Teach and Travel in Thailand – 2016 Program options

Thank you for your enquiry regarding our work and travel abroad program! We have some exciting new changes for 2016!

In Short Requirements:

  • tt1Age 18 – 45 can apply
  • RSA, USA, AUS, CAN, UK passport holders ONLY
  • Good command of English – Positive Attitude
  • Police Clearance – you will need this to obtain a work permit so apply for it now!
  • Valid Passport – apply now if you do not already
  • have one
  • Laptop is required so take one with or buy one on arrival (tab/ipad is not sufficient)

Program Benefits :

  • Guaranteed Placement for degree holders or 100% placement rate for non-degree holders.
  • Visa runs once a year only
  • Full Support and Assistance – lifelong – work in China and Korea later through Us.
  • Teach Basic conversational English in Thailand - School Holidays – camp work – no work no pay.
  • Travel for 3 months to 20yrs + - we have families that emigrate J Dependents Welcome
  • Couples and Friends placed in the same location
  • Min Salary of 25 000TB to 45 000TB - currency converter – www.oanda.com
  • Fantastic Adventure for the young – a life change for the older – 100% Life Changing
  • Non-Caucasian applicants are extremely difficult to place in Thailand…so no work guarantee.

Spending money is an amount we suggest you take with to cover your day to day expenses until you receive your first salary. Spending money should be used sparingly; it is for the basics until you earn your salary.

Travel Insurance MUST be taken with the flight package. Flights to be booked through us with STA Travel only

tt2Spending money is an amount we suggest you take with to cover your day to day expenses until you receive your first salary. Spending money should be used sparingly; it is for the basics until you earn your salary.

Travel Insurance MUST be taken with the flight package. Flights to be booked through us with STA Travel only

About Thailand:- Thailand is the NEW UK! J

  • · Living costs are extremely low – about R3500 pm can buy you an apartment, bills, food, travel costs and
  • more…..Highly impossible in any other country!!
  • · Salary in Thailand is set to a basic of about R7600 – R10 250 or (20 000 – 40 000 Thai Baht) – BUT with extra classes we have clients earning well over R25 000pm (and only need R3500 to live) We also have holiday work during school holidays at English camps!
  • · Dependants can come along, many schools offer English programs for your children to do their subjects in
  • English Stay as long as you want.
  • · Night Markets at 3AM in the morning – shop till you drop! It’s too cheap to mention!!
  • · Change your life – we have had couples getting engaged in Thailand, little 3yr olds speaking fluent Thai after 3 months at school, Granddad’s have the time of their live Age limit – We have placed applicants 68+ yrs old and they are just loving it!

 

· Budgets.

tt3Some participants say that they were confused beforehand about budgeting for every day stuff and overall budgets. Just to clarify, for food, street food is typically the cheapest option, starting at about 30 baht (~$1 USD) per plate. While someone could potentially live on only a few dollars per day, many students aren’t prepared to eat exclusively street food and end up needing more money. Furthermore, our students typically develop a very strong group dynamic, and those who are on a very tight budget may feel excluded if the group chooses to regularly eat at slightly more expensive restaurants (~80 – 150 baht per meal), go out to grab drinks (50 – 150 baht each), travel on weekends, etc. So, just to reiterate, while it is possible for somebody on a tight budget to spend only 3-4 dollars per day on food, people should be made aware that there are factors in play which can make doing so more difficult than anticipated.

· Transportation to and from the school will be the responsibility of the client throughout the course. Most

students choose to use Songthaews, a type of local bus, which cost 10-15 baht (30-50 cents) per trip. Thus, the commute to and from the school should cost about $1 USD per day. Other transportation options include motorbike taxis (typically 30-50 baht to travel somewhere within the town) and Tuk Tuks (usually 100-200 baht). However, most of the accommodations are within a 10 minute walk to the school.

· Group Activities/Excursions. Over time, we have added many different activities to our cultural week.

Sometimes we don't have enough time to fit them all in. Each month, we take our students on an excursion to Khao Tao temple, a nearby pineapple farm, the Hutsadin Elephant foundation, and Muay Thai. We also always host a beach barbeque to welcome everyone. We may offer additional activities outside of class hours (including meditation retreats, movie nights or cooking classes), but these additional activities change from month to month, and we were thinking it might be good to clarify that we do most of the activities we list as part of the culture week but sometimes not all of them due to time constraints.

· Additionally, we have started the Rescue Paws Foundation, and we may want to let teachers know that we now
offer the opportunity to volunteer with our affiliate organization Rescue Paws after class hours, helping the staff feed and care for hungry and sick street dogs. The participants really love this activity and there are always tons of volunteers and we have been sending through plenty of pictures.

· Visas. Just to clarify regarding visas, we should always recommend that guys get double or multiple entry visas.
They are more expensive but here is where they are valuable.

If you have a double entry tourist or non-immigrant B Visa, it means that you have 90 days, then you can do a border bounce, which means you just have to cross over and back again (this can be done within one day) and then you get a fresh 90 days. This is better than a regular visa trip, which requires you to go on a multi-day trip to the Thai embassy or consulate in a neighboring country to get a new visa.

 

 

What is living expense per day?

