Teach English in Thailand on a Paid Semester or Summer Contract

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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 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: $1,580
- Teaching Placement + TESOL course: $2,380
- Summer 6 Week Teaching Program: $1560

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 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."
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 83 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Facilities 8.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9
  • Support 10
  • Value 9.3
  • Academic Rigor 6.5
  • Job Assistance 9.8
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program

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