TEFL COURSE BANGKOK – THAILAND

If you are planning a short term vacation then Global Training Academy’s TEFL Course in Bangkok will be an ideal combination of a brief holiday which allows you to break free from the regular chores of your life and simultaneously pursue a constructive TEFL Course in an excellent location like Bangkok and get a Guaranteed ESL Job in Thailand thereafter. While you study you can also visit the popular tourist attractions in Bangkok like The Grand Fort, Chinatown, Floating Market, Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaeo, The National Museum, Vimanmek Palace, Ananta Samakhom Hall and many more.

 

COURSE DETAILS OF SPECIAL THAI PROJECT

COURSE FEES

Global Training Academy is offering the Special Thai Program at a reasonable course fee of 750 USD/617 GBP (without accommodation) & 999 USD/821GBP (with accommodation). Accommodation will be provided in one of the up market and reputed hotels of Bangkok and we ensure it covers all the modern amenities.

Dates

    2017

  • 6th Feb - 24th Feb 2017
  • 3rd April - 21st April 2017
  • 1st May - 19th May 2017
  • 5th June - 23rd June 2017
  • 7th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
  • 4th Sep - 22nd Sep 2017
  • 2nd Oct - 20th Oct 2017
  • 13th Nov - 1st Dec 2017

ACCOMMODATION

TThe 3 weeks training in Bangkok is conducted in Hotel JL Bangkok which is a 3 star hotel where you will be staying during the course. It has all the best possible services to meet up your needs and give a comfortable stay during your training days. Accommodation is available from 2 pm one day prior to the TEFL Course starts. Teachers landing before that must arrange for their own stay. The same has to be released the next day of course completion by 12 noon.
Your teaching assignment will start shortly after the TESOL Course completion and you need to arrange for your own accommodation during this gap period.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The 3 weeks (120 Hrs) in-class TESOL training is designed to give a winning start to your ESL career. The training is conducted in Bangkok and priced at 750 USD/617 GBP - 999 USD/821GBP. The training combined with the teaching practice session gives a better understanding of the methodologies of ESL teachings. On completion you are awarded with a guaranteed job as an ESL teacher for 4-5 months in different schools in Thailand with salary 18,000 THB – 35,000 THB + housing.

FEATURES

Provide Comprehensive TESOL training program. Provide Excellent Thai classroom differ from those you are familiar with. Get your Fear and Apprehensions replaced with fun as you mix with the Thai Culture. Improve your fluency, confidence and ability as a Trained Teacher. Help you to get a job anywhere with the global certification. Help you to land a desirable job with international standard of teaching. We help you not only get a job as a teacher but also a trainer in Corporate Sector. Guarantee you best value for Money.

VISA

You are recommended 60/90-days Tourist Visa to come to Thailand applying at your nearest Thai Embassy/Consulate. Your purpose of visit should be "Tourism" only. Once you get placed, your Tourist Visa will be converted to Non-Immigrant B Visa.

Know more about our TEFL Bangkok course

Global Training Academy’s TEFL Course Bangkok is a promising venture which explores significant teaching methodologies and offers a methodical approach to the aspiring TEFL teachers. The TESOL trainers of GTA are highly qualified and experienced who help the TEFL trainees to get acquainted with all the techniques before they delve into the world of ESL. TEFL Course Bangkok consists of teaching practice sessions in the local schools which help our candidates boost their confidence and help them teach without any inhibitions. GTA trainers assist and guide the candidates in every possible way to become competent ESL/EFL teachers of global standards.

About Bangkok-

Bangkok is the capital as well as the largest city of Thailand. Its main port is hugely popular, serving as a gateway and a principal destination for the majority of tourists. Bangkok, is also known as Thailand's "City of Angels" where you can catch a glimpse of the glorious past and take in the golden opportunities of the present. A visitor is sure to witness classical oriental wonder in Bangkok which has wonderfully preserved its phenomenal historical attributes like Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn and other remnants of the past.

