Paid Teach English in Thailand Program with Greenheart Travel

Video and Photos

Children's day with my kindergarten classes
Children's day with my kindergarten classes
First day of school
First day of school
Celebrating Loy Krathong festival
Celebrating Loy Krathong festival
TESOL graduation ceremony in Chiang Mai, Thailand
TESOL graduation ceremony in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand Waterfall
Thailand Waterfall
Monkey Moutain, Hua Hin
Monkey Moutain, Hua Hin
Kulsirisart School
Kulsirisart School
Kulsirisart School
Kulsirisart School

About

Greenheart Travel’s paid English teaching program in Thailand is your chance to make an incredible impact in the classroom while getting paid to travel. We also offer a TESOL certification in either Chiang Mai or Hua Hin before you begin teaching if you are not yet certified.

Program-at-a-Glance:
-Monthly guaranteed salary of at least 30,000 THB per month
-Placements in kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools
-Monthly start dates, year round
-All inclusive program with add-ons packaged in: airport pickup, extensive emergency medical insurance for 4 months, accommodation for your training period in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, all orientation excursions, and more.
-Short contracts (6 weeks, 2 months, 6 months) with the ability to extend as many times as you’d like to for free

Highlights
  • One semester PAID contracts (semesters are around 4 months long but your commitment might be shorter if you arrive in the middle of a semester)
  • 1 week orientation (+ optional 3 week TESOL certification) in either Hua Hin or Chiang Mai
  • Paid summer 6-Week teaching program available
  • Insurance, excursions, and accommodation for your orientation and training period packaged in
  • Full support from Greenheart Travel staff before, during and after your teaching program

Questions & Answers

You need to have your original degree with you and authenticated by the government. It can be done in Thailand too, but don’t count on that. To get a work permit you will also need to get a non-b visa, which the schools/agencies help you obtain. You can’t get a work permit without the proper visa.

Yes! We can place friends/couples/siblings together!

Hi Cheyna. We don't allow dependents on the program. They're welcome to come to Thailand and join you once you're settled in your job and apartment, but we cannot support them as part of the program with things like visas, support, airport pickup, orientation excursions, etc.

Hi Beth! This is what we found: "Yes, we welcome friends and couples to apply and we can place you you so that you can live together! Every applicant can note in their application who they are applying with. We can guarantee placements together so that you can live together, but you may work at different schools within the same city."

Reviews

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  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Facilities 8.6
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.3
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  • Value 9.5
  • Academic Rigor 6.3
  • Job Assistance 9.8
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Lilly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TESOL in Hua Hin

I went through Greenheart Travel's TESOL course in Thailand in December 2018 to January 2019. The course was in Hua Hin, Thailand. This part of Thailand has plenty of adventure activities to do on the weekend such as waterfalls, temple caves, and elephant sanctuaries. However, this location is a town for foreign westerners looking for a beach town in good relation to Bangkok and southern islands. So western accommodations were available, but it is not authentic Thailand. With that being said the TESOL course prepares you for what teaching in authentic Thailand is like. This is an intensive and amazing course that could prepare you for teaching in any Asian country. I highly recommend getting your TESOL if you want to earn money while traveling and I suggest doing it through Greenheart Travel in person at one of their locations.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I did was on a free weekend our group decided to go on a weekend excursion to the local waterfalls. We were able to go at our own pace as there was only one path and five different waterfalls to check out. I was able to stay in the back and found a group of local Thai people in which they taught me the right spot to jump off into the waterfall. They also taught me how to swim with the catfish in the waters.
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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such a great life experience!

I had a great experience with Greenheart for my TESOL program in Thailand! I felt very guided throughout the process including Visa paperwork, arrival information, and general support, leading to my arrival in Thailand.
They partner with an organization in Thailand called Xploreasia so when we arrived, we earned our TESOL through both organizations.

I chose Greenheart Travel because it was the only program I came across that provided the opportunity to do the TESOL course in Thailand, as opposed to online or the US. I am so glad I did this because after a week of cultural orientations, we studied and prepared for the TESOL certification while living in Chiang Mai. This allowed me to already have lived in the country for a month before I began teaching- an experience I couldn't imagine doing differently. It gave me lots of insight into life and expectations in Thailand and I don't think I would have been able to do it without Greenheart!

