Published: 08 October, 2018  |  Last updated: 06 January, 2020

Teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand

Report submitted on 23 Mar, 2017 by Teacher Ren.

Teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Chumpon, Thailand?
In that area, looking for a teaching job is not that difficult. You may get the help of your co-teacher and ask them where are other schools hire foreign teacher. As an Fililpino english language teacher, you’ll be the next choice if they can’t find a caucasian teacher. The salary grade is next to the caucasian so it is not so low at all. In the school where taught, the local thai teacher received 10-18k thai baht (approx. 303 – 546 US$) , we with all the freebies, we had 20-25k thai baht (approx. 606 – 768 US$). Cost of living is not expensive. In fact, a decent house rent will get you 2-2.5k (approx. 61 – 76 US$) per month. But since you are teaching English so much is being expected, so you really have to return the favor efficiently.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
The minimum teaching requirements are the following.
English degree in your country, licensure exams, experience and other certificates such as TESOL, TOFEL and modern approach in teaching like the use of laptops for powerpoint presentations. TOEIC now is being required for foreign teachers.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Degree in English, license teacher in your country, pretty decent teaching experience in english subjects, TESOL or TOFEL certifications and TOEIC.

What are the levels of payment?
When i was there it is per month. I received 25k thai baht (approx. 768 US$)inclusive of free lunch and board.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
Five teaching days a weak.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
6-7 hours face to face hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Same, as with local Thai teachers. If holiday, then foreign teachers are also holiday.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chumpon, Thailand to teach English?
The advice, well, I would say, be ready. Make yourself be dedicated. Prove that you are worth to be kept and they are not paying you for less. Provide room for improvement credentially. Don’t speak Thai language. Make sure that English language is used in your daily encounters.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand?
Well, Thai people are friendly and easy to accommodate with less the language barrier. Teaching English requires you to be patient, effective and sincere. They are paying high that in return they get what they paid for.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand?
Boredom and transportation.


Living in Chumpon, Thailand:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Thailand?
It is necessary to be Thailand legally to prevent future serious problems. Avoid working there under tourist visa. If the hiring agency is responsible to the working visa then have it documented.

What is the cost of living like in Thailand?
Low cost of living. If you are in the rural part, yes. But if you are in the city part, there is a difference. The teacher’s lifestyle dictates. But it general teaching in Thailand is not that too expensive.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
You can find accommodation anywhere. But normally, it is stated in your contract.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Chumpon, Thailand?
If you really appreciate the culture in Thailand, then i think they accept immigrants provided you meet the requirements.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in scenery, Thailand?
As far as my experience, no other negatives.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chumpon, Thailand?
Learn the language. If you are in the school setting, speak English. If not it is highly advisable to learn the local language.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
The cost of living and fast internet.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Thailand?
the pupils and the fast internet


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Teacher Ren

Nationality: Filipino

Students I’ve taught in Thailand: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults

How I found my current jobs: Current teaching job is amazing.

My school facilities: Very good: The school has the teaching resources that can be used in aid of teaching.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?: training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training


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