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Most of the positions for foreign teachers are for less permanent amounts of time. If the prospective teacher is willing to stay for an agreeable amount of time contracts are made more attractive and this is due to high turnover. The Thai people are quite enthusiastic and fun loving, therefore, lessons which involve games are popular. The Thais have different customs which should be observed, for example, dress conservatively, and hand gestures are to be kept to a minimum as large boisterous ones are considered rude. The best times to be searching for a job is from mid-March to mid-May; which is when regular schools have vacation. October is a good time for the quest to find a job but January and February are quiet months.

There are plenty of private schools in both Bangkok and Chang Mai but there are alternatively less well known cities where the competition for positions is not so stiff. Nakhon Sawan, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani are worth at least checking out. Conclusively the foreigner will not have such a struggle to find work however the wages offered can be very low. The teacher can earn approximately $5 US per hour to $16 US depending on the type of company. Teaching positions in Universities are abundant but degrees and certificates are required; the days are past when the native English speaking beach bum can find work. Work visas may require an official offer from the employer, official photos and a visit to the embassy.

Teachers can easily find their own accommodations which may cost for a studio approximately $130 US per month and a one bedroom as expensive as $500 US per month. Cost of living in general is low in Thailand.

References:

Collin, Peter and Collin, Simon. Guide to English Language Teaching 2005.Modern English Publishing Ltd. 2005. pp.182-183.

Griffiths, Susan. Work Your Way Around the World.Vacation Work Publications 2003. pp. 530-532.

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