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TEFL Worldwide Prague

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Teach English abroad! In just 4 weeks you can become TEFL certified and begin teaching English here in Prague or anywhere!

TEFL Worldwide was established in 2003. We offer an accredited 120 hour 4-week TEFL certificate course in the heart of Europe, Prague. The TEFL Worldwide course comes highly recommended by our graduates and won awards in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

To date TEFL Worldwide has over 3,500 graduates who have gone on to teach in 60+ countries! We provide lifetime job assistance, Alumni events and support before, during and well after the course. We are always here for you! Our dedication to our graduates is what sets us apart from other schools.

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Severino
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

I'm very happy with my experience at TEFL Worldwide Prague. All of the instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful and I still have relationships with them now, months after the course. I know I could have taken a TEFL course online for less money, but there is no way that would have prepared me to walk into a real classroom like this course did. Honestly, I think the most important thing for me was the friends that I have made via this TEFL course, whether is was my classmates, alumni, or new grads that I've met since my course. Moving to a new country alone can be tough and it was great to have others around me that were in the same boat! Would definitely recommend!

Pros
  • Community
  • Curriculum
Cons
  • Poor explanation of Prague's cost of living
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Brandon
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Rewarding Experience!

This program is very intensive, but what you get out of it is so rewarding! You get to work with real students and get feedback as soon as you get done teaching. It was so nice to learn from the people who are actually in the field and giving you their advice while you learn. The teachers are great and are there to help even after you graduate from the program. While there you form bonds with your classmates and even with past graduates that have stayed in Prague. You will have classes Monday-Friday from 9-6 and after 6 you work on your lesson plan that you will teach the next day. You do have weekends open, but you will most likely want to sleep in or work on some class projects coming up for the next week. The long hours are worth it though. To see your students laughing and enjoying your lesson while also understanding what they are learning is a rewarding feeling. The teachers and director are great to stay in touch with as well because of the connections they have. Even if you don't want to stay in Prague there are so many past graduates from the program that have left and are teaching in other countries you could be connected to.

Pros
  • Friends
  • Adventure
  • New career
Cons
  • The course is intensive and will take up the whole month while you are there.
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Marie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL helped me to change my career path

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole training - it was an intense month, yet it taught me an incredible amount of skills that I am now using with my own students. The tutors provided us with many valuable resources, practical tips and though there were many things to learn, they made learning fun and enjoyable! There was also a meeting focused on getting a job, obtaining the Czech business license or the working visa in case you are from overseas. I appreciate the approach and would happily enroll again! I received my first job offers shortly after graduating and have been enjoying my teaching adventure ever since.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was actually able to stand up in front of a class and teach - it was a great feeling! I was a little nervous at the beginning, but it all vanished quickly - and a sense of accomplishment prevailed instead. So much can be learned within just one month! Also, it is the opposite of a corporate job and I am big fan of it!
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Ryan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved the Whole Experience

I’ll start off by saying that no amount of hours in any teaching course will fully prepare you for the first time you step in front of a class. It takes a long time to find your comfort zone when teaching english.
That being said, the TEFL Worldwide program in Prague is really a great program if you’re interested in teaching abroad. What I mentioned above was told to us by many of our instructors; each of them were very in tune with the realities of teaching, each seasoned veterans that really prepared us for what to expect when we began teaching. Whether you have prior teaching skills or you’re new to the game, you’ll walk away from this course feeling much more confident and better equipped to start teaching.
Each of the modules were very in-depth, and I won’t lie: It’s a lot of work. Obviously the first thing you’ll want to do when you get to Prague is explore the city. And explore it you must. Whether you’re planning to stay or just stopping through for the month, it truly is a magical place that sucks you in immediately. But, you’ll find a lot of your free time chewed up by work for the course. It’s not hard by any means, but more so time-consuming.
The best part of the course was the practical experience you gain throughout it. You teach actual Czech students 6 times over the course of the 4 weeks. It’s very nerve-wracking, but the instructors each give great feedback that allows you yourself to slowly start to notice improvements in each successive lesson. Not only that, these practice lessons give you a good glimpse into what it’s like to teach specifically Czech people.
What really makes the course as a whole are those you go through it with. Your class makeup will really define the overall vibe of the day-day activities. The instructors provide a great work and learning environment that favors genuine friendships with your fellow Teflers. I was lucky, our class became really close over the course of the month and we’re all still good friends. It’s sort of a “shared struggle” bond that you develop together.
Enroll in TEFL Worldwide if you want to travel abroad and teach. And if you’re thinking about doing the course for the month in Prague and then moving somewhere else with your degree (which is totally possible, the degree is internationally recognized), I wish you good luck in trying to leave Prague. Once you’re here you will fall in love with this place.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go into it with a hustling mindset. This city works you, and you have to work with it. But there is a saying that goes: Prague always works itself out. And if there's one thing I've learned here, it's that.
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Mara
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Extremely Valuable Program

There are so many reasons why anyone should apply for this program. First, it is a direct path to getting to live practically anywhere you want in the world. Secondly, you get to spend the month in Prague, an absolutely amazing city. But more seriously, this program actually prepares you to teach English- it is intense, and at times trying, but it is so so worth it. The support you get from the trainers is truly a godsend, and they actually care about your success. Not to mention the connections you make with your fellow TEFLers, which will quickly make this strange new city feel like home. If you’re thinking about it… Just go for it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It’s best to come with savings- the visa process does take a while so you’ll have to wait for your wages… The more you come in with, the more comfortable you’ll be in those first few months!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Jacqueline Steponaitis

Jackie enjoys traveling, trying new cuisine, and is a huge anime/pop culture/video game nerd. Her White German Shepherd, Luna, deals with her shenanigans, but loves her all the same.

