Updated: Sep 28, 2021
Are you curious about what it is like to be a teacher in Thailand? Or are you wanting to maybe teach in Thailand someday? I bet you are wondering, "what is it really like being a teacher in Thailand"? I have been here for a year now and I can tell you just some things you need to know about Thailand and being a teacher. I have had quite a journey in Thailand; I have taught briefly in a language school with all age groups, elementary kids aged 5-9, and as a private English tutor in an International school. It wasn't my intention to change schools so many times, but with an experience with a broken trust of contract from an employer, visa issues, and then the 2020 pandemic.. I have gone through three schools and am back at the (elementary school) Anuban school. The main reason I persevered through all of this is the tropical lifestyle here and low cost of living.
What is it that you should know about teaching in Thailand...
1. Teachers are respected and have a high social status in Thai culture.
I can say that teachers a well respected among the community and from your students. This is a cultural thing and being a teacher is looked with respect from the community. You are a role model for the kids and also viewed as being "good character" and more of a goody goody.
2. Thailand really wants English teachers in their schools.
The need for English teachers in Thailand is high. English is becoming more and more widespread, thus making the need for English teachers a hot commodity. Not only is it needed, but Thailand has a high number of expats (foreigners living abroad). There are some well known expat hot spots such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Phuket, and Koh Samui.