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"We spent last year selling everything and paying off thousands in consumer debt, planning our wedding, and ultimately figuring a way out of the daily nine to five. Twelve months later here we are living a truly free and location-independent lifestyle, currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand"

Hiring Agencies in Chiang Mai: Teachers Wanted

Teaching Hiring Agencies in Chiang Mai

“I want to teach English in Thailand. Do you know of any teaching hiring agencies in Chiang Mai?” For those of you who plan to use hiring agency to help you land a teaching job, you’re in luck! We’ve hunted around and contacted several companies that offer job placement services for teachers. These companies told us they were hiring, and could possibly set in you in the right direction if you’re looking to teach English in Chiang Mai.

While it may not seem like an obvious place to look, many TEFL and CELTA companies recruit teachers and offer job placement assistance in addition to their primary function of providing certifications to teach English.

In fact, the agency from which Angela earned her TEFL certificate is the same agency that found her a position at her current school. A fellow teacher of Angela’s, who had earned a TEFL elsewhere, was also hired by the same TEFL agency.

Hiring Agencies in Chiang Mai

The following is a list of companies in Chiang Mai that help prospective teachers find jobs. These agencies will not only assist with job placement for their own graduates, but most will also consider recruiting a prospective teacher who has earned a TEFL or CELTA through another company.

Phone: (053) 266-2956
Email: info@seetefl.com

ECC Thai
Phone: (026) 553-333
Email: jobs@ecc.ac.th

International House Bangkok
Phone: (026) 326-7902
Email: jobs@ihbangkok.com

NAVA School of English
Phone: (053) 222-177
Email: navachiangmai@hotmail.com

Text and Talk Academy
Phone: (081) 163-1980
Email: sujitra@langserv.com

TIP: If you are making an international call to any of these hiring agencies in Chiang Mai, dial your country’s exit code (011 for USA and Canada; 00 for the UK; 0011 for Australia) and then drop the leading zero of the Thai number and replace with “66”.

Calling from within Thailand (Domestic) 099 999-9999
Calling from outside of Thailand (International) exit code + 66 99 999-9999

These companies have contracts with local public, private, international, and language (English) schools in Chiang Mai, and seek to fill teaching positions as they become available throughout the year. Consider asking each company which schools they hire out to if you are interested in teaching at a particular school or area of the city.

These hiring agencies in Chiang Mai will have slightly different requirements for prospective teachers, so be sure to meet their minimum qualifications to be considered for a position. Keep in mind that things in Chiang Mai change rapidly so these companies may or may not currently have teaching positions available.

Recommend Any Other Hiring Agencies in Chiang Mai?

We suspect our list is not complete. Are there any other hiring agencies in Chiang Mai you are aware of? Let us know if you have a place you can recommend.

NOTE: We have not individually evaluated the services of all the companies listed above. However, we have confirmed that these hiring agencies in Chiang Mai offer job placement services for prospective teachers. Please use good judgement when choosing among these or any other hiring agencies.


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Chris and Angela sold everything, paid off their debt, and left behind the nine-to-five lifestyle in the US. Today they live as full time expats in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Subscribe to their weekly Thailand Vlogs on Youtube! To see a full list of their blog posts all in one place check out the Archives. For more frequent updates follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Category: Expat Life, Teaching
  • Camille says:

    Hi! I earned an TEFL certificate online but don’t have experience teaching. I thought about getting experience to make myself more competitive by doing an internship. All of the internships I have researched require fees of $1000 or more. These are reputable companies like, Greenheart Travel, TESOL Teach Abroad, even SEE. I’m a little hesitant to commit with that much money on the line and I’ve heard job seekers shouldn’t have to pay. What do you think about these programs? Have you heard anything good or bad? Thanks!

    August 26, 2015 at 12:46 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      :/ That’s the trade off for earning a TEFL online – it’s cheap, but many of the more expensive in-person courses give you classroom teaching experience as part of the curriculum. We suppose investing in an internship depends on one of two things: 1) How much value do you put on in-classroom experience? (Are you willing to fumble for the first few classes before you get your footing?) 2) Are you comfortable going after a job knowing that you don’t have teaching experience, even though your prospective employer may not even notice that you don’t have any? We actually haven’t heard anything about the companies you listed … perhaps a quick search for online reviews will help point you in the right direction. Good luck!

      August 26, 2015 at 8:53 PM
  • saad says:

    I am retired flight attendant and only have my flight attendant certificates and licience but would love to try sonething new….heard about guys gained courage i am very good with english and have fluent communication skills… i am thinking of taking up a the choice of becoming a teacher in thailand any suggestions…oh! Am from uganda, africa

    April 22, 2015 at 5:46 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Many people share the same aspirations as you :) To work in Thailand (teaching or otherwise) foreigners must be able to show proof of bachelor’s degree or higher, as we pointed out in our “Requirements to Teach in Thailand” post. Good luck!

      April 23, 2015 at 12:25 PM
  • Isaiah says:

    Hello there. I will be taking my tefl through Text and Talk In Kohn Kaen in September. I will be looking for a job by the time the second semester of many schools start. I have a degree in music, am a native to the USA, and have 4 years background in the US Air Force. I am also a figure skater/instructor. Any recommendations on job prospects in kohn kaen or chiang mai? It would be nice to play to some of my background strengths. Thanks.


