Getting A Local Job In Thailand: Tourism, Writer, Teacher Or Guide

Local Thais make around 10,000 baht a month ($333US) which is why it’s very rare to see a Thai with their own room. The jobs that you could likely get would be as a teacher or a guide. Usually you’ll need a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, which you can get here in Thailand. The only problem is you’ll work from 8am-5pm which makes you miss both the morning and afternoon Muay Thai class. If you really wanted to, you could take a private class afterward and join the normal class on Saturdays – but you most likely won’t.

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I recently met a friend at the gym here in KC, Piers from England, who doesn’t have a TEFL certificate, though, and still got a job as an English tutor so; if you’re white, speak good English and have a college degree it might not be a strict requirement . Guides are sought after especially if you speak another language such as Russian, French or Mandarin.

I’ve known some people who picked up side jobs, too, where they take people on tours. I’ve met a few journalists out here in Chiang Mai and they work for random international countries that have internet news sites; I made a few friends that work for a Burmese News Station as they are based in Chiang Mai for political reasons. I’ve also met professional writers here as well. A more common job would be as an underwater guide – a Divemaster. Most Thai people don’t like swimming and there are very few qualified Thai Divemasters, making the majority of workers westerners. I’ll talk more about working as a dive guide in Chapter 4 and tell you how you can become one in less than 3 months, even if you’ve never scuba-dived before.

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