Get TEFL Certified & Make Money Teaching English Abroad in 80+ Countries Worldwide

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Enjoying the view at Niagara Falls, in Toronto, Canada.
Relaxing and meditating on the Great Wall, in Beijing, China.
At the Ankgor Wat Temple, in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Earn your accredited TEFL certification with International TEFL Academy & you’ll be qualified for professional, paid English teaching jobs in 80+ countries across the globe.

If you’re a native English speaker from the U.S. or Canada, at least age 21 years old, and passionate about education, then teaching abroad is one of the best ways for you to live, work, and travel abroad in Europe, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East.

You can take your ITA TEFL class Online or In-Person in 25 locations worldwide. All ITA graduates have lifetime access to one-on-one job search guidance and exclusive alumni networks.

Why is International TEFL Academy the Right Choice?

  • One-on-One Pre-Enrollment Guidance: What TEFL class is best for teaching English abroad in Spain, Japan, or Costa Rica? Which country is right for me? How much money do I need to bring with me & what kind of visa do I need? Your personal ITA Advisor will help you navigate these questions about TEFL certification & teaching English abroad.
  • Professional TEFL Certification Courses in North America: We offer accredited, 4-week In-Person TEFL classes at our headquarters in Chicago and in New York City. We also have 25 locations internationally. All of these TEFL classes qualify you to teach English in 80 countries worldwide. Every ITA TEFL class exceeds international professional standards for instructor qualifications, accredited curriculum, and student teaching hours. Getting TEFL certified in U.S. before going abroad is a great option if you’re not sure where you want to teach yet but know you want to get TEFL certified, and it’s also a great option for those who prefer face-to-face learning over online.
  • We Have Been in YOUR shoes: Everyone on the ITA staff has extensive international experience. Take your TEFL class at the ITA HQ and you’ll be interacting with fellow travelers on a daily basis! Travel is in our blood. It’s our passion to help people realize how realistic this dream of living & working abroad can be. We all appreciate the challenges & rewards of living, traveling, and working abroad.
  • One-on-One Job Search Guidance for Teaching English in Japan: How do I actually find a teaching job in Europe, Asia, or Latin America? Once enrolled in any ITA TEFL class, you’ll work with our team of expert Student Affairs advisors to help you prepare for your job search. You’re welcome to make an appointment with us during your time at the ITA HQ to work on your job search. Enjoy access to the most comprehensive job resources & guidance on the planet to help you navigate international job markets in 80 countries worldwide.
  • Access to ITA Worldwide Alumni Network: Don’t know anyone teaching English abroad? No problem! As an ITA alumni you have exclusive opportunities to network, connect, and correspond with our 20,000 ITA alumni teaching English across the globe. This is a great way to meet friends before you head abroad & get all of your questions answered by current ITA alumni on the ground abroad in Asia!

How Do I Get Started?

Contact International TEFL Academy for your starter brochure or call us directly at 773-634-9900 & start working with your personal Admission Advisors. Your advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your all of your questions, go over your options & set up your game plan to see the world. Your advisor will be happy to speak with you as many times as you need to go over job markets, hiring requirements, TEFL course options & much more.

Your journey begins now so let’s get in touch & let’s get started!

Questions & Answers

Hi Alexandra, The majority of English language classes around the world are taught by non native English teachers, e.g. in Russia the majority teaching English are Russian. In China the majority teaching English are Chinese. Most countries want fluent English speakers ("native is also use") because many of the local English teachers don't have fluent English skills or American or British dialect...
Ages for people teaching English abroad varies country by country, some are set by the country for a work visa, some are cultural norms. Here's an article to give some insight but there are people 18 to 88 teaching English in different countries.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Professional Academy

-Why you chose International TEFL Academy?

I lived near Chicago, Illinois.

-Did your TEFL class prepare for your job as an English teacher abroad?

Yes, it was comprehensive review of phonics, grammar, and of course cultural tips.

-Where are you teaching and did you use ITA's job search guidance to get hired?

