Do I need to be able to speak Thai?
In the English-language classroom use of Thai is discouraged. Outside of the classroom most people you meet in the city will know a few English words. SEE provides 10 hours of Thai-language instruction so that communication is easier. In addition, all SEE’s Program participants receive a free self-study language pack during their training to enable further language development.
What are the schools like?
There is a range of educational institutes in Thailand. From temple schools in small villages, miles from any city, to private schools only open to the elite. Within Chiang Mai there are 20+ government and 30 private schools , as well as 7 colleges, 4 universities and 20+ language schools.
What’s the difference between CELTA and TEFL?
CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. It’s one brand of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training course and focuses on teaching adults in a language school environment. It’s popular in Europe where the majority of EFL/ESL teaching work is in language schools teaching adults. In Asia most teaching work is in formal-education schools teaching students aged 5 – 18 years or language schools teaching children and adults. SEE’s TEFL certification program equips trainees with the necessary skills to teach students from kindergarten to adult.
Why don’t you offer an online course?
Teaching English in a non-native speaking country requires skills and cultural awareness that cannot be acquired through correspondence courses. In addition, few employers recognize the validity of an online TEFL training program.
Will I need any vaccinations before I arrive?
There are no special health requirements for Thailand.
What are the Health Care facilities like in North Thailand?
Hospitals, dentists and doctors are plentiful. Many medical professionals have graduated from western universities and speak English. Some hospitals have facilities which are a match for many western hospitals.
How easy is it to travel around this part of the world by public transport?
It is simple and cheap.
What are the dangers and annoyances living and working in Chiang Mai/Thailand?
Thai people are very gentle and easy-going. Most people are Buddhist and non-violence is emphasized through their education and culture; violent crime towards foreigners is nearly non-existent. Common sense and caution will ensure participants have no negative experiences.