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TEFL Heaven

Why choose TEFL Heaven?

Since 2007, our passionate team of travel experts have assisted university graduates and non-graduates to secure quality teaching placements abroad. We actively engage with all who are seeking the opportunity to teach English as a foreign language by offering them the knowledge and support they need to embark on this amazing life changing experience!

TEFL Heaven offers fully immersive programs which include TEFL/ TESOL training completed over a 3-4 week period in one of 12 destinations in Asia, Europe or Latin America. All programs come with a guaranteed paid teaching job, or job seeking assistance, and a lifetime worldwide job assistance guarantee.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica

My friends and I wanted to be placed in the same town, TEFL Heaven supported us and was able to find us a placement all in the same school!
We really enjoyed the orientation week at the beginning of the program where we were able to be immersed in the culture and meet others who were doing the program. The team did frequent check-ins to see if we needed any support during our time in Costa Rica. I also love the fact they have lifetime placement!
I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a new adventure!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To be open to different possibilities and options for jobs!
  • Support throughout the program
  • Orientation week
  • Expensive
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Yes, I recommend this program

It went great

My life changed in Asia. I think I can build a future here and I've never felt like this before: MYSELF. I recommend to people who have not found the right place in the world yet. Its never too late. I'm single, I'm 29 and I will probably keep moving all my life within Thai. So break the rules and go out from your comfort zone but do it ALONE. it's easier with someone, the real challenge is being alone and figuring out everything by yourself. I'm a solo traveller and I learnt to be my self in this country with no regrets. The life is one and we have to live it fully!!!

What was your funniest moment?
Thai are more straightforward than me, I'm not fat( big) I just practice muai thai
  • Many friends thai and they love me just for my personality
  • I want to move here
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

The TESOL course, location and guidance towards a placement was amazing. I honestly cannot fault them.
The program TEFL Heaven used is called XploreAsia, who have great links to school across Thailand and are able to support you from back at home organising visas and legislation, to then in Thailand finding a job, organising the placement including transportation and accomodation and providing the week orientation and TESOL qualification.
The TESOL was very engaging and informative, we were given the opportunity to present to our peers and students numerous times which really did help. My colleagues that did an online TESOL did not feel nearly as prepared as I did!
Since I have been placed and working in my school I have had numerous check-ins from both TEFL Heaven and XploreAsia, and as I had had a rocky experience in my first month due to things happening back home this was so helpful and what I needed! A very good company with lots of support both academically and pastorally.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Durian! Durian is the King fruit of Thailand, most well known for its distinctive smell and texture. The XploreAsia team had set up a scavendger hunt with a list of fun things to do to become acquainted with Thialand and Hua Hin, some of the things included: going to the monkey temple, ordering food from a restaurant that's menu is only in thai and litter picking on the beach. But eating a durian was one of these and that was a very new experience, with the texture of meat and a unexplainable flavour I cannot say I will be trying it again very soon!
  • A great support system, both pastorally and academically
  • A good way to meet likeminded people
  • TESOL is completed in person, so it is much easier to get hands on experience
  • The cost
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Yes, I recommend this program


TEFL Heaven have been nothing short of amazing each step of the way. From the initial interview right until you were placed with your agency (and even still now). Mike and his team have created an incredible opportunity and his passion truly reflects in the TEFL Heaven program he created. I honestly couldn't have imagined doing my TEFL certification with anyone else. I decided to take the leap of faith and started my journey towards becoming a TEFL teaching in September 2020. I did my TEFL training on the beautiful island of Koh Chang where I met some lifelong friends. There were so many amazing moments it's hard to write about all of them in this review but it felt like we were a family on the island. The nerves, the fears, the anxiety were still there, which is of course natural but the people and TEFL Heaven staff were so supportive with everything. What makes this company stand out from the rest is their sincere genuinity for everyone. I love what TEFL heaven stands for and what their vision is for TEFL teachers all over the world.

The TEFL training course was set up incredibly well. There is only so much you can cover in three short weeks but I think they prepared us as best as they could. I had absolutely zero teaching experience prior to this and I didn't believe I could do half of the things I can now. You gain so much experience and they give you so many kills and tools to use, I truly feel without this training I wouldn't have been prepared enough going into my first teaching position. After the TEFL training was over we returned back to Bangkok, where we met with our placement agencies who took us to our teaching location. I, along with nine other TEFL Heaven trainees were placed at a public school in Chachoengsao, Thailand. I'm just finishing my first term teaching Primary 1 and it is the BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. I have grown in ways I never dreamed were possible and have stepped out of my comfort zone a countless amount of times that my confidence is much higher than it has ever been.

My favourite thing about the program was meeting so many likeminded individuals but also the support TEFL Heaven provided every step of the way. There are a lot of anxieties and worries at the beginning with visas, documents, financial, personal...etc. but TEFL Heaven are a very experienced company and truly make you feel at ease. I also loved how we got to meet Mike himself at the orientation and he actually came to our island for a couple of days, which added a great personal touch and you can tell he cares for everyone. Listening to his own story and sharing his vision was truly inspiring. I loved this program, I loved the staff and I loved all the wonderful people I met along the way. Thank you TEFL Heaven for making my dream as a TEFL Teacher become reality and pushing me out of my comfort zones each day. SO TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH, TRUST IN THE PROCESS AND LIVE YOUR BEST MOST FULFILLING LIFE DOING WHAT YOU LOVE.

