Start Date: 2 May 2017
Application Closing Date: 20 April 2017
Orientation Date*: 29-30 April 2017
*Orientation program is arranged at our centre in Hatyai, Songkhla Province and it is a compulsory for teachers who have never had teaching experience in Thailand. Teachers, who are already teaching in Thailand, is highly welcomed to join as it is a great chance to meet our team and fellow teachers. The program includes visa and work permit explanation, Do’s and Don’t, school contract, holiday and sick leave, Thai Culture and so on.
• Renewable 1 year contract with a 35,000 THB/month
• Paid Annual holiday, totally 2 weeks (excluding of Thai National Public Holiday 20 days appx)
• Teaching Permit for Foreign Teacher, Working visa and working permit
• Greeting upon arrival at the provincial airport or bus station and taking to find accommodation
• Opportunities to learn Thai culture and explore Thailand over weekends
• Age between 22-40 years old
• Work days: Monday – Friday
• Teaching hours: 20 — 25 hours/ week
• Bachelor's Degree of any field, Educational Degree is advantage.
• Native English speakers (USA, UK, New Zealand, Canada and Australia), preferably TEFL certified
• Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, instruct and evaluate learning activities
• An interest and open-minded in living and working in a different culture
Please submit the following documents to the email address given on the job heading.
Email Attention Topic: Application to teach at DP BKK:
• University Degree, with TEFL/TESOL certificate if any
• Copy of passport first page
• Formal Photo
• 40 seconds – 1 minute Introduction video
Contact: Chonthira or Suvapatr
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
ID#4349Location173, Hat yai, , Thailand# Of Job Positionselementary secondary bangkokContract Length12 monthsType of schoolPrivate
100-Hour Bridge TEFLOnline.com Certificate, or Equivalent 4 Year Degree
Road Experience (Road Experience Co., Ltd.) is a teacher recruitment agency based in southern Thailand. People from all around the world pursue our agency in search for enchanting placements to live and teach in Thailand. Schools from every region of Thailand reach out to our agency in need of engaging native English speakers to help educate their local communities. We lend a helping hand and make these pursuits come to fruition.
We place teachers in the best possible schools and locations within our network, and offer continuous support throughout and beyond their charitable service to our community. We are building bridges between cultures through education and we open for any company for the development of a mutually cooperative partnership with the purpose of recruiting native English speakers for teaching.
Role of Agency:
Road Experience is a training and placement organization in Thailand. Our role is to find qualified teachers for Thai schools, and to determine the best teaching placements for our teachers. Accordingly, we are indirectly your employer, even after signing a contract with one of our schools.
In addition, Road Experience supports our teachers by:
● 100% guaranteed teaching placement after approval of application
● Free orientation and short-training program (for new travelers and inexperienced teachers)
● Prearranging with the school to greet you up upon arrival and to initially help you find accommodation
● Full support when dealing with issues regarding the school such as contracts, late payments, teaching hours, etc
● Non-B visa, work permit, and contract assistance
● 30,000–40,000 THB/month salary (dependent on location, teaching experience, etc.)
● 24/7 emergency and non-emergency team support
● Initial assistance finding accommodation (upon arrival at school)
● Opportunities to join Road Experience team excursions and English camps
- Native English speakers only (non-Caucasian will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis)
- Holder of a Bachelor’s degree or higher (non-degree holders will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and very limit for this semester)
- Aged between 21 and 40 (no acceptance of applicants older than 40 years old)
- Applicants must be flexible, friendly, and open-minded
- Applicants must agree to sign at least a one-term contract (4-5 months)
Note #1: Non-degree applicants—we consistently have problems getting visas and/or work permits for non-degree teachers. For this reason, we need to limit non-degree applicants to the absolute minimum.
Note #2: Applicants who have previously taught or are currently teaching in Thailand through different agencies—problems may arise due to the difference in how they expect things work. They may possibly expect us to act similar to their previous agency. We will not. For this reason, we need to limit these applicants to the bare-minimum.
Typical Teaching Periods in Thailand:
A typical Thai school year is divided into two half-year terms. For the best possible teaching positions, it is strongly advised to apply for the beginning of each semester; however, we are able to place teachers anytime during any month on a case-by-case basis. And you should apply at least 2 weeks before the start of the semester.
● The first semester runs through May to September
● The second semester runs through November to March
● October and April are holiday periods (Dependent on school contract)
Teachers who sign a one-year contract beginning in November are guaranteed 2–4 weeks paid holiday during the October break.
Teacher’s Salary and Other Expenses in Thailand:
The salary you receive in Thailand is not comparable to the salaries in western countries; however, with Thailand’s low cost of living, the money you make is more than enough to cover all your expenses. With our teachers earning an average salary of 30,000–40,000 THB/month, you will bring in enough money to cover accommodation, food, savings, and traveling. Consider this—you will be earning more than two times what the average Thai person earns every month.
