TEFL Heaven

TEFL Heaven

About

Since 2007 TEFL Heaven (formerly Experience Teaching Abroad) has assisted university graduates and non-graduates to secure quality teaching placements abroad. We pride ourselves on being a fun and personable company who like to actively engage with all who are seeking the opportunity to teach English as a foreign language. As a registered Social Enterprise we have, and will continue to have a focus on our social responsibility to the wider world, providing opportunities and bringing people together through the teaching and learning of the English Language.

Founded
2007

Apply now to secure your place on our April Program in Koh Chang!

Experience 3 weeks TEFL/ TESOL training in a paradise location, followed by a guaranteed paid teaching job. We own one of the most popular paid teaching programs in the world – Thailand is a popular country because of the low cost of living, good salaries for teachers, great tasting food, friendly people, stunning beaches and hot weather.

Reviews

Adeline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am extremely thankful to have done the TEFL program in Thailand because it was a nice introduction to the country before signing a contract to live here for a year. I was very nervous coming over, with obvious reasons, but the program really helped to calm my nerves and help me prepare for teaching. I did my training on the island of Koh Chang and it was so incredibly beautiful. I also got to meet a lot of new friends and that was a huge bonus as well.
Currently I am living in the town of Ranong Thailand, which is very south, and I'm teaching high school in an international program, this means that all of my students are able to speak at least a little bit of english. I teach english, sociology, geography and art and love it all! My town is small but there are many things to do, especially if you love nature! I live close to a lot of the major islands, like Phuket and Koh Phayam, so its nice to be able to travel there when I need a break. So far my experience here has been amazing- it's obviously not all easy but I'm learning and growing everyday and I wouldn't exchange this experience for anything.
I made a cool video of my life here in Ranong- from my school, to my home and some places in between! If you want to catch a glimpse of my life here check it out! :)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t allow your thoughts to overwhelm and keep you from saying yes to an experience of a lifetime. I promise you that everything will be okay and although it won’t always be easy, you will come out of this experience stronger and more confident. This is something that I always wanted to do but was terrified of taking the steps necessary in order for me to accomplish this goal. Being here in Thailand now I realize how much I built it up in my head but in reality it feels so normal and is much easier than I initially expected. If you have any doubt in your mind, stop and ask yourself if it’s out of fear of the unknown and don’t allow that fear to stop you. Jump headfirst into the unknown because it is there where you will learn and grow so much more than you ever expected and it’s a beautiful process along the way. Life is meant to be lived and you have the world at your fingertips, if you choose to experience and explore, and there are so many beautiful things and people waiting for you. If i can leave you with any advice, it’s: Please don’t let fear keep you from living your life, accept and acknowledge it but keep moving forward- you never know how far you can go until you try.
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Grace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program is AWESOME! it completely prepared me to teach English and the resources I was given to thrive were plentiful. I was a bit nervous upon arriving but when I got here I was very much welcomed to a community of people who could steer me in the right direction and were happy to do so. The course was great and afterwards I felt confident to take on students of my own and had the tools to live in a brand new city and brand new culture. Although I completed the course in August, I am still living and teaching in Buenos Aires and am encouraged to return to the school whenever I want to catch up with the people there. Apart from the course, the city is also a REALLY cool place to live with plenty of things to do and a lot of foreigners from all over so you will be welcomed. Overall, come and learn and grow and live you wont regret it! TEFL Heaven does a great job to assure that!

What was the most nerve-racking moment?
The scariest moment was when my plane landed and I freaked out about many things like if I was going to meet friends or I was going to be safe and comfortable. However, once I arrived to my host family that I stayed with for a month, I knew I was safe and had help from them if I needed it, and once I went to the first day of the course, I made friends with my peers and continue to make friends as I live here. After that initial anxiety everything has been pretty smooth sailing!
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Kathryn
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We originally picked TEFL Heaven because they had the best reviews online for a TEFL cert in an overseas location. We didn't want to do the course online since we were working full time and didn't want to be studying all night afterwards. Studying in the country we wanted to be in and learning some of the culture and language first was a nice way to be introduced to our working abroad time.
TEFL Heaven was on top of things from the first time we spoke to them. They answered my questions, emailed within a reasonable amount of time and helped us with the process of applying, etc.
The 3 week course itself was fun with a good group of people and great trainers. It wasn't academically challenging but just full on as it is all day in the class room at high energy. We had every weekend off which was nice to explore our island. I feel like the time in training helped me prepare a little for how teaching would be when we got jobs.
TEFL Heaven placed us with an agency in Bangkok and they placed us in a all girls high school (recommend!). Our school is great - lovely kids (mostly), teachers and good location for us. It was really cool to see/participate in all the cultural days/festivals with the teachers and kids.
All in all, we did this program to get out of our comfort zone, have a change of scenery and decide if we wanted to be teachers at home. It has been successful on all of those fronts.
The culture shock is still in play even after 6 months and we'll be glad to be home in our familiar surroundings, but we're very glad to have experienced this and would recommend it to others.