I wish you all the best and who knows, maybe at some point down the line I will meet some of you.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was definitely presenting in front of your peers during the TEFL training course. I never thought of myself as much of a public speaker, in fact I hated talking to a big group of people. I remember the first task I had to do was present a 10 minute lesson on a subject (Directions). I was super nervous and anxious and all I wanted to do was run away but I got through it and after that everything seemed a lot easier. I overcame this by simply accepting that it is okay if you aren't good at something you have never done before (that is the whole point of training). I told myself that the only way to grow and improve is by making it through difficult and uncomfortable situations. At the end of the day we are all in the same boat and you can't let the fear of failure/ judgement overcome you. Take each challenge as it comes and watch yourself transform into the person you always hoped you could be. You may surprise yourself with what you are capable of.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great classroom experience.

No complaints with the classroom experience at Vallarta International Academy. Excellent instruction and support from Alan and Fabian. The teaching practices were very helpful. Rachel and Nick gave "firm but fair" scores along with good advise on how to improve. I feel much more confident and prepared to teach after my four weeks at VIA.

What would you improve about this program?
There is definitely mixed messages from TEFL Heaven and VIA regarding what happens job-wise after completing the course. This initially led to confusion and misunderstanding. We're back on track now, though. Looking forward to finally getting started in a teaching position.



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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program as my friends brother completed his TEFL course though TEFL heaven and he could not praise TEFL heaven enough. Before sending in my application I did my research and the reviews online were fantastic and the email response to my questions were quick and the staff quickly made me feel at ease and answered all my questions. I also chose this program because visiting south east Asia was always something I wanted to do as my parents had their honeymoon in Thailand. Furthermore, I also got to do my training on a paradise island!

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

The program provided assisted me with assistance in finding accommodation after training (as during training accommodation is included), visa support, advice on what documents to bring, airport transfers, a shuttle coach to travel from Bangkok down to the island I was training on and they supported me in finding a job straight after training. All the program advisors and staff were so lovely and clearly loved what they do which 100% reflected in their work. The only thing I had to do really was to organize my flights and make sure I packed the appropriate items!!

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

My advice is, do your research about the program and the country that you are interested in and do not be afraid to ask questions to the program advisors as they are so helpful and there is no such thing as a silly question.

Bring a months worth of savings with you just in case there’s an emergency, take out travel insurance, make sure your passport is valid and get your degree legalized before you fly.

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

The average day is you would wake up every morning have breakfast with all of your course friends. Then get to the training room for around 10am, the trainer would go through what you would learn during the day I.e lesson plans, grammar lessons, fun tools, tips and games.

You would have a morning of theory on grammar or how to teach a class and then in the afternoon you would practice your teaching in front of your class friends. This isn’t scary everyone is so supportive and in the same boat as you!! By the end of the 3 weeks of training you will feel super confident to teach English to a class.

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 biggest fear was missing home as I never travelled alone before. I overcame this quickly as I met so many friends on my program that became like a second family to me, I also was super busy to even realize I was missing home as I was either teaching or travelling. Also the wonders of technology and social media enabled me to speak to my family, boyfriend and friends all the time.

What were a few of your favorite moments?

My favorite few stories are when I was on the way back to my condo in Bangkok from the BTS (Bangkok Skytrain) and on the way back the monsoon rain started, there was no cover for me to go under so I had to walk back to my condo which soaked me. My flip flop broke and i remember looking in the mirror when I got home laughing as I looked so funny.

I also will never forget seeing the sunset over Angkor Wat in Cambodia and I will also never forget the tropical humid heat that hits you when you step off the plane!!

Staff Interviews

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

Kacie Kuhlman

Job Title
Sales Advisor/Admin
I went abroad with TEFL Heaven in 2019 and taught in Bangkok! I currently reside in the United States, and love encouraging others to go abroad and have the most amazing experience like I did!


What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is feeding the elephants in Chiang Mai. We were able to feed the elephants, wash them, and make them food! It was one of those moments where you reflect on how you got here, and how truly blessed you are! Being around those animals and feeding them was the most amazing memory.

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

Absolutely! I have been able to chat and meet people from all walks of life and from all over the world! I feel like a more well-rounded individual, and have personally grown from the relationships and connections I have made. I always feel so blessed to be able to say that I have had conversations or shared stories with someone who lives halfway across the world from me!

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

The growth that happens after the course and during their time of being in the classroom! You are challenged not only by teaching and your students but by being in a new culture and environment. It is amazing to see the change within our students! One student was terrified about going abroad, but we made sure we were there every step and it was amazing to see her confidence soar!

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

Thailand without a doubt - I went through that program myself and I would do it 100X over. The country, the people, and the food are out of this world! We have so many alumni in Thailand and amazing connections with the schools! Even though every program has its unique characteristics, or Thailand program has been around the longest!

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

I think our company is unique because every single one of us on the team have gone through TEFL Heaven ourselves. We know first hand what our program are like and how they can transform your life!

I have been beyond proud of our team especially the last few months because we have just continued to grow and always overcome any hurdle that comes our way!

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

Teamwork and communication! Our team is constantly communicating and making it a wonderful place to work in. Even though we are remote and all of us live in different countries at the moment, we are always there for each other. But not only that, we care deeply about our candidates and future teachers because we have all gone through this exact program ourself!