Hong Kong. The school didn't have a lot of resources about Hong Kong specifically, but it did in China.

-Have you used alumni networking on Facebook and what do you like about it?

Yes the networking site is useful and fun.

-What was teaching abroad actually like & do you recommend it?

I teach preschool/kindergarden and I love it. It depends on the job situation. Since much of education in HK is privatised, your work environment could vary. You won't regret it though!

What would you improve about this program?
I could have used more info specifically about Hong Kong, but since I had contacts in Hong Kong already, I was alright.
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Incredibly helpful

When I started my search to find a way to travel abroad, I soon found the best way to travel and earn money was to become an English as a foreign language teacher. Once I settled on this path, I quickly discovered that there were A LOT of schools out there to choose from. The experience was a bit overwhelming. What attracted me to ITA was that I was able to talk to an advisor right away and start fielding my many questions. If you are planning on moving abroad, you are naturally going to have a lot of questions and a lot of doubts, and I liked that my ITA advisor was there with answers, and never once pressured me into making a decision that I may not have been ready for yet. I even had the chance to visit their office in Chicago last summer and everyone I spoke to working there was incredibly kind and helpful. Even now, well after the end of my course, I know I can reach out and ask for job guidance and help from ITA. I feel this program really makes an effort to help students be successful, not just get them in the door!

Yes, I recommend this program

ITA provides an opportunity for a multicultural experience like no other!

I chose the International TEFL Academy to get my certification because it provides one with the most recognized TEFL certificate in the world. The pre-enrollment was helpful because it gave me an idea of what kind of work would be required to learn as much as possible in a short period of time in order to gain great teaching knowledge for potential learners, who could be children or adults. International TEFL Academy made the learning experience of being a teacher that much greater by giving me and my classmates a real teaching experience - an invaluable practice for those who have never taught at any level. As a result, I taught in China (Shenzhen) for two years, and it was all thanks to ITA's Job Search Guide, which allowed me to get hired one month after completing the class. I also use Facebook's Alumni page to stay up to date on any new hiring developments as far as Visa requirements, salary ranges and cultural customs for any potential country I may want to visit and teach in the future. Teaching abroad is a priceless experience, because it allows a person to grow spiritually by providing them with a world different from the one they grew up in, and by expanding their horizons, those who teach English abroad are able to become more tolerant, acceptable and appreciative of foreign cultures, foreign languages, foreign customs and foreign people altogether.

What would you improve about this program?
Hmm... tough one. I suppose I would suggest about the possibility of maybe getting some foreign children into the teaching practice curriculum as students, as we were only offered to teach adults. I know this probably isn't easy to do, but the issue is that most of us who go to teach overseas will likely work with children who have very little or no knowledge of English, and as such little bit of interaction and practice teaching youngsters would prepare us better of what and whom we'll be facing; teaching adults overseas is a rarity for majority of us.
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See You on the Other Side

I graduated from college in May of 2012. A year before I had graduated I had already set my mind on going somewhere, doing something. Whether it were volunteering, taking a vacation or getting a job, I was going to do something overseas. I hadn't traveled much, but something inside of me was so eager to see the world, to do what I hadn't had the chance to do before. During my last semester at school, I saw a flyer on the wall, in the languages building, about getting certified to teach English abroad. I hadn't even known that it was an option at the time, but it really got my gears turning. Things had become more concrete. I now knew of an option. I had a clue to follow.

