Teach English in Thailand on a Paid Semester or Summer Contract
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(63 Reviews)

Teach English in Thailand on a Paid Semester or Summer Contract

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. Teaching placements are available in local schools in rural and urban communities throughout Thailand.

We also offer a TEFL certification in either Chiang Mai or Hua Hin before you begin teaching.

-Monthly guaranteed salary of at least 30,000 THB per month
-Placements in kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools
-Monthly start dates, year round
-Airport pickup, insurance for 4 months and excursions during a 1-week orientation are included

Program Fee:
- Teaching Placement Only: $1,570
- Teaching Placement + TESOL course: $2,370
- Summer 6 Week Teaching Program: $1550

  • 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
Hua Hin
Chiang Mai
3-6 Months
Salary / Benefits
-- Full time, paid teaching placement in Thailand with a guaranteed salary of at least 30,000 THB per month
-- International medical and accident insurance coverage provided for the first 4 months
-- Accommodation during orientation
-- TESOL Course Option: hotel accommodation is included for the entire month of your course
Native English Speaker
At a minimum, a degree equivalent to a U.S. 4 year bachelor’s degree
A TEFL/TESOL certification is required unless you majored in Education (but you can add this on as part of your program!)
Ages 20-50
Citizen of the US, CA, UK, Ireland, Au, NZ, South Africa
Be in great mental and physical health
No criminal record (with the exception of traffic or other minor violations)
An adventurous attitude and strong flexibility are a must
Weekly Classroom Hours
Classroom Audience
High School
Middle School
University Students
Some Accommodation
Some Activities
Some Meals
Age Min.
Starting Price
Price Details
-- Full time, paid teaching placement in Thailand with a guaranteed salary of at least 30,000 THB per month
-- Extensive international medical and accident insurance coverage provided for 4 months, including prescription coverage, medical maximum of $200,000, a $0 copay, ER visits, repatriation, and more.
-- Accommodation during orientation
-- TESOL Course Option: hotel accommodation is included for the entire month of your course
-- Pre-departure support and orientation from your experienced Greenheart Travel Program Manager, Sara.
-- Airport pickup in Bangkok or Chiang Mai
-- One week comprehensive orientation upon arrival including all excursions (Muay Thai fighting class, temple visits, cooking class, market visits, Thai language classes, and BBQ dinner on the last night)
-- Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin for Hua Hin Participants (Chiang Mai participants will fly directly to Chiang Mai)
-- 24 hour in-country support for duration of the program, including a 24/7 emergency phone number to reach staff at any time
-- “Culture Smart” Thailand Customs & Culture Guidebook
-- Greenheart Travel T-Shirt

Why do I have to pay for a job?
Programs like this one in Thailand don’t have direct government funding, so teachers who want to teach there must cover some of their own expenses. When programs cost money, we do try to keep them as cheap as possible (we are a non-profit!) but there are some costs associated with running a program when it does not have any direct funding. The program cost covers things like your insurance, orientation and excursions, accommodation during orientation (and the TESOL course if you add that on), support staff, airport pickup, transfers, administrative costs of placement and support, etc. Program staff will be available to answer any questions before and after arrival, and you’ll have access to 24/7 support if needed while in Thailand.

Questions & Answers

Yes, we have a 6 week program in the summertime!
Yes, you learn how to teach IN Thailand and thank god! I had 0 experience besides babysitting (which doesn't even count) with teaching and the TESOL course prepares you as much as possible for the real thing. However, the real thing is a bit different than the classroom prep you do during the course because every school and every grade is different throughout the country. With that being said, I...

Program Reviews

based on 63 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.3
  • Facilities 8.8
  • Safety 9.3
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Life Changing Experience

My experience teaching abroad in Thailand has been absolutely incredible. It is a big and scary decision to move abroad, but Greenheart (and Sara) made everything so simple. I am grateful that Greenheart has given me the opportunity to blog for them and share my stories and experience along the way. One of my favorite memories is from my schools English Camp. At my school I teach both elementary and middle school students which meant that my elementary students were the campers and my middle schoolers were Teacher's Assistants. It was fun watching my younger students learn and interact with my older students. It was so rewarding to see some of my shy middle schoolers step into leadership roles. We had such a fun three days of dancing, singing, and playing English games.

Yes, I recommend
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Learn to be spontaneous and go with the flow!

