Alumni Spotlight: Sonalia Ragavadu

Sonalia, known as Lia, is a 19 year old South African born Indian whose greatest dream is to travel.

Why did you choose this program?

The TEFL Academy was recommended to me by a friend who is doing great things with her qualification. Their professionalism ensured that I worked to the best of my ability and their service was excellent. The TEFL Academy has helped many other students, including myself, in achieving their goals and dreams.

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

The TEFL Academy provided me with everything needed to start my career as a TEFL teacher. Their resources were excellent as well as their services. They provided me with sufficient feedback, material and help when I needed it. All that was left for me to do was to apply myself to the best of my ability to pass the course.

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

The one piece of advice I would give is to plan ahead and to do your best. Worrying and stressing won't help you. The resources, as well as the markers, are there to assist and help you achieve your best. Planning ahead is beneficial as you do not want to get stuck with a pile of work and then have to ask for an extension. Just do your absolute best and you will reap the rewards.

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

The TEFL course spanned over a period of 6 months which gave me ample time to complete my course accordingly. Some units take more time than others to complete, but if you plan and stick to that plan, you will not have a problem. The TEFL site also makes it easy and exciting to learn so that you do not get bored or frustrated during your study session.

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 have no been abroad yet for TEFL teaching, but I am surely looking into it. I would love to travel to Asia, as I have been to India once and I absolutely loved it. I would like to visit Japan, South Korea, and China as a TEFL teacher and hopefully start my career there. I look forward to new experiences and challenges.

Any other tips for any prospective traveler?

India is a fantastic country, not quite like what I initially perceived it to be. The people are genuine and the country itself is a true wonder. My advice to anyone traveling there is to absorb as much as he/she/they can. India is rich with culture and history, full of diversity. Visiting places such as the Taj Mahal brings a totally different feeling, the atmosphere is spectacular. India is a beautiful country and so are its people.