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Premier TEFL

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We're passionate about providing enthusiastic and adventurous individuals like you the opportunity to make one of the best investments in your future! Each day we're excited to provide you with the freedom to work abroad.

Our specialized team of recruiters are unique to Premier TEFL – with over 25 years combined experience as recruiting professionals they are guaranteed to help you find the job that could change your life forever.

It's our personalized service that you'll love, you only need to read our top rated online reviews online to see what other budding TEFL teachers say about their experience.

In fact actually ask every new customer to see what their reason was for choosing Premier TEFL was… 30+% say our 4.6 star reviews, 30+% say value for money. On top of that, we reckon our 14-day money back guarantee, lifetime study access and UK government regulated training are great reasons too.

Founded
2014
Headquarters

South Wing, St Mary's College
Emmet Place
Youghal
Co. Cork
Ireland

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Brian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed my online TEFL with Premier, and it was a wonderful experience. The staff is sweet and almost always available to chat with your questions. This was incredibly helpful, as before making your big TEFL move you are bound to have a bunch of them. I even stopped by their office in Ireland on my way East, and they gave me a warm welcome. The course itself is structured in an easy to understand manner, and complete with videos/quizzes to help reinforce the material. It doesn't take too long if you dedicate a couple of hours per day into it, and I saved all the material to have as a reference point. I have worked as an ESL teacher now both in person and remotely all over the world thanks to Premier, and their course was definitely the key to unlocking an entirely new lifestyle. Take the plunge and go for it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Understand that in the beginning, you are going to make mistakes and that this is not just normal, and part of the process. Be resilient and it'll all work out if you put in enough effort
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Brittany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time doing my teaching internship in Thailand! By going through Premier TEFL I had everything taken care of for me which meant very little stress going into a huge transition, which was awesome! They have also been super awesome throughout the whole semester by checking in and sharing photos and everything in between. They really care for those who have gone through their company! I get messages about checking in to make sure things are running smoothly, to see if I need anything, asking about my weekend trips and comments about my photos. They do so much to make me feel taken care of and noticed as one of the many people they work with. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to teaching English abroad! I have had nothing but good experiences working with them!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just have fun! Things here in Thailand are always changing and information seems to always change. Don’t let it bring you down, just enjoy!
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Sinéad
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Where do I start?!?😃 After much research and debating with myself about the 'what ifs' and 'buts' and 'maybes' my journey with Premier Tefl began after finding a suitable short term teaching experience abroad in Thailand. Premier Tefl have a fantastic website with job opportunities all around the world. The website is very easy to navigate but what I particularly love about Premier Tefl is the staff who work there. I have bombarded Premier Tefl with emails and every time they have responded so promptly. They have even gone as far as calling me while in Asia when I expressed my interest in another teaching position in Asia.

Premier Tefl have been with me every step of the way in this life changing, fun-filled journey. It's not easy to pack your life up and move away from home but for me Premier Tefl contributed to making this as stress free as possible. Premier Tefl will be sure to offer you all the reassurance that you may need.

Premier Tefl offer very easy to do Tefl courses to send you on your way to another country. The tefl course was very easy to complete. It was very manageable to do especially while continuing to work full time. It's all online.

After you complete the Tefl course, Premier Tefl set up an interview for you and help you to secure a position. This whole process was made very simple thanks to Premier Tefl.

Another major plus with Premier Tefl is they met all of us in Thailand during our three day orientation course before we began working. They were even there in Thailand to offer their assistance and best of all take us out into Bangkok and pay for our dinner.

A year and a half later after packing up my life and moving to Thailand, I am sitting here in Asia writing this review. You never know this could be you. If you are even considering moving abroad to teach English, my advice would be to simply ring or email Premier Tefl and just express your interest.
Waking up to sunshine everyday has changed my life. I've made the best of friends, immersed myself in a new culture and even learned a small amount of a new language. Premier Tefl have opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me that I never imagined possible before.

