SEE TEFL offers a 4-5 month contract for PAID full-time English Teaching in Central and Northern Thailand — 2 weeks of TEFL training at our training school in Chiang Mai + accommodation (while training) included. At the end of the placement period participants receive TEFL certification. These teacher training + paid internships are offered twice per year, at the beginning of the Thai school semester.
This is a separate program from SEE’s standard 4-week 120-hour TEFL Course.
A two-week Teaching Essentials preparation course is conducted approximately three weeks before the start of the Thai school semester, giving enough time for training, placement and relocation to the internship. The teaching internship is a full semester 4-5 month teaching contract.
Since 2013, SEE TEFL conducted eight internship groups, and graduated 74 newly-trained teachers, who successfully completed the training course and were placed in paid internships.
The SEE TEFL Paid Internship is an ideal way for people who wish to experience living and working in Thailand as a paid English language teacher, but who are not ready to commit to a 4-week training course, or a teaching commitment longer than 5 months.
The Internship involves pre-arrival classroom familiarization training and 2 weeks of face-to-face classroom skills and cultural awareness induction training in Chiang Mai. After that, the Interns are offered a paid 1-semester (4-5 months) teaching job in a rural or provincial Thai formal school.
Teaching placements are normally for 1 semester of 4–5 months. However, placements that start at the beginning of the academic year (Semester 1) have the option of extending their placement to 1 academic year for no additional charge.
- Training from 25 September to 06 October followed by a paid teaching internship for 4-5 months
- Training from 16 to 27 April followed by a paid teaching internship for 4-5 months
- Training from 24 September – 05 October followed by a paid teaching internship for 4-5 months
Location of Internships – Central and Northern Thailand Provinces
Over the past three years we have placed students in the Northern Thai provinces of Khampaeng Phet, Utthai Thani, Phayao, Phitsanulok, Mae Hong Son (when available), and Nan (when available). Our program is now popular, and we are a partner with OEG (Overseas Education Group) and GVI (Global Visions International), two established international organizations who place students in paid and volunteer positions.
Teaching Essentials and English Teacher Internship
Our TEFL Internship induction training in Chiang Mai is focused on teaching essentials — a two-week training course required before prospective teachers step into the classroom as a paid Intern. This course includes classroom management techniques, a straightforward teaching methodology, language awareness, cultural considerations, and includes some Thai language lessons.
Note that these lessons are an essential part of the training, as the teacher is able to put themselves in the position of a foreign language learner, and know what it feels like to be a student in their classroom.
Each TEFL Internship participant receives a guaranteed job with a salary of not less than 28,500 Thai Baht (THB) per month. This provides a comfortable, but not extravagant lifestyle in Thailand. It is possible to save money from this salary during the internship period, and afford at the end of the teaching placement a few months traveling Thailand and Southeast Asia and/or sitting on a beach under a palm tree, or trekking in the jungles.
It’s not necessary to possess previous teaching experience or to know any Thai language. Induction training will equip you with teaching and Thai basics. This training will give you the ability to make a confident and successful start to your teaching experience.
Placements are in formal Thai schools. Depending on availability at the time of placement, opportunities usually exist to teach in kindergarten (anubahn), primary school (pratom), secondary school (matayom) and colleges working Monday to Friday from around 7:30am to 4:00pm each day. A working week normally involves 18 – 22 teaching periods of between 50 and 60 minutes.
The academic year in Thailand runs from early May to late March, with a break in early October. Our teacher placement and the two induction training sessions coincide with the start of the two academic semesters in early May (First Semester) and late October (Second Semester). The two week teaching essentials align with the start of a school semester, and the teaching Internship contracts are for that length of time.
Thai Holidays and Teacher Training Essentials
Our March/April Interns get to participate in the yearly water fight madness of the 5-day Songkran holiday celebrated to mark the start of the traditional Thai New Year. September/October’s induction finishes approximately a month before Loy Krathong / Yi Peng, the 3-night festival of floating lights.
Teaching placements are always in formal schools in towns that are more typical of Thailand than the standard tourist destinations. There will be other foreigners in the internship placement town, but these are likely to be other teachers, adventurous travelers or expats. However, larger cities with western-oriented amenities are never more than a few hours away by local bus.
SEE TEFL and TEFL Internships
Over the past 11 years SEE TEFL has trained over 1,300 teachers of English as a foreign language. SEE TEFL is one of a few TEFL courses in Thailand fully licensed by the Ministry of Education, and the first TEFL provider in Asia to acquire ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards (first certified in 2009, and recertified again in 2012 and 2015).
Paid TEFL Internship Eligibility Requirements
- Be an English native speaker
- Hold a passport from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa or the United States.
- Be a university graduate and hold a recognized bachelor’s degree.
- Be no older than 50 and no younger than 21.
- Be adaptable to new and unpredictable situations
- Be of good character and possess a friendly, patient and flexible personality
- Be familiar with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer
If you meet these requirements, you are eligible to join our Internship program. Please register here
A police clearance needs to be provided as part of the paperwork requirements of a non-immigrant B (Business) visa application. This can be obtained from the Intern’s home country before departure for Thailand or in Chiang Mai from the Thai Police. Please contact us to discuss specific details.
We can also accept applications from non-native speakers. Please forward by email a copy of your CV with photo and evidence of a language proficiency equivalent to at least IELTS Band 7. These documents will be forwarded to our placement schools who will decide whether they accept the applicant.