TravelBud - Teach English Abroad

TravelBud

About

At TravelBud everyone you deal with is someone who has taught abroad before and has walked the very path that lies ahead for you through teaching abroad. We all passionately believe in the life-changing power of the teach abroad experience, both for those we place and for the students who gain new mentors from around the world. We carefully select each program to ensure it both makes a beneficial impact on the community it's based in and is a rewarding and life-changing cultural experience for the teachers too.

Something we're extremely proud of is our comprehensive support system. Whether it's before departure or once you're overseas there is always someone just an email or phone-call away to answer any question you might have no matter how small - we've always got your back. And it doesn't end there, we've kept in touch with many of our alumni for years after they return back to life at home. When you sign on with TravelBud you'll become part of our global family for life!

Website
travelbud.com
Founded
2013
Headquarters

Office SG101B1, Great Westerford
Corner Dean St & Main Rd
Cape Town
7700
South Africa

Upcoming Start Dates for our Paid Teaching Programs in Asia

Thailand: March 30th
Vietnam: March 23rd
South Korea: March 2nd
Myanmar: January 27th (Closing December 2nd)

Reviews

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Quetzal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TravelBud is very helpful throughout the application process as well as through any problems you have in-country during the course. I actually had 3 phone calls (as opposed to 1) to ask them a million and a half questions about where I should teach and why and TravelBud was always so patient with me. They guided me with spreadsheets, easy to follow websites, pros and cons lists and everything in between. It was so nice to have them by my side while prepping for a big move! Overall, if you are worried about placement and visas or anything else, TravelBud is there to help you transition smoothly :) I am so happy I chose to have a program to help me through this because, trust me, there are so many fine details that go into moving and working abroad!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
It seems terrifying to walk into a room full of people you've never met and start a class with them in a foreign country. It's scary to have a random roommate and not know the language - but you create a full-on family with these people! They will be your support group your entire course and year teaching (if you stick around to teach). It's important to remind yourself this and be aware of each others differences and celebrate them! Help each other out in the hard times, these people will be YOUR people.
Megan-Paige Smith
Megan-Paige
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Being able to travel and explore a country while earning money is the ideal situation that any young adult wants to be in. Working through Travelbud was a fantastic experience. The organization offered support throughout the entire experience. They helped me with all documentation I needed, answered all the questions I had about the program and offered emotional and practical support once I had gotten to South Korea. I never felt like I was alone in this ordeal. I was placed at a lovely school near the centre of Seoul. The program considers where you’d like to be placed which makes it truly unique to others. Through this program I made life long friends, traveled across South Korea and found myself immersing into their stunning culture. South Korea is a perfect blend of the modern wave and traditional customs and will suit almost anybody’s personality.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to any future travelers is to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy every opportunity that comes your way through this experience.
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Sibusile
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had decided to go overseas for the first time in my life through Travelbud. I was quite nervous but it turned out to be one of the most life changing experiences for me. Travelbud actively helped me through the whole process from getting my documents ready to getting a school in Vietnam. Travelbud was also very consistent with the emails and responding to questions which would put me at ease throughout the process. I really enjoyed the TESOL program in Vietnam because I got the chance to make new friends, experience Vietnam and it's culture before settling down in the city where my school was located. I would highly recommend Travelbud as they are pretty dedicated to making sure you get placed in good schools according to your preference and even after your placement they still check up on you to make sure everything is going well!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is to stay dedicated to your job,, actively enjoy the Vietnamese culture and remember to have lots of fun. These programs are quite pricey so make sure to use it to the best of your ability. Be active in your schools as your colleagues are extremely helpful and the children are very cute, enthusiastic and engaging. Don't forget to see the rest of Vietnam!. Make friends, tryout the Vietnamese beer, learn to ride a bike and take a lot of pictures!
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Ellie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My husband and I decided to take the leap and start teaching in Vietnam in 2018. Both unqualified to teach English abroad and with zero teaching experience, we trawled the internet for our best option. Naturally nervous about the prospect, we were looking for the best support we could find.

We came across TravelBud online and decided we would get in touch. From the second I contacted them, we received ongoing support from the team. We spoke directly with recruitment and discussed our situation. Quickly we decided that this would be the company we chose.

TravelBud helped us with visas, document legalisation and preparation in the following months. They ensured that we were on track to arrive in Vietnam with everything we needed.

When we arrived at the airport, we were collected and taken to our accommodation. All of which had been arranged for us as part of our overall fee. The accommodation provided is extremely basic in Vietnam, but to be expected.

We were invited to a welcome meal with all of our course mates. This was a great way to feel settled. Especially for those taking the leap alone.

Over the next month we received in class training, with an opportunity to gain teaching experience. Upon completion of the course, we were placed in one of Vietnam's most reputable independent teaching centres. A company we still work for today, 16 months on!

