Teach English in Thailand with CIEE

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Singing Competition
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Roi Et Temple
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Phimai Temple
Third graders at Anuban Khon Kaen
Third graders at Anuban Khon Kaen
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Dressed up for Thai Language day!
Dressed up for Thai Language day!
Sunrise with some of the best people I've ever met
Sunrise with some of the best people I've ever met

About

The CIEE Teach in Thailand program places individuals just like you in paid semester or year positions teaching English at primary, secondary, or universities in locations all across the beautiful country. Anywhere you teach in Thailand, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Thai culture, eat delicious Thai food, travel on your time off, and boost your resume with international work experience!

From deciding where you would like to teach abroad, to preparing to return to your home country after your time abroad, CIEE will be there to support you. In addition to finding a job for you in Thailand, you will be provided complete pre-departure support including an online course to help you prepare for your adventure in Thailand. You will be given visa guidance and our 24/7 support and in-country orientation will ensure that you are supported throughout your entire program with CIEE Teach Abroad.

A CIEE TEFL Certification will give you the tools you need to succeed at being a teacher starting on your first day. Learn more about CIEE’s TEFL Certification Courses.
Highlights
  • Job placement prior to departure
  • Pre-departure support– including visa assistance and a comprehensive online pre-departure course
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • Multi-day orientation – including excursions, meals, and accommodation
  • Provided accommodation

Questions & Answers

Unfortunately due to the nature of this particular program you must sign up for either 6 months or a year. But there are plenty of other volunteer organizations that would be happy to have you come volunteer for two weeks!
Yes, you need a bachelors degree in any field.

Reviews

93%
based on 95 reviews
  • Benefits 8.9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 8.5
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 9.6
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Meggie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEACH IN THAILAND WITH CIEE

Teaching in Thailand has been the best experience especially going through CIEE! I was definitely nervous about moving to another country and starting a teaching job at a new school but CIEE made it as nerve free as they possibly could! Prior to departure they help you get comfortable with the program by providing you with live webinars, TEFL courses if needed, and personal support from your program coordinator! They place you at your school in Thailand and provide you with accommodations for the entire length of your stay! They even take care of the visa process for you, making the price of the program worth it, for all that is included! When you arrive in Thailand you get a week long orientation to help you feel even more prepared for your journey. No teaching experience? No worries, CIEE provides teaching courses throughout orientation as well as Thai language and culture crash courses! The best part about orientation? You get to meet so many people that are about to embark on the same journey as you. I met some lifelong friends and they’ve definitely made good travel buddies thus far too! Overall CIEE exceeded my expectations and made the adjustment to teaching in Thailand that much easier! Still not sure if it’s for you? Well that’s what a lot of us thought prior to coming here but I promise it’s a life changing experience you don’t want to miss!

Christina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly Making a Difference

Deciding to teach abroad has challenged me and made me grow into a better teacher and person. I came into this job expecting to teach English but I have found that this job is more about learning than teaching. I have learned that the Thai people are some of the most caring and loving people. I have learned that the Thai language is difficult to learn but gets better with practice. I have learned that lesson plans might not always work out the way you hope, but mai pen rai, it'll work out in the end. I have learned that Thailand has three seasons: Hot, Hotter and Hottest. I have learned that Pad Thai is always delicious and never gets old. I have learned that what we do as teachers truly makes an impact on our students' lives. I have learned that there is so much more to see and experience in the world, so take this opportunity to experience it for yourself- teach in Thailand!

What would you improve about this program?
It could be improved by preparing teachers for teaching more than just English. Many of us got classes like Math, Social Studies, Health, Art, etc and we had no clue on how to teach a subject we weren't prepared for. Training at orientation would have helped a lot of us feel more prepared when we started at our placements. Another idea for improving the program is preparing the teachers with all of the free resources and websites online. I taught in America therefore I have a lot of great websites for free lesson planning, class activities, games, worksheets, bulletin board ideas, score sheets, etc. It would benefit all teachers to have either a small training at orientation on the various sites to use or I could help create a list of all sites that have saved time for lesson planning.
On top of Kao Nor (Monkey Mountain) in Nakhon Sawan.
Darien
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly Recommend

Thanks to CIEE, I arrived in Thailand safely and with ease. Before leaving, they provided everything from the necessary information for obtaining the documents you need to informative pre-departure videos and links. Any question or concern I had was quickly answered. Both CIEE and OEG are easy to contact.

Once arriving in Thailand, both CIEE and OEG create a wonderful experience through their one week orientation, giving you the tools and resources to guide you into teaching and living in abroad. The dedication does not stop once you are at your school. I was easily able to contact them with an issue and they had even followed up making sure everything was okay!