Why did you choose this program?

I had just finished completing 2 years of ESL teaching in Japan and I was ready to make the transition to teaching in public schools or private schools. However, interview after interview, I received the same response of loving my teaching experience and philosophy but couldn't hire me because my B.A. was not in Education. Many former co-workers had suggested an intensive TEFL program, but I had no idea which one to even consider.

Then a dear friend and fellow educator suggested Prague as the sight of achieving my TEFL certificate. After days of research and reading reviews, TEFL Worldwide was the only choice for me. The deciding factor came down to TEFL Worldwide offering actual classes with students of multiple English abilities as a form of practice and to be guided by a licensed teacher.

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

TEFL Worldwide helped organize accommodations, airport pick up, a city tour of Prague 1, recommendations on malls and stores with multilingual staff, and 24/7 support by phone should an emergency arise during the course of the students stay.

Purchasing of the airplane tickets, public transportation passes, and interactions with the students assigned to you during the course was up to the teacher. However, support was available should translations from English to Czech were needed. Even if the school could not directly do it for you, help was available should it be requested.

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

This course is NOT for the faint of heart. A normal TEFL certificate class is spread over three months in most cases. TEFL Worldwide is a four week, SUPER intensive course with daily homework, readings, and assignments on top of bigger projects due throughout the month.

If your learning style calls for slower paces, this is not the course for you.

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

Mondays are generally dedicated to all day long classes, split up in presentations by the programs instructors. Tuesday - Friday are often instructional classes in the morning followed by teaching practice/observation of other classmates lessons.

There are no classes on Saturday and Sunday. It is not uncommon for teachers in the program to spend a day working on assignments and exploring in or around Prague.

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

After having spent two years in Asia, I will still be dealing with reverse culture shock in the United States when I left for Eastern Europe. My mind was racing with thoughts of etiquette, expectations of foreigners, food, time zone differences, and etc. As my first time in Europe, I was not prepared for how much I would come to love the people, food, and culture.

I overcame the fear of my preconceptions by forcing myself to do things that were not easy such as going to a cafe in Prague where the entire menu was in Czech, traveling on the local trains outside of Prague, and trying to use the language whenever I could.

My Czech still may not be perfect or music to anyone's ears, but by forcing myself to do that, it helped ease my fears.

Staff Interviews

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

Kenneth Arnold

Job Title
Course Director
Kenneth holds a BS degree in Pedagogy with a Primary Education major from the University of Missouri, a Cambridge DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English Language to Adults), a Shenker Institue TEFL Certificate from Rome, Italy and is an Official Cambridge Oral Examiner certified by Cambridge University, British Council. He has been working in TEFL teaching and training since 1997.
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What is your favorite travel memory?

Hard to say. I didn't travel much when I was young so after I graduated, it was as if everything was a new opportunity. The first country that I visited which was vastly different from my own was Malaysia, so that country will always have special memories for me.

When I was teaching in the US, I had the idea to travel during the summer breaks. But I realized I'd only be living for those times when I'd get to travel. I was then introduced to the idea of teaching English abroad. Instead of waiting to travel, I'd be living elsewhere constantly. I loved the opportunity of living in other countries and actually getting a closer look at what makes them special.

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

I don't know if any places are over or underrated. You can have a great time or terrible time anywhere depending upon your experiences there, the people you meet, your own attitude, etc. Personally, there are lots of places I haven't been and would like to go, so I don't want to dismiss any opportunity I haven't taken.

That said, I've been very lucky in the places I've taught. Living in Rome opposite the Pantheon, an island in Southeast Asia, the south of Spain, and of course Prague, still one of the most beautiful cities on earth, at least of those I've been to.

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

There are so many factors. Our staff, our trainers, our leader are all important components. But the biggest one is probably our graduates. I've personally helped train over 800 teachers over the years and I try to stay in contact with as many of them as I can. They are, by far, the best representatives of our work. I'm really proud when they are able to get a job abroad, go for a new experience and we were a part of helping make that happen.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Overall, TEFL Worldwide is a great place to work. The staff is small and hard-working. My fellow trainers are full of energy and passion for what they do. And the owner is very dedicated to her company and clients. The location is ideal in a quiet part of Prague but with ample ways to get to various locations around the city.

In my profession, we change employers a lot, each time you move to a new country basically. TEFL Worldwide is one of, if not the, best places I've ever worked.

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

I can't choose just one story, there are loads of great experiences. I've often said that my big days of traveling are over, but then when I keep in contact with graduates and I hear about all of the exciting places they are going and things they are doing, I feel that travel bug itching again.

To be honest, the best stories are when graduates share funny or interesting classroom experiences they have had. As everyone is teaching or has taught at some point, we can all relate. Those stories tend to be the most universal as you can see that teaching English, for all its ups and downs, is a really fun profession.