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XploreAsia was founded by educators who are passionate about teaching English and giving back to local communities. We specialize in providing a life-changing adventure by living, teaching, and volunteering abroad. We offer internationally accredited TESOL/TEFL certification courses, job placement assistance, sustainable volunteer placements, home stay options, and internships throughout Southeast Asia. We strive to help people discover the transformational benefits of living and teaching in Southeast Asia, and are dedicated to providing quality education and experiences.


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Yes, I recommend this program

It has been four years and 2 months since I left my hometown of West Chester, PA, boarded a plane at Philadelphia International Airport, and traveled 23 hours from Boston to Dubai and then to Bangkok. I traveled to Thailand to teach, and I intended to stay for only six months. Instead, I stayed an entire year, and was tempted to remain there even longer in my tiny town in the Northwest corner of the country. In Thailand, I explored myself, I explored people, and I explored a culture that was, at times, bewilderingly different from my own. It was, simply put, one of the best years of my life, and XploreAsia put me in position to experience it.

Upon landing in Bangkok, I was shepherded, along with a group of my fellow travelers, to a small corner of that living city, to a tiny hotel on a tiny street with an incomprehensible name. Since our rooms wouldn't be ready for another hour or so, a group of us dropped our bags in the lobby and headed out into the surrounding streets and the sweltering heat. To a pasty American from the Northeast, it was initially intolerable. By the end of my year there, I grew to love the warmth and the near constant sweating.

That was our first adventure. The next would come later that night while, teaming up with many of the same people, we launched into the Bangkok night on Tuk-Tuks, frantic little buggies which careened through the labyrinthine streets of Bangkok and the Tetris-like traffic. After a night on the infamous Khaosan Road, it was time for much needed rest. The next day, we would begin our two hour journey to Hua-Hin, the site of our TESOL course.

Being a coastal town on the Gulf of Thailand and an attractor to farang tourists and Thais alike, Hua Hin was the perfect landing zone for a group of foreigners finding themselves thrust into the streets of a place that was very different from home. Upon arrival, we were taken to our accommodations. Some of our 70+ group stayed in a series of little cottages closer to the beach, while others of us stayed in a hotel a little outside of town called Glory Place. I was in the latter, fortunate to have a pool and a small gym all on the hotel grounds. Outside our walls, a little village laid host to a favorite restaurant of mine, a little shop where I would drink and eat with the locals, and a beautiful temple atop a nearby hill, perfect for viewing the sunset.

That month in country, from April 1st to the 29th, was a whirlwind. I met countless wonderful people, both Thai and of the Western world, and learned how to teach English as a foreign language with a small group of my peers. The coursework was substantial, but not overly challenging. Our greatest hurdle was submitting ourselves to the vulnerability needed to teach in front of our peers and hear their feedback. By the course's end, this environment forged a strong bond between us all. For many of us, this bond would last throughout our year in country, as well as the years since we have returned home.

In that month there was partying, of course, but there was adventure to and exploration of some truly remarkable places. We took a day trip to Phraya Nakhon Cave, a day hike up and into a sheer cliff on a scenic coastline of white sands and shimmering, turquoise ocean. Inside the cliff, in a world-sized cave with an opening in its ceiling and sunlight pouring through, a small altar to an ancient temple. Add to this trips to the local mall, an elephant sanctuary, an island populated with monkeys and an abandoned Buddhist monastery, and a pineapple farm, the price of taking the course in country is worth its cost. Without a doubt, spending that first month soaking in the sights and sounds of Thailand proved indispensable.

By the end of April, the XploreAsia staff had set us up with a school and accommodation somewhere in the country. They did their best to accommodate our desires and wants, and you would do well to limit your expectations. As one of the XploreAsia staff members related to us within the first week, "you may not get the experience that you want, but you will get the experience that you need."

Being a reasonably open minded person, I was able to get both. In the first few days of May, I arrived in Tak, my quaint little town in the Northwest of Thailand, settled in a valley surrounded by hills and nestled alongside a river. There I would live a life that, years later, appears to be that of someone else's: a novel, quiet, and remarkable life marked by adventure and simplicity.

