Destination TEFL

Program Reviews

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Claire
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This really is a great course indeed. I have gained so much knowledge regarding what it entails to be an ESL teacher. The real life experience attained has been amazing. Great support received from everyone. The facilitators were amazing and so supportive. I have truly been inspired by their passion and enthusiasm.

It was not an easy course at all. Hark work was required to successfully complete the course.

The class dynamic was great. Everyone really supported each other. I have had an amazing learning journey and would highly recommend this course to anyone interested.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first listening and PPP lesson.
I prepared well to ensure that all flowed according to my plan. Feedback received was great to improve for future purpose.
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Llewellyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The program was enjoyable and with academic rigor. I found the interaction between trainers and students and between students very useful and helpful. It sometimes felt as if you are in the same room as all the other students and trainer. The program provided a variety of challenges to each individual as well as groups. I like the breakout rooms where we could practice and share ideas, notes, subject matter, exercises etc, with different classmates. The practicals were excellent and gave one a good insight on how to prepared a lesson in future.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide structured pre-reading and notes throughout the course.
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Jacques
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An absolute incredible, fast paced, fun, informative virtual course which has surpassed all my expectations. I am so pleased I decided to do it and this will change my life forever.

At first I was apprehensive on how the online course would be presented on a virtual platform and I wasn't sure what to expect. I kept an open mind and I dived straight into it and was soon immersed in the world of Google classroom, zoom meetings ,homework assignment but also having a lot of fun.

The virtual online platform is extremely user friendly and from day one, you started meeting your fellow students from all over the world. a video link. I was amazed how quickly we all started forming a bond learning together and supporting each other with various projects that had to be carried out individually or in groups. My fellow students were great and we all shared our ideas, thoughts and support to one another.

One thing I loved about the platform was that you were placed in "break-out rooms" where you could work together in either pairs of two or four on various daily tasks or discussions. These types of discussions were great for brainstorming exercises and letting your creative juices flow.

The course is very extensive timewise so be prepared to commit a substantial amount of your time to the course. Stay with me here as I would like to share something with you further down this letter. Time flew by and I can honestly say I have never thought I could learn so much in such a short amount of time. You tube video presenting for Hooks/brain-break exercises and the most important thing of it all.. it has been geared at having fun whilst learning and to share great experiences with one's fellow students.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My first lesson plan and teaching it to my first student online. I overcome this by practising more and having more fun. When you see these kids in front of you eager to learn and their faces when they done well or you praise them pushes you to get better and better at it. That feeling is incredible.
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Tania
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The experience really was great, very informative, hands on training and wonderful staff support through the course helped me through. i struggled a little to get into the swing, but the wonderful staff who always motivated us. I am highly appreciative of all their value they added to my growth. This program has taught me to be more confident and to listen when others are talking. I will recommend this to anyone wanting to not only add to their resume, but anyone wanting to add value to society. Our future leaders in a greater and positive society.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Over coming my fear of speaking in public when i had to do my one on one lesson with student.
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Aidan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so happy with the way everything turned out. The support we got was incredible and the value for the course is amazing. I truly recommend this course to anyone wanting to be a TEFL teacher. I promise you its worth it.

The team of Willie and Tina were so hard working and made the course so comfortable for us especially heading into our practicals. The material and ideas you get are unforgettable as well as the memories you make.

Thank you so much to Destination TEFL for this awesome course and for getting me ready for when I get a teaching job whether it be online or in person.

What was your funniest moment?
The point system and how competitive everybody got. Had a few moments when people were almost begging for petty stuff which was pretty funny. Extremely good for getting people involved.
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Camilla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have had the pleasure and privilege of attending both the 140-hour onsite training in Siem Reap, as well as the 120-hour virtual course. I have derived immense value from both certifications. Tina, the Head Trainer, is beyond passionate and committed. This is evident in her tireless work ethic, patience, compassion, encouragement, generosity, and all the various offerings of support that she provides to her students - so naturally. Tina goes way beyond the call of duty to ensure continuous upskilling and holistic success. Her expertise and teaching style make for fascinating and impactful learning, alongside lots of fun, belly laughs, many wonderful new friends amongst peers and connections made.

My deep gratitude and appreciation to everyone within the Destination TEFL team and family!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Remember that each of us is different and finding our individual teaching superpowers means not comparing ourselves to our peers, nor expecting to be like them in order to feel like a competent, impactful teacher-in-the-making.
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Marcos
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you have any qualms about taking this course, don't. It's perfectly normal to have reservations and be cautious but I can assure you, this was probably the best thing to happen this 2020 so far. I came into this course with no prior experience or knowledge and I feel like I am now leaving with a wealth of resources and tools to help me in this new path I'm pursuing.

The trainer was just amazing and the whole staff as well. From the beginning when I had many questions regarding the program and all those details, to the trainer and teacher training, the whole process was just great.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
When we had to give our first planned lesson to an actual student virtually. Just preparing as much as I could and planning with all the tools they provided to us.
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Liam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This virtual course was a fantastic 3 week experience that I will never forget! Incredible interactive course where you meet some really incredible people and learn super interesting and helpful ESL teaching techniques. I'm very glad that I took the TEFL course and even more happy I chose to take it with Destination TEFL. I really look forward to meeting the staff in person in Cambodia when I eventually head over there after covid-related travel restrictions are loosened. Thanks Destination TEFL!!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-wracking moment for me was when I had to teach my very first ESL lesson to a young Cambodian student. I had never taught before and was really anxious about how it would go. In the end however, I remembered to stick to the techniques and structures that I learned through the course and I feel like I overcame that fear and managed to put together a coherent lesson that I would build upon even further.
Tracy-Anne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From start to finish, the course was action packed, fast paced and interactive. The course objectives were clear every step of the way and there was ample encouragement, suggestions and guidance on how to tackle each task/assignment and how to use the platform without interrupting the flow of the day. Tina, the trainer, was consistently enthusiastic and encouraging. It was a privilege meeting people from all over the world and it was encouraging to see that each person committed to the long hours and focus. The group were friendly, approachable and helpful every step of the way. I learnt so much about teaching and how to communicate smarter with students and peers, as well as a complete change about how I view myself and how I can make a positive impact on educating students. Willie was hand's on and helped with technical difficulties, helpful criticism and praise and consistently enthusiastic when sharing with the group. Sad that the course and time together has come to an end, but I have a renewed energy to go out and teach! If you are considering TEFL I would say grab the opportunity to do your course through Destination TEFL as it is the best decision you could make. Thank you Destination TEFL (Tina, Willie and Kathryn). Well done!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Remember to keep it simple and have fun. Take a step back and see the smiles on the student's faces when they have a fun, interactive lesson and you will see that the teacher is having fun and this transmits very well with having this particular course under your belt.
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Seb
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did the online course in May 2020. I was very happy with our fantastic Teacher, Tina. She did a great job in explaining everything to us and was very patience, respectful and nice to everyone.
The material was very good and on point to what is being taught. It was a nice atmosphere throughout the course with a lot of laughter and fun. Sometimes it was stressful, sometimes not stressful enough, but I guess, that's just how every school is.
Overall, I really liked that course and learned a lot.