Food you can bank on 100 - 200 Baht a meal that includes drink.

Do schools provide lunch?

Depends on the school. Some do and some do not.

Travelling costs around there?

Taxi about 100 – 150 Baht for a 15-30 minute trip. Motorbike taxi about half that.

Transportation from accommodation to work?

Not provided, but public transport in Thailand is very good and there are both scooter and bicycle rentals for 3000 baht/month (plus deposit)

How safe is it around there?

Extremely safe. Females walking around alone at 2am experience no problems at all. What islands placements are there? Phuket, Samui but these aren’t available often.

What are the age groups you will be teaching?

Anything from primary school to high school.

Working hours? And days per week?

8 hours per day, only about 4-5 actual “in class” hours though. Monday to Friday.

Are there sports after school that you have to attend or teach?

No, but they do have concerts, after school activities every now and again.

After contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to be out?

You can stay as long as you like as long as you have a job or visa.

Can one renew working contract and visa without leaving the country?

Yes

How long is the working visa valid for?

1 year, but you have to report to immigration every three months. What type of visa they will be working on? Start off on a tourist visa, and then convert to a Non Immigrant B visa.

What activities are happening during evenings and weekends?

During the TESOL course, we will give you an idea of what to do around town, with some cultural events and excursions planned in advance.

Language orientation? How will we understand them?

On the TESOL course we do cover the basics of Thai. Using the teaching methodology taught in our TESOL course, teachers will be able to communicate with students without knowing any Thai.

Where are the best and worst places to work?

Depending on the person, most people are the most hesitant about working in big cities, but they offer the best pay.

What is possibility of second job to make more money?

Very possible, making a double salary is very common when getting extra work on the side.

Medical services and insurance?

Yes, some schools do provide this. But with the starter pack the applicants have the option to sign up for a year’s accident insurance for an extra 700 Baht. This covers them for up to 5000 Baht per visit.

What is phone and internet connectivity like?

Pretty good and inexpensive.

What about other African countries? Will they qualify?

Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi etc. Sorry, only South Africa and other native English speaking countries. (USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom (including Ireland), New Zealand).

What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

Yes, but we don’t often get this. If the applicant really hates the job and they have a good reason, then we can move them. But they need to understand that this will take a bit of time.

Dress code for teaching?

Semi casual, no slops, no jeans, no T-shirts

How difficult is the TESSOL course? Can one fail?

Yes, one can fail. But if we see that an applicant is not doing well, we will spend more time with the applicant to make sure they pass. We have had people fail or be kicked off, but that is because of other things like drinking or fighting. Must you bring your C.V. or resume? Yes, this is important for the placement interview process.

Packing essentials? Sleeping bag, towels?

You can get everything in Thailand, and it’s very inexpensive. Some of the accommodation does not have bedding, but this can be bought in Thailand.

Any Serious laws they are very strict on?

Yes, drugs and The King. Don’t ever speak about either of these two.

More information regarding couple placement?

This can be done (and we will try our best) but not at the same school, maybe schools within the same town.

What is the level English and behavior of students?

Depending on the school location, big city – great English level. Small city, not so good. Thai kids are usually very well mannered.

What curriculum will they follow at school?

There is no set curriculum, each school may have their own or teachers will need to prepare their own.

Do your colleagues speak English?

Yes

Will you work with any special needs children?

No

What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this work? For what?

Never happened before.

What are the expected deductions from your pay check? Does this differ from school to school?

Yes, some schools take off tax at 3%. But normally they don’t take off tax for the first year.

Do you get paid overtime?

No

What are the chances of getting a salary increase?

Depends on how good of a job you do.

What are the changes of teaching English in neighboring countries?

Very good, Teach Travel Asia can arrange this for you.

Is all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

Most of the time. Not all the time. When are the school holidays? Please see calendar provided.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

Not much difference for teachers, Maybe only starting times and salary would differ. Can a participant choose part or full time? Schools hire full-time teachers for the most part.

Is religion a big issue?

Not really, you stick to yours and they normally stick to theirs.

What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

Depending on the reason for termination, we will no longer help you find placement if loss of job is your fault.

Are they expected to work during school holidays?

Not normally, this will depend on the school.

Can you drink tap water?

I have, but I would not make a habit of it. Bottle water is so cheap, just safer to go buy a bottle. But if you happen to get a mouth full, no need to go to hospital etc.

Time difference between SA and Thailand?

SA is 5 hours behind Thailand

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Would we prefer it if a participant completes the TESOL/TEFL course online or upon arrival in Thailand? Defiantly in Thailand, and there are a few reasons for this: Thai culture and Thai lessons; Network of friends; Closer teacher / trainer relationship

Thai children are unique, practical training gives the applicant an opportunity to get to know how to work with Thai students.

Volunteering in Thailand with our nonprofit English Camp, a great experience! And looks great on a teachers resume

TWA is responsible for marketing and preparing the applicant with all details in RSA. Our Partner/Team in Thailand is responsible for you once you arrive, placement, and quality of service. TWA (or any partner/recruiter from South Africa on behalf of TWA) will not be held responsible should any issues for which the partner in Thailand is responsible for arise.

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