I’ve been living in Thailand over 11 years now and never had any problems with the Thais. The Thais are friendly and mind their own business so to speak. Even in Bangkok the capital where millions of people are living I haven’t had any unpleasant encounters in public.
I’m writing this blog because you might want to relocate or move next year to Thailand and teach English or study English. At the moment of writing this article there are a few cases of Covid-19 in a few places in Thailand, but here’s no lock down and you can go out as normal. When this pandemic situation is over there’s plenty of opportunity to come and teach in Thailand. Perhaps you want to study and teach online, you can check out my blog about the BA TESOL program in Bangkok.
In this blog I want to take away any preconceived ideas that Thailand is unsafe for foreigners. There has been some protests recently, but nothing to worry about. I’ll try to give a good overview of what it is like to live in Thailand. I know that increasingly more people ask themselves: can I live in Thailand? If you have the right documentation for the right visa, all are welcome again, just like before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Living in Thailand.
For people living in Thailand, native or expat, life is simple and not complicated. The Thais don’t like complicated or serious people, you just need to smile and live your life. I’m a teacher and I’m proud to be one in Thailand, and I’m living it! The Thais are proud people, proud of what they do, their family, their jobs, their nation and culture.
If you want to live here, be part of it, you need to embrace their culture and their ways of doing things. It might be a bit difficult here and there, especially in the first year, but you’ll get used to their way of life. It all depends on you, just like the saying: ‘Do as the Romans do’, and all is good.
Everywhere you go, you’ll meet amazing friendly people if you are open to them. The Thais love farangs (Thai name for westerners) and like to greet and meet with them. You will never feel alone in Thailand, even if you are all by yourself in the countryside or in the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. It is easy to make Thai friends when you are open to their way of life, learning their language for example is a great ice-breaker. It is fun to speak a few words like ordering your favorite Thai dishes.
Teach or study – long-term visa.
The opportunity for teaching English is still available in Thailand. They need a lot of teachers which they haven’t been able to hire the last semester due to Covid-19 situation. Almost anyone with a good grasp of the English language and a TEFL can work as a teacher, but you need a work permit.
You are required to have a bachelor degree to be able to teach English in Thai schools. Also, if you have teaching experience in your home country, you’ll find a job easier with better chances of getting paid a higher salary.
A teaching degree is of course what you need, but they accept any college degree. There’s a great option for new teachers to obtain a TESOL degree in Bangkok, which is accredited and accepted all over the world. You can read about it in this blog. (as mentioned in the introduction as well)
So, there are two visas I want to focus on here in this blog, and that is the ED visa and the non-B visa. These are called long-term visas. With these visas you are allowed to stay in Thailand for a year which can be renewed or extended for another year. This allows you to stay 1-6 years with no problem. You can work with the non-B visa 6 years without a teacher’s license.
The non-immigrant visa type B (non-B visa) is the visa you get when you take a job as a teacher (or hotel manager, or dive instructor for example). If you enroll in a bachelor degree program of a college/university you need an educational visa (non-immigrant visa type ED).
If you really want to stay for a very long time and teach English, why not study for your BA TESOL. Personally, I will graduate in May 2021 and on liveTesol.com we provide new and experienced teachers with useful information about teaching English to students of other languages (TESOL), since this is our passion and way of life.
TCT: Teacher Council of Thailand.
The Teacher Council of Thailand issues teacher’s licenses to foreign teachers. Do you need one when you start teaching? No, you don’t. You can get a temporary teaching permit or what is called a ‘waiver’.
Like I mentioned before, you can teach with a temporary license maximum 6 years, but if you would like to stay longer you need to get a master in education. With your master in education you can get a full teacher’s license which you will have the rest of your teaching career in Thailand.
There are loads of schools looking for good English teachers. To answer your question: Can I live in Thailand? Absolutely! Here on liveTESOL.com you will find blogs about teaching and learning English using the best methods, techniques and advice that I have learned and received from the great educators during the TESOL degree program.
Teaching English isn’t for everyone, but you can learn how to instruct in a way so that you create learning opportunities for them. Empowering the language learner is what 21st century teachers are trying to do.
Living in Thailand as a teacher is to my mind the best option for anyone seeking an escape to the ‘Land of Smiles’.
There are lots of TEFL courses available online and held all over the world. Why not get your TEFL in Thailand? They support your visa and job placement. Study 4 weeks in beautiful Chiang Mai, which is in the North of Thailand. During the Covid-19 pandemic period this TEFL course will run as normal from their school in Chiang Mai. The Covid rules aren’t very strict in Thailand, there’s no lock down which is another good reason to relocate to Thailand. (Update Feb 3: The schools were closed in January)
If you have any questions leave a comment, and I’d be happy to help you out.