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An Introduction to the School

Working At Prem

Beautiful Setting

Our teachers enjoy the benefits of living in a beautiful setting near Chiang Mai, surrounded by the rich cultures of northern Thailand. Prem is on a lush 100-acre campus set in the foothills north of the historic city of Chiang Mai.

Dynamic School

We welcome applications from high calibre candidates wishing to contribute to the systematic development of our prestigious and successful school. Our teachers are passionate and energetic.

Valued Staff

Prem’s teachers are its most valued asset. As a result, our teachers are encouraged to become workshop leaders and examiners as well as to further their professional development at conferences and seminars.

How to Apply

Applications for any of our vacancies can be completed by submitting a cover letter indicating why you wish to apply for the position along with a current CV/Resume. Documents should include names and contact information for three supervisory references.

We kindly ask that you refrain from sending open letters of reference.

Applications should be sent to the following people depending on the position for which they apply:

Junior School Positions

Early Years through Grade 5 Junior School Principal,

Justin Jarman

Senior School Positions

Middle/High School (Grades 6-12) Senior School Principal,

Jeff Marquis

Whole School Positions

Head of School,

Rachel Keys

Boarding Positions

Director of Boarding,

Nicole Duhig

Please mention in your application.
Teachers Benefits Teachers Recruited From Overseas will qualify for:

  • Initial two years, one year renewals thereafter
  • Shipping allowance from Home of Record
  • Air ticket at start and completion of employment contract
  • Annual airfare after the initial 2 year contract
  • Visa and work permit
  • Gratuity of 10%
  • Dependents up to 2 children per family unit
  • Apartment on campus or allowance if no accommodation available
  • Medical insurance
  • Additional step awarded when entering third year of employment
School Facilities

The campus lies in a beautiful valley in the rice-growing area of Mae Rim in the North of Thailand. The one hundred acres that constitutes our campus provides a wealth of areas for the school as well as the additional activities that are associated with the Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning. This means that our school buildings, and playing fields are set apart and surrounded by grass and trees as indeed are our boarding clusters as well as our residential apartments for our teaching staff.

The school has a Tennis Centre and a Golf Centre that provides opportunities for recreational sport as well as private coaching for those students who want to develop their skills. The auditorium, dance studio, swimming pool and Gymnasium also provide specialised facilities for sporting development.  Literacy and creative development can be found in activities in the library as well as in the Art House and music practice rooms.

The school also has access to a working organic farm on the edge of the campus and this provides a unique experience for science classes as well as growing their own produce. The farm’s activities have a strong sustainability focus and its produce are a valuable resource for the cooking academy as well as for the cafeteria. Families can request blocks of land to grow vegetables and soft fruits and many people elect to do so.

Head of School Rachel Keys
Curriculum Over the course of the time the school has been open Prem has been authorised to offer all four IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme; the Middle Years Programme, the Diploma Programme and, most recently, the Careers-related Programme.

Our History  

Prem Tinsulanonda International School is fifteen years old and was founded by ML Tridhosyuth Devakul (MomTri) , a member of the Thai royal family, as a boarding school in the north of Thailand. The Founder passionately believes that three generations of family members working and living together is the best way to allow a child to develop as a caring and principled human being. This means that some of our boarding parents live, either permanently or part-time, on the campus, or the grandparent(s) of that child lives on the campus, encouraging them to engage fully as members of the Traidhos community. This central belief is clearly evident in our mission statement as well as in our vision statement.

Mission Statement

“We are a community that challenges its members to act as compassionate, knowledgeable and principled global citizens: working together for a sustainable future and inspired by meaningful relationships, continuous learning and “good thinking”.

Vision Statement

“Educating global citizens who strive for excellence, live sustainably, lead responsibly, celebrate diversity, and whose integrity champions a just and more peaceful world”. Initially the school was called The Prem Centre under the leadership team of Lister Hannah (President), Mark Hensman (Director of Development and Operations) and Maen Sirijaruwong (Business Manager). During this period of time the Prem Centre initiated the Visiting Schools Programme (VSP), the service training workshops in conjunction with the International Baccalaureate Organisation and thereafter the expansion into sports and cooking academies, and the organic farm. During the course of the next ten years the school has grown slowly but continuously. Our boarding population is more numerous now than ever and it attracts a large number of students from the Kingdom of Bhutan; some of them members of the Bhutanese royal family.

Special Programmes

Our Artist in Residency Programme brings creative practitioners to the school for periods of time ranging from two to six weeks. The artists have time to pursue their own development but they also have to work with students and teachers. Some famous artists have spent time in Prem, including Claire Darkin, Chris T-T, Miltos Yerolemou and many others.   We are currently exploring ways by which we can incorporate our Visiting Schools Program into the curriculum at Prem. Initial discussions have been positive and we feel that we can start some shared activities in August 2017. This also provides us with the opportunity to reinstate the school as a residential centre for professional development: both that offered by the International Baccalaureate as well as more widely.   In 1995 Mom Tri started an environmental programme known as the Chao Phraya Program based on a converted rice barge on the Chao Phraya River. The hundred-year old converted teak barge has a covered deck, an airconditioned cabin for sleeping, a kitchen and other amenities that provide a floating classroom that travels the river studying its ecosystems, culture, and history. The programmes have gradually expanded and it is now also possible to study in land-based programmes at the mountain source, and in forest and marine environments.

