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Old 31st January 2010, 03:16 AM
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Default ESL work in Bangkok (or anywhere in Thailand)

Wondering if anyone here has done ESL work in/around Bangkok or Thailand in general?

If so, what were your experiences? Good environment? Hours? Pay? Benefits? How were the kiddies?

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I haven't, but I did research it a few years back as a friend of mine was hoping to get some work out there. As far as I can tell, it's very difficult to get decent work without a teaching degree. If you trawl the ESL job boards you will find some language schools offering work, but the pay is pitiful, even for Thailand, and the schools I looked at had very bad write-ups from people who had worked there - essentially labelling them as scams. Some schools will promise to get you a work visa but that's very unlikely to happen from what I read, so you'd be working under the table in Thailand, not an ideal situation by any means.

If you have a teaching degree, you can get work for an established public or private school who'll give you a work visa and all will be well. Otherwise, you're trying your luck with potentially dodgy schools against whom you have no comeback, legal or otherwise, if they decide to screw you over by not paying you, etc.

Thailand periodically cracks down on illegal teachers; they had a real hoo-hah a few years ago after a US paedophile was found to be living and working in a school in Thailand I seem to recall.

The best places for ESL/TEFL tend to be Korea, Japan and increasingly China. You can still get screwed over in all three countries, but if you do your research, you can find a job with decent pay without needing a degree.

Hope that helps - just one opinion only based on what I read a few years ago
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Old 13th February 2010, 04:57 AM
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Thanks Steve. No worries about lack of a teaching degree or experience. Just didn't know what the landscape was for ESL work in Thailand and figured I'd pose the question to the forum.

If I make the jump, I'd post the experience here :)
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