TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand

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TEFL Heaven in the UK and Thailand provide the very popular TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand Program.

Starting with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training in a paradise location and ending with a fully salaried TEFL job in Thailand, it's no wonder that more than 120 candidates train and teach on this program.

We have trained over 600 candidates in 5 years on this program, with a maximum of 24 candidates per training session. With many trainees around the same age (in their twenties or early thirties) on one course it means making friends is easy. We train teachers every 6 months in the months of April and September each year, just before the start of each term.

Teaching placements last one school term of around 5 months, making in the whole about 6 months of the program. If you want to stay longer, just renew your contract with the school. See out website for more details.

Once you have completed your training you will then go straight to your paid teaching role where you will be earning between 25-30,000 THB providing you with a very comfortable lifestyle that will enable you to travel, explore and see the very best of Thailand and it's surrounding countries.

Training + Certification + Full Support + Guaranteed Paid Job - Sounds like heaven?

Questions & Answers

With TEFL Heaven, Asia teachers are required to be from the age of 20 - 55 years old. In Latin America and Europe you would be required to be between the ages of 18 and 65.
Yes. It says on the website: FOR THOSE WITHOUT A BACHELORS DEGREE If you do not have a bachelors degree you can receive a guaranteed paid teaching job on this program: PUERTO VALLARTA & PAID JOB MEXICO If you have not yet acquired your bachelors degree yet, but are still studying, you are also eligible for the guaranteed paid teaching job, as long as you get your degree certificate sent to you...

Reviews

94%
based on 64 reviews
  • Benefits 8.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.6
  • Facilities 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.2
  • Support 9.5
  • Value 9.2
  • Difficulty 6.4
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Jaclyn
8/10

Had a very good time

I really enjoyed the TEFL course and all of the games modeled throughout the training. One of the best parts of the course was the English Camp. Even though I have taught before, I found that I was quite nervous to teach in front of these little Thai children! However they nervousness slowly dissipated as we began playing games and just having fun with the children. I found that the English camp was a really useful way for all of us to get comfortable and acquainted with the Thai kids. I do wish that there had been a bit more of a focus on classroom management in regards to aneban in particular as that is something I am struggling with a bit now.

How can this program be improved?
Although I was happy with the amount of emphasis placed on teaching primary school, I feel that there needs to be a more conscious effort to also focus the TEFL course just as heavily on aneban and mathium.
I think there should me more lessons on adapting lesson plans to suit higher and lower levels. Also, I think it would have been helpful for the Thai culture xlass to have been in the beginning of the course rather than towards the end.
Yes, I recommend
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Keavy
10/10

its called tefl heaven for a reason!!!

All i can say is, if you have a degree, and you don't do this programme, you're stupid. I seriously don't get why not just everybody would do this, even if it's just for one school semester, its four months out of your life. I came intending to do one year maximum, and it's approaching the two year mark. Cliche's aside about friendships forever and a life-changing trip, this programme couldn't have been better. It immediately launches you into a social scene, where you meet the people who will be your safety blanket for the rest of your experience, which is amazing, as you all experience the homesickness, confusion, and amazing amazing times together. People from other agencies who I have met, just haven't had that same experience at all. This truly will be the best three weeks of your life, its the best launch pad into teaching in Thailand. i have spoken to other people who went through other agencies, and I have not once heard better things about other agencies, TEFL heaven is by far the way to go. It's also a really personal agency, I had SO many problems, like leaving my passport in another hostel, and they sort it out immediantely. Mike, the director, is just hilarious. It's worth doing the course just to meet him, and all the rest of the staff are also amazing, normal, down to earth. Just do it!! If you want to contact me about the programme , ill put my contact details below!!!

How can this program be improved?
That it would have lasted longer. Purely because it was the best three weeks ever.
Yes, I recommend
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Francesca
10/10

Best experience ever! Can't stop talking about it.

I really had the most amazing time on the training and during teaching. Since being back I can't stop talking about my experience with everyone and have even convinced some of my friends to sign up!

Teaching was something completely new to me so naturally I was terrified. However, after I completed the 3 weeks training I was so excited to get started. Mike and the rest of the trainers were amazing at preparing us and were always there if I had any concerns or worries. The training was very organised and it covered everything so I felt so confident by the time we finished. Even when we started our jobs Mike or Kerry would always be there immediately on the end of the phone if we had any problems. I met some great people on the course and at the Thai school who I am still in contact with now and so it is an experience I will never forget.