I would absolutely highly recommend them as they made what seems like a different process incredibly smooth. You can honestly tell they care!

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Kyle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Cares About You

There are several reasons why I selected to teach through CIEE over the field and I continue to be pleasantly surprised by their service and support. CIEE has exceeded all of my expectations. They truly care about your well-being through the application process, predeparture, placement, and school semester.

The primary reason I applied through CIEE was the numerous benefits and accommodations their programs provide. The teach in Thailand program offered the opportunity to teach other subjects, 24/7 program support and assistance for the duration of your stay, orientation/training, and a social network of other participants all in the same circumstance. CIEE honestly cares about your placement preferences too, I know that it is difficult to satisfy everyone's requests but they did a great job with mine and I know fellow participants that were also extremely pleased.

CIEE also does their absolute best effort to prepare you for departure. From learning about cultural and classroom norms to visa assistance and online webinars. CIEE provided all the materials you could possibly need and the availability for specific concerns/questions is unmatched. I went into orientation with absolutely zero training or teaching experience. CIEE and OEG do a phenomenal job at making you feel comfortable in a classroom and give you the tools to be a successful teacher. I cannot stress enough how important orientation was, I would have been absolutely lost walking into a class on the first day without it.

Needless to say, Thailand is an absolutely gorgeous country with some of the kindest people on the globe. I have been easily able to balance my work/travel time and have had a couple hundred “once in a lifetime” experiences. CIEE teach in Thailand is unrivaled.

Christopher
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Don't wait take the leap!

My time teaching in Thailand has been one of the best experiences of my life! I was located in the small province of Phrae approximately 4 hours southeast of Chiang Mai. I was able to meet new friends in my town, find my love for all things teaching and travel to places that I had only dreamed of in the past. Phrae has become my home away from home.

CIEE and OEG are so supportive and ready to help with whatever comes your way. From beginning my application to the end of my school year they were always there offering advice and help along the way.

This program is unique in that it gives you a chance to see new places but build lifelong relationships with the people that live there. This is not simply an opportunity to travel, it is a relationship and experience builder that you will never regret. Take the leap, everything comes along the way. You will find strength you didn’t even know you had. I fell in love with the country and its wonderful people and have found the opportunity to work full time here. Thank you CIEE and OEG!

Catherine
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Thailand

I decided to teach in Thailand with CIEE because I wanted to travel and immerse myself in a new culture while still pursuing my passion for education. It was not an easy choice to make, but leaving my teaching job at home for this experience was the best decision of my life! At orientation, I met amazing new friends who are now my travel buddies. We teach on the weekdays and travel to new places on the weekends. Thailand has so much to offer: beautiful beaches, delicious food, scenic mountains, and smiling people. Every day is a new adventure!

CIEE supports you throughout the entire program and provides travel insurance. They also provide housing which is so nice!! Orientation was so informative and everyone was so friendly. If you encounter any issues at your school you can count on CIEE to help you with communication barriers and misunderstandings! I highly recommend this program.

Jaimie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Experience of a Lifetime!

My experience this past year has been nothing short of incredible and I owe much of my thanks to CIEE for making it all possible. From the smooth application process to finding me a school to work at & a place to live to hosting a week-long orientation in Bangkok where I established some lifelong friendships, providing excellent assistance every step of the way, I can say with confidence that CIEE is the best choice when it comes to great service and an easy transition into a new life teaching English abroad. If you're reading this and still wondering if teaching abroad in Thailand is the right choice for you, I think you should stop second-guessing yourself and take the leap! There's a popular quote that goes something like, "Twenty years from now you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the things you did," so stop hesitating, start living, and trust that CIEE will help you achieve your wildest dreams.

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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

CIEE/OEG is an amazing program that has opened my eyes to a bigger world. Prior to this program I had never left the USA and I had never been in front of a class. I was getting waaay outside my comfort zone, but CIEE, OEG, and my Thai school coordinators have been so incredibly supportive. From the CIEE application and placement process through CIEE/OEG orientation in Bangkok I was guided by an efficient and capable staff. All my questions answered, all of my worries addressed, and a wealth of knowledge shared. Even after moving to my placement school, I am connected to an extensive network of fellow teachers and alumni that I can reach out to for advice/encouragement. Nongphai School has welcomed me with open arms and the faculty, staff, and students have made me feel at home. CIEE and OEG works very closely with their partner schools to prepare for all types of expats, from experienced teachers and travelers to novices like me!

