School: Shane English School
Location: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Start Date: December 2019
Shane English School Thailand is expanding, and with its countless beaches and warm, friendly people, now’s the time to jump on board!
Shane in Thailand has continued to grow since it first opened its doors in Pattaya in 2014. By embracing the Shane methodology and a firm stance on only hiring qualified, native-speaking English teaching professionals, Shane has been able to stay at the forefront of English education in Thailand. All Shane Schools in Thailand are modern and fully equipped, and teachers receive comprehensive training and assistance while they transition into life in Thailand.
There are numerous positions available for those seeking to start or continue their teaching career. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply!
- average 65,000+ THB per month.
- 14 days unpaid holiday.
- End of contract bonus 10,000 THB.
- Arrival hotel costs covered for the first few days.
- Visa costs covered (50% after 6 months, 50% paid after 12 months).
- Western Academic Manager who will train and support you both at work and with anything needed outside of work.
- Average 20 to 30 teaching hours a week
- Class sizes: 10 maximum
- Mostly at the school with some occasional outside classes.
- All classrooms are fully equipted with whiteboards, markers, and teaching aids.
- Teachers are encouraged to develop and use their own support materials in accordance with academic standards of the school.
- A passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa.
- A bachelor’s degree or better.
- A 120-hour TEFL certificate or better.
- Teaching experience preferred but not required.
Why You’ll Love Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is perfect for those who want to teach abroad but would rather avoid the frenetic energy of Asia’s big cities. As a smaller, more relaxed community, Kanchanaburi is surrounded with quiet temples and natural splendour sprinkled with historical monuments spanning thousands of years.
Located in western Thailand and is just 2 hours from Bangkok. It is perfect for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, with its mountainous terrain, waterfalls, caves, pristine national parks, and several large reservoirs. Animal lovers have the chance to visit ElephantsWolrd, a sanctuary where abused elephants are rehabilitated.
The weather is warm and enjoyable year-round, and the cost of living is very low. Enjoy mixing with the locals at the many markets and shopping centers, and of course a quick trip to Bangkok is always an option if you’re craving the city life!
How far will your salary go?
According to numbeo.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Thailand on average.
- Basic Lunchtime meal – 60 THB
- Monthly public transit ticket – 1080 THB
- Mid-range dinner for two – 650 THB
- 2 movie tickets – 400 THB
- A domestic beer – 70 THB
- Cappuccino – 60 THB
- Gym membership – 1675 THB
Why Teachers Want to Work at Shane English School Kanchanaburi
Shane English School Kanchanaburi is a new school still under construction looking for its first teachers. The school is part of a larger organization spanning multiple cities across Thailand. Given that this is a new school, you get an opportunity to be involved at the ground floor and give unparalleled input in the success early in the school’s history.
Supported by the Shane English School system both internationally and in Thailand, enjoy both the security of a global institution and the excitement of a startup venture. Use a time-tested curriculum based on established methodologies and clear processes and procedure in place to make sure that teachers and administrators know exactly what to expect of each other.
So while there’s no school history yet at Shane English School Kanchanaburi, this is your chance to help write the first chapter.
I’ve been working at Shane English School, in Dalian, for approaching four years now. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my placement here. The school has expanded and relocated since I’ve been here which reflects the school’s ambition. When coming to China to teach and live it can be daunting as there are so many horror stories about how schools here can mess you around with pay or scheduling etc. I experienced this very thing at my first school here in Harbin. Shane is professionally run with a great and friendly team of Chinese support staff who will do anything and everything you need them to in order to settle in here well. The location of the school is perfect for everyday tasks such as grocery shopping but also close by to a hub for foreigners to relax and socialize. I can’t attest to every school here, but from the ones I’ve experienced here, Shane is by far the easiest and most accommodating to work for.
2015 to present
Shane English School has been a wonderful school to work for. From the initial process of interviews through the visa process and our first few weeks in Dalian, the Shane English team made my family’s transition from the USA to China simple and extremely welcoming. I have always felt comfortable being a member of the Shane English team in Dalian. The foreign teachers and the Chinese Teachers are friendly, helpful, and make the days at work enjoyable and fun. Any time I have had any questions or concerns, the staff at Shane have made themselves available to answer the questions and help find solutions. This was my first experience working for an English School overseas and it honestly couldn’t have been any better of an experience and I’m very glad to be a teacher with Shane English School in Dalian.
2018 to present
From the moment I arrived in China and was met at the airport – apprehensive, travel-stained and (very) jet-lagged – Shane’s staff were always on hand to ensure that I was able to adapt to life in this new country as quickly and smoothly as possible. They were always ready and willing to help with any problems or difficulties, both inside and outside the school. Living so far away from home, in a country like China it is really important to know that there are people there on hand to have your back in case of any difficulties. Shane’s staff definitely helped in this regard, allowing me to easily adjust to my new lifestyle.
In terms of classes, I thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching at Shane. Although inexperienced when I arrived, I found that I was quickly able to learn, adapt and develop as a teacher – and a big reason for this was the way in which other foreign teachers and Chinese staff were always on hand to offer help and advice whenever needed. Support was always on hand at the school, which helped me settle in and enjoy my time teaching.
While the lesson aims and expectations were clearly set out for me, I also had the freedom to adapt lessons to fit my own teaching style, including any additional activities I felt would be beneficial (and fun) for the students. Having the freedom to teach in a way which best suited me really made me feel valued as a teacher, rather than just being seen as a classroom ‘prop’, which was very important to me. Teaching hours were also not excessive, so I had plenty of time to explore in and around Dalian (and beyond) in my spare time.
