Samui TEFL 4-week 120-hour intensive TEFL course

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About

Our 4-week, 120-hour intensive TEFL/TESOL course covers every aspect of EFL teaching, with a strong emphasis on practical training. All theory is learnt face-to-face, meaning that you have a tutor on hand to answer any questions and assist with lesson planning. By the end of the course, you'll be confident to teach in the real world, from lesson planning to handling a class of boisterous children. Other aspects covered include understanding how to teach grammar, how to grab and hold your students' attention, and delivering fun, interactive, yet meaningful classes, appropriate to the students' ages and abilities.
The course covers English for special purposes (such as for tourism), and the practical training will be done in a real school environment, with various age groups.
We keep our class sizes small to ensure you receive personal attention during the course.
We also offer assistance with your CV and job applications, and cover Thai culture in the course.

Highlights
  • Teacher pracs in a real classroom environment
  • Located metres from the beautiful Choeng Mon Beach
  • Highly qualified trainers
  • An island tour is included during the first week of the course
  • All of the learning is done hands on through games and interactive activities

Questions & Answers

We have had many 'mature' trainees on the course. In fact if you read through our reviews, you'll see one of the latest ones is from Richard, who is in the age bracket you mentioned. You can also watch this video testimonial from a mature trainee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzT6MO2Qzyo&t=11s As long as you are young at heart and keen to learn, we are happy to have you on the course!

Reviews

99%
based on 110 reviews
  • Benefits 9.7
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.4
  • Facilities 9.3
  • Safety 9.8
  • Instruction 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Value 9.5
  • Academic Rigor 7.9
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Tom
10/10

Great course, great location

Dear Kathryn,

I hope this finds you well. May the following act as my review:

I completed my Samui TEFL course on the 24th June, 2016.

As a fully-qualified teacher, I undertook the TEFL course for purposes of career professional development. My dual aims in terms of outcomes from the course were:
i) To gain a better understanding, and enhanced professional capacity, to teach EAL students of Senior school age (11-16 years).
ii) To gain a professional qualification enabling me to teach in ESL summer schools/camps in Europe and the USA.

My review contains 3 component parts: content, teachers and facilitation.

Firstly, I found the content within the course to be very useful for anybody hoping to earn a TEFL qualification which is practice based. This course is particularly relevant for those who seek to work in the Thai education system. The intense and rigorous course involves teaching practicals in local Thai schools. This provides relevant and important experience ‘on the job’. All students are supported in seeking - and finding - employment at the end of the course which I think is the main asset of this course. Not only do students learn the requisite skills to teach English as a foreign language but, in addition, they are supported in finding work within Thailand. Nearly all students have jobs in Thailand at the end of the course if they have worked hard and meet the required standard, which is amazing and very reassuring.

Secondly, Kathryn and Rosanne are really kind and supportive of the students. Kathryn is a very experienced ESL teacher and I learnt so much despite being an experienced practitioner. Namely, the course reminded me of the necessity in making learning active and fun for learners, especially young learners. In addition, I was reminded of the fundamental necessity of resourcing lessons and activities properly. I was reminded of how the success of learning often hinges on this. Rosanne helps students upon arrival and assimilation and also helps students find work upon completion of the course (as does Kathryn). The centre is very well organised and both women are very professional. I know both very well and they are caring and considerate people. You can be rest assured that if you do this course they are trustworthy and reliable. You could not be in better hands!

Lastly, the location of Samui TEFL is truly unique. The location of the language centre in Choeng Mon is a relaxed, beautiful setting on the tropical island of Koh Samui. Although I opted not to stay at the recommended accommodation provided as part of the course, I do know that it is highly regarded and the other students really enjoyed staying there. Koh Samui is the perfect place to do a TEFL course. The island is fun and there is lots to do and see. The cost of living is very affordable, making this course a cost effective option compared to completing a course in Europe.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Tom
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our course.
We wish you all the best for the future.
All the best,
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Michelle
10/10

Amazing experience

This is amazing course on a beautiful island, so just go and do it! I was lucky enough to have a fantastic group of students, of all ages, this made the course fun :-)
Kathryn is an incredible teacher, you will learn so much and you can really see her experience in this field. She will instill confidence and you will learn a lot!

It wasn't an easy course by any means....be prepared for hard work and to put the rest of your life on hold for 4 weeks! It is all worthwhile though and will make you a better prepared teacher :-)

Rosanne does help with finding work afterwards so it's pretty much guaranteed that you will get a job if you want one.

It was a great experience, hard work but very rewarding, I have no doubt that this is the best course on Samui :-)

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Michelle
Thank you so much for your lovely words. We wish you all the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
Irene
10/10

Samui TEFL - Fantastic course!

