Perhaps the most attractive thing about taking a TEFL course in Thailand is the very real prospect of landing a job on completion. The TEFL jobs market in Thailand is thriving, and set to escalate in 2011/2012 due to increased government investment in English programs and a booming economy that is demanding a higher standard of English to service the tourism industry and increase international trade activity.
Taking a TEFL course in Thailand is as easy as embarking on any other course of study in a foreign country. You will need a study visa, which is easily obtainable through the school with which you are taking your course. The school will also be able to suggest affiliated accommodation and advise on things you may need to know regarding the local area.
As a country Thailand is very easy to get to grips with. The people are laid back and friendly, and the country as a whole is very relaxed in terms of rules and regulations, although you should remain aware that neither drugs nor aggression are tolerated in the slightest. Thailand is rich in culture, with a cross culture of influences ranging from Chinese to Khmer and Laotian. 95% of the nation is Buddhist, and the country is littered with beautiful temples. The food is varied and spicy at times, and fresh fruit is available on every street corner. The climate is warm all year round, although each region has its own hot, cool and rainy seasons.
TEFL courses are most widely available in the main cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and also on the island of Phuket. The quality of courses do vary, and recommendations are advisable, as is looking for a course with western tutors and courses accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education. The majority of schools will be able to provide you with work on completion of your course, and if not are guaranteed to supply you with contacts to help you get started in your TEFL jobs search.