Did you just get out of college and currently thinking of backpacking around Asia? Quite a number of Americans have tried this path, living in another country and finding work as English teachers. If this is on your bucket list, Thailand is perhaps one of the destinations you want to consider. With its booming tourism, speaking a universal language is a necessity. This is what makes being an English teacher a lucrative career.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Know the requirements.
To be an English teacher in this exotic country, you need to be am English native speaker with a four-year bachelor’s degree. Also, you have to take the TESL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification. There are a number of online and on-site courses available for you to research on. When it comes to teaching experience, however, this can come in handy although not all schools will require you to have one. And if you are eyeing on teaching in a university, it is a requirement that you have a Master’s Degree, preferably in Education.
Secure a work permit.
One of the challenges you should prepare for is getting a work permit since this can be a complicated process. There is a lot of paperwork involved, from signing contracts and applying for a Non-B Immigrant Visa. When you get to Thailand, you will have to change your visa to a work permit. It would be best to ask the help of experts to help you with the processing.
Learn about their culture.
Since you will be staying there for a time, it is wise to do your homework and research about their culture and tradition to make your experience easier and more comfortable. This will also give you an idea on what to expect since their practices might be the exact opposite of what you have been used to. When it comes to time, it is normal for them to be late when it comes to starting meetings and such.
These are just three of the most important points you need to remember but there are still little details you need to decide on like the institution you prefer to teach, cost of living, salary and where to find teaching jobs. Once you have all the information you need, you can get started.
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