Teach English in Thailand

How to Teach English Abroad

I know you have a lot of agencies to choose from, and a plethora of options for your TEFL certification. I know this because I was in your shoes not too long ago, scouring the world wide web for the best possible option. I finally chose one that felt easy, informative and affordable, but it wasn’t perfect. In the end, I wound up teaching English in Thailand and China, living a life I had dreamed of, and coming back changed. I had so many memorable, unique, life-altering experiences during my time abroad, and now my goal is to help everyone who shares this dream turn it into a reality – the best way I know how.

I wanted to start this business because:

  • I think everybody should have the opportunity to teach abroad. I receive lots of emails from readers interested in getting a TESOL / TEFL certificate or teaching English abroad, but not knowing where to start, or how to decide, or simply just to ask questions about the places I’ve been. I was in their shoes when I first started out, sending emails to anyone I could to quiz them in the same way. I’ve answered every one of their emails with honesty and genuine excitement for the adventure my readers are about to embark on, and I want to continue to do that. But instead of directing you to someone else, I want to keep your business.
  • The agency I signed with told me a lot of lies, and I was mad about it. Yes, they got me a job. Yes, I fell in love with Thailand. And yes, I walked away from the experience with more than I ever could have imagined going in, but that didn’t stop me from feeling bitter about their unnecessary lies. I want to do it better – honestly. The truth is, there’s really nothing about this life-changing opportunity that needs to be covered up with untruths. Nobody interested in moving to Thailand or China, or wherever, expects it to be a path paved in gold. It’s not always going to be easy, and it probably wouldn’t be worthwhile if it were. It won’t make you a lot of money, either, but it will make you rich with experience.
  • I want to make money from a business that allows me to travel, since I’m being honest. I’m hoping this endeavor will firstly help put me through graduate school (I’m off to Colorado in a couple weeks, eek!), but then earn me enough to supplement my own future teach abroad experiences. Next summer, I’m hoping to make it down to Latin America (I’ll go anywhere), and this is the most logical way I know how to do it. But that doesn’t mean my heart isn’t in it.
  • I want to talk to you. I love meeting people, but especially ones who are interested in teaching English abroad because I know how much of an impact it can have on a curious mind. I’ve been there. I received my own TEFL certificate online, back when I was in a huge rut and felt lost for what to do with my life. My mom even paid for it (thanks for giving me the world, Mom!), and it’s probably the best gift I’ve ever received. I taught English in both Thailand and China, so I know what it’s like. I’m willing to answer any questions you have, and I want to help inspire you to follow through with your goal because I know it will probably be the best decision you’ve ever made. And if I’m wrong, you can tell me about that too.

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  1. I’ll be sending this to a few friends now. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lyn says:

    Hello there,

    I’ve been following your blog for a little while, and love this website and the support you offer. I wonder if you might be able to help me?!

    Having spent a few weeks in Vietnam recently, I want more! I’ve started my 140 hour TEFL course and am aiming to head out at the end of this year/start of next year.

    I love the support you offer, but I want he same sort of thing for Vietnam! Do you know/recommend anyone who offers the internship in Vietnam, or anyone who could offer me any advice at all!

    I’d be interested in Thailand, but my heart is set on Vietnam at the moment! Obviously, things change, so I have an open mind!

    Any advice you can give me would be gratefully received!



  3. Melissa says:

    Hi Jessica!

    I am just going to be graduating with my bachelor’s degree, and have been looking into ESL for quite some time now. Like you said, I am one of those who have no idea where to start and am worried about finding a safe and trustworthy program/school to go through. I really want to do Thailand, and have some questions about it. I’d love to hear from you and talk a little!



  4. Carla says:

    Your pages are SO helpful! Thank you.
    My question is how can I find short term, say, summer programs or summer camps? I am currently contracted in the States with a public school, but would like to try a summer program to get experience. I have completed my advanced TESOL course and am an experienced teacher. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  5. sarah says:

    hi- i just stumbled on this blog and i am about to sign up for TESL course. i could use some advice about shorter teaching jobs or maybe something more alternative? i have a physical limitation so i am not sure i can handle a summer camp- thoughts? i would love to chat!

  6. Ed Lee says:

    Hi Jessica,
    Can you tell me when the April course will begin in Bangkok. also, what is the likelihood of my husband and i getting placements in Chiang Mai?

  7. Kate says:

    Hi there Jessica,

    Very cool service you have going here, congratulations! My husband, kids and I will all be moving to Chiang Mai in roughly 14 months so I’m just starting my research. I taught English in Japan for 2 years, but never got my TEFL. So….. I’m wondering why we would do an online course rather than take one of the local courses offered in Chiang Mai? I know its generally cheaper to do it online, but we are hoping that taking the course there will gain us community and human interaction.