What would you improve about this program?
To improve this program I would have a section on housing and apartment hunting. It was quite daunting trying to find a place in our school area. Our agency did make a call in Thai for us once and gave us 1 or 2 apartment names nearby, but other than that, not much support on the whole. In the end, we were lucky enough to have a contact at the school we were going to and she helped us a lot with where to stay, info on the school, etc. I would suggest that TEFL have some kind of mentor program - where trainees can link up with current teachers and get advice/information about the area, school, clothing, etc. It really lowered the stress levels for us having someone on the inside to talk with.
Amber
Amber
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did my TEFL course in the beautiful paradise island of Koh Samui.
I was really worried about living abroad, accommodation, the visa process and after doing lots of research it seemed that TEFL Heaven were the perfect company for me.
The TEFL team quickly responded to all my emails which gave me so much confidence in sending in my application.
i sent in my application and was interviewed over Skype, Ben who interviewed me listened to me and helped me with any concerns and worries that I had.
TEFL Heaven then supported me through the visa process and finding accommodation near my teaching job.

On top of that they organized airport transfers and accommodation that they organised was in a beautiful hotel!!

Training was 3 weeks I never had any teaching experience before and was nervous but I shouldn’t have been as during training I learnt loads about teaching techniques, grammar, lesson plans and fun games tips and tools ready to teach my class. The training team were lovely and organized lots of social events such as visiting other beautiful islands in the south of Thailand and fun talent shows which made me get to know all of my course friends.

I also requested my preferred age group and location and the team worked so hard and I was placed where I wanted snd taught my preferred age group !!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Seeing live scorpions to eat. It was very odd walking along the street and someone offering you live scorpions to eat which was very odd.
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Sharmani
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Not a moment of regret!

My name is Sharmani, from Melbourne, Australia. I moved to Madrid January 2019 to complete my TEFL course. The course ran for 4 weeks, Monday to Friday, it was thorough and well structured. I was placed in good hands, my trainers were knowledgeable and experienced as they themselves have done the course, so they knew exactly what the students had to go through.

Before making the big decision to pack my life into a suitcase and move half way across the world, I had doubts and concerns about: making new friends, the new environment, accommodation, costs, finding a job...and the list goes on! However, these all proved to be unnecessary stress when I arrived in Madrid.

Everyone in your course will be in the same boat, so making friends were super easy, to this day we are like a little family in Madrid, we travel and do everything together!

Once I was successful with TEFL Heaven, they put me in contact with the housing coordinator in Madrid who helped me with accommodation, alternatively there are websites out there like Spotahome which I found really easy to use.

Finding a job was also very easy, at the school they helped me with my CV and I also looked for work online. By the second week of graduating I had already began teaching.

I have to admit, during my first month, the language was an issue as English is not widely spoken in Madrid. You will get by but I definitely recommend taking lessons or participating in language exchanges! I have also learnt a lot from my students, it's definitely a two way learning! I have been here for 2 months now, and my Spanish has definitely improved!

Three things I love about Madrid:
1. The weather, it will never disappoint, the sun is ALWAYS out!
2. The culture and the people. The Spaniards love living life, they know how to enjoy and relax.
3. The food and drinks, cheap and tasty!

Three reasons why you should just book yourself into the program already!
1. You will meet people from all over the world and become lifelong friends
2. Once you are TEFL certified you can pretty much teach anywhere in the world
3. You will always be wondering "what if" if you never give it a go!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Savings:
I will definitely try to come with at least 3 months worth of rent saved up. Rent can range from 470 to 600 euros a month depending on where you stay, bills (water, gas, electricity, WIFI) are usually included.

