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.

"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

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.