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BFITS Thailand

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Bright Future International Training & Services (BFITS) is a full service English education provider promising a comprehensive learner-centered experience in Thailand. We pride ourselves in taking a proactive approach to the learning experience. We believe in delivering modern and integrated educational programs that respond to the needs of our learners while working in partnership with client schools to provide modern curriculums that put the Thai student at the center of the learning experience. We prepare students to be globally competitive. We shape future leaders and success stories by cultivating real world skills through comprehensive curriculum and modern instruction by quality teachers.

Founded
2002
Headquarters

Bright Future International Training and Services (BFITS Thailand) SSP Tower, 11th floor 555/16-19, Soi 63 Sukhumvit (Ekamai) Su
Bangkok
Bangkok 10110
Thailand

Reviews

Franc
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

In general Thailand is a dangerous place to work. There is no rule of law, no enforceable contact no guarantees of anything like getting your salary.
The fact that so many reviews are impressed with the fact they got paid is a warning by itself.
This company is not and exception to this rule. The advantage teacher lasts 3 months, up to 50% turnover a semester and over 100% a year.
That happens for a reason. There is no teaching in Thailand. Students cannot fail a class, cannot be considered cheating, do not have to do homework.
There is only one measure of your performance, that is are people entertained by you.
For this reason they are no trained professional teachers in Thailand because teaching is not allowed.
Being paid once a month means people are waiting for their $800 then disappear the next day. Companies will expect you to do this.

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Tiekeyla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BFITS is an awesome company to work for! BFITS equip their students with the necessary language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing for effective communication. In addition, they teach essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and technological capability through the study of English, Science, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). BFITS prepare students to be globally competitive. They shape future leaders and success stories by cultivating real-world skills through a comprehensive curriculum and modern instruction by quality teachers.

I had the privilege of becoming one of their English teachers. This opening has lead to new opportunities that have impacted me physically and emotionally. For example, since becoming a teacher, I have taught over 152 beautiful Thai students and was blessed to interact with them daily. All the love that has been shown from these beautiful Thai students has really uplifted my spirit. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher abroad, I would definitely recommend BFITS!

What would you improve about this program?
In my opinion, there is nothing to improve. I love every moment of my experience with this company. Any time I have needed help, BFITS have gone above and beyond to make sure all was well with me. BFITS is more than a company, it is a FAMILY!
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Hayley
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I worked for BFITS for two years. I was stationed to teach kindergarten in Buriram, Thailand. Teaching in Thailand has been a mostly positive experience. I love the kids in Thailand, they were my favorite part about working here. They are sweet, bright, and lively. Teachers are well respected in Thailand by their students, and communities. BFITS helped a lot with the daunting VISA and work permit process. BFITS offers help with finding housing
accommodations, and my head teacher and office manager were helpful with figuring out other day-to-day things. If you are not a qualified teacher, BFITS generally has a higher beginning salary than most other companies I’ve seen. BFITS is an established company, they were always reliable with fulfilling their contract agreements, and payed on time. The paid vacation was really nice, and I was able to travel when school wasn’t in session.

Working in a foreign country can be both enlightening and challenging. Thai schools are often unorganized and chaotic. Schedules get changed on a whim, and sometimes I felt like my free time was not being respected. You have to learn to go with the flow or it will be a hard adjustment. Foreign teachers are a status symbol for the school, and you will often be asked to do things outside of your teaching duties to “promote” the school. There were times when I felt like more of an ornament than a teacher.

I think that BFITS might be the best fit for someone who wants to experience a new place and who wants to get some classroom experience. I do not think BFITS was meant for career teachers. With that being said, my school, BFITS included, had a pretty high turnover rate which upset me. I hope that anyone who does choose to work at ANY school can commit to at least a year of time, for the sake of the kids. Their education is important and they deserve consistency. This is a real job with real responsibilities, not a temp position to fund a backpacking trip.