What would you improve about this program?
If anything, I think CIEE should emphasize that this is 100% a job to potential participants. I think some individuals believe that teaching comes second to traveling and partying. My school tells me that they have had poor experiences with western teachers in the past, which makes me so sad. Obviously CIEE and OEG cannot determine the exact intentions of everyone who applies, but really emphasizing the importance of the teaching role can make a difference.
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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First Time Teaching

CIEE is very well organized, and the resources they provide are very useful. This was my first time teaching, and I felt that the orientation prepared me well for the classroom despite my experience. CIEE's orientation was also a great place to meet fellow teachers and make friends.

The year's worth of travel insurance was also a great value and provided some great piece of mind (mostly for my mother).

My experience in Thailand was life changing and perspective changing- if I could do it again, I would do it all the same through CIEE.

One dumb farang
Tee
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE and OEG - Don't teach in Thailand without them!

More updates pending recovery.

While I generally feel safe walking among the locals as well as the school I was placed at, operating a motor vehicle, particularly a motorcycle, on local roads is NOT an activity to be taken lightly in this part of the world! Be sure your vehicle registration, taxes, and insurance are up to date. Be sure you are licensed in your home country and Thailand for the class of vehicle you wish to operate. Be sure whatever travel medical insurance plans you have are up to date. Spending time in hospitals in any part of the world doesn't make for the most enjoyable experiences of your travels.

Communication difficulties will abound, even between the most educated of individuals. You'll need the patience of Job in order to get through them at times.

What would you improve about this program?
CIEE and OEG are great organizations, but the overall experience will depend greatly on where you are placed!

OEG should require participating schools to attend remedial training about western culture to help schools understand crazy farang and their attitude problems if they don't require this of participating schools already.

Participants who are to become teachers in the program will be expected to participate in the available cross-cultural training available to them at the beginning of the program.

While I understand I'm a 'foreigner' and should not expect the locals to adapt their way of life to match my personal expectations, it seems to me that if foreigners are being asked to uproot themselves from what is quite literally, the opposite side of the world and we are being asked to instruct on aspects of our culture, such as language, and we will need to rely our host schools for support on nearly everything, then in order for the relationships to be successful, the cultural exchange will need to be two-way.

That being said, we could take cultural training and even live in another country for the rest of our lives and we will still 'not get it' at times.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad

Hi Olaf,

We’re sorry to hear that you’ve had some strange or unpleasant experiences at your placement. Teaching abroad definitely has its share of awkward or embarrassing moments (for people on both sides of the cultural divide), challenging situations, and sometimes even health risks. In the grand scheme of things we’re very glad that you’re OK, and that your CIEE emergency medical insurance was helpful after your motorbike accident. We hope that you’re healing well! Your CIEE coordinator will be sending you a message shortly to see if there’s anything else we can do to assist.

Best wishes,
CIEE Teach Abroad

Shane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a life time experience in Thailand!

My year teaching in Thailand was the best cultural experience I've ever had! I made so many incredible friendships with Thai teachers and locals within my community. I was able to travel to many places in Thailand and SE Asia. Some of my favorite moments were: making colorful bamboo lanterns with my students for a Thai water festival, scuba diving in Koh Tao, trying different Thai flavors at local markets, jumping into gushing waterfalls, and hanging out with elephants in the northern province of Chiang Mai!

The CIEE support network was very helpful as I adjusted to life in Thailand. From teaching tips to travel ideas, they covered it all. For future participants, don't be afraid to make the move to SE Asia. There are plenty of resources to assist you in the transition.

Not only did this experience allow me to see another part of the world that I've never explored before, but also to truly make a difference. Teaching English as a Foreign Language is creating a brighter future for children through language education. Connecting the world through English! If you want to do something impactful and rewarding then teach abroad. You won't be disappointed!

What would you improve about this program?
Overall, I was very satisfied with CIEE's Teach in Thailand Program. One thing that would improve the program is to create an organized event for year long participants. A fun event for the participants to meet again and share stories about their semester in their respective province. A location for this would be central and accessible. Bangkok or Chiang Mai. The event would be cultural and/or interactive. Emails and a Facebook group would raise awareness.
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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Living Your Best Life

