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How Filipinos can apply for teaching jobs in Thailand

January 19, 2009 10:06pm
Today it seems that the cost of living has risen to nearly insurmountable heights. A lot of families have to get by on salaries that are way beyond their means. In cases like these, the Filipino worker is forced to look for other options. As always, the most popular option is to work abroad.

Filipino Teachers Abroad


Teachers are one of the many Filipino professionals that have no trouble finding work outside the country. Some teachers have even gone to teach elementary and high school students in the US. In Asia, the demand for Filipino teachers is growing. The main reason is that Filipino teachers are highly proficient in English.

Work in Thailand

In the last few years Thailand has been importing Filipino teachers. This is an attempt by the country to augment the need for proficient English speaking teachers in their schools. If you are a teacher here in the Philippines, then you have the chance of moving to Thailand. The salary there is considerably higher than what teachers earn here.

Most teachers in Thailand earn upwards of 1500 US dollars monthly. The salary rate is higher in private institutions compared to government and public schools. Teachers can also work in hotels in Thailand. Most of the top hotels in the country house English language trainers for their staff. This type of job is often easier than teaching in school and the pay is good too.

Having a training certificate in TESL or Teaching English as a Second Language may not be necessary. But it will certainly give the applicant an edge over the competition. Some schools even give applicants a bonus if they have had TESL training before application.

Why English?

The Philippines is one of the few countries in Asia whose educational system is taught in English. In fact, foreign students from all over the continent come to the Philippines to learn the English language. Most of the Asian Countries teach their students using their local language. This has resulted in students whose English skills are less than desirable. And with the world being more globally connected – English skills are becoming all the more imperative. That is why other Asian countries now are looking for teachers who can conduct classes in perfect English.

Other Subjects


Other than the pressing need for English teachers in Thailand, the country is also in need of teachers proficient in other subjects. They are hiring English speaking teachers no matter what their base subjects are. This is all part of the plan to allow their younger generation to learn English proficiently.

Finding a Job

Teachers who wish to teach in Thailand can find a job among the many recruitment agencies in the country. They can also try their luck at one of the job hunting sites all over the internet. However, teachers should always be wary of the threat of illegal recruitment. Before investing anything they should always see to it that the processes are legal. One way to do it is by checking their agency against the POEA. They can also verify with the Thai Ministry of Education to see if the school they are applying to is legitimate. - OFW Guide
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