Our contracts are for a minimum of one four month term at school. After teachers can extend or transfer to one of many locations all over the country

Frequently Asked Questions…

Why choose a position teaching English in Thailand through Open Book?

We are an international team that provides a service to schools and to teachers. We enable schools to find high-quality foreign teachers matched to their preferences and within their budget. To teachers we offer advice, peace of mind and a selection of suitable school options depending on your preference and English teaching style. We take care of time consuming and technical paperwork for you and your schools, and guide you from the moment we first speak, through your preparation, arrival, until the day you move on.

Our staff are experienced and passionate about what they do.

Our prime concern is looking after our teachers. We put everything we can into making your transition to Thailand and life during term-time enjoyable and worry-free. We are your first point of contact in the run up to your stay and during, at hand 24/7 for whatever advice or assistance you need. Our orientation and introduction to Thai life will set you up for a rewarding and fun stay in Thailand!

 

Do I qualify for a job teaching English in Thailand?

If you have a 4 year degree and are from either: USA, Canada, UK and Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia, you are welcome to interview with us. A strong interest in teaching and a great attitude is a must, and if you have experience, all the better.

Do I need a TEFL or English as a foreign language teaching qualification?

It’s not a requirement, but a TEFL course can certainly help to prepare you and give you some ideas. Ask our advice on this for recommended courses. After you arrive we have a number of teaching resources on hand here to help out, such as lesson plan ideas and material.

What documentation do I need to have ready?

Your Degree – any TEFL certificates, and a police clearance (CRB) check.

You must bring your original degree certificate and transcripts. It’s essential for your Work Permit paperwork. If you are just about to graduate, you can have the certificate sent to Thailand, as long as you have it within about month after your start date. Immigration sometimes asks for proof of funds, so bring a bank statement too.

What is life like in Thailand?

In a word – awesome! Be prepared to be welcomed into the community, and see the country like no tourist ever could. Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with a huge variety of landscapes, incredible cheap food, tropical fruit, rich and colourful traditions and culture – the list goes on! Traveling around the country is cheap, safe and easy, and we are well equipped to advise you on all of the above.

What should I expect teaching English at a Thai school? What about working hours?

Expect to be in school from Monday to Friday every week, except on Thai holidays according to your school. Teachers work a maximum of 25 classroom-hours a week, giving you plenty of time for lesson planning and other activities. If you’re a keen sportsperson, musician or have any other interests or hobbies, there will definitely be opportunities to integrate those into your life at school.

Especially in rural parts of the country, you will be highly respected in the community. We are on hand to advise you of all etiquette questions, and how live respectfully and comfortably in Thailand.

Why choose a position teaching English in Thailand through Open Book?

We offer a service to schools and to teachers. For the school, it means they can manage to have a high-quality foreign teacher matched to their school’s preferences and within their budget. For our teachers we offer advice, peace of mind and a selection of suitable school options depending on your preference and English teaching style. We take care of time consuming and technical paperwork for you and your schools.

Our staff are experienced and passionate about what they do.

Our prime concern is looking after our teachers. We put everything we can into making your transition to Thailand and life during term-time enjoyable and worry-free. We are your first point of contact in the run up to your stay and during, at hand 24/7 for whatever advice or assistance you need. Our orientation and introduction to Thai life will set you up for a rewarding and fun stay in Thailand!

I have a friend or partner who wants to teach at the same school as me – will that be possible?

Absolutely! If there are positions available, we are more than happy to place teachers together. Sharing the experience teaching English in Thailand with friends or a partner is a great way to do things!

How should I dress at school?

Smart dress is required at school – collared shirt, tie, dark trousers and smart shoes for men, collared shirt/blouse, long skirt and closed-toe shoes for women.

What will my salary be? What is the cost of living in Thailand?

Your salary depends on your location, school and experience. Expect to earn upwards of 30,000 baht per month – which is a very respectable salary given the national average. Life in Thailand can be very economical indeed. The average price of renting an apartment here is between 2-8,000 baht per month – from basic to larger more modern condos with access to a pool and gym. Food can be as little as 30 baht ($1 US) for a square meal, to 250 baht in Western style restaurants. Groceries, clothes and travel are very cheap, and it’s possible to save if you are prepared to eat local (and with this tasty food, you’d be mad not to try to!) We can give you a full breakdown of costs by email, so get in touch.

What about accommodation?

We organise accommodation for all of our teachers, meaning you don’t have to worry. You will usually be placed in a decent but economical apartment close to your school – accessible by foot in most cases or a short stint on one of Thailand’s many forms of cheap and cheerful public transport. If you wish you are free to search for your own apartment or share.

What costs does Open Book cover?

We pay for the costs of your work permit and all your visa paperwork completed in Thailand. It’s a complicated process involving various government departments. We also cover your accommodation costs for orientation, and in most cases transport out to your placement after.

What costs do I need to cover?

Initially, we ask that you cover the cost of your visa –  a Non-B (if possible) or Tourist Visa and flight to Thailand. This visa will need to be extended once (1900) in order to cover your entire stay (1-2 semesters) and once per year subsequently. There will be some extra minor costs such as a medical once you arrive (around 200 baht.) We will guide you through the entire process.

What about my visa?

Visas in Thailand can seem complicated. We’re on hand to guide you through the entire process. Some countries allow application for a Non-B before you travel, some don’t. If you arrive on a tourist visa, we will change it as soon as you arrive at your placement. Due to processing times, we advise that you apply for at least a 60-day tourist visa before you travel in such cases. Get in touch and we will give you advice specific to your application country.

Why choose a position teaching English in Thailand through Open Book?

We offer a service to schools and to teachers. For the school, it means they can manage to have a high-quality foreign teacher matched to their school’s preferences and within their budget. For our teachers we offer advice, peace of mind and a selection of suitable school options depending on your preference and English teaching style. We take care of time consuming and technical paperwork for you and your schools.

Our staff are experienced and passionate about what they do.

Our prime concern is looking after our teachers. We put everything we can into making your transition to Thailand and life during term-time enjoyable and worry-free. We are your first point of contact in the run up to your stay and during, at hand 24/7 for whatever advice or assistance you need. Our orientation and introduction to Thai life will set you up for a rewarding and fun stay in Thailand!

What is involved in the application process and interview ?

To be considered, please send us a full resume with a head shot photo, your degree certificate (if available) and a later a copy of your passport. We can then schedule an interview by Skype right away.
For the interview, think about what interests you about Thailand and how you see yourself being successful as an English teacher in a Thai school. Classes can be quite large, so fun learning goes a long way­­­­. If you have a passion, get ready to share it. It’s the perfect time to ask any questions about Thailand, teaching English in general and what TEFL skills you we think you should focus on. Be yourself!

When can I start?

We employ people for at least 1 whole 4 month semester, with intakes every May and November. Our teachers are of course encouraged to stay for longer too, and many choose to do so.

Is there an age limit?

Officially there is no age limit – attitude and enthusiasm goes a long way, so please get in touch on our Apply page!