Starting with 3 weeks TEFL training in a paradise location, followed by a guaranteed paid teaching job which could be anywhere in Thailand. This is our most popular program and there are good reasons for it – Thailand is a popular country because of the low cost of living, good salaries for teachers, great tasting food, friendly people, stunning beaches and hot weather. We are popular because we go out of our way to make sure you have a great experience.

This program starts with training you how to teach English as a foreign language on a paradise island or very near one. Paradise locations we have used in the past have been Koh Chang, Krabi, Koh Samui, Phuket and Koh Phangan. Please note that although teacher training is in the paradise location, your teaching placement will not be.

Once one paradise training location books up to the maximum of 24 trainees, we open another paradise training location and start again at interviewing over Skype for the right people for that location. We always start with booking up Koh Chang, and there is no set order of which location opens up next.

We run this program twice each year, with start dates in mid April and the end of September, which is just before the start of the school terms. We do it this way to make sure everyone has a job for the start of the school term – and we have never failed in our job guarantee and placement service.

We have strong links with schools and organisations in Thailand and are able to offer everyone who comes on the program a guaranteed paid teaching job. To be eligible for this program, you need to hold a bachelors degree in any subject (not teaching, ANY subject) and be native English speaking, or from a native English speaking country.

Depending on demand, we frequently run multiple course locations at the same time – normally with over 100 trainees training at the same time in different paradise training locations in Thailand and we still are able to offer everyone a guaranteed teaching job, paying at least 30,000 THB per month, which is the market average and more than enough money to enjoy yourself in Thailand.

Although we call this an “Internship Program”, the job we offer is a proper job and not an internship, but we do offer a lot of support during the TEFL training and are always on hand to help during your teaching job if needed. So we called it an “internship program” to signify the support we offer.

Welcome Day Social Event

The program starts with a Welcome Day social event in Bangkok, allowing trainees from different course locations meet and get a taste of Thailand. Then either that evening or the next morning, all trainees and staff travel to the paradise training location. The social event also lets you meet all the support staff and help you feel comfortable that we will be looking after you well during your time with us. The event is meant to be a social but we normally make it fun and engaging, with stalls and workshops showing Thailand as a country. In the past we have had Muay Thai kickboxing workshops, Thai language workshops, Thai food workshops and teambuilding activities.

We have a lot of reviews online for this program so we suggest you do your research. We are very competitive on price and one of the best in terms of service. We do our very best to make sure you have the best experience in Thailand and you can see this from our reviews. We are not perfect of course but are always looking to improve. We recruit native English speakers mostly from the USA and UK, but we also have Canadians, Aussies, Kiwis, South Africans and Irish – so you meet many people from all over the world. People who come on this program are either in their 20s or 30s and so it’s easy to make friends and have fun.

After TEFL training you will be qualified to teach English anywhere in the world. Many of our TEFL Heaven Thailand alumni continue on to other countries such as Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and China to name a few. However, a greater number of them actually stay in Thailand because once you experience this country, you might never want to leave!

On this program you won’t be placed in the middle of nowhere – unless you want to be. Native English teachers populate every province but in many cases TEFL Heaven teachers are placed near each another. Teaching jobs are for a minimum of 4-5 months which is one academic term but you can renew your teaching contract and many teachers have stayed for years teaching English in Thailand.

Teaching jobs can be at kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, both private and government schools. That means you could teach students from the age range of between 3 to 18 years old. If you have a preference to the age range, we try our best to suit you and if you do not want a placement offered to you, as long as you have a good reason, you can request to be placed in another area.

Also, if you have a friend, we guarantee that we will place you together, up to a maximum of 3 friends, but you must apply together by putting each others name on the application form.

Due to the large number we place, we cannot fulfill specific location preferences (for example, we cannot place you near a beach or island, which is a popular request!) but if you want to be in Bangkok we can normally fulfill this request.

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School Term Dates

Term 1: Approximately early/ mid May until end of September/ start of October

Term 2: Approximately late October until end of February/ mid or end of March

Exact term dates depends on the school, so the dates above are a rough guide. If you plan on staying just one school term, please make sure you book a return flight for a date after the approximate dates above. You normally only sign a one term contract.

You can renew your contract and stay for a 2nd school term, as long as your designated school is happy with your teaching.

The Schools We Work With

Most people are placed in kindergarten, primary or secondary schools and at both government and private schools. You could be teaching small classes of 6 students or large classes of 50 students. Your working week will always be Monday to Friday with weekends off.

The school day can be long on weekdays. Most schools require you to be there at 7:30am to greet the students and have morning assembly. Schools normally finish at 4:00pm – 4:30pm. Although the school day may be long, the amount of teaching hours is normally a maximum of 24 teaching hours per week. This means you have a lot of free time to plan your lessons during the day.

We work with some colleges and language centres from time to time. Those who get placed here have a varied schedule and can be seen teaching five days per week, with two days off, but its a mixture of weekend work and work during the week. The students in these places range in ages, and are mostly older. Only one or two trainees get assigned to these placements, if any at all, and it’s not too common for these positions to arise for our program.

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When Do I Get Assigned A School?

Sometimes placements are assigned before you arrive in Thailand, sometimes during TEFL training and sometimes after the TEFL training. Normally there is a week to two weeks between finishing training and starting teaching, and in some cases only a few days – so you may have to be flexible and ready to start teaching right after training.

Once interviewed over Skype, and you pass the interview, we send you a booking form and leave you to book your place. We work on a first come, first served basis and program spaces are limited. Those who pass interview also are able to join the Facebook group for their location and start date, meaning you can talk to people preparing to go on the program.

We love what we do and we love introducing people to the world of TEFL through the Paid Internships Thailand Program, to Thailand as a country and to teaching overseas. Read our reviews, explore our program, watch our YouTube videos, chat to us through our online chat system or give us a call. You can read many reviews for this program on the internet as hundreds have went through our program. We are very happy to help you understand that we run arguably the best TEFL Program in Thailand! We hope we can inspire you!


– The TEFL Heaven Team

"Deciding to complete my course through TEFL Heaven in Krabi instead of an online course in England was the best decision I ever made. The staff were friendly and helpful and the Thai culture course really helped us all settle in to the lifestyle. The most I took away with me from this experience was the amount of true friends I made."

− Emily Low