To all future TEFL students and individuals thinking about making a difference in other people's lives. My name is Irene and I completed the course on the 16th of September 2016. This was by far the best decision I ever made in my life!

At first I thought to myself: "Me? A teacher? I have never taught English to foreign students!" I gained confidence after receiving amazing support and additional information that answered all the questions and doubts I had with regards to this career change so I took a leap of faith and here I am today - a qualified TEFL teacher!

You can't get any better than the TEFL course in Koh Samui. The support, patience, guidance and advice we received is unheard of! Kathryn and Rosanne are two amazing individuals! Kathryn has such a broad range of experience and knowledge and she is hands on in every aspect of the course. Rosanne is excellent in providing information and giving advice with regards to jobs and the island in general. The fact that every student in the TEFL course passed is living proof that they are experts in their field of work.

I am now living in Chanthaburi - a beautiful town in Thailand pursuing my career as a teacher and making a difference in other people's lives. There is nothing more rewarding than 35-40 confident and smiling faces everyday practicing the English language.

I recommend the Samui TEFL course to anyone who has an interest in teaching and making a difference in Thailand. You get to work hard for 4 weeks while enjoying the breathtaking island vibes - what more could you ask for!

Make a difference and sign up today!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Irene
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you are enjoyed your teaching experience in Thailand.
All the best
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Matthew
9/10

A fantastic TEFL course!

Hi we are Matt and Alice, we travelled to Thailand on an adventure to find a way to teach English as a foreign language. We chose Thailand on a whim, having always dreamed of moving out to Asia to teach, but we never expected their TEFL course to be as amazing as it turned out to be. We were very fortunate to have enrolled on Samui TEFL! We found the island incredibly beautiful the perfect place to study for a TEFL.

The course itself was very informative and we both learnt a huge amount about how to teach English to Thai students. Our teacher, Kathryn, was magnificent. She was very knowledgeable, patient and caring with her students. We thought that Kathryn was also great at bringing out the best in her students. The course focused around making learning fun and interactive, which really engages Thai students. We found that the course did get intense at some points, but the excellent class of passionate TEFL students helped each other to get through the tough days. Overall we found that all the hard work became worth it when we ventured into the classrooms in a Thai school to be greeted by huge smiles and joyous faces from the Thai students.

Rosanne was an amazing help, both with looking for jobs and for general information about the island. Everyone who wanted a job had got an offer by the end of the course! We managed to get jobs on Samui so we get to stay on the island!

The course was amazing, we met some fantastic people, learnt a huge amount about teaching and got to experience living on a tropical island! We would highly recommend the course for anyone who is seeking an adventure or looking for a change in their career and wanting to make a difference.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Matthew
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review.
We wish you all the best for the future, and we are so pleased you are enjoying teaching in Thailand.
All the best
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kevin
10/10

It's all about life changing experiences and knowledge.

I was becoming sick of my everyday routine back in the states. Same job, same commute, day in and day out. I knew it was time for a real change. A friend of mine mentioned that I should look into teaching in Thailand. At first I thought she was crazy, but then I started doing some research and found the Samui TEFL program. I read nearly 20 reviews and they all said how epic the course was! It is affordable, on a beautiful island and is highly recommended and respected all over Thailand. Kathryn is an amazing instructor and a truly great human being. She has multitudes of experience and brings out the best in you. The course is no joke. It is a lot of information and at times will test you, but isn't that what life is all about? To grow and change we must step outside our comfort zones and see what we are really made of. Samui TEFL is the most hands on, and well prepared TEFL course in Thailand. You will not get more information, communication or knowledge from any other course. This is the real deal, complete with in class teacher practices with real students in real Thai classrooms. Rosanne was simply amazing when it came to getting our CV's in order. She responds timely to emails and gives any and all advice one could ask for. Some of my fellow students and I had great jobs lined up by week 3 of the course. I gained invaluable knowledge about teaching and I learned even more about myself in the process. You'll make life long friends and have amazing, funny and stressful times together! Samui TEFL gave me the confidence and experience I needed to become a teacher.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Kevin
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We wish you all the best with your teaching career.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Erika
10/10

The best TEFL course in existence!

After 10 years in corporate America, I left to pursue something with a higher purpose. Unsure what I was going to do, I stumbled across Samui TEFL program online and signed up on a whim. I had zero teaching experience and had never worked with kids in my life, so I was a bit reluctant to say the least. Teaching English in a foreign land was an intriguing thought but I was skeptical whether I would succeed. It turns out, I signed up for the best TEFL program in existence. Kathryn is an excellent teacher and will undoubtedly prepare you for teaching. She showed us how fun teaching can be with proper planning and enthusiasm.

