Teach Abroad & TEFL

CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

About

CIEE Teach Abroad offers paid English teaching positions at reputable partner schools around the world. Head out on your adventure with the peace-of-mind of knowing that CIEE provides 24/7 emergency assistance, iNext international insurance, and in-country support on all programs.

CIEE TEFL is committed to making sure you’re well prepared when you walk into your classroom. Our online TEFL-certification courses are a great way to enhance your knowledge and skills. These courses are intensive, combining theory with hands-on engagement through a teaching practicum.

A nonprofit, non-governmental organization founded in 1947, CIEE is the world leader in international exchange programs.

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www.ciee.org
Founded
1947

Reviews

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Richard
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Teach Abroad

Overall I had an excellent experience with CIEE, and would recommend this program to anyone. They did a fantastic job helping support us through the logistical pieces of the visa process, as well as giving great information about what to expect in the role of language assistant and how to excel in this role through the very useful online pre-departure course. Even when there were challenging elements of the paperwork to get to Spain, CIEE was always there to support and did what they could to facilitate the process. The in country training was excellent as well and really helped me feel very well prepared for the first day in the classroom!

Pros
  • Visa support
  • Pre-departure and in-country support
  • Guarantee of getting a school placement
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Thanks so much for sharing your insights and recommendation, Richard! We're so glad you had such a positive experience teaching in Spain.

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Molly
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach in Chile

Teaching in Chile was a life changing experience. Having the ability to work in another country, gain professional experience, while being exposed to new people and cultures is invaluable to young, up and coming professionals. Chilean people are amazingly friendly and curious, they are always open to a conversation and learning about new people they meet. The independence gained from this experience is also important; it’s a step out into the real world, paying rent, having a work schedule and responsibilities, being 100% dependent on your own decisions and all the life lessons that come with it, and to top it off, learning to do all of these things in language other than English!

Pros
  • Great outdoor activities
  • Lovely people
Cons
  • Low pay
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience!

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Eden
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travel With CIEE!

CIEE creates a fun, safe, and collaborative environment! I taught in Uttaradit for 6 months and had so much support through CIEE staff, the locals, and the other members of my travel buddies. I had plenty of time on the weekends and holidays to travel, whether that was by myself or with the friends I met along the way. Figuring out the ins and outs of traveling was easy with CIEE. I was paid almost double what locals get paid, so money was never an issue. Things in Thailand tend to be cheap too.

Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

We're so glad you had such an amazing experience teaching in Thailand and felt supported by CIEE throughout the experience!

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Michaela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach in Thailand

I would 100% recommend the Teach in Thailand program through CIEE. Following college, I had the dream of teaching while traveling abroad, and through this organization, that dream was able to come true. CIEE was affordable, reliable and helped make the pre-departure process go as smooth as possible. I highly advise doing this program, and have absolutely nothing negative to say. This was by far the opportunity of a lifetime! I was able to travel the country, teach the MOST adorable students all while making a surplus of friends.

Pros
  • I was able to be fully immersed in a new culture.
  • I made tons of life-long friends!
  • I got to travel for CHEAP
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Amanda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved my CIEE TEFL experience

I had a great experience during my CIEE TEFL certification program. I enjoyed connecting virtually with my classmates and learning more about teaching, from grammar and curriculum to navigating cultural differences in the classroom. The cost was manageable, the schedule of the coursework wasn't too overwhelming and I especially liked the weekly live meetings with a tutor to help you through the program. I walked away feeling empowered to be the best TEFL teacher I can be, and I'd highly recommend this teaching certificate to anyone!

Pros
  • Great resume piece
  • Meet amazing teachers and students
  • Get prepared to teach abroad
Cons
  • Only offered virtually
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Wonderful to hear that you completed the CIEE TEFL course feeling empowered! That is our goal for every CIEE TEFL alum to feel prepared to be a successful teacher. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I knew that I wanted to get TEFL certified and try teaching abroad, and for me, it was a no-brainer to do it through CIEE.

CIEE is based in my hometown of Portland, Maine, and when I was in high school, they sent me abroad to South Korea on a pilot summer program for free! That program was extremely well-run, organized, educational, and fun, and needless to say, I've been a die-hard CIEE fan ever since.

