Community Choice Awards 2019: TEFL Courses

Typically, earning a TEFL certificate and teaching abroad go hand in hand. Most people who enroll in a TEFL course hope to teach abroad one day, and they want to better prepare themselves for the challenges and joys of that journey.

Gap year providers are a great alternative for people who want to take a gap year but don't want to plan it all themselves. Here on Go Overseas, we have gap year resources and program listings -- but we also have reviews from past gap year takers (aka gappers) on what the experience was really like. We ask gappers to rate their gap year experience in five categories: Housing, Support, Fun, Value, and Safety. To determine the top gap year providers, we looked at these categories and the overall ratings of each provider to come up with this list.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top TEFL Course Providers

Preparing teachers to enter the classroom and educate the children they encounter is no easy task. A TEFL course helps ensure that each certified teacher has a solid grasp of the basic skills they will need to succeed as a teacher, anywhere in the world. When we looked for those providers who scored highly across all of the categories we ask reviewers to rate, we found the following providers had the top scores overall:

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Buenos Aires TEFL Institute

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"This TEFL course here in Buenos Aires, Argentina was the best thing I've ever done." -Mark, 26

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The TEFL Academy

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"I liked how everything was organised and explained in a comprehensive way." -Sara

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Maximo Nivel

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"I had just an amazing time, with beautiful sunny days, learning how to Teach English to Foreign Learners." -Luis, 23

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Instruction

Not all TEFL courses are created equal. There are certain lessons all teachers must learn as part of their TEFL certification -- but there is also a variance in the quality and depth of training they receive. We ask reviewers to rate the quality of course materials and lessons they receive as part of their TEFL course. The following providers had the top scores in the Instruction category:

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Vantage Siam (Vantage TEFL Certification)

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"Vantage TEFL super exceeded my expectations in all areas!" -Lotti, 53

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Asian College of Teachers

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"The TEFL training was innovative which gave us the confidence which enhanced our teaching skills which is enjoyed by learners, as well." -Abhijit, 46

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myTEFL

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"I have just completed the 120 hour teaching course online and I really enjoyed my experience." -Tara, 26

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Support

While the objective of a TEFL course is to create an independent, successful teacher, this doesn't automatically happen. TEFL courses offer support and guidance to help each future-teacher improve, and this support is a critical component of teacher success. We ask reviewers to rate the assistance they receive from staff as part of their TEFL course. The following providers had top scores in the Support category:

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EF English First

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"EF is a great company to teach in China, especially for new teachers and people moving abroad for the first time." -Nick, 23

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TEFLPros

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"I did this course because of all the great reviews I read and I had the same experience." -Lana, 29

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CIEE TEFL Programs

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"I thought that it was an excellent program, especially for those that have no teaching experience." -Grant, 21

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Value

A TEFL course is an investment in one's future: it requires committing both time and money to make yourself a better teacher. We ask reviewers to rate the affordability and cost of the TEFL course they took, compared to the value they received. The following providers had top scores in the Value category:

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Vantage Siam (Vantage TEFL Certification)

Review Highlight:

"Vantage TEFL super exceeded my expectations in all areas!" -Lotti, 53

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myTEFL

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"I have just completed the 120 hour teaching course online and I really enjoyed my experience." -Tara, 26

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ITT International TEFL and TESOL

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"I am very happy I took the TEFL course with ITT, they are very professional and helpful every step of the way." -Simon

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Academic Rigor

A good TEFL course both challenges the prospective teacher and enhances their confidence to manage and lead a classroom. We ask reviewers to rate how challenging they found the TEFL course they were enrolled in. The following providers had the top scores in the Academic Rigor category:

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Teaching House

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"Excellent training for anyone that is looking to teach abroad or pursue teaching as a career." -Indigo

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GVI

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"I have so many wonderful things to say about GVI I never know where to start!!" -Melanie, 28

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Oxford Seminars

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"The course is great and is well laid out." -Joe, 34

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Job Assistance

Receiving job assistance is a critical component of ensuring that the TEFL certificate you've worked so hard to earn is put to good use. Most TEFL course providers offer some form of job assistance, which we ask reviewers to rate. The following providers had top scores in the Job Assistance category:

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CIEE Teach Abroad

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"CIEE has provided me with the best possible teaching experience that I could possibly ask for!" -Katherine, 34

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TEFL Worldwide Prague

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"Wow! Tefl worldwide was an excellent programme that left me with the skills I needed to get a job locally and internationally." -Marie, 24

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TravelBud

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"TravelBud have been an excellent resource, and the experience as a whole has been wonderful so far." -Jared, 44

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