Teach in Thailand

Get paid to teach English at a school in Thailand

Your teaching placement is provided at the elementary or secondary school level and the educational institution also provides teacher accommodation for your entire stay.

Beautiful, modern schools in wonderful locations

We work with schools across the Thai School Board with placements around the country, and we do our best to accommodate your location preferences.

Plenty of time to travel around Thailand

This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Thai culture while gaining valuable international teaching experience.

SWAP, Teaching in Thailand since 2008

One of our first teaching programs in South East Asia, SWAP's Teach in Thailand program is now our most popular!

Teach in Thailand

  • Experience Thailand the way no tourist ever could. As part of SWAP's Teach in Thailand program, you'll be as a respected (and paid) English teacher within the Thai school system - helping to improve the language skills of local students while promoting cultural exchange within your new school and its community. A fascinating mix of traditional and modern, Thailand is filled with rich culture, magnificent landscapes, and warm, hospitable people. After all, it is called "Amazing Thailand" for a reason.

    The Teach in Thailand program will make sure your transition to teaching is as easy as possible. You'll get your teaching placement before you leave Canada, and you'll know where you're going, along with the grade level and size of class you'll teach. Once you arrive, you'll get an airport transfer to your all-inclusive 6-day orientation in Chiang Mai or Bangkok that will go over teaching skills and where you'll meet other new incoming teachers on the program. You can also participate in fun cultural activities before arriving at your new school to meet the children you'll be teaching!

    English is the principal foreign language being taught in Thailand. It opens up a lot of doors to students who want to pursue work internationally, especially in the corporate world, so they are in need of knowledgeable English teachers! While not all schools are created equally and some may have a higher learning curve than others, SWAP will oversee your stay and ensure the staff and teachers at your school support you and help prepare appropriate curriculums and lessons for the students.

    You will be teaching about 18-22 hours per week, but should be designated as a 40 hour work week for lesson planning, grading, and extra-curricular activities. Classes run Monday-to-Friday, with some activities being held after school or on weekends occasionally. Depending on the type of school you're placed in, class sizes range from 25-40 students on average. Teaching placements are available at the kindergarten, primary, and secondary levels.

  • The Teach in Thailand Program Package

    • Pick up from the airport to the orientation and teaching placement (school campus)
    • A 6-day all-inclusive orientation in Chiang Mai or Bangkok. The orientation provides vital information; TEFL theory and practice/teaching methodologies, cultural information, language classes and the opportunity to meet other teachers on the program
    • Sightseeing trips and other excursions are provided during the orientation week with other teachers
    • You will receive a salary of minimum 28,000 THB (approximately $1,150 CAD) per month by the host educational institution (see the Monthly Salary section)
    • All accommodation is included with the program. Thailand has a low cost of living, so it is easy to support yourself and live comfortably
    • You can receive a contract completion bonus of 20,000 baht for two-semester participants who start in May
    • Your host school provides at least one coordinator (usually an English teacher) to help you, through the entire length of your teaching program
    • Ongoing support and guidance throughout your placement to ensure you are having a great time and enjoying your teaching experience

  • Monthly Salary

    The monthly salary base rate is now 28,000 THB, up from 25,000 THB. Rates are also based on your teaching level and experience. The cost of living is very good in Thailand so this is enough to eat delicious pad thai and travel to Ko Samui or Wat Rong Khun each weekend!

    Bachelor's degree holders (any subject): 28,000 THB per month (approximately $1,150 CAD)
    TEFL/TESOL/CELTA* certificate holders (min 120 hours): 30,000 THB (approx. $1,250 CAD)
    Ability to teach non-English subjects (Maths, Sciences): 30,000 THB (approx. $1,250 CAD)
    Education Degree holders: 33,000 THB (approx. $1,370 CAD)

    *must provide certificate and information about issuing institution – we reserve the right to determine if the certificate will meet program standards.

    End of Contract Bonus: If you commit to a two semester contract, you will receive a competition bonus of 20,000 THB ($800 CAD). This bonus will be subject to a performance review by their school. This bonus is only available to applicants who commit to a two semester contract before receiving a placement.

  • Accommodation

    Single room housing is provided by your host educational institution for the full duration of your stay (and is included in the program cost). Most teachers will be housed in single apartments or share accommodation with one or two other teachers. In this situation, you would have your own private bedroom. The majority of housing is located on school grounds, but some locations will be just a close 5-10 minute walk from campus, depending on the school. While your rent is included in the program, utilities are paid separately. Rates vary depending on your location but these are usually very affordable.