The class is intense and can be overwhelming at times but it is so worth it. The teaching practices are an invaluable experience that will give you the confidence you need to teach your own class. After seeing the joy in the kids faces, you’ll quickly fall in love with teaching in Thailand.

Roseanne was a superstar at helping us get jobs upon completion of the course. Everyone that wanted a job, had one by the end of the course. She knows all the ins and outs of working in Thailand and was a great resource for information and connections.

I thoroughly enjoyed the class at Samui TEFL and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a new career, sabbatical, or just a new adventure in life. :)

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Erika
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We wish you all the best with your teaching career.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
Ben
10/10

I completely recommend Samui TEFL

This course was perfect. Great location on the beautiful Koh Samui island. A fantastic teacher called Kathryn. She ran a lingustics school in Italy for many years and is an expert in her field. The course is a perfect blend between a hell of a lot of work and achievabilty. As long as you put in 100% you should pass the course.
The course includes 6-7 hours of in class teaching, roughly 2 hours with Kindergaten level, 2 hours with Prathom, 2 hours with Mathayom and 1 hour teaching adults (teaching assistants) . The schools we attended were lovely.
Class sizes were also ideal, our class had just 12 students but there may be 20 in a class. Samui TEFL has great contact links with job agencies based all throughout Thailand and we enter the job searching phase just over 1 week through the course with full guidance from Samui TEFL.
I entered the English teaching profession with great confidence as I had been fully prepared for the role.

How can this program be improved?
It couldn't
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Ben
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you've settle into Thai life so well, and we wish you all the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
Mae
10/10

Samui TEFL -Worth every penny!!

I am an American who taught for one year in the States before deciding to come to Thailand, and I chose Samui TEFL after a friend recommended the course. I am SO thrilled and happy with this entire organization! My teacher showed up so excited to teach us every day, and gave us tricks and tips on how to be successful, not only as an instructor but as a classroom teacher with class management skills (SO important!). Grammar is tricky, but my instructor made sure that my classmates and I had lots of practice to brush up on our skills. We were taught how to create detailed and organized lesson plans, which helped us to execute exciting successful lessons with real students on the island, prepare us for our future jobs, and give us the ability to teach in any school environment successfully. The Samui TEFL class size is small (we had 13 in our TEFL class) which was great because we all became fast friends from all walks of life from all around the globe. Koh Samui is absolutely STUNNING and the beach is a 2 minute walk from T Phak Phink (where you must stay because Joy, who owns the hotel, treats you like family and the accommodations could not be any nicer!). The course is indeed challenging, but if you are passionate about teaching and getting your TEFL certification, Samui TEFL is the organization for you. You will not come across better people who truly care about you and your success. You will also receive immense amount of help while you apply to jobs after the course! I am recommending this course highly to all of my friends and family, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

How can this program be improved?
Thank you for everything!! :)
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Mae
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We wish you all the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne

Yes, I recommend this program
Jessica Taylor
Jessica
10/10

An experience of a lifetime

Samui TEFL review

Deciding to do the Samui TEFL course was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Around two months before the course was due to start I was unsure of my plans for the year, knowing only that I wanted to travel and teach. As I was going through all of my options I decided to email Rosanne and ask her about some of the concerns that I had over living in Thailand, the teaching atmosphere there, the possibility of getting a job, and how easy or difficult it would be to get a visa and then later, a work permit. She responded immediately and with an overwhelming wealth of information. She answered all of my questions and on top of that sent me pictures and links all about Koh Samui in particular and Thailand in general. I was sold. From then on out she remained a constant source of comfort, reassuring me at every turn and helping me with any small question or concern.

When I arrived in Bangkok there was somebody waiting for me at my gate (arranged by Rosanne). He took me to my connecting flight to Koh Samui, and when I arrived on the island I was met by a taxi driver who took me straight to my hotel, T Phak Phink (my accommodation had also been arranged by Rosanne in advance of my arrival). And so my wonderful adventure began. From before I even arrived in Thailand I felt that I would be well looked after, and Rosanne went above and beyond expectations. After my first day of class I was blown away by Katherine’s unrelenting energy and enthusiasm, and the genuine care that she showed each and every one of us. She continued to amaze throughout the course- she literally thinks of everything and gives of her time so willingly. She cares about every one of her students and will go out of her way to help you out or to reassure you.

