What Will I Do as a Teacher in Thailand?
You’ll be in a supportive environment – Thai schools are fantastic, warm, and friendly places to be. From the moment you greet the smiling security guards on your way in, to to the moment you say goodbye at the end of the day, you’ll be surrounded by people who will make you smile. Your fellow foreign teachers are there for you to natter away with, and your Thai colleagues will be by your side with a joke or some valuable advise and tips to help improve your teaching.
You’ll lead classes – but fear not, you will be supported by your Thai co-teacher. In full transparency, some are more useful than others. But if you have an open conversation with them and outline what you need from each other, all is usually well and they can be a real asset to you.
You won’t struggle with classroom management – there may be a some challenging students in a few classes, but as you develop your teaching skills and create connections with the students, problems tend to fade away. On the whole, Thai students are very well behaved and work hard. It’s not truthful to say they are all like this, but the ones that are less interested in learning can be the most memorable and fun. Simply making the slightest bit of progress and having them enjoy your classes, walking out with a smile, is a great reward.
You’ll start in April or October – due to a vastly different climate and seasons than in cooler countries like the UK, China, and the USA, Thailand follows different term dates. Make sure to get your application in a few months before April or October to ensure you can start at the beginning of your preferred term.
You’ll enjoy Thai holidays – there’s so much to explore in Thailand and Southeast Asia. And luckily for you, there are plenty of holidays to fill with adventures. Whether it’s a trip up to the mountains or Bangkok during a long weekend, or a journey through Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos during the long break, you can with the ample time off school.
You’ll plan lessons, give feedback, and test students – although you’ll have plenty of time to let your hair down during the holidays, you must stay professional and work hard during term time. This includes planning lessons, which are sometimes but not always checked by your co-teachers. Testing students and giving feedback are also essential parts of your role, but don’t worry, you’ll be given plenty of instructions and support in how to do so.
You’ll create great connections with your students – the amazing trips, delicious food, and stunning weather are all parts of what makes Thailand so appealing. But it’s the strong relationships you’ll create with your funny, cheeky, and just fantastic students that will last longer than any other memory. You’ll make a real impact on their lives, and they will on yours. This is the best thing about being a teacher in Thailand.