    July 3, 2014 at 2:08 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      I (Angela) also enrolled in Text in Talk, and I successfully found a job through them. It’s their policy to get you a job after you’ve completed their course. We may be a little biased, but we recommend finding a job in Chiang Mai because the city is amazing. Kohn Kaen speaks and advertises much less in English.
      As for finding a job closer to your skill set, most jobs are primarily English teachers. There are a few positions out there at public and private Thai schools teaching gym or computer class (I, for example, was hired as a health teacher). If you are turned off by teaching English, perhaps look into teaching at an international school with American, British, Australian and South African children of expats. Text and Talk should be able to direct you to positions that you are interested in. Definitely ask!

      July 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM
  • Carlos Echevarria says:

    I am, presently, taking the TEFL Certification course, here in Miami, however, I want to work in Bangkok. I know you are in Chiang Mai, but some of the listings above, I noticed, have BKK offices.

    Other than the ones you have denoted (and Ajarn as a website resource) are the any others you would recommend, in my case?

    Thanks and I appreciate all your posts & general feedback, :) Best regards.

    June 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      You’re best bet is to follow through ajarn.com. We’ve never worked in Bangkok, and don’t know anyone who’s worked in Bangkok, only Chiang Mai. Sorry, Carlos. Perhaps look at listings on Craigslist Thailand? You might find some leads there. Best of luck!

      June 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM
  • Adventurous Andrea says:

    I look forward to using these resources, thanks!

    April 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hi Andrea, we hope they help you out a great deal :)

      April 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM
  • Rachel says:

    What company did Angela get her TEFL through?

    January 26, 2014 at 1:41 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Text and Talk. They are located outside the upper right hand corner of the moat.

      January 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM
  • Ricardo says:

    Groovy! Thanks :)

    January 20, 2014 at 11:04 PM
  • Ricardo says:

    Hey guys, I am looking into settling in Thailand (possibly in Chiang Mai) to teach science. I find heaps of info for teaching English but hardly any for the sciences. Do you two have any leads by any chance? I’m a molecular biologist by training.


    January 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Indeed, there are much fewer positions available for subjects other than English, but they do exist! Craigslist has some listings, and ajarn.com is a huge resource for available jobs.

      You can call individual schools to see if they offer English programs for core subjects like math and science, since some don’t. If you contact hiring agencies, they should know what the demands are of the schools they have contracts with and can also tell you right away what they need. We wish we could provide specific leads, we just aren’t familiar enough with the local schools’ programs. Best of luck!

      January 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM
  • Cezary says:

    Hello guys…wow, so you Chris were an army instructor? That’s sounds really good :) So are you working somewhere now or do you leave all the work to Angela, while you are just chilling? 😉

    January 13, 2014 at 4:20 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      haha I wish! While she is working hard, I am at “the office” working hard on our online endeavours. A sustainable online income is the goal :)

      January 13, 2014 at 4:27 AM
      • Cezary says:

        Yeah, Chris, that would be too good to be true…;) Anyways, good luck with your online projects! :)

        January 13, 2014 at 4:37 AM
  • Nina Kh says:

    Great post guys. I really like this website as well. I dont think it is an agency but found it useful :)


    January 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Thanks, Nina! Ajarn is definitely a wonderful resource.

      January 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM
  • Agness (@Agnesstramp) says:

    I must admit there are many teaching hiring agencies in Chiang Mai. I didn’t know teaching English is so common there. Maybe after China I will move to Thailand… who knows… Chris, are you teaching as well? I’ve read about Angela’s experience, but I couldn’t find anything about you.

    January 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hey Agness, I was an instructor in the Army, but don’t think teaching the youngsters is my calling. I leave the teaching to Angela… :) It would be great to see you in Chiang Mai one day!

      January 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM
  • Richard Barbian says:

    Hi Chris/Angela – Happy New Year. Must have been super exciting celebrating the incoming new year in Thailand. Awesome. My friend, Jack O’Connor (retired NCIS agent) is living in NJ with his Thai girlfriend, Pai. He would probably love seeing your posts too and I would vouch for him personally. He’s such a good dude, like you Chris. I am so happy that you both are doing so well and enjoying life over there. As you might recall, I lived in Okinawa for four years and the Yokosuka/Tokyo area for three more years. Got to Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Guam, Singapore and love that part of the world. Good luck learning Thai Angela. Very cool. BTW, my dad (now deceased) was a chemical engineer too for Dow Chemical. He probably sat in a cubicle for awhile in his early years lol. I’m going to give you Jack’s email address too (jocon57070@aol.com). Take care and continue living your dream.

    January 9, 2014 at 1:20 AM
    • Chris and Angela says:

      Hey Richard! Happy New Year to you too. We had a great time celebrating here in Chiang Mai, but we definitely missed family and friends during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks for the kind words. You were always so positive about our decision when I discussed it with you back at the office. Cannot thank you enough for always being supportive of our dream. Maybe we will see you over here for a visit one day. Take care.

      January 9, 2014 at 1:34 AM

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