    Would you be willing to give us some feedback? Thank you so much!!

    Take care, Kate.

  8. Guy says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I’m going to be taking my CELTA over summer this year and so if everything goes to plan, I’ll be qualified to teach English as a second language. Was just wondering if there are still teaching opportunities for those who don’t have a formal qualification? My girlfriend wants to travel with me too, but will just have a degree and no other qualifications. Would it be tough for her to get a teaching based role too? Thank you.

    • jessicajhill says:

      Hi, Guy!

      That depends on which country you two want to teach in. There are several countries, like most of Thailand and Cambodia where I send teachers, where a TEFL certification is not a requirement. As long as she has a bachelor’s degree and a fluency in English, she should be fine! Please do get in touch if you’re interested in Thailand or Cambodia. I’d be happy to help.

  9. Francine Miceli says:

    Hi Jessica

    I am desperate do go abroad and teach English abroad specially in Thailand a place I have fallen in love with while I was on holidays early this year. The only thing is I am not the normal English teacher stereo type they expect so really wanted to know your honest opinion about securing a job in Thailand.
    I am Brazilian of nationality but have lived overseas for 13 years. I was in the UK for 10 years and in Australia for 3 so I speak fluent English.
    I have an Associate and an Undergraduate Degree in Human Resources and the last 10 years of my careers has been working for multinational companies in the UK, Australia and Brazil in HR. Taken all of this into consideration if I take the TESOL program do you think I have any chances of securing a job in Thailand?
    It will be really good to hear a opinion of someone that´s been there and done that.
    It really is what I want to most in my life at the moment but I just want to make sure I a chance.
    Thank you so much for your time and I am looking forward to your reply.

  10. Lucy Round says:

    Hi, I have found your blog very helpful and reassuring! My sister and I are in the process of completing our TEFL courses, I have a BA degree and my sister has a foundation degree and we are wanting to start our first teaching experiences in Asia. A lot of jobs we have seen are 12 month contracts which is a long time to commit to for our first teaching job and so we are trying to find something a little more short term. An internship would be good but can’t afford to pay the £800 fees to apply for them. We would like to earn money to travel afterwards and wondered if you have any advice? Thanks!

    • jessicajhill says:

      Hi, Lucy! Thailand is a great place to start if you want a short-term contract because most schools only require you to sign a contract for one semester. You might also look into Latin America where it’s possible to work multiple part-time jobs for 5 or 6 month commitments. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at info@teachenglishesl.com. Best of luck to you and your sister!

  11. Sarah B says:

    Hi Jessica

    I happened to drop into your website and love it! I am graduating this fall with a degree in Elem. Ed. and a minor in TESOL and see how well you have done finding jobs for a short term. Would you be able to help me with some of the questions? I would really like to do a summer program over in Asia this year! Thanks!

  12. Krios says:

    Hi Jessica! Like others on your forum, I am interested in teaching English abroad . I graduate with my bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2017 and I am most likely starting a graduate program in the fall of 2017. I’d like to teach in Thailand for the upcoming summer, I just have no clue how to make it happen or if I can make it happen. Is it possible to teach for just a summer with a reliable program? Also, is a TEFL certification required or necessary?

    Thank-you so much for providing an honest and informative forum!

    • jessicajhill says:

      Hi, Krios.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Thailand is a wonderful place to get started teaching abroad (I’m biased, but it’s true!). However it’s possible, but difficult, to try to squeeze it in during your summer break. The reason is because the academic school year in Thailand doesn’t exactly align with the U.S. one (assuming you’re in the States). Theirs actually starts in May and ends in mid-March, with the months of October and mid-March to mid-May as breaks. So if you were to start in June after you graduate, and need to be back to start your graduate program by early August I would assume, that means you wouldn’t be finished the semester and it wouldn’t be fair to your students.

      If you’re interested in volunteering, that might be an option since you can do it short term. I have a couple programs you might be interested in: teaching English to monks in Buddhist temples, or teaching to preschool children on the beach. I’d be happy to give you more information about those.

      It’s not a government requirement to have a TEFL certification in Thailand, but it does greatly improve your ability to teach, and also your chances of getting a job in a very saturated market. Thailand is fast becoming one of the most popular places to teach abroad. Another perk of taking a course like the ones I sell in Chiang Mai and Krabi is they come with job placement, so you don’t have to worry about apply with a school and encountering language barriers, etc.

      Feel free to email me: info@teachenglishesl.com

      Congrats on nearly finishing up your bachelor’s!


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