I started researching online, and before I knew it, someone had told me that a girl I went to high school with was doing the same in Spain. I put myself in contact with her (man is social media helpful) and asked about what she had to do and how she liked it. I probably bothered her a heck of a lot come to think of it. But hey, I had to know. She told me that she took the course at International TEFL Academy in downtown Chicago and that she liked it and it really helped her. I was from Chicago and was moving back after graduation, so things were looking good for my future abroad. Of course at this point I had already gotten excited and started fantasizing about what my life in a land far, far away would be like, but I had to keep my eyes on the prize. I put myself in contact with International TEFL Academy over the phone. I talked with Cassie Wells, an amazing, super energetic, motivating, and positive young girl who didn't hesitate to answer any of my questions and continued to answer via e-mail. I even went to the office downtown with my mom, who wasn't feeling so sure about the whole thing, to have a good talk about it. I found Cassie to be super honest, she didn't sugar coat anything and told us all about her experience. The deal was done. I'd been sold. Within the next few days I had signed up and put down the payment for the class. Enrolling was super easy and straightforward. I was on my way! If it hadn't been for the friendly staff, especially Cassie, who was willing to go above and beyond (always with a smile) to make my mom and I (mostly my mom) feel comfortable about the whole thing, things could have turned out differently. Not only was she happy to help, but she was patient and hadn't become jaded by so many others asking the same questions I had.

My TEFL class really prepared me for what to expect. I had great teachers, who were foreign, and also had experience teaching abroad. One was Polish and the other was from the Czech Republic. Both had a lot of great advice and had a lot of material and information. They were also patient, knowledgable and fun. We learned things from grammar review to cultural differences in the classroom. The best and most helpful part though was doing our practicum. Teaching for your first time and putting everything you learned in class into action, while being reviewed, can be nerve-racking. So having a somewhat controlled environment with lots of support and feedback was key. Of course I was nervous and uncomfortable at times, but overall my students were great and came from all backgrounds! After a few times you start feeling more confident of your abilities and less awkward. I can't imagine getting thrown into teaching without this kind of buffer.

I'm currently teaching in Vietnam, country #2!. However, I first taught in Ecuador...and ended up staying 2. 5 years! The first time around I did use a lot of the guidance materials to help me with making contact and to know a little bit about what to expect. I also kept in close contact with Christie Koness, the job search guidance counselor. She was great! Also friendly, helpful, and always there. (She and the rest of the ITEFLA staff also have a passion for travel, which makes them very passionate and understanding). We kept in touch for the fun of it after a bit and I even gave her some information about the visa processes and some things I found out along the way, which I thought would be helpful for other students looking to teach in Ecuador. After your first job or country you start to feel more confident, and you network and realize all of the jobs and countries that are out there. You work with like-minded people and finding jobs becomes easier and even more of an adventure. You stop worrying about the little details because you've already proven to yourself you can do it, and the truth is, you can! I also belong to the Ecuador and Vietnam Alumni Network groups on Facebook and check in on them from time to time. I think they are helpful and great to have there just in case, but I personally usually try to find information from co-workers, locals, or other people around me before resorting to the Facebook page. That is just personal preference though, because it does seem like there is a lot of involvement on the pages and that people are more than willing to lend the information they have. Always nice to know you have it there as a safety cushion.

Teaching abroad. There are so many things to say about it! It's exciting, it's confusing, it's rewarding, it's frustrating, it's eye-opening, it's testing. It's everything you could get working in your own country and more. You work and earn money, but you can also explore. Everyday is filled with little challenges to overcome and lots of little surprises. Every moment is new and exciting. The food and flavors, the language, the culture, the music, the transportation, the points of view, activities, ways of doing things. Literally everything. You're living it everyday. So, you are working, but your life doesn't become as monotonous. You can find beauty and a lesson in everything. Just going in to the market and successfully buying something, can leave you walking out with a big smile and puffed-out chest of accomplishment. Just in your immediate area you have adventures and experiences waiting for you. But don't forget you'll have the opportunity to explore the rest of the country, and hopefully even go beyond its boarders to get a taste of something new.