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Alice
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The TEFL Chinese internship has been one of the most rewarding and fun challenges I have ever taken on. Adapting to a new culture and way of life has been a huge eye opener and experience I will never forget. The generosity of the Chinese people has been overwhelming and I will cherish the moemories made with all of my new friends and students who have made my experience
that little more special! I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone who is up for a challenge and ready for an experience to enhance their life. Being away from home is hard but if you make the most of every opportunity while you’re away you are reminded of the positive reasons of why you have endured such an incredible challenge. Throw yourself into everything, try foods you’d never try at home and dare to be different. Experience is everything and the greatest stories in life come from making choices. Choose to teach in China, it will not disappoint!

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George Bernard
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I’ve just completed the Premier TEFL 20 Hour Teaching Business English course as a follow-up certificate to their 120 Hour Advanced TEFL Certification Course. This is the RIGHT combination for anyone interested in teaching Adults. Since adults either work for a business, own their own business or have a profession, which has a business side to it, adults really want to learn business concepts, terms and ideas in English to help their career. For English teachers with a business background, this course is a great overview which puts Teaching Business English in a context you will quickly understand. For the English Teacher with no or little business background, it lays the foundation for business terms and concepts you need to have to present yourself as a creditable teacher of Business English. It also offers a wide range of resources to help the non-business English teacher broaden and deepen their understanding of business needed to effectively teach Business English to Adult Learners. Premier TEFL does an admirable job of educating people to teach English to non-English speakers. I strongly recommend that you consider Premier TEFL as your First Choice for TEFL Education! Check out Premier’s new video, Your TEFL Course Dashboard Tour, on YouTube when it gets posted. It’s a thorough overview of Premier TEFL programs, content and testing required to earn any of the certificates Premier TEFL is authorized to offer. If this video doesn’t convince you that Premier TEFL is your best choice for education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and certification, I doubt nothing will.

What would you improve about this program?
A really strong program as is!!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Isabelle Wong

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Isabelle attended Vanderbilt University where she studied Violin Performance and Biology. After graduating, she moved to Thailand for a marketing internship but decided that she wanted a more hands-on teaching experience, leading her to her current position as a Conversation Assistant in Barcelona, Spain.

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Why did you choose this program?

While in university, I visited Barcelona after playing in a music festival, and I immediately fell in love with the city. I always knew that if given the chance to live in Spain, it would be an opportunity I couldn’t pass up!

Following graduation, I interned through Greenheart Travel at a company based in Hua Hin, Thailand. The internship was a constant study of exploration, and I loved connecting with people from all over the world who were traveling to Thailand in order to begin a new chapter of their lives teaching English.

But while I greatly enjoyed the internship, I wondered about the teaching aspect. I craved a more hands-on experience abroad, one where I could be an integral part of a school and fully embrace living in a different country for a longer time span.

After doing some research, I found a program through PremierTEFL that I chose for two main reasons: one, the program included an online TEFL Certification, which was important to me as I have no true background in the area; and two, I knew I would have the support of both PremierTEFL and the partner program here in Spain while living and working abroad. Navigating life in a new country has its fair share of ups and downs, and it’s wonderful to have support and guidance throughout the experience.

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

PremierTEFL works with CAPS Home to Home to place Conversation Assistants in schools across Spain. I sent in my application to the program through PremierTEFL, and I had my official interview for the program with CAPS Home to Home. PremierTEFL did a wonderful job answering all of my questions, walking me through the application process, and providing me with an online TEFL course that has proven to be a valuable resource while here.

Once I was accepted into the program and signed my contract, CAPS Home to Home sent information regarding how to obtain my visa, my official school placement and host family details, and what to expect upon arrival. The visa process for an American citizen can be quite lengthy and difficult, and I did have to figure out a lot of the background paperwork and appointment registration on my own (CAPS Home to Home sends important documents and information; however, it is up to the Conversation Assistant to obtain the visa); however, placement at the school and housing is all taken care of through CAPS Home to Home, which is certainly a weight off.

