Year in Thailand is your launchpad for a global and impactful career. On the programme, you will receive:
Before starting your teaching placement in Thailand, you will join our teaching and Thai culture training programme. The training will start in early March 2022, and all your accommodation and meals will be fully-funded. The training will include:
You will be teaching English to local Thai students, usually in a primary school setting. The Thai school year is split into two terms, the first starting in May and the second in November, with holidays in April and October. We invite you to join us from March before the school term begins to receive the core teacher training and to give you enough time to explore the country on our funded cultural tour package.
You can apply now on this page!
To apply you need to:
This programme is ideal for recent graduates from UK universities, but is open to anyone, including mid-career changers! There is extra support available for applicants from widening participation backgrounds, including all funding you may need to make this happen. You will be able to indicate if this applies to you on your application form.
*We can consider candidates with non-UK university backgrounds and those who do not have the right to work in the UK, but they would not always be eligible for full funding for the Trinity TESOL and flights. If this applies to you, please apply and contact us by email to let us know more about your situation.
As part of the application process, you will have a video interview with our team, giving you the chance to ask any questions that you have. For now, please find answers to common questions below and feel free to email us at [email protected] if your question isn’t answered here.
Your Year in Thailand fellowship will set you up for a global and impactful career, while helping you make the most of the here and now.
Whether you want to work in education or are unsure what you’d like to do longer term, our teaching and professional development programme will boost your CV, make you stand out in any recruitment process and help you work out what steps you want to take next on your career journey.
Do we really need to convince you?
Thailand offers something for everyone, from sun-kissed beaches, to rainforests teeming with animal life, to water sports and rock climbing, to temples and cultural sites. And that’s not even mentioning its bustling city centres, delicious food, and a ready supply of Western home comforts.
Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ for a reason, and you’re guaranteed to make lifelong friends and networks that will enrich your life and take you (and your career) further than you could ever get staying at home.
Thailand is also the ideal launchpad for travels all over Asia during your holidays and at the end of your year teaching. Your competitive graduate salary coupled with funded flights and training and the modest cost of living in Thailand mean that you’ll have more than enough money to make the most of your time abroad.
Spending a year in Thailand will also increase your understanding of Asia, and Southeast Asia in particular, setting you up for a wide-range of career options and making you stand out in future job applications.
If you want to learn more about what living and travelling in Thailand is like, you might enjoy Paddy Doyle’s Youtube channel.
Anything! Your Year in Thailand fellowship will give you the time, space, and support to work out what you want to do next: whether that be continuing in teaching, returning to work in the UK, or continuing your travels in another country.
Our professional development programme will support you in working out your interests, values and skills and in identifying what career areas you want to pursue.
There is some flexibility on dates in certain circumstances. If you would like to join the programme but have any issues with the dates below, please email us so that we can discuss your situation and see if you’re able to join the programme ([email protected]).
The training and pre-teaching tourism will start in mid-March 2022 in Phuket and run until the end of April.
You will then join your school in May to get settled before term starts in mid-May.
The first semester runs from May to the end of September. You then have holidays in October.
The second semester runs from November to the end of March 2023, with holidays in April.
At the end of the year, you will have the option to stay for a second year of teaching or to leave to go travelling, return to the UK, or start a new job somewhere else.
To join the programme, you must commit to completing at least the first semester (May-November) to qualify for the Trinity TESOL Certification and professional development support. If you complete the full year, you will receive a completion bonus towards further study or travels.
Along with CELTA, Trinity TESOL is the gold standard in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualifications. The certification will allow you to teach in schools all over the world and will boost your CV and employability if you choose to pursue a career outside of teaching. As the gold standard for TEFLs, the Trinity TESOL is a higher level than most entry-level TEFLs and sets you up for faster career progression. The Trinity TESOL training is delivered by an approved provider.
Two of the absolute best parts of becoming a TEFL teacher after graduating are the freedom it gives you to travel the world and the flexibility that it gives your career, as well as the space it gives you to work out what you want to do longer term. TEFL stands out as the best way to get abroad after graduation, even amid the pandemic.
Flying around the world to start a TEFL/TESOL adventure can be a daunting (and exciting!) prospect, but for many people it’s the best decision they ever made. In six years living in Asia, we (Danny, Richard, and Lisha, the Gotoco Co-founders) have met hundreds of people who flew abroad on a whim to teach, and went on to revel in it: travelling the world, starting their own businesses, teaching in international schools, becoming travel writers, and much more.
To see an interview with three people who did TEFL/TESOL after leaving university, check out our webinar from July 2021 on Youtube here.
Eligible applicants will receive full funding to cover the training and programme costs, including flights, visa, Trinity TESOL training, and pre-teaching tourism.
This means that the programme is fully accessible with no upfront cost to you. You do, however, need to pay a small commitment deposit (£200) when your application is accepted and place is confirmed. This deposit is returned when you start your teaching placement in Thailand.
There is also extra support available for applicants from widening participation backgrounds, including all funding you may need to make this happen. You will be able to indicate if this applies to you on your application form and we will contact you with more information.
Our initial Trinity TESOL teacher training programme will take place in Phuket which is part of Thailand’s special Sandbox scheme. This means that you do not need to quarantine on arrival into Phuket, and can explore the island from the first day.
Covid-19 travel restrictions can change quickly and we will always keep you up-to-date if the rules for arrival into Thailand change and will make sure that you’re well-supported.
You do, however, need to be fully vaccinated, or have a valid medical exemption.
We will support you throughout the visa process. You will first obtain a visa for entry into Thailand in the UK, before processing your work permit after arrival in Thailand. Our experienced team will help you throughout the process, including preparing the required documentation. You will be given more information about this process at the relevant point in the application process.
No! But you will be given Thai lessons during your teacher training to make sure you know enough to get around and have a good grounding in the language. You’ll then be able to keep learning the language throughout your time in Thailand.
We will review your application and get back to you within 7 days about the next steps, including a video interview with our team, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions that you have.
If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to confirm your place by signing our terms and paying a small commitment deposit (£200). The commitment deposit will be returned to you once you start your teaching placement in Thailand.
We will then guide you through the visa and flight booking processand make sure you’re fully prepared for travelling to Thailand.
No! You will be joining 30 fellows and our team for your TESOL training and pre-teaching tourism.
On your teaching placement, you will be in a vibrant town or city with at least four other Year in Thailand fellows, as well as your fellow teachers at the school, to ensure you have a strong community support network as you settle into your new life.
Our team will also be on hand throughout the year to support you and we will hold regular community events both online and in-person to make sure you get the most out of your time in Thailand.
Your exact location will be confirmed during the training in Thailand in March 2022. All of the Year in Thailand teaching placements will be in vibrant towns and cities and you will always be in a group of at least four fellows in the same location.
Placements will usually be in South and East Thailand in locations such as Hat Yai, Rayong, Bangkok, and Hua Hin. We will ask you your preferences and try to match you as closely as possible to them, but cannot guarantee that every preference will be met as our partner schools run a competitive selection process.
You will receive extensive support from us and your school in settling in to your new location for your teaching placement from May 2022.
To be eligible for full funding for the programme (such as for flights and the Trinity TESOL), you need to have the right to work in the UK. This could be through citizenship, residency, leave to remain, a student visa, or other kinds of visa that give you the right to work in the UK.
If you do not have the right to work in the UK, we can still assist you with obtaining a teaching placement in Thailand and other countries in Asia with a good salary, but you would need to fund yourself if you want to join our Trinity TESOL training. If you are in this situation and would like more information, please send us an email to [email protected]