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Thailand Work & Study

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The two main opportunities for work for foreigners are teaching English and dive instruction, but both are very competitive and dive masters in particular are paid a pittance.

To become a dive instructor, the most popular destination is Koh Tao (Turtle Island) a few hours off the coast of Chomporn in the Gulf of Thailand. There are dozens of Dive Shops that provide training and internships.

Anyone with a four-year degree can gain employment as an English teacher in Thailand, and even those without a degree can usually find work under the table. Normal starting salary is approximately 30,000 baht per month and this goes up and down slightly depending upon location (higher in BKK, lower in some up-country towns).

A great start to working as a teacher is a TESOL/TEFL Certificate. One of the largest TESOL schools in the world is actually headquartered in the small village of Ban Phe, Rayong.

Finding any other kind of work in Thailand can be difficult, as wages are poor and a large number of occupations are legally off limits to non-Thais. Thai law requires foreigner to earn a quite high wage to be eligible for a work permit. Companies and school should assist their employees in obtaining the visa and work permit, but some schools fear the extra work involved.

Volunteering is a great way to meet locals and experience the cultures and traditions of Thailand. There are many worldwide organizations that offer extended travel for anyone wanting to volunteer their time to work on projects such as community development, conservation, wildlife sanctuary maintenance & development, scientific research, & education programs.

  • Association For Akha Education and Culture in Thailand
  • TEFL International TESOL courses, guaranteed jobs and volunteer programs
  • Dragonfly
  • Thai-Experience
  • Travel to Teach
  • Mundo Exchange
  • International Student Volunteers Thailand
  • Openmind Projects
  • Volunteer Visions

Work & Study Institutions in Thailand

University/College Asian Institute of Technology
. Km 42, Thanon Phahonyothin, Thailand's equivalent of MIT has its main campus in Rangsit, 6 km north of Future Park. Get there on buses 29 and 39.
in Rangsit
University/College Rangsit University
Located in the center of the small community of Muang-Ake, RU is one of Thailand's largest universities and home to an international college with English instruction.
in Rangsit
University/College University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) places international students at Rangsit University
Located down the Pahonyothin Road from Future Park (next to Night Stadium nightclub), the MTI trains both Thai and foreign students (instruction in English) in Thailand's national martial art of muaythai. Basic, intermediate, advanced and professional muaythai s... more
in Rangsit

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