Want to travel and have new adventures? Are you a fluent English speaker? Have a passion for working with kids? Put those both together and you can get paid to live and work in Thailand and in Taiwan!
Been looking for teaching jobs in Thailand or Taiwan? You're not the only one! It's becoming more and more common, but the demand for a native English speaker remains valuable. Getting paid to teach in Thailand doesn't have to be an unreachable dream.
Spend 6 months to a year living in Asia, working, and having new experiences. Really live in the culture and become like a local. Find hidden gems that tourists never have time to. Meet new friends and grow. It's sure to be an experience you'll never forget!
A past teacher, Julie, said,
"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had. If your heart is in the right place it will ache when you leave, but it will be a nice sort of sad because you know you loved them that much and it was so worth it."
If you're familiar with International Language Programs, you're probably going, "Wait! What? I thought you were a volunteer program?" Yes, we are. The main part of our program is providing opportunities for volunteers to teach English in other countries as well.
So I'm gonna go ahead and assume your follow up question is why would you volunteer when you can get paid? Good question. Here are the differences:
What's the difference between your paid and volunteer programs?
Daily expectations: Volunteers are in the classroom up to 20 hours per week while paid teaching is a full time position. Volunteers have much more free time to explore their city and the culture on a daily basis. Both programs are Mon-Fri with weekends off.
Length of time abroad: Volunteers commit to a semester which is typically 3.5-5 months (depending on the time of year). It follows the traditional college semester schedule so it works well for students. Paid programs are longer. Taiwan teachers have option for a 6 month or 1 year contract. Thailand paid teachers commit to 1 year.
Vacations: Volunteers have vacations about once per month of varying lengths that equal to about two weeks throughout their semester. We want to give you as much time as we can for you to explore and travel! Paid teachers in Taiwan and Thailand have national holidays off, which gives you time to travel throughout your experience as well.
Education requirements: ILP volunteers are not required to be students, have a degree, or even any teaching experience! Many are students, but it's not required. Taiwan paid teachers are required to have either an associates or bachelors degree and some sort of experience around children. In Thailand, paid teachers are required to have a bachelors degree as well as experience teaching the ILP method (already having completed a volunteer semester with ILP).
Available positions: Volunteer positions are not as competitive as paid positions. We currently send close to 300 volunteers every semester (which means more opportunities) whereas we currently only send about 11-14 paid teachers to Taiwan and only 2 paid teachers to Thailand each year.
Learn more about our paid positions in Taiwan here. Email our ILP representative for more information about paid programs in both Taiwan and Thailand by emailing [email protected].
If the volunteer program seems to fit you better, learn more about that by clicking below!