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Bangkok - January

January 9 - 12, 2021


Fair Organizers: Nick Kendell, Harry Deelman


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Thank you for visiting the Bangkok Fair Page.
Unfortunately, given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic,  we will not proceed with a face to face fair in 2021. We will be running a Virtual Fair instead and are excited about the opportunities this may present. 
We look forward to partnering with our schools to present quality candidates and while the landscape of how recruiting is conducted may be changing, our commitment to excellence and serving the international community is as strong as ever. 
Details of the upcoming virtual fair will be available by the end of September.



As a fair early in the recruiting season, the Bangkok-January Fair favours strong teaching couples and singles without dependants. The numbers in attendance are expected to be about 550 candidates and 140 schools.

The schools recruiting at this fair come from a wide variety of locations worldwide, with many attending from Asia. Search Associates-registered candidates, of all nationalities and all standard specialist fields in schools, are welcome to request an invitation to attend the Bangkok-January Fair. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Job Fairs on the FAQ page on the website.


If your school is interested in attending this fair, please contact Nick Kendell 

Because of the large number of schools regularly attending this fair, there may be a wait-list established.


Candidates must be registered with a branch of Search Associates if they wish to request an invitation to attend the Bangkok-January Job Fair.

Attendance at this fair is by invitation only. Candidates who are already registered with Search Associates should notify their Search sponsor of their interest in this fair to request an invitation.

NOTE: Checking "Interest in the Bangkok-January Fair" on the Search Associate online application does NOT constitute an invitation.

Because this is an early fair and attended by highly experienced international educators, this fair is quite competitive. Recruiters know that they have other fairs to attend at later dates, so they are very selective in this first round.  PLEASE ASK your sponsoring associate to determine if this fair is a good match for you or if another fair would be a better "fit".


Some schools will be looking to employ candidates who have IB experience. Check the list of registered schools and do your homework beforehand. You may stand out more at a smaller fair, as these fairs traditionally attract local teachers who do not have international experience.


Candidates who are new to Search and wish to attend the Bangkok Fair, look first at the region in which you live and register with the associate responsible for the region. If you are international (living outside of the US, UK, Canada, Australia/New Zealand), you may register with the following:

Nick Kendell – Candidates with limited or no IB experience and who are open to both IB and non-IB positions should register with Nick Kendell

Harry Deelman – Candidates with IB experience, (PYP, MYP, and/or DP) and aiming mainly at an IB job in an IB school should register with Harry Deelman.


·       Essential attendance from 9 January to late afternoon on 12 January. Please note: attendance is by invitation only.

·       Early Registration for Candidates begins on 8 January. 

·        To get the most from your Fair experience we advise attendance at a candidate orientation meeting  (Highly recommended for all teachers but especially for those new to the Bangkok Fair).

·        DO NOT BE LATE to the interview sign-up session. The interviews arranged will determine your schedule for January 10 - 12.

An early request to your sponsoring associate (after becoming an active Search Associates candidate) for an invitation is important - Invitations will be available from early July. Candidates will only be invited to attend the Bangkok-January Fair if we consider that they match the needs of the recruiters who will be at the fair and stand a real chance of receiving offers. About 50-60% of the fair attendees are expected to accept contracts resulting from the fair.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate John Ritter consults on matters of governance, planning, head and board transition, and staff development with schools all over the world.