Alumni Spotlight: Siviwe Hlanganyana


Siviwe is what she refers to as a '21st-century teacher'. Teaching is her passion, and she's taking that passion International, one country at a time.

Why did you choose this program?

It was actually recommended to me by a recruiter. I was looking to do a TEFL course, but time was a big problem because between school and extra-curricular activities I just did not have any.

I was looking for something convenient, reliable, and something I can complete at my own pace -- and luckily, this course just that.

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

I really did not have to do much on my side (except to complete the course of course). I was enrolled immediately and because of its user-friendly nature, I was able to find my way through the course with ease.

When I was required to submit lesson plans and assignments, I received comments, advice, and so forth from the program provider within days. They respond really quickly and are really helpful. I completed the course within 4 weeks so I was in constant correspondence with the program provider; they were also very encouraging throughout the process.

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

My advice? Do it! Take the risk and do it. I spent a whole two months putting it off, but one day I decided to take the risk and to make an investment in myself. I am now reaping the rewards of that risk because I will be starting my adventure soon. And it is all because I took the risk and pressed that enroll button.

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

I completed the program within four weeks (I took a week off to procrastinate before I had even started). Once the procrastination was done I took it a day at a time. I did a chapter a day (when I could, they all differ in length and in their requirements).

Weekends were a no-go zone, those belonged to me and were my rest days. I spent the final week doing the observations (two per day depending on my class load that day) because they require the most time. It is key to take it at your own pace though. Don't rush through it because the material is really valuable. Take your time, I sure did!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear is probably that I have never actually lived in another country (going on holidays does not count). That is scary on its own, but I will be embarking on this journey alone, and that is even scarier.

I have many friends who are are already teaching overseas and they are having the time of their lives. Knowing that brings me comfort because I know that that too will be me.

Now that you have your TEFL certification, where will you be going?

China! After that, who knows, but I take comfort in knowing that this program helps its users find teaching jobs all over the world. I guess after China, my next stop is the rest of the world.