My time in Thailand was incredible, and I wouldn't trade my experience for anything. It is nothing what I expected but everything I needed. I'm not going to lie...there are difficult parts and sometimes I wondered what the hell I was doing, but the growth and transformation within myself during and after my trip is immeasurable. The people I met in Thailand changed my life by showing me how despite the language barrier our common humanity ties us together-and how beautiful that is! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested. You will come out a better person and have memories that last a lifetime!

How can this program be improved?

maybe work to try to place people somewhat closer together

Yes, I recommend
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Greenheart Travel is a well organized, professional company. My experience on their TESOL + Teach in Thailand program was smooth and I was well informed every step of the way. Sara is a great coordinator; she is quick to respond to any questions or concerns brought up through email or social media. They also provide clear instructions for obtaining visas, flights, etc., and make sure to update you with any changes to the program or procedures. Overall, I would definitely recommend this organization to set you up on your first teaching experience, and can imagine that they are just as great with all of their volunteer and work abroad programs! I am happy to be choosing them again to participate in another teaching program!

Yes, I recommend
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Fantastic program

I came to Thailand through Greenheart Travel in October 2016. What was initially a vague 6 month plan has since turned into living in Thailand for more than a year, with no intentions of leaving any time soon.

From the beginning, Sara Thacker and Greenheart Travel as a whole were very accommodating in answering the million and five questions I had once I signed on for the program. She was there to offer assistance about everything from visas to whether or not it was worth packing jeans. A short while before I was scheduled to leave for Thailand, myself and other participants were asked to join an interactive webinar where Sara broke down everything we could expect for ou first couple weeks in Thailand, and beyond.

In Thailand Greenheart works in partnership with XploreAsia, who are the ones who deliver the orientation week, TESOL course and find your placement. Both XploreAsia and Greenheart are available for assistance throughout your time in Thailand, and even a year later I am still part o the large teacher groups provided on Facebook which are fantastic for advice in terms of teaching and everything else.

Coming to Thailand has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life, and I highly reccomend Greenheart Travel’s program for the support they provide.

Yes, I recommend
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Great experience for a first timer

I had only traveled out of the country twice before making the move to Thailand. I wanted an adventure but I also wanted a support group I could go to if I ever felt lost. Greenheart was a great program that allowed me to make the move overseas with peace of mind. Sara Thacker is awesome and answered all of my questions promptly. Although it's a bit pricey, it's a great way to start your journey overseas.

Yes, I recommend

Teach English in Thailand

Oh lordy, lordy where do I begin? Greenheart is the greatest organization for this sort of endeavor. I applied through them to teach English for a year in Thailand and they guided me through every step of the process in the most straightforward, professional, and pragmatic manner. Sara, my program manager, responded to every e-mail or question I had along the way and even while I was over there teaching at my school. There were even times when I called the office and she would walk me through anything I was having trouble with over the phone. I am now back in the United States after completing my year teaching at my school in Thailand and miss it every day. I'm not ruling out being a two time Greenheart alumni and doing it all over again. That's how much I loved the experience and the professionalism and dedication of this organization. They encourage you to chase your dreams. LOVE Greenheart!

How can this program be improved?

I really can't think of any improvements at this point. I'd also like to note that their organization that administers the TESOL course in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, XploreAsia, is equal in terms of professionalism and dedication to their craft.

Yes, I recommend
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Awesome Program!

Greenheart Travel is a great program for getting TESOL certified and teaching English in Thailand. Sarah, the program manager, is very responsive, helpful, and supportive. She enthusiastically answered all of my questions and concerns, despite the fact that she probably gets asked the same things all the time. She is also super friendly, approachable and knows what it's like to be in your shoes since she did a year teaching in South Korea with Greenheart. Greenheart's pre-departure support is extremely thorough. They provide everything from packing lists and webinars, to alumni interviews and informative blog posts from current teachers. Once you're in Thailand, you get passed off to another organization called Xplore Asia, which coordinates the orientation, TESOL course, and placements. Greenheart did a great job of explaining this pass-off and it seems like the two companies have solid communication with one another.
Overall, Greenheart is a solid program and it is very beneficial to spend a month in Thailand before diving into teaching. It is nice to have a network of people spread all over the country once you go off to your placement. I'm really glad I came here through Greenheart and my year in Thailand was probably the best year of my life!

How can this program be improved?