As far as my placement and actual teaching goes, I feel so incredibly lucky to be teaching the students I do. I teach Kindergarten ESL in Trang (the south of Thailand) and am loving every second of it. Controlling all those little munchkins and navigating life in a work environment where most people don't speak English is absolutely challenging, but extremely rewarding. I fully believe that anyone who is motivated to join an organization like this and start a new life abroad can, but it takes a lot. Long days and cross-cultural frustrations are the norm, but I know that once I return home (eventually..) I will be incredibly grateful for all of the experiences I've had. I would 100 percent recommend this life changing opportunity!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not say no to anything! Often times I've found myself worried about an experience that I've been presented with, but am pushing myself to say yes to each experience at least once. Because of this, I've joined volunteer beach cleanup organizations, got toured around my city by some Thai friends and saw caves and beaches I never could've found on a map, made good friends with Thai co-teachers at my school (plans to visit her house and see her pet sugar gliders soon!), learned about sustainable organic farmers markets in my town, and so much more.
Colton
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teacher

Going through Greenheart was an excellent decision! Working with their team was pleasant and stress free. They were very helpful and kind. I had a easy transition into Thailand and got a teaching position easily. I loved living in Thailand. I taught 2nd-5th grade. I was well prepared to teach to the students. I also helped teacher the other local teachers English! One morning I was about to start class and an elephant walked by our school! Love the kids and the people in my small rural town. I learned some words in Thai quickly that helped me get around. I enjoyed working at my school and had an opputnity to travel as well. Besides traveling around Thailand I also travel to Lao and Cambodia. I recommend Greenheart if you want to travel stress free and be happy!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stay relaxed! Have fun and don’t have too many expectations!
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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beyond helpful and supportive

When I decided to move halfway across the world and change careers, I was looking for company that would provide me not only guidance but nonstop support in the move. Greenheart gave me just that and much, much more. They provided me with pre-departure information. They provided me with knowledge I could use upon my first arrival in Thailand. They would notify me if there was any change in the process to get the visa for Thailand . They gave me a community throughout this experience of past, current and future particiapants. They made it a family; a place to ask questions, big or small, and a place to meet people in my same position, making a huge move! Greenhearts continues to be their for me and gave me a place to call family! I’ve been beyond gracious and happy to have gone through Greenheart Travek!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready for the unknown. Thailand is notorious for telling the foreigners last. You won’t always know when an event is being help, or when/how grades are due. You need to prepare yourself to “go with the flow” and never be told anything. This was the hardest thing to learn.
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

the BEST decision you will make

I used Greenheart Travel to move, live, and teach abroad in Thailand, after watching a friend successfully go through it. Upon graduating from college with a BS in education, I knew I wanted to teach abroad at some point but I had no idea where to start. I started teaching 4th grade in Virginia while starting to do some research, during which I landed on greenheart travel. From my first interaction with Sara, I knew this program was for me. Greenheart made the entire "scary" process, extremely simple, and made me feel so comfortable in my decision to come abroad. I have LOVED my time teaching and living in Thailand, and I don't plan to leave anytime soon. I am eternally grateful for finding greenheart and helping to make my dreams a reality!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?

I would honestly say the most nerve-racking moment for me was waving goodbye to my parents at the airport. It was surreal that I did not know when I would see them again, as I only booked a one-way ticket and they had no immediate plans to visit. At that moment it felt so surreal. I felt like I grew as a person in that moment though and realized I can truly pave my own path and do anything I set my mind to.
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEACH ABROAD :)

I decided to teach abroad with Greenheart Travel after seeing a high school friend doing it. At the time of applying, I was living outside of Washington, DC and teaching 4th grade. I loved my teaching job, but knew I wanted to teach abroad at some time during my life. While I said I wanted to do this, I had NO idea where to start, until I found Greenheart. My initial talks with Sara were so natural and I felt I had found a personable organization that would help me figure out the best steps for me to talk. Sara, and the rest of the Greenheart Travel team, made the transition seamless. Once arriving in Thailand, I was handed into the care of a company called Xplore Asia. Xplore Asia provided me with my TESOL training courses in Thailand, and helping me land a teaching job in southern Thailand. I graduated with a BS in elementary and special education, and spent time teaching in an ESL classroom in the United States. Because of this, I did not need the TESOL course, and looking back on everything, I wish I decided not to do it. The information was extremely useful for people without backgrounds in education but it was not what I needed. The entire process of Xplore Asia finding you a job was so easy though. They did EVERYTHING for us which lifted a weight off of our shoulders. I am extremely happy I made the decision to come abroad with Greenheart Travel. I have fallen in love with Thailand and have NO plans to leave anytime soon!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I saw, and STILL do see, is the amount of people families will fit on their motorbikes. It is so funny to see 4-5 people on a single motorbike, the mother holding a newborn, 2 children and a father on board as well. I was shocked the first time I saw it. They even have motorbike baby seats!
Georgia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From Arkansas to Bangkok