Flights and other travel arrangements are up to the Conversation Assistant, but CAPS Home to Home does provide an orientation weekend upon arrival, which is a good chance to get to know other assistants and meet the staff of CAPS Home to Home. PremierTEFL has also been an outstanding resource throughout my time here; I feel like I can reach out to them at any time with any questions or problems that arise.

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

I think that one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned while here is to ‘trust the process’ of being in a new place and beginning a new chapter of life. There are multiple aspects to the idea of ‘process’: adjusting to a new place and pace of life, learning about a new culture, taking on new job responsibilities, determining your place within a new work environment, and exploring the world around you.

These are all things that take time and they should take time in a sense, because by going through this process, you also discover something new about yourself. Maybe it’s your ability for adaptability, maybe it’s an expansion of creative skills that you didn’t even know you possessed, maybe it’s in meeting new people and forming new relationships, or maybe it’s in the fierce independence that comes from traveling solo for the first time – discovering something about yourself takes time and trust. I am still learning about my own place in the world, and I have to remind myself that this, in itself, is a process; it takes time and this is okay.

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

Something that I love about this program is that everyday can be different! It’s a balance between the stability of routine (I have a schedule from the school and tutor after school on most of my weekdays) to unexpected change and challenge (sometimes I’ll arrive at a class only to learn that they have an exam or have gone on a field trip or are attending mass. At other times, I’ll have to step in for a teacher or help some students with a project or come up with a game for nearly an entire class of high-school students!).

Adopting a mentality of flexibility - ‘taking it as it comes’ and adapting to whatever comes your way - has helped me immensely, and it’s an approach that I hope to apply not just in my work but also in my life.

My school has students from ages 3-16, and because I am the only Conversation Assistant, my time is divided between all of these different age ranges. It’s a good challenge for me because I can get a sense of what it’s like to teach younger students versus older students, and I’m able to observe how students progress in each stage of learning English.

As someone who is new to teaching English as a foreign language, it is vastly beneficial to have the experience of moving from a preschool class in the morning to a high-school class later in the day, and then back to primary class in the afternoon. In this sense, I not only gain experience in teaching a wide range of ages, but I’m also able to better understand how students learn at different stages in their life. Plus, it keeps me on my toes!

I also have a speaking class with teachers once a week that I’ve really enjoyed teaching. At first, it was an adjustment because I’ve never had adult students before (Read: I was a nervous wreck!), but it’s now one of the highlights of my week. We discuss everything from phrasal verbs to ‘The Best Desserts in the World’, the wage gap, favourite travel memories, political issues, and holiday traditions. It’s fantastic, and it’s been a fantastic chance to get to know some of the teachers better.

As far as an ‘average week’ goes, I’m generally at the school from 9a-5p, with a two-hour lunch break from 1-3p (this was really my biggest adjustment coming here. What does one do with ALL THAT TIME? Have a leisurely lunch? Lesson plan? Go for long walks? Run? Write? Read? All of the above?), and I alternate between preschool, primary, and secondary classes. I try to always have at least one activity or idea planned for each grade level, and for primary and secondary classes, I also have a back-up activity, just in case. On most weekdays, I have 1-2 private tutoring lessons (with students from the school), followed by dinner with my host mother and her son. I have found that my weeks hold a good balance between teaching on the weekdays and exploring Barcelona (and beyond!) on the weekends.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it?

I think that my biggest fear in traveling abroad was the unknown of living with a host family. I’ve never lived with a host family before, and a large majority of my worries revolved around a potential language barrier, whether or not we would get along, and adjusting to a new routine and way of living within the context of being immersed in a new culture. But my fears were put to rest quite early on in my time here; in fact, my host family and I get along so well that I’ve asked to stay with them for the entire year.

