Destination TEFL

Program Reviews

Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Signing up for the 4 -week course at Samui TEFL was one of the best decisions I ever made. The island is beautiful and the accommodation is amazing. The teachers are brilliant, helpful, patient, understanding and go above and beyond to help you find a job.
I received a job offer whilst I was on week 3 of the course and I started work the week after finishing. it was that simple.
I am now a teacher at Hua Hin and everything is going well. I am teaching English to 11 -14 year olds which suits me because they are learning advanced English which I am more interested in.
I highly recommend Samui TEFL.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Teaching for my first teaching practical was nerve-racking but as long as you have a lesson plan you will be fine.
Brendan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Taking the initial step out of our comfort zones, my wife and I decided that we wanted to do the TEFL course in Thailand and learn about it's people and culture at the same time. Once we have landed, our accomodation was already confirmed before we took off in South Africa, and the owner of D-valley resort where we stayed for the entire course, transported us from Koh Samui Airport. The TEFL course was intense but so much fun and the presentation by the trainers was awesome and effective. Chiara and Jane (the trainers) are very good at their jobs. The course was packed with information and all relevant. An island tour was included in the package which gave our group a break from training. The assistance with setting up interviews with employers at the end of the course was great and by the time we landed in Cambodia, our entire group were set up with interviews.

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Brendan
Thanks so much for your lovely review. So pleased you are both still teaching. We look forward to hearing an update from you some time!

Emaly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

No need to think twice, best decision I have ever made . I also met the most amazing people while doing the course, made life long friends, and had so much fun. Trust me the tutors know what they are talking about and the support is spot on.I went to Koh Samui not knowing what to expect I was nervous, wondering if I am doing the right thing, and then you do your first Teacher Practice, seeing the kids how they smiled how they looked at me with this awe in their eyes, some of them not so much, but at that moment every bad feeling I had just vanished and I felt a sense of purpose. TEFL wil give you every tool to succeed and become the best teacher you can be. Trust them because I do. I am currently working at a school in Cambodia thanks to TEFL.

Response from Destination TEFL

Hi Emaly
Thanks so much for your review. So pleased to see photos of your teaching posted by your school. Do stay in touch.

Joel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After a year of going back and forth deciding rather or not I should do a TEFL course I finally took the first step and found Samui TEFL. This program not only gave me the right tools to teach but the confidence as well. Teaching in a foreign country I didn’t know what to expect, but with a detailed plan and positive feedback, I found myself really enjoying this newly learned skill. The trainers Chiara, Jane and the rest of the team at Samui TEFL did an amazing job at creating a safe and fun learning environment. Making sure everyone understood the different topics and getting the whole class involved in fun activities. You learn a lot without knowing that you did. Once you step in a classroom all that information comes out and you see how it all fits together. I highly recommend taking this course if you want to teach overseas!
One of the biggest things I learned that I consider an eye-opening experience was that teaching doesn’t have to be by the books, you can have fun, creative and interactive lessons with your students that can help them learn so much more. This 4-week course is intense but if you work hard and have fun it goes by so fast. Being on the island of Koh Samui is something I will never forget. Thanks, team for helping me become a fun passionate teacher!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be and engage yourself in the NOW. Realize where you are and what you are doing, it will help you see the bigger picture and receive all this new information better. Don't stress out you are on an island! Work as a team and HAVE FUN!!
Response from Destination TEFL

Thank you so much for your lovely review Joel. Lovely to see your school posting photos of you in the classroom!
Do stay in touch.
Kind regards
Rose-Anne

Kornel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am an English teacher from Hungary, you may ask me why do I need to take a TEFL course. I have some experience teaching English in Hungary but it was 20 years ago. After finishing this course I realized how boring teacher I was back then. I knew I had a lot to learn and if you want to learn about teaching English Chiara is the best teacher you can get. We had an amazing group of people in our class from every part of the world, we went to the training centre excited every day, nobody missed a class in 4 weeks, I would've stayed longer if I could. We had the chance to practice in 3 different kind of schools and it was an amazing experience, Jane, Off and Chiara helped us in every way they can in organizing and planning these teacher practices. They even helped me to find a job in Samui, and I'm really grateful for that. Why Samui? I think it's enough to say I've been living here for 8 years now. It's a beautiful tropical island where you can find countless beautiful viewpoints in the mountains, amazing beaches, or you can visit busy markets, pubs with live music and party places.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to enjoy every minute of the course, you may find it a bit overwhelming at the beginning but it's worth to give 100% all the way through because you can learn a lot from these amazing teachers.
Response from Destination TEFL

Thank you for your lovely review. It's great to hear how much you got out of the course and that you feel you are a better teacher. We are so pleased you enjoyed the course and made good friends.
Kind regards
Rose-Anne

Shanique
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

"I think to travel and work abroad is something that everybody thought about sometime in their life. So many options and careers to choose from. So I decided to become a foreign teacher and what an adventure it has been since day one. Since arriving on Samui I knew exactly that my days of travelling is not even almost over. I lived my best life in Koh Samui with some life time friends I met on the Samui TEFL group. The course does not only give you an internationally accredited TEFL certificate but also a whole bunch of new best friends. Never knew that you can have so much fun while actually working really hard during the day. During this month on Samui you get to work with kindergarten up untill adults , which I think is great because then after the course you candecide the age group you want to teach. The trainers at the course also made learning very fun through constantly playing games - games which you can use in your own classroom one day - and also having little coffee breaks where it gives you enough time to quickly catch up with the other trainees. The trainers also wrote the days' agenda on the board for everybody to see so that we are always on track of what's going to happen next. The amount of work was split evenly everyday so we always worked just as hard as the previous day. The TP's looked a bit daunting at first but once you are in front of the classroom with another trainee on your side , things just go smooth sail from there. You can never be worse than the previous day because after every TP you get feedback and tips that would help you to just get better and better. Having just a TEFL certificate does not make it harder to get a job , I was surprised when I realized how many International Schools there are around Asia. And they always seek passionate teachers like the one's Samui TEFL develope. I am very fortunate for having this oppurtunity granted to me. Strange how much your life can change in just one month. THANK YOU SAMUI TEFL! " 

Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Shanique
It's great to watch you grow over the last months and see you still teaching and recommending the course to others. Great to see you are still friends with so many of your classmates too!
Keep well, stay in touch.
All the best
Rose-Anne

Leigh
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My partner and I decided to take a risk and work abroad. We did some research on different TEFL courses and came across Samui TEFL through an agency called OVC. Deciding to do our TEFL course through Samui TEFL was definitely one of the best decisions that we have ever made!

Samui TEFL offers you so much more than any other TEFL company. Yes, the costs are a lot more, BUT the knowledge and skills that you gain at the end of the course is definitely worth every cent. Samui TEFL doesn't only offer in-house theory classes, but they also expose you to Teaching Practicals that allows you to experience the world of teaching English as a Second Language to foreign students.

The trainer, Chiara Gasparotti, who facilitates all the classes is such a star! She puts so much thought and effort into all her lessons and genuinely makes every second so enjoyable. Her assistant, Off, is just as awesome and always willing to help. They literally break their backs to ensure that you are equipped and skilled for your Teaching Practicals too. The classmates that we worked with also made the course so much fun and bearable. We got the opportunity to learn about different cultures and all the team work also allowed us to gain some knowledge on different classroom ethics and lesson plans.

Samui TEFL does not only ensure that you become a well qualified ESL Teacher, but they also assist you in job placement. Jane Openshaw, one of the teacher trainers, helped my partner and I throughout the whole process. She assisted with all the documents and ensured that the necessary parties received all the required information. We are both currently teaching at the same International School in Sihanoukville, Cambodia and are looking forward for what's ahead.

We definitely recommend Samui TEFL to anyone who is looking into completing their TEFL course through a good company!

Keep up the good work, Samui TEFL!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Please ensure that you have enough backup cash at all times.
Response from Destination TEFL

Dear Leigh
Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time on the course and found our trainers so skilled. Chiara certainly does put in 110% to ensure everyone is well prepared.
Do stay in touch and let us know how the teaching is going.
All the best
Rose-Anne

Paul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you are looking for a very high quality, high standard and extremely well run TEFL course, then Samui TEFL is definitely the right place for you.
Samui is a beautiful island rich in Thai culture and a great place to study, I managed to go for a quick swim everyday. Our class was very multicultural and we all quickly became a community working together to help each other achieve the highest standards we could.

The training centre is simple but is well organised and provided a great environment for us to learn together, good air conditioning and all the facilities needed to put lesson plans in to action. The trainers are excellent, very experienced and passionate about teaching. Each lesson is amazingly well organised and really makes learning fun. Wisdom is in abundance so make sure you listen up and prepare for a great challenge.

The course is pretty intense but incredibly rewarding, you will definitely get good pay back if you put the effort in. We actually taught at an international school, a local Thai primary school and for those of us who wanted to do so, at an adult language school. When you graduate you really feel that you have achieved something significant and that you have gained the confidence to start the TEFL journey, especially after actually doing real teaching in real Thai schools with real kids!

Friendships made on the course will last forever and through the powers of social media we all keep in touch to discuss the next steps in our journey and the jobs we are undertaking. As I write this I am on my way to the UK for my first teaching job within 2 weeks of graduation, where to next ?

What would you improve about this program?
The classroom was bit small for a class of our size, but it was not a big issue.
Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose to take a TEFL course on Samui, as the prospect of studying on a tropical island appealed to me, and it did not dissapoint! Samui is a fantastic island in the south of Thailand, and being able to relax on the beach (just a few minutes walk from the school!) after a hard day studying was brilliant. The school provided everything we needed to take the course - pens, pencils, white board pens etc as well as free wifi water and hot drinks. There is also printing facilities and so much arts and craft items to use for teaching aids. Chiara , the TEFL teacher, was superb. She made everyone comfortable and eased us into the course and before we knew it, the first week had passed - and i was amazed at how much material had been covered, and more importantly that material had been taken on board as well! Chiara is a very experienced language teacher, and included many techniques that have been tried and tested in the classroom. My coursemates on the course were also great, and we bonded well taking full advantage of being on a tropical island. We were given plenty of material, so when it came to our first teaching practice, we all felt well prepared to go and teach the kids in the school. We had the oppurtunity to teach in an international school, a government school as well as some adults who were learning english. This gave us a good overview of the different environments we could be teaching in, and the potential issues we could face. Throughout the course there was help provided in applying for jobs, as well as perfecting your CV. Overall i would reccomend this course, as Samui is a fun island to stay on for 4 weeks, and the quality of teaching and assistance offered is excellent.

Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This review has taken many months to write. Each time I've attempted to write one there seems to be more instances where this specific course and the tools given to me by the highly skilled and specialized teachers has come into my daily life and been a savior to teaching.

Think not the concepts are absurd or outdated (for they are) the reality is that alnodt everything you learn through this course works. You just don't understand the context yet.

If you are considering a TEFL course choose SamuiTEFL. Go in and try to absorb everything that you humanly can whether you think it relevant or not, there will be a day when use it and are thankful.

Managing your interactions with the children you teach and the students on the course with you will ensure that you get the maximum out of this course. It's predominantly about how much love and happiness you can share and the tools this course gives to ensure it.

(pro tip)
The beer is good but expensive. Get "local" whiskey and sprite for a winning evening.