The Fewer Things

Program Reviews

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Charlie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Bangkok!!

Jaemie and TFT made the whole process before moving to Thailand less daunting, giving you regular updates, reminders and help whenever needed. For me, I've been having an amazing experience and Jaemi has helped throughout. It's been nice knowing he's been only a message away whilst I've been in Thailand.

Thailand has many holidays and long weekends, making travelling around the country and even outside easy to do. The people are so friendly, the school has been really welcoming and teaching has been really fun. Being so close to Bangkok has also made travelling at the weekends very easy. We were able to visit Malaysia on a long weekend with no trouble.

Of course, moving can be stressful at times. Even when being placed in the Bangkok suburbs, this experience does show you the less touristy side of Thailand. Once you get past the culture shock and make friends you'll have an amazing time and won't regret moving here.

Overall, I've had a great time in Thailand so far and would recommend this to anyone who wants to get out and explore, seeing a different side to Thailand.

Pros
  • Getting to experience a different side to Thailand
  • Being so close to Bangkok making travelling easy
Cons
  • The extra work of MediaKids and having to report to them
  • Accommodation is extremely basic - no fridge, solid bed, expensive AC.
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Paula
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program and Experience!

Going abroad on your own can be a daunting experience, but The Fewer Things helped me feel supported and prepared to take on this new experience from day one. From visa help to getting you into group chats with fellow teachers going abroad, the fewer things really guide you along before arriving and even once you are placed if needed. They were always quick to answer questions, as well as honest and encouraging. I was placed at an elementary school in the city of Chaiyaphum and I can genuinely say that I have had the best experience and love the community and friends I have made here. If you want to have a smooth transition and put your mind at ease about choosing the right program to go teach abroad with, I would definitely recommend The Fewer Things.

Pros
  • Assistance with visa and pre-departure documents
  • Group chat with fellow teachers going abroad
  • Accomodation and banking account assistance
Cons
  • Limited materials at school depending on placement
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Jared
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

excellent program

The Fewer Things is a great program that did everything one could ask in getting me to Thailand. I had no clue in where to begin and they walked me through every step that I needed and kept in contact throughout the process to make sure that I understood what I needed to do and what documents I needed to send at what time. If I had a question Jaemie was always quick to answer. My time in Thailand has been fantastic and I am pleased with my placement. It is a rural area but I do appreciate the more genuine Thailand experience that it provides. Even after I have been here they regularly ask me how things are going and that is appreciated. The school I am at has been very accommodating and has always been so nice to me. The accommodation is a little bare bones with a pretty hard bed but I do not mind it too much. Overall the value that The Fewer Things offers you is really good and if you have no idea where to begin with TEFL they offer you a great service that is definitely worth it.

Pros
  • great service that walks you through step by step
  • groupchat that lets you meet the other teachers
  • good support after you arrive
Cons
  • accommodation a little barebones
  • rural area if you are not into that
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Trevor
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Maha Sarakham Experience

I have loved being placed in Maha Sarakham. It's a really quiet city, while also having a nice variety of places to eat and a good night life. My chief complaint would be about having to go through MediaKids to get to this school. I would prefer to have been hired directly by the school for a number of reasons. Mainly, MediaKids requires us to do separate grades, lesson plans, and attendance for them to be turned in at illogical times within our schedule. Jaemi was great to work with, and has been excellent to me. Having to go through MediaKids instead of getting to work directly for the school has been an unnecessary amount of stress and extra work.

Pros
  • Night Life
  • Support from other teachers and school.
Cons
  • Work load from MediaKids
Response from The Fewer Things

Hey Trevor,

Thanks for such a great review and glad you're enjoying your time in Maha Sarakham; I just wanted to clear something up here for future readers - it would be physically impossible for you to work with your school directly because they would not have the infrastructure or resources to be able to accommodate a foreign teacher on their own, they rely on MediaKids to create the English curriculum and to make sure the teachers who are working at the school are providing high quality lessons to the students. This is also why TFT take care of the whole departure process on behalf of the school as they just would not have the resources to do such a thing.

The extra work you talk of is something the school director and education board of that particular region has requested and agreed with TFT & MediaKids to be implemented in day to teaching.

Looking forward to following your journey more Trevor!

