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Thailand has always been a favorite among TEFL teachers worldwide, and the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai, is an unmatched place to plant yourself for 4 weeks of in-class teacher training before beginning your placement.

Nowhere else is the gentle, easy-going nature of the Thai people on more display than in chilled out Chiang Mai.

This culture hub promises adventure of all kinds—waterfalls, temples, street food, meaningful friendships—and puts you right in the heart of hill country culture.

Whether bemusing golden Buddhas, bartering at night bazaars, or befriending elephants, TEFL internships in Chiang Mai, Thailand promise an experience unlike any other.

There are two Internship options available: Guaranteed placement in Chiang Mai or Guaranteed placement in a Northern Thailand provincial town.

Guaranteed Chiang Mai placement full price US$2,650 ($900 deposit due at booking, the remainder of $1750 due 4 weeks prior to arrival)

Placement Thailand Nationwide full price US$2,450 ($900 deposit due at booking, the remainder of $1550 due 4 weeks prior to arrival)

Thailand Chiang Mai Highlights

Chiang Mai Internship
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Fully Inclusive Programme

  • 120 hour on-site TEFL course in Chiang Mai
  • Arrival orientation & hotel
  • 5-month teaching placement
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Sponsored work visa
  • Ongoing & emergency support

Your Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Getting there

On arrival to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) where you’ll be picked up by our in-country team, and taken to your orientation hotel.

Day 2-30


You will have a full four-week TEFL training course and orientation upon arrival, while staying at a central Chiang Mai hotel.

Your singe room B&B hotel stay is the perfect way to forge new friendships. After class you can relax by a nearby pool (it only costs a few Thai baht), get competitive over a game of ping pong or grab an ice-cold mango smoothie at the cafe.

Your first week of classes will prepare you to deliver engaging English lessons and you’ll learn all of the tools that you will need to make an impact in the classroom.

By week four you will have put your new skills into practice and have teaching practice sessions at local schools. Your last day of training will be devoted to discovering Thai culture, Buddhist customs and the local lingo.

Day 31-180

Your teaching experience

Placements are in formal Thai schools around Chiang Mai and surrounding provinces, but will vary from kindergarten to college-level institutions. Your students’ age group will depend on the availability and need of our partner schools. Expect to work Monday-Friday, from ~7:30am to 4:00pm.

Once you’ve finished your TEFL training it can take between 1 to 2 weeks to begin teaching at your school, depending on your placement preferences. Previous interns use this time to get settled into new housing, sight-see and really begin to feel at home.

You’ll lead ~15-20 hours of English classes each week, leaving you plenty of time for extracurricular support, prepping future lessons, or grading your students’ latest essays. Since the learning goes both ways, enter each day eager and humble. Follow professional norms by dressing neatly to honor the hierarchy within schools and the monarchy.

On weekends off and your salary to enjoy you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the areas around your placement town or city. We also recommend budgeting time after your internship to see more of Thailand and check off your Thai bucket list.

Day 181

After your internship

Congratulations, you did it! Make sure to celebrate this achievement. It’s time to decide if you’d like to see more of Northern Thailand, traveling or teaching (or both).

You might decide to extend your stay in ‘The Land of Smiles’ and teach for longer by renewing your contract. The possibilities are endless for you now as a confident and experienced TEFL teacher.

Essential information about this trip

Monthly stipend of 30 – 34,000 THB (US$995-US$1,125/€890-€1,000/£760-£860)
4 weeks in-country TEFL training including 6 observed teaching practices with real students
30 night hotel accommodation during TEFL training
30 Hour Teaching Young Learners Course (Online)
Visa support
Pre-arrival familiarization training
Airport pick-up
Welcome orientation
Accommodation assistance
More TEFL job assistance after your teaching adventure
24/7 in-country support
What you need:
Aged between 21 – 45 (Contact an advisor if you're older)
Native English speaker
Bachelor’s degree holder
Have a passport from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand
Be ready for a life changing teaching experience abroad!
Whats not required:
Any teaching experience
To speak any other languages
Any teaching experience (although this can boost your salary)
International flights: You’ll need return flights (can be two one-way flights)
Budget: Spending money for your first month plus excursions etc
Police check: You’ll need a clean criminal record
Visa cost: You’ll have support to obtain your visa. Ask our team before applying if your home country is eligible for the correct visa
Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health insurance before you go
Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice


You will spend a semester gaining hands-on teaching experience in one of a variety of locations in Northern Thai provinces such as Chiang Mai, Khampaeng Phet, Utthai Thani, Phayao, Phitsanulok, Fang, Mae Hong Son and Nan.

How it works

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

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Cultural excursions

Wondering what you’re going to do with your precious free time? We’re glad you asked! We know your adventure bucket list is long, but make sure you tack these recommendations from past TEFL interns in Thailand towards the top!

Chiang Rai

Visit Chiang Mai’s sister city, Chiang Rai. It's Thailand’s oldest city and home to one of the coolest temples-turned-art-exhibits in the world, Wat Rong Kun.


Lanna cuisine, unique to Thailand’s north, is finger-lickin’ good. Try khao soi (egg noodle curry), banana-leaf-wrapped sticky rice, and sai oua (sausage).


Strap on your hiking boots & set your sights on the highest mountain in Thailand—plus hundreds of tropical birds & lush greenery—in Doi Inthanon National Park.

Questions and Answers

What help is there to find an apartment?

Your local school representative will arrange viewings of suitable apartments. Condo-style housing can start from as little as 3,000 THB US$100/€95/£85 monthly.

TIP: For those seeking a more plush pad, you can upgrade accommodation in some locations, budgeting in the region 6,000 THB.

How can I earn the upper pay scale?

Experienced teachers can expect to earn the upper end of the 30,000 – 34,000 THB (US$995- US$1,125/€890-€1,000/£760-£860) pay scale. A handful of schools offer salaries up to 40,000 for applicants with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) such as primary or high school teachers.

For newly qualified ESL teachers, a salary of 30,000 THB offers a very comfortable life with the opportunity to save money each month if you want.

Where will my teaching placement be?

After your 4-week classroom TEFL training (including 30 nights of bed & breakfast accommodation at a central Chiang Mai hotel) you will take a bus to your placement location.

There are both urban and more rural placements throughout Northern Thailand locations including Chiang Mai (city and province), Khampaeng Phet, Utthai Thani, Phayao and Phitsanulok.

Can I teach for longer than a 5 month semester?

Yes absolutely. After your 4-week classroom TEFL training you’ll typically have a couple of weeks of free time before your first day of teaching at your school placement.

You will teach for one 4-5 month long semester in a local Thai school. If you love it and never want to leave you will be able to extend your teaching contract and renew your visa easily.

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