Who should attend?

All native and non-native speakers with near-native fluency stand eligible to enrol in Special Thai Project. Native or Non-Native with Degree of up to 52 years of age and Native without Degree below 40 years of age are eligible to apply. Non-native speakers with a bachelor’s degree (in any field) and some work experience can opt for the course.

Job Opportunities

ESL Jobs in Thailand are quite lucrative and the demand for the teachers in this country is very high. A TEFL certified teacher in Thailand can expect to teach at the most twenty four classes in a week. Each and every class in Thailand continues for 50 to 60 minutes and the duration mostly depends on the school.
The schools of Thailand operate from Monday to Friday and the time period is from 8 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening. But it is possible that the timings might change with the individual schools. There are holidays on Saturdays, Sundays and on Thai National Holidays. The native English teachers in Thailand are expected to monthly schedule and submit lesson plans like their Thai counter parts.
The ESL teachers in Thailand are expected to abide by the rules of the schools. They are required to attend a morning assembly very day at eight in the morning, make lesson plans for each class and asses the students every week.
The teachers are expected to be very professional and dutiful to their job as a lot is expected from the TEFL certified native English speaker in Thailand. The rules and regulations of the schools cannot be violated at any cost.

SIGNIFICANT TIPS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Thailand has a comparatively conservative society so the teachers have to be well dressed and wear formals to the school. The male teachers have to wear formal pants, full sleeved shirts and ties on Mondays and special occasions. Shoes should also be formal and no running shoes or sandals are allowed. The ESL teachers have to clean shaven or have a properly trimmed beard. Tattoos should not be visited and the teacher should be neat and tidy. Men having short hair are preferred, however, if one has long hair it is advisable to tie it up properly.
  • Outside the schools, the male teachers can wear anything. It is however, best not to go shirtless.
  • The female teachers in the Thai schools are expected to wear long skirts and a presentable top. Sport shoes or sandals are not accepted and the teachers are expected to wear formal shoes. Only one earring is allowed and rings in other places of the body are not accepted.
  • Even when not in the schools it is advisable that the teachers should not wear something very revealing as Thais are very conservative and there is great respect for teachers in their society.
  • The ESL teachers in Thailand also have to organize an English club once in every week. The operations of these clubs take place during the school hours and while arranging the clubs the ESL teachers can take help from the other ESL teachers here.
  • The English teachers in Thailand have to monitor every student individually, maintain their growth graph and keep a record of the attendance and grades of the pupils in a weekly basis. They should also make note of the special observations if there are any.
  • In the schools of Thailand, the teachers are expected to be present one day per week for the 'greeting activity' which involves receiving the students and the parents at the gate of the school in the morning.
  • Every week for once it is the duty of the English teachers to get involved in a one minute activity. A speech or a message on two to three minutes is prepared for performing in the morning assembly. The topics might be anything from news to riddles, tongue twisters, rhymes or announcements. This activity can be a combined effort of many teachers not just one.
  • The ESL teachers in Thailand are supposed to start with 'Star Talk Activity' which will go on for five minutes before the class. This is a short introduction session which will help the students in understanding the subject and also get acquainted with the teacher and their fellow mates.
  • Every semester an English camp is organized by most of the schools which is mandatory for the ESL teachers to attain. These camps generally take place on Saturdays, from morning to evening.
  • Another significant responsibility of the TESOL teachers in Thailand is that they are expected to give English tuitions to their Thai counterparts after school. This responsibility can be shared by the other native English teachers in the school.
  • As in Thailand there are no holidays on the western occasions, the teachers have to present in schools on days like Christmas, Easter or on Valentines Day. However, there are functions on these occasions where the involvement of the ESL teachers is expected.
  • Things To Bring

    Below is given the checklist of all the essentials that you need to carry before you start your journey :

