SEE TEFL is one of the most most established and respected TEFL training courses in Asia. They offer the standard 120-hour onsite 4-week program with 6 1-hour observed teaching practices in local schools allowing their graduates to teach anywhere across the world plus they also offer a 4-5 month teaching Internship which provides an opportunity for participants to live as English teachers in Thai schools in rural areas of the country; participants fully immerse themselves in Thai culture and live as a respected 'ajarn' in their new community.

SEE's training program is accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education and its management system is ISO 9001 compliant. It's also a TQUK approved training center. Courses are usually oversubscribed and there is also an early-bird $200 discount for booking early, so it's best to book early in order to guarantee a place on your preferred training date.



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SEE TEFL Chiang Mai Thailand- Fantastic TEFL Certification Program

I completed SEE TEFL's 120 Hour TEFL Certification program and I can't say enough good things about the program. Prior to arriving in Thailand SEE TEFL's director, John Quinn, was extremely supportive and guided me through the whole process. In fact, it was John's continual support and commitment to his program and its students, which was a big deciding factor in my decision to choose Thailand as my destination to teach English.

The program offers a comprehensive curriculum, which thoroughly prepares students for teaching in the classroom. The teaching practices were well organized and provided students a practical application of material and methodologies discussed in class. The SEE TEFL trainers were knowledgeable and very supportive. When I took the program, I was lucky enough to be trained by Shouvik and Terry. They were both outstanding and even offered to assist students outside classroom/training hours.

If you are looking for a solid TEFL certification program, which offers support, encouragement and a lot of fun, then look no further than SEE TEFL!!

Happy Teaching!!

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Quality TEFL school

I took the 4-week TEFL course back in spring 2015. Any questions or worries that I had prior to arriving in Thailand were quickly resolved by emailing the school. John (the school’s director) would promptly reply to all of my inquiries, providing lots of useful information and explaining different visa options.

Once in Thailand, the course itself far exceeded my expectations. The class size was small, which created an intimate group setting. The lessons were engaging and really prepared us for the teaching practices by going over the theory and methodology of teaching English in an EFL environment. However, that’s not to say that the teaching practices were in any way easy. We spent many days and nights labouring over those first few lessons, making our lesson plans and creating our own teaching materials, but with each of those teaching practices (and the constructive feedback that went along with them) I felt more and more confident in front of a classroom.

I had zero teaching experience prior to attending SEE TEFL, but by the end of the program I really felt ready and excited to teach English in SE Asia. Although I had originally planned to go to Vietnam once the course was over, I ended up finding a job in Chiang Mai right away thanks to this course.

In short, I cannot recommend this school enough to anyone wishing to come teach English in SE Asia. The course is intense, but John and his team are there to help and encourage you every step of the way. And a special mention for Ying’s Thai lessons, which were always funny and interesting, and served as a great introduction to the Thai language and culture.

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SEE TEFL was a wonderful opportunity!!

Joining SEE TEFL is by far, one of the best professional and personal decisions I have ever made. It is such a grand opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself by moving to a new country and sharing your knowledge of a language that will open the door for all those who are capable of learning it. SEE TEFL is the eprfect organization to go through as they provide you with not only training in grammar review and classroom management but also cultural training, which really comes in handy as you are integrating yourself into a new way of life.

The internship was perfect for me because it guarantees you with a job right out of training and it is only 6 months, which was perfect for me because I wanted to travel to other countries as well within the same year. However, you always have the option to make it a year or even longer, 6 months is simply the minimum. Throughout the entire semester, the organization makes sure to email you regularly (weekly) to check in and offer assistance with visas and even lesson planning and simple encouragement! I cannot recommend this program enough. If teaching English is something that you feel called to do, absolutely go through SEE TEFL to see that dream through. You won't regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
A lot of the lesson planning that I had to do was only based on a textbook page. So I would focus a little more heavily on how to build a lesson around nothing but a textbook page.
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Incredible value from an impressive staff!

