|Apply to become a Super English Teacher
|Super English Language School (www.superenglishsurat.com & www.superenglishsurat.blog.com) is looking
for enthusiastic individuals to teach English to the fun-loving children of Surat Thani. The students are well
behaved, intelligent and eager to learn. The working environment is friendly and relaxed. We give our
teachers the time and space they need to develop at their own pace while offering support any time they want
or need it. There is a Thai teaching assistant in every class.
These positions are tailored for those who enjoy being creative while teaching, are comfortable in a professional
organization, like to laugh and have fun in the classroom, and are willing to work hard to make sure the
students experience an enjoyable and productive time learning English.
Here are some comments from our current teachers about working with Super English:
“Teaching with Super English has given me everything I want in a job: creativity, autonomy, and meaningful
work. I’ve felt supported the entire time I’ve been in Surat and I couldn’t ask for better friends and co-workers.
I’m happy to say that I like it so much here that I’m staying an extra 6 months more than I planned.”
“After a few months of experiencing the trials and tribulations of the Phuket job market, I was welcomed into
the Super English family with open arms. Looking back it's been one of the best decisions I have made since
becoming a teacher. The lifestyle, teaching experience, and especially the work environment are as good as you
will find in Thailand. Surat Thani isn't a backpackers paradise by any means, but its shortage of western
comforts provides a unique, rewarding, and authentic Thai experience that I'm appreciating more and more. So
if you're looking to experience real Thailand, meet some great people, and truly hone your teaching skills look
no further than Super English.”
“Super English provides unparalleled support to its teachers personally and professionally. Working here for two
years has given me the opportunity to grow in ways I hadn't imagined, as a teacher, team member and leader.
This is a great place for first-time teachers who want to have a serious teaching job and still have time off to
explore Southeast Asia.”
Janet Phelps, Assistant Director
“Super English has been a great home and easy transition where there frequently is not one, due to the drastic
nature of picking up and moving your life across the world. Surat is just the right size to feel big and accessible,
yet it feels intimate and is easy to navigate on your own terms. AND, everyone who works for Super English is
amazing in their own way and right. We are all so different, yet we hang out as more than just co-workers.
Through Super, I am making friends and memories for life, and I feel like had I chosen a different school,
whether it be here in Surat or in South Korea (or wherever you may be looking), I would not be getting the
depth of experience I am getting now through work and life culturally and socially.”
“Super English grows both students and teachers. It offers a unique environment of support that sets it apart
from other language schools, putting teacher development at the top of its priorities. Students are engaged in a
variety of creative ways, and they move solidly toward fluency while having fun! If you are looking for a place to
become a great teacher and have the time to enjoy Thailand, apply to Super English.”
John Phelps, Head Teacher
“Coming to work for Super English in Surat Thani is one of the best choices I've made in a long, long time. I
love the town. Surat Thani is "real" Thailand and you get to really experience Thai culture. The food here is
amazing. Also, the town is considered the southern hub of Thailand, making all of the islands (Koh Samui, Koh
Phangan, etc) easily accessible in just a couple hours ferry ride. As for work, teaching is great. I've taught
primary school at both New and Old Thida, as well as high school at Suratpittaya and I have honestly had a
great experience working everywhere. Peter, the owner, always puts the Super English team at the top of his
priority list and has been nothing but helpful. The management team and the rest of the teaching crew are all
fantastic. I originally came to Super in October 2010 for a one-year contact. I liked working and living here so
much that I decided to stay on for an additional semester. My contract is supposed to be up again in March, but
I've decided to sign on yet again. If that doesn't say something about Super English, I don't know what does.”
“My experience at Super English has been super. Super English has contracts at the best schools in Surat
Thani, wonderful management, and an enviable lack of administrative work. But, it is the intangibles that have
defined my experience. I met and worked with an amazing group of people that will remain friends for life.
And I gained the confidence to feel comfortable teaching ESL classes anywhere in the world. My planned “year
abroad” has turned into “life abroad” and Super English helped me get there.”
