Teach English in Thailand on a Paid Semester or Summer Contract

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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.

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

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

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

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."
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...

Reviews

94%
based on 75 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Facilities 8.8
  • Safety 9.4
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Stephanie
8/10

My Greenheart Sings So Loud

I reviewed Greenheart Travel several months ago towards the beginning of my time in Thailand. Now, after completing a year of service in Thailand, I feel more qualified to review this organization -- this incredible organization.

I had been living around Bangkok for the first 6 months of my stay. At the time, I didn't realize how great I really had it having many friends that I had made through Greenheart Travel so near -- just a bus ride away in most cases. After about 6 months, though, contracts were completed and the network of friends I had developed in Thailand became the network of friends I now had a 12 hour time difference with -- they went back to their home country. I was not ready to move on from Thailand and I wanted a more rural experience after living around Bangkok. I relocated to Northern Thailand to a very small, country-side town. I was alone and felt isolated being the only foreigner and English speaker in this village. I hadn't mentioned feeling this way on any platform, but Sara at Greenheart Travel had kept up with me and learned where I had relocated. She sent me a message letting me know of other Greenheart English teachers nearby that I can connect with! This made such a positive difference during my stay in rural Thailand. While it's incredibly important to integrate and interact with locals and to fully insert yourself into your new community -- I also know the benefits of having someone to talk to that speaks your language during this time, that understands what you're experiencing because they're experiencing it, as well. Greenheart Travels gets this.

This is just one example of Greenheart Travel's level of support, thoughtfulness, and innate empathy they have towards their teachers. With Greenheart Travel you're going to be cared for. If you're seeking to teach English or volunteer abroad and you're weighing out your options -- just go with Greenheart Travel.

Yes, I recommend
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Charlotte
10/10

Greenheart is #1!

I honestly could not have picked a better program provider than Greenheart. Sara Dorsey and the rest of the Greenheart team seriously amazed me. They are constantly bombarded with hundreds of questions from both future and current participants, yet they answer every single question in a timely manner. Tip: When in doubt, ask! Everyone else is probably wondering the same thing! Greenheart is extremely organized, professional, and thorough. They are experts at what they do, so they cover everything you will need before departing on your adventure. For example, they have packets of information they give to everyone prior to departure that answers a TON of your questions (Will someone pick me up from the airport? What kind of visa do I need? Etc.). Greenheart really seemed to be the most experienced and most reputable company when I was researching my options, and I spent hours doing so. But aside from professionalism, I honestly chose greenheart because of the community it builds. Even before departure, I had 30 new friends that I could chat with/ask questions before I even got to Thailand. Also, through their Facebook page (for past, present, and future participants) I was able to contact previous participants and ask them questions (What shoes should I bring? Would I be able to buy ____ in Thailand or should I bring some from home? Etc.). No other program has the community that Greenheart has. I can honestly say that those 30 strangers became my best friends over the orientation month, and being able to ask past participants questions reduced my stress TREMENDOUSLY!

So overall, PICK GREENHEART! I would truly recommend them to anyone. I did a lot of thorough research before choosing a program and Greenheart was #1 on my list over and over again. They offer the full package and more.

If you are considering doing this program, please JUST DO IT! You won't regret it, I promise!

How can this program be improved?
I really don't have any complaints about the program. They truly exceeded my expectations. But if I had to pick out something, it would probably be the visa process. Although GH gives you a ton of information about what you'll need to get a visa and what types there are, they could have given a little more information on the different consulates. Some consulates gave out Non-Immigrant B Visas (the one you want!) without any issues, while others hesitated to even give you a Tourist visa. I did some research myself and found out which consulates were less strict and therefore were more likely to give me the Non B (which is why I mailed my information to a different consulate than the Washington DC consulate which was closest to me). I am SO glad I did so, because it saved me a lot of hassle. I definitely recommend doing some research and trying to get the Non B before you depart. Yes, it's not a huge deal if you aren't able to because you can do a visa run after you arrive, but it'll save you a lot of time, money, and stress!! Perhaps Greenheart could give participants the names of the consulates/embassies that are more willing to give out Non-Bs based off the past! Other than that, Greenheart is amazing at what they do!
Response from Greenheart Travel

Thanks Charlotte! We have revamped our visa guide, and now have suggested consulates to apply with to make this process even easier, like you suggested. We haven't had any issues with our applicants getting the Non B visa, so we hope this helps in the future even more. Thanks for your feedback and help in making the program even better for future participants!

Yes, I recommend
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Kayla
9/10

Loved it!

