Interview with Former English Teacher in Thailand

DMCS_2014-15_School PicJulie Leavitt is an educator for gifted children who recently relocated from Miami to Los Angeles.  She has her M.S. in International and Intercultural Education and loves to learn. Julie discovered her passion for education while she was teaching abroad in Bangkok, Thailand. She worked for two years as a pre-Kindergarten teacher, one year as a Grade 3 teacher and one year as a Grade 2 teacher at two different international schools in Bangkok. The schools are privately owned international schools following the State of California curriculum standards, are conducted completely in English and enroll children from all over the world. While Julie was teaching there, the majority of her students hailed from different countries in Asia.

What made you decide to go to Thailand to teach English?

Thailand really chose me! I completed a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program and wanted to travel and teach abroad. I posted my resume on a few different websites waiting for a response from any place and the international school in Bangkok was the first to contact me with an offer for teaching pre-Kindergarten. I was looking for the ultimate adventure so I jumped at the chance.

What are the general qualifications for teaching in Thailand?

To teach at an international school in Thailand, you must have your Bachelor’s degree or higher with a TEFL or TESOL certificate, plus a teaching certification from your home country/state. To teach English at a language school, you must have the TEFL or TESOL certification.

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Phra Nakon Si Ayuttaya (ancient capital of Thailand)

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