I have worked for Smaller Earth as a Czech teacher before, so I knew how amazing this company and all the people in there are. I study Teaching English at the Charles University in Prague, however, I felt like I needed a more practical experience teaching, which is why I decided to do the TEFL course at Hello Academies, which is a part of the Smaller Earth group.
I have to say that this was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. There are so many reasons why I loved it so much, but I will try to only talk the most significant ones. For me, number one is definitely the fact that I finally got a chance to really learn how to teach effectively and correctly. We had teaching sessions every night starting day 4 of the first week, where I was usually teaching one lesson, then observing the other one and sometimes I had an afternoon off. I think that the mos rewarding thing for me was the feedback session after every lesson that we have taught. It helped me realize what I am doing wrong and I could improve on in immediately the next lesson.
Another thing that I value a lot about this course is the overall atmosphere in the classroom and the way everyone who works there is being helpful all the time. Shannon, who is in charge of the whole program, is definitely the sweetest person I have ever met. She is always willing to help all the participants with literally anything, whether it be finding a job or housing. Explaining how helpful she was not only throughout the course, but also before it started and even after it ended, would take me too long, so I better move on. Barbora, our TEFL trainer, is the smartest and craziest person I have ever encountered. She is always full of energy, knows all the answers and can explain grammar and everything else in such a way that everyone understands. She always made our lessons so much fun and I think that I have never laughed so much in my life as during these amazing 4 weeks of the TEFL course.
There are so many things I could write about, but I guess that I will just stop here with the statement that of you decide to do the TEFL course at Hello Academies, you will not regret for even one second. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.
Oh, and I still work as a Czech teacher here, so if you decide to do your TEFL with Hello Academies, I will teach you some Czech as well! Yay! :D