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 April and October, 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.


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.


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 gone 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


Full TEFL Certification

You will be fully TEFL qualified after the training period, enabling you to teach English anywhere in the world. The teaching experience gained during the school term in Thailand adds to your employability should you apply elsewhere after the program.

A Good Teaching Salary

Whilst teaching you will earn at least 30,000 THB per month, which is more than enough money to live in Thailand, as it has extremely low living costs. An average Thai teacher’s salary is roughly between 9,000 – 12,000 THB to give you some indication of living costs. You will be able to live comfortably and have enough money to enjoy yourself.

Training to Teach English in a Paradise Location

Gain your TEFL Certificate in an idyllic surrounding. You need wind-down time after a hard day studying – why not spend that time chilling in a paradise location? Why not indeed! Welcome to TEFL Heaven.

Complimentary Resort Accommodation

Resort accommodation is provided for the 3 weeks of the TEFL course. You will most likely be sharing a room. For your information, we don’t cover any nightly stays outside of the training period.

Placement Accommodation

When in placement you will be given assistance in finding accommodation, normally from the school. It will cost you approximately 4,000 THB each month for rent and around 1,000 THB for other bills.

Your accommodation in your teaching placement will most likely be a one room Thai–style studio apartment or a house (depending on if you are sharing) and will be quite basic: double bed, shower, Thai-style toilet, fan or air con.

You would not normally have a TV, fridge or cooking facilities – Thai people eat out for nearly every meal and the cost of living is extremely low, with street vendors nearly everywhere, so not having a cooker shouldn’t be a problem for you.

"The 3 week training course was fun and informative, and really gave me confidence that I could be a successful teacher. Not to mention it took place in a paradise location, Krabi, surrounded by loads of lovely like-minded people! The trainers were fantastic too - I'm still friends with everyone now and we meet up every weekend.

− David Biggins

Airport Meeting

We can meet you at the airport, if you so desire. There is an extra charge of 40 GBP for us to meet you at the airport then take you to your booked accommodation. Many trainees organise hostel stays with other people on the course through our Facebook groups, and so don’t opt for the airport meeting and travel with other arrivals to the recommended hostels – but we are happy to meet anyone who doesn’t do this!

Assistance with Visas

We guide you in the visa application. Normally you buy a tourist visa before you leave your home country, and then get the working visa once you start teaching.

A Network of Fellow Trainees

You won’t be alone! Around 20 other trainees will accompany you on the TEFL course. It’s very easy and cheap to travel in Thailand, with many public transport options. This is why nearly every weekend we notice trainees meeting up through Facebook in one part of Thailand or another.

Your course group will become a great support for you while you teach here – and most of the people we recruit are very outgoing – you have to be to be a TEFL teacher! It’s very easy to make friends.

Some Thai Language & Culture Training

Every day on the course you get a Thai lesson taught in a TEFL style. This is to help you in learning both Thai and in learning how to teach. Learning at least some Thai is essential in order to buy things and get around – and we make it easy for you to learn on this program.

"I completed my course over 2 years ago and it completely changed my life! I’m still living and working in Thailand and have never been happier."

− Cathy Higgin

Social Events

They’ll be many excursions and events organised by our teachers on the course and whilst on placement (at the weekends) and you’re greatly encouraged to get on board and go exploring with everyone!

An Experience of a Lifetime

Travelling and teaching abroad is a unique experience that you sometimes only get a short window to accept. Once permanent jobs come along, families, etc, it’s more difficult to go out into another country and “find yourself”. Many trainees tell us that coming to Thailand to teach English was the best decision they made at that point in their lives. It really does open your eyes to the world.

So what are you waiting for?



Exact Start Date

The start date is the date specified above and is the first date of training in the paradise location. This means you need to arrive at least 4 days before the start date of each course in order to travel to the training location and overcome any jet lag.

Start Dates A Year In The Future Not Yet Specified

The exact start dates for those courses starting a year in the future will be confirmed 6 months before the course starts.

Paid Internships Thailand Start Dates

Training Location5th October 201719th April 20184th October 2018
Koh ChangFull!Spaces!Spaces!
Koh Pha NganFull!Not Available!Not Available!
Phuket PatongFull!Not Available!Not Available!
Koh Samui Full!Not Available!Not Available!
KrabiFull!Not Available!Not Available!
Phuket Kata
Spaces!Not Available!Not Available!

Why Does It Say “Not Available!” On Some Locations?

We only have one paradise training location open for bookings at any one time, with the first location being Koh Chang. When the Koh Chang has been filled and has reached the capacity of 24 trainees, we will then open the next paradise training location. For this reason only one paradise training location for any given date will be available at one time and we may not open another location, depending on the amount of time we have to recruit a full course.

