Destination TEFL

Program Reviews

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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was originally recommended to look into Destination TEFL in order to gain practical training following completion of another TEFL course online. I saw that the 140-onsite course offered in Cambodia had very strong reviews and was excited to find out more about the course. After reaching out to Willie (Operations Director in Cambodia) via a video call in Jan 2021, it became obvious that this was the right choice for me. I am so glad that I chose Destination TEFL and highly recommend the course and company to anyone looking for a comprehensive and challenging, yet fun experience.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Not me, but one of my coursemates - chicken penis soup in the quarantine hotel in Phnom penh.
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Serafima
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The course was great! I learned a lot about efficient techniques to teach. Specially the procedure of planning the lessons became easy and clear. Now it’s much more easy to create effective activities and games for kids and make the classes more fun , engaging and effective! Our teacher Tina was great! I learned a lot of new activities during games. Also I learned about discipline! She gave all information in easy way and made the classes always engaging!!!
Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!)

What was your funniest moment?
That was a Hindi class!) we were just the same as our students ))
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Ronielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience was unique because my dream came true .
I really enjoyed every moment .
I can’t wait to start to practice it.
To get more knowledge, skills just make more exciting to teach.
To understand more about education.
To teach kids and adults are almost the same way to teach . I just need to put in practice what I have learned.
The course was super intensive. No time to do anything else . But it was super super satisfactory to help me in future career.
Just wanna say thank you so much all .

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Back to my country to practice everything that I have learned
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Jessica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What to pack:
A readiness to learn new things in new ways. Yep, you may know a “better way,” but that’s not why you are here.
Thick skin. Daily you will be evaluated by your peers and instructor.
Your favorite writing utensil and refills. You will be doing a lot a writing—notes, your thoughts, lesson plans.
A working computer. Without it it you will be very unhappy.
An ability to budget your time, energy, and resources to complete multiple, simultaneous projects.
A strong immune system. Long hours, new challenges, and kids can tax your immune system. Bolster yourself in advance. Bring a month’s supply of your favorite supplements.
At least one set of PROPER teaching clothes.
Your swimsuit. The pool is lovely.

Leave at home:
All extra responsibilities. You will not have the time, energy, or mental space to successfully do anything else. There is not a set daily schedule for the entire month. Now is the time to take a leave of absence from everything else. REALLY!

Do your research in advance:
All work and no play...makes for crabby teachers. While you will be terrifically busy with classroom responsibilities, you will want to make time to be a tourist. When you have unexpected free time, you will want to use it doing the cool things you planned ahead for—-not just starting your search.
Join some of the Siem Reap Facebook groups (expats, foodies, etc.) and identify some places you would like to patronize.
Search the web for “things to do in Siem Reap” and create a wish list—or a reward list.
Google Maps is your friend. Create a “list” and save the places you find through your research.

Plan to contribute to the local economy
In an area hugely dependent on tourism, the people of Siem Reap have been hard hit by the fallout of COVID-19.
Buy the 7-day Pass for Angkor Wat (it is valid for a whole month).
Find a business or cause to support (e.g., Drivers Srey: Woman Tuk Tuk Drivers, Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, GIVE Kefir).
Go the the smaller book stores (office supply stores) for fun stuff to add to your classes.
(Please note: unless you have been in the country for at least 3 months, be careful with street food. Now is not the time to deal with digestive problems.)

Plan to have a great time!

What was your funniest moment?
Learning that Champa’s cat regularly ate her homework!
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Tim
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very hard work with a lot of pressure at times. Support from peers and trainer is good, so is a great help. Beautiful hotel and centre, so leads to a wonderful learning environment.
The kids in the teacher practicals are an absolute delight and were engaged throughout.
Course content is vast, but taught in a way that you pick it up quickly.
Lots of homework means that social life takes a battering for the duration of the course. So, now I reckon it's time to have a party to celebrate!!
👍👍👍👍😊😊😊😊😊

What was your funniest moment?
The cat walking in to the classroom in the middle of a lesson.
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Adam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Today is my last day of the course and I feel that I received more than my money’s worth with Destination TEFL Bali. The material is very informative and the instructor was one of the best I’ve had in any course from grade school through University. The course was very fun and I made some new friends as well. I feel very confident in my skills going into my first English teaching job. Thanks Destination TEFL Bali!.....................................................................................

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy!............................................
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Robert
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took the Destination TEFL virtual course (via Zoom Application) in November 2020. After deciding to take my TEFL this year, I wasn’t sure whether it was better for me to take one of the cheap online courses or pay more for an “in class” course. After taking this course, it’s safe to say that it was well worth the money. This course did an excellent job preparing me to step into the classroom as an English teacher, create lesson plans, and keep students engaged. The course also did a great job preparing me to search for a job either in person or online. The owner/teacher Matt is absolutely fantastic and I can’t recommend this course enough.

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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.