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Language House TEFL - Prague

This is an amazing program with amazing instructors. My wife and I both did this program, and they made us feel comfortable from day one. They were available to answer all of our questions before, during, and after the course. The staff is knowledgable, funny, and really push you to your full potential. My wife and I both taught Elementary and Middle School in America, and we were blown away by the methodology and general teaching strategies. Not only did we learn how to become successful TEFL teachers living abroad, but we learned how to be better teachers in any setting. Their job assistance was also extremely helpful - we both had jobs by the third week of the course. We recommend this to everyone!

Program: TEFL
Location: Czech Republic
Posted: Dec 15, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Island TEFL Thailand

I don't recommend this school. I used them a while back and thought they were pretty unorganised and sloppy. Everything seemed to be on the hoof. Actually, there was a post up before by a guy called "TEFL Teacher" that I commented on. For some reason it got deleted including my comments. I don't know why. I've