Have you ever thought about working outside South Africa? Have you ever thought
of going to teach English in Asia, but were worried that you'd be all alone and
wouldn't fit in? This friendly group of South Africans, now living and working
in Thailand, were once like you! They'd like to share their stories about the
decisions they made that changed their lives!
run year-round TEFL training courses in Bangkok.
I'm from Durban. I had a fairly good job in the publishing industry but found
myself stuck in a rut. Having never traveled, I felt that it was something I
had to do -- and soon! I had to find a way to work and travel, as the cost of
overseas travel was out of my pocket. I arrived in Bangkok, not quite knowing
what to expect. I didn't know anyone, and had never traveled in Asia before.
The first few weeks were exciting, but then I hit a difficult patch. This was
mostly because of the language barrier. However, that did not last very long. I
work on a bilingual programme teaching grade 3, and have had the opportunity to
travel around Thailand and SE Asia a bit. I have met some interesting people,
both foreign, and Thai, and do not for a second regret making the decision to
I decided to come to Thailand for a year and 5 years later I'm still here. I
enjoy the warm weather and the buzz in Bangkok! Beaches are nearby to catch a
swim and there is plenty to do in and around the city. I'm from Cape Town
originally, working as a teacher. Now I teach grade 1 in an international
programme, and love the carefree and friendly children.
I am from Pietermaritzburg. I was studying Psychology and English at Natal
University before I came out to Bangkok. I couldn't find a job so I decided to
travel. When the offer to come and work in Bangkok came up, I took the option.
It was scary, initially but I have met some wonderful people who have made my
experience here very rewarding. My first impression of Thailand was that it was
much hotter than I expected. When I arrived, I was taken to my new apartment,
got over my jetlag and started with my TEFL course. I'm working at a primary
school in Northern Bangkok now. I like it, it's been a good experience and I
have grown a lot from it.
I come from Centurion, Pretoria. I was a telesales operator for Waltons
Stationery. Coming overseas was an opportunity for me to explore the world and
gain some independence, to be myself. The opportunity came up to work in
Thailand, and I just did it. I work at a primary school teaching upper primary
level, and even without any teaching experience, I have found the work easy and
rewarding. People are really helpful and everyone is very supportive. I have
made a lot of great friends in a short space of time, and all of them are true!
Thailand has been a really enjoyable experience.
I'm from Centurion, Pretoria. I was a sales representative for Pen and Art, a
stationery shop in Centurion. Now, working in a primary school in Bangkok is
great. I love children, and the job is different. The schools here are
different from South African primary schools. The people here are good. I like
the students, and I have met many new friends. Bangkok isn't wonderful, but I
get out to the country as often as I can - it's really beautiful!
I'm from Nelspruit. I was working in a primary school as a sports coach until I
got the opportunity to travel. Coming to Thailand sounded like an interesting
option, so I decided to give it a try. The school is fun, and the students are
really well behaved and polite. It's a great experience.
TEFL Thailand - Courses
A selection of teacher training programmes , accredited by Chichester College
(UK), are run in Bangkok (Thailand) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
A basic certificate course in TEFL is run five times per year at each location.
The course is suitable for potential teachers, with suitable qualifications,
and for experienced ('in service') teachers who wish to study, or refresh
themselves with, the specifics of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language. 4 weeks.
TEFL 1 Plus
Includes teaching practice, job opportunities and visa assistance. 6 weeks.
run year-round training courses for TEFL in Bangkok.