My husband and I just finished our four week TEFL course at SEE TEFL! We were so impressed with everything about the course -- the staff, the materials, the level of care and preparation, etc. We couldn't recommend it more. As you consider teaching English overseas, a lot of people will tell you to save money and do your TEFL online -- don't listen! We are so thankful we gained the valuable experience that SEE TEFL provides through the various grammar inputs and teaching practices. You get real experience in classrooms around Chiang Mai and the trainers give you valuable feedback to take with you into your own classrooms moving forward. The course is not for the faint at heart. It's hard work but well worth it! We really couldn't recommend this program more!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing! Seriously only left a good impression on us.
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Recent Graduate January 2019

Have just graduated from SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai. This was an amazing experience. The teaching and support staff at SEE TEFL were nothing short of amazing. This course challenged me in ways I frankly was not expecting. The tuition and support from staff and fellow students was second to none. The 6 practical lessons in local Chiang Mai schools enabled me to practice my skills and understand what the teaching process was like as a first time TEFL Teacher. There was tremendous variety in our teaching practices so that all classes were covered from Kindergarten to Vocational level students. The course enabled me to learn how to plan lessons, create activities to be used in the classroom, manage time effectively and critically evaluate my performance. This is a wonderful course that is highly regarded and provides international accreditation. So happy I chose SEE TEFL to complete this course.

What would you improve about this program?
I do not think it can be - no complaints from me, hard work has its advantages.


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Alumni Interviews

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

Brenna Skattebo

Brenna Skattebo

Why did you choose this program?

Not only did SEE TEFL have awesome reviews, but when I emailed with questions, John, the Director, personally responded to me (sometimes within minutes). His responses eased mine and my husband's fears about going so far from home and doing something so foreign to us!

When all else seemed pretty up in the air in terms of our big move, SEE TEFL was the one thing that felt really trustworthy and secure. It made the whole process of moving easier, knowing we could ask them questions!

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

SEE TEFL is a TEFL course -- while they don't get your visa for you, etc., they are super helpful in answering any questions you might have when coming out to Thailand and they also provide various recommendations for housing, food, and so on!

I emailed John regarding immunizations, SIM cards, and the visa situation! He was so helpful. But if you're looking for a company you can pay to DO everything for you, this might not be the best option for you. I, however, didn't mind doing that extra work as we prepared for our move.

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

Regarding SEE TEFL, I wish I had prepared myself mentally for how challenging the course ended up being! The work is manageable; however, it's definitely time-consuming and takes a lot of energy to prepare your lesson plans and practice all of the material. With that said, it was SO valuable and I'm very thankful for all of the work we put in and the results we saw by the end of the course.

For moving to Thailand, I would just recommend that you make a good checklist of all the things there are to do before you leave. It seems intimidating to say the least, but when you break it all down, it's really just little to-dos. You'll be thankful you pushed through once you're here.

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

The course really is 9:00-4:00 (sometimes starting earlier). For the first two weeks, you will be in class doing grammar and teaching inputs most of the day. You'll get a few small breaks as well as an hour for lunch.

After class those first two weeks, you'll have time to enjoy Chiang Mai!

The last two weeks are definitely more strenuous, but worth the time put in. You'll either be preparing and practicing lessons or going to schools for your teaching practices. After 4:00, you'll likely need to keep practicing and preparing!

Those two weeks consisted of a lot of ordering food in and late nights of preparation (think finals week in college!).

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

My greatest fear was that I wouldn't be able to do some of the logistical items that seem important before coming. Some items, like the visa, ARE important and should be squared away. Other things -- like immunizations, shopping for "necessary" clothes and items, doctors' appointments, etc. -- I wish I had waited on. Thailand is very different from home, but they have everything you would need here, especially great and affordable medical care and a ton of shopping. You can find everything here that you would find back home, for a fraction of the price.