Overall, TravelBud gave us the support and confidence we needed to start our new lives in SE Asia. Without them, I'm not sure we'd ever have left England.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Standing in front of 16 Vietnamese kids about to teach my first class was easily one of the most nerve-racking moments of my life!
Knowing I wasn't alone in this experience as all of my course mates were in the same boat definitely calmed my nerves and helped me face it head on!
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I cannot recommend teaching abroad with TravelBud enough! I only had 3 months available to teach abroad, so TravelBud provided me the option to take my TEFOL course online instead of abroad to maximize my experience in such a short timeframe. This allowed me to take part in a cultural orientation, then get placed at a wonderful school that took me in and made me feel at home in no time! TravelBud gave me the chance to make lifelong friends, teach a wonderful group of students, travel around to neighboring countries/cities, and to even join a local soccer team!

If you are considering teaching abroad, TravelBud is the best way to feel safe while expanding your boundaries every single day! They ensured I was placed at a safe and wonderful school, checked in on me several times, and ensured my experience abroad was no less than extraordinary!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Immerse yourself in every moment and say yes to everything!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Megan-Paige Smith

Megan is an adventurous spirit. Always seeking out new opportunities and pushing herself out of her comfort zone.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I have always wanted to travel, but I did not want to stop working or put my career on hold. This program offers you the best of both worlds. You can travel and get to see all different parts of Korea and other Asian countries while working and building up your resume.

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

This program assisted me with general information about the documentation I needed. The program coordinators issued a checklist of documents, such as a criminal background check, certified degrees, etc. Thereafter gathering and collecting my documentation was then my responsibility.

They also organized the inland teaching program in South Korea, where my accommodation and the ins and outs of the TESOL course was organized for me.

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

Always be open-minded and have a positive attitude. This is truly a wonderful experience and it helps if you start off with a positive attitude. The Korean culture can, at times, be a big adjustment. Just remember they are trying to adjust to your culture as well.

Be respectful and be willing to learn.

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

During the TESOL course, an average week is jam-packed with an array of teaching classes and cultural tours. While getting your TESOL certificate, you are also learning about the Korean culture as well as exploring some popular tourist spots.

Once you are placed in your school, an average week would typically consist of 6-8 teaching hours per day during the week. Weekends and other holidays are perfect opportunities to travel and explore South Korea and even nearby Asian countries, like Japan. Each school is different, though, so working times all depend on the school you work for.

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 going into this experience was not being able to adjust to the Korean culture. However, this fear quickly evaporated once I had settled into my school. My co-teachers were a lovely group of ladies who taught me basic Korean etiquette. Also, learning a little bit of the language can go a long way and can help you assimilate yourself better. Simple phrases in Korean can help you call a taxi or ask for directions if you are lost and really can make a difference in a stressful situation.

Is there any other advice for prospective travelers?

If there is one thing I’d like prospective travelers to know is that the expat groups in South Korea are wonderful. They are filled with people that are all in the same boat as you and many have had ample experience.

Most groups have meetups and coffee sessions and hiking trips. These groups really help if you are looking to make friends or meet new people, and it was so much fun for me to try all different kinds of activities.

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Staff Interviews

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Sarah Jansen Van vuuren

Job Title
Enrollments coordinator
Sarah is an Enrollments coordinator that has just come back from Vietnam; on her travels, she managed to meet many people and gain many experiences. She will be your guiding hand on planning your adventure.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was going to Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. It is a protected area in north-central Vietnam bordering the Hin Namno Reserve in Laos. I remember taking the train super early to leave 'Vinh city and only had one day to venture around this place. It was honestly the most beautiful place I'd ever seen.

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

I have grown a lot since I have started at Travelbud. I have learnt a lot and really have enjoyed teamwork. I have really enjoyed helping applicants embark on their adventure abroad and really give them first- hand experience advice.

I love how Travelbud always strives to make everything easy and convenient for all our applicants.

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

I think the best stories I have heard were from the students that went on the TESOL course with me. We were from all parts of the world, coming from different backgrounds, but we all decided to be there at the same time. I experienced many memories and just watching everyone grow and become closer was incredible.

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

I would love to do any of our volunteer programs, I am so excited that there are these new programs. My favorite one would definitely be the volunteer program in Zanzibar where I could help provide educational support to the community and experience a different culture. It would be amazing to stay on the beach and taste all the different food that the Island has to offer.

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

Travelbud is unique as we always try and get to know our applicants and really see what the best program would be for them. I am excited to introduce more of our volunteer programs to our applicants so that they have a chance to experience Africa as well! I am proud of our team as we always try and work together and highlight each other strengths.

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

I feel that the biggest factor in being a successful company is having a collaborative and passionate attitude in all that you do. Being able to relate to each of our applicants and see what's best for them. It's also extremely important to be compassionate and always try and do your best. I feel that at Travelbud we try and do that every single day.

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