The school year in Laos for most schools is from August to June, but there are teaching positions available year-round with private language schools and volunteer projects. To work in an international school or language center, both a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certificate are required. However, these qualifications are not required with volunteer organizations.
While every year more and more jobs in Laos are posted online, there are still many positions that can only be found in person. For this reason, many English teachers in Laos find work after arriving in the country. As a result, it’s often difficult to secure a work permit in advance.
Most teachers enter Laos on a tourist visa, which is obtained upon arrival at customs and lasts for 30 days. This can be extended to 90 days for a fee, or you can leave the country for a short time to restart your 30 days.
Non-natives: If you don’t have a passport from the UK/US/IRE/CAN/AUS/NZ/SA, you can still legally work as an English teacher in Laos!
Teachers without degrees: If you don’t have a degree you can still volunteer in Laos and gain valuable teaching experience.