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TEFL Campus Phuket


TEFL Campus is Phuket's highest-independently-rated TEFL training and certification course.

Accredited by an American university, moderated by established TEFL professionals, licensed by Thailand's Ministry of Education, TEFL Campus prepares trainees for the classroom and leaves graduates feeling confident that their time and money was well spent.

From visa applications and arrival information, to lesson planning and job support, our services are meaningful and comprehensive. With TEFL Campus, you'll deliver practice lessons to real students and meet experienced teachers who are able to help you find a job after the course.


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Yes, I recommend this program

The course was challenging .It demands a high sense of commitment and hard work .the staff were very helpful .The trainers were highly qualified .every one who took the course learned a lot in a short time .I highly recommend the course to whoever want to start a career as an ESL teacher .with extensive training ,teaching practice and trainers support you will feel confident to start your journey in teaching English as a foreign language .The course is taken in a very beautiful island .trainees can enjoy the city on weekends .Phuket is a foreign oriented place with multiple places to visit .Trainees can also enjoy the amazing islands ' beaches .by enrolling in this course you will have a wonderful experience that you will never forget .

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
don't hesitate to take this course and start your journey in teaching abroad .It will definitely be a rewarding experience
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great course in even greater location. No better place to learn how to teach English than Phuket Thailand.I do not think there was a rainy day at all during the course. The course was challenging and required a lot of time but well worth it. On teaching days you could be in class from the morning until 7 or 8 at night.The month flew by pretty quickly though. The teaching lesson were great and working with real students provided good real world experience. The teaching instructors were awesome and very helpful. They were available outside of class for help if needed. All the materials like books and packets were provided by the TEFL campus so all you really needed was a notebook and a pen. Some of the classes a laptop was needed but I did not have one and used my iPad which worked out fine. The location is just outside of the busy area of Phuket town so not so much tourist traffic on the street but close enough to grab some lunch in the many places to eat in Phuket town. The facilities are nice and clean and there was even person who washed the cups used for the drinking fountain. The only issue is if you have a car parking might be a bit of a problem in the morning. There is a breakfast restaurant next store which is pretty busy in the morning. If you have a motorbike then parking is not an issue. There are are plenty of places to park your motorbike.

What would you improve about this program?
This program was very good and I can not think of anything that could improve the program.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I did a lot of research to know:
1) If I wanted to do a TEFL-course and
2) Where to do a TEFL-course.
After a while I decided to do the course in Phuket.
Pre-course: I had a good and clear contact with Eric. He answered all my questions.
During the course: I learned a lot! I hadn't studies grammar for 12+ years, and some of the grammar was totally new for me. I never saw phonetics in my life before, so that was also something new.
We also had to teach Thai adults. If was stressful, but also fun. Eric and Simon attended us very well!

Phuket Town is a nice place to do the course. It's not supersupertouristy, but in the weekend you can discover the island (or other islands!) During the course I got a bicycle, and I used it a lot!

Overall: I'm happy with my choice, that I did the TEFL-course, and that I did it in Phuket!

What would you improve about this program?
# a digital file of the course would be nice.
# teaching in a bigger class. Now you teach between 4 - 10 students, but I think a real Thai class is more than 20 students.
Yes, I recommend this program

I think this is a very effective course to prepare you to teach English to secondary language learners. The course provides not only excellent content, but also live teaching experience. You'll be teaching in classrooms with typically eight or fewer students. This puts what you've learned immediately into practice. I found the teacher practices and reviews especially helpful to improve and gain confidence. The staff are competent, professional, and courteous. The facility is well maintained and conveniently located in Phuket Town with low cost accommodations and plenty of reasonably-priced restaurants located nearby. I gained some friends for life and will always have fond memories of the experience.

