Hi, I'm Chase.
I just finished up my degree in International Relations at Chico State and am looking forward to arriving in Thailand in October of this yr. My plan is to get my TEFL and spend at least 6 mos teaching in country. For the past ten years I've worked as a lifeguard EMT for the local fire department, but I'm looking for a change! I have a ton of questions and look forward to getting to know everyone. Thanks
Welcome. You might want to come in September if you're planning to do a TEFL first. You'll need October to look for work and the second semester starts at the end of October.
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good luck mate, hope I can help
I haven't yet registered for a TEFL/CELTA course, but I've been looking at IH Bangkok and Chiang Mai. IH has a nice website and I found positive reviews on the Lonely Planet forums, but it is more expensive than most.
Also, I'll be traveling with my girlfriend who already has her TEFL and some language teaching experience, so we'd like to be in a place where she can find work while I'm going to school. Any suggestions on where to look?Accommodation for two is a must. If theres other similar threads like this one, please pass them along. Thanks!
Last edited by Chase; 30th July 2012 at 23:14.
Would a TEFL be necessary to land an entry level ESL job in Thailand? I've been searching the ajar job listings and they all ask for it, but I've found a lot of posts that say its redundant. Your take?
If you've never taught before, I guess it would be worth it. If you want to teach a subject in English or do test prep work then I definitely wouldn't get one. If you want to teach primary school then I definitely wouldn't get one.
As far as entry level jobs are concerned, I honestly don't know if you would get anymore money than someone without one. I doubt there would be much difference from everyone I've talked to. I'd be willing to guess most people take CELTA/TEFL/equivalent to better prepare themselves to lead a classroom or lesson, not for an entry-level bump in salary. If you've got ample savings, just fly to Bangkok, put on a suit and tie, schedule some interviews, and talk intelligently to some potential employers. What's the harm in seeing what you can find without a TEFL cert.? If you can't find much due to either no experience and/or no TEFL certificate, then you can always take a course and try again.
Keep in mind, I'm not on the ground there so I don't know how much weight my opinion has...
Last edited by uncrebel11; 31st July 2012 at 12:04.
Necessary as in help when you get unceremoniously dumped into a classroom = yes (UNLESS you are teaching kids from 3-12 years of age).
Can you find a job without one = CERTAINLY.