  • Orientation

    You will receive a 6-day orientation prior to placement that includes information on living and teaching in Thailand, social and cultural activities (such as an elephant trek), airport pickup to the orientation centre, accommodation and all meals, support and emergency services.

  • SWAP's Support and Resources

    • Electronic Welcome Pack and GO SWAP Kit to assist with trip preparation
    • SWAP's Teach in Thailand program coordinator will arrange the teaching placement on your behalf and provide pre-departure support and guidance
    • Your entry visa into Thailand is arranged for you, so no in-person appointment at the Royal Thai Consulate is required
    • Three detailed and updated newsletters preparing teachers for the upcoming semester (they include orientation overviews and related information, as well as packing lists, banking information, and more)
    • A participant guidebook book with useful cultural and tourist information, teaching advice and local resources
  • Visa and Work Permit

    Due to legal regulations, participants will need to cover upfront expenses for their work permit, but you will be reimbursed these costs at the end of your teaching contract. Please budget for the work permit (1,600 THB), visa extension (1900 THB) and a Thai medical exam (800 THB). Depending on the province where your placement is located, an education affidavit ($50 USD), Thai criminal check (100 THB) and document stamp (260 THB) may be required.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I request where I will be placed?
    Can I be placed with a friend?
    I have a diploma/certificate, but not a Bachelor's degree, can an exception be made?
  • Booking the Teach in Thailand program

    Registering for SWAP's Teach in Thailand is easy! First, download the Application Package, read through the information carefully and complete the forms.

    When you have your application ready, email your forms to our Teach in Thailand Coordinator, Libby, at llaw@swap.ca. Please send your forms saved together in one PDF file, and send a follow up e-mail to ensure it is delivered properly. You will then be contacted by the Coordinator to arrange a Skype interview to go over program details and let you know if you have been accepted as a teaching candidate.

Get paid to teach English at an elementary or secondary school and experience the magnificient culture of "Amazing Thailand"

Program Info

  • Eligibility

    Canadians 20-50 who are fully fluent in English. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree (any major). A TESOL/TEFL certificate is not required

  • Application Timeline

    There are two opportunities to travel; the May semester (beginning of Thai school year) and October semester. Applications are CLOSED until the upcoming spring 2021 semester (see below)

  • Length of Teaching Placement

    Applicants can commit to a five month (1 semester) teaching term OR a ten-month teaching term (2 semesters)

  • Next Start Date

    Registration is closed. The Spring 2021 orientation is TBD.

  • For Only

    SWAP's Teach in Thailand program (1 semester) is only $1700 CAD! The 2 semester program is only $1800 CAD! That includes your paid teaching position (for 1 or 2 semesters), accommodation, orientation, language lessons, social and cultural activities, plus much more for a once-in-a-lifetime (paid) cultural experience

Program Reviews

  • "Six weeks. It's amazing to think how so much can change in so little time. Time and change are not linear. A dream, a wish, can all manifest in an instance of time and likewise can all create a lifetime of change. Just one short moment can drastically alter the course of your life. Now imagine how many moments are possible in six weeks. Six weeks and I am on the other side of the world in 40-degree heat, trying to speak a foreign language with a completely different alphabet, working an entirely new career, and bonding with people from all over the world. The memories I have of dancing the night away on the streets of Bangkok, laughing with the students as I attempt to speak Thai, fearing for my life riding on a motorbike, basking in the glow of feeling full after a delicious Thai meal fresh off the streets, are some that will last me a lifetime."

    Jess in Bangkok, Thailand

  • "I've learned is that it is more fulfilling to stay in a single foreign place for a very long time rather than hopping from one touristic attraction to another. By having lived in the same neighbourhood, I was able to get to know it much more deeply than any other place I visited throughout my trip. I interacted with the same people, learned about their lifestyles, formed friendships with them and eventually felt as though I almost belonged there."

    Filip in Chonburi, Thailand

  • "SWAP's abroad partner was fabulous! I could write an entire book about how wonderful and helpful these people were. They did everything within their power to make the transition from moving to a new place easier."

    Chelsea-Elizabeth in Muangkom, Thailand