My only regret is that I didn't stay to teach for the second semester!
A big thank you to the TEFL Heaven team!

How can this program be improved?
Im struggling to think of anything to improve! The accomodation (Koh Chang) was lovely, beautiful bungalows by the beach, but it was quite far out of town so had to spend a lot on the food there and taxis. But I'm not really complaining!
Yes, I recommend
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Eva
10/10

Great TEFL Course in Thailand

I had an amazing time at TEFL heaven. The staff were all so helpful and friendly. In my experience TEFL staff went above and beyond for me. The other trainees were incredible and I have probably never had more fun in my life. Koh Chang was beautiful and the perfect setting for a program like this. I felt so much more prepared getting my TEFL certificate hands on and in the country I was going to teach in. I use the techniques TEFL trainers taught me in the classroom every day. I can't recommend the experience enough. The only downsides were that I did feel we overpaid for transport and accommodation and there was some theft problems at the resort but, for TEFLs part, I thought they handled the theft as best they could. I would reccmend the experience to anyone and everyone because even though it is expensive, it's priceless.

How can this program be improved?
I would charge less for the transport to and from the island because it was more than doubled what it costs to go on your own. I know you need to pay for trainers to get there and that you don't make it mandatory To go with the group, but everyone obviously wants to so if there was a way to even slightly lower it I think that would be cool. Other than that, change nothing. :) TEFL heaven rocks.
Yes, I recommend
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Peter
10/10

Greak Kickstart to a TEFL Career / Training Made Simple

2017 Update:

The 3 week course in Krabi was fantastic. We all met before hand in the recommended hostel so i was able to talk to some of the people on my course and get to know them a little. I was nervous about doing the course in such a hot country with complete strangers but we were all in the same boat and the trainers knew how we would feel. They did everything to help and make us feel secure. I was equipped with a lot of cultural information as well as teaching techniques that I simply didn't get from the online TEFL I had done previously. Overall I would recommend this to anyone wanting to make a change and do something worthwhile.

2014 Review:

I did an online TEFL PRIOR to doing this one and felt so confused as most of it was just multiple choice answers and i scraped by with a pass. The material was boring, I had no one to talk to for support or and peers to discuss things with BUT i was officially qualified. Great....but I had no confidence to be able to teach anyone anything to do with English especially in a paid school environment.
I saw TEFL Heaven Internship advertised online and was skeptical about paying money to do a course i had already done, however after researching it (The main guys who run this are on Facebook, its all openly there to see - no hiding or scams) I decided to do it. Wow! It was so much better to be able to have people in the same situation as me doing the course and understanding, not understanding and then discussing it to the point we felt confident. Its been 12 months since then and I am in constant contact with the company, they ask me how i am - I've met all the staff and all i can say is that its a genuine and honest almost family run company. They really do care because they were in my position themselves at some point. Overall I would recommend this to anyone. The school Im located at is VERY remote (which is what i wanted and asked for) so there is no night life which is why i rated it as a 5 - although the locals are always keen to drink, dance and sing Karaoke!!!

How can this program be improved?
There honestly is nothing i can imagine to make this program any better (except obviously more money but that would be the same in any job hahaha!) The wage paid is MORE than enough to live of in a fairly grand fashion.
Yes, I recommend
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Aaron
10/10

The kickstart to a whole new life

Over two years ago I could never have imagined that I would be where I am today. TEFL heaven started me on my ESL career with a bang and I have never looked back. What I liked most about TEFL heaven and my placement was everything was at the right pace. Learning how to teach English as a foreign langauge was nerve racking, but they made it easy for me to digest and put into practice. My school was amazing and the support with problems was fantastic. I had heard of other companies not paying people or just not keeping promises, my company did. Recommend this company whole heartedly, TEFL heaven and ECHO English.

How can this program be improved?
I would make the conditions for allowing some people to participate to be stricter. Some colleagues I felt had came to Thailand for disingenuous reasons and I would like to see a tighter interview screening process to help bring better teachers abroad.
Yes, I recommend
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Jess
9/10

When people tell you it'll be the best 3 weeks of your life, they aren't kidding!