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

CIEE provides an online TEFL course with fun, interactive modules, and a tutor who guides you through the course and provides feedback to help you become a better teacher. The coursework and expectations are very straight-forward.

It will be up to you to reach out to schools and organize your 20-hour teaching practicum. However, CIEE provides you with a list of schools that are receptive hosts, familiar with TEFL trainees. Your tutor will also be there to support you and answer your questions about finding a good host school.

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

Make sure you keep up with the modules! Do a little bit of work each day, and make sure you are on pace with the syllabus. If you fall behind in an online class, it is much harder to catch up than it is in a traditional class. You will have to wade through hours of modules, and it might feel overwhelming.

If you do fall behind, be sure to communicate with your tutor about it. They are there to help you succeed!

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

You should do at least an hour or two of online classwork each day. For me, that usually meant coming home from work and then doing about an hour of the coursework on weekdays. On Saturday and Sunday, I tried to do about 3 hours of coursework in the mornings. That kept me pretty well-paced with the class.

When it came time to study for the final exam, I recorded myself reading to my notes and listened to the recording on my commute to and from work. So even with a busy schedule, it is possible to keep up with and enjoy the course if you pace yourself in a way that makes sense for you.

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

You should do at least an hour or two of online classwork each day. For me, that usually meant coming home from work and then doing about an hour of the coursework on weekdays. On Saturday and Sunday, I tried to do about 3 hours of coursework in the mornings. That kept me pretty well-paced with the class.

When it came time to study for the final exam, I recorded myself reading to my notes and listened to the recording on my commute to and from work. So even with a busy schedule, it is possible to keep up with and enjoy the course if you pace yourself in a way that makes sense for you.

Has your training from the CIEE 150-hour TEFL certification course made a difference in your experience teaching abroad?

Yes, absolutely! The online course provided me with loads of ideas for games, activities, and strategies that I use every day. I flip through my class notes whenever I am trying to make a lesson plan because there is always something there to inspire me or help me along.

I still have a lot to learn, and a lot to improve upon, but my TEFL course gave me a great start and a great solid groundwork that I can build off of as I strive to become a better teacher, this semester in Thailand, and beyond.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Samantha Erwin

Job Title
Manager
Samantha has proudly worked for CIEE since 2017 with the Teach Abroad and TEFL department. Prior to her time at CIEE, she studied in Granada, Spain for a year, received her TEFL certification in Peru, and taught English in South Korea for two years. Samantha is passionate about helping others gain the skills to bridge cultural gaps around the world.
Samantha Erwin

What is your favorite travel memory?

That's a difficult question to narrow down to just one. At that moment, it might not have felt like it, but the best memories have been the ones where I was stuck in a tricky or awkward situation and was forced to work my way through it by stumbling on the few words I knew in that language, using finger puppets to explain things, or just going with the flow.

Those experiences really taught you to think on your feet and gave you something to laugh about looking back on them!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

CIEE gave me a job where I leave every day feeling fulfilled. It's helped me to grow as a person, learn even more about cultures around the world without having to leave the office, and given me opportunities to gain skills that will no double help me continue to succeed. I know that I'll only continue to grow!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

My favorite stories are when students are able to use the skills they've gained from our courses or from going abroad and apply them to their every day lives in their home country. It truly shows how we're helping bridge cultural gaps. We all know how we've felt from these experiences and it's exciting to connect with students over similar experiences!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would participate in our Teach in Italy Express program. I love the idea of a professional development opportunity that would allow me to travel internationally and fits within my annual vacation time. Two weeks spent helping EFL learners improve their English, learning new skills, and filling up on all that delicious food Italy has to offer - I don't see how it could get any better!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

CIEE TEFL and the entire company as a whole is built around the people that our programs serve. We're from diverse backgrounds and stages in life and all believe the same mission - to help create a more interdependent and culturally diverse world. Even better, most of us have been in your shoes. We remember the first time we went abroad and want to help others have that same experience!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

One of the biggest factors in being a successful company is listening to your peers, students, participants, etc. They are the voice of the company and their experiences and feedback are what allow us to continue creating relevant and quality programs.

It keeps us moving towards improving our programs and bridging those cultural gaps!