I have now taught abroad in two very different countries, lived in two different continents, and done adventure travel, while there, as well. Both are amazing and offer great opportunities. Do I recommend both of them? Yes, yes, and absolutely yes. Although I advocate travel, I highly suggest teaching abroad. It allows you the chance to really delve into the country, to what it's all about and everything it has to offer. You learn about the geography and the language, you create a life for yourself with so many new friends, both local and foreign. For example, you don't go back forgetting the name of a delicious food you tried, like you could just taking a trip. It's actually the contrary. You go back with a huge list of foods you loved eating and are now missing now that you're gone! More than anything, I think that you get pushed out of your comfort zone and sometimes to your limit. You're definitely tested. Although it could be a potentially uncomfortable and new experience, I believe that these tests, you may not have had the opportunity to "take" while living back home, give you an incomparable amount of growth and life experience, while allowing your mind to completely open and accept all that is happening with and around you. After all, we only get one shot at this thing we call life, we might as well do and see as much as possible while we still can. See you on the other side of the border!

What would you improve about this program?
One change I would make would be having a little more time during the program to speak with the counselors, so that they can help you get a bit more direction. For example, a mandatory meeting or something.

Also, I found some of the information in the Job Search Guidance Manual to be outdated, so I think keeping it updated and valid would be helpful for newcomers.
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Yes, I recommend this program

ITA made my experience a breeze

I had a wonderful experience with ITA. They were the first company I looked into when I decided to pursue teaching, and after speaking with the first representative from the company, I didn't look elsewhere. The people I worked with made my life easy. They explained everything, gave me a ton of information, answered all of my questions promptly, and showed me real concern and attention. Once I started the course, I was impressed with the content and really appreciated the opportunity to learn from and communicate with other students going through the same experience.

I clicked the "request information" button on the ITA website on June 22, 2015. I was enrolled in the course by June 30 and I moved to Manama, Bahrain with a job lined up on Sept. 26, 2015. I've now been in Bahrain almost three months and have been incredibly happy with my experience so far, all thanks to ITA. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Job Placement After the Certification Course

I was astounded by how helpful the International TEFL Academy was with finding a job after I completed the course. Like all course applicants I was nervous about the type of support and assistance I would get with an on-line program and not an in-person class. After I completed the course I contacted the student services right away. They helped me to decide what country was best for me, and contact recruiters there. They also helped me to write a resume based on the requirements of the specific country I wanted to apply to. After my first year abroad, I started to search for a new job. I sent me resume to ITA student services again and they helped me edit and update it. They always promptly responded and provided much more information than I asked for. They were an amazing wealth of information, and so willing to do what they could to help. I owe where I am today to ITA!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent TEFL program for anyone interested in ESL teaching!

When I decided to make a career switch, I wanted to find a reputable, but affordable program for earning a TEFL/TESOL certification. I found that International TEFL Academy was it. They have a friendly staff with a well-rounded course load and the hours provided for the course will satisfy most schools looking for an ESL teacher. They also provide assistance in looking for a new position. I fully recommend International TEFL Academy.

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Chicago TEFL class, 2014

I decided to do the in-person TEFL/TESOL certification course with International TEFL Academy back in May. I had just finished my Master's degree and realized that I want to travel and see the world, that my degree in music and philosophy made that more than possible, and that I wanted to do the best that I could do when I was abroad teaching.

After weeks of research I e-mailed my TEFL advisor, Ian Davis, and began the process of applying to the program.

The timing couldn't have been better, I have never been more prepared mentally for a course of this nature: it was intense. To keep on track of everything I had to be extremely well organized and committed to the course! I had to keep reminding myself that if I really nailed this course, got the knowledge they were throwing at me planted into my skull, I could leave the country to teach somewhere and simultaneously enjoy the culture! Sure, you can get an easier TEFL certification elsewhere. And sure, you don't need to have any certification in some countries. But, by going through ITA's in person course I have gained the skills to teach, the comfort in front of a classroom, and the resources to feel prepared to teach abroad. This preparation means that, when I'm running around in Asia, South America, Europe, or wherever it is that I wind up, I will be able to go out and see the culture! I'll be able to meet up with new friends on weeknights and weekends, because I now have the skills to create effective lesson plans. I now have the skills to lead a classroom. I can now manage my time well enough to plan ahead for the week and be comfortable knowing that things will go well.