Living in Thailand is a mix of awesome and awful. I have been in the smaller city of Buriram. My living accommodations are nice. I managed to find an apartment with a separate kitchen space, which is not the norm in Thailand. I purchased a motorbike to ride to around town and learned how to drive it. In retrospect I maybe would have looked for job in a busier city. After two years in Buriram, I am ready to move on. However, I am thankful for my time here, and feel that my experience has been meaningful. Thailand has taught me to be brave. I am no longer scared of the unknown or to travel by myself to a foreign place.

If I had any helpful advice for future BFITS teachers, it would be to leave your ethnocentric views at home. You need to do your research and make sure that both teaching and Thailand are the right fit for you - before you commit.

*This review was obligatory, not voluntary.

What would you improve about this program?
In my experience, BFITS has done an okay job of maintaining and negotiating job duties between Thai schools and foreign teachers. It can't be an easy task. I wish BFITS offered more recognition for those of us that took the job seriously. It was pretty clear to me that no one in upper management had a clue what I did in my day-to-day activities. I also think BFITS management could learn the value of asking their employees nicely to complete tasks, instead of forcing them upon us. They would get a much better response.
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Mackenzie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall my experience teaching at Suankularb was very good. The students were very respectful and a pleasure to teach. The ACE program within the school is very isolated, in that I only communicated with the teachers inside the program, and never with any Thai teachers or staff. The benefit of this is that you tend to have clearer lines of communication, but it comes at the cost of a more authentic Thai teaching experience.

As for the living conditions my apartment was located in Bang Sue which was a 45 minute ferry ride to work which was relatively convenient but the location is very far from downtown Bangkok. Furthermore I was told the apsrtment would be fully furnished but it did not include a: fridge, stove, microwave, or washing machine. While it was doable to live with it these one would expect them paying a higher rent living in Bangkok and being told it would come fully furnished.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travellers would be to start small within your community. You will have big aspirations for exploring a big city like Bangkok and Thailand in general which you can absolutely achieve in due time, but I would recommend getting familiar with your immediate surroundings to find a good restaurant you can frequent or a coffee shop you can visit to get out of the house and read. Small things like this can help you overcome culture shock and difficulties that may make you feel like the walls are closing in when things inevitably don’t go your way in a foreign country.
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Wendy
5/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would recommend BFITS for anyone new to teaching or new to teaching abroad. They are professionally run and provide a variety of teaching opportunities, in several locations across Thailand. I began teaching at the start of the second term and was able to teach outside of Bangkok, at my request. I was provided with a four day crash-course orientation on BFITS, Thai culture, Thai teaching expectations and BFITS on-line grading system. It was a little rushed as I had joined a later orientation for those of us who couldn’t make it to the one on the first of the month. I appreciated their flexibility with my start date. The orientation was held in Bangkok, after which they sent me on a bus to my new city, where I was picked up by the office coordinator. She took me to look at an apartment and then took me shopping. I needed basic kitchen supplies, bedding and the school teachers’ uniform. As a woman, the school uniform was quite casual and comfortable. If you have tattoos though, you’ll likely be expected to cover them up, which may mean longer sleeves and longer skirts. Not knowing the specifics of the uniform, I had packed and purchased a lot of unnecessary clothing. Having this information ahead of time would have been nice.

BFITS provided me with all the tools and information to make teaching as easy as possible. I had well-structured lesson plans, a teaching schedule, an online grading system and lots of videos on classroom management. With teaching 20 hours per week and making use of the material provided, there was plenty of time throughout the day to prep, grade tests and projects and input grades into their online grading system. They also allow some flexibility with the material, so you can update and personalize it, making it more fun and engaging for all. I was placed in a school with a really small BFITS presence. Just two English teachers and two teacher assistants; one who doubled as the office coordinator. This was probably the toughest aspect of the teaching experience, as we were quite isolated from the rest of the school and other BFITS teachers and managers. I relied on this small team for all local and school information and it often felt like the information wasn’t forthcoming. The Head Teacher was also in a different location. Although just a phone call or email away, I could have used some advice throughout the term and, as it was my first teaching experience, I didn’t always know what questions to ask. Others may really appreciate this less-structured environment, which I think is quite rare in Thailand.