Originally, I am from a small, mountain town in Arkansas. I love where I'm from, but I thought the big city might be the change I was looking for to shake things up a bit. So, I settled on Bangkok for my placement school. I went a more non-conventional route in my living situation. I managed to find an abandoned clothes factory turned studio apartment by a few local artists, and I now live with 10 other people from all over the world - from Thai to Russian. We cook dinner together, we go out into the city night-life together, and they provide new insights into the "unseen" Bangkok than I ever could have imagined.
But amid the exhilarating highs, it took quite a number of lows to get where I was finally happy in my placement town. This will happen whether you're in Bangkok, Phuket, or a small village in Isan. Change is hard, and the loneliness will follow suit. The people you love back home will find it hard to connect to those pains, but they are there for you. Ultimately, It's a time to grab yourself by the bootstraps and feel the waves of a real adventure lapping at your shore. Don't miss out because you're afraid of the sea.

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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Summer

The summer program was beyond amazing! I was able to experience a new culture, make new friends, and on top of that teach in a wonderful school. I felt prepared going into my placement and was super lucky to get to stay with my orientation group for the length of my stay in Thailand. Teaching at an international school was definitely not what I had in mind when I pictured going to Thailand, but my time there was great! I LOVED my school, my kids, and the people I worked with. My small group from orientation had a blast traveling together and making new friends during our stay!

What would you improve about this program?
N/A
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Kristen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision I Ever Made

My Thai Life for 2-months was the most incredible experience I have ever had. I hesitated to teach abroad for years and for numerous reasons. Now, I would never doubt or feel hesitant again. Teaching in Thailand was absolutely life-altering. I became a better educator. I became more culturally enlightened. I became more patient, humble, and appreciative. I challenged myself in mind, body, and spirit. I made so many life-long Thai friends. I would travel with Greenheart again in a heart beat. The entire staff was impeccable. I am so grateful I chose them for my teaching adventure. XploreAsia their partnering team in Thailand was also amazing. Both companies taught me so much about the reality and life of traveling and teaching abroad. This program also teaches you how to gracefully handle the positive and negative aspects that are indeed inevitable when you are out of your comfort zone. I appreciated every moment and would recommend to anyone who has thought about teaching abroad to just, GO!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I could be of service and provide improvement strategies but I truly do not have any suggestions on how this could have been any better.
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Tim
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Look Back

The Greenheart staff, Sarah Thacker in particular, was very helpful. From the program requirements, to the cv/resume templates, to the visa paperwork, Greenheart led the way. I would have preferred that visa paperwork arrive earlier because that created some stress as I prepared to leave, but otherwise very helpful. I was placed in an International School in the Bangkok suburb of Nonthaburi. The school provided very decent housing on campus. The curriculum was provided, but at times lacked clarity and needed materials. I was asked to be lead teacher and served as an intermediary between the staffing agency and the other American teachers. This occasionally led to some headaches, but overall I embraced the role. Perhaps, the lead teacher should be paid slightly better for the handful of additional tasks. Which were at times quite time consuming. Our school was supportive and the students were brilliant. They were eager to learn English, and it was my pleasure to teach them. Sarah Thacker answered question after question prior to my departure, and I am grateful for that.

What would you improve about this program?
Teachers would prefer to learn about where they are being placed prior to arriving in Thailand. It is a source of anxiety.
Marina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach English in Thailand - Travel for a Change!

My time teaching in Thailand has been nothing short of amazing, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Greenheart Travel. I signed up for the one-month Chiang Mai TESOL course in the end of 2016, and I am still teaching in Thailand till this day!

I can’t get enough - every day holds a new adventure and a new experience.
The friendships I have made through Greenheart Travel and with fellow English teachers in town are truly unbreakable bonds.

I would have never been as successful in my teaching career in Thailand if it were not for Greenheart Travel.
They supplied me with packets and packets of information - from what clothes to pack, Thai culture and customs, and what to expect in the classroom. Sara T was extremely helpful, and would respond to questions so quickly. The entire process was so smooth.

It can be pretty daunting to pack up your life in a suitcase and buy a one-way ticket to a country on the other side of the world. But with Greenheart Travel, they ease every worry you may have. I highly recommend signing up for this life changing experience - don’t hesitate! Travel for a change! 💚

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Abby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision I've Ever Made!