The only downside is that I feel like Greenheart sometimes portrays teaching in Thailand as an extended vacation. It is obviously important for their marketing department to entice people with participants' Instagram photos of lounging on the beach, washing Elephants, etc., but I think this sometimes attracts certain types of people that aren't ready to face the reality that they might be living in an agriculturally oriented village that is hours away from the closest beach or Elephant sanctuary. This can be just as an enjoyable experience, but it takes a little more effort to adjust and immerse oneself culturally. So I think Greenheart would benefit from displaying less Insta-worthy but more realistic pieces of life in Thailand.

Yes, I recommend

Once in a Lifetime Experience!

Overall, I had an amazing experience teaching in Thailand through Greenheart Travel! Greenheart Travel did an excellent throughout the pre-departure process and during my time in Thailand to communicate all the necessary information and ensure that everything went smoothly! With the help of this program, I felt very prepared every step of the way and was able to have an incredible experience and meet so many wonderful friends along the way! I would definitely recommend this program to anyone hoping to teach English abroad!

Yes, I recommend

Just Go For It!

If you're thinking of teaching abroad, my advice is to just go for it. It definitely won't be easy, but it will certainly be worth it.. and I promise you that if you talk yourself out of this opportunity you will spend the rest of your life asking yourself "what if?" More importantly, once you do decide to go for it, I highly recommend using a program (aka Greenheart) because there will be times when you need help or are feeling helpless and they can be an amazing leg to stand on.

Before I submitted my application, my mom and I traveled to Chicago to visit the Greenheart office where we met Sara, the program manager. She answered every question that my mom and I had and made us both feel 100% comfortable with me taking the leap and moving to Thailand for a year. Sara even reassured my mom that if there was ever any issue or concern, my mom could contact her personally and she would take care of the problem herself.

After completing my TESOL course in Hua Hin with 30 strangers who became my family, I was dropped off alone in central Bangkok at my new apartment building. I had been fighting with a bout of homesickness for the past three days and in the midst of it, I had to leave for my placement and everything just started to become very real. Fumbling through the front door with my 100 pounds of luggage, I held back tears because for the first time since moving abroad, I was really truly alone. I gave myself a mental pep talk to hold it together until I got to my room as I walked to the front desk to sign a rental agreement for this apartment (which I needed asap considering I had to be at my new school at 7 a.m. the next morning). I managed to keep my cool until I tried to pay, and as I frantically dug through my wallet I discovered that my US credit card was gone. In your first month, you won't be working yet so you won't be getting paid. That means whatever money you bring with you is all the money that you have to get you by, and I had suddenly lost access to mine. Cue the opening of the floodgates. I became overwhelmed with emotion as I handed over almost all of my cash just to get the lady to let me stay in the apartment for ONE NIGHT. I had no idea what I was going to do and I called my mom in a fit of hysterics. My mom insisted that I contact Greenheart or my employment agency for help but I insisted back that it was too embarrassing and I would just figure something out. However, the next morning I woke up to several messages from Sara, my TESOL course company, and my employment agency. I was given multiple options on how to transfer money into a Thai account that I could access and how to get a new card to me ASAP, etc. Essentially, the problem had already been solved for me and I barely had to lift a finger. Little did I know, my overprotective (yet so well meaning) mother had contacted Sara herself in a panic, and Sara stuck true to her word, solving the problem as quick as humanly possible. If I had been completely on my own with no program to have my back, who knows how long I would have had to go without any money. And if Sara hadn't been so attentive and great, my mom probably would have hopped on the first flight out here just to give me $50 to get through the week.

All in all, now I can laugh at the hot mess that I was that day and now I am happy as can be living my life in Bangkok. I have several people to thank for that, and Sara from Greenheart is definitely one of them. I said it once and I'll say it again: if you're thinking of teaching abroad... just go for it!

Yes, I recommend
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So happy I went with Greenheart

If you are reading this review, you have probably already decided to teach in Thailand. Good, because I could go on and on as to why it is one of the best things you could do for yourself, but we are already on the same page. Now, if you are wondering if Greenheart Travel is the organization through which you should teach in Thailand, the answer is yes! Each person I talked to at Greenheart seemed genuinely interested and excited for me the entire process. They stick with you the whole way through your time, and don't just drop you off in Thailand for you to fend for yourself. (I have heard horror stories about this.) Greenheart Travel takes care of so much for you and makes sure you are informed, so by the time you get to Thailand you have very little to worry about. The cultural orientation week and the TESOL course was fun and informative. Now that I am in my placement city, I am having the time of my life.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing Experience with Support Through Every Step!