Teaching placement in Thailand:
Our company is based in the Southern part of Thailand. However, we place teachers with our comprehensive list of schools, nationwide.
We have many placements available year round especially in the beginning of every semester (May and November). Applying during this time gives you the most amounts of options to find a suitable placement.
However even after the semester begins we continue to place teachers every month. If you are unable to start on time it’s no problem to come to Thailand at any time. Please be aware that October and April is the school break period. No teachers during this time get placed.
We have a variety of different schools located in different regions, rural communities and in the city. Below is the breakdown of some of the differences.
City Schools - the cost of living in the city is higher but things are much more accessible and public transportation makes it easy to travel around. However, the schools in the city always have a higher teaching standard. The schools are quite strict with the lesson plans and the teacher must be very professional. Schools in the city are best suited for individuals who already have teaching experience.
Rural Schools - Rural schools are perfect for people who would like to come to Thailand to experience the real Thai culture. People are very friendly with beautiful scenery all around. We always make sure that you will be located about 30 mins away from the city. There is usually public transportation, toktoks, songthaew or another mode of transportation that makes getting to the city easy. The cost of living outside the big city is very cheap. Teachers can save up a lot of money and during a long weekend off they can travel all around Thailand.
Choosing the right placement for you:
Placements in Thailand differ largely across the country. From salary and lifestyle, to affordability and population density.
➔ Tourist rich areas:
Tourist areas provide a very picturesque teaching experience, with immediate access to popular tourist attractions. The downside to teaching in tourist rich areas is that living costs tend to be higher due to the tourism industry, so saving can be difficult. Teaching positions in these areas are also highly sought after, so placements can be limited. An open-mind is important when applying for placement in these areas.
These areas include: Chumphon, Trang, Krabi, Hat Yai, Surat-Thani, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chonburi and Rayong.
➔ Higher salary placements:
Higher salaries are highly dependent on two very specific factors:
◆ Applicant qualifications - Applicants with formal qualifications in education along with practical experience tend to draw higher salaries than those without.
◆ Location - Locations with a scarcity of teachers due to low demand by applicants tend to offer higher salaries to attract prospective teachers. These locations are most often in the Northern parts of Thailand, due to a high demand for positions in the South. Living costs in the Northern parts of Thailand also tend to be a lot lower than in the South, so the ability to save money is a lot easier. These locations also tend to offer a more uniquely “Thai” experience; rich in culture with a lot less tourists.
➔ Special Regions:
◆ Bangkok - We DO have schools available in Bangkok; however, placements in Bangkok can become complicated due to strict school policies and regulations enforced by the government. If you are absolutely certain that you wish to be placed in Bangkok, please be sure to inform us as soon as possible to ensure that we begin the placement process even before your arrival in Thailand.
◆ Phuket - As a general rule, we DO NOT place teachers in Phuket due to the high concentration of teachers in the area currently. This has resulted in schools becoming complacent and mistreating our teachers. We prefer to deal with schools who value our teachers as highly as we do.
◆ Pattaya Area - As a general rule, we DO NOT place teachers in the Pattaya Area due to it’s rampant prostitution industry which breeds crime and undesirable situations for our teachers.
◆ Samui and Phi Phi Islands - Unfortunately we DO NOT have any placements available on these islands. Mainly because there are almost no schools in these locations, and the ones that are, there tend to recruit their own teachers on a volunteer basis. Often being paid a third of the salaries we are able to offer.
Acquiring a Non-B Visa and Work Permit:
Obtaining a Non-Immigrant “B” visa (non-B visa) is necessary for working in Thailand as a school teacher. All foreign teachers are required to have this type of visa for legal employment. Applying for this type of visa is fairly easy, and with the help of Road Experience, it’s next to nothing. There are two ways you can apply for a non-B visa:
1. Before arriving to Thailand, apply for a non-B visa at the Thai embassy/consulate nearest to you. We will provide you with all the necessary documents for a speedy application process.
Some Thai embassies/consulates request certain documents we are unable to produce before your arrival in Thailand (WP3 form). It may not be possible to obtain a non-b visa in your home country if this is the case.
2. After arriving in Thailand on a tourist visa, you will need to first sign the contract with your new school and wait as we prepare the required documents for you to apply within a neighbouring country such as Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, or Myanmar.
We highly recommend you come to Thailand on a tourist visa and apply for a non-b visa once you are here. There is little to no chance of there being any mishaps when you are physically present to sign all the necessary documents.
Only after you have received a non-b visa will you be eligible to apply for a work permit. Generally, work permits are only issued to teachers who have committed to staying and teaching long-term (at least one-year contract). The application process for the work permit takes a very long time, and should be done immediately after obtaining a non-B visa.