The Fewer Things

Program Reviews

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Mena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Fewer Things (TFT) has undoubtedly given me the opportunity of a lifetime. As a graduate of Law this opportunity excited me as I wanted to be able to explore and immerse myself in a different culture before I had to settle down to the usual 9-5 job. TFT has been incredibly supportive and been in constant contact with me since I first applied at least 9 months ago! In particular, their help became essential when went into a global pandemic, but I was reassured of ever step I had to take and they were there to reply to any queries I had within hours. I am now teaching in a school in Thailand and my colleagues could not be any nicer! The lifestyle here is such a change, but a blessing to me. TFT has really allowed me to appreciate the fewer things in life and has provided me with an unforgettable experience!

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Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am writing this review on my first Thursday at the school. I travelled with my girlfriend to a school in the north-eastern Thailand and it has been everything we expected and more. TheFewerThings have been really helpful to us every step of the way and helped make all the admin much easier!

Support from Jaemi was always available, from initial interview throughout the travelling and in school, and the 2-week quarantine feels like a lifetime ago. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone thinking about travelling or teaching abroad!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take plenty of pictures! Thai people are always at it so you may as well join in too.
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Sabrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2020 has been the year to redefine 'normal' for everyone. I was meant to be starting grad school this fall, but due to COVID, elected to defer. Deferring, however, did not mean I wanted to continue working at the same boring job I'd been at, so I set out to find something different, and that's when I stumbled across TFT. Teaching abroad sounded exactly like something I'd love to do and is a fantastic way to round out an otherwise rather awful year. TFT spoke to me more than other programs because it was so small and seemed more personal, and it's hard to beat the cost of the TEFL course you get going through this program!

I managed to sneak in and get one of the last available spots in the program. Jaemi was incredibly responsive as I applied to TFT (reached out within days of having submitted my application), worked with me through the application process, and then worked with me through the visa process that has changed due to COVID. Any questions I had that Jaemi didn't know the immediate answer to, he helped me navigate or found the answer another way. The biggest struggle for me personally was trying to schedule a COVID test that would get me results 72 hours prior to travel (as is now required to fly to Thailand). I'm not from an area with an international airport, so I was worried that the extra travel needed to get to that airport would cut my 72 hour travel window too close, and Jaemi suggested heading to the city I'd fly internationally from a few days early to get tested there. This greatly reduced my stress during the process, and now I'm a week into mandatory quarantine in Thailand!

There's also a group chat for TFT teachers all going to Thailand, and this allowed me to meet and chat with fellow teachers prior to arrival and during the quarantine process. This was also great as you have others you can chat with going through the same things as you, so you can share ideas for how to get through each application checkpoint, what to pack, etc. TFT and Jaemi have continued to check in while here, and I look forward to finally getting out to teach. Could not recommend TFT enough!

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I applied to to the fewer things back in May, and within a couple days I had heard back and got an interview, and from there I have gotten everything I needed for this experience. Pub quizes during lockdown really helped with getting to know those you'd been travelling with, and from it I made some of my better friends that really supported me.
Even during these very uncertain times, TFT was always helpful on updating me with the recent news on Visas and travel restrictions, and doing all in their power to ensure I got here ASAP.
Once arriving in China, I completed a 2 week quarentine where both my School and TFT stayed in touch looking after my welfare and any problems I had. My school have been great at helping me with accommodation, travel arrangements and silly questions I had, especially with the language barrier.

I couldn't have asked for anything from TFT, they have really been great and I would urge everyone wanting to travel abroad to teach to choose the TFT. Not only are they professional, it's great to have been talked to in a laid back friendly response which eased any worries and no question was ever to stupid.

This is the best decision I have made to come out here, I've met the nicest people and China is absolutely stunning! Definitely something to look back on in 10 years and smile that its happened.

Take the leap, you won't regret it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just the bite bullet, leave your comfort zone and jump into the unknown.
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Claire
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found TFT through Instagram back in 2018, I applied very early on in the year (a year ahead of departure) and was in constant contact with them through out the whole online TEFL course and before arriving here in Thailand. The support I received was excellent and it was great to meet the other teachers in a WhatsApp group before we left, I live close by to lot of the other teachers which is nice.

