Paid TEFL Internship in Thailand (Chiang Mai) - Premier TEFL

TEFL Internship in Thailand

Get paid to teach and travel whilst experiencing Thailand’s welcoming culture.

Start: April, September

5 months


Deposit of £299
Additional payment of £800 needed if your application is successful.

Monthly stipend of 28,500 – 34,000 THB (US$860-US$1,000/€725-€885/£650-£770)

2 weeks in-country TEFL training including 4 observed teaching practices with real students

15 nights resort accommodation during classroom training

30 Hour Teaching Young Learners Course

70+ page Grammar eBook

Pre-arrival familiarization training

Fully supported transfers

Welcome orientation

Accommodation assistance

More TEFL job assistance after your teaching adventure

Visa support

24/7 in-country support

TIP  You don’t need previous teaching experience to apply for this internship.

TEFL Internship in Thailand

Get paid to teach and travel whilst experiencing Thailand’s welcoming culture.
Licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education to conduct TEFL Training courses.


Deposit of £299
Additional payment of £800 needed if your application is successful.


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Thailand has always been – and always will be – a clear TEFL favorite; a huge part of this is the welcoming Thai community. Thai people are very gentle and extremely easy-going; most of the population are Buddhist, and as such non-violence is emphasized through their education and culture. There are lots of paid holiday days, and emphasis is placed on learning to be fun and entertaining!

Internship requirements

  • Aged between 21-50
  • Native English speaker
  • A passport from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, or the United States
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • To be physically and mentally fit
  • To be adaptable and flexible

How it works

Before you go, you’ll have an application form to fill out, a video chat, submit all your documents and then you’ll be on your way to Thailand.

Getting there

On your arrival you will be picked up at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) before being transferred to your orientation venue.

What do you need to organize?

  • International flights: You’ll need return flights (can be two one-way)
  • Police check: You’ll need a clean criminal record
  • Health check: You’ll need to provide a health statement
  • Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice
  • Budget: Spending money for your first month plus excursions etc
  • Visa cost: You’ll have support to obtain your visa
  • Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health before you go!

Your teaching experience

Placements vary from kindergarten (anubahn), primary school (pratom), secondary school (matayom) and colleges across Thailand. Teaching placements are in formal Thai schools, and placement towns often have other foreigners living and working there, for example teachers, travelers and expats.

While interns cannot choose the type of school, location or age group as it depends upon availability after training, we endeavor to meet the preferences of our interns. Groups of friends and couples are also welcome to apply, as we will make a recommendation to be placed together in the right school placement.

A working week typically runs Monday to Friday, from roughly 7.30am to 4:00pm every day. Interns can expect to teach 18-22 teaching periods of between 50 and 60 minutes. When teaching, interns should dress smartly, neatly and be well-groomed. It is also important to understand and respect the hierarchy within schools, and be polite and respectful to seniors, religion and the monarchy.


You will spend five months gaining hands-on teaching experience in one of a variety of locations in Northern Thai provinces such as:

  • Khampaeng Phet, Utthai Thani, Phayao, Mae Hong Son or Nan.

Also, when you finish your onsite training in Chiang Mai, you have the opportunity to do a little traveling before you officially start your placement period. You can visit Pai, Bangkok, Sukothai or chill out in Chiang Mai before heading to your placement town.

Outside the classroom

For life outside of the classroom, you get to experience first-hand the ethnic and cultural complexities of Northern Thailand. Bordering Laos and Myanmar, Northern Thailand is world-renowned for its lush mountainous peaks, the beauty of its ancient temples, mysterious Thai hill tribes and cooler, yet still tropical temperature.

The people of Northern Thailand speak their own dialect of Thai called Kham Meaung, although standard Thai is widely understood (the indigenous hill tribes speak their own languages, however). Northern Thailand has some of the best biking roads in the world, and transport is incredibly cheap.


As Thailand has low living costs compared to Western standards, your monthly living allowance of 28,500-34,000 Thai Baht will provide a very comfortable lifestyle while teaching in Thailand in local Thai communities.

Budgeting 3,000-5,000 Thai Baht monthly for housing, you’ll have plenty left in your pocket to explore during time off.

This one-of-a-kind paid internship with Premier TEFL gives you much more than a chance to see Thailand and become a competent TEFL teacher. You’ll gain a real understanding of the Thai language, culture and way of life, make long-lasting friendships and develop invaluable life skills you can take with you, no matter what your future holds.

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