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Beautiful beaches, a rich cultural history and delicious, cheap food make Thailand a popular destination for both short- and long-term tourists, as well as ESL/EFL teachers.TEFL jobs in Thailand are also easy to come by and in great demand.This predominately Buddhist country benefits from a wide range of cultural influences, including Indian, Chinese, Burmese and Cambodian, resulting in a unique mix of food, architecture and cultural events.

The capital of Bangkok, home to almost 6.5 million residents and the most opportunities to find TEFL jobs in Thailand, boasts vibrant, bustling streets with a wide array of street food and markets.A network of canals runs through the city, past sacred temples and the Grand Palace, where the royal family resides.In contrast to the hectic pace of Bangkok, rural Thailand offers a slower way of life with many people living off the land and far fewer modern facilities.There is, however, still no lack of opportunity to sample the signature mix of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and sour that is synonymous with Thai cuisine.

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Thai people are friendly, warm and often deeply spiritual, with religious practices an important part of daily life.Social hierarchy and respect for elders are also of the utmost importance, with the elder members of the family usually responsible for decisions and ceremonies.By taking a TEFL job in Thailand, ESL teachers have the opportunity to experience this culture at first hand.

There are numerous options for finding TEFL jobs in Thailand as an ESL/EFL teacher, in a range of different environments.Private language schools, government schools and universities all have a strong need for ESL teachers.Whilst in the past any native English speaker was likely to be accepted due to the high demand for ESL teachers, the better schools and agencies now look for those with a university degree and TEFL qualification.These are also generally the establishments that offer a better wage, more agreeable working conditions and a work permit that allows the teacher to work legally in the country.

The majority of TEFL jobs in Thailand are located in Bangkok, but there are also plenty of opportunities for work in smaller towns and rural areas, with many of the large-chain language schools operating branches throughout the country.

In general, EFL teachers are required to teach around 24 to 26 hours of classes per week, plus extra unpaid time for administration and preparation.In government schools days may start early at 7:30am, however these tend to finish by 4:30pm and are Monday-to-Friday jobs.In contrast, private language schools are often open until 9pm to cater for those taking classes after work or school.Weekends are often the busiest time of the working week, and as such ESL teachers are often required to work six-day weeks, with some days involving split shifts and long gaps between classes.Student numbers in private academies tend to be small compared to those in public schools and classes in both types of institutes commonly last for between one and three hours.

TEFL jobs in Thailand can provide a moderate income that allows ESL teachers to live comfortably due to a relatively low cost of living.Salaries can vary widely from 20,000 to 70,000 Baht per month, which equates to £400 to£1300, depending on qualifications and experience.Some ESL teachers may also choose to supplement their income by giving private ESL classes which can be more lucrative.

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