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

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  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Facilities 8.8
  • Safety 9.4
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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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Kayla
9/10

Go to Thailand

Absolutely nothing can prepare you for this experience, but Greenheart Travel does a wonderful job at making you feel like you are ready. Because you are. In the end, this is about your journey to expand your borders, inside and out. Be open and this organization will indubitably lead you to a wonderful adventure.

How can this program be improved?
Their partner organization, Xplore Asia, should have been discussed more overtly while still in America.
Response from Greenheart Travel

Hi Kayla!

Thanks for the feedback. We've taken it into account and now introduce the Thai partners and staff in all of our materials and before teachers get there in a more in-depth way. Hopefully this will make the program even better, so thanks for the feedback - as always.

We're so glad you enjoyed Thailand!

Sara

Yes, I recommend
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Erica
10/10

Greenheart Teach in Thailand!

Greenheart was an amazing company to work with for this experience! They basically laid the application out for you, and sent all the necessary paperwork that was needed for a visa. They were so organized with the step-by-step process which made things so much easier. They were always so quick to respond to questions, and helped out whenever there were any issues.

Sara was a fantastic contact to have while in Thailand. She was always there for support, or to give advice, for different situations whether they were in Thailand or in other countries. It was so nice to work with someone who had been through the teaching experience before, and knew what it was like to live abroad.

You can tell how passionate this company is for cross cultural exchange, and their passion made this experience so much better. I would 100% work with this company again!

How can this program be improved?
I was originally accepted to an alternative start date that was different from when I actually went. There was an overflow of participants on the original date so some of us had to be moved to a another one. That was a bit frustrating since I wasn't told that until way later after I was accepted, and had already planned for the original date which was 3 weeks earlier.

There also wasn't much communication about the partner company we would be working with in Thailand, and how through them we would go through someone else (an agent) with our actual school. In some situations the agents ended up being fantastic, and some ended up being pretty bad.

It also cost a lot more to get started over here then the round about number that was actually given, and I started to run out of money before the first paycheck came in. The salary over here is also different then what was stated on the website. I ended up getting more then what was said, but I know other people ended up getting way less too.

Although there are a lot of little things that came up, that's just a part of living abroad. The experience with them was amazing overall. As long as you have a "go with the flow" mindset, you'll be just fine!!
Yes, I recommend
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Aankita
10/10

Greeheart is AWESOME!

Greenheart provided guidance before take off, during teaching, and even after I got home! They kept in constant touch; which made me feel comfortable through my trip. I highly recommend making Greenheart as part of your journey! :)

Yes, I recommend
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Kayla
10/10

Go GREENHEART!!!

I found Greenheart to be everything I was looking for in a program! Their support before, during, and after has been everything I needed. They reached to us to make sure we were all set with our Visas, set up an online forum so we could meet people we would be traveling with before we left, reached out to us shortly after we arrived to make sure our agents their were helpful, and right about the time Culture shock sets in, they personally reached out to us to help us with dealing with that. Couldn't really have asked for more!

How can this program be improved?
The application process was long and there were times I didn't know if I was going or not because of space limitations. I felt like more staff to handle that many people may have allowed them to get to us more quickly, but regardless, any time I did have questions, someone answered me very quickly.
Yes, I recommend
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Kara
10/10

Highly Recommended

Greenheart Travel went above and beyond my expectations. I was traveling alone and had never taught before and Greenheart made sure they did everything they could to make sure I was prepared to start my adventure!

Going abroad to teach is a difficult (but exciting) decision and can be overwhelming to get all your ducks in a row. Greenheart Travel provided in-depth material on what to expect, what to take, what not to take. They also handled all the paperwork involved in getting my visa so all I had to do was walk to the Thai consulate and turn everything in. They could not have made the preparation stage of my trip any easier.

They also have a Facebook group so before I even left, I was able to connect with other teachers who were going to Thailand at the same time I was. I had planned to travel alone, but because of Greenheart's amazing support network, I was never solo. I even had 5 other Greenheart teachers on my flight to Bangkok!

Sara did an incredible job answering any questions or concerns I had about teaching and living abroad. Because you get placed in a school after you arrive in Thailand, there are a lot of "if's" but Sara was sure to give very informative answers.

Even after I arrived in Thailand and was dealing mostly with Greenheart's in-country partner company, Sara was always available to help me with any problems I had.

I always felt very supported and know that Sara and the Greenheart team have the teachers best interests in mind. I never had any doubts about choosing Greenheart's program and I would highly recommend Greenheart Travel to anyone interested in teaching abroad.