I had been told by friends who had done this course before me that it was going to be the most fun I'd ever have. You never really think your friends mean it when they say those things; but in this case, they really did. I learned so much about teaching in this country and made some incredible, life long friends that are my support system now in Thailand. The trainers are passionate about their jobs, which both inspires and excites you to be the best teacher you can. I considered doing the online certificate program (mostly because of financial reasons) but having done this 3 week course now, I am so happy I did it. It's worth every penny and honestly prepares you so much for your first day, and the rest of your time here in this beautiful country full of smiles!

How can this program be improved?
I would encourage participants of the program to arrive in Thailand a few days before the actual travelling to the island. I would attempt to get the assistant trainers and head trainers there for those couple days as well, and try to get everyone together as a group in Bangkok before making their way down. I think it might help people settle into the initial shock that Thailand can sometimes be and encourage people to start making friends with one another before even getting there!
Yes, I recommend
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D
10/10

highly recommended

I came out to Thailand on a bit of a whim, looking for a challenge and a change of pace. I chose the TEFL Heaven course on Koh Chang based on a recommendation from a friend who had also taken the course - and I am so grateful! I had zero teaching experience and very little travelling under my belt. It's safe to say that I was beyond nervous! TEFL Heaven provided a well-structured, informative course that helped reassure me that I had made the right choice. The location was beautiful and the accomodation ideal. The trainers were super helpful and being able to hear their own stories and experiences was a huge help. The guidance and support offered on this course boosted my confidence more than I could have hoped for and I went off to my placement feeling prepared and eager to get stuck in. Thai language and culture aspects of the course really helped set me up for life here and made it easier to settle into my small town. The other trainees quickly became my Thailand family and that sort of support network is priceless. Teaching abroad is always going to be a steep learning curve, and what you get out of it is based so much on your own attitude and willingness to persevere. Saying that, TEFL Heaven provided a great foundation on which I have been able to build on over a subsequent year and a half teaching. I'd highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a high quality TEFL course.

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
9/10

Most amazing thing i've ever done!

Applied for the VTP as a spur of the moment thing (had the holiday blues lol), and it was the best thing i've done to date!
The people I met were lovely and supportive, had some amazing experiences & met some lifelong friends.
I have already been back to Thailand & i'm sure it wot be long before i return again.
The teaching side of it was great, sometimes challanging (as the thai teachers were not always particularly able to help/understand) but the ETA/TEFL team were always on the other end of the phone & helped with any problems.
Stayed friends with several of the staff & fellow volunteers!

If you are considering it - DO IT!!!! You wont regret it! But it might change your life & make your dull old life seem rather boring haha!

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps training with some actual children, and also maybe more help with the curriculum- just to ensure that the kids got the most from the programme.
Yes, I recommend
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Alex
10/10

An amazing challenge

I found the teaching bit very enjoyable. However, I also found it challenging at times as I had never taught before and sometimes felt overwhelmed when I entered the classroom.
At times, I didn't quite know what to do as the pupils acted differently every day and no day is like the other. In general, pupils behaved very well but got distracted when the lesson slowed down because of my poor lesson planning.
Even though lots of activities were provided by TEFL heaven, it was difficult to remember them all and use them in the classroom. Therefore, I felt like I needed more time doing a TEFL course. The 9 days were too short for me.

In summary, it still was an amazing experience and I'm very glad I did it. Thailand and it's people is amazing and beautiful. TEFL heaven did a fantastic job to accommodate and take care of all of us and their training was good and enjoyable. I ended up doing a PGCE course after I returned from Thailand and will now end up as a German and French teacher in secondary schools. So, I guess that says it all :o)

How can this program be improved?
TEFL course (hours and training) should be longer before throwing us into the classroom. It is fun and one gets the impression that it is no big deal; however being in the classroom on my own and doing the whole thing all of a sudden on my own is a different thing. It was a bit scary at times and I would have profited from a longer training before doing the teaching bit.
Yes, I recommend
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Hayley
10/10

Excellent company to work with

I did my TEFL training with TEFL Heaven/ ETA almost two years ago now and couldn't recommend them more highly. The organisation and support were excellent and the staff were really good throughout the entuire process. I made some friends for life on the course and had a fantastic time. I have made a video about my experiences... feel free to have a look! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eZsFJfj8cI

Response from TEFL Heaven

Thanks for the great review!