I have been teaching in a school in Thailand now for a month (a job that Rosanne helped me to find and secure) and I am thankful every day for the Samui TEFL course. I feel more than prepared for every single classroom situation and I do not find it in the least bit daunting walking into a classroom and finding myself faced by 50 expectant and eager faces every day. I know that this entirely due to Katherine and Rosanne’s expert guidance and assistance.

My advice to anyone thinking about doing their TEFL course on Koh Samui- do it. If you are willing to put in some hard work, collaborate with partners, and enter a classroom with energy and joy then you will be well served doing Katherine and Rosanne’s course. This is by no means a relaxed holiday on the beach, you will put in many many hours, but what you get out of the experience will be priceless. In my month on Koh Samui I met friends who I will treasure and love for life, I learned about myself, I learned about Thailand, I learned about respect, and I learned a value for education that I am passionate about passing on to my students. So, work hard, study for your tests, stay in T Phak Phink and chat to Joy every day, grab a cocktail at Rakk and Meena’s, eat fruit on the beach, make wonderful friends, rent a scooter for the day and get lost- trust me, you’ll find that you’re exactly where you need to be.

How can this program be improved?
Having more computers and a faster printer would be an enormous help when preparing resources for teaching pracs!
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Jessica
Thank you so much for your lovely words. We are so pleased you enjoyed the course as well as teaching in Thailand. All the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Becky
10/10

Amazing!

I signed up for this TEFL course hoping it would inspire me to start a career in teaching, and it has certainly done that!

I hadn't done any research into other TEFL courses, I trusted a friend who picked this one, and I'm so glad I did. Kathryn is an engaging and enthusiastic teacher, you can really tell she wants you to do your best. Rosanne is a great support and full of really useful information, whether it be about where to eat on the island, or helping to create the perfect resume to get you hired straight away.

I'm now working in a beautiful school in Chachoengsao teaching K2 kids (5 year olds). In true Thai style I was thrown straight into teaching my 30 kids with no induction, and I really would have struggled without everything I learnt at Samui TEFL. But with all the knowledge and confidence I had gained from the course and my course mates, I felt happy to go ahead and teach straight away.

There's no denying that it gets stressful at times, but help each other and what you put in is what you'll get out!! I had the best month with Samui TEFL and I would do it 100 times over if I could!

Thank you so much Kathryn and Rosanne!!!

How can this program be improved?
No improvements needed!
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Becky
Thank you so much for your lovely review.
Wishing you all the best in your travels.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicole
10/10

#YOTO (You Only TEFL Once)

Samui TEFL was such a great experience! I learned so much, and made so many new lifelong friends. The course was a lot of work, and weekdays were usually spent studying and/or preparing for a TP (teaching practice). However, the time spent working and studying wasn't bad because most people worked together. Our group would put on a youtube playlist, get snacks & socialize....I mean study! :P But really, to survive this course you just have to be a good team member & get work done, study what you don't know, help others, and ask others for help.

The most important thing though! Get to know the people on your course! It's pretty easy when you're working 8+ hours together 5 days a week! Soon, your group of classmates become your Samui family. This is such a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world. I'm so fortunate now to have so many friends teaching around Thailand! :)

Rosanne and Kathryn are such great instructors and mentors. The classes were well organised and interesting. The grammar section was tough, but Kathryn explained it very well. She also did a lesson in Italian which was awesome. You got to see a foreign language lesson from the student's perspective. Rosanne helped find legit agencies and jobs in Thailand. Both, Rosanne and Kathryn, gave useful feedback after the TPs so we could improve next time. They are also great people in general. I know that I can always ask for advice from them.

Next week I start teaching lessons at my new school. I feel prepared because of Samui TEFL.

I'm so glad that I took the Samui TEFL course!

PHOTO: The view from the computer room!

TIPS:
- If you have a laptop bring it. There are only 2 computers in the computer room & are only available to 6pm M-F.

FOOD TIPS:
- Get fresh coconuts everyday! They are so yummy! :P
- Get Massaman Curry from the Post Office. It's the best! Rosanne and Kathryn can tell you where it is.
- Look for the coffee stand on the way to the classroom (it's green) & get some iced milk tea! So sweet and good!

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Nicole
Thank you so much for your lovely review and advise to prospective students.
We wish you all the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kerry
10/10

An outstanding 4 weeks!

