MediaKids Academy

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Lauren
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

The pay is the lowest in all Thailand. They try to make as much money as they can from you and don't take good care of you. Even if I loved the school I was working in, I would never ever work for Mediakids again.
They don't inform you well about the place where you are going and they can change their minds about your destination whenever they feel like it.
If you are not a native speaker you are worth nothing to them and they will despise you as well as pay you much less than to native speakers, even if you have a masters and teaching experience.
During orientation we weren't told much and when they say they will reimburse you for your visa that's just not true. They give you back 3'000 Baht when just the trip there and getting your visa will cost you over 10'000 plus a visa extension that is another 2'000 so they are not paying for much.
They place you in the accommodation that they want and then you cannot leave it or you would have to pay an entire month's rent as a fee to leave the place.
Once you are in it's difficult to get out so don't do it.
Simply awful.

What would you improve about this program?
Salary, communication with HR, trainings, freedom about choosing accommodation, visa reimbursement, etc.
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Aletta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've only had good experiences with MediaKids.

They have taken care of everything I've needed since my arrival here in Thailand.
From opening a bank account, purchasing a Thai sim card to the full visa and work permit process.

I was put up in a hotel for orientation. Many cultural norms and etiquette was discussed during the orientation and I found that very helpful. i was taught some basic Thai greetings and given tips on being polite and friendly the Thai way; which is really important when you are a guest in a foreign country.

The first school I was placed at had quite a few teachers from different parts of the world teaching for MediaKids. It was an eye-opener and lovely to be exposed to citizens of even more countries. Lasting friendships were forged and I am grateful for that.

A full curriculum is provided for you, with help at any stage of the game literally a phone call away. Flashcards and test are available to download and print.

The ongoing support from the MediaKids consultants has helped me to grow as a teacher.
I feel confident moving to a new province and teaching and living there knowing that I am supported by the MediaKids staff members.

What was your funniest moment?
Strangest things I ate:
Live, raw, but most specifically raw little prawns. Jumping prawn salad!
Oh, and chunks of raw meat, as in not carpaccio, simply chunks of raw meat!

Funny moments:
The Thai language has many more vowels than we have because of pronunciation.
I've told people that they are very beautiful but because of my incorrect pronunciation I unwittingly wished them bad luck!
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Samira
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Media kids has got to be the worst agency that I've ever worked with. Unprofessional, corrupt, and the communication sucks. They do what they want when they want with very little notice to us. And it doesn't matter what your contract says. You get paid once a month at night! I had a good experience in Thailand as I made the best out of my situation. However, the company is very corrupt I highly recommend you run when you see them coming. From the consultants with the strong accents and you trying to make out their words. To expensive paperwork that you need to complete each month. Your promised a reimbursement by the end of the month and then surprise they say oh we'll pay you end of this semester!! They are full of terrible surprises. Say no to media kids.

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Ronnel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hello guys I'm Teacher Nhel and I'm proud to be part of Mediakids Academy. One of the best happened to me here in Thailand is to be an ESL Teacher. Life is really amazing when you're working with great people. I love Thai culture the way they respect teachers. When you love to discover new culture and to travel at the same time mediakids is one of the best company here in Thailand. I've been working with Mediakids for almost four years now and it's really a great experience. Once you're a Teacher you'll never stop sharing your knowledge and you'll never stop learning at the same time. We have different consultants who always there to guide us with our visas, work permit and including our safe accomodation. It's not all about the salary all the time but it's all about how will they treat you in one company. I love Mediakids as it's best. They changed my life to better . I really enjoy working abroad with Mediakids. Life is really amazing to work here in Thailand with Mediakids. I will definitely recommend Mediakids because I've been part of the company since 2015.

PS. Be one of us ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
More power and God bless to all of us๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Your journey begins here. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

