TEFL Heaven: Take on Thailand with Guaranteed Paid Job!

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TEFL Heaven family boat trip

About

TEFL Heaven is proud to deliver the TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand Program, our most popular program!

With low costs of living and and Bangkok being the travel hub of South East Asia, Thailand is the perfect place to start teaching and gain experience.

TEFL Heaven's Take on Thailand program will get you ready to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) while you get TEFL certified in a paradise location. With many trainees of the same age (in their twenties or early thirties) it means making friends on your course is easy. We train teachers every 6 months during April and October, just before the start of the school terms.

The Take on Thailand program comes with a GUARANTEED paid job in after the course. Hands on, face-to face learning experience with teaching practice giving you the confidence and all the tools you need to be a successful teacher!

Continuous support from our team including lifetime, worldwide, job assistance.

Highlights
  • Fully TEFL/ TESOL Certificate after the course
  • Guaranteed job placement after the course
  • Complimentary accommodation during the training course
  • Pre-departure guidance on visas, costs of living and salary guides and connections with previous teachers
  • Lifetime worldwide job assistance from our team

Currently offering a special reduced rate for our Mexico Program (Summer months only) check out the website for more info!

Experience 3 weeks fully immersive TEFL/ TESOL training in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico with a guaranteed paid work placement within 30 days of your course ending and a lifetime, worldwide job assistance guarantee!

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 72 reviews
  • Benefits 8.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.6
  • Facilities 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Value 9
  • Academic Rigor 6.3
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Steffi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Koh Samui October 2015

I recently completed my tefl heaven course in Samui and to sum it up in one word I would say AMAZING.
The trainers have a huge amount of knowledge and experience which helps to give you the tools you need to become a tefl teacher. Yes, it's intense, AND yes, there is assignments, which at the time, it's not what you want to be doing (ideally you'd like to be at the beach, of course), but they really do help! It also gives you hands on experience which i would say was the most beneficial.
The friends you meet are friends for life, and everyone is there to support one another.
I can not think of a better way that I would of liked to get my tefl qualification, and Thailand is so much fun!

Katara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL HEAVEN

TEFL Heaven was a wonderful course to go through to get certified to teach abroad. The course was intensive and thorough and provided us a wealth of tools and knowledge we would need to teach English. Even if you have absolutely no teaching experience, which many of the trainees on my course did not, TEFL Heaven gives you everything you need to feel prepared and confident when you enter your teaching position. The trainers were super knowledgable, engaging, and warm. They made it very fun while also providing us with so many resources that proved to be highly applicable in our teaching positions. Beyond training us to teach, they also trained us on how to live in Thailand, always offering inside tips and tricks which proved to be so helpful as we all became adjusted to the new culture and lifestyle. Another huge bonus of the course were the Thai lessons. It was so great to get a head start on some of the aspects of Thai language and culture before going to our placements. Aside from a very well-designed course and expert trainers, we trained on an island in a paradise location! What's better than that?! After trainings, we would all spend time together socially, having dinner or drinks or going on super fun excursions! You really do form strong bonds with the people on your course, which is so wonderful to have when it's all said and done. Most likely, everyone gets spread out across Thailand after the training, but that just means you have lots of different places to visit on the weekends and holidays! Mike and his team are lovely, honest people and they have continued to help and support TEFL Heaven alum long after the course has ended. It is worth the money, it will change your life, and I would highly recommend this TEFL program above any other!

What would you improve about this program?
Thanks for everything TEFL Heaven- I love you guys!
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Lindsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Koh samui

Such a good experience! If your reading this then you are clearly tempted just don't think about it and just do it. I'm so happy I did this met some really good people who I am still in contact with and the experience is amazing you teach children make a difference and in your free time go and explore.

Is a very sociable course getting everyone working together. The course is made fun making you learn at a fast rate. Tutors were amazing in teaching techniques and providing information that will help your own teaching.

What would you improve about this program?
No problems with course or content or the tutors. Overall experienxe was 10/10
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Ruth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Krabi

The Krabi programme was fantastic and well organised and the place its self was absolutely fantastic. The course was so much fun and you will make friends that you will keep throughout your time in Thailand.

I stayed in my school for 6 months and I was placed in Anubarn Lopburi. My school day started at 7.45 and finished at 5.30, even though this seems like a long day half of the day was made up for teaching and the other half for preparation and marking. This meant that I never had any work to do outside of the school gates which for a teacher is practically unheard of. I started my day preparing students for various competitions which the rest of the school attend assembly then at 8.00 the school day started. Each teacher is given a form room and through out the semester you will get to know these students very well. My school was a mini english programme and I taught P4-6 and extra curricular lessons to P1-2. The school year much like the UK has special events such as sports day and christmas show which I helped the pupils prepare for, which was such a good experience.

My province Lopburi was 2 and a half hours from Bangkok and is well known for its monkey temple and sunflower fields. It was a fantastic place to live and after a while you really felt a part of the community.

I really enjoyed my time in Thailand both the teaching and the TEFL course and would encourage anyone to take part in this programme.

What would you improve about this program?
This programme was fantastic and so much fun and it is suited for the TEFL inspired classroom. However I was placed in a more academic classroom in which I could have used a session on how to teach in this style of classroom.