Obviously things won't be easy when I go abroad. But this in-depth, difficult, and enlightening course has definitely put me in a better place professionally and personally for when I go abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
If I could change one thing about this program I would have the practicum classes be more consistent. It was wonderful having ITA set up the practicum classes and have the students coming in, but they were voluntary students and you never really knew if you would have 3 or 10 people (or even 1!) to teach.

This made me more flexible and adaptable, sure, but sometimes I wished I could know exactly who would be in my class.
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TEFL: Your Ticket Abroad

Understatement: TEFL changed my life. Becoming TEFL-certified not only opened the door to travel and live abroad, but also allowed me to be a stand-out candidate to countless employers. Upon arriving to Santiago, Chile, I had three interviews lined up. A week later I had three job offers on the table and I accredit much of that to the International TEFL Academy, where I took my 4-week in-class certification.

The International TEFL Academy prepared me by teaching the fundamentals of the English language and then showing me how to apply them in a classroom setting. Easily the most valuable experience came from the practicum in which we had the opportunity to teach ESL students at varied levels. You can read about something a million times over, but the true solidification of the knowledge comes from experience itself. TEFL provided the ground-work information as well as the perfect environment to put it to use; not to mention they gave constructive feedback after each class.

Our instructors were incredibly qualified and truly had our best interest and success at heart. The advisors were constantly eager to help us narrow down our destination and start our networking with possible schools and employers.

For anyone even remotely considering becoming certified and taking the plunge to move abroad, I cannot urge you enough. Teaching is rewarding, living in another country is culturally eye-opening, and traveling to new destinations in your spare time is just an incredible bonus. International TEFL Academy is a great and accredited institute to begin this new adventure.

What would you improve about this program?
In class, we would often just reiterate what we had read as homework the night before. I would've preferred more in-depth analysis and information on the theories and studies behind what we were reading, especially to make it more challenging/stimulating.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Making A Change

Last year at this time my life seemed turned upside down.
Instead of my usual smile I was was full of tears and a frown.
I knew I needed to do something and make a big change.
That's when I did my research and contacted ITA.

I had been teaching for seven years in a second grade classroom,
but I wanted to do something different. I needed something new.
I was instantly hooked up with a fantastic adviser by the name of Jeff.
He wanted to know where I was interested in going and said he'd help with the rest.

He stuck to his work and helped me right up until the class began.
My smile was coming back and I was becoming a huge ITA fan.
When class began I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
I was looking forward to it and which of the 150 countries I'd make my first stop!

The possibilities were endless and the teacher of the class was great.
She had been all over the world teaching, had experience, and wanted us to relate!
She made us all become attentive in class and follow the schedule,
however understanding and wanting us to be successful.

She had weekly office hours and live webinars.
She wanted to know all her students both near and far.
Her feedback was clear and very thorough, which was nice.
The teacher was focused, driven, and gave awesome advice.

Of course there were times when I wondered if I was making the right choice.
I was leaving an established career said a tiny voice!
The voice was my doubt when I had a rough week of class and teaching.
It made me question if I had taken on to much and reminded me frequently.
I pushed this voice aside, I had to...
because I was insistent on teaching someplace new!

An 11 week class is as easy as one, two, and three!!!
That is, if you really want to go abroad, see the world, and teach.
The world is open for exploration and growth.
And let's face it ITA made me want to do both!

However the voice returned right before I got on the plane.
Asking me if I was certain of this massively big change?
Had I picked the right city, the right roommates, packed the right clothes?!?!
All I could do was laugh, shrug my shoulders, say we shall see, and who knows!!!!

I have now moved abroad and teach in an international school.
I get to see a new part of the world while still teaching, which is what I love to do!
Each day I wake up in the city of Prague.
Realizing my dream became a reality and I'm no longer dazed or in a fog.

I have met new people, am experiencing new things,
all while making a life choice to set new goals and follow my dreams!
ITA has even visited here, which was a huge extra bonus!
It made me feel important, special, and noticed.