What would you improve about this program?
I think Mediakids must provide more seminars and workshop for teachers every semester not only for the new teachers but for all the teachers from Mediakids Academy. So we can gain more knowledge and to share to our students in the future.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„
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Amor jr.
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Working with mediakids is great.Teaching in Thailand is not that easy, but, with Mediakids, everything is flawless, the uneased feeling has lifted because of the supportive staff.At first, it was not easy.I have made some adjustments especially with the culture.The best thing I have done is to learn how to embrace and love theirs as mine.In just more than a month when I realized that I am enjoying and loving my new environment.
If you want to learn and explore, do it while teaching.This is the best place to do such things.I maybe subjective if I say Mediakids is one of the best programs I have worked with but thats how I assess them.I cant imagine myself doing stuffs alone to be legalized as worker in this foreign country, thankful to be with Mediakids.With full support and assistance from the staff, no way to feel alone.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To future travellers, enjoy not only the beauty of Thailand but also explore their great culture and the best way to do it is to teach with Mediakids.
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Mazuin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience as an English teacher here in Thailand is such a fun and amazing adventure. My students are all jolly and participative that makes my classes interactive and fun. Also, my co-teachers are all kind and helpful all the time. Aside from working as an English teacher, I also got ample time to travel and visit different places in Thailand which adds to my rich cultural experiences here. When it comes to the agency, the staff and personnel of the MediaKids Academy are like our family. They are very approachable, reliable and responsible mentors of us. They always respond to our queries and concerns on time. They always make us feel at ease in our work and stay in Thailand. Hence, if ever that someone would like to come in Thailand to teach, I would definitely recommend Mediakids Academy to him/her.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it is better if the MediaKids Academy will facilitate some tutorials or extra classes during the semestral break and summer break so that the teachers will have some money to support themselves during the breaks.
Mazuin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience as an English teacher here in Thailand is such a fun and amazing adventure. My students are all jolly and participative that makes my classes interactive and fun. Also, my co-teachers are all kind and helpful all the time. Aside from working as an English teacher, I also got ample time to travel and visit different places in Thailand which adds to my rich cultural experiences here. When it comes to the agency, the staff and personnel of the MediaKids Academy are like our family. They are very approachable, reliable and responsible mentors of us. They always respond to our queries and concerns on time. They always make us feel at ease in our work and stay in Thailand. Hence, if ever that someone would like to come in Thailand to teach, I would definitely recommend Mediakids Academy to him/her.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it is better if the MediaKids Academy will facilitate some tutorials or extra classes during the semestral break and summer break so that the teachers will have some money to support themselves during the breaks.
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Heidi
6/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Working for MediaKids has been my first experience teaching abroad and I have to say that they've done a great job at providing support for the logistical challenges of working in Thailand. My cultural consultants were very responsive and reassuring whenever I had questions about immigration, visas, work permits, holidays, or needed someone to help represent my interests to the administration at my placement school.

MediaKids has also provided great tools for my classroom. As a first-time teacher it was incredibly helpful to be given an outline for the semester, as well as recommended vocabulary and suggested classroom activities. At the same time, they give teachers room to personalize their lessons and cater to the varying level of students.

One thing I would note is that there seems to be a lot of disparity in peopleโ€™s experiences working for this company. Some schools are very demanding and strict while others are pretty flexible and low-key. The level of students of the same age also varies from school to school. While my students are mostly polite and eager to learn, I have friends from orientation that have struggled with student behavioral issues and been unable to find support from MediaKids or their placement school. This variety might be unavoidable, due to the number of different schools across the country that use MediaKids ESL teachers, but it is still important to note if youโ€™re considering working for them.

To conclude, it doesnโ€™t seem like MediaKids is above the curve as far as ESL employers in Thailand. The pay and benefits provided by the company seem average for local standards (new teachers at public schools in rural areas). Also, regardless of which company or school you chose to work for, I imagine a lot of your experience living in Thailand will be dependent on your initiative and interests. All that being said, MediaKids is still a solid choice and I would recommend them as my experience being an employee of the company has been a generally good one.

What would you improve about this program?
I would suggest MediaKids work on fostering a support network and invest in creating social events and gatherings for their teachers throughout the semester- especially those in more remote areas of Esan. To be entirely honest, one of my main reason for leaving the company after 1 semester is the feeling of social isolation and restricted access to activities Iike yoga, hiking, and camping - things that would typically occupy my free time State-side that are more difficult to recreate in rural Esan. I've been inventive with finding solutions for how to stay active in my free time, but there is still a very small western community in my town and the social isolation has been a struggle.
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Max
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Everyone has their reason for coming to Thailand. Some come for the adventure, some come for the partying, some come for the culture, and some--like me--have come for work. As I got on the plane that would take me to Bangkok for my orientation with MediaKids, I was, understandably, very nervous. Spending four months teaching hundreds of kids who speak a language that I don't seemed particularly daunting. But after the three-day orientation course with MediaKids, that nervousness was largely put to rest. From day one they did their best to quell any fears we had and make everything as clear as possible to us about what we should expect during this chapter of our lives. I left orientation with confidence I didn't expect to have and have never looked back. Yes, I was still a bit nervous on day one of teaching, but, because of MediaKids and their excellent staff, I was prepared. I'm over three months in now and can say that MediaKids still continues to be a delightful company to work for. Just about everyone I interact with from the company is very nice and genuinely cares about any issue I may have. It is quite refreshing to work for a company like them. If someone asks me about teaching English in Thailand, I will definitely speak favorably of MediaKids.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't like that we are not given a full-functioning debit card. With the Bangkok Bank card they give us, I am not easily able to make purchases online (for plane tickets, etc.) or even at some stores. Also there is a 15 baht withdrawal fee every time I need cash. Not much, but it adds up.
Rhea
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience allowed me to be exposed to the Thai culture. I am able to speak a little bit of Thai now. I met many great teachers through this program. They pick you up from the airport, which I thought was great. My Area Consultants were very helpful when I needed them.

My school had a mid semester break. It allowed me to travel to other parts of Thailand on my spare time. I got to visit Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Koh Larn, U-Thong, Korat, and of course Bangkok.

I worked with high school students in Essan. The children can be fun to work with. They have a lot of fun school activities you can observe.

What would you improve about this program?
Communication and Organization could be improved.