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Terms & Conditions

Helping you to teach abroad!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to have a TEFL qualification to apply?

No, teaching experience or TEFL qualifications are not necessary, though any training or experience you do have will come in useful. We provide teacher training as part of our orientation process.

What qualifications do I need to teach in Thailand?

The legal requirement to teach English in Thailand is a bachelors degree. You must have completed your degree and have paperwork to prove this. You need to provide copies at the application stage and take originals with you to Thailand in order to be awarded a work permit. See Terms & Conditions for more information.

Do I need to speak Thai?!

No, as the roles are teaching conversational English you are expected to speak English in class, and encourage students to communicate with you in English. You will be given guidance in how to do this, using visual representations and games to encourage understanding. Teaching English as a foreign language will always be challenging at first but with time you will learn how to present information in a clear way and to overcome commmunication barriers: highly desirable and transferable life skills!

How much will I get paid?

Salaries are between 15,000-25,000 baht/month depending on the number of hours taught and location. Generally teachers in Bangkok will be paid more because of the higher living costs. Your accomodation is provided for free, but you will need to pay for your living costs (e.g. food and some bills) and independent travel.

Can I choose my location and the type of school I teach at?

Yes, various locations and teaching levels are available, e.g. urban/ rural/ primary/ secondary/ government/ private. For details see the "Placement Preferences" section of the Application Form. Most of our participants are placed within a few hours of Bangkok, which makes it easy for them to meet up at weekends. However, if you would like to be placed in a particular locality please specify it in your Application, as we try to accomodate all requests.

When can I start?!

The school terms in Thailand last for about 5 months, starting in early November and early May. For any contract, this would be the minimum period. Our orientations start around 26th October and 7th May each year. See details of the Application Process below:

May Departure

October Departure


20 th January

30 th June

Application deadline



Telephone interviews



Result of application and payment of any Programme Fees



Participants receive school placement details and apply for visa

5 th May

24 th October

Departure for Thailand (if travelling from U.K)

6 th May

25 th October

Arrival in Thailand (pick up from Don Muang Airport, Bangkok)

7 th May

26 th October

Orientation begins

11 th May

30 th October

Start teaching placement

Will I be able to travel before, during or after my teaching placement?

Absolutely! If you have time, you can travel in Thailand for a month or so on your Non-Immigrant Visa before your contract starts. You can also travel for at least a month on your working visa after your contract finishes (you can extend this time by travelling to a neighbouring country and getting a 3 month tourist visa). Furthermore if you are on a 10 month contract you should be able to travel both between the two school terms and after your contract finishes. Hands Up Teach and Travel, and their representatives in Thailand, can advise you on these processes, give you travel advice and help you make sure you have the correct visa.

How much money will I need?

Not including the Programme Fee you will need about £800 to cover:

  • Flights: approximately £400-£500 for an open return flight, London to Bangkok (return within 12 months)*
  • Spending money: for your first weeks in Thailand, we recommend at least £300, to last until your first pay cheque.
  • Visa: approximately £45 / £90 (U.K. single/multiple entry)

*Those on 10-month contracts have the cost of their return flights home refunded. The refund will be given on completion of your 10-month contract.

What does the application process involve?

The application process involves completing the Application Form. Please read Service Document and Guidance Notes before completion. You also need to include:

  • A copy of your CV
  • A copy of your Higher Education Degree Certificate
  • A copy of the face page of your passport
  • A passport-sized photo
  • The £20 Application Fee*

*See Services document for more information

We will then contact your referees and perform a telephone interview. If you have been successful we will send you a contract to sign. Once you have paid the Programme Fee you will receive your Participant Pack and details about your school.

Why is Hands Up Teach and Travel cheaper than other programmes?

Hands Up Teach and Travel is a non profit-making organisation run by volunteers. However, as experienced English teachers, we are passionate about what we do and are not willing to compromise our service to our schools or our prospective teachers. We also know exactly what problems and challenges teachers are likely to face and pride ourselves in giving a caring and comprehensive service.

How do past participants rate Hands Up Teach and Travel services?

In follow-up surveys of our past participants, 100% of respondents rated us "Good" or "Excellent" for our:

  • Application procedure
  • Pre-departure support & organisation
  • Assistance and cultural orientation, on arrival
  • On-going level of help/support from school and teachers
  • On-going support from Hands Up Teach U.K.

83% rated the Teaching Facilities and Accommodation as "Good" or "Excellent".

Here are some of the things our past participants, and their families, have to say about us:

I just wanted to let you know what a great time I've had here and to say thank you for your help in getting me toThailand and your assistance whilst I have been here. It has been a truly amazing year!

Former Hands Up Teach and Travel participant, 2006

I like the honest, thoughtful and caring approach you have with regards to providing a fully informative and supportive service to participants on your programme, and wish you every success

Current Hands Up Teach and Travel participant, 2007

Thank you so much for you informational letter regarding my daughter. It was so comforting to read and I'm very grateful for your consideration it is much appreciated.

Mother of Hands Up Teach and Travel participant, 2006

I'd just like to thank you very, very much.

Father of Hands Up Teach and Travel participant, 2005

What teaching resources will I need to take?

Most stationary items can be bought in Thailand (apart from blu-tack)! Really useful things to take with you are Western coins, stamps and other memorabilia It is also useful to take photos of you, your family and your lifestyle. Also guidebooks with pictures of British sites and festivals. Glossy magazines can also be good to stimulate students interest!

English is not my first language can I still apply?

Yes, if you are suitably fluent in spoken English. The roles are teaching conversational English, so an in-depth knowledge of English grammar is not necessary. We judge the level of fluency through a telephone interview, we look for a level of confidence in speaking English and a clear accent. If in doubt, we would recommend potential applicants to apply, as the application fee is refundable if you are not successful.

I'm not a U.K. or U.S. national can I still apply?

Yes, if you are fluent in spoken English, see above. We judge each person on an individual basis. However if you are not a U.K. or U.S. national you will be responsible for establishing the visa process relevant for your nationality.