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TEFL Zorritos

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TEFL Zorritos is a unique TEFL training institute located in Zorritos on the far north coast of Peru. Our trainees study in a beautiful natural setting at our beach-front outdoor training centre in Zorritos; it is a truly unique opportunity for TEFL trainees to study an internationally accredited and accepted TEFL Certificate course, whilst enjoying a rich cultural experience in rural coastal Peru. We offer a highly personalized course with a maximum of 12 trainees per group to ensure you receive the attention you deserve. You will complete 10 hours of teaching practice of real local students which is an invaluable part of your TEFL course. Graduates will be placed in positions in Peru through our job placement program.

Founded
2013

Reviews

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Robert
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was a highly enjoyable, rewarding and challenging course that has changed my life in terms of where I will live and work in the future. The location is perfect and the trainers do everything they can to help, whilst being incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging throughout.

The course is really interesting, fun and gives you ten hours of invaluable classroom experience, during which you learn so much as to the do's and don't's of teaching. They're also really rewarding and fun too, as you're really helping the local people learn and improve their English! The feedback was always constructive and really helped me to progress and improve. The staff here also really, really help you get a job afterwards.

It's a truly great experience and I've learnt a lot from it. I cannot sing its praises enough!!

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly can't think of a way that this course can be improved!
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Martine Sharon
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall this was a very positive experience., the staff were friendly and helpful.
The only problem was that I attended when there were a high number of school & university trips & other celebrations which meant that guests were partying until the early hours of the morning every night. This meant very little sleep as the hotel staff began work by 6 o'clock each morning. This has an impact as you are teaching (after your lessons during the day) until 9.00 at night.
However the TEFL Zorritos staff have given good advice and guidance in teaching and finding employment at the end of the course.

Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall the course was great, I learnt what I needed to know and gained the experience required to complete the course. Adan, Yola and Cindy were very healpful and supportivve throughout the course. The course was straight forward and easy to follow and enjoyable at the same time. The location was interesting and challenging. I felt that the pre course assesment was unessesary as we did not receive any infomation although we did get an undwerstanding of what would be in the course.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe by changing locations to a larger city or town in Peru
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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Next week I will start working at my dream job in Huaraz that TEFL Zorritos set me up with. I cannot imagine stepping into that classroom without the 10 hours of practice teaching that TEFL Zorritos equipped me with. Adan, the teacher, was enthusiastic and competent. Yolande, the on-site coordinator was incredible! She was dedicated to solving any problems we had during the course and worked tirelessly to get us all a job.

I loved that the beach was right outside my window and that I got to train in the country I wanted a job in.

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Teresa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Yolanda and Adan were GREAT!
They were both supportive and helped us in every way. We had a tour of the town before the course began, which was very useful.

They guided us in any area that we needed assistancein, and offered a lot of extra advice and answered every question anyone had.

They also got us all a job, and told us how to apply to do TEFL teaching in the future.

I am really happy that I did this course and was happy with all the support.

What would you improve about this program?
To get copies of the books we might/will be working from.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Joanne McDonald

Jo, a soon to be 33-year-old Australian from Adelaide is looking to find herself in the world, and has just started a new chapter in her life teaching and traveling abroad. She's currently in Peru.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program from an agency in Australia, as this was the company they recommended for teaching in Peru.

If I'd had the hindsight I would've gone straight through TEFL Zorritos rather than pay more through an agency, as the agency did very little to assist and I paid double what I would've paid going directly through TEFL Zorritos themselves, and TEFL Zorritos have done all the legwork to get me here.

In saying this I wasn't sure at first what I was looking for, only somewhere to learn to teach in South America. Luckily I have gone through the best program yet to do this.

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

The agency arranged the connection with TEFL Zorritos. I will mention them only once as I feel others who want to be a traveler working overseas should make an informed choice. The company is called Global Work and Travel, and if I had the chance again I wouldn't have wasted the money I paid for their exorbitant prices when all the help I actually received was from TEFL Zorritos.

Once I was introduced to Ellie via an interview on Skype, they provided all the correct information about the course (the agency gave me the wrong, outdated information), and answered all the questions I had leading up to the trip, during and after the program. They would have arranged the accommodation and assisted with flights for a percentage of the price if I had gone directly too; they do everything and more than what an agency would do.

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

Cut out the middleman of paying for an agency as I noted above and go direct with the program. If you do your research and read the reviews, you will see what you can get out of this, and what will suit you.

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

We spent our first month living in a gorgeous resort called Mar Adento. We had breakfast included, with our own rooms.

Classes were from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and practice classes were held Monday to Wednesday for an hour from 6:30 pm, start times you should teach depend on how many other teachers are there.

In our spare time we were immersing ourselves in a little town called Zorritos where it was quaint and simple, we practiced our Spanish, tried new cuisine that was so cheap we couldn't believe it when we compared the exchange of our own currency, (try the Papa rejinas when in Peru!), And had opportunities on the weekend to explore other places (on our second weekend we swam with turtles).

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 and still is failure. I felt like this a few times in the course, that I hadn't been as good as I could've been, that I was useless at being a teacher and that with all the culture shock, occasional bad stomach aches (it'll happen now and then but it's part of the experience you'd say), and being there on my own, it was too hard to go on.

But going back to class the next day and getting up in front of a class full of students and teaching them, and seeing their understanding and appreciation made the difference, as well as the support from TEFL Zorritos.

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Staff Interviews

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

Adan Garcia

Job Title
On-Site Coordinator

What is your favorite travel memory?

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Meet Adan Garcia!

Visiting Machu Picchu is a travel experience I'll never forget. Seeing the sun rise over the ruins is a truly unforgettable experience. Spending a day walking around the ruins in amazement is something that I regularly dream about doing again.

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

Working for TEFL Zorritos has forced me to jump into a new community quickly. I have learned how to make community connections by being a part and speaking with all whom I can. Another way I have grown since working here is learning how to deliver constructive criticism to our trainees.

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

A month long teaching and cultural experience in a rural part of Peru is what makes TEFL Zorritos unique.

While attending our course our trainees can get a very real experience living in Peru. They get a chance to teach real students and adults from the community they are living in.

I have been especially proud of our team when we finish giving the practice classes and we can see the appreciation from the community.

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

The biggest factor for our company's success is delivering a positive teaching and learning experience to our trainees. In order to do this it is extremely important to be well organized and have an open line of communication between all employees and trainees.

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