When I originally decided to take the TESOL course and move to Thailand to teach English, I was unaware of all the steps and difficulties it took to get there. However, Greenheart Travel made these complications easy and stress free during my time preparing to go abroad! They were there for every step, and answered any frantic questions I sent via email within a few hours. I think I even took their program for granted a little bit, because when I arrived in Thailand with no problems, I met people who had used other companies and had run into a number of issues before arriving. Even after being placed in a school, Greenheart would keep in contact to help assist with any problems. I honestly felt that they actually cared about each participant having a meaningful and memorable experience (I met many other Greenheart teachers once I was in Thailand who echoed the same feeling). However, possibly the most beneficial aspect of going through Greenheart Travel was the extensive and EXTREMELY helpful network of alumni. Even though I hadn't met most of them, if I was traveling anywhere in the country, needed help with a lesson plan, had a questions about the culture, or even help when returning back to the U.S, I could always reach out to the alumni for advice and suggestions. It was like having a friend in every area of the country, and that was honestly invaluable. I highly recommend this program!

Yes, I recommend

Always Two Steps Ahead Of You

Greenheart Travel was excellent in both preparing me to teach in Thailand and in helping me get there! They are there for you every step of the way. At times I would start to have questions, and before I could even reach out to them there would be an email with the answer in my inbox! They really have the whole Thai/teach abroad system down, and were super responsive if I ever needed help with anything!

Yes, I recommend
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Best Organization To Get You Started In Thailand

I'm currently teaching with a British agency in Thailand. I started with Greenheart in the US. They have a Thai partner that they basically passed me off to when I arrived here. That partner did my TESOL training and got me the job with my current agency. So I've had 3 different groups overseeing my trip at the various stages. I think I made the best decision by going with Greenheart to get me started. They have have professional staff and a great support group on social media to help answer any questions. They are also culturally aware and chose a Thai partner that shares that awareness. With my current agency I met a lot of other teachers that are here for the wrong reasons and completely unprepared. Greenheart's Thai partner provided us with Thai language, culture, history lessons, and more, all with great staff. Additionally, the group I was with was filled with pretty great people.

I do think that there was some misinformation upfront about some details (like what you should bring, for example), but it was nothing serious and can be attributed to 1) the Thai way of life which involves misinformation or last minute information and 2) English teachers are in high demand so all of these entities are struggling to keep up with the workload so details can get compromised. Fortunately, there is a great support system online where you can ask virtually anything and someone will offer insight. I definitely recommend Greenheart over the others.

How can this program be improved?

See above

Response from Greenheart Travel

Thanks Fabiana! I'd love to hear your ideas on how to improve the slight miscommunication on what to bring that you mentioned. I am always updating our packing list, etc. so if you have things you thought should have been included, or other tips for me, please feel free to shoot me an email anytime. Getting updates like that from alumni is always super helpful to make sure everything is always up to date :) -- Sara

Yes, I recommend
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Go Greenheart!

Moving to the other side of the globe can be both daunting and extremely stressful. Greenheart took all that stress away and made the entire process easy so that instead of worrying about the nitty gritty details of getting my visa and preparing all the forms and documents needed for my life in Thailand, I was able to focus more on mentally preparing myself for the journey. Sara was great, she always answered my emails the day of and had answers for both the big and small questions. Also, the Facebook community was incredibly useful and answered all the questions I had from what immunizations to get to what kind of bag to pack. Greenheart made the transition truly smooth and easy. Although it is a little pricey, it is absolutely worth it to go with a reputable company that makes the process stress free! I would 100% go Greenheart again and recommend it HIGHLY to anyone thinking of making the jump abroad! just do it!!!

Yes, I recommend
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Easy and Smooth Transition Abroad!

If you're looking to teach abroad in Thailand and want an easy and smooth transition abroad, choose this program! Sara is AMAZING and makes the process very simple. She answers any emails, phone calls or questions you have within what seems like 30 seconds of reaching out to her! Obtaining your visa is made very easy and the program is definitely worth all of the other pre-departure assistance you receive. Once you've transitioned abroad you are paired up with another agency, but Greenheart continues to reach out to you and make sure you're adjusting smoothly. If for no other reason, go with Greenheart for Sara! She's wonderful!

Yes, I recommend

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