I was placed in the Northeast of Thailand, where most of the placements are I believe, I was attracted by this placement as I did not want to live in a big city or do a big commute, especially in this heat! I love it here, there is a very nice community of locals and other foreign teachers, It is quiet but it Is not too far from Bangkok, so sometimes we go there on the weekends or if we get a national holiday. The teaching is very fun and relaxed, we play lot of games!

I would recommend this placement to anyone who is wanting a relaxed life and also eased in to living in a new country. TFT answer all of my questions via email or WhatsApp even over a year after signing up.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I lost my phone when I first got here and had to borrow money to get a new one! So make sure you have some extra money aside
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Mathew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Well, I'm still coming to the end of quarantine at my hotel in Shanghai, but so far so good. I feel lucky to have been able to make it out just in time during a difficult year.

The Fewer Things have been incredibly supportive since March, when I applied for the teaching position in Shanghai, and I couldn't have asked for more. From up-to-the-minute updates from the UK visa centres and the latest on Corona, we we guided diligently through each step of the now more complicated process of acquiring the visa to work here.

I have been in constant touch with the school who have been brilliant and have reassured me in terms of working commitments and accommodation. I look forward to being fully settled, but I cannot recommend The Fewer Things enough. Once you sign up, you don't need to worry about a thing.

I feel very lucky to have found them in what seems to be a very crowded TEFL scene.

Good luck with your application if you decide to go with TFT - you won't be disappointed!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do your research, but if you have your heart set on a particular experience, leave it to TFT - they will find you the ideal placement for you.
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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From day one of being accepted onto the graduate programme, I had an enormous amount of support from the team at TFT, both in the U.K. and once in China, I never felt I was alone and was never left without any questions unanswered.

I started out in Shanghai in 2018, where I worked for Pacican Academy, working on the outskirts of downtown Shanghai, the commute to my school was only 15 minutes on the metro or I could walk there on a nice day. I taught 26 periods per week, including English, art and drama class! I was worried in the beginning about teaching something other than English, but along as you have fun with it, you will be fine.

Winter break is amazing!! I got to travel to so many different countries in Asia including: Thailand, Vietnam and Lao. Travelling for me, was more important than the teaching as I had never really been out of the U.K. before going to China.

I would recommend this programme 100 times over!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I messed up my visa documents before going and was running out of time, I didn't think I'd make it to China for the summer camp and was panicking so much, I finally got the approval through and booked my flight 1 day before going!
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Benjamin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I started my journey in Guangzhou, China and it has been a great move for me personally and professionally. I have had many ups and down on the run up to China and once here, my coordinator at The fewer things has been a great help and always answered any questions or helped me overcome any issues I had.

The teaching is fairly relaxed and my school doesn't require me to be here when I am not teaching, its great to get out and explore the city and find new things to do almost every day. I've made friends for life here and the thing I really liked about The Fewer Things is that we were all put in a group chat around 6 months before departing, we all helped each other out with the TEFL and once at the summer camp in Beijing (which is very intense). I have recommended and will continue to recommend this programme to everyone I speak to about teaching abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be over prepared and take the advice of your coordinator and stick to the deadlines you get to process your documents and complete your TEFL. It can be stressful getting everything ready on time.
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Miti
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Applying through The Fewer Things was perhaps the best decision I made when commencing my journey as a TEFL teacher. The level of initial support, information provided and post placement support was seamless and highly appreciated. As someone who applied for the February placement, I did not feel in anyway disadvantaged due to not attending the summer camp as I was placed in a great school where I was made to feel at home regardless of the fact that I was the first and only only foreign teacher for the second term. Jaemi went the extra mile in providing information regarding the social scene where I met some amazing people. I would recommend TFT to anyone considering teaching abroad as they make what might normally be a daunting and strenuous process, memorable and enjoyable.

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Tony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From the start The Fewer Things were very friendly and welcoming. I felt supported throughout the application process, with help from the organisation readily available as required. The steps necessary for a successful application were clearly laid out in steps manageable for a final year university student.
A representative from the organisation was there to meet us all at the TEFL training, answered questions and made us more prepared as we got to China. The in-school summer camp was strenuous as someone without previous teaching experience, but made teaching in Shanghai feel a lot less stressful.
Once my teaching contract was underway, The Fewer Things were always available on short notice to help clear up misunderstandings and act as a point of contact between the teachers, schools and higher education boards. Always very organised and effective.

What would you improve about this program?
The summer camp was the only part of the program that was surprising. More information on this step would be my only recommendation.