Teach in Asia

Destination TEFL

About

Destination TEFL, Koh Samui opened in 2011 as Samui TEFL, on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand. The company has since expanded to other bucket list destinations.
Choose from:
Siem Reap, Cambodia – a land where ancient and modern worlds collide to create a unique destination, just a short distance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat.
Bali, Indonesia - an island lifestyle where surfers happily mingle with foodies, adventure junkies, culture vultures and wellness warriors.
Bangkok, Thailand - the gateway to Asia, also known as the 'city of angels' - modern marvels and glories of the past, with endless activities and sites.
At all locations you are offered the same high quality accredited TEFL/TESOL course with skilled trainers, as well as job assistance.
Full visa support is offered with paperwork provided to assist with travel during the pandemic.
All courses offer practical training with REAL students.
Options for both degree and non-degree holders.

Reviews

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Keryn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Destination TEFL - Bali

The course was wonderful and the instructor (Georgie) is very experienced. The course was also a challenge as it includes theory, practical teaching techniques and teaching practice. I strongly recommend this course if you wish to complete a TESL course with a strong practical component. Bali is a wonderful destination to complete the course as the people are very welcoming. The course is also a great place to meet fellow teachers from all around the world (and they will become your friends :) It’s worth doing a bit of research on grammar rules before you start the course, just so you can revise some of the key concepts before the TEFL course starts.

Pros
  • Great course
  • Well designed
  • Practical
Cons
  • None
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Max
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

DTEFL- Bali - Oct 22

I was really happy to have the experience of doing a TEFL program abroad. The course was in a very nice part of Bali, calm, cultured, and not overly touristy. It is close enough to the major tourist spots that you can go on the weekend still. The course instructor Georgie was extremely personable and a great teacher. She really knows how to teach and breaks down the different aspects of teaching. There was a great sense of camaraderie among the class and it allowed me to make friends that will last. I will say, it is pretty UK heavy. Being from the US, I was the "different" one.

Pros
  • Amazing teacher
  • Student friendships
  • Beautiful location
Cons
  • Accustomed to UK teaching style and vocabulary
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Hannah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great course fantastic teachers.

I had so much fun doing this course. I had great support from my teacher and had support and feedback every step of the way.

Living and working in Bali was an amazing experience and I cannot recommend this enough. Bali is a beautiful country and has soooooo much to offer!!!!!

I had a great set of peers whom I have made a great bond with, which made the intensity of the course a lot easier.

You get to spend one Friday of the course doing cultural activities which allowed the team to bond.

Pros
  • Great challange
  • Good career opportunities
Cons
  • Intensive, would not be suitable if you wanted to do it as a side hobby whilst travelling.
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Monique
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fast Track Option

After completing my level 5 TEFL diploma at an online academy i felt like i was still lacking in a lot of ways. I could not have been more excited when i found Destination TEFL!
They have the best fast track option that adds you to the program for the last 2 weeks to learn all about and take part in classroom practicals. Without Destination TEFL i would not have been ready to start my teaching career.
The tutors, Tina and Chy, are amazing! They are always ready to help you no matter what the question and give such good feedback for you to learn from and to grow.
Thank you Destination TEFL

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Jordan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellence

Course content and delivery were excellent in preparing me to step into the mad world of English language teaching abroad. The course tutor Georgie was fantastic from day 1, making the whole class feel welcome but also pushing us each day to strive for greatness. The tutoring was great and I have greatly benefitted from the content teachings and the practical element of the course was great for preparing you to step into a real classroom for the first time. I'm very grateful to all involved in the process and would highly recommend to anyone looking to start a new venture in TEFL to study this course in Bali.

Pros
  • Great course content
  • Excellent tutoring and support
  • Perfect practical experience and practise
Cons
  • Accomodation situation could be improved

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I chose SamuiTEFL because of the consistent and positive reviews. The quality of the program and the teaching was raved about, and my experience confirmed the high praise. Plus, how can you beat going to school next to gorgeous beaches? I knew early on that the people running the program were committed to answering questions and providing resources, and, as a newbie to traveling, that was just what I needed.