Also more background information about the teaching style and what the school expects from you would be a handy bit of information to have before entering the classroom.
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Jenna
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Heaven Koh Chang 2014

I trained with TEFL Heaven in Koh Chang April 2014. I was well prepared by ETA as to what to do, bring and expect. I was lucky enough to be already placed and have my visa before I left New Zealand. Most people were not but that is all part of the experience and everyone got sorted in the end.

Ko Chang is a beautiful place with heaps to see and do. The accommodation was in a great location and was fine as long as you don't mind ants and lizards...if you do mind ants and lizards then don't come to Thailand. The course was hands on and practical with a little bit of theory and prepares you as well as you can be prepared to go into a Thai classroom. Our trainers were amazing and gave us so much encouragement, support and vital resources. They really went above and beyond and from what I have heard most TEFL Heaven trainers seem to be like that.

I was placed with Echo English in a fantastic school that was really organised and really cared about children's learning. To some extent this seemed the exception not the rule but it is all part of the experience. Anyone who gave teaching and adapting to a new culture their best shot and had realistic expectations had an absolute blast and a life changing experience.

As long as you are realistic, flexible and openminded you will have an incredible experience you won't forget in a hurry. TEFL Heaven is a good choice for a training provider because the course is face to face, you meet some lovely people, get eased into living a new culture in a fun and social way, they deal with a lot of the red tape and have a point of contact thought your time in Thailand.

What would you improve about this program?
The accommodation on my TEFL course had a few minor issues.
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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What a job!

I'm now 5 weeks into my first teaching job, and it's flown by.The 3 week training course was fun and informative, and really gave me confidence that I could be a successful teacher. Not to mention it took place in a paradise location, Krabi, surrounded by loads of lovely like-minded people! The trainers were fantastic too - I'm still friends with everyone now and we meet up every weekend.

In terms of my placement, I was lucky enough to get pretty much exactly what I wanted (teaching primary in Bangkok). That's not to say that everyone is so lucky, but I certainly have no complaints. Since finishing the training course, the experience teaching abroad team are still on hand to answer any queries that I have. One of the guys trained alongside us on Krabi and now works for them in the office, so I know I can always call him or any of the other staff there with any questions - they are very helpful.

Doing an internship has definitely been the right choice for me - not only did I get my qualification and a guaranteed job, but I've also met a great group of friends to enjoy Thailand with!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would suggest is a little bit more time spent on teaching classroom/behaviour management techniques - although this is something that you pick up fairly quickly when you start teaching
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Taylor
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A course to be reckoned with

The TEFL Heaven course has provided me with some excellent experiences and knowledge which I have been able to take away and use in my school - Yothinburana EP.
Most importantly, this course enables you to meet a number of like-minded people, all of whom are in the same boat. Meeting these friends is invaluable, and has made my experience in Thailand a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.

The course itself is well organised and provides its trainees with the chance to go from knowing next to nothing about teaching English in Thailand, to being fully prepared for the world of a Farang (foreigner) teacher.
One thing I have experienced, though, is that the TEFL Heaven course was largely based on teaching younger students in Thailand, i.e: Prathom (Primary School). This means that the course is perfect for those trainees who eventually are placed into a Prathom environment, but can be slightly frustrating for those trainees who are placed in a Mathayom (Secondary School, ages 13-18).
Personally, having been placed into a Mathayom English Programme and teaching 16-18 year olds, I have found it very difficult to plan appropriate lessons for the students with the knowledge I had acquired from the TEFL Heaven course.

Having said that, the course itself is, on the whole, very useful to anybody who wishes to teach in Thailand. It offers a post-graduate a very unique TEFL course. Unlike a number of other TEFL courses, TEFL Heaven provides its trainees with a guaranteed job offer, and sets out a clear contract for the trainees too.

I would recommend the course for sure, particularly to post-graduates who, like myself, were not sure exactly what they wanted to do after their time at University.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be improved by the company placing all of the trainees into their schools before the course has started, or at least within the first week. In doing this, the TEFL Heaven trainers would be able to tailor the training in a way which fully prepares the trainees for the school environment they will be teaching in. For example, teachers who will be teaching advanced level Mathayom students would then be able to learn more in depth information regarding the lesson planning process and other such things, rather than focussing too much on teaching through the use of flashcards or singing songs etc.
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Gemma
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Heaven - Heaven by name, heaven by nature

I signed up to do TEFL Heaven because I wanted the security of being able to learn TEFL in an interactive and social way. It was a great decision.

The trainers were very knowledgeable and amazing to have around and the other people on the course were so lovely. We have an amazing network of support for when we need it, and lots of hook ups all over Thailand.

I wanted to challenge myself and make lots of new friends along the way. TEFL Heaven has enabled me to do that.

The 3 weeks training were some of the best of my life and I wish I could do it all again :D

What would you improve about this program?
The course could be better geared to the teaching environment you may find yourself in e.g. teaching older students and having to create a curriculum.
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Jaclyn
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Keavy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!!

What would you improve about this program?
That it would have lasted longer. Purely because it was the best three weeks ever.
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Francesca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!
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Eva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Peter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Aaron
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Jess
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!