ETA taught her students in the classroom, Lopburi
ETA teaches her students in the classroom.

If you are a student or recent graduate from a UK university, a placement as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand could be for you.  

Since 2012, the British Council and Thailand’s Ministry of Education have been working with UK universities to bring students and recent graduates to Thailand. As an English Teaching Assistant, you will support the teaching and learning of English in Thai schools on 9-week or 1-term placements. Over 500 students from more than 40 UK universities have taken part in the programme so far.

We will be opening for applications for the 2016 Summer Programme on Monday October 19, so don’t miss out on the chance of an opportunity of a lifetime! Please visit the TET Programme Website for further programme details on the programme and application process from Monday October 19.


Application deadline

Applications for the TET 2016 Summer Programme, once open, must reach us by February 26, 2016.

Why Thailand? 

Thailand is justifiably famous for its fascinating temples and palace, it’s vibrant capital, Bangkok, its amazing food and, of course, it’s beautiful islands and beaches. But Thailand is much more than a tourist destination.

The TET Programme offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the real Thailand, work in a Thai school as an English Teaching Assistant and become an integral part of life in a Thai town or village. You will experience Thailand’s renowned hospitality and get to know its people and diverse culture. You will learn to face and overcome the challenges of living and working in a new and unfamiliar environment, developing important work and life skills along the way.

When is it?

Summer Term: June 30 – September 2, 2016  

What does it cost?

You will need to cover:

• TET placement fee: £200 for summer placements

• Return airfares UK-Thailand-UK 

• Cost of Thai visa 

• Travel to UK pre-departure briefing

• Travel and medical insurance

• Vaccinations (where applicable)

• Cost of DBS (criminal record check) in the UK

In return, you will be provided with:

• British Council training programme to prepare you for your role

• Orientation programme in Bangkok with accommodation 

• Transport between Bangkok and your workplace at the start/end of contract 

• Accommodation at or near your workplace 

• Lunch during school days 

• A monthly allowance to offset your costs in Thailand

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for selection if you meet ALL the criteria below:

  • You are a current student or recent graduate (2013 onwards) from a participating UK university
  • You are a native speaker of English or you hold an IELTS certificate band 7.0 or higher
  • You are 18 years old or over at the time of application 
  • You are in good overall health and have no medical condition that would seriously affect your ability to carry out this role
  • You are available for the full period of the placement type for which you have applied
  • You hold a UK, Irish or other EU passport 
  • You are able to apply for a Thai visa at a Thai Embassy or Consulate in the UK or Ireland 

Successful applicants will also need to complete the British Council online course, Starting Teaching prior to arriving in Thailand

What is the availability?

In 2016 there will be up to 200 placements available on the Summer Programme

How do I apply?

Please visit the TET Programme Website from October 19 2015 for further programme and application process.  

For other TET related enquiries, please email the Thailand English Teaching team.

What will I gain from this?

At your placement, you will:

• Help develop the English skills, confidence and enthusiasm of Thai students

• Develop your English teaching skills with guidance and support from British Council teacher trainers

• Gain valuable international work experience

• Enhance your employability in the UK and overseas

• Learn first-hand about Thailand’s unique and fascinating people and culture

• Share your insights on UK culture

For a flavour of what to expect from the TET programme, take a look at the TET 2015 blog competition winning entry from Lizzie Lynch.  You can also read winning entries from previous years: Patrick Scott (2014);  Charlotte Ogilvie and Jamie dos Anjos (2013) as well as Charlotte’s posts on the British Council blog site: BC Voices Part 1 and Part 2

For TET 2015 enquiries, please email the Thailand English Teaching Programme team.

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