Most of the positions for foreign teachers are for less permanent amounts of time. If the prospective teacher is willing to stay for an agreeable amount of time contracts are made more attractive and this is due to high turnover. The Thai people are quite enthusiastic and fun loving, therefore, lessons which involve games are popular. The Thais have different customs which should be observed, for example, dress conservatively, and hand gestures are to be kept to a minimum as large boisterous ones are considered rude. The best time to search for a job is from mid-March to mid-May; which is when regular schools have vacation. October is a good time to find a job but January and February are quiet months. There are plenty of private schools in both Bangkok and Chang Mai but there are alternatively less well known cities where the competition for positions is not so stiff. Nakhon Sawan, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani are worth at least checking out. Conclusively foreigners will not struggle to find work however the wages offered can be very low. Teachers can earn approximately $5 USD per hour to $16 USD depending on the type of company. Teaching positions in Universities are abundant but degrees and certificates are required; the days are past when the native English speaking person without preparation can find work. Work visas may require an official offer from the employer, official photos and a visit to the embassy. Cost of living in general is low in Thailand.
The top-class teacher training center is located just two minutes walking distance from Thailand's famous Patong beach in Phuket, the Pearl of the Andaman. Phuket is often called Thailand's ultimate tourist destination. Beautiful white sand beaches line the west coast. Rain or shine, there's always something to do -- an advantage that no other island can claim. The range of activities and places to see is extraordinary for an island of this size. You can:
ATMs and money exchange booths are literally everywhere and the tourist police are always on duty should you need them. The Thai food on Phuket is excellent, and there are numerous local dishes to sample on the island. Should you decide to eat something other than Thai food, don't worry. Phuket has many restaurants which cater to Westerners as well. Italian pizza, sushi, rib eye steak, New York bagels, Vietnamese Pho...anything and everything can be found here.