All the best!

Mike Maitland
Director

Yes, I recommend
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BrianBadonde
7/10

TEFL Heaven: Good. Media Kids: Bad

I was part of the TEFL training program in April 2012 on Koh Chang. First off I have to say the location is pretty amazing, especially reflecting from here in the cold and drizzly UK. There is plenty to do outside of course times, with Song Taews (pick up trucks installed with bench seats) available to take you from the admittedly remote (though tranquil) resort of Siam Bay to Tai Bay for shopping, or the other direction to Lonely Beach's nightspots. Alternatively hire a scooter and head to White Sands for beachside cocktails, or drive further afield and visit one of the many swimmable waterfalls. Wow, I'm making myself miss it typing this! The accommodation was basic but livable, being comfortable enough with air con and soft beds. As for the Krabi course getting a better deal, I was informed by my friend who'd been on that course that the resort was so swish the company effectively made no profit, so no one in the future will be getting such a good deal. They were just lucky this time.

On to the course though, and while intense at times (some days while doing essays can be a full 12 hour day), there was always an effort to make it enjoyable from the two main trainers. It was 100% face to face, none of this internet rubbish other TEFL providers offer, and included evaluated time teaching in island schools. Despite what some others have said, I would argue that teaching in Thailand is not the hardest job in the world, and therefore you don't need people with years of experience training you - don't kid yourself this is a professional career you're getting into! If you can dance around and shout some English (or French, or whatever, they honestly wouldn't know the difference), the kids will be thrilled by the big white clown - anything else is superfluous.

Once I left the course and was handed over to TEFL heaven's partner agency, Media Kids, things started going downhill. I am dismayed that such an incompetent collection of people are allowed to run such a company. Their 'training' in Bangkok was a complete waste of time. Once we arrived in our placement town, we literally had to fend for ourselves - the partner organization, Media Kids, had done nothing to orientate us there, and our introduction to the school was looking it up on google maps and wandering in the first morning asking for the English department. They were even worse when it came to work permits and visas (made worse by our horrifically irritating excuse for a consultant, who thought the best way to placate your anger at him lying to you about matters that could get you thrown out the country was to make puppy dog eyes and stroke your arm). I can't say I was too happy with the school either, who started us on ~16 contact hours per week and by the end had gradually pushed the uncomplaining falangs up to ~25+ with no extra pay. This was while they sat around at their desks gossiping, stuffing sticky rice into their mouths and watching YouTube, waiting for the next class in a sparsely populated 10 contact hour week (btw TEFL teachers weren't allowed to interact with each other - we did and got moved desks because "falang no sit together"). The final straw was when they arbitrarily decided we would work all Saturdays in September with no extra pay, so ~30+ hours on a 16 hour contact. As we had heard reports of the partner organization not paying people for their worked month (so £600) who gave notice, 3 out of 4 of us foreign teachers did a runner the day after payday.

How can this program be improved?
Overall then, a big thumbs up to TEFL heaven and the training course for me, but try and avoid the partner organization, Media Kids, if at all possible! There are much better jobs to be had TEFLing in Thailand than taking where they offer you in Sakhon Nowhere at poor pay and with ridiculous contract terms (work 2 weekends free per semester?!)
Response from TEFL Heaven

Thank you for the good review.

Regarding teaching hours - normally it states the teaching hours in your contract and should not be more than 24 - if you had any issues with this then you can bring it up with the school or your agency, and also with us. There is no need to work any weekends at all!

It seems that your relationship with one of the staff members at the agency was not so good, and perhaps this has tarred the whole agency in your mind - but if you had contacted us regarding any issues with agency, we would have dealt with them.

Thank you for emphasizing how beautiful you thought Koh Chang was - we love our resort there!

Sincerely

Mike Maitland
Director

Yes, I recommend
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toughcookie
8/10

ETA

I had a blast, if it wasn't for ETA and their placement scheme from England to Thailand, my life would be entirely different.

Take it from the girl that is still in Thailand, three years later, it will change your life for the better.

How can this program be improved?
I would create an online resources availability to all teachers within the program.
Response from TEFL Heaven

Thank you for your lovely review!

Some stay for a school term, others for years. I personally enjoy hearing about those that stay longer because it shows how much this experience has impacted them.