The Local Environment

The school campus is surrounded by seven local Thai villages and we have a special relationship with the villages. We employ many of the villages’ adult population as gardeners, housekeepers and other posts. This provides a guaranteed income for the local population as well as connections than often lead to opportunities for personal and professional development. The villages are increasingly playing a role in our network of fibrous connections into the local community and Lanna culture.

Chiang Mai, Thailand. Attractions to experience when you visit Chiang Mai include things like tiger kingdom, day zoo, night zoo safari, limestone caves, tree top zipping, abseiling, para-gliding, golf, bicycle/motor-cycle/dune-buggy riding, cooking schools, dragon boat river rides, day/night markets, night bazaars, bars and clubs, orchid & butterfly farms, snake farms, national parks, royal palace, museums, hot springs, silk and silver-smith factories, handicraft villages, folk dance dinners, trekking, Thai Massages, Segway rides plus heaps more to see and do.

Chiang Mai (referred to as “the rose of the north”) is situated in Northern Thailand, 700km north of the capital city of Bangkok. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, yet only has a population of around 200,000. Compare this to Bangkok which has about 9 million and it is easy to see why even the Thai people in Bangkok love to visit Chiang Mai for a holiday. The city is now becoming increasingly popular with overseas travellers as word spreads of this magnificent tourist location. There are various ways to travel to and visit Chiang Mai. From Bangkok it is a 1hr flight.

In the last 25 or so years tourism has gradually transformed this once sleepy area into a travellers paradise whilst still maintaining its provincial charm. The ever-friendly and polite Thai people are full of smiles ( the land of smiles). There are a million things to see and do, the food tastes sensational, it is a shoppers paradise and a visit to Chiang Mai can even be done on a shoestring.

Chiang Mai was built in 1296 as a walled city surrounded by a moat. The old city was roughly 1.5km square. Whilst a good portion of the original city wall has collapsed the four corner bastions are still intact along with various other sections. The original moat is still in use to this day. Chiang Mai city is made up now of the old city (within the walled area) and the new city which has grown up around it. Grab a Tuk-Tuk and go for a scenic visit to Chiang Mai’s lovely moat and the ancient walls of the old city.

If you like ancient temples and buildings, then visit Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas, they are full of them, several hundred in fact. A good number of these ancient temples are still in use today by the Buddhist monks.


Living at Prem Tinsulanonda International School
What is it like living at Prem?
The lists below were drawn up by staff who live at the school to help you make the decision about whether you want to be part of our community. We regularly update the lists and we are happy to answer any further questions you may have. What’s good about living at Prem?

    • The campus offers space and facilities such as a pool, tennis, golf, gym and weights room. You have to like country living.
    • There is no commute as you work is close home.
    • We have completed CIS/NEASC accreditations November 2007 and February 2012.
    • We are a four programme IB World School.
    • We are guided by FuturePrem, our Strategic Plan.
    • Our teachers are passionate and energetic.
    • All staff are friendly.
    • There is a great climate all year round, a tropical climate that is good for those who like it.
    • There are many economic travel opportunities.
    • Domestic help is available.
    • The local cost of living very reasonable such as for domestic help, child care, massages.
    • The community is made up of friendly and relaxed people.
    • We live in a safe community.
    • The food is healthy and in the city there is a wonderful array of restaurants.
    • There is a range of western supermarkets, bookstores and department stores with free delivery.
    • Modern health and dental care available are at a reasonable price and in English.
    • Regular and extreme sports are available.
    • There are many opportunities to learn about the local culture.
    • Good community with events such as barbeques, Sunday cluster brunches, social evenings, etc.
  • Air purifiers are in all classrooms.

What are the challenges when living at Prem?

    • It is 40 minute drive into town so having your own car or motor bike is advisable.
    • Living in the same cluster building as other teachers and living close to students.
    • Learning the language and communicating in Thai.
    • Apartments are basic with small kitchens and electric hotplates so you may need to be prepared to buy some extra appliances.
    • Thailand is a developing country and patience and understanding is necessary.
    • Due to traditional agricultural methods, at certain times of year air pollution can be unhealthy for sensitive people.
    • Wine, champagne and imported luxury items are expensive.
    • Boarding and co-curricular programmes are a part of the learning community.
    • There is a no pet policy on campus.
    • Understanding your tax situation and tax agreement with your home country.
    • Housekeepers and nannies are all Thai nationals and there may be communication issues. Sometimes it may be necessary to make alternative arrangements for their family or health issues.
  • The Thai political situation has been unsettling.

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