Overall, as a city, Dalian is a great place to live, and as a school, I found that Shane was a great place to work. Classes are fun (although this is of course mostly down to you as the teacher) and the work atmosphere is open, friendly and co-operative. I have moved on now but if I were to ever go back to teaching kids in Dalian I would be more than happy to return to Shane.
2014 to 2016
China isn’t for everyone but I’m certainly glad I came here. Life in China is what you make of it. You can truly grow as a person and teacher if you open your mind and spirit. You will certainly look at the world differently than you did before. Chinese food, culture and society are extremely different than what you probably think it is. You certainly appreciate the different intricacies of the world in a greater context than you did before. I’ve also learned much about Irish, South African and British culture since being here since you work with people from various countries.
I teach a vast array of fluency levels within our school. I teach four-year-olds just learning the English language on Wednesdays and competent fifteen-year-olds eager to ask life about America on Saturdays. Most of my classes are filled by ten or eleven-year-old students. I enjoy interacting with the kids and putting a smile on their faces.
2016 to present
I have been with Shane in Dalian for a year now teaching English from small groups to one on one classes. Working with group of people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds is an amazing experience. Assisting new and old teachers with my background in teaching and life itself and also learning from them gives you the support needed to improve.
Dalian is an amazing city as you have everything you need to live comfortably. From western styled restaurants to Chinese restaurants, Walmart and Carrefour where you can find some western foods and ingredients if you love cooking. Winter snow and lights being put out for the Chinese New Year makes this city especially beautiful during winter times. All modes of transport; from using taxis, busses to using the subway makes it easy to travel through the city.
2018 to present
Meet the Academic Manager: Paul Murphy
I’m Irish, and I have been with Shane for what is coming onto six years now. My background back in Ireland is in Art & Animation and it’s what I studied back home. I came to China for a very similar reason to many others: I wanted to try something new, to travel away from home, and to discover a bit about the world and myself.
I’ve been teaching for close to eight years (six in Dalian). I have learned a lot about myself in this time and grown personally as a result. Teaching here in China has been a very, very rewarding experience (not without difficulties, but such is life). Taking the plunge to leave your own country and come here, frequently without knowing anyone prior to arrival, is not for the faint of heart. But it develops you as a person in many different ways. It matures you, it opens your mind, and working with kids keeps you creative with a young heart. You’ll learn a lot about interpersonal relationships as you’ll work with staff from differing cultures. You’ll learn to think on your feet.
My role here is both manager and teacher. I started out, like all do, as a new fresh off the boat teacher, not knowing the many mysterious ways of the teaching world but eager to learn. You receive training, but the best training you’ll get is in the classroom, when you walk into your own class, with your own kids, 14 young faces eager to soak up the knowledge from the foreign teacher (and have plenty of fun while doing it). I was then after a time promoted to head teacher and then to management to help the current and new teachers (and those yet to come!) work better and liaise with the Chinese side of the school, as understandably differences do arise when there is a clash of cultures. But it’s a healthy clash, and we do our best to work around issues and make the school a better place to work. We work hard to promote a family feel and make sure all our teachers are comfortable both in their working life & at home.
In my spare time, I like to write and illustrate. In my time here in Dalian, I have had the time to publish 5 books for children owing in large part to the very generous schedule in the school, which affords the foreign staff a lot of time off. I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish this if I were still working 40 hours a week back in Ireland. I also love hiking, and Dalian is a great city if this is a hobby. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about the city. It’s also got a varied restaurant and bar culture, and a busy nightlife. It’s a beautiful seaside city, and I don’t see myself moving from it anytime soon.
We are always happy to assist new teachers coming over and welcome all prospective teachers to join the family. Being open-minded, and accepting of new challenges, is a plus. Being young at heart is a must.
Meet the School Manager: Rainbow Huang
Hi, my name’s Rainbow. I’ve been working for Shane for 3 years now. Before I joined Shane, I previously worked for several golf clubs with foreign PGAs. Being a golf club AGM is, of course, a lot different to being a school manager, but I can certainly relate some of that management experience to the work I’m doing now.
Working at Shane has not only been a fun and enjoyable experience, but also an extremely rewarding challenge for me. Helping the school grow and achieve its goals and targets has meant that I have also been able to develop myself and achieve my own personal goals, which has been highly satisfying for me.
When I first joined Shane we only had one school, but over the past three years we’ve grown and developed Shane Dalian together, and now we have two additional branches. I love working with our team – both Chinese and foreign colleagues are friendly, highly professional and devoted to the job.
I feel really lucky and honored to be part of the team. And I’m extremely thankful to all the people I work with at Shane; they have made my job both possible and gratifying, due to their hard work, support and trust.
I’m looking forward to welcoming more foreign teachers to our team, and to expanding our schools together!
More about Shane English School Thailand
Since starting in 2014, Shane English School Thailand has grown to include schools in over a dozen different locations around Thailand. A strong regional team coupled with time-tested teaching materials and methods has made Shane one of Thailand’s top English language schools.
Teachers at Shane Thailand get compehensive training and full support from both local staff and Shane’s international network of teachers, advisers, and administrative staff. And thanks to that same network, teachers with Shane in Thailand have unparalleled opportunities to advance either in Thailand or at other locations abroad.