Yes, I recommend this program

It was the best month of my life not just because of the the knowledge that I learned, but because I also got a nice teaching experience with the Thai students. I've made lifelong friends. The course was a bit intimidating but worth it. It made me learn that if you want something and work hard towards it, you can make it. The staff are amazing and always ready and willing to help. Campus is also very central so the location was good. I've met some pretty amazing people in the past month. Great value for money because they really care about you and help you work on your strengths and weaknesses as well.

What would you improve about this program?
No improvements necessary.
Systems in place. If it aint broke.....


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Alumni Interviews

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

David L Ruff

David L. Ruff, CFA currently lives in Oakland, California and works in the investment management business. He teaches English for the Regeneration Church Refugee & New Immigrant Ministry.

Why did you choose this program?

The program's accreditation weighed heavily in my decision to attend TEFL Campus Phuket. The online reviews were positive, and I wanted the classroom experience in a Thai setting since, ultimately, I plan to teach in Thailand. My wife and I looked forward to spending extended time in Phuket, enjoying the beaches and learning about the area.

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

TEFL Campus Phuket provided extensive assistance in getting acclimated to the area and program. For example, course director, Eric Haeg, recommended housing options and restaurant choices, suggested notebook/classroom supplies, highlighted local tourist sites, offered a scooter and provided job placement assistance.

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

There is a wonderful hotel close to the campus called Phuket Chino Inn. This is fairly new property, is well maintained, has friendly staff, and is very reasonably priced. The hotel was very conveniently located just a 100 feet from the campus. By staying at the hotel, you don't have to worry about traffic delays and getting to class late.

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

The first week was mainly spent in the classroom, learning the course structure, expectations, content, methodology, and grammar. Subsequently, a typical day included study in the mornings focusing on grammar and phonetics, lesson preparation in the afternoons and teaching/observing teacher practices in the early evenings.

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

Given my age, I was not sure how I would adjust back to a classroom setting. However, this ended up being one of my favorite parts of the program. The teachers were very supportive, made learning the content fun, and systematically equipped you to become an effective teacher. The smaller class size facilitated a more interactive atmosphere.

What are the main benefits of this course?

The course teaching time, as you're learning the curriculum, not only prepares you for this career, but is very rewarding working with the ESL students.

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Staff Interviews

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

Eric Haeg

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Course Director
Eric Haeg

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

I started teaching in Thailand in 2004 before going to work in South Korea. After having been to Thailand, I really wanted to get back so I took a job teaching science in Sriracha (home of the famous Sriracha sauce). I was asked to become an online TEFL course tutor in 2007 before becoming an onsite trainer in 2008. I was named the course's Lead Trainer in 2011 and now I'm the Course Director.

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

I got hooked on travel after studying abroad in college. My university studies were great, but what I learned during one semester in Europe provided me with more lessons than any classroom could have. Taking that a step further, I graduated from college and figured I'd start my life-long learning by living and working aboard. I haven't looked back since.

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

The future is bright. We're always looking for ways to provide a more rewarding experience for our trainees. TEFL training is the first priority, but the weekends offer chances for travel and other experiences.

We're working on including a Thai language course, as well as a Thai cooking course. We've also started a partnership with a professional training company that will offer one-day seminars on emergency first aid response. We feel all of these are great complements to our main TEFL training course.

What about the future of the teach abroad industry? Have you noticed any big changes in TEFL courses?

To be honest, I'm a bit worried by all the online courses. They can be great for experienced teachers and for those who've already undergone in-class training. However, if you've never been in the classroom and never received feedback on your teaching, how are you to know if you're doing it right? Practice makes perfect, but practice is pointless without a good coach, or a trainer in this case.

If there's one thing that our trainees agree on, it's that they don't see how anyone can teach English without having a bit of guided experience in the classroom first.

Which teach abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

That depends on one's circumstances, interests and needs.

Countries like South Korea or Saudi Arabia are great for those who need to earn a lot of money but they can be rough on those who are looking for more adventure and time for travel. Conversely, countries like Italy, Argentina and Thailand are excellent for anyone who wants to explore local history and culture, but if you need to save a lot of your salary, accomplishing these goals can be difficult.