I really want to teach in a small town in Thailand. I have a college degree and currently live in the US. But I have found looking for jobs in Thai towns is very hard from here. Is my only chance to find a job to go there and travel to the towns and visit schools?
Your best bet would be to visit the town where you want to teach, find the schools in person, and visiting them with resume in hand to ask if they need a new teacher.
How small a town are we talking?
Under 5,000 would be small for me.
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The best way to find work in a small town is to go set up your HQ in a province capital, buy a motorcycle and hire a guide.
Explain to the guide that you are looking for work as a teacher and that you'll pay him/her a bonus of 500 baht if you get a job.
Small schools in small towns haven't heard of 'Ajarn.com' so introducing yourself to as many schools as possible will yield results.
Private and semi-private schools have legal obligations to hire foreign teachers or they risk losing government subsidies so focus on these schools.
Although being presentable isn't easy riding a motorcycle all day it would pay to look your best when you arrive there.
School administrations operate with amazing slowness so sit tight and be patient.
There - I circled Rayong. Google it and see if you like it. If so, PM me ..
Nice map, btw, Stamp
Get a 60-day, double entry tourist visa and a plane ticket.
Bring your degree, transcript and a state-level police check. Apostilles are not necessary.
Unless you are uglier than Quasimodo and/or have an accent worse than Fran "The Nanny" you have about a 100% chance of finding a job.
Arrive in mid April (right after Songkran) and you will be working within 4 weeks and collect your first pay within 8.
I'm currently working in a small town in Chiang Rai province - I love it up here, it's cooler than the rest of Thailand also - I highly recommend checking it out