Alumni Spotlight: Mazin Sahli


Mazin loves traveling and immersing himself in different cultures. He enjoys going beyond tourist attractions, instead, he loves living like a local and taking in all the history, customs, and the way people live in different places around the world.

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to travel and teach mainly in South East Asia. Almost all employers in that region require TEFL. Let'sTEFL provides an accredited and comprehensive TEFL course that can be completed online at my own pace, which was very important for me because I have a busy and unpredictable schedule. In addition, I did not have to commute anywhere after work as I could study from my comfy couch.

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

The certification program prepared me well to take on a career in teaching English to foreign students. It provides all the knowledge required to be a successful ESL teacher. The program also helped me in building my resume and what to expect in job interviews. All I had to do was to commit to it and put in the time. The entire course involves reading through the lessons, then passing a quick the end of each lesson. Once I have completed all the course sections, I had to pass the final exam and submit an assignment.

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

Selecting the provider makes all the difference your success depends on how well your provider prepares you for a career in teaching English. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Accreditation: make sure that your provider and the final certificate they provide with is known and accredited from bodies recognized by your target employers.
  • If you are considering an online provider, online support is of paramount importance. You will be able to gauge their responsiveness whilst communicating with them and asking them questions about their program.

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

Let'sTEFL is an online platform and you can study at your own pace. You can control when you complete the program. But I made sure I spent at least two hours every day and four to five hours on the weekends. Upon completing the course, I will apply for Online schools and that would allow me to travel. Most online employers are looking for ESL teachers to teach young Chinese learners during peak hours. These peak hours are between 6 AM and 10 AM (EST) on weekdays, and 9 PM to 8 AM of the next day on weekends.

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

I am planning to visit countries in South East Asia. It is my first nomad travel experience so I am thrilled. But I am doing my due diligence. My first stop will be Bangkok, Thailand. My biggest fear is to encounter a problem that I have not thought of or prepared for. I think I know and have everything I need to have a good time there and explore the region, but fingers crossed.