Every person coming through this program will have a difference experience – some interns are placed with host families, some have independent living, and some have a combination of the two. It depends on the person, the placement, and the school. I think that what helped me the most early on in my time here was being open to any new experience and embracing the uncomfortable and unknown moments as opportunities for growth and discussion. I’ve been fortunate to get along so well with my host mother and her son, but it has taken a few months to truly settle in and establish a routine, both at the school and with my host family.

I think the biggest piece of advice that I could give to someone who is worried about a new living situation is to be as honest and transparent as possible and to always address an issue early on. The longer a problem is pushed aside, the greater it becomes.

What has been the most surprising thing about living and teaching in Spain?

Other than the two-hour lunch breaks (still have yet to get used to this), something that has surprised me about teaching in Spain is just how passionate and emotional students can get about nearly anything – from a game (most everything has to be a competition!) to relationships (with their friends, family, teachers, peers) to everyday events.

It is simultaneously invigorating and exhausting because I have never before met students that love to talk and yell and argue about everything, but they are also so fervent about the things that matter to them and outwardly show their affection for one another and for teachers. It’s challenged me to think creatively about ways to keep them engaged in the classroom and also to appreciate the way they approach learning and life in general.

Another thing that I’ve come to greatly appreciate about life here in Spain is the opportunity for lingering – over coffee breaks, tapas and vermouth, long meals, continuing conversation, spending time with family and friends, sharing stories, etc. Taking the time to fully enjoy something is highly valued here, and it translates into a genuine enjoyment of what life has to offer.

Staff Interviews

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

Nikki Foley

Job Title
Customer Care Assistant
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Nikki is a 23-year-old Applied Languages graduate and qualified TEFL teacher with a passion for travel.

What is your favorite travel memory?

During my time teaching in Barcelona, we brought our students on a class trip to a beach on Costa Brava for a day and we went on a hike together.

It was a really great experience to see how excited the students were for the trip (despite the terrible weather that day) --- as it was so basic compared to the extravagant "school tours" we have in Ireland. Though Spain is far from a poor country it was eye-opening to see how a such a simple trip really lifted everybody's spirit (teachers and students alike).

It highlighted the importance of friendship and not taking things for granted. We spent the day laughing and making the most of what we had. I really value those memories.

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

This job is a totally new experience for me and I've really cherished every minute. The appreciation received and given to this company for everyone's contribution has had a really positive effect on me. I love coming to work every day, which is a big change.

Furthermore, helping people on their TEFL journeys and guiding them on their travel experiences is really rewarding. Talking to people and hearing their stories has only made me want to travel more as their experiences are so amazing thanks to this company.

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

The best story I've heard from one of our students would have to be from one of our greatest students, who is now going back to her internship destination to work alongside our partner in welcoming and guiding future students.

She immersed herself completely into her surrounding culture and really connected well with everyone around her. Simultaneously she did not lose sight of her own culture and made that a part of her host families environment. Stories of her students sleep-talking in English made me super proud.

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

I would definitely take part in the Cambodia program. I think it would be fascinating to teach in a country so different from my own. With this program, you can completely immerse yourself in the culture with language and culinary lessons.

In my opinion, it is impossible to fully embrace a culture without adopting every aspect of it to your life, as best you can. This program, like others, provides great opportunities for this.

I've always had a desire to travel Asia, especially Cambodia so I may be a bit biased for this reason.

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

In my opinion, our dedication to keeping in contact with all of our students before and after their programs is what makes this company unique.

We strive to provide the best customer service and I think we do it very well. We believe in being in constant contact with our students as it really makes them feel valued.

We recently moved office location and although I have not been a part of this company long I was very proud of the team for passing this milestone in expanding this brilliant company.

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

I believe that expert customer care is pivotal in being a successful company. Without customers, you have no company. For this reason, seeing to customer needs as best as possible is the epitome of a successful business.

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