Over these five months, I have experienced and learned a lot. I never thought teaching was easy and this experience hasn’t proven me wrong. If you’re thinking about teaching only as a means to support your travelling desires, you might want consider other means. If you would like to experience a new culture and support others in learning English, BFITS is a great place to start. Along with the challenges, there wasn’t a day that went by without a reason to smile, both within the school and the community.

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Why did you choose this program?

I had a good meeting with HR of BFITS. She was understanding and helpful. She was even willing to wait for my decision when I was considering other offers. In addition to that, I love the choices of locations. BFITS let me choose between three locations all over Thailand to teach--all of which needed a science teacher.

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

BFITS paid for some of my moving costs, like the airfare. The head teacher helped me find an apartment, but I already have a place in mind. The school staff gave me many suggestions of where to eat, drink, party, travel, and pray. In the classroom, BFITS equipped me with a complete teaching package, including PowerPoint lessons, worksheets, classroom activities, lab activities, quizzes, and tests. This helps me save so much prep time for each class.

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

If you care more about your quality of life than the amount of money you will make, then Thailand may be the answer. You won't make much money here, compared to other countries, but you can still have a lot of fun. You can eat at a restaurant, go out drinking, listen to live music, or just hang out with friends at fancy coffeeshops or bars... EVERYDAY.

You will get a house or big apartment with AC, water heater, or even a dog at the location of your choice to cut down the commute time. People are friendly. It is easy to find someone you like. There are many holidays with plenty of opportunities to travel. Bottom line is, if you want a fun, comfortable life, try teaching in Thailand.

If you are career oriented workaholic, I recommend more industrialized countries.

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

On typical day, I have three teaching periods. Each period is 50 minutes long. I teach life and physical science to grades 7, 8, and 9. I see them four days a week, one period a day for three days and double period for one day. The double period is designed to be for experiments or activities, which works out very well.

I arrive at school between 0730 and 0750 hrs, but my first period is not until 0840 hrs. Then I make tea, coffee, or ovaltine and chat with other foreign teachers. There are three of us in the English Program office (EP). There are 20 more foreign teachers in the other offices. I have a desk in the EP office, but I find it more quiet and comfortable to just stay in my lab.

Normally, I teach two periods in the morning from 0840-1020 hrs. Then I go out of the school to get lunch. Food at the cafeteria is good for students, but many teachers, including me, don't like it. There are many restaurants and coffee shops within a five minutes drive of the school. After my lunch, I often go and hang out at a coffee shop with good wifi to prepare for my next class. I need wifi to access the PowerPoint lessons on my iPad (provided by BFITS).

After two periods of lunch (1020-1200), I go back and teach one more period (1200-1250), then I am free for the rest of the day. Sometimes I go home if I have things to do there, but often times I hang out at the school until 1530 or 1600 and go home.

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

Money was a major concern, but when I get to know the town and know where to eat, drink and have fun, then I don't need to worry about money anymore. In Thailand, you can live on almost any budget comfortably. Food on the streets is $1 a dish. Food at normal restaurants is $2 a dish. Food at fancy restaurants is $5 a dish.

Do you have any advice for a future traveler?

The bottom line is this: Teaching in Thailand as a whole is fun, not stressful, and very enjoyable. If you are not serious about making a lot of money and if being happy is more important than making money, then I highly recommend you to try teaching in Thailand. You can pursue any of your interests here or find a new one. I love hiking, scuba diving, live music (playing and listening), traveling, and the outdoors in general. I was able to enjoy all those activities at the fraction of the cost if I did them in the US.