When I started thinking about teaching in Thailand, I was very overwhelmed by all the options I found online. You could go a totally DIY route (doing your TESOL online and finding your own placement) or go with a program that would hold your hand throughout the whole process. I was very uncertain about spending so much money to have someone help me with a process that I could have done myself, but ultimately the fact that I'd never traveled alone before (much less to somewhere as different as Asia) and the real teaching experience during the course IN the country I'd be teaching in were the two things that really swayed me.
The orientation week was so exciting and so memorable - although it did feel like a summer camp at times. But being able to meet and bond with other people going through the exact same situation as me during that first month absolutely made my time after the course a lot easier. In addition, once you graduate the course, you're connected on facebook with an entire network of other people in Thailand who are teaching and went through the program as well. So we got a bunch of teaching resources and ideas in the course, but then that network of people is a gift that keeps on giving! The program also gives you essentially lifetime in-country support, so if you ever have any issues post-program, the staff are still there for you and will help you as much as they can.
One thing I wasn't quite expecting, but really appreciated, was how much work we had to do for the TESOL course. We had homework to do almost every night during the course! I've heard of some programs that are basically just a party and you don't really learn much in your course, but this one wasn't like that at all. We learned a TON and it really prepared me to be in the classroom. Even though it was a lot of work we still a lots of fun in and out of the classrooms!

What would you improve about this program?
Looking back on the course, it seemed that a lot of the info and tips in the course would be more useful for teaching younger children. As someone that went on to teach high schoolers, I felt that there could have been more tips/strategies/information for dealing with older students. I managed to figure things out on my own, but I felt out of my element with the older kids for the first few weeks.
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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life in Thailand

After I graduated from college I knew I wanted to travel. However I took a full time position after graduating with my masters. I became extremely fatigued with my job and decided it was time to take the risk and move abroad! I found greenheart online and contacted them right away! I couldn’t be happier that I did. I went to Thailand on my own. I didn’t know a single person. I now have many life time friends that I met throughout my time teaching in Thailand. I lived in northern Thailand in a tiny town called Mae Chan, chiang rai. Not only did I ride a bike as transportation but I was able to take local transport like buses frequently. Living in such a small town was extremely over whelming at first but ended up being the biggest blessing. I was able to really get to know the local people who lived there and really learn all about Thai culture and my favorite part Thai food!! I taught kindergarten which was yet another over whelming challenge. Although it was definitely challenging I grew to love those little kids and would not have chosen anything else. This trip gave me the courage to do so many things I never would have before. Just a few are trying new foods, traveling alone ( and we all know how scary that is as a woman), meeting new people, and navigating a foreign country and language. If I could give a single tip to anyone considering doing something like I did I would say go for it!! There is not a single second that I regret making the decision to go with greenheart and travel over seas to teach in Thailand. It was a life changing experience and will really show you how resilient you are as a person. My favorite memory while in Thailand is living in Hua Hin with my 8 roommates. We became so close and still talk to this day. We are actually planning trips to travel and visit each other as we speak! We were able to travel all over Thailand to visit each other’s prescriptive cities and even meet up on one of the islands in Thailand! I can’t say enough good things about this experience for me! So thanks greenheart for not just connecting me with a program abroad but giving me life long friendships, memories, and experiences that I will absolutely never forget!

Love,
Katie

What would you improve about this program?
I believe the placements for teachers could be improved by giving teachers more options. Although I do believe it all works out for the best. At least it did for me.
Moniquee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Worth it, trust me.

Going through programs can be quite the journey if you pick the right one. Greenheart was worth the money. They fill you in on Visas, budgets, schedules, expectations, etc. Greenhart offered so much more than the other partnering companies after talking to other friends. From the culture book, tshirts and assistance in the application process, I was beyond happy to have selected this program. If you have any question the reply is within hours and Sarah is one of the most helpful and friendly people on Staff.

Thanks Greenheart!

Moniquee Brown

What would you improve about this program?
A little more information on the partner program Xploreasia. I felt like I didn't know anything until I got to Thailand.
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Alexandria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Experience in a Comprehensive Program

In 2017, I went to teach in Thailand through the Greenheart Travel program. Specifically, I taught science at a high school in a medium/large town in the Isaan region for one year. I fell in love with Thailand, and much of it was owed to my positive experience with Greenheart! I've listed some of the most helpful aspects of the program below:

- Pre-departure support: Right away Greenheart made it a point to make sure I felt completely prepared for the trip. From Visa help to packing lists, welcome packages, and alumni support, Greenheart made me feel at ease uprooting my life and moving across the globe!
- In-Country Partnership: Greenheart partners with another fantastic company called XploreAsia that is responsible for getting you TESOL/TEFL certified in country. I chose to do the month-long course in Chiang Mai, and it was absolutely wonderful! Greenheart would check in throughout this process, which was nice! [Also, I was there during Songkran which I highly recommend!]
- Continued support throughout my year placement in Thailand
- Alumni discounts on future programs

Overall, I am extremely pleased with my Greenheart experience in Thailand and I plan to do another program with them in the future!

What would you improve about this program?
There are not much improvements I would suggest for this program, and those I would suggest are minor. For example, the packing lists are a little overboard, as most things can be bought in Thailand without issue.