There are many of us around the world that have worked with ITA.
And as you can see I have many positive things to say!
So open your minds at this amazing opportunity.
Learn from a company that will make you feel at home, just as they did me!

What would you improve about this program?
If there is one thing I would change about this program it would be the ability to have more interaction with the other students who were a part of my online class. I felt that the students didn't seem to want to do the extra webinars and gave simplistic answers to each weeks topics in the discussion forum. I think if the teacher also commented on these topics in the forum more participation would have occurred. The teacher was wonderful, as I pointed out, but I feel this could have enhanced the class and participation even more. I wanted to learn more about the other students and where they were thinking of teaching and what made them want to take the course.
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Great TEFL course

I took the course in Barva, Costa Rica and it was excellent. The instructors were fantastic, and I felt it really prepared me as much as possible for teaching. We had the opportunity to do a lot of practice teaching with actual students, which was so helpful. The director of this school is incredible and the job placement assistance was invaluable. Also the staff at International TEFL were so helpful, easy to communicate with, and knowledgeable.

What would you improve about this program?
The textbook was not very helpful.
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Great schooling. I feel prepared!

I just finished the part-time, 11-week course. It was tougher than I thought it would be which is why it was great. I felt it really prepared me for what is to come. I likely spent an average of 15 hours a week on my weekly reading & tasks. Some weeks were easier than others, but every week offered enough challenge. The Practicum is a very important aspect as this is where you get to put it all into practice if you're lucky enough to teach and not just watch, as I was. It will also give you taste for it -- do you like teaching or not? Kids or adults? One-on-one or groups? I would recommend this program (and have!) to anyone interested in TEFL training.

What would you improve about this program?
I haven't yet worked with the job guidance folks so I can't comment on that but I am hoping there is bona Fidel assistance. I don't have a degree and I feel like I might be very limited with my options when choosing where to go.
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ITA Review

First of all, I have to say that I am so glad that I chose to get TEFL Certified through the ITA! I took the 11 week online course during my last semester of college. It was a challenge to stack that much more homework into my schedule every week, but it was definitely doable! From the very start of contacting ITA with interest in the program, I received personalized feedback and attention from my advisor through email. Whenever I had a question or concern, my advisor was always very quick to respond. Once I started the course, my professor was outstanding in helping me whenever I had a question or was confused about the coursework. The way the online classes are set up is very user friendly and easy to navigate, making it simple to get on and get the coursework done every week. I spent about 10 hours per week completing the units and homework. After I competed the online course, I did my required 20 practicum hours at three different locations near where I lived at the time. Each place I went to observe and student teach was a wonderful experience. The online ITA course really did a great job preparing me to teach in a real classroom. Another wonderful thing about ITA, even after you move abroad, they don't forget you! They have really great Facebook pages for the ITA alumni that connect you to other alumni that are teaching in the same country as you, making it where it's really easy to make new friends in your new country who are doing the same thing you are! Lastly, the ITA staff is incredible at helping with your job search and making your résumé and they are always ready to help you out!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would change would be to make more space in the online webinars! They only allow a small group of people in each one and it seemed like they were always full by the time I opened the email about them. The webinars are available to listen to after they are over, but if you want to be involved in them, you have to act extremely fast to save your spot!
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Yes, I recommend this program

No Regrets

I was able to sharpen my English skills thanks to "International TEFL Academy" I had gained the interest of many schools because I had a certification, and that led to many open doors when I went to teach in Peru.

What would you improve about this program?
The way I would change this program would have to be through modifying the technology for example improve the website.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great program, but wish I chose one with job placement

The TEFL Academy staff is friendly and their admissions officer did a great job of roping me into the program--I don't mean that in a backhanded way. I don't think if I had such a good experience talking with Ian, my admissions counselor, about how and why teaching abroad was for me, and the right time is now!-I never would have left my job and changed my life for the better.

I also really enjoyed the coursework--the material, pace and convenience. I worked full time while taking the online course and it was the most economical and practical way for me to complete my certification. My professor was engaging and I enjoyed her audio lectures, she was always very responsive and gave thorough feedback on my work.