Yes, I recommend
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Thomas
9/10

An experience you won't forget

Firstly, a big thank you to Sara from Greenheart as well as to Greenheart themselves. Without them I wouldn't be where I am right now. It's hard to depict over the phone, or via Skype, the entire scope of a country and what to expect once you get there, though I felt Sara did an admirable job at preparing us, as best she could, as to what Thailand is all about. She is very knowledgeable about their partner company here in Thailand and is more than willing to share any information with you upon your request. Understand however, that there is a lot of information, so sometimes it is also about asking the right questions.

Most of my 'dealings' with Greenheart occurred prior to my departure for Thailand, as I then shifted my focus to dealing predominantly with their partner company once I was here. However, I found that they were still on hand, day and night, to provide assistance and answer any inquiries that I had even once I had technically been 'handed over'.

The support in obtaining all the necessary documents (for visa purposes) as well as the screening and interviewing process (although sometimes, a bit daunting and intimidating) is without a doubt, of a very high standard, and quite frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way. Sara does make sure that you have all the necessary documentation before leaving your home country as well as (through the screening process) an almost guaranteed chance to get placement before the TESOL course is even over.

Greenheart leaves you under no illusion before you leave your respective countries that, this is not a holiday or vacation and that, you are in fact joining one of the most respected professions, not only in Thailand, but internationally. My biggest piece of advice, if I could call it that, would be to stay open minded and to bring with you an accepting nature. Expectations can often lead to disappointments but, without expectations you will always get more than you expected.

That being said, there is no reason not to have fun while you are out here, and believe me, you will have more than your fair share of fun while you are on the TESOL course. The staff here are absolutely great, extremely friendly and are extremely keen to help you succeed as a teacher in Thailand.

If you are on the verge of taking the program and need a little push in the right direction, allow me to make things simple for you. It is an amazing program and one which I would sincerely recommend to anyone wanting to become a teacher in Thailand.

Take the leap and enjoy the flight.

Good luck to you all.

How can this program be improved?
It would have been nice to have some correspondence with the partner company here in Thailand before actually leaving my home country, as for a while I was under the illusion that I would be working with Greenheart here in Thailand. While this in itself was not a problem, as I had no issues with either company, it would have just been nice to know.
While I understand Thailand may not be for everyone, the depiction of Thailand that we get abroad is often of white beaches with clear blue oceans, not that this is Greenheart's fault, but I do feel a little informative video about the 'real' Thailand and some of the possible placement locations would be a welcome addition to the pre-departure, and possibly even pre-screening, process to give prospective teachers a better understanding of what they might experience once they are here.
Lastly, it would have been nice to know that Greenheart is not the only partner of the company here and that there will in fact be teachers from other companies here as well. Although this does help you form a much bigger network of friends and teachers throughout Thailand once your placement has been guaranteed.
Yes, I recommend
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Kristin
8/10

Greenheart is great!

My boyfriend and I went through greenheart to go to Thailand. Sara, with greenheart, was so supportive and prompt at answering all of our questions. She gave us quick feedback and helped along! Go Greenheart!

How can this program be improved?
I wish we would have had a closer connection with the partner group. I wish we could have meet the leaders of the local partner before coming here and gotten to join the Facebook group etc.
Yes, I recommend
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DB
9/10

Good company - especially for 1st time travellers

Prior to coming to Thailand, I had never traveled on my own, so I really had no idea how to approach the whole process of going abroad and searching for a job. I chose Greenheart largely because they seemed to offer a great deal of guidance in this regard, and they did not disappoint!

Their application and preparation process is simple, highly structured, and ensures that you'll have everything you need before getting on a plane (proper visas, required documents for obtaining a teaching license, newly formatted resume, arranged airport pickup, etc).

It's tough to comment on Greenheart's support once you're in-country, however, as they hand you off to their partner organization who are based in Thailand. The partner organization is the company that will be instructing you during your TESOL course, finding you a teaching placement, and providing you with in-country support. Greenheart is still available and willing to offer assistance via email, but my dealings with them were very limited after arriving in Thailand.

Despite being led by a separate company, I'll briefly comment on the TESOL course, as Greenheart assures their clients of its quality, and it is the key part of the package they are selling. The partner organization is a great company, and I had an awesome time during the TESOL course. The staff were friendly and helpful, I met some great friends, and I learned as much as I could have hoped to in only 4 weeks.

Even after the course and the English camp it was still pretty intimidating to go right into teaching my own classes only a few days later. But as I said, the course is only a month long, so don't expect to walk out as an expert teacher. The course will definitely introduce you to the fundamentals of teaching English and classroom management; but be prepared for what can be a pretty intense sort of "trial by fire" once you move onto your placement. Teaching in Thailand is truly a job that you can only learn through actual experience.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Greenheart, especially to 1st time travelers.

