IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ
This information is important to read through once you have accepted a position at a school, as this information will help to best prepare you for many of the problems and uncertainties other teachers always encounter when teaching at their first school in Thailand.
Contract and payment
Once accepted by a school you should ensure that you arrive at the school on the day requested by the school. The agent will arrange with the school to pick you up and show you accommodation if required. You will start your first day with a possible orientation and introduction, in some cases you will start teaching on the first day so have a lesson plan prepared as an ice breaker with the students.
Please allow roughly 10 working days for us (the agent) and the school to prepare your contract and documents with the school, but please note that your contract will be dated from the day you started teaching and thus you will get paid from that day. You should receive payment from the 28th of the end of given month to the 2nd of the following. Should you not have received your payment by the end of any given month, speak with your head of English about this, and they should help you out with this, otherwise if you have still not received payment by the 2nd of the next month, please contact us.
The method of payment depends on the school and will be confirmed within the first week of employment. You will either be paid cash from the school or the school will transfer money to us (the agent) and we (the agent) will transfer the money to you.
Also – Please note that we (the agent) receive a monthly fee from the school and this is a contract between the school and the agent and not part of the teacher’s salary. This fee includes the agents work for finding you (the teacher) and for compiling all the necessary permit, licenses and visa paperwork and assisting with teachers queries.
The non-b visa is the first visa you need to obtain after you have entered Thailand (unless you have one already), this visa is valid for 3 months. The agent will prepare all the paperwork for the non-b visa but the cost to do the visa run must be paid for by you (the teacher). You will need to arrange with your school as you will have to take a few days off to do your visa run. Again, communicate this with your Head of English, as you should do whenever you have any queries, before contacting us. The cost for the visa run is roughly (Maximum) 7000 baht if you are doing your run to Penang in Malaysia. This should include transport, accommodation, food and visa costs. Please contact us closer to the time you are about to do your run so we can be sure to give you a detailed idea of what to expect, and how to do it and where to go.
Please remember to provide us with the following documents: (scanned and emailed)
- Degree & Transcript
Copies of these will be needed as part of all the documents you will need to hand in to the Thai embassy for your application.
Try this website to get an idea what to have ready documentation wise - http://www.siam-legal.com/thailand-visa/business-visa-thailand.php
Once you have received a Non-b visa, the next step is to try and get a work permit. By signing a year contract you stand a better chance of receiving a work permit (generally only degree holders will get this). To apply for the work permit you have to have one month validly on your visa, if you do not you will have to do another non-b visa at your own expense. We (the agent) will prepare all the necessary documents for you and your school but you have to go to the local immigration office (your school should assist you with this, due to the language barrier) to apply for the work permit. The agent will pay you back for the work permit at the end of your 1 year teaching if you are a degree holder and have signed a 1 year contract. It is recommended to acquire a work permit as this will save you time and money. Please note that each province have their own criteria for work permit applications (someone applying in Trang will find the process different to someone in Surat Thani).
In order to get the work permit you also need the teaching license. And most of you don’t have this. Normally the teachers themselves need to go to the teaching council in Bangkok to apply for a special letter which allows you to get a work permit without the teaching license. However, the Road Experience team will obtain this documentation on your behalf by sending our staff to Bangkok.
The following documents will be needed for the letter from the teaching council, this you can give to your Thai teacher and he/she will send it to us via post: (2 copies of each and all signed)
- Degree & Transcript
- TEFL Certificate
The following documents will be needed for the work permit process:
- Letter from the teaching council
- 2 copies of your passport (signed)
- Original passport
- 2 copies of your non-b visa (signed)
- 2 copies of your degree (signed)
- Recent medical check-up
- 3x 2 inch photo’s
Once you have received your work permit, you qualify for the working visa, which is valid for 1 year.
The following will be needed: (all signed)
- 2 copies of your passport
- 2 copies of your non-b visa
- 2 copies of your degree
- 3 x 2 inch photo’s (4 x 3cm)
- Recent medical check up, and blood test (You may be expected to pay for this)