My journey after that is long and too much to relay to you here. But what I can tell you is that XploreAsia, and subsequently Thailand and my experience there-in, was a means to profound personal growth. Without my experience with XploreAsia, I would not have been armed with the tools necessary to navigate that beautiful and befuddling Eastern world, and more importantly, the perspective and sense to navigate my own here at home.

So, go ahead. Explore Asia. Explore yourself.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Limit your expectations. No, you probably won't live by the beach and hang out with Leonardo Dicaprio and a fun group of surfers. But you will find that beach, and you will hang out with the most incredible people, even in your little, no name town in the middle of nowhere.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Due to extensive experience of bad luck with many courses affiliated to different fields of interest i was very weary when first enrolling on this program back in April 2018. However the company has completely changed my way of thinking. based on an astonishing customer service approach.
Not only was I welcomed warmly on day one, and supported the entire duration of my course.....The company has gone beyond expectation assisting me further, a year on from training,
swift response to emails. good explanation in times of delay. very approachable warm and friendly..........
The course itself was very thorough. every key component explained in depth. the instructors want you to pass....I am dyslexic though passed with ease due to the kind and supportive nature of trainees. Never be afraid to ask questions ( i am a bit shy in that department)
I had a million questions regarding visas etc. the team are experts on everything...very knowledgeable and explain things thoroughly....
In a nutshell 150 value for money

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
With great respect............I hate to end on a negative e though felt there were some hidden costs needed prior notification....e,g I had to goi to bangkok for a CRB.......then there was a month in rears for accommodation and then the visa run.....though on the contrary not worth moaning about as had fantastic training and now a great future helping children....i love kids

Jacko the crazy south African is fantastically funny and an amazing warm heart teacher....from experience in teaching.....we need people like him though be warned youll be in pain laughing
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Yes, I recommend this program

XploreAsia was one of the best experiences of my life. From the first minutes at the airport to the moment you go off to your placement, the staff is there to help with all needs. The cultural course and TESOL training are world-class, and the family atmosphere is very welcoming to all participants. I went through the course in April and it was amazing to be part of the Thai New Year.
Moving to a new country can be difficult but having the support of a good company, like XploreAsia, is crucial to a smooth transition.
The best parts for me were the adventures, learning the culture and language, adapting to a different environment, and making lifelong friends. The experience changed my life and it was the impetus to get my Master's degree in education and continue to work abroad.

If you want to have top notch guidance on the absolute adventure of a lifetime, contact XploreAsia.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was when I got dressed in traditional Thai clothing (with makeup) and did a choreographed dance routine in front of 200 people at the school director's retirement party. Practicing for it beforehand was funny too.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I actually participated in the marketing internship at XploreAsia instead of the TESOL course. This experience allowed me to understand the back end of the company and all of the different programs to teach abroad. I learned a lot about each of the different countries that they place teachers in and the difference between each culture. This was the perfect opportunity to develop my marketing skills in an international setting. I wrote five blog posts to help potential teachers understand what XploreAsia offers. I also created instagram highlight stories for each program to feature teachers and aspects of the program. As far as the logistics of the program goes I didn’t have any trouble with the application process or the visa. The staff was always super friendly and helpful and answered any questions I might have. I’ve travelled before but I found it quite easy to adjust into my new routine working in Thailand. Overall, I had the best experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
For the internship specifically, keep in mind that you’ll still be working 8:30-5:30 M-F so it’s not all play. Come in with some great ideas and projects so that the work week will fly by and you can travel on the weekends!
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Yes, I recommend this program

I was a part of the 2017 Sept/Oct intake and I had a really awesome experience. I did a lot of research, and if you're in that process of researching right now I'll make it easy for you. XploreAsia is the BEST program you will find. They have so many connections within the country, which always made me feel like I was in good hands. The cultural orientation is a great way to get a feel for Thailand, and you'll meet so many people that are just as nervous and excited as you. The course itself isn't easy but you learn a lot and they will not let you graduate until you feel confident teaching a class in Thailand, so don't worry if you've never worked with kids or you feel like you won't be prepared. As long as you've got the heart and motivation you'll be fine! GO FOR IT. You won't regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
Keep doing what you're doing XploreAsia!!!