Teaching in Thailand through greenheart was my first time going abroad and overall it was a great experience. The airport pick up and prearranged hotel was great after the more than 30 hours of travel to get to Thailand. Everything through greenheart was great, on the xplore Asia side I would have appreciated it if there was more information given to us on how to get around in suburban placements as the focus was on Bangkok proper and rural areas.

Another thing I love about the program is that the people at xplore Asia were encouraging and said they would help us find other placements if ours didn't work out or if we decide to come back to Thailand to teach again. Since I ended up leaving at the end of the semester I am happy that this option is still there for me in the future.

How can this program be improved?
More of an emphasis on culture and language preparation before departure. We were given all the resources but without a bolded "you need to do this or it will be way harder" I let the info fall by the wayside until a few days before departure since I was in my last semester of college. Maybe finding a list of videos and strongly recommending watching them because that seems like it would be more helpful than written information that can be skimmed.
Yes, I recommend
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Ben
10/10

An Amazing Adventure

Greenheart Travel was so helpful in getting me set up with XploreAsia in order to get TESOL certified in Thailand! Sara Dorsey and other staff were extremely helpful in answering boatloads of questions that myself and others had prior to our journey to this amazing country. I would recommend asking a lot of questions, no matter how dumb they may seem. Chances are there are a bunch of other people wondering the exact same thing you are --- so don't be shy. I am so thankful that I chose Greenheart in getting set up here in Thailand. The amount of stress that I have been saved cannot be measured! I most definitely recommend using Greenheart Travel to help you go abroad, no matter where you want to end up!

How can this program be improved?
You can't fix it if it isn't broken.
Yes, I recommend
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Stephanie
10/10

Teach in Thailand

Greenheart travel is incredibly organized and made the process of getting to Thailand very easy. Sara was constantly in touch from the moment I showed interest in the program. She responded to inquiries almost instantly and was happy to provide as much information as I needed. The process was just as organized once getting to Thailand. I felt so prepared arriving in Thailand through Greenheart travel, I would recommend this program in a heartbeat!

Yes, I recommend
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Brittany
10/10

Amazing program

So far this experience has been amazing! It was so easy to use Greenheart, and a relief to have everything planned out and organized while you were getting ready to leave for the trip! It made it very easy to move across the world and start a new life.

How can this program be improved?
Everything was very organized and there really is not anything that I would improve about the program.
Yes, I recommend
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Nichol
10/10

Greenheart is Incredible!!

After researching quite a few agencies, Greenheart stood out as the most professional company out there. I applied very early on and Sara kept in great contact throughout the entire process; everything from providing information about the country, giving great directions with the visa process, and being an overall general support. Her encouragement through social media such as Facebook is also a wonderful touch that makes the company feel they're right there with you through the whole experience. Would definitely recommend Greenheart to anyone considering Teaching in Thailand.

How can this program be improved?
Sara and Greenheart were more than amazing; however, when fully immersed in Thailand, it would benefit all teachers to learn "mai pen rai" as soon as possible!
Yes, I recommend
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Richard
9/10

Loved working through and with Greenheart

A previous participant with Greenheart recommended the program to me. When I started looking for programs to work with, I had really no idea where to start and had heard there were fraudulent and fake programs out there. Thank goodness I had this friend who went through Greenheart, she made my decision very easy.

Once I had applied, the help and support was insane. I knew I had picked the right program. Sara Dorsey is AMAZINGLY and she helped me with even the tiniest nit picky questions (I mean you are traveling to a country you have never been to!).

In summary, I wouldn't change a thing about my process in getting over here to Thailand. I would highly recommend Greenheart and Sara to anyone looking to get involved with teaching English abroad.

How can this program be improved?
Previous to our departure, there was only one meet and greet slash information call. I think I would have liked a couple of them, even if they were shorter.
Yes, I recommend
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Kate
9/10

Greenheart Travel is the Only Way to Travel!

When I made the decision to teach in Thailand, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But the moment I chose Greenheart, the support and information started flooding in. Even before I applied, the website posts blogs from other participants the provide you with a snapshot of what your life is going to be like for the next six months. It is important to realize that you are passed on to Xplore Asia, which is an equally amazing company, upon your arrival. It may seem a little bit unclear as to what is actually going to be going on after your arrive in hotel, but it all becomes clear once you reach your orientation date. It is great because although you have been transferred to another program, Greenheart Travel, keeps up to date with you on social media. Even when they are just liking or commenting on facebook, you can still feel the same support as before you left the states.

A lot of the comfortability from pre-departure was brough on by Sara Dorsey! She was always so willing to answer any questions and is so easy to talk to. Even when I was freakishly nervous on my Skype interview, after talking to Sara, the adventure became real and I became more at peace with my decision.

Overall, Greenheart Travel is the most amazing company to go through if you want to teach abroad. And a lot of the other groups, who came through a different employer, ended up wishing they had done the same after we talked about the differences!

