Reach to Teach

Program Reviews

Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Reach to Teach has helped me enormously - not only in finding a great job, but making sure that I had numerous schools to pick from and that the one I ended up at was the best possible match. Moreover, they kept in touch with me to truly ensure I had all the help I could get with housing, my work permit, and all my government documents/requirements. Carrie helped me with countless questions via email and over the phone and walked me through everything. The transition from America to Taiwan has been ideal. I love working at Yu Tsai Bilingual as a 6th grade teacher in Taipei, where I teach Math, PE, Art, English, Music & more! It’s an incredible job at a phenomenal school. I owe so much to Reach to Teach. My gratitude is enormous.

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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was worried about applying to EPIK as I had no idea what I was doing, but Reach to Teach really helped me out with the whole process! I worked with Jason Cruzan throughout the whole process and he was there to assuage any worries that I had. Applying through them made it easier and I felt prepared for the application, the interview, and for the experience in general. I actually already recommended them to a friend who is also applying for the program. I would work with them again and would recommend to anyone hoping to apply for EPIK or any other teaching programs that they help with!

What would you improve about this program?
I think the one thing I was looking for was a forum or page where past and future teachers could talk and ask questions.
Lindsay
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I decided to apply to the EPIK program in South Korea with the help of Reach to Teach. For months, I personally worked with Recruiter Jason Cruzan. Applying to EPIK can be confusing, frustrating, and extremely meticulous. Jason answered every question I had, no matter how small. EPIK is very specific about the application, interview, and official documents that must be sent. Jason has worked with them for years and knows exactly what is expected from EPIK applicants. Without the help of Reach to Teach, I would not have been able to complete the application process to receive a placement from EPIK. I highly recommend them for anyone who is interested in teaching in Asia. Reach to Teach is the best!

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Ismari
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I made the decision to teach abroad, I contacted a few recruitment agencies. Reach to teach responded within one day and I had an interview with them they day thereafter. Since then, through the whole process of packing up my life in one country to move to the next, Reach to Teach had been a constant support.
Reach to Teach has been there through every single obstacle I've faced in Taiwan (and I had my fair share) and Carrie Kellenberger is honestly the greatest! I would recommend this agency to anyone at any given time!

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

The school Reach to Teach placed me at was atrocious. I felt that it was a horrible working environment.

If you're unfamiliar with the area, reputable schools in Taipei create healthy learning environments that allow their students to thrive. It's a travesty that not all students are experiencing this type of education, but luckily this is not the case at many schools.

The fact that Reach to Teach aligns themselves with a school like this clearly demonstrates their lack of integrity, professionalism, and dedication to the teachers that join their agency.

Response from Reach to Teach

Dear Abby,

I’m sorry to say that we have no record of ever having placed a teacher in Taiwan by the name of Abby or Abigail, nor do we have any records of a person named Abby or Abigail being placed in any of our programs from the University of British Columbia.

As you didn’t list any reason as to why you thought the school was bad or what your problem was with your school, we are assuming that you have us confused with one of our competitors.

For any potential teachers reading this review, please have a look at the reviews below or the 120+ reviews on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ReachToTeach/reviews. We do our best to take good care of all of our teachers.

For anyone who would like to speak to one of our current teachers to find out what our services are like, please email Carrie at Carrie@reachtoteachrecruiting.com or John at John@reachtoteachrecruiting.com

We welcome anyone to get in touch with us about any of our programs.

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S.
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my experience teaching English for the past 3 years in the Republic of Georgia and wanted to continue traveling to other parts of the world. After successfully completing the S. Korean application program, events occurred that abruptly ejected me from participating in that program. I was shocked and depressed about it and anxious about my near future plans of continuing to teach overseas.

But Carrie and John of Reach to Teach were not only extremely professional, but also extremely supportive in helping me find an alternate opportunity in China.

In thinking back over the entire process of applying for S. Korea and China, I now see how attentive and nurturing they were through both processes. Applying for foreign employment is not easy to navigate sometimes (even more so with Asian countries). S. Korea particularly is a gauntlet of hurdles and hoops with zero room for error. With that said, their knowledge, contacts, and experience were that much more useful in making a stressful experience, manageable and less stressful.

I don't know much about other agencies in this field, but I would highly recommend these guys for really knowing and caring about what they do.

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Stephanie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For anyone looking to get involved in the 'teaching abroad' community this is a great company to go with. They help you with different options available (both between countries and within) and help with the app process along the way. They can be as involved as you want them to be as they are always available, but not overly pushy with information. Their services are free (seems too good to be true) and someone is always around to answer your questions. There is not much they do after your placement but they are there should you have questions. Just the right amount of help for me, personally.

What would you improve about this program?
Probably have more access to alumni that have completed the program should new applicants have more specific questions.
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Christopher
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The first thing that comes to mind with regards to Reach To Teach is the concern they show for the well being of applicants. From the get go I always felt the importance Reach To Teach places on matching the right person to the right position! Next week I leave for Guangzhou to work at Wall Street English. Reach To Teach made it easy.

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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Moving to Taiwan was a spontaneous decision that could not have happened without the help of and encouragement from Reach to Teach. After receiving a reminder that my TESL's groupon would soon expire, I figured I should do the course. Then, after completing the course, I figured I should have a look at what the ESL market had to offer.
I was immediately attracted to Reach to Teach owing to it's stellar ratings and reviews and decided to send them my documents to get more information. The next morning I had a warm and exciting email waiting from Carrie providing me with thorough information on the process. Her professionalism, passion for ESL Education and the expat life in Asia had me immediately hooked on the idea of moving to Taiwan. Through her incredible efforts, I was beginning my training at a great school (Kojen American School) in Taipei, less than a month later.

Since then, Reach to Teach has regularly checked in and hosted some fantastic events for teachers. I have not had any issues this far with relocating, getting set up in Taiwan or with the school I have been placed with. Carrie and the rest of the staff at Reach to Teach offered such sound advice on how to prepare, and have solid relationships with the schools they work with, ensuring an easy transition.

I would highly recommend Reach to Teach to anyone considering teaching overseas!

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Steve
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This review is being written half way through my first year teaching in China - so it does lack a perspective that compares RTT with other avenues to one might take to find a teaching position here. That being said, I feel not only satisfied, but very fortunate that I chose to work with them.

Every step of the way I found the staff (I interacted with Rick Goodman primarily), to be friendly, prompt with replies, willing to take time to address any and all questions, and honest with their answers. I have also found that I could rely on RTT to continue to assist me with these very same qualities after my contract had been signed and I was living in China. When I try to think of something to relate that perhaps could have been better with my experience with them, I find I am just staring at the screen blankly - which is honestly a very refreshing surprise!

As I plan on continuing to teach in China I am highly likely to continue to think of RTT first, and would recommend them without hesitation.

What would you improve about this program?
I really tried to think of some something critical to offer - but could think of nothing outside of the absurd (ummm.....free cupcakes on Tuesdays???)

RTT has honestly meet any and every expectation I think one could reasonably have - at least from a first-timers perspective.