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Alumni Interviews

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

Maegan Bruno

Maegan lives in Colorado, USA. Originally from Texas, she graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. Since graduation, she has been seeking adventure and different opportunities to influence the children she teaches!

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

The most important thing I've learned being abroad is that there is always something to be thankful for. There were times where the place we would be staying was less than desirable, but we learned to be thankful for the little things that we were blessed with, such as hot water, a good meal, or even a helping hand from one of the locals. I know I'll take this lesson back to America with me and I'm excited to see the changes to come when I head back!

What was the hardest part about going abroad?

The hardest part of going abroad for me was abandoning my normalities and routines from back home and adopting a new mindset of the new possibilities each day brought here. I had my favorite coffee shop back home, my community, restaurants, and hiking trails. Coming to Thailand, everything was so different. It was definitely a mix of culture shock and missing the structure back home.

However, after a few weeks, routines were more set into place, and I even came to love how each day was a little mix of the unknown! I never had a "boring" day, and as crazy as each day sometimes felt, I learned to just laugh and know that the next day would leave even more memories for me.

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

One of my favorite experiences I had that I would not have experienced back home was spending time with the wife/husband that rents out our apartment complexes. Their family was very close and loved to include my friend and I in their time spent together. We spent several dinners together trying to teach each other our native languages and sharing our cultures despite a huge language barrier. We laughed together, learned new things and tried new foods.

One afternoon the mom even took us to the Thai Special Forces Army Base where her son was stationed. Her son showed us around and we even were able to participate in one of their exercises! I truly felt like I had a family away from home!

Staff Interviews

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

Jaco Klienloog

Jaco Klienloog is a born and bread South African who has been living in Thailand for the past 3 years. He has previously worked in the hospitality industry, but gave that up to sail. He’s always said that sailing would bring him to a place where work needs to be done, and has been changing lives in Thailand ever since!

What position do you hold at XploreAsia? What has been your career path so far?

Interview with Jaco, TESOL Trainer at XploreAsia in Thailand

Jaco: I am currently the Program Director and Lead Trainer at XploreAsia. I started off as a trainer with another company and in October 2011, I approached XploreAsia for a position as a TESOL trainer. I started with them in that same month. One year later, I was promoted to Program Director and began leading the Education Sector of XploreAsia.

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Jaco: I am currently teaching abroad in Thailand as a Lead Trainer. Once I saw what a difference a proper education could make in the lives of the Thai students, and that I was only reaching a few people a day, it became clear to me that Thailand needs more qualified teachers. With this, I then geared myself to go into the Teacher Training sector.

What does the future hold for XploreAsia - any exciting new programs to share?

Jaco: XploreAsia is made up of a small team of experts. We are all passionate about what we do, and due to this, XploreAsia has grown from 4 members to 10 members within a year. From just providing TESOL and placement in Thailand and Korea, we now do placement in Thailand, Korea, Myanmar, Laos and soon Vietnam. Previously, we only had one TESOL training center, but now, we have a full base in Myanmar and will soon open up one in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We are also looking at opening up training centers in Vietnam and South Africa.

What about the future of the teach abroad industry? How do you think international education will change over the next 10 years?

Jaco: I think the industry is only seeing the tip of the iceberg as far as teaching abroad goes. Currently, we are shifting our focus to other avenues, like contacts in Hospitality, Government and International Business. English is the way forward for all businesses and many in Asia are realizing this; I think the demand for English training will grow as this realization sets in. The industry needs to realize that it is not only Asia that needs English Trainers, but also countries in Europe and South America. Thus, the XploreAsia TESOL certificate is an international certificate accredited by the UK College of Teachers, leaving our teachers in high demand across the globe.