GeoVisions Foundation

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GEOVISIONS WORKS WITH YOU TO HELP YOU MEET YOUR PERSONAL GOALS

GeoVisions ... We're small enough to pay close attention to our students and our employers, and large enough to give you the support and resources you need to be assured of a rewarding international experience.

Founded in 2001, GeoVisions' Co-Founders bring over 70 years of experience in international education and exchange. We're young enough to know what's needed in the twenty-first century, and old enough to have learned what's not needed.

GeoVisions carefully screens partners around the globe to help prepare participants for living in their host country.

We know the importance of international education and exchange, and we understand the value these experiences bring to your life.

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  • Steve Faiola
    Age: 51 or older
    Male
    Mesa, AZ.
    Ottawa University
    Thailand
    04/02/2014

    I love teaching in Northern Thailand and I taught 650 Matthom 2 & 5 level Thai High School students every week. This was very rewarding and challenging as most of my students couldn't speak or comprehend English. I develope English lesson with activities that I believed would be benificial to my students. One of the highlights of the week was the English teachers and one Japanese teacher in our school every Wednesday we would play football (soceer) with our students and built wonderful friendships and memories.

    How could this program be improved?

    1. The high school I taught at has a list of colleges and universities that needs to be updated as this became a problem with the school I taught at.
    2. Thai teachers teach from textbooks yet English teachers develope lesson plans and activities.
    3. I observed Thai teachers teaching grammar incorrectly and speaking Thai when teaching English classes and have difficulities pronouncing English words. Thai teachers need to set an example.
    4. All our morning assemblies were in Thai and I never knew what was said.
    5. Thai classes took priority over English classes and were cancel
    without a warning.
    6. English teachers were never invited to teacher meetings.

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  • Jeffrey Ryan Curry
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Arizona State University
    Embraced Adventure and Changed lives
    03/14/2014

    I started from completely knowing nothing about teaching, and was second-guessing this opportunity to travel and teach at the same time. I decided to just go and see what I could do in Thailand. Knowing that I would be going with my best friend made it easier to decide to just go.

    GeoVisions connected me through XploreAsia in Hua-Hin, Thailand, a very helpful agency that helped us get placed around Thailand without any fuss. Prior to flying out to Thailand, I completed the TEFL-C (120+ hours) which XploreAsia who was very helpful given the time difference!

    Once our one-week course/introduction with XploreAsia, we were all beginning our placements in Thailand. My friend and I were placed in the same region (Suphanburi).

    The first month of teaching was not easy for me as I had never taught in my life before even doing this and I felt horrible that I would not be an effective teacher. I felt isolated knowing only little Thai and could not really communicate any further than "hello". Then, I decided to toughen up and go through with it knowing that I will learn to become a better teacher over time and patience.

    The next few months, I started learning the Thai language pretty well, and continued practice reading and writing it. After 6 months, I was able to speak, read and write Thai pretty well and wanted to continue learning it to the point of fluency. Parallel to that, I was getting much more relaxed in the classroom, I felt that I was becoming very effective towards my students and came up with games and activities that I would have never thought about doing months ago and I felt that I have developed an everlasting relationship with many of the locals in the town. Once I was finished, I had managed to accomplish so much as an individual in 8 months: I left my students in tears, the teachers that helped me become a better teacher/person, in tears, I also left my financial advisor in tears! How I have made such an impact did not hit me until the last day. Then, I told the school I will be coming back for one more year starting this May. They were quite surprised!

    All I know is, after starting this journey, I had no idea I would enjoy this so much. I've learned a lot from the locals, the school and my agents that helped me through my stay. The impact that I have made had me want to sign on for another year to continue impacting those around me in a positive way. It all started with one-click on GeoVisions from searching through Google. The best part about teaching in a different part of the world is that you get to travel and expand your horizons and opportunities.

    How could this program be improved?

    Prior to arriving in Thailand, I assumed I would be placed in a certain region in Thailand and I was guaranteed a spot in that region coming from you guys. It turned out it was definitely not a guarantee. I was a little surprised by that, but it did not really disappoint me as my experience was still beyond amazing. Knowing that it is better to stay quite flexible with our choices, this would be something you guys should know.

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  • very happy
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    London
    Other
    Great Support
    03/13/2014

    I was placed before arriving to Thailand. So I completed the shorter on line course, which was very helpful. I was collected at the airport and taken to the hotel in Bangkok
    I was given great support regarding transport arrangements and travelled to the north without any problems.
    Once in my placement I was contacted on a regular basis by Xplore Asia, checking I was settling in which was good, as the first few weeks are difficult, as you don't know anyone, and its great to know there is someone at the end of the phone / email in the country.
    I then completed the course later in the year and had an amazing time, although I am a teacher, I did find it beneficial as teaching English as a Second Language is different from general teaching. So I was glad I did the course and made some great friends and further support from Xplore Asia
    I would recommend this programme as you can always reach out if you need support and they will do their best to help you.

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  • Daniel Williams
    Age: 31-50
    Male
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Better Than I Could Have Hoped For
    03/10/2014

    My teaching assignment was in Lopburi-(north of Bangkok)-and it was a better situation than I could have hoped for.

    The students were all so courteous, respectfull-always saying-"teacher, teacher" - coming up to me asking my name, how Im doing. They were the BEST!!! They were always so happy and grateful, and just satisfied with a simple smile or nod of approval. They sang a song to me at the beginning and end of each class-regardless of age, level in school-(kintergarden-high school), they always greet me and were always eager to learn.

    The staff/faculty were extremely friendly and accommodating. They embraced me and I felt very welcome and cared for. I'm was pleased with my accommodations.

    Things went better than I thought they would. This is an amazing program.

    How could this program be improved?

    Nothing really critical about the program. It took longer to get over jet-lag than I thought and it took time at the school for me to feel like I really belonged as the only westerner. Those are things you have to consider, I think.

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  • Holly Ratcliffe
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Washington, DC
    George Washington University
    Even In The Middle Of Nowhere You Can Have A Great Experience
    03/08/2014

    I had an amazing time at Feynan Ecolodge tutoring. It was by far the best experience abroad I have ever had, and I will definitely have memories of that trip forever. I plan to mentor others who want to go to Feynan on this program.

    How could this program be improved?

    Anyone looking to do this program only need to understand that it will be very difficult to maintain contact with people since you are in the middle of nowhere for most of the trip.

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