Destination TEFL Siem Reap, Cambodia/Bali Indonesia

Destination TEFL


Destination TEFL, Koh Samui opened in 2011 as Samui TEFL, on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand. With expansion in mind, the natural progression was to open another training centre in Cambodia – a land where ancient and modern worlds collide to create a unique destination. So Destination TEFL, Siem Reap is our new venture!

Koh Samui remain closed until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Destination TEFL Bali will be opening on 3 October! At either location you’ll find the same quality 140-hour TEFL/TESOL course with highly skilled and passionate trainers, and teacher practicum in local schools, businesses and NGOs. Bali offer fantastic beach, shopping and island life, while Siem Reap is a stone's throw from the world heritage site of Angkor Wat Temple Complex.
Can't travel due to Covid-19? Why not do our Virtual course or Hybrid course which includes on site practical training at a later date after travel bans are lifted.

Special offer for 5 September virtual course!

We are offering VIRTUAL COURSES now during the pandemic. Follow the lesson LIVE and interact with each other, virtually and in real time. You have the option to fly over later for your teacher pracs for 2 weeks. But, in the meantime, you’ll be able to cover all the theory FACE-TO-FACE, yet from the safety of your home in self-isolation. The 5 September virtual course is currently offered at the discounted price of $750! Virtual pracs included.

#130, Group 6 Slorkram Commune
Krong Siem Reap
Siem Reap


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Yes, I recommend this program

This really is a great course indeed. I have gained so much knowledge regarding what it entails to be an ESL teacher. The real life experience attained has been amazing. Great support received from everyone. The facilitators were amazing and so supportive. I have truly been inspired by their passion and enthusiasm.

It was not an easy course at all. Hark work was required to successfully complete the course.

The class dynamic was great. Everyone really supported each other. I have had an amazing learning journey and would highly recommend this course to anyone interested.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first listening and PPP lesson.
I prepared well to ensure that all flowed according to my plan. Feedback received was great to improve for future purpose.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The program was enjoyable and with academic rigor. I found the interaction between trainers and students and between students very useful and helpful. It sometimes felt as if you are in the same room as all the other students and trainer. The program provided a variety of challenges to each individual as well as groups. I like the breakout rooms where we could practice and share ideas, notes, subject matter, exercises etc, with different classmates. The practicals were excellent and gave one a good insight on how to prepared a lesson in future.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide structured pre-reading and notes throughout the course.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An absolute incredible, fast paced, fun, informative virtual course which has surpassed all my expectations. I am so pleased I decided to do it and this will change my life forever.

At first I was apprehensive on how the online course would be presented on a virtual platform and I wasn't sure what to expect. I kept an open mind and I dived straight into it and was soon immersed in the world of Google classroom, zoom meetings ,homework assignment but also having a lot of fun.

The virtual online platform is extremely user friendly and from day one, you started meeting your fellow students from all over the world. a video link. I was amazed how quickly we all started forming a bond learning together and supporting each other with various projects that had to be carried out individually or in groups. My fellow students were great and we all shared our ideas, thoughts and support to one another.

One thing I loved about the platform was that you were placed in "break-out rooms" where you could work together in either pairs of two or four on various daily tasks or discussions. These types of discussions were great for brainstorming exercises and letting your creative juices flow.

The course is very extensive timewise so be prepared to commit a substantial amount of your time to the course. Stay with me here as I would like to share something with you further down this letter. Time flew by and I can honestly say I have never thought I could learn so much in such a short amount of time. You tube video presenting for Hooks/brain-break exercises and the most important thing of it all.. it has been geared at having fun whilst learning and to share great experiences with one's fellow students.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My first lesson plan and teaching it to my first student online. I overcome this by practising more and having more fun. When you see these kids in front of you eager to learn and their faces when they done well or you praise them pushes you to get better and better at it. That feeling is incredible.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The experience really was great, very informative, hands on training and wonderful staff support through the course helped me through. i struggled a little to get into the swing, but the wonderful staff who always motivated us. I am highly appreciative of all their value they added to my growth. This program has taught me to be more confident and to listen when others are talking. I will recommend this to anyone wanting to not only add to their resume, but anyone wanting to add value to society. Our future leaders in a greater and positive society.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Over coming my fear of speaking in public when i had to do my one on one lesson with student.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I am so happy with the way everything turned out. The support we got was incredible and the value for the course is amazing. I truly recommend this course to anyone wanting to be a TEFL teacher. I promise you its worth it.

The team of Willie and Tina were so hard working and made the course so comfortable for us especially heading into our practicals. The material and ideas you get are unforgettable as well as the memories you make.

Thank you so much to Destination TEFL for this awesome course and for getting me ready for when I get a teaching job whether it be online or in person.

What was your funniest moment?
The point system and how competitive everybody got. Had a few moments when people were almost begging for petty stuff which was pretty funny. Extremely good for getting people involved.


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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.

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.