All the best,

Mike Maitland
Director

Yes, I recommend
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Anon
9/10

It's how they handle issues that makes them great

I actually can't really fault TEFL heaven. Right from the beginning you are told how great Thailand is AND the hard parts.

You artfully prepared with what you need money and items wise. I was on Koh Kood and yes it was pretty boring as there wasn't much to do and there was scary thunder. But again tefl heaven told us that and actually it was a fairly unique experience which I am glad I had. Plus we went to Koh Chang a couple weekends so there is alternatives.

When we first arrived they resort did not live up to expectations basic it was not. More like TEFL Hell with shacks over swamps but very quickly they changed us to far superior accommodation which went beyond our expectations.

The trainers were fun and friendly and we learnt some thai. They told us what school would be like and they were fairly wrong but they also said every school was different.

I had my 3 weeks on a paradise island and got a TEFL certificate and an awesome school can't be better than that.

How can this program be improved?
Don't use the partner organization, Media Kids, they are really awful as for their teaching plans they are appalling.
Response from TEFL Heaven

Thank you for the excellent review!

We sometimes make mistakes and the resort on Koh Khood was not up to standard as you say - we had previously inspected it but we had only checked a few rooms and with 24 attending, some of the rooms were not up to scratch when they arrived.

That year I personally dealt with that issue and authorised the moving of the whole group to another resort on the island, at a cost of around 3000 GBP - it was a big decision and it meant we basically ran the training for free. We could not get our money back from the previous resort either! But we put a higher value on candidates getting a good experience - I am glad it was appreciated!

Every school is different in Thailand - private to government, and trainers can only speak from their own experience.

Also, none of our partner organisations advocate to follow their teaching plans directly and teaching plans should only be used as a guide for your own lesson plans - so if used correctly they should give you some ideas rather than completely prescribe what you should do in the lesson.

Sincerely

Mike Maitland
Director

Yes, I recommend
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Happy!
8/10

Great Fun!

Ill keep it short and simple:

- TEFL heaven are extremely helpful in the build up to you getting to your program. Will keep you to to date with everything way advanced and went out their way further with information re my visa runs as I had a few issues I should have dealt with before leaving. So, very helpful, and supportive.

- Location and travel to training program in Koh Samui was very well organised, no issues!

- Our training was very fun and informative. Had three great, helpful trainers and although, as mentioned below, a couple only had a semesters worth or experience, I believe, after doing just one semester myself I could provide more than enough information to help new arriving teachers, just as they did for me. To be honest the job is potentially one of the easiest jobs going... (Teaching in Thailand).. The only thing you need to be taught is prepare your lessons, teach with a big smile on your face and kids will love you. So I do rate the course - it gives you the basics to work off and allows you to go out there with a few ideas which you use, then expand in your own way to your own level of students and schools ability.

- After training you don't hear much from them (which is fine, you don't really need to... I'm sure if you had a few problems they would help you out though but I personally didn't need any help so no need!). They pass you on to the partner organization, Media Kids, who are a bunch of Thai's who just like robbing schools and, so I've heard, teachers of money. Wouldn't trust them as far as I can throw them and really think TEFL Heaven would improve if they found new recruit agency in Thailand.

But ye overall very good company, do everything you need them to. Don't think about it just sign up and get in involved. Met some very cool people through the experience and had some amazing times so sign up and get started - you won't regret it!

Response from TEFL Heaven

Thank you for the excellent review!

We do give alumni opportunities to become assistant trainers after just one school term teaching and as you say, for what the assistants have to do and teach, it is enough. Thank you for emphasizing that! It's good that at least with every course there are 2-3 trainers - 1 main trainer and 1-2 assistants trainers.

I am sorry that at the end of the review you started to spread some hearsay rumours which are unfounded, however, about one of our partner organisations - especially when you yourself had no experience of this!

We have several partner organisations that we use and if we have any serious problems reported to us, we would deal with them - but no partner has robbed schools or teachers! We have never had any of that reported to us, and if we had, we would have swiftly dealt with it.

Thank you for recommending us!

Sincerely

Mike Maitland
Director

Yes, I recommend

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Since 2007 TEFL Heaven (formerly Experience Teaching Abroad) has assisted university graduates and non-graduates to secure quality teaching placements abroad. We pride ourselves on being a fun and personable company who like to actively engage with...