How can this program be improved?
Until I actually payed my deposit and got a little deeper into the application process, Greenheart never mentioned that I'd be dealing with a separate company once I was in Thailand. I never had any actual problems with either company, but it was a bit surprising and confusing. There are also a couple minor details on Greenheart's website that aren't 100 percent true, such as the guaranteed 30,000 baht per month salary. I ended up making a good deal more than this, but I know others who were payed about 25,000 baht.
Yes, I recommend
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Stephanie
8/10

Greenheart Travel Review

From the very beginning of my experience with Greenheart Travel, when I was simply reaching out for more information about their programs, to now when I am nearing the completion of my first semester teaching in Thailand -- they have gone above and beyond in terms of support and service. The team does an incredible job staying in touch and trying to make sure your time is going as smoothly as possible for the most part. They, also, do a fantastic job at making sure you're prepared and for the most part are fairly upfront with you about what to expect and not expect. I feel like the staff really does care about their program participants and it is comforting knowing that I do have a support and a connection if any issue should arise while living and working alone in Thailand.

I feel like the difficulties and challenges I have faced have been a result of the particular culture I am trying to adapt to, not necessarily connected to Greenheart Travel.

I would recommend Greenheart Travel and have.

How can this program be improved?
I do feel as though the cost is a bit high for the programs. Also, I would suggest being a bit more upfront about how much money to actually bring and more upfront about the living conditions the participants should expect. (No hot water, no flushing toilet, smog, lack of sanitation, etc.)
Yes, I recommend
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Jesse
10/10

Excellent Recruiter

The amount of support and continuous contact with the staff at Greenheart Travel is a refreshing breath of much needed air. My contact, Sara, is not only very knowledgable and able to answer all my questions, but she also makes sure that everyone get the individual attention that they require to make sure that their transitions overseas are as smooth as possible.

A specific example that stands out would be our ventures into the visa process and not having papers that we did not know were required. A single call to Greenheart and their associates in Thailand had the papers in our hand within 24 hours. It is not every recruiter that takes the time after hours to make sure their teachers are well cared for.

I can only speak good things about this company and I most definitely recommend them to any teacher looking to travel and expand their horizons.

How can this program be improved?
There is a lot of misinformation about Thailand and how the educational process works here. Granted, this is not Greenheart's fault for not being able to prepare teachers for individual experiences, however, what is offered and what is received once in Thailand is heavily dependent on the schools and agencies you are placed with. Greenheart does mention this lightly, but it is a heavy topic and should be stressed during discussions.
Yes, I recommend
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Jeff
8/10

Very helpful

Sarah Dorsey at Greenheart Travel has been a tremendous help and very encouraging to my fellow teachers. It can be somewhat stressful gathering all necessary documents and logistics and Sarah pulled everything together to make my initial jet setting smooth and painless. Through Sarah's communication via email, skype or facebook, it was clear to me that she made a fantastic effort to create a positive community of teachers abroad to ensure culture shock and change was a more enjoyable experience.

How can this program be improved?
Greenheart advertises as a 6 month program with opportunity for extension. Their partner Xplore Asia advertises to Thai agents a year long commitment from it's teachers. This discrepancy can create some discord with agents and foreign teachers when we arrive and claim to stay only 6 months.
Yes, I recommend
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Elyse
8/10

Greenheart Travel

My experience so far has been incredible. I live in a small town in the most Northern part of Thailand. I eat delicious food everyday (for less than $1), I have seen a baby elephant walking through my town, and random Thai people will pick me up on their scooters and give me free rides. My students are also the sweetest and happiest kindergarteners! The worst part of my trip so far is that my apartment has no heat or hot water so my showers are freezing cold. However, I only pay 60 US dollars a month so I feel a little guilty complaining.

How can this program be improved?
I honestly thought that I was going to be living with or near another English Teacher. My closest friend lives an hour from me. It would be nice if I was with someone.
Yes, I recommend
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travel4444
9/10

Teaching in Thailand

Some highlights of my travels so far:
- Getting to go to an elephant sanctuary
- Taking a muay thai lesson
- Exploring the night markets and eating nutella & banana rotee!
- Getting a foot fish spa and thai massage.

Some difficulties:
- Teaching in a rural village can be lonely
- Frustration with the language barrier

How can this program be improved?
A little more assistance with the visa application process…. I ended up traveling around a little bit before heading to Bangkok for the program and therefore had to apply for my visa even earlier and didn't have to the proper paperwork to apply for my work visa at this earlier date.
Yes, I recommend
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jonathanknox
8/10

Teaching in Satun

Greenheart as a company is excellent, they are very pleasant and helpful. The Tesol course in Hua Hin with Xplore Asia was a lot of fun and very informative, but we have had difficulties with our placement agent. They were nice, but gave us a lot of conflicting/untrue information and we had to jump through several hoops and find our own accommodation.

How can this program be improved?
It would be helpful to have more information on what to expect from and how to work with placement agents once inside Thailand.
Yes, I recommend

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