    • Passport : Once it is stamped at the immigration, make photocopy of the relevant pages and keep it with you at all times. If you are leaving the city for the weekend, carry your passport - its a must.
    • Medical Insurance : Make sure to carry the document in case there is any emergency situation arises.
    • Currency : Its easy to exchange if you carry your currency in USD. There are currency exchange booths at the airport. Plan your budget carefully. In Bangkok 400-500 THB is a good money for a day expense. It may be less if you are comfortable with the street food.
    • Medicines and Contact Lenses : If you are on a prescription drug or wear contact lenses please carry those. The Pharmacies in and around Bangkok all stock up on international brands of medicine but the generic name may not be the same. In most pharmacies the assistants are fluent in English and very helpful.
    • Toiletries : Carry the basics of the preferred brands to get you started. However, you would get in the convenience stores, who stock up on the global brands.
    • Clothes : Carry both formals and casual clothes including a formal footwear, 2-3 sets of formal wear is fine. Thailand is a tropical country, therefore cotton works best. Woollens are rarely required, but good rain wear and an umbrella for the monsoon is a must. For summer the best one is a cap or a broad brimmed hat.
    • Luggage : Try to buy light weight luggage for easy mobility. This is because most domestic airlines in Thailand allows around 15 kg of checked in baggage and 7 kg of hand baggage including the laptop. Excess baggage comes with a heavy penalty, therefore, try to avoid.
    • Mobile : You may have to take a new SIM / calling card and keep in touch with your near and dear ones.
    • Adaptor : This is required to charge your mobile, camera or any other electronic gadgets.
    • Camera : Make sure you carry a camera so that you can capture your happy moments and carry them back to your home country.

    Safety In Bangkok

    Bangkok is reasonably safe unless you are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Some SAFETY TIPS for you -

    • Be careful of your handbag/wallet, especially if you are traveling in public transports. Carry the change to pay the fare, so that you do not have to open your wallet/purse often. Keep your eyes open for pickpockets and avoid keeping your wallet in the back/hip pocket.
    • Passport needs to be with you at all times. Within Bangkok you may carry the photocopy of the relevant pages but while traveling away from the city, its a must that you carry your passport and medical insurance.
    • Be careful of your mobile phone, jewellery and camera. Try to avoid crowded places.
    • While riding motor bike, always wear a helmet and safety jacket.
    • For all private transports like taxis/tuk-tuks/motorbike taxis please ensure that there is a fixed rate or meter. You may be cheated and have end up paying three times the actual fare. Taxis have a fixed meter, and if they ask for extra avoid those.
    • Gem scam. Sometimes the transport drivers take you to a Gem factory and you may need to buy fake stones at a higher rate.
    • Strangers at the bar. Do not let the nightlife carry you away. Avoid strangers.
    • Rules. Do not break rules. Police intervention is never a pleasant experience. For photography in public places look out for signs which says “photography prohibited” and act accordingly.
    • Avoid deserted areas and desolate places. In case of emergency keep a contact’s number on the fast-dial of your mobile. Better safe than sorry.

FAQs on Special Thai Program

 

How It Works ?

Once we receive your request or application we will send you an email(please check your spam as email goes to spam in many cases) with the best time to call you . We work on a first come, first served basis.

You need to have a Skype or telephone interview before you can book onto the program - and if you pass the interview and we accept you, then you need to pay 600USD as deposit to confirm your place, the rest of the fees you can pay later on.

Normally there are only 15 -20 spaces in one batch, since its an guaranteed job program it gets full very quickly so Hurry Up and Apply ASAP

Eligibility

All of our TEFL Programs come with a guaranteed paid teaching job attached. In order to be eligible for the guaranteed paid teaching job, you need to have a bachelors degree in any subject. This degree needs to also come from a recognised university. There is no specific pass rate required. You also should be below 50 years old and should be either from UK, USA, NZ, AUS, Canada, Ireland and SA(South African should have a TOEIC,TOEFL and IELTS with minimum score of 5.5).

