Alumni Spotlight: Shelley LaMotte


Shelley is a recent University of Delaware graduate with a degree in Art and minor in Restaurant Management. After experiencing studying abroad in Morocco and Brazil, and volunteering to teach Art in Ghana, she continues to pursue her passion for understanding new cultures.

Why did you choose this program?

As a recent graduate looking to pursue my global education outside of the US, I began searching for a budget-friendly TESOL/TEFL certification course that would allow me to take the next step towards teaching English abroad.

Like a lot of people, I did a good amount of research online. Some questions came up like do I do a certificate or diploma? Do I pay $1500 more to be taught maybe the same information as a $250 course would? How many hours long does the course have to be to be considered a reputable certification to employers?

After coming across UNI-Prep and its great price and great reviews I instantly signed up! I finished the course in a little less than two weeks.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

UNI-Prep requests for you to submit your resume to the online platform so they can keep you on file for potential employers.

One part of UNI-Prep I really enjoyed was how they required you to make a profile online at ESL Job Lounge - which was where I applied to a bunch of jobs and received my first job offer to teach in Thailand!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

If you're thinking about getting your TESOL, do it! It's a really great price for the opportunity to be certified to teach English.

Your certification will allow you to empower your students with tools to better their global education, broaden their career opportunities, and make them more culturally aware.

Take notes on the online video tutorials for future reference when you're teaching, and read ALL of the PDF readings because they will ask you questions about it on the quizzes!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I made a goal for myself to complete one unit a day.

What does a TEFL/TESOL certification mean to you?

To me, a certification is a next step to using your passion for traveling the world to give back to the community. It's something that allows you to share your culture with others while simultaneously being immersed in another.

Not to mention you are getting paid to be there! It opens you up to a whole global career field where the opportunities are endless and the experiences are priceless.