Is there any other advice for prospective travelers?

My advice to anyone considering this experience is: just do it.

Almost every day I pinch myself and wonder "Why doesn't everyone do this?" Several months ago, my husband and I were so nervous to quit our 9-5 jobs and move across the world, but now we're just wishing we had done it sooner! If there's any part of you that feels drawn to teaching English, traveling the world, and having new experiences, don't think twice!

Staff Interviews

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

John Quinn

After graduating with a technical degree, John worked as a Scientific Officer with the UK’s Ministry of Defence. However, this didn’t satisfy his need to travel and his desire to help people. After a period of short-term jobs and budget traveling, he finally found his calling: EFL teaching. Since 1999 John has gone from teacher to examiner to manager to trainer to school owner. He now owns one of the most successful TEFL training schools in Asia. According to him, the secret of his success has been hard work, customer care and then more hard work.

What position do you hold at SEE TEFL? What has been your career path so far?

John: I am the founder, director of the managing company and the senior trainer for SEE TEFL. In addition, all email inquiries are sent to me and receive my personal response. Before I became an EFL teacher in 1999, I had always been searching for this type of career. Until that point in my life, I had mixed shoestring travel with spells of unsatisfying employment in the UK. My ‘eureka’ moment was during a bus journey in India; I met two vacationing TEFL teachers and they told me about their lives as EFL teachers in Bangkok.

I had never heard of TEFL before, and this seemed like the perfect career for me. It would allow me to continue to travel to far and exotic countries while doing something worthwhile with my life. Teaching, along with nursing, had always appealed to me as it would involve working with people and not paper or computer files.

SEE TEFL Courses in Thailand

The first step would be to take a TEFL course and I had been instructed by my new TEFL friends that the Saturday Education supplement of The Guardian newspaper would list upcoming courses. While there were only three listed, there was one was at a college just 500m from my parents’ house (where I was staying) and it was starting in 10 days. My brother-in-law, who is a builder, asked me whether I was interested in 7 days cash-in-hand work on one of his sites. I did, and I started to believe in fate from this moment.

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

John: I started my teaching career in Chiang Mai as an hourly-paid part-time teacher. After 2 years, it was time to move on and my next step was a 2-year full-time contract at the British Council. After another year of teaching the same verb tenses to mainly elementary-level students, I felt it was time for a new challenge. I grabbed the opportunity during my time at the BC to become an IELTS examiner and start leading IELTS strategy classes.

Upon completion of this contract I took 6 months off to go traveling around SE Asia. On returning to Chiang Mai, I was offered the position of Director of Studies at a branch of EF. We taught in-house, and I also managed teachers who we contracted to formal schools.

My next move was to open my own EFL language school in Chiang Mai – SEE TEFL started running courses in 2006. Since this date, we have refined the content, developed relationships with a large number of schools, achieved ISO 9001 compliance and obtained recognition from the Thai Ministry of Education for our program. We’ve also trained close to 700 TEFL teachers.

What does the future hold for SEE TEFL - any exciting new programs to share?

John: We ran our first Internship program in September 2013. This is a program that is suitable for people who are not fully committed to a career change. It offers training and a job guarantee for a 4-5 month placement in a Thai rural school. We are also looking to work with a partner and open the SEE TEFL program in Bangkok and at a beach location. We will then have courses in the Thai cultural capital of Thailand, the business centre and one next to the sea.

What about the future of the TEFL abroad industry? How do you think international education will change over the next 10 years?

John: Ten years ago many people predicted online courses were the future of TEFL. I was never convinced. Practical teaching skills can only be acquired through practical-skills training. Our focus is always on developing practical skills. I think most people thinking of TEFL recognize this as well. In addition, I predict ISO 9001 compliance will be adopted by more programs over the next 10 years. This is the only externally audited quality-management standard recognized around the world. It’s a guarantee of quality in teacher training courses.

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