“I went from a 9-5 office gig to teaching in Paradise. Super English has provided me with amazing co-
workers/friends/roommates/housing and the flexibility to enjoy Southeast Asia. What can I say? I love my
“Super English has provided me with such a unique opportunity to live amongst people in a culture so different
from my own. Teaching in the Thai schools and at SE has done a great deal to improve my communication and
teaching skills. Though I’ve only been here for four months, it’s easy to say that it has been one of the most
rewarding experiences of my life.”
"Teaching Thai kids has been an exciting and rewarding experience. They are enthusiastic and eager to learn
and they are quite possibly the cutest kids on the planet."
“The weirdest thing about living in an authentic Thai town is the moment that you stop noticing how different
everything is and start seeing this place, which is so foreign to you, as your home.”
“6 months ago I decided to quit my job and life in England and travel the world. I bought a one way ticket to
Thailand and haven’t left since. I have a great job in a great place, why would I? It all started when I bumped
into a couple of Americans on a bus journey. They said they worked as teachers with Super English in Surat
Thani. I went to visit them on the way to Bangkok; a little while later I had a job teaching, a great place to live
and a whole bunch of new friends who instantly adopted me. Surat Thani is what I call 'Real Thailand'. Instead
of going from one tourist trap to another you get to see what it's really like: feel the culture, learn Thai, learn
Thai boxing, yoga - anything you want. You have all the free time to soak up whatever experiences you want
from Thailand. You also have the added benefit of being right near all the best tourist destinations for the
weekends - Krabi, for rock climbing, Koh Phang-ngan, for full moon parties and general paradise, Koh Tao, for
scuba diving and Koh Samui. You get the best of everything! Not only does the teaching give you the
advantage over other travelers by giving you the money to do these things and increased knowledge of
Thailand, it is also such an enjoyable and rewarding job. The skills you learn with Super English will stay with
you for life. There is nothing better in terms of life experiences than living and working in a completely
different place. No regrets!”
“After spending nearly a year and a half in Surat Thani, I’ve started considering what I’ll take with me and what
I’ll leave behind. I genuinely love this country and have enjoyed working with Super English in Surat and at
Suratpittaya. I could talk about the food, the sights, or the Thai friends I’ve made over my time here. But I
think what I’ll miss most is the stress-less existence I’ve found myself having here. That’s not to say there isn’t
or can’t be stress here (certainly for any brand new teacher at the very least). But once I’d settled into the day-
to-day it was all “mai pen rai.” It’s not for everyone, but I’ve found life pleasant and easy here. I would stay
longer if I didn’t feel the need to return to family and friends back home. I’m going to hit grad school and see
what happens down the line. I hope that means coming back here eventually. It’s been a great opportunity to
work with Super English and stay on longer than one year.”
"If you want to be a teacher, go anywhere. If you want to walk through a city where you have celebrity status
because of how awesome you are at teaching, come to Super English. You might be put on a magazine cover
just for being that much of a rock star, you never know."
To learn more about our school, please visit our website: www.superenglishsurat.com and our teacher-run
The starting date for these positions is late August, 2013.
- 30,000-35,000 Baht per month
- 20-25 teaching hours per week (2 consecutive days off)
- 20,000 Baht salary for the holiday month of October
- minimum amount of paperwork
- one year contract
- one month travel break in October
- one and a half month travel break in March or April
- all one year visas provided by the school
- free accommodation in a shared, semi-furnished house (utilities not included) in an ideal city location
- full training
- full support throughout your entire contract
- free Thai language lessons twice per week
- monthly school sponsored Thai cultural experiences, such as a Thai boxing lesson, Thai cooking lesson, etc.
- free wifi in the SE teachers’ office and in teacher housing
- comprehensive orientation about Surat Thani and the nearby islands
A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
- hard-working, professional and flexible
- fun and out-going
- patient, interested in learning and open-minded
- young at heart
Most importantly, a successful applicant will have a genuine desire to teach the children of Surat Thani
We can only accept applications from native English speakers who have a university degree.