For those about to complete the degree

If you have not yet acquired your bachelor's degree yet, but are still studying, you are also eligible for the guaranteed paid teaching job, as long as you get your degree certificate sent to you in Thailand once you finish your degree course and before you start your teaching.

Other requirements

What is important is that applicants have the right character, desire and attitude towards teaching English as a foreign language. We are looking for candidates that have a bright and outgoing personality, who are open minded enough to accept and embrace the challenges that come with living and teaching abroad. We need candidates who are full of enthusiasm, and who have a sense of loyalty to the job, to the students and to the staff they will be working with.

It is not essential to have any previous teaching experience although this is obviously helpful. You do not need to be in possession of any kind of formal teaching qualification as you will be gaining this through the program. It is not necessary to have travel or work experience either.

Candidates must have no criminal record and there is no foreign language requirements for any of our teach abroad programs.

The most important aspects are that you have the right attitude, a strong desire to teach and a willingness to learn!

Date & Fees

Important dates for Special Thai Project :

3weeks TEFL course – Bangkok

Course Dates:
6th Feb - 24th Feb 2017
3rd April - 21st April 2017
1st May - 19th May 2017
5th June - 23rd June 2017
7th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
4th Sep - 22nd Sep 2017
2nd Oct - 20th Oct 2017
13th Nov - 1st Dec 2017


Course Fee : Global Training Academy is offering the Special Thai Program at a reasonable course fee of 750 USD/617 GBP (without accommodation) & 999 USD/821GBP (with accommodation). Accommodation will be provided in one of the up market and reputed hotels of Bangkok and we ensure it covers all the modern amenities.

Accommodation

We aim to provide our teachers with the best possible accommodations. As we deal with various schools at various locations at different times, it is impossible to have accommodations pre-arranged for all sites all the year round. Therefore, exact information regarding specifics on accommodations may not be available until a later date. Exact information for some schools/cities may be available earlier than others.
Accommodations in Thailand and throughout SE Asia are generally smaller and have fewer amenities than do Western style accommodations. Most of the schools we work with are in smaller or more remote areas of Thailand and thus do not have accommodations that are up to Western standards. *If you require (cannot live without) Western style amenities (A/C, fridge, TV, DVD, kitchen, washing machine, etc.), you will most likely not be happy working with us. However majority of the accommodations in the past have had A/C*.
Laundry is easily and inexpensively done by many local ladies (300 - 500 baht/month) or at small coin-operated shops. There are internet cafes everywhere and are usually very cheap. Restaurants and street vendors are everywhere and usually very inexpensive. TV’s and DVD players can be purchased for a reasonable price, but there are many other things to do in Thailand other than watch TV and movies.
Accommodations that are arranged by the schools will be provided free of charge throughout the teaching contract. Teachers accepting arranged accommodations must agree to remain in arranged accommodations or may be liable to be charged the security deposit which the school will incur as a result.
Most arranged accommodations will be apartments with en suite bathrooms. Some accommodations for some schools/cities will be shared houses with separate bedrooms for each teacher.
Accommodations will vary from school to school and city to city. All accommodations are scouted and chosen based on location of the school, amenities provided, cleanliness, comfort, and budget. Some accommodations are provided and/or arranged by the individual schools.
All accommodations will include basic amenities such as a bed, fan (if no A/C), dresser, and closet or a clothes rack.
Some accommodations may include extras such as A/C, fridge, TV, table, balcony (most apartments have balconies), etc.
Accommodations do not include kitchens or cooking utensils as most apartments in Thailand do not have kitchens.
Monthly electric, water, and phone bills will be the responsibility of the teacher. Average water bills per month are 50-150 baht. Landline phones generally cost 5 baht/minute. Electricity is generally between 5-7 baht per unit which equates to anywhere between 500-2500 baht/month depending on the use of A/C and/or fan, fridge, lights and other electrical equipment.
All accommodation needs a deposit for 1-2 months which is refundable after teacher leave the place. Some schools cover this deposit and deduct the same from the salary while others may ask the teacher to pay for this. This deposit varies from 8000 THB to 15000 THB for 1 to 2 months. Please come prepared.