Arrive with accommodation booked because you will be busy completing the TEFL course. I booked my place for 2 months. During the first 4 weeks you will be dedicated to the TEFL course and the second month you will be busy finding a job and settling in. Two months is also a good amount of time to suss out the area and surrounding.

Last but not least...the worst that can happen is, you realise this is not for you and you go home, however at least you will have no regrets at all!

Highly recommend doing the course as it has opened many opportunities for myself!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Amber Parker

Amber is from UK and has completed her accredited worldwide TEFL certificate in Thailand. She did her 3 week in country TEFL course on the beautiful island of Koh Samui in the south of Thailand. She then went on to teach kindergarten children in Bangkok and travelled to Cambodia, Laos, Bali and the surrounding cities/islands during her time in Thailand.

Amber Parker

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

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

Jodi Bryce

Job Title
Marketing Coordinator
Jodi lives in Weston Super Mare with her husband, Dan, and 20 month old daughter, Indie. Jodi studied at the UWE, Bristol before making the move to London in 2007 to work in Sales and Marketing at the University of London. After completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Events Management with PR/ Marketing, Jodi made her return to the South West and has been working at TEFL Heaven since 2018.
Jodi Bryce

What is your favorite travel memory?

My brother-in-law lives in Bangkok, Thailand, so I have been lucky enough to spend several months travelling around the country, including the Islands to the south of Thailand.

My husband and I spent 3 nights on Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is a very small and virtually uninhabited Island off the coast of Koh Samui. It was absolutely beautiful, with its towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes. We stayed in a simple bungalow with no air conditioning or internet, which was challenging, but worth it! One of my best memories is of us eating our breakfast surrounded by the local wildlife every morning, including a group of cheeky monkeys who were always eager to share our meals with us!

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

I have learnt a lot about the world of TEFL since starting this role. Although not a TEFL Heaven alumni myself, I am an avid traveller with a love of working with young people, having previously worked at the University of London and Bristol Students Union.

Since working at TEFL Heaven, I have seen first hand that teaching abroad is an amazing life changing experience and I feel very privileged to be part of that journey. My current role entails conveying that experience to prospective candidates via our website, social media and partner sites. One of the ways I do this is by working closely with our Ambassadors, who are TEFL Heaven alumni living and working in their chosen destinations all over the world.

I have learnt so much about the TEFL experience through working with them; it is so rewarding and inspiring speaking to them each week and finding out their updates!

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

One of our TEFL Heaven alumni, Kailey, told me a story recently about how she came off her motorcycle in the first few weeks of being in Thailand. Feeling quite dazed and confused (and probably a little in shock), she was amazed by the kindness she received from the local Thai people, including passing onlookers and the local shop owner, who all came out to comfort her and attend to her wounds! She was even given a spare pair of shoes to wear home! It just goes to show Thailand really is the land of smiles!

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

This is a really tricky question because my heart lies with Thailand, having spent so much time there. Our program is taught on the paradise Island of Koh Chang (which I have been to several times) and it’s by far our most popular choice, so hard to resist! However, because I would want a new experience and to feel a little out of my comfort zone, I would say Mexico!

Having never been to Latin America, I think it would be an amazing to learn more about the local culture, not to mention the food! This would also give me the chance to brush up on my A- level Spanish skills! Hey, it’s never too late to start over! Sign me up (although I think the husband might have something to say about it)... Adios, amigos!!

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

Some of the best feedback I’ve seen is about the level of support and advice we give to our candidates. Their journey is really important to us and we want to make sure we find the best fit for every candidate. We are not in this to make a quick dollar, we understand that this is an important life changing decision for them. The majority of our staff are alumni, so have been there themselves! We go above and beyond to offer the best, most up to date information and resources available to equip our candidates to teach English in their chosen destination.

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

We believe in honesty and transparency in all that we do; we always have our customers at the heart of every interaction. We always try and put ourselves in their shoes by offering them all of the information which we would want if we were in their position. We go above and beyond to offer them the very best level of support and service in all that we do.

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