To apply for this position, please send an email with your attached RESUME, CURRENT PHOTO,
UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA SCAN, as well as RESPONSES to the questions below to teach@superenglishsurat.
What experience have you had in teaching English?
What is your approach to teaching?
What experience have you had living and working in another country?
How do you respond to new experiences, environments and cultures?
What makes you want to live in Surat Thani?
How do you respond to changes in the workplace, such as new educational programs being introduced and
teaching new students?
What are some of the things you would like to do in Thailand besides teach?
Have you traveled in Thailand before?
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
When can you begin working with Super English?
Please send these responses, along with the other required materials stated above to teach@superenglishsurat.
com. We look forward to reading your application and getting to know you!
Here are some comments from our past teachers about how their experiences with Super English have helped
them in their endeavors today:
“After finishing work for Super (Finishing with a BANG!! I might add. Peter, the owner, threw an incredibly
memorable and touching party) I moved on to taking a few months off on the island of Samui and then taking
up work as a TEFL course Support Manager and Instructor. My work with Super enabled me to branch out
into other aspects of teaching, such as teaching teachers. My experience with training Super teachers was
invaluable for this position, which I stayed with for almost a year.
I then made a move for money, and took a position at an International School. Again, my experience with
Super was proving invaluable as it allowed me to find work in an International School although I do not have a
The most important thing is that Super is not a one trick pony. I had the chance to teach a wide variety of
age groups and also to train teachers for those positions. It left me feeling ready for anything a new job could
through me. I had experience with it all!!
The variety is also something I miss, as well as the support and understanding of the management. Having
Western management is an incredible blessing, if you seek out a less stressful existence. Especially if this is
going to be your first job overseas or in Thailand; if you want to grow at your own pace and learn the ropes in a
supportive and inspirational atmosphere then Super English is the best place to do it!”
Victoria Biggs, currently teaching at an international school in Bangkok
“After working for two years at Super English, I decided that it was time to move on to a new experience so I
accepted a job in Hanoi, Vietnam. Not once in this new job have I doubted myself or my abilities as a teacher,
and I put this down to the training I received from Peter and Victoria at Super English. Peter once told me that
after teaching with Super English, you can teach anywhere in the world. He was right!”
Tristan Rentos, currently teaching in Vietnam
“I really want to say if you are considering working for Super English, but worried you may not be good at
teaching or worried you may not like teaching or even worried about the pay – don't be, just do it. I was all
those before I went to Thailand, it was the best thing I ever did! Super English allows you to be as creative as
you want to be in the classroom and they will support you even if those creative ideas don't always work out.
They will not make you feel like you are a terrible teacher, they will encourage you! Super English helped me
gain the confidence I needed to become a teacher. Not only confidence in the classroom, but also the skill to be
surrounded by foreign people that do not speak English and still be able to communicate.
I now teach in Japan. When I first arrived here I was picked up from the bus station and taken to my
apartment and that was pretty much it! I had to figure everything out for myself. There were no teachers
throwing welcoming parties. It took me about 4 months to get settled. After 2 days I was settled with SE! I
made so many new friends after 1 day. I make a lot more money in Japan but I work 6 days a week and really
long hours! I don't get much time off work and rarely travel! My social life is non-existent.
If you want to go teach abroad please don't let lack of experience stop you, nor the common worries you may
hate it. You won't! There will be tough days like any job but you will have so much fun, you will get to travel
around Thailand and experience a new culture. The pros will make up for your bad days! You will meet such
great people and have the best time! Don't even worry about money, you will be able to eat, party hard, travel
most weekends. I even saved money and went to London for a month then came to Japan and lived for a
month. Do it because you won't find a better company!! I miss you SE!!!”
