XploreAsia

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Quresh
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Quresh Jawadwala

It has been a great experience working in Vietnam and Xplore Asia has been great.
I received constant updates from Riyaad about my placement and also visa status and all the procedures too. After arriving in Vietnam, I was given all the help and assistance.
I will definitely recommend Xplore Asia to potential teachers who would seek an adventure to live and work in a foreign country and embrace a new culture.
It has been a great experience for me so far and I am grateful to Xplore Asia helping me fulfill my dream job.

Pros
  • Great staff support & guidance & introduction of the culture
  • Accommodation was very convenient.
  • Experience of teaching in a school
Cons
  • The program could have been condensed into 2-3 days max instead of 5 days.
  • Day trip to the chef Tang. Probably a great experience of learning new things but the chef's attitude was erratic.
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Abby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

XploreAsia - Abby McGinn

It was a good way to meet Japanese people and work with students and their families. Picked up some Japanese phrases so thatโ€™s cool. Slowing learning the language.
Travelled to some amazing places and got to know Japan pretty well - always lots to see and do, especially at different times of the year.
Made lots of friends, through the course and through work. The company I came over on were extremely helpful helping me with my money issues, that was so kind and very much appreciated. Great people

Pros
  • Met some amazing people
  • Learnt about the culture
  • Great working with families
Cons
  • Not challenging
  • Sometimes very boring - can get dull
  • Work hours
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Liam
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The perfect first step into teaching and cultural immersion

I did my XploreAsia course in Saigon, Vietnam about two months ago and now I am teaching full-time, living with friends I met on the course, and truly loving every minute of the experience. XploreAsia is the perfect way to begin your journey abroad, both in terms of teaching English and cultural immersion/integration into a new country. The course began with an orientation week where we learned about Vietnamese history, culture, and language, this included excursions with the whole group to famous tourist attractions. This really helped me gain an understanding of the country that I was about to live in which is so important for an ex-pat. The TESOL course was great and sets you up nicely for when you eventually get into your classroom as there are two practicals (one in a language centre and one in a public school). If you are looking for a program that gives you a headstart with cultural immersion with many others in the same boat as you and provides an amazing teaching course....then XploreAsia is the one for you!

Pros
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Making friends
  • Help with visas and other fun bureaucratic matters
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Jacob
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

XploreAsia teaching in Vietnam program

XploreAsia are great at helping you settle into life in Vietnam, sorting you out with places to work, and are just amazing at processing all the neverending pieces of paperwork that needs completing!

They're amazing at answering any questions to help settle nerves and do a great job making sure you know that you aren't alone even when you feel like you are. They're aware that moving to a foreign country to live and work in is a daunting prospect, so they help as much as they can with helping you acclimatise to your new surroundings.

Pros
  • Great response time to emails
  • Well organised
  • Friendly members of staff
Cons
  • Could offer more advice as standard when it comes to helping you look for permanent accomodation
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Maka
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great support from Xploreasia

From start to finish, I never felt alone, I felt supported and valued. The tefl course was challenging enough to keep me motivated and I feel it prepared me for life as an English teacher in Thailand. The staff at Xploreasia were very professional and helpful and also fun! I really like the orientation week as we got to do lots of fun activities that also taught us about the culture and history of Thailand - such as the Thai cooking class, visit to the temple. Although covid was always a threat looming over us, we were able to make the most of our visits and excursions. All in all, great experience! Highly recommend to anyone who is thinking about doing the program. It was a perfect way to meet people as well!

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Bill
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Explore Asia and Yourself

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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John
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

First class top dog second to none experience

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....
I would recommend Xplore asia to everyone.....having spoken to fellow teachers THEY TOLD ME THEY WISH THE HELL THEY HAD DONE TOO REASON BEING.....THERE WAS CRITICAL INFORMATION THEY WISH THEY HAD OBTAINED....THAT XPORE ASIA STUDENTS WERE BLESSED WITH.
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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Cody
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

XploreAsia Truly Embraces Adventure and Changes Lives

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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Maya
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

XploreAsia Marketing Internship

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 didnโ€™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. Iโ€™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 youโ€™ll still be working 8:30-5:30 M-F so itโ€™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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Sophie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Take the Leap

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!!!