Teach Abroad with BFITS Thailand

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Bright Future International Training & Services (BFITS) is a full service English education provider promising a comprehensive learner-centered experience in Thailand. We pride ourselves in taking a proactive approach to the learning experience. We believe in delivering modern and integrated educational programs that respond to the needs of our learners while working in partnership with client schools to provide modern curriculums that put the Thai student at the center of the learning experience. We prepare students to be globally competitive. We shape future leaders and success stories by cultivating real world skills through comprehensive curriculum and modern instruction by quality teachers.

The BFITS Programs provide students with a modern curriculum to develop the enjoyment of and commitment to learning by means of engaging and stimulating activities. We build on the strengths, interests and experiences of our students and develop their confidence in their capacity to learn.

Highlights
  • BFITS teaches integrated Science for grades 7 to 9, Biology for grade 10, Chemistry for grade 11, and Physics for grade 12.
  • BFITS teaches Pre-Algebra for grade 7, Algebra for grade 8, and Geometry for grade 9, Trigonometry for grade 10, Pre-Calculus for grade 11, and Calculus for grade 12.
  • BFITS teaches Language Arts for grades 1 to 6 and English Literature & Grammar for grades 7 to 12.
  • Training and professional development workshops prior to teaching employment.
  • Curriculum and academic resources provided.

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7.95 Rating
based on 19 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 63.16%
  • 7-8 rating 21.05%
  • 5-6 rating 5.26%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 10.53%
  • Benefits 7.3
  • Support 8.1
  • Fun 7.7
  • Facilities 8.1
  • Safety 8.5
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Franc
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

BEWARE working in Thailand

In general Thailand is a dangerous place to work. There is no rule of law, no enforceable contact no guarantees of anything like getting your salary.
The fact that so many reviews are impressed with the fact they got paid is a warning by itself.
This company is not and exception to this rule. The advantage teacher lasts 3 months, up to 50% turnover a semester and over 100% a year.
That happens for a reason. There is no teaching in Thailand. Students cannot fail a class, cannot be considered cheating, do not have to do homework.
There is only one measure of your performance, that is are people entertained by you.
For this reason they are no trained professional teachers in Thailand because teaching is not allowed.
Being paid once a month means people are waiting for their $800 then disappear the next day. Companies will expect you to do this.

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Tiekeyla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach Abroad With BFITS!

BFITS is an awesome company to work for! BFITS equip their students with the necessary language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing for effective communication. In addition, they teach essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and technological capability through the study of English, Science, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). BFITS prepare students to be globally competitive. They shape future leaders and success stories by cultivating real-world skills through a comprehensive curriculum and modern instruction by quality teachers.

I had the privilege of becoming one of their English teachers. This opening has lead to new opportunities that have impacted me physically and emotionally. For example, since becoming a teacher, I have taught over 152 beautiful Thai students and was blessed to interact with them daily. All the love that has been shown from these beautiful Thai students has really uplifted my spirit. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher abroad, I would definitely recommend BFITS!

What would you improve about this program?
In my opinion, there is nothing to improve. I love every moment of my experience with this company. Any time I have needed help, BFITS have gone above and beyond to make sure all was well with me. BFITS is more than a company, it is a FAMILY!
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Hayley
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect Mix of Awesome and Awful

I worked for BFITS for two years. I was stationed to teach kindergarten in Buriram, Thailand. Teaching in Thailand has been a mostly positive experience. I love the kids in Thailand, they were my favorite part about working here. They are sweet, bright, and lively. Teachers are well respected in Thailand by their students, and communities. BFITS helped a lot with the daunting VISA and work permit process. BFITS offers help with finding housing
accommodations, and my head teacher and office manager were helpful with figuring out other day-to-day things. If you are not a qualified teacher, BFITS generally has a higher beginning salary than most other companies I’ve seen. BFITS is an established company, they were always reliable with fulfilling their contract agreements, and payed on time. The paid vacation was really nice, and I was able to travel when school wasn’t in session.