Friends and Couples

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) has become one of the most popular career options among people who want to teach and travel abroad. It can be a rewarding profession with handsome salary package as well as an excellent opportunity to travel the world and explore new culture and people. As ESL teachers are in great demand all over the world, you can easily bag a teaching job in foreign shores and at the same time replenish your travel funds. Pursuing TEFL course and getting TEFL jobs in Thailand could open doors to a new and adventurous experience altogether.
Global Training Academy offers you a wonderful chance to you and your friends and partner to sign up for Explore Thailand Project where you can teach and travel together in various exotic locales of Thailand. It will be of great support if your friend or partner is with you when you are away from your home and family. Keeping this in mind, GTA allows you to sign up for the course along with your friend or your spouse and will try to place both of you in the same location. And even if you are placed in different schools in the same location, you will never miss the chance to socialize together and grow your friends circle.

Safety in Thailand

Thailand has always been a tourist's paradise and been considered a safe nation for foreign travelers. Although it is one of the most popular tourist destinations visited by people from all around the world every year, the present volatile political scenario in the "Land of Smiles" has raised questions about the safety of foreign visitors. Actually the real situation in Thailand is completely different from what it is thought to be. The scenario is absolutely normal for visitors from other parts of the world. The Thai authorities are serious about maintaining security and take adequate measures to protect their most valued sector of nation tourism. However, petty crimes and small agitations are a part and parcel of daily life in most of the countries around the world.
Thailand has become the most sought-after destination for people who are looking for a career as TEFL teachers and have keen interest in traveling and exploring new culture. It is one of a kind experience, where you can embrace a new way of life with different challenges faced each day and at the same time can broaden personal horizons. Albeit the assurance of the authorities being there with the visitors, it is advisable that anyone irrespective of sex, travelling to Thailand should follow some basic awareness regarding personal safety and must do a little bit of research before travelling. Getting travel insurance is recommended while visiting an exotic location with an unaccustomed culture. It becomes all the more necessary if you are planning to live and work there.
Following are certain personal safety precautions one needs to consider while travelling:

  • You must carry your passport at all times
  • Follow the instructions issued by local authorities
  • Avail Bangkok taxis mostly if you are using public mode of transport
  • You need to double check the place of your stay
  • Go with a licensed company if you try adventurous activities
  • Avoid swimming if you notice red flags at the beaches
  • Women are advised to wear modest clothing
  • Women should avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Avoid loitering in dim and sparsely inhabited areas
  • Be careful with alcohol and drugs
  • Possession and distribution of drugs will invite severe penalties
  • Always get hold of the number of your country's embassy
Starting your teaching career in Thailand after obtaining a TEFL certification will be advantageous because Thailand offers a congenial environment and the cost of living is relatively cheaper in Thailand compared to other Asian countries. Getting a TEFL certification and choosing to teach in Thailand will be a wise decision and a great investment in terms of gaining valuable experience career wise.

Schools in Thailand

The huge demand of English language in the recent years has paved the path for the development of both learning as well as teaching English language in Thailand. As English has become the universal lingua franca, the Thais have gradually opened up to the idea of including English in their day to day lives giving rise to a large number of EFL/ESL teaching jobs in various schools present all across the country. Thailand has a number of international and private schools as well as government schools and higher educational institutes. The international schools located across the country maintain a high standard of teaching and other facilities. Besides the British and American curricula, these international schools in every part of Thailand offer International Baccalaureate or follow national systems from Germany, Switzerland, Japan and India. International school students can study AP, GCE"A" Level, IGCSE and the IB so that they can pursue higher studies in other countries.
In Thailand, Government and public schools are free for Thai nationals. There are quite a number of government schools that conduct English language programs taught by native English speakers. All Thailand schools are graded into pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools. EFL/ESL teachers can get numerous teaching opportunities in language schools, vocational colleges and universities as the demand for English language training programs in there is also immense. Usually a typical school day in Thailand commences with the National Anthem at 8.30 in the morning and ends at around 3.30 in the afternoon; however, it may vary in case of government schools. It is mandatory for every aspiring English teacher to be TEFL certified before applying for English teaching jobs in Thai schools.