Best wishes

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Eleanor
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience

I found The Fewer Things website already with a TEFL completed so was supported through the process of enrolling in a Thai school. I was given all of the details about the visa process so it was super easy and not stressful. If there was a problem, The Fewer Things could be contacted for help which was great. I can honestly say I had the best experience and would love to use this company again in the future to travel to other countries. I would definitely reccomend this if you want to travel abroad.

Pros
  • Support through the visa process
  • Give you a placement already
  • Given a group chat so you know people when you get there
Cons
  • Remote area
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Tom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thailand 2022

The Fewer things were a massive help to finally get me out to Thailand and start teaching during the pandemic. Any questions I had were answered and the whole process was relatively easy compared to other companies I’ve used in the past. TFT also put you in touch with other teachers on the same course so you won’t be alone when you move out here.

Overall, if you are thinking of teaching abroad, I would massively recommend the fewer things whether you’re travelling alone or with a group of friends.

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Liam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fewer Things

The fewer things helped me finally leave the UK to pursue a career of teaching abroad. Not only were they very helpful, they were also very reliable and efficient throughout the whole process. Any questions you find need answering, you can absolutely rely on them being cleared up for you to put you at ease. Travelling away can be daunting to some people but I can assure you that choosing this company to aid your travels will be beneficial all round. If you’re thinking of doing it, do it, it’ll be worth it.

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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Fewer Things: Thailand 2022

Having dealt with many TEFL providers, I can honestly say that TFT top them all! Jaemi provided an outstanding level of support throughout the process: from day one of our applications till the very end of our teaching contracts. Considering we were travelling during the pandemic in Thailand, we didn't once feel apprehensive or lacking in knowledge; TFT was just a phone call away whenever we needed them. Alongside this, the company put us in touch with a huge group of fellow teachers- many of whom have become friends for life even if they weren't placed together.
What's really unique about this company is their ethos surrounding teaching placements. TFT go above and beyond to make sure each preference is met, and placed all of us in some fantastic locations where we experienced Thailand's authentic beauty. Jaemi even managed to place 8 friends in the same town/province after we applied as a group- which we can't thank him enough for!

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Nawwal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

South Korea!!!!! I still cannot believe I am actually here!!!!

I had been looking at a way to move back to Asia and I reached out to the team and little did I know at the time that it was going to be a match made in heaven. Every person who I was put in contact with (Jaemi, Enzo & SJ) were extremely positive, welcoming and supportive. I reached out way back at the end of 2020, knowing full well that I wanted to be out in Korea by March 2022 and the team helped make this dream possible. They were easy to talk to, always answered my emails swiftly and in the know of every tiny detail following the changes to the intake process. I never felt stressed ( well maybe for the Epik interview, but even then SJ coached me on how to answer the questions with patience and confidence!)

Having spoken to other teachers who arrived this intake and having the horror stories that some had been through I am so greatful for this team of individuals who I felt were so supportive, helpful and who constantly checked in throughout the process and who have continued to do so since arriving almost a month ago. I am still settling in but enjoying the process so far and taking it day by day!

I cannot express enough gratitude for how easy this process was made for me by the TFT team and I would hand on heart recommend them if you are looking for a recruitment team to go through! Thank you guys for always answering my questions, even the really silly ones!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Sannakji and raw beef!
It is not for everyone but if you guys are up for something a little crazy that actually tastes good this is something to try!
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Ellen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Fewer Things - South Korea 2021

I had taken an interest in teaching abroad a few years previous, and hadn't had the opportunity or motivation to act on that interest until I came across an advertisement for The Fewer Things.
My initial interview made me feel confident and excited, and from then I always felt supported and in contact with the team as they helped me through each process. Moving to South Korea during a pandemic wasn't an easy thing, but TFT was always ready to give guidance.
TFT makes sure that you have interviews with reputable schools and always puts your preferences first.
What I really appreciated about TFT was how much they encouraged me to follow my gut, and really think for myself and what I wanted out of this experience. It can be really overwhelming to make all these decisions, but TFT helps break down each option and give you the confidence to make the choices best for you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The advice I would give to anyone moving abroad is the embrace not just the country, but also the area you are moving to. Take full advantage of your situation and experience everything the way you want to. If you're someone who likes spending every evening out or someone who does their exploring at the weekend, don't hesitate to make those plans for yourself and enjoy your time.