The main area where the program is lacking is, in my view, job assistance. TEFL Academy is up front about their policy--they do not place you in a job, but I wish I had chose a program that did--it would be worth it for the money you pay. Essentially, they are turning out certifications but 99% of the job search process is up to you. The best way to use this program is to identify a recruiter you want to align with after you have completed your certification and then complete an online course with TEFL Academy. When it came to finding a job in Europe they gave me some delayed feedback and essentially told me it's sink or swim: best bet is to fly to Europe and hope you can get a job through some dogged hunting. Read: Hope your savings account is up to the challenge.

In my own experience and in the experience of other TEFL teacher hopefuls I have talked to, this is unrealistic. It is extremely difficult and costly to get a job this way. If your goal is to teach in Europe, I strongly recommend going through a company that places you in a position. I just noticed in the TEFL newsletter that they have a new policy and alignment with language schools in Europe, so maybe things are changing for the better.

Overall I do not regret the program I chose. I am excited about the alumni network and getting to know others who have completed the program and are out in the world. TEFL Academy's strength is their staff's willingness to help, although sometimes their resources to do so are not idealistic. I have nothing but positive things to say about the online curriculum and professors as well.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Thanks for the review:

Several items which you addressed but didn’t quite accept well.

1) Yes jobs are jobs that require a real interview, not placements, we are very clear about this. Every country is completely different. Some countries you get a job in advance, work visas, flights, the red carpet is rolled out. Many countries it’s a job where you have to go during the interview season, shake the hands of the employers, do a demo teaching and ask for the job that starts next week. Everyone chooses their comfort level.

2) Choosing a recruiter for Europe: Schools don’t use recruiters in Europe as they do in Asia. There are government programs that are recommended and listed in all the job search guidance resources which are free to apply to, in advance to secure a job (such as in Spain), though most people chose not to do this. Americans teach in Spain typically on a tourist visa and do so illegally or they obtain a student visa and are allowed to work legally. There are correct hiring seasons where the job are open for new teachers. Everything is explained in detail on our website and by our admission staff prior to registering for a TEFL class.

Each of our graduates make their decision on what is best for them and we offer the advice, resources, live support and guidance to make it happen. Some people choose to pay a 3rd party company thousands of dollars to do something for you that you can learn to do for free. All students are welcome to pay a company a lot extra but for 99% of our students they would rather be able to afford to move abroad and learn a valuable job search skill than pay that money for someone to do it for them. We are a TEFL training school providing great training and assistance to find jobs, this is the formula that works for most people. We also provide our graduates with program information of providers who charge a fee and also with government programs (such as the Spanish Ministry program) which takes in teachers once a year (with a 7-9 month advance application process).

3) The comment on “Sink or Swim”: Our policy is to return all calls or emails within 24 hours to our alumni which a full department staff is proud to do well. Nobody every says or implies “sink or swim”, It can be nerve racking for some students to go abroad and get a job but that’s just the way most of the world works, we can’t change the rules just show you how to navigate it and help take away some of the anxiety.

Everything listed in all our materials, website and conversations with our admission advisor staff is realistic and practical. We have to give the good news and bad news, not just tell people what they way to hear. As a company training well over 1,500 students a year we know how things work and convey it directly to our students. There is nothing unrealistic about the information and advice given, it can sometime sometimes difficult to want to follow the processes of certain countries so we advise to pick another country that fits your comfort level.

We are glad you are seeing our alumni newsletters we send out every few weeks. We have always had resources for our alumni which are so numerous many do not take full advantage of them. We are continually working to promote all these resources and staff assistance but need everyone to be proactive and use them as designed.

We welcome continued feedback and hope to assist you in your next country and adventure abroad.


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About International TEFL Academy

International TEFL Academy is passionate about two things: 1) Providing the highest quality TEFL certification classes. 2) Ensuring all of our graduates find professional, paid English teaching jobs abroad & have a wonderful experience overseas. All...