Teach to Travel Experience: Thailand

Live and learn in a hilltribe village in the mountains of Thailand, as you practice teaching English and discover Thai culture and find your second home just outside Chiang Mai.

Who's It For: Participants age 17-23 (whether in high school, college, or not currently enrolled in school) who want to learn and practice teaching skills in a supportive setting, whether with the goal of pursuing teaching as a profession, in hopes of teaching English abroad for a short time, or simply as a great and interesting adventure. Individuals from any country may apply. You must be fluent in English to participate.


  • Become a certified Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Experience village life first-hand in the mountains of Northern Thailand
  • Explore Chiang Mai on weekend adventures
  • Spend a day (or more) up close with the elephants!
  • 2017 Dates:* July 29 - August 14

    Tuition: $3,450 USD plus international airfare from New York, NY. Airfare on the group flight is estimated at $1,800 round-trip including taxes and fees. Your tuition includes all lodging, food, in-country transportation, activities, teaching materials, TEFL-certification materials, and instruction. Tuition does not include international airfare. Financial Aid is available.
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    "“Loop Abroad has opened up a world of opportunities for me. Since I earned my TEFL certification with them, I have gotten a week-long substitute teaching position for an adult language institution and have been hired for a full-time teaching position at an English school in Taiwan. I’ve found that employers were impressed with my international teaching experience with Loop, which was a huge benefit to my job search process.” - Ira B., Loop Abroad alum

    Teach to Travel Experience: Thailand This two-week program is a chance to live in a hilltribe village in the mountains of Thailand and get certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Students spend the weekdays living in a Thai Hilltribe village as a part of the school community, and spend the weekends in Chiang Mai soaking in the city life.

    We designed our Teach to Travel Experience with the knowledge that not everyone is sure what they want to do when they graduate or even what classes to take next semester. We’ve been there! So, we want you to look at the Teach to Travel Experience as providing the key to unlocking an opportunity to live and work abroad after you graduate, to live a life that’s filled with travel while you’re deciding what’s next. With a college diploma and a TEFL certification (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) you’ll have opportunities to work as an English teacher virtually anywhere on the planet.

    Job Placement Assistance: This isn't just a summer travel program. Your Teach to Travel Experience is two weeks of hands-on learning that will help you decide what you're going to do when you graduate. Two weeks of teaching experience in a classroom earning a certification that will virtually assure that you're able to find a job teaching English abroad. And, when you graduate from college, we'll help you find a job in the field. Loop Abroad Job Placement Assistance for Teach to Travel Experience alumni is a program we started to help former students find jobs teaching English abroad. We'll help you with your resume, cover letter, and prep you for job interviews in the field. We'll also connect you with schools and English learning centers around the world and even set up interviews. You'll also have a letter of recommendation from Loop Abroad verifying your skills.

    TEFL Certification: Many TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) programs are online and can be completed in a weekend – these come with little to no support or evaluation and are generally not respected by the teaching community. The best TEFL-certification programs have 100 hours of instruction and at least 6 hours of teaching observation and feedback.

    A TEFL certification is a great introduction to the world of teaching, and it is exceptionally useful if you are interested in teaching or working abroad. Teaching in another country is an amazing way to offer your skills while you learn about and connect to that country in a unique way, and getting a TEFL certification shows that you are serious about learning how to teach in effective and inclusive ways.

    Loop Abroad can provide you with a pass/fail transcript for the course "TEFL Certification with Teaching Practicum" at your request. This course is the academic component of your program. If you are seeking credit from your college or university, please contact us for any assistance needed.

    Your own classroom: So what about having your own classroom time? What if that 100 hours of instruction and practice also came with over 10 hours of observed classroom feedback and daily practice running your own classroom for two weeks? What if it came with the chance to get to know your students, introduce and lead extracurricular activities, work in their community and with their families, and have the immersion experience of a lifetime, all with experienced teachers on hand to help you handle challenges as they come along?

    We thought that would be amazing. That would really be learning to teach. And we found a way to do so without disrupting the students' learning or taking away from their regular instruction. If you’re ready to work hard, immerse yourself in another culture, try your hand at jungle living, and learn what teaching English is all about, this program is for you!

    Your Group: This program accepts a maximum of 16 students per session and will be staffed by a TEFL-certified instructor. The small group allows us to make a real community and have a relaxed, immersive, amazing experience in this mountain adventure.

    Our Teach to Travel program is a full adventure on its own, or it can be combined with any of our other Thailand two-week programs, including College Veterinary Service Program, or Thailand 101, to create a custom four-week program just for you! Programs are arranged back-to-back so that they can be easily joined together. Combining two programs gets you an automatic 10% discount on the tuition for each program, and does not increase your airfare.

    Alternatively, Teach to Travel can be supplemented with a Bonus Week. By adding the Marine Bonus Week, Adventure Bonus Week, or Elephant Bonus Week to your program, you can customize your three-week adventure to be exactly what you want without increasing your airfare.

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    *Dates indicate departure from and return to New York. Some flights depart early in the morning and may require students to arrive in New York the night before. Loop abroad reserves the right to cancel any program at any time; in case of such cancellation by Loop Abroad, all payments will be returned in full.