Types of Teaching Jobs
If the intention is to stay in Phuket, independently, wealthy -
enjoying the gorgeous beaches, the wonderful climate and laid
back lifestyle, an English teaching position can assure you
support and security. Although it isnít for everyone, teaching
is a great way to stay in Phuket and many people find it to be
highly rewarding in its own right. Therefore, it is most
probable to find yourself in front of a black board at some
One ideally needs to be a native speaker or possess a
near-native proficiency, have a bachelorís degree (or the
equivalent) and either prior teaching experience or some sort of
TEFL qualification to acquire a teaching position in Phuket.
Most teaching jobs involve about 20 hours of teaching per week,
added with preparation for each lesson. Many teachers also give
private lessons to earn extra cash. Teaching jobs are usually
advertised through newspaper classifieds. One can also try
approaching the schools directly. However, to much of the
teacherís disappointment, most of the teaching jobs will be in
Phuket City, and not near the beach, such as Patong. The best
time to look for teaching jobs is during the low tourist season.
There are three main types of English teaching jobs in Phuket
with their individual prospects and consequences Ė
The full-time jobs at Thai schools, either directly from the
school or on contract from an outside company
The part-time jobs at language schools.
Teaching full-time at a Thai school is considerably the most
professional and steady job option. Some Thai schools hire their
own foreigner teachers directly, while others contract the
position out to a language school such as ECC or Nava. The main
advantage of working full-time at a school is the work permit,
which allows you to remain in Thailand for the length of your
contract without the expense and hassle of a visa run. The main
disadvantage of full-time work on the other hand is the long
hours required. Despite the actual teaching time being 18 to 20
hours a week, the school will generally require the teacherís
presence on campus for the whole day, usually from 07:30 to
15:00. Also, many schools lack adequate resources and class
sizes can sometimes be overwhelming.
Private lessons are another option for prospective teachers in
Phuket. Full-time teachers often supplement their income with a
few private students. Such lessons are much more informal than
classroom teaching and many students will simply want a
foreigner to practice communicating with. Private students are
easily available in Phuket as a good command over communicative
English is extensively desirable to the local people in order to
enhance their earning potential.
Flyers and newspaper ads serve the purpose of attracting
students. However, the best method is word of mouth.
The major disadvantage of teaching private students is dealing
with last minute cancellations that lead to time being wasted.
This can be handled by imposing rules like paying in advance,
informing in ten hour blocks etc. Private lessons donít earn the
teacher any official status, thus continuing the hassle of
border-run every month unless there is some other way of
acquiring a visa.
Splitting the difference between the long term commitment of
full time work and the flexibility of private lessons are the
private language schools. These language centres offer extra
lessons to students who wish to improve their English. Most
language schools have a fairly standard curriculum and offer
good resources to help lessons. Classes are usually small (3 to
10 students) and most students are pre-teens or teenagers.
Language schools donít require a large time commitment but they
do expect their teachers to dress smartly and be prepared. The
major drawback of language centres is that they require
professionalism but rarely offer visa assistance. Also language
centres are a business first and may put profits ahead of