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TEACHING & EDUCATION: BANGKOK AND THAILAND
Teaching in Thailand
If you are thinking about teaching in Bangkok or Thailand then you should be applying to do one of the CELTA, TEFL or TESOL teaching courses. Teaching in Thailand is a wonderful experience if you are starting a career in Teaching English. It is also a good way to extend your stay longer in Thailand. Most language centres in Bangkok and Thailand have CELTA, TEFL and TESOL teaching courses available on a weekly basis. You can study and stay by the beach at the same time if you want to. Teaching courses are important if you are looking for an English teaching job in Thailand. Though it is heard of that you may find a job without a degree, having a CELTA, TEFL or TESOL certificate is vital. The cost of living in Bangkok or anywhere in Thailand can be cheap depending on your lifestyle. Salaries from some jobs are not particularly high by western standards though most schools will provide accommodation and most schools pay well enough for you to live comfortably in Bangkok or around Thailand.
CELTA, TEFL & TESOL Teaching Courses Bangkok, Thailand
If you want to do a choice of TEFL, CELTA or TESOL teaching courses whilst in Bangkok or Thailand, simply go to one of our advertised language centres. You can also look for job vacancies or book your courses online. Most language centres have branches located around Bangkok , Khaosan Road and in the city centre. Doing one of these teaching courses are exactly what is needed if you are going to teach in Bangkok. They are required by almost every school when applying for a teaching job. There are many companies in Bangkok that sell these teaching courses so choosing the right price and schedule to suit you is important to your needs when staying in Bangkok. Accommodation is not usually provided so it's best to find one in close proximity to where you are staying because of the congestion in Bangkok.
Cost of CELTA, TEFL & TESOL Teaching Courses Bangkok, Thailand
4 week CELTA, TEFL & TESOL Teaching courses in Bangkok usually cost around 50,000 Baht which is around 1000 Pound British Sterling. This does not include accommodation. They are usually around 120 contact hours 5 days a week so your weekends are free though most courses will give you quite a lot of homework to do. They usually start at 9 a.m and finsh at 5 p.m. There are no more than 12 students per class.
You can also do a TESOL course with some language centres that last 11 days. These cost around 15000 Baht ( 300 pound British sterling) accommodation not included. Though they are not as long and wanted by schools as CELTA courses they are still a viable certificate that can nonetheless get you a job with less demanding schools.
Schedules for CELTA, TEFL & TESOL Teaching Courses Bangkok, Thailand.
CELTA, TEFL & TESOL teaching courses are regularly scheduled depending on which language centre you choose to do your course at. Some language centres can accommodate most because of the number of offices they have around the city. It is always best to check with the companies online beforehand incase they have a schedule change due to demand.
CELTA, TEFL & TESOL Teaching Courses - Koh Samui
Koh Samui is a fantastic place to do your CELTA, TEFL, & TESOL teaching courses because you can remain by the beach and do your course at the same time. A lot of people make their decision when they get there. They are usually the same deal as the courses in Bangkok except the sunshine, beauty and golden beaches of Koh Samui are at hand. After a long day of studying, there is nothing better than sipping on a fruit shake whilst doing your lesson plan for the next day. Koh Samui Language centres have a more relaxed approach and dress less formally. You do not have to struggle with traffic in the mornings and generally everybody is happy and in holiday mode.
The cost of a 4 week course is around 50,000 baht ( $1400 U.S Dollars) which lasts 4 weeks though national holidays are recognized so the course may last a day or two longer.
Employment on Koh Samui can be found and generally hotels are good places to look for work as well as the schools.
CELTA, TEFL & TESOL Teaching Courses - Phuket
Phuket is yet another great place to do your CELTA, TEFL & TESOL Teaching courses because of the access it has to its surrounding islands. As usual, the duration of your teaching course will take up to 4 weeks. On the weekends you have the opportunity to go to islands such Phi Phi and James Bond island. Phuket is also a good place to find employment as a teacher or in one of its' many hotels. Hotels need English speakers for many reasons such as staff training, marketing, reports and managing. Most courses do not provide accommodation and finding a place outside of the Patong Beach area is a good idea as it can be expensive. Your chosen language centre should provide some sort of information about cheap accommodation which is situated near to where you study.
Living in Bangkok.
Life in Bangkok can be great or it can be difficult depending on your circumstance but I think this applies to any major city in the world. It has plenty of traffic problems and pollution. For someone who comes to teach in Bangkok, life can be difficult if you are situated far from your school though public transport is very cheap. Bangkok has a fantastic nightlife and an endless amount of places to go and eat. Whereas in the West we have a "Pub Culture" in Thailand it is a "Restaurant Culture" as Thais love to eat and spend time with friends and families. Food is incredibly cheap if you eat in the right places especially compared to prices in the West. Most Thai people eat out because of the cost of food. If you choose to buy a meal at the market place or street venders the prices vary from 25 Baht to 45 Baht per meal. Usually your meal is tasty traditional Thai food. If you would like to eat international food then going to commercial places will set you back a lot more though not s much as you think. After finding their feet in Bangkok, most teacher's tend to find their own favourite places to go which are away from the commercial hubs and they see another side of Bangkok which most are afraid to go out and discover. Accommodation in Bangkok can be very cheap and affordable depending on which area you live in. In the Suburbs such as Pin Klao, Talin Chan and Bang Khae, Studio apartments can be priced at 4000-5000 Baht per month ( around 100 pound British sterling) whereas a 2-3 bedroom townhouse will be about the same. If you want to lead the high life downtown, then you can double or treble the price. Most schools will provide or will know about this kind of accommodation for teachers who have just arrived. Your CELTA, TEFL,TESOL Teaching courses are the ticket to your career and life in Bangkok.