My experience in Thailand through CIEE has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have had a unique placement experience...I was placed in a remote mountainous village up north in Thailand, about three hours from the city of Chiang Mai, and the village is actually majority Chinese rather than Thai, although most students and adults in the community speak Thai as well. The three other foreign English teachers, all from the U.S. and Canada, share two comfortable houses on school grounds (two to a house), so we have no commute! Village life is quiet and simple, allowing me the time I never had before to pursue all of my creative hobbies--yoga, writing/blogging, painting, reading, etc. The village is absolutely picturesque. I've never taken so many panoramic photos in my life. We eat lunch and dinner in the village every night (we've become regulars at a few spots!) and are just a short motorbike ride away from the nearest 711 or Tesco Lotus Express. We go to Chiang Mai, or other northern cities, basically every weekend. It's the perfect balance of work-hard, play-hard. We have a couple long weekends during the semester where we've been able to take longer trips...we're planning a long weekend in Pai in July, and another long weekend to Krabi in August. I personally feel this is the absolute best way to travel...you get paid so well, so I have not had to touch my savings since coming here ONCE! You have a home base to return to every Sunday, making your traveling experience unique and even more memorable than if you were just straight backpacking. The friends I met through OEG's orientation are lifelong friendships and we all meet up as much as we can in different parts of Thailand! This is the perfect experience for all purposes - if you're looking to start fresh, start over, take some type of sobatical from your home country - the laid back, but still structured and accounable vibe here is perfect for resetting. If you are looking to transition from one career to education, like I am, I have been getting many many messages on LinkedIn from charter school recruiters since gaining experience here, and it is such an immersive, hit-the-ground-running introduction to a teaching career!

Ryan Bunyon
Ryan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Do you have what it takes to survive teaching in Thailand?

Whether you are an experienced teacher and/or traveler or a complete newbie to both, you will need to ask yourself three essential questions to determine the answer to the burning question from above^
Are you willing to get comfortable with being uncomfortable?
Do you have confidence in your ability to communicate with others?
Do you possess the skills necessary to inspire, educate, and connect with Thai students ranging from ages 12-18?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Teaching in Thailand will be as interesting, beautiful, and rewarding of an experience as all of the former/ current teachers you've already talked to say it has been for them.
Honestly, the most important aspect(s) of teaching abroad is your personal ability to: handle adversity, make decisions, make adjustments, and at times improvise as well as go with the flow. As long as you are willing to "get comfortable with being uncomfortable" the rest will all fall into place.

For example, if you are having mixed feelings about your ability to communicate with an entire community of Thai speaking people ie. (School administrators, students, faculty, housing director, local food vendors, etc.) you just need to remember that basic communication is always an option, this includes communication through body language and hand singles/gestures. In my experiences, Thai people are very patient and very understanding, so maintaining a positive attitude coupled with a simple smile goes a long way towards communicating a message.

As far as "the rest falling into place", CIEE does a thorough job with facilitating documents and paperwork needed for pre-departure while OEG does an excellent job running a five day long orientation upon your arrival to Bangkok. I could not be happier with how the orientation process went. The orientation group I was apart of was fortunate to have a somewhat small number of teachers (21) which allowed for more 1 on 1 attention than normal from orientation leaders (Kristen, Derik, and Fluke) as well as a unique opportunity for our group to get to know each other on a more personal level. Whether you are a professional teacher or have no experience at all, orientation covered everything and anything a newcomer to Thailand would want to know. Topics covered included: Introduction to Thai Language, Thai Culture / Culture in the classroom, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, Thai Food/ Money, Thai education system, Health, Safety, & Security in Thailand.

The biggest adjustment I have had to make so far, as expected, is the newness of everything. Everyday so far I have experienced something I have never seen or heard or understood before, which is both scary and exciting/intriguing all at the same time. At times it can be overwhelming, but I am lucky enough to have a great support system of family, friends, and girlfriend back home as well as a group of new found friends from orientation and school, right here, spread across Thailand.

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!!!!

I had such an amazing experience teaching in Thailand. The chance to travel, get to know a whole new part of the world, and a new culture, while also getting to know my crazy, awesome students was really life changing. And CIEE made it so much easier by doing a lot of the hard parts for me: job placement, housing, visa. Having them to handle the intimidating parts, and knowing someone was there if I had any problems, removed a lot of the stress for me and let me focus on falling in love with Thailand and controlling a wild class of 12 year olds!

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Heather
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision of My Life.

This experience has already become everything I could have dreamed of and more. I did a lot of research before coming to Thailand and was looking forward to it, but it has already surpassed all expectation for experience and adventure. I am a certified ESE, Elementary, ESOL teacher in the United States and graduated with my undergrad this past year. I have always dreamt of having the opportunity to live and teach abroad and this program was the answer to all I could have wanted. The program provides the best support from even before the day you arrive, and the staff treats you like one big family. The location of my placement has been perfect as well, since I am in the mountain area of the northeast region and an avid lover of the outdoors. Every day here I am reminded of another reason why I am glad I made this decision and traveled over 9,000 miles to do something I thought I could originally only dream of. Thankful for this experience and the continued adventures to come! Thank you. :-)