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.
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
Cycle & boat tour of Bangkok
Creating lesson plans
Varies during placement
Before you go
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Food & accommodation during your training period
Project training, including TEFL training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
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WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
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.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
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 £250 and £400, 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.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You'll fly into Bangkok on or before your placement start date 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.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
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!
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
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.
To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.
There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.