Teaching in International Schools in Thailand – 4 Frequently Asked Questions

You could have browsed through the many forums associated with Thailand on the web and marveled at how profitable teaching at the country’s sprawling international school industry has grown. Well, nothing could be far from the truth. 


Thailand is perhaps the fastest-growing destination for international students, and it has witnessed the number of these seemingly prestigious schools grow at a terrific rate. It is, in fact, among the most popular go-to destinations among educators from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and several other developed countries. And with that, the number of threads about teaching at international schools in Bangkok has been in its hundreds. 


But unfortunately, most of what’s talked about at these forums is not factual and conclusive enough The chatter is laced with lots of urban myths and half-truths with no credible, verifiable source to turn to. As a result, both aspiring and seasoned international educators don’t get the information they would love to get. 


Today, this post is going to delve into the most commonly asked FAQs on the dos and don’ts and must-knows of teaching at Thailand’s international schools. Let’s check them out. 


1.    How does one hear about job openings from Thai international school?
This entails doing lots of research, especially on the leading global recruitment agencies. Popular online magazines sometimes have them under the ‘Jobs’ section. Social media, Google and networks, and referrals also are some of the most reliable ways of hearing about these job openings. You must, however, watch out for scammers.


2.    How does one apply?
Almost all these premier institutions rely on companies that recruit educators intended for job openings in Thailand. However, forums such as The International Educator, Teach Away and International School Services do give insightful info about the whole application procedure. To be safer though, visit as many of these specialized recruiter’s websites as possible and inquire. Don’t forget to sign up and submit your Resume, passport data, and teaching proficiencies, if they ask you to. 


3.    When do they recruit?
At the start of the year when recruiters are hosting job fairs, recruitments often are taking place. To stand a better chance of getting snapped up, make sure to have your credentials ready by fall so that you win an invitation to attend recruitment fairs. The fairs often take place abroad, mostly in major cities in the US and the UK, although everything often depends upon the recruiting agency. 


4.    What else do you need to know?
First, networking is crucial to securing a spot in these institutions as that helps know where and when there’s an opening and who to apply to. Additionally, experience and a near-perfect understanding of English is compulsory.