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Golden buddha statues in Thailand

Live and teach in Thailand

Thailand i-to-i intern with her students

Get involved in day-to-day school life

A river market scene in Thailand

Immerse yourself in authentic Thai life

Interns and Thai locals together in Thailand

Make friends for life amongst your fellow teachers and locals alike

Temple in Thailand

Discover Thailand's amazing culture and history

A bowl of traditional Thai red curry

Enjoy traditional Thai cuisine

The release of lanterns for Loy Krathong festival in Thailand

Take part in spellbinding festivals and celebrations

A girl feeding an elephant in Thailand

Get up close and personal with Thailand's famous wildlife

Boats moored on a white sand beach in Thailand

Spend your weekends relaxing on postcard beaches


This paid TEFL experience is the best way to discover the ins and outs of laid-back Thai life, by living as an English teacher in the local community. Explore lively cities, chill out on idyllic white sand beaches, visit serene temples and get to grips with teaching English in a friendly host school. You’ll earn a generous monthly allowance and be able to live very comfortably, and you’ll receive great support throughout.

Itinerary, information and insider tips

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i-to-i Thailand intern John

Although my experience in Thailand has been short, I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and have come to love this country. I love it so much I would be overjoyed to stay; there are still so many things to see and do.

John, Thailand

i-to-i Thailand intern Kenisha

Being in Thailand has opened new prospects for me. The Thai people are so friendly and overly accommodating; and as a culture they’re very respectful to people in a higher position than themselves. Working with children has pushed me, but it’s also been a massive reward.

Kenisha, Thailand

i-to-i Thailand intern Emma

Teaching and living in Thailand has been such a life-changing experience. In the past six months I have learnt, seen and done so many new things, and been to so many new places. I have learnt how to ride a moped, speak a bit of Thai and most importantly, teach children English; such a fun and fulfilling thing to do!

Emma, Thailand



Getting there

On arrival in Bangkok airport, you’ll be met by our in-country team and transferred to your hotel in central Bangkok to recuperate.

Welcome to Thailand!

Your first week in Thailand will be spent in orientation – getting to grips with local culture and history, and meeting your fellow interns. You’ll also take your 2 day classroom TEFL course, take part in a tour of Bangkok and pick up some handy phrases in Thai so that you’re prepared for getting stuck in to local life.

Your teaching experience

You’ll teach at one of our partner schools in a range of locations across the country, and we’ll let you know where you’re placed the week before you arrive for the experience. You’ll have 5 months to really get involved in local life and the day-to-day running of the school, and you’ll likely be teaching for around 25 hours a week, with extra time for planning lessons in the evenings.

In return for your teaching you’ll get comfortable accommodation and a generous living allowance of 16,000THB per month – that’s about £315, and more than enough to live really well to local standards.

Our in-country partners will be on hand to provide 24/7 remote support just in case you need them, so don’t hesitate to call on their insider knowledge!

After teaching

At the end of your teaching experience, it’s really up to you how you proceed. Plenty of our graduates have found full-time teaching jobs in Thailand and further afield with the assistance of in-country team, and if you fancy just continuing on with your travels then you’ll be really well equipped with all your TEFL experience.

Before you go

What you need:

  • Be fluent in English
  • Be aged between 21-45
  • Hold a University degree
  • To be a native English speaker with a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Be ready for an adventure teaching English abroad

What you don't need:

  • Prior teaching experience
  • A second language


Get your TEFL training completely free as part of your internship, and get qualified to teach English overseas – for life.

  • 120 hours online TEFL training – become a confident English teacher with your online course, and study on any device!
  • 20 hours classroom TEFL training – Get to grips with practical teaching with your 2 day classroom training course in Bangkok.

What will I need to organise?

There are a few things to get sorted before you go – don’t leave it too late!

  • International Flights: You’ll need return flights to Bangkok International Airport (BKK).
  • Visas: Approximately 16,000THB for visa conversion
  • Accommodation deposit: 5,000THB (refundable, payable on arrival)
  • Police check: Approximately £45 for an ACRO in the UK. This must be clean.
  • Budget: You’ll need to cover costs for extra meals, excursions etc – about £20-£40/$30-$55 a week should suffice.
  • Travel insurance: this is really important – dont forget to sort yours before you travel! Travel insurance can be complicated – so click here for some great advice from our friends at the FCO.

What's Included?

  • 140 hours of TEFL training
  • Advice & pre-departure preparation
  • Visa support
  • Airport pick-up & transfers
  • Orientation week
  • Tour of Bangkok
  • Thai lessons
  • Accommodation & orientation week meals
  • 5 months’ teaching experience
  • 16,000THB (approx. £315/$445) monthly living allowance during teaching
  • Ongoing in-country support
  • Certificate and reference on request
  • Employment support and advice on completion of internship

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Visas and visa administration fees
  • Police check: Approximately £45 for an ACRO in the UK (must be clean)
  • Budget: Approximately £20-£40/$30-$55 per week
  • Travel insurance

Questions? Call our friendly TEFL advisors on 877 526 3959. We are here to help!

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Overall, my experience here has been enjoyable. It's important to start early and to put in as many hours as you can per day because procrastinating certainly makes it difficult to dive back into the material. I was able to finish within two months for the online course and I believe the content was all very essential knowledge to have no matter how obvious. My favorite part was having the 20-hour in-class practice with Patty. I think it's a necessity for EFL teachers, if not all teachers, have some actual hands on practice before they go overseas. I once was a teacher before but it was such a great refresher and I learned more than I did before despite having taught for a year in the past. There's always more to learn and I believe having in-class practice will make anyone more prepared to take on the challenge. Thank you for this great experience! I am looking forward to doing something great for this world and bring everyone closer together!
The course was very easy to follow and also very precise. Everything was explained clearly and thoroughly. Very happy customer!
This course is one of its kind - funfilled, real and practical. I do not regret any minute, let alone second, spent as I loved every bit about it - It keeps the creative juices within you flowing.

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