Working in a foreign country can be both enlightening and challenging. Thai schools are often unorganized and chaotic. Schedules get changed on a whim, and sometimes I felt like my free time was not being respected. You have to learn to go with the flow or it will be a hard adjustment. Foreign teachers are a status symbol for the school, and you will often be asked to do things outside of your teaching duties to “promote” the school. There were times when I felt like more of an ornament than a teacher.

I think that BFITS might be the best fit for someone who wants to experience a new place and who wants to get some classroom experience. I do not think BFITS was meant for career teachers. With that being said, my school, BFITS included, had a pretty high turnover rate which upset me. I hope that anyone who does choose to work at ANY school can commit to at least a year of time, for the sake of the kids. Their education is important and they deserve consistency. This is a real job with real responsibilities, not a temp position to fund a backpacking trip.

Living in Thailand is a mix of awesome and awful. I have been in the smaller city of Buriram. My living accommodations are nice. I managed to find an apartment with a separate kitchen space, which is not the norm in Thailand. I purchased a motorbike to ride to around town and learned how to drive it. In retrospect I maybe would have looked for job in a busier city. After two years in Buriram, I am ready to move on. However, I am thankful for my time here, and feel that my experience has been meaningful. Thailand has taught me to be brave. I am no longer scared of the unknown or to travel by myself to a foreign place.

If I had any helpful advice for future BFITS teachers, it would be to leave your ethnocentric views at home. You need to do your research and make sure that both teaching and Thailand are the right fit for you - before you commit.

*This review was obligatory, not voluntary.

What would you improve about this program?
In my experience, BFITS has done an okay job of maintaining and negotiating job duties between Thai schools and foreign teachers. It can't be an easy task. I wish BFITS offered more recognition for those of us that took the job seriously. It was pretty clear to me that no one in upper management had a clue what I did in my day-to-day activities. I also think BFITS management could learn the value of asking their employees nicely to complete tasks, instead of forcing them upon us. They would get a much better response.
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Mackenzie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Suankularb Wittalayai Review

Overall my experience teaching at Suankularb was very good. The students were very respectful and a pleasure to teach. The ACE program within the school is very isolated, in that I only communicated with the teachers inside the program, and never with any Thai teachers or staff. The benefit of this is that you tend to have clearer lines of communication, but it comes at the cost of a more authentic Thai teaching experience.

As for the living conditions my apartment was located in Bang Sue which was a 45 minute ferry ride to work which was relatively convenient but the location is very far from downtown Bangkok. Furthermore I was told the apsrtment would be fully furnished but it did not include a: fridge, stove, microwave, or washing machine. While it was doable to live with it these one would expect them paying a higher rent living in Bangkok and being told it would come fully furnished.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travellers would be to start small within your community. You will have big aspirations for exploring a big city like Bangkok and Thailand in general which you can absolutely achieve in due time, but I would recommend getting familiar with your immediate surroundings to find a good restaurant you can frequent or a coffee shop you can visit to get out of the house and read. Small things like this can help you overcome culture shock and difficulties that may make you feel like the walls are closing in when things inevitably don’t go your way in a foreign country.
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Wendy
5/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First-time Teacher

I would recommend BFITS for anyone new to teaching or new to teaching abroad. They are professionally run and provide a variety of teaching opportunities, in several locations across Thailand. I began teaching at the start of the second term and was able to teach outside of Bangkok, at my request. I was provided with a four day crash-course orientation on BFITS, Thai culture, Thai teaching expectations and BFITS on-line grading system. It was a little rushed as I had joined a later orientation for those of us who couldn’t make it to the one on the first of the month. I appreciated their flexibility with my start date. The orientation was held in Bangkok, after which they sent me on a bus to my new city, where I was picked up by the office coordinator. She took me to look at an apartment and then took me shopping. I needed basic kitchen supplies, bedding and the school teachers’ uniform. As a woman, the school uniform was quite casual and comfortable. If you have tattoos though, you’ll likely be expected to cover them up, which may mean longer sleeves and longer skirts. Not knowing the specifics of the uniform, I had packed and purchased a lot of unnecessary clothing. Having this information ahead of time would have been nice.

