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Advice on Thailand please...

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by giggler32, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. giggler32

    giggler32 New commenter

    Hi all and a Happy New Year

    I'm looking for any advice really, from those who have or do teach in Thailand. I have been doing some 'research' and haven't really come across any negative posts - not that I'm looking for any, I just want the full picture! I'm supply teaching back in the UK at the moment, but this will be my second international post after teaching in Southern Europe.

    There appear to be a number of jobs for August advertised on TES already, so seems like I have to be quick to apply, but there are some things that I am unsure of. For instance, what would be considered a good package for Thailand? How difficult is it to get a visa, and will the school help you with this? Also, what exactly does the medical involve for the work permit, as I have read some very different things on this!

    Any advice/experience would be appreciated.
  2. lottee1000

    lottee1000 Occasional commenter

    I was in Thailand a few years ago, at a fun but 'third tier' school. I loved it! In terms of the package, I earned 100,000 Thai Baht a month, including housing allowance, but that was a few years ago and not a great school so you should expect more. We did also get shipping (1000pounds), annual flights and worldwide medical care though, which added up. We also got a re-signing bonus of a months salary.

    Your school should sort your visa for you, don't go anywhere which won't. I had to visit the consulate in the UK in person, with lots of paper work provided by my school, but after that they did everything. This was important as if they don't, you have to go to immigration once every three months, and queue for about a day... very boring and time consuming.
    The medical was standard: heart rate, blood pressure, eyes and hearing, reflexes and lots of family history questions. Again, the school organised it and we went all together during in diction week. I never had a blood test, but I've heard of others that did, so maybe different schools ask or maybe it's a newer rule.
    Pm me if you have questions about individual schools, and enjoy, Thailand is great!
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  3. giggler32

    giggler32 New commenter

    Thanks for the advice lottee1000, all helpful info.

    I'm hoping the medical doesn't involve a blood test, only I'm petrified of needles!!! But I have read posts and blogs on this, and there seems to be lots of diffefent experiences. Some going in and coming back out in 15 minutes having been asked a few questions, and others who were sent to various different rooms for different tests at a hospital, including taking blood! But I guess it depends where in the country you are and which hospital you go to!

    I will pm you shortly!
  4. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Im pretty sure you will need a HIV and possibly TB tests....you will have to have blood tests done. Thats what i needed for Laos
  5. Helen-Back

    Helen-Back Occasional commenter

    My Thai medical involves BP and blood test. Pretty sure these two are standard. I have to do it every year, it's not a one off. The whole thing takes about 5 minutes.
  6. schmedz

    schmedz Occasional commenter

    giggler - if you're able to consider working abroad, a blood test is nothing to be concerned about! You will need one for your medical (I haven't had an annual one though).
    Bangkok is a great city and there are other nice parts of the country in which to work also (Phuket springs to mind...)
    If you get an offer, feel free to PM me the salary/benefits details and I'll give you my opinion on them then. There is no 'standard' package - every school is individual.
    Good luck - it's a great place to work and live!
  7. giggler32

    giggler32 New commenter

    Thank you everyone, hoping if I have to it'll be a one off test!! I have heard of people having some great experiences, so I'm not put off! Thanks schmedz, I will pm you if I'm lucky enough to be successful this year!
    schmedz likes this.
  8. willow78

    willow78 Occasional commenter

    I'm after some information about the British school by the River in Bangkok, if anyone on here works there or knows much s about it?
  9. Morena123

    Morena123 New commenter

    I'm also interested in the same school as willow78... anyone have any info? :)
  10. schmedz

    schmedz Occasional commenter

    Willow and Morena I have sent you a PM
  11. HappyTeacher2017

    HappyTeacher2017 New commenter

    The medical, as with most things in the visa world in Thailand, is so dependent on many things. Over here there may appear to be a lot of rules, but whether they need to be followed.... it's a strange concept. Ultimately, 10 teachers could turn up with 10 different medical reports of different quality/thoroughness, and it would depend on the mood of the officer that day as to which was acceptable.

    To be super official, yes you need your blood tested for syphillis and for blood type (as well as the doctor writing 5 official statements).
    Yes, you will hear a million teachers say "but i didn't need to get that".
    But just in case you get turned away on the day, i always think it's safer to get the full requirements.
  12. SciHQ

    SciHQ New commenter

    Hi @schmedz, please would it be possible to ask if you would be willing to send me a PM regarding this too?

    Many Thanks,
  13. schmedz

    schmedz Occasional commenter

    Sure - check your Conversations inbox :)
  14. giggler32

    giggler32 New commenter

    Hi @schmedz, do you mind sending me a pm also please? I was unable to send you one previously!

    Many thanks

    Giggler 32
  15. nerner1

    nerner1 New commenter

    Hi @schmedz, would you mind sending me some info on the same school please? I’d be really grateful :) Thanks.
  16. sah79

    sah79 Occasional commenter

    Hi there,

    School by the river I have heard good things, it's mostly Thai kids but seems a nice place to work according to my third-hand info. A good package should be 100-200k depending on your experience. Some schools give housing allowance/match pension contributions as well - it depends on the school. You will get medical insurance and flights too. My school organised my medical and it was one blood test and thats it. There are places here in Thailand which will give you a medical certificate without examining you in anyway, so if you have to organise that yourself and you hate needles then that's an option! School will sort your visa and usually have quite a number of staff who work as government liaison sorting visas, work permits and 90 day reports, they even arrive at immigration at 6am to queue up for you, then you stroll in when the offices open and you are first in line!
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  17. fordseries123

    fordseries123 New commenter

    Hi @schmedz, would you mind sending me a PM regarding this too?
    Much appreciated.
  18. willow78

    willow78 Occasional commenter

    Has anyone heard back from this school yet?
  19. fordseries123

    fordseries123 New commenter

    I have a friend who works at the [This comment/section/image has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions] and so far she says that it's a nice place. Everything they said to her /offered her at the job interview two years ago, seems to be correct.
  20. schmedz

    schmedz Occasional commenter

    fordseries and nerner - PMs sent :)

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