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Thailand Paid Teaching Placement

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Thailand Paid Teaching Placement

Completely immerse yourself in the Thai culture and lifestyle as you get trained and work as a teacher in a local school, and even get paid!

Prices from US$2,745

Thailand has continued to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Whether you are an experienced teacher or a student looking to further your skills this project will provide you with the perfect opportunity to broaden your horizons and even provide you with the ideal platform to achieve a TEFL Qualification.  Whatever your aim, the ability to live and work in a new and exciting country shows that you have determination, adaptability and maturity and will undoubtedly enhance your career prospects and employability with future employers. 

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  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Live & work alongside the locals
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum requirement: Bachelor's degree
  • Applications must be received no less than 2 months in advance


Location Singburi, Thailand
Activities Cycle & boat tour of Bangkok
Teacher training
Teach English
Creating lesson plans
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Eco-house
Varies during placement


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food & accommodation during your training period
Ground transfers
Airport pick-up
Local orientation
Project training, including TEFL training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


By participating in the Frontier-Thailand Paid Teaching Programme, you'll be helping your students improve their level of English and bringing a fresh approach to teaching styles and lesson types.

Teaching is not just about transferring knowledge; it is about building confidence and trust and about forging friendships. Before long, you'll find that your students become like a family to you and you’ll enjoy attending local festivals or exploring Thailand’s spectacular countryside with them, or simply telling stories.

Your Paid Teaching Placement will take place at a relatively privilidged private school close to Singburi.  Unfortunately the less privilidged schools of the region cannot afford to employ short term paid staff and so rely upon voluntary teachers from other programmes.  

Another problem facing the region is that highly skilled teachers tend to flock to Bangkok where the promise of a higher salary and a greater chance of finding employment are a strong lure. 


Your placement in Thailand starts with an orientation weekend in Bangkok in which you take a cycle and boat tour of the city, get your bearings and socialise with the other participants. This is followed by a two week training period in Singburi which includes teacher training and introductions to Thai culture, language, customs and the opportunity to go on excursions. You will meet students and nearby schools, as well as observing lessons with both Thai and foreign teachers. You will then have the opportunity to practise teaching with your peers and in the local schools before beginning the placement itself.

Once you have completed and passed the course you will be issued with a teaching certificate and you will be guaranteed a placement in a school, receiving a monthly stipend relative to the region, usually between US$425 and US$680, and teaching 20–30 hours per week. You will be making and executing your own lesson plans, and this will give you the perfect opportunity to experience real Thailand, make a difference to the future generations, immerse yourself in Thai culture and make friends for life with your welcoming hosts and the wonderful children.


You'll fly into Bangkok on Saturday or Sunday and will be met by a local representative of Frontier-Thailand, after which you will be escorted to your accommodation for the first phase of your stay. You will be near Singburi, approximately 140 km north of Bangkok.


Your accommodation during your two week training period will be in one of three eco-houses in Singburi. The rooms are twin shared and all the houses have Western style toilets, while one even has an Asian style toilet! You will have access to cool water showers, which you'll find refreshing in the heat of Thailand! There are communal areas for eating, relaxing and meeting your new friends and there is a local shop within walking distance of most of the houses should you feel the need for any additional treats!

Following your training period you will be responsible for covering the modest costs of your living expenses having started your paid placement. Accommodation will be arranged for you by the school you are placed in and some participants may even have the opportunity to live with a local host family – the ideal environment for the host and the guest to practise each other's language!


All food is included during your training period, and you will find it to be typically Thai fare. Thai is one of the world's most exciting cuisines, and if you're willing to experiment, you'll be richly rewarded. Contrary to popular belief, not all Thai food is fiery hot and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.

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A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to remote villages, canopy tours, and river rafting may be available. Ask your local hosts to arrange extra activities for you – they will help ensure that you get the best prices and booking direct helps to support the local economy.


6 months US$2,745



Please aim to arrive  betwwen Saturday 00:00 and Sunday 15:00 for airport pick up 


From 6 months

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food & accommodation during your training period
  • Ground transfers
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • Project training, including TEFL training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Bangkok (BKK)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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