BFITS provided me with all the tools and information to make teaching as easy as possible. I had well-structured lesson plans, a teaching schedule, an online grading system and lots of videos on classroom management. With teaching 20 hours per week and making use of the material provided, there was plenty of time throughout the day to prep, grade tests and projects and input grades into their online grading system. They also allow some flexibility with the material, so you can update and personalize it, making it more fun and engaging for all. I was placed in a school with a really small BFITS presence. Just two English teachers and two teacher assistants; one who doubled as the office coordinator. This was probably the toughest aspect of the teaching experience, as we were quite isolated from the rest of the school and other BFITS teachers and managers. I relied on this small team for all local and school information and it often felt like the information wasn’t forthcoming. The Head Teacher was also in a different location. Although just a phone call or email away, I could have used some advice throughout the term and, as it was my first teaching experience, I didn’t always know what questions to ask. Others may really appreciate this less-structured environment, which I think is quite rare in Thailand.

Over these five months, I have experienced and learned a lot. I never thought teaching was easy and this experience hasn’t proven me wrong. If you’re thinking about teaching only as a means to support your travelling desires, you might want consider other means. If you would like to experience a new culture and support others in learning English, BFITS is a great place to start. Along with the challenges, there wasn’t a day that went by without a reason to smile, both within the school and the community.

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Teacher
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

The truth: a difficult job with long hours and little support once you start

They appear to be an organized company offering training and support with happy teachers. Once you sign the contract and are at the school, the smiling teachers are few and far between, and management is only seen during the infrequent visits that involve being lectured to about what you did wrong or giving you more duties because the schools wants more. There were many duties like morning assembly, grading every single day, writing exams, camps, Christmas activities, and more. The school wants everyone ready at the school at 7:30am and noone is to leave until 4pm. After spending 1 hour commuting to school and teaching 3 or 4 classes a day, grading, planning and then commuting 1 hour back home, I was exhausted. Then there was the training which felt rushed and more like a lecture of what they wanted me to do, not how to do it.

What would you improve about this program?
Understand that teachers are individuals, not tools for you to use and dispose of just because we don't understand everything there is to know about teaching or you want to keep the school happy at our cost. Improve your training because it felt like 2 days of being told what to do, not how to do it.
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Joe
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BFITS-the company, the people, the environment

The company gets a ton of things right. What are they? They provide materials and support, they try their best to accommodate you with location and subjects, they have a variety of teaching options across the city and the country, they are progressing with the times i.e. technology/methodology and the staff genuinely wants you to succeed.

The managers really want you to do well. For all subjects you get resources beyond a book/worksheets to really bring the class to life. The management staff as a whole is very knowledgeable and can guide you.

The company takes care of all your visa needs and makes it a very smooth process. They give advice on where to live and your commute. Its a very seamless and supported process.

The overall experience is terrific and I would recommend the company to anyone coming to Thailand.

What would you improve about this program?
Many things can be explained up front to make it clear for teachers in most situations.

Some processes need to be streamlined in order to make them the same for everyone involved to the extent possible.

Upper management would directly benefit from showing more support to teachers and the program.

I enjoy working for the company and I hope they read these reviews and use them to improve.
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Martin
7/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Teaching in Thailand

Pro’s
I have been working for BFITS for a considerable time and have always found them a friendly company to work for. Although the pay isn’t comparable of some schools or companies it is certainly not the worst paying company. I have always been paid on time.
The schools I have worked at on the whole have been professionally run and with the support from the BFITS staff most problems get sorted quickly.
You are given teaching material that you can use “straight out of the box” which is adequate if you are a new teacher or a teacher that doesn’t like to spend too much time in preparation. However you can add your own style to these lessons to suit your students learning.
One last advantage of working for BFITS is that visas and work permits are organized for you. You also get a basic cover of health insurance to use in most hospitals in Thailand.

Con’s
As a person that has been working as a teacher for many years I have seen many colleagues who work with me who have little or no experience in a Thai classroom. Therefore I suggest that more training should be on going to not only help these teachers but also take this responsibility off of the more senior teachers.

Advice to management
Hire more cover teachers to allow management/trainers to get to schools to do more ongoing training to the less experienced teachers.
Look after your experienced teachers as they are the life blood of the company.