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CIEE Teach Abroad


CIEE offers paid teaching positions in Chile, China, Czech Republic, Morocco, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam, and volunteer programs in Spain and Portugal, for university graduates looking to teach English abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign community.

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Portland, ME 04101
United States


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I loved teaching English in Spain through CIEE. Their help in the visa process was excellent and they made it much easier to get set up over there. Spain is an incredible place to live and travel, and you also have Europe at your fingertips to explore. I met one of my best friends through CIEE's group Facebook pages, which made it not only easier to go over there knowing someone ahead of time but also made my time there more enjoyable having such a good friend to go through the experience with.

How can this program be improved?
This program could be improved by changing the orientation. There was a lot of potential to give a good amount of very useful information during this time, but the orientation leader did not do a very good job in her public speaking role.
Yes, I recommend this program
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CIEE is very well organized, and the resources they provide are very useful. This was my first time teaching, and I felt that the orientation prepared me well for the classroom despite my experience. CIEE's orientation was also a great place to meet fellow teachers and make friends.

The year's worth of travel insurance was also a great value and provided some great piece of mind (mostly for my mother).

My experience in Thailand was life changing and perspective changing- if I could do it again, I would do it all the same through CIEE.

Yes, I recommend this program
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I've only been in Korea for about 5 weeks now, but I've loved every second. This country is beautiful, friendly and culturally rich -- I am so glad I chose to come here. When I decided I wanted to quit my job and come teach, I knew I wanted to do it with CIEE. I am SO glad that I did! CIEE helped me along every step of the way through the application process, including the longer EPIK application process. I was working a full-time job in the U.S., and can't imagine doing this without CIEE's help. The orientation they provide once you are in the country is so much fun and so useful as well, and the leaders are fantastic! It was great to make even more friends, especially coming here not knowing anyone. I highly recommend applying through CIEE--while there is a bit of extra cost, they help with organization and peace of mind.

How can this program be improved?
The difference in public (EPIK) and private schools is huge. I think that CIEE's website explains this a bit, but it would be very helpful to explain this even more. The two experiences are vastly different, and it would be helpful to have that information up front.
Yes, I recommend this program
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When I was researching this program, I searched all over for recent reviews but couldn't really find any. For that reason, I was hesitant. I still took the plunge, however, and I've been in Vietnam for about two weeks now. CIEE provides great support along the way, and there have been no surprises—what you see is what you get, thankfully.

One of the main reasons I chose the program was a placement in Hanoi, which I've really enjoyed exploring since I got here. It's really hectic at first—overwhelming, really—but it's a lot of fun. I'd highly recommend checking out the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown episode beforehand, as it gives you a great feel for what the city is like.

CIEE's partner school in Hanoi is one of the best ones to work for as far as I can tell. It can certainly be disorganized at times, but it's hard to avoid that in this part of the world—be flexible and ready to roll with the punches! The staff have been really nice and supportive, but many things have a bit of a learning curve. They'll throw you into your own classes within a week of arriving, but they have a wealth of resources from which to draw. Also, the other teachers at the center have been nothing but friendly and helpful along the way.

The CIEE staff have been really responsive and accommodating, but the time difference (and correspondingly, work schedule) means it can take a while for questions to get answered since they must go through CIEE to the school. This is a really minor gripe, however. The included TEFL course was quite useful and exhaustive if a bit of a slog at times. Sure, you could do this all on your own for a lot less money, but CIEE provides so many failsafes that I found it really worthwhile. Overall, my experience has been about as seamless as possible (because certain aspects of the process will be byzantine no matter what you do), and I'm excited to spend a year living and working in Vietnam.

Yes, I recommend this program

Going to China to teach English for the 2017-2018 school year was my first time leaving my home country of the United States, at the age of 27. I was uncertain and nervous about the process, and thus knew that I wanted to work with an American organization that could help me get set up with the necessary resources, contacts and support to be successful. CIEE proved to be just what I was looking for in my goal to teach overseas. I was very happy with the education company that I was hired to work with through CIEE. Over the 10 months I lived in Shanghai, I felt supported by competent and caring staff and co-teachers. People often say "If you ever need anything, don't hesitate to ask." While working for my education company in Shanghai, I felt that the program coordinators saying these words truly meant them. My program coordinators in China were extremely helpful, kind, and responsive. Based on my positive experiences over a 10-month contract for the 2017-2018 school year in Shanghai, I would highly recommend CIEE to anyone considering going abroad.

How can this program be improved?
I was assigned to teach 450 students per week in the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. I feel that CIEE and the education companies they partner with should make transparency of working arrangements a high priority for applicants.
Yes, I recommend this program



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