My boyfriend and I began searching for TEFL courses a few months back. The one that kept springing to mind was Samui TEFL! With its glittering reviews, this was the course for us...and it did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded our expectations.
I had already done my PGCE in England, but I found that this was extremely useful when doing my TEFL. It really helped me to refresh and use my previous knowledge and experience in a different way. Everything seemed to make sense now! In some ways, the course taught me more in a month than I learnt during my teacher training!
Don't get me wrong, the course is intense and hard work, but the rewards are great. After the first day, my boyfriend especially, was feeling very overwhelmed. However, the amazing support and encouragement that we received from Kathryn, our course instructor, was incredible. She is an amazing teacher, one of those that you'll always remember! By the end of day 2, my boyfriend was fully reassured and back on track.
As well as that, Kathryn and Roseanne are the ultimate TEFL Masters - if you have any questions, they have all the answers. They are also very helpful and friendly, they will assist you in any way that they can, whenever they can.
Another big advantage of this course is that you get to do your teacher pracs in actual Thai schools with actual Thai students. You also teach a wide range of ages, from kindergarten to adults. The practices are extremely useful and have proven to be invaluable when you get a job (as we've found out as we're now working near Krabi)
If you're still unsure about the course because you're nervous, or because you think that with your PGCE, it won't be useful...don't be. You get to live on a beautiful island, make friends for life (missing everyone already), and are taught by the world's best TEFL Masters! What more could you wish for?
Thankyou so much Kathryn and Roseanne for giving us an unforgettable, life changing experience, and for being the awesome individuals that you are :-)

How can this program be improved?
Not a thing! Perfect as it is!
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Kerry
Thank you so much for your kind words, we appreciate it.
Wishing you all the best for your teaching career and travels.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
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Candace
10/10

Completely Happy!

I came from way overseas (Trinidad & Tobago) to do this course, and I could not be more satisfied. Of course, it was a huge decision, but all questions and concerns were responded to honestly and promptly by Rosanne, making the decision to attend an easy one.

The classroom and suggested accommodations were clean and well-kept, and certainly encouraged a learning environment. There was a nice mix of theory and practice, with hours of teaching real Thai students from Kindergarten to Adult levels.

Kathryn is just amazing in the amount that she knows and is perhaps the best teacher to whom I have ever been exposed. Not only is she knowledgeable and adept at sharing that knowledge, she and Rosanne are also kind and helpful both in and out of the classroom. They were eager to ensure that we maximised the course; as well as all that the popular touristy island of Koh Samui had to offer.

In the second week, we began getting prepared and advised on applying for jobs, and all persons interested in getting hired had several positions available to choose from before the course was even completed.

We all became such a close-knit class, worked and played hard together, and made some friendships that I am sure will last forever.

It was an amazing journey, great teaching, wonderful fun, hard work, but definitely worth it as I am sure that we are as prepared as we can be for the world of TEFL teaching.

If you're interested in TEFL, DEFINITELY do this course!!

How can this program be improved?
No need for improvements, excellent in more ways than I can have imagined!
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Candace
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you are enjoying your teaching experience in Thailand now.
All the best
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program
Sarah
10/10

Samui TEFL - The best experience

Deciding to teach in Thailand was a big life choice I never thought I would have the courage to make.
Sleepless nights and endless anxiety before I left my home country of South Africa to come to Thailand and do my TEFL course through Samui TEFL.
The best thing I could have done for my life.
Rosanne and Kathryn run an extremely professional course that instilled so much confidence in me to become and English teacher.
It was an absolute blast and they even give you the opportunity to teach with Thai students in real Thai schools and part of your practical work.
Stressful? Yes and no.
It's all just so worth every cent and Samui TEFL will be my only recommendation as long as it's run by Rosanne and Kathryn.
Finding a good job was a breeze and myself and my partner (we did the course together) are settling comfortably in our new home in the province of Kamphaeng Phet.
Thank you Samui TEFL for being so professional and friendly and for teaching us all your little neat tricks on how to be a fantastic teacher.

How can this program be improved?
It's perfect in my honest opinion.

Don't change a thing!
Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Sarah
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time in Thailand, and we wish you all the best in your travels and future.
Kind regards
Rosanne

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lloyd
10/10

Samui TEFL... The only option!

Samui TEFL truly exceeded all of my expectations! After completion of the course I could confidently say that I was ready to teach and manage my own classroom full of students. The guidance you receive from both, Rosanne and Kathryn, is second to none. Not only do you leave the course fully equipped to take on a classroom of non English speaking children, but you leave after having one of the best experiences of your life! The friends that I made, and the people I met, will always be remembered.

It truly was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone!

Thank you Kathryn and Rosanne.

Response from Samui TEFL

Dear Lloyd
Thank you so much for your positive review. We are so pleased you are enjoying your time in Thailand, and we wish you all the best for the future.
Kind regards
Rosanne and Kathryn

Yes, I recommend this program

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Samui TEFL is based on the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Our 4 week, 120 hour intensive training course prepares you for teaching EFL in the real world, as we have a strong practical element to the course. You'll do not only theory and...