How can this program be improved?
The Visa process was daunting and I wish there would have been some clarity as to which consulates are more difficult to get through. And also, the problems that may arise if we receive a different Visa such as the ED or Tourist.

Yes, I recommend
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Anna
10/10

Greenheart All the Way

A previous participant recommended I travel to Thailand with Greenheart, and I have never once regretted my decision. Greenheart gave me certainty in unfamiliar territory. Greenheart bridges the communication gap between America and Thailand. My trip has gone seemlessly so far and I cant wait to see what's in store. I honestly havent needed to contact Greenheart since I've been in Thailand. When I was in the states any thing I needed was responded to quickly and efficiently. I really couldn't have asked for a better experience thus far! Thank you Greenheart!

How can this program be improved?
I would probably ask that what I was paying for be more explicit. I wasn't sure exactly what the fee included and why I needed it until I was already here!
Yes, I recommend
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Carly
10/10

Amazing company

Greenheart was an awesome company to go through. Sara Dorsey is the most amazing person for the job, and helped every step of the way, even if no information was asked for her to give. She was on top of every detail 100% and made sure the process went as smooth as possible. When we were handed over to Xplore Asia, the experience was similar. Both companies are extremely organized and know exactly what they were doing. I wouldn't have changed a thing, and if I had to do it all over again, I would go through Greenheart in a heartbeat. You don't realize what you are paying for until you get over it and then it all starts to come together and make sense. I've had the most amazing month in Thailand thus far and can't wait to start teaching next week.

How can this program be improved?
I would have loved to stay with the other groups who did the TESOL course but other than that everything was seamless and went as smoothly as it could've.
Yes, I recommend
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Chandler
10/10

Greenheart Travel = AMAZING

After looking through so many different programs I finally decided on Greenheart Travel and I couldn't be happier with my choice. They helped me with everything from my visa to what to pack. Sara Dorsey even helped me when I ran into a transportation issue when I decided to arrive early and travel. Greenheart helped me every step of the way and their partnership with XploreAsia is awesome. Both companies are the best at what they do, I highly recommend them and have already referred them to some of my friends.

I have a website where I blogged my first month of the program, it is filled with pictures and videos if you're interested in checking out more about what I did feel free to go to, www.chasingchandler.com

bottom line, Greenheart is the way to go, if I had to do it again, I would 100% choose them.

How can this program be improved?
The visa process was a little bit tricky, so maybe a little bit more support, but they did provide the necessary documents, it's just doing things with the Thai Embassy can be confusing.
Yes, I recommend
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Michael
10/10

It's exactly what it needs to be

I have had a positive experience working with Greenheart Travel to teach English in Thailand. Greenheart essentially facilitates pairing with its partner organization in Thailand that provides the actual TESOL course and placement. Greenheart offered a fair price, and helped facilitate what is essentially a hand off to the partner organization. Greenheart took care of all the fees and paperwork I needed to participate in the partner's TESOL course and placement. I can't comment on Greenheart's support system post-hand off because I haven't needed it. I did receive a follow up email which suggests they could be used as a resource.

How can this program be improved?
The program really only handled the hand off to the partner organization which it executed flawlessly.
Yes, I recommend
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Matt
9/10

Great Experience so Far!

I had always wanted to experience a new culture more than just as a tourist. Teaching English in Thailand has definitely done that for me. Greenheart Travel was more than helpful with my placement process in Thailand. They provided me with all of the services and materials that would be needed when I got to Thailand. I would have been completely lost without their help.

Yes, I recommend
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Chase
10/10

I Heart Greenheart Travel

I'm not actually teaching English in Thailand at the moment, but I am teaching English in Yangon, Myanmar, through Greenheart Travel and XploreAsia. However, I did go through a week-long orientation in Thailand before arriving in Myanmar. It was so fun and beneficial.

I'd highly recommend both programs, although I'm biased about Myanmar. It's an incredible country with so many possibilities! I have many friends who have, or are currently teaching English in Thailand through Greenheart. They've had very good things to say about the experience.

I've also taught in South Korea through Greenheart Travel and EPIK. Greenheart provides so much support throughout the application and job placement process. I felt very prepared and encouraged to teach thanks to Greenheart. And Greenheart continues to be a positive source of support as I teach in Yangon. Staff members genuinely care about how I'm doing, and periodically check in to make sure all is well.

I really appreciate the life-changing opportunities I've had through Greenheart Travel! You will, too.

How can this program be improved?
The one thing everyone has to remember is when you live in another country, the key to success is community integration. In addition, no one will have the same experience. Make your own experience the best it can be. Don't compare.
Yes, I recommend

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