What Is the Average Teaching Salary in Thailand?
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It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of Thailand: gorgeous scenery, mouthwatering food, fascinating culture, friendly locals – what’s not to love? Add the fact that the country is overflowing with TEFL jobs and it’s no surprise that it’s one of the top TEFL destinations in the world (not to mention tourist destinations). But while teaching English in Thailand might seem like the dream, is it actually a viable job opportunity? In other words, yes, all the beaches and shopping and partying are great, but if you teach there are you able to survive on your salary? And let’s be real, we don’t want to just survive, we want to live our best lives. Is this possible in Thailand? Let’s have a look at everything you need to know about the average teaching salary in Thailand.
The average salary for teaching in Thailand
In Thailand you can teach at government schools, private schools or language schools. At government schools – where you can teach any age from kindergarten to high school – you can expect to earn THB 30 000 – 35 000 ($1 000 – $1 100) a month. This is an entry-level salary for teaching approximately 20 to 25 hours a week. On top of the teaching you may be expected to participate in parent-teacher meetings, staff meetings and cultural events. The longer you teach at one school, the more your salary may increase.
The teaching situation at a private or international school will be similar but the pay will be slightly higher – approximately THB 40 000 – 45 000 ($1 100 – $1 200) a month.
Language schools are a very different scenario. At a language school you are likely to work about 30 hours a week but be required to be at work for 40 hours a week. This is for staff meetings, lesson preparation and marking. You won’t have the paid school holidays that school teachers have, but you should have two weeks of paid leave a year. On top of that you can expect to earn THB 40 000 – 60 000 ($1 100 – $2 000) a month.
The cost of living in Thailand
While these salaries may seem very low in comparison to salaries where you live, you need to understand that the cost of living in Thailand can be really low, but it can also be quite high. It all depends on your lifestyle. If you’re happy with a basic Thai-style apartment, you are looking at monthly rent of THB 3 500, which is about 10% of your salary. If you prefer a more modern apartment or house in a central location, you could pay as much as THB 15 000 a month.
The same goes for food. If you’re happy eating street food or at Thai restaurants – which you should be, because the food is outrageously good – you can expect to pay between THB 30 and THB 50 a meal. This would be even cheaper if you shop at supermarkets and cook for yourself. But if you like eating at foreign or upmarket restaurants, you could easily spend a few hundred baht on a meal. Having a couple of beers or glasses of wine is going to make your bill add up quickly too.
Contract benefits in Thailand
Thailand unfortunately doesn’t offer the same contract benefits as other countries like South Korea. The majority of teachers find jobs when they are already in Thailand, so flights are usually not offered with the job contract. Your contract may offer you accommodation or a housing allowance, plus your school will organize and pay for your work visa.
There are so many reasons to visit Thailand, and even more reasons to teach English as a Foreign Language there. You’re not going to make enough money to pay off your student debt but you will most certainly be able to live comfortably and have the experience of a lifetime.
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Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.