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

SamuiTEFL helped to organize our living accommodations and pick-up from the airport. They were continuously helpful with explaining visa policies and procurement. The program guided me through the job placement process after earning the TEFL certificate as well. Travel plans were independently organized.

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

I would advise that you go into an overseas program with an open mind, and that you give yourself time to adjust. You may not acclimate overnight and that's okay. Know that simple things, like finding a bank or a good cup of coffee, are sometimes the challenge of the day. Keep water, patience and some flexibility on you wherever you go, and you'll be soaring.

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

Monday - Friday you will be in class from about 8-4, and then evenings and weekends are yours. There may be some times when you'll be prepping outside of class, but you will have more than enough time to enjoy the island as well. In class, there is so much to soak up, so keep yourself rested and ready to learn.

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 think one of my biggest fears was navigating the language barriers. I have been lucky in that, everywhere I have been, English has been quite commonly used (at least a little). However, good manners and smiles are universal and knowing just a little useful language can get you very far. Many people are very gracious to travelers and understand that you are a fish out of water. I'm so grateful for them!

What did you like most in the program?

Travel is very humbling and not nearly as glamorous as you might think. I have sweat stains in 80 percent of my travel photos. The littlest things become the biggest victories. Finding my way from point A to point B is something to celebrate. For as much as a challenge as travel can be, it is rewarding and invigorating to know you can navigate new experiences.

Staff Interviews

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

Jane Openshaw

Job Title
Office Manager
Jane started her TEFL career teaching in an English Program in Thailand. After this, Jane taught and managed for TEFL schools and language schools in both the UK and Thailand.

Jane loves to advise and assist new teachers starting out in their EFL careers. She observes lessons and assists Samui TEFL trainees with job placement.
Jane Openshaw

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite memory was a road trip with friends to visit Laos.

Firstly, I was surprised to see the French influence after living in a Southern city in Thailand for 3 years. I indulged on the wine and baguettes!

Travelling through the mountains and visiting all the rural villages on the roadside was a real eye-opener and inspired me to continue to teach and educate children in my future career.

We finished our journey in the town of Luang Prabang, with its serene nature surroundings and outstanding views. Here, we enjoyed some westernized facilities and restaurants for us to indulge in after a week on the road! It was a holiday I will never forget.

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

Working with Samui TEFL company means that I meet people from all walks of life who bring with them many different views of the world we live in. This teaches me to open up my mindset and increases my desire to learn, not only for teaching purposes but also for communication in all aspects of my life.

I thoroughly enjoy being able to guide new teachers and share the knowledge I have gained throughout my teaching career in order to help new teachers find their way in the teaching field.

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

Most trainees on the TEFL Program have great teaching careers in Asia and worldwide for many years. I am most happy when ex graduates tell me their stories to want to further their skills and take on a teaching degree or educational course to expand their knowledge.

I have seen teachers become complacent with their work and eventually go back to their home countries after a few years. However, it is those teachers who start giving back to communities and take part in amazing volunteer work who inspire me the most!

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

I would choose Samui TEFL Program because the course is educational and challenging, but involves a lot of fun and games!

During the TEFL course, we visit schools around the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui and volunteer teach at temple schools. The children at these schools are very excited to have Western teachers in the classroom and give you immense pleasure and job satisfaction when they show you their beaming smiles!

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

The company is unique in that trainees on the program get hands-on teaching experience in Thai classrooms. The course content is up to date and encompasses all elements of modern-day teaching - from the use of technology in the classroom to online teaching.

I am always very proud of the team, who work together to give trainees the experience of a lifetime with full support - from the sign up day to get a job after the course. I am always impressed by the care and thoughtfulness of the owners and trainers -as well as the support staff- who work together and take care of one another like an extended family.

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

I believe that for any company to be successful, there needs to be a wide spectrum within a working team. Destination TEFL (Samui TEFL) has team members from different parts of the world, each person bringing their own working ethics, educational background and expertise to ensure trainees on each course are given full support and guidance for their future careers depending on their own personal needs.