Amy McIntyre, currently teaching in Japan
“Researching teaching jobs while abroad is not always easy. You are taking a big risk when you move to
another country (sometimes one you have never been to) for a new job that you really don’t know too much
about. I felt confident that Super English was a good place to work from the start. I say this because I was able
to connect with everyone there long before I started the job. There is a lot of great information on the
website. For every question I had, there was an article posted that gave me answers. Peter was also really great
in staying in contact. He always answered my questions, and helped me prepare for my move to Thailand. He
also got me in touch with the other teachers already working there. Already kind of knowing them made me
feel more at home once I got there.
When I arrived I was welcomed with open arms. The whole year I spent in Suratthani I felt safe, and
protected by this community of teachers/managers/housemates/friends. Everyone is really there for you, and
everyone really helps everyone out. It was such a pleasant year being surrounded by really good-natured, down
to earth people.
I left Suratthani and SE feeling like I got everything out of the experience that I wanted to. I definitely grew
as a teacher, I gained experience, I learned about a new culture, I traveled, I meditated, and I spent time with
very nice people. I strongly recommend SE as a great school to work for.”
Anneliese Charek, currently teaching in China
“Super English was my first teaching gig. I learned a ton really quickly and it definitely helped set me up for this
job I've gone onto. There was a really great feeling of community with all the teachers, and I learned a lot from
the ones with experience to share. During the time I was there, people looked out for each other, both in school
and out. It was really easy to feel 'at-home' in the office and in just in general. The support from management
was always great and they definitely always worked with me when something came up. Peter was super
approachable and always really helpful. I appreciated that about Super English a lot.”
Mitch Burbick, currently teaching in Japan
“Super English provided the perfect platform for me to go and teach confidently and creatively anywhere in the
world. Some schools have an abundance of information and ideas in books but Super English has all of this in
the people who work there. It is less library and more family. I have just worked some summer camps in Italy
and thanks to my time at Super I wasn't the tutor asking for advice and ideas, I was the one sharing them!”
“My experience at Super English completely changed my perspective about teaching English abroad. I taught
English in South Korea prior to coming to Thailand. I'd like to say that having a year of teaching under my
belt helped and prepared me to teach in Thailand....but it didn't. I basically taught from a book in Korea. I
followed a curriculum step by step. Teaching at Super English was completely the opposite of that. SE allows
you to be creative and to find the inner teacher within you. You can develop your own teaching style and
methods. SE encourages you to go well outside the box, try new things, and most of all to make teaching fun!
SE says to have fun first and learn second. SE has prepared me to be an independent teacher and worker for
“Looking back on my time at Super English with the benefit of several years' worth of hindsight, I can honestly
say it was the beginning of a transformative period for me professionally as well as personally. It now seems
very clear to me that the skills I learned in at Super English - being a good team member, being a good team
leader, and communicating across cultures - have been key to my success in graduate school and my new career
in international relations. The ability to work with small and large groups is absolutely crucial to what I do now,
whether it's working on economics homework with a problem set group or figuring out how to split up a large
research project among several co-workers. Being able to communicate effectively and respectfully across
cultures is of paramount importance because a large percentage of the student population at my school is not
from the US. I also frequently travel abroad, and hope to continue working outside the United States. I think
back on my time in the Super English office as a kind of test kitchen for this. The SE staff graciously shared
their time with me and taught me about Thai culture. Not only that, but through them I learned to see the
world through a different set of eyes. Finally, being given the opportunity to work as Head Teacher was
instrumental in the development of my leadership skills. I am now comfortable leading, delegating, and
organizing, and am currently president of my university's Thai club. I didn't realize it at the time, but what I
was doing at Super English was developing a skill set, one that would be integral to my success at school, at
work, and elsewhere in life. Finally, in addition to the skills I developed at Super English, I also now have a
wealth of stories and anecdotes through which to illustrate the accomplishments I list on my resume during job
Craig Blackburn, currently studying at John’s Hopkins School of Graduate Studies
JOIN US AT SUPER ENGLISH TO BE A GREAT TEACHER, WORK WITH FUN-LOVING KIDS, AND