Visa Information for Thailand

Most Thai consulates are no longer issuing the Non immigrant (Non B) business visa without an employment contract from a Thai school. This is obviously not possible as you've not yet done the course or applied for a job yet Also, the consulates will not usually issue an Education visa (ED) for a month-long training course, usually only to study Thai language or enrolling in a local school (such as an International school).
You may apply for a 'Single' or 'Double' Entry, 60-day, tourist visa, which can be extended for a further 30 days. This costs around USD$50. With the double entry tourist visa, you can leave the country after 90 days and come back in to get an additional 60 days plus another 30 day extension (6 months in total)
Once you find an employer in Thailand, they can arrange for the appropriate Non B business visa and work permit, once you satisfy their requirements. It isn't illegal to look for employment on a tourist visa, but technically you can't commence employment with one.
It usually only takes a day to get a tourist visa, depending if you go yourself, or if you send your passport via courier. Please allow enough time, as sometimes there are Thai public holidays that you may not be aware of. The visa only gets 'activated' once you enter the country, but you can't apply too long in advance, as you need to enter the country within 60 days of receiving the visa.
Once you find work, your employer will then give you the paperwork to do a visa run to a neighboring country for a Non B visa, and work permit. This is quite normal, and there are many companies that do the visa runs. Depending where you are at the time as to where you go to do this. (We will discuss your options in more detail during the course).
Regulations change from month to month and we have no control over the Thai consulates decision. In saying that, we've never had a student who was refused a visa to get them into Thailand!
Please note that new regulations mean that you can no longer get a back-to-back tourist visa, meaning that once you have a tourist visa, you have to wait a few months before you can get another one, so make sure you get at least a 60-day tourist visa BEFORE coming to Thailand, as this will allow you 90 days to do the course and find work to get the paperwork for a non-B visa.

Upfront Costs

Food for 7 -10 weeks or so

Remember that 7 weeks will pass before you get paid your first salary. Fortunately Thailand is a very cheap place to live. We have estimated that you will need around 3000 THB a week for the first weeks before you get paid. You may actually need more or less than this, depending on how well you can budget your cash. Many teachers see Thailand's first few months as a holiday and this can be a temptation to travel and spend more money on partying, drinking, etc. We ask you to take into account that you will need a lot more cash if you want to drink a lot or go on trips to islands for parties.

Travel or medical insurance

We advise you to apply for travel insurance from your country. Medical Insurance one have to give 100USD approx for 5 months, its subsidized rates for our students.

Visas

It costs approximately 2000 THB - 3000 THB for any visa - tourist or non-immigrant visa - from any Thai Consulate in the world. It's common for you to first buy a single entry tourist visa for the TEFL course, to extend it in Thailand (2000 THB) then to buy another non-immigrant B visa before the work permit can be applied for. All visa costs are the responsibility of teachers.

A criminal record check

It costs about £20 - £30 or 30-40USD for a basic police check. Applicants from countries please check with their local police department.

Thai bank accounts

It costs 500 THB to open for a bank account in Thailand.

Flights

You will have to cover the costs of your flights out to Thailand. You can get very cheap flights through Skyscanner. You also might want to get a flight to the training area, depending on where it is. There are regular flights to Koh Samui.

Accommodation deposit

You will normally need to put down two month's rent as a rental deposit or bond for your accommodation. This will normally be around 8,000 THB(this will be refunded to you once you leave your accommodation). You will also need to pay for your first month's rent upfront, which will be another 4,000 THB.

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