Hello, my name is Jon McDonell.
I have a few questions about working and or teaching in Thailand with a TESOL Certificate but no degree.
(I am aware that various threads on this topic exist, however I would like some answers more related to my situation).
I am an 18-year-old Canadian Student who has just returned from an exchange year in Thailand. I want to do everything I can to return as quickly as possible (next year after I've finished my final year of highschool). I have heard that in the past it was possible to get a job as an English teacher with a TESOL Certificate but no Degree - however the laws are beginning to become more strict in this area.
What I am wondering is: Will the fact that I have a strong grasp on spoken and written Thai (and an therefore better able to explain the course material to students) - and that I studied for a year in a Thai school, help me when looking for work? I am not looking for a super high-strung school perse, just something to allow me to live and survive in Thailand while also allowing me to save up a bit of money.
Also, if teaching without a degree is out of the question - are there other jobs available to foreigners which do not require the applicant to have a degree? (I am willing to take courses that each job may require - however as of I now I find myself unable to finish a Bachelors Degree due to lack of funds and time constraints.)
If anyone could offer some guidance, it would be greatly appreciated.
Jon McDonell: firstname.lastname@example.org