers will recommend places to you as well.
Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Chonburi, Thailand?
Nice and quiet, local markets, lovely local people, nice scenery with fantastic sea views, not to far from Pattaya or Chonburi city centre.
Learning Thai: people are more than happy to teach – I teach English to people and they teach me Thai in return.
Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Chonburi, Thailand?
No methods of transport unlike Bangkok with taxis and buses. My area has none so you walk or get a scooter.
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chonburi, Thailand?
– Learn basic Thai.
– If you get in a taxi, make them put a meter on so they can’t scam you.
– Go out and meet new people – Thai people are so friendly and will want to engage in a conversation.
What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Being able to cook – most Thai people eat out because it’s cheaper than cooking and buying ingredients.
What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Thailand?
The weather and the people – met some great people locally.
What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Tea bags. Definitely tea bags. Travel iron and kettle.
About Me and My Work:
My Name: Stacey
Students I’ve taught in Thailand: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years).
Where I teach: Ayc School, Banglamung Chonburi province. Teaching here for 1 year.
My school facilities: Good – Good sized classrooms, decent computers, large amount of textbooks.
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