Smaller Earth
96% Rating
(75 Reviews)

Smaller Earth

Ready to work abroad? If the thrill of earning a paycheck and traveling at the same time is enticing to you, then welcome to Smaller Earth.

Smaller Earth has been sending individuals on work and travel programs since 1999. What started out as a one-man shop (aka the spare bedroom of our founder's parents' house) now sends over 6,000 people around the world each year. Join the movement (and the fun) by signing up to one of our many programs.

From being an Au Pair in China to working in the Outback of Australia or getting your TEFL certification in Prague, we are the leaders at what we do. These are also only a few examples of the quality programs we offer so head over to www.smallerearth.com to choose your next adventure.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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eric
Male
29 years old
Prague
Arizona State University

great seesion

10/10

As we began our decent into Prague airport I was worried this whole thing of getting certified for tefl was a mistake. i have been proven wrong greatly. this has been a great learning experience and it has prepared me for success. such an activating experience. the knowledge and background of the staff are giant, they know just about all the answers to questions you may have. the decorum and presentations was always professional. i feel like the quality of teachers

How can this program be improved?

yoga before each class, daily

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florence
Female
26 years old
Prague, Czech Republic
Appalachian State University

the best 4 weeks!!

10/10

I highly recommend taking this TEFL course! Martha, Becca, and Ashley are all AWESOME and SO HELPFUL! I genuinely cannot say enough positive things about the staff at Hello Academies and the course in general. They help you every step of the way and teach you everything you need to become a successful teacher. They are also great at helping you find a job and making sure you can do everything easily. As an added bonus, Prague is awesome and a beautiful city! This TEFL course is literally worth every penny - JUST DO IT!!

How can this program be improved?

NOTHING ITS AWESOME :)

Josie
Female

Great Opportunity!

9/10

If you are considering doing a TEFL course, definitely put this one on your list! With 120 hours in class teaching, 6 hours of student teaching, and several hours of observation in addition to the fact that it's in Prague, you really can't beat the experience! Additionally, the fact that housing is included for the duration of the class makes this program a lot less stressful than many others. I feel 100% more confident in my skills as a EFL teacher than I ever imagined I could.

How can this program be improved?

One big thing that was an issue during my month was the consistency of the lessons the instructors were teaching. Overall, they were all great and knowledgeable, however occasionally they would teach things in direct contridiction with each other and that made things confusing at times. They were always willing to clarify though!

Lucas
Male

Awesome TEFL Certification Experience!

9/10

Hello Academies is one of the premier TEFL Certification Programs in Prague. The materials provided prepare you to jump directly into the amazing world of teaching English abroad. The instructors are great and are always willing to help. Furthermore, the smaller class size of this program ensures that the program feels more like a family. There are a handful of events throughout the course, and you are connected with Hello Academies Alumni so that you have a great network of English-speaking expats right of the bat. On top of a great community aspect, the program offers gret suport in getting a job after finishing the course - I was employed by a language school that presented at Hello Academies within a week of graduating. Overall, Hello Academies provides an awesome balance between preparing you to succeed as an English teacher as well as making the experience totally enjoyable.

How can this program be improved?

One tricky part about moving to Prague is finding a flat afterwards. The program helps by finding flats on certain websites but it does take a certain amount of initiative to find a great spot - especially in September or October when there is a huge influx of Erasmus students and demand for houses is really high. As long as you are willing to seek help from Hello Academies employees, they are always willing to help.

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Anna

Wonderful Experience

10/10

I could not be happier with my decision to do my TEFL certification in Prague with Hello Academies. I looked into many opportunities in order to get certified and I am so fortunate that I stumbled upon Hello Academies. The course is intensive and a great learning experience, you will come out knowing a lot about the english language that you may have forgotten or never knew in the first place. You will spend your days in the class room with the TEFL director Martha and let me tell you this woman is amazing! Martha is full of energy and very entertaining which is important because there is A LOT of material to cover in 28 days. The course can be challenging but Martha is there to guide you each step of the way. Martha does a great job of making you feel comfortable and helping you to become a confident teacher. She is incredibly knowledgable when it comes to the english language and her teaching methods are very effective.

During the month in Prague you will become very close with your fellow students, Martha and Becca. Becca is very helpful when it comes to anything and everything you may need during your stay in Prague. She helps with housing, transportation , events around the city and helping students to find apartments and jobs after the program. Becca is very approachable and a welcoming which is important when moving to a new city. One day during class I was not feeling too well ( the run to the bathroom and head in the toilet kind of sick). Becca was so helpful and accompanied me on the tram home and brought me ginger ale to help me feel better. Becca does a great job of connecting students with the alumni and coordinating events in Prague. This really enhanced my experience and helped with making friends in the city!

Overall, doing your TEFL in Prague with Hello Academies is a great choice and you will fall in love with Prague!

How can this program be improved?

The program could be improved if more information was provided about the visa application process for Americans. I would recommend that students apply for a visa appointment at an embassy outside of the Czech Republic before they arrive in Prague. It takes around 30 days to get the appointment.

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