Smaller Earth

Smaller Earth

About

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.

Founded
1999
Headquarters

3300 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78705
United States

Reviews

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Roisin
10/10

Adventure China was life changing. The support I received was incredible, they went above and beyond to make sure I felt prepared and ready for my trip. The Adventure China team even came out to China to catch up and check in with us.

I wouldn't have had the courage to travel China by myself, but always dreamed of going. This was my first step and I'm so happy I came across this program. Not only is it incredibly cheap but I felt fully prepared and ready to travel. It made me feel so at ease to know I had a great company behind me to sort everything out!

They even organised a prep weekend where I got to meet everyone else I was going to be working with and flew in the Camp director from China too. We did workshops on camp life, china, camp games, and sorted out all our documents etc. It was so nice to meet all my colleagues and I made some life long friends and we started making travel plans for after camp! China is such a magical place. I had the time of my life and I can't wait to return next year.

I can't thank the Adventure China team enough!

Yes, I recommend this program
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eric
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
Yes, I recommend this program
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florence
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 :)
Yes, I recommend this program
Josie
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!
Yes, I recommend this program
Lucas
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.
Yes, I recommend this program

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