Thailand School Terms

Term 1 – Mid May until the end of September
Term 2 – Late October/ Start of November until end of February/ Mid March/ End of March

Or More Paid Teaching in Thailand
Per Month Minimum Thai Salary Offered
recruited to This Program Yearly

Paid Internships Thailand Fees

ProgramBooking Deposit2nd InstalmentTotal Price
Paid Internships Thailand500 GBP747 GBP1247 GBP

The current total price of this program is £1247 GBP. The amounts shown below in other currencies are for reference only. These figures are updated weekly.


Paid Internships Thailand Fees - Other currencies for reference only

CurrencyBooking Deposit2nd InstalmentTotal Price
USD645 USD970 USD1615 USD

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

− Mark Twain

"Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage."

− Paulo Coelho

"I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

− Robert Frost

What Am I Paying For?

120 hour TEFL Certificate and TEFL training in a paradise location.
A teaching job in Thailand with one of our partner schools for one school term (approx. 4.5 months).
Full assistance and guidance in preparation for arriving in Thailand.
Assistance and guidance in gaining a visa.

*Complimentary accommodation is provided for the duration of the 3 week TEFL course.


Food For 7 – 10 Weeks or So

Remember that 7 weeks will pass before you get paid your first salary. Fortunately Thailand is a very cheap place to live. We have estimated that you will need around 3000 THB a week for the first weeks before you get paid. You may actually need more or less than this, depending on how well you can budget your cash.

Many teachers see Thailand’s first few months as a holiday and this can be a temptation to travel and spend more money on partying, drinking, etc. We ask you to take into account that you will need a lot more cash if you want to drink a lot or go on trips to islands for parties.

Travel or Medical Insurance

We advise you to apply for travel insurance from the UK before you leave. If you are from the UK or Europe we recommend  Long Stay Travel Insurance.


It costs approximately 2000 THB – 3000 THB for any visa – tourist or non-immigrant visa – from any Thai Consulate in the world. It’s common for you to first buy a single entry tourist visa for the TEFL course, to extend it in Thailand (2000 THB) then to buy another non-immigrant B visa before the work permit can be applied for. All visa costs are the responsibility of teachers.

A Criminal Record Check

It costs about £20 – £30 for a Basic Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland (and you don’t need to be Scottish), which is the fastest system you can use in the UK and it takes around 2 weeks for them to post the police check to you. You can also get a Subject Access Request from your local police station for £10 but it can take up to 6 weeks to get back to you.

Applicants from countries please check with their local police department.

Thai Bank Accounts

It costs 500 THB to open for a bank account in Thailand.


You will have to cover the costs of your flights out to Thailand. You can get very cheap flights through Skyscanner.

You also might want to get a flight to the training area, depending on where it is. There are regular flights to Krabi and Koh Samui.

Accommodation Deposit

You will normally need to put down two month’s rent as a rental deposit or bond for your accommodation. This will normally be around 8,000 THB. You will also need to pay for your first month’s rent upfront, which will be another 4,000 THB.


One of the major benefits of the TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand Program is that you get to learn how to teach English (TEFL) in a paradise location.

The first of our TEFL training locations that we open is Koh Chang. We may or may not open another location, it is based upon demand for our courses. If we feel we have enough time to recruit a good number of people for the next course, then we will open another program, which could be either Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Koh Lipe, Khao Lak or another paradise in Thailand – there are so many!

The main thing to note here is that you really don’t get to choose which paradise location you book – there is only one paradise location open at any one time, and there is no guarantee that we will open another location. Our advice is – if you want to teach in Thailand, apply now – all locations are paradisical and you will have no lesser of an experience from one location to another.

On the last day of every paradise location we ask the current TEFL Heaven trainees to do their best “TEFL Heaven” using human body font. This one is from a Koh Chang TEFL group.

The Island of Koh Chang

Koh Chang is the 3rd largest island in Thailand, and can be literally translated as Elephant Island. Not surprisingly then, you will find lots of elephants on the island. On a map, the island also looks like the head of an elephant. It lies 5.5 hrs drive south-southeast of Bangkok.

Although the island is Thailand’s 3rd largest and you would expect it to be similar to the islands of Koh Samui or Phuket in terms of development and tourism, this is not the case with Koh Chang. It remains a lot more peaceful and less developed than these other islands, with some beaches still half-deserted. Saying this, there is lots to do and should you wish to visit tremendous waterfalls, go hill trekking or elephant trekking, rent a canoe, go diving or snorkeling or visit a spa. Or maybe just relax near the sea with a nice cold drink and breathe in the beauty.

Why We Choose Koh Chang

We have chosen to have the TEFL training on Koh Chang because on one hand you can relax and on the other hand you can party, but also because of the option to do other activities.

The beaches on Koh Chang are beautiful. The water is clear, calm and shallow. If you want a chance to truly relax in the evening and at the weekends while during the day you embark on becoming the TEFL teacher you dream of becoming, then our TEFL Heaven course on Koh Chang offers you that and more. Three weeks on Koh Chang and you may never want to leave!

"An awesome three weeks shared with some wonderful people. The trainers went above and beyond my expectations in preparing us for teaching and the the trainees made it a very memorable experience on Koh Chang. Really don't think I will experience anything like these three weeks ever again!"

− Philip Brown

The Paradisiacal Province of Krabi

Krabi is the probably the most beautiful province of Thailand. Crystal clear waters, soft white sand and views that will take your breath away, it really is heaven on earth.

Usually we have TEFL Heaven training on an island somewhere in Thailand but the Krabi Internships course is a little different. Krabi has beautiful beaches and fantastic resorts along the coastline and so this time we have decided to hold our TEFL training on the coast – we just couldn’t resist the beauty Krabi provides. Krabi is a tourist destination, but has a balance of fun things to do and also chances to relax and get away from it all. Those accepted on this program will certainly have a special experience TEFL training in Krabi.

Why We Choose Krabi

Krabi is an area if Thailand that is not only beautiful, but famous. In this province many movies have been filmed – including James Bond and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach. What’s one reason why they choose Krabi? It’s beauty. We keep saying the same thing over and over again, we chose Krabi because it literally is beautiful beyond belief!

There is also much to do and see. From snorkeling, to rock climbing to seeing ancient 40 million year old fossilized shellfish! And of course, nice places to eat.

Island hop boats, Krabi.

"Before deciding to take part in the TEFL Heaven course I was in 2 minds about it - do I stick to doing it online and save money..hmm...well THANK GOD I didn't! I had the time of my life in Krabi on the TEFL HEAVEN course, it was an unbelievable experience."

− Jack Fidler

Human body font, Koh Samui.

The Island of Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a tourist hotspot, even so much so that it is the only TEFL Heaven island that actually boasts an airport! This means that you get a vast variety of bars and restauraunts, massage parlours and spas, internet cafe’s, waterfalls, temple’s, there’s a monkey show, snake farm and even a zoo!

Because the island is a popular one among tourists, that also means you get a lot better deals because businesses are competing with each other to get your hard earned cash! And there are plenty of peaceful areas to chill out and relax, or areas to get down and party. Whatever your persuasion, Koh Samui has it all!

Why We Choose Koh Samui

We have chosen to have the TEFL training on Koh Samui because it offers something different for our trainees. There is so much to do on the island but also you will meet fellow travellers (always with interesting stories to tell) and be able to enjoy your evenings and weekends to the max!

Three weeks on Koh Samui – mix study with pleasure, relax and party, chill and romanticize your life in TEFL Heaven! This is one island where you will never be bored.

"It has been the best experience of my life, have made amazing memories with amazing friends. The course and the teaching practice really help prepare you for teaching Tefl. I love my placement school too!"

− Hanisha Acharya

The Paradise of Phuket!

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is located on the west coast of the Andaman Sea. Phuket is well known by foreign travellers and is a home to people from all around the word which makes it one of Thailand’s most multicultural locations.

One of the most popular tourist areas on Phuket is Patong Beach which offers a huge variety of entertainment and shopping facilities. Other popular beaches are e. g.  Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach. They are indeed less developed but invite individuals who prefer to relax in a less crowded and busy environment.

Why We Choose Phuket

We have chosen Phuket as a TEFL training location because there is so much to see and do on this island as well as it offers quiet spots of tranquility. Phuket offers attractions and activities to everyone. Spending a day on the beach, diving, snorkeling, hiking, elephant riding, shopping, windsurfing, kite surfing…you see the list of activities is endless but make sure you don’t forget to attend the TEFL training.

The Island of Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is an Island in south east Thailand, just north of Koh Samui. It is famous for holding full moon parties once a month, but for the rest of the time its a quiet peaceful island. It’s a miniature version of Koh Samui with many elegant resorts and lots of things to do. There is a vast inland jungle waiting to be explored and plenty of stunning secluded bays.

Nam Tok Phaeng is a protected national park you can visit, with the most amazing scenery, waterfalls and plenty of hiking to do! The Guanyin Temple is not one to be missed, an ancient Chinese temple dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of mercy. There are so many good restaurants and places to eat out, a real foodie’s heaven. Watersports, treks and diving are just some of the amazing activities on offer, along with spas, sightseeing and sunbathing.

Why We Choose Koh Phangan

We have chosen Koh Pha Ngan as a location for so many reasons! Unspoilt beaches, so much to see and do whether you are in to relaxation, great nightlife, or high energy watersports. This small island has so much to offer.

"The TEFL training and my experience so far are lasting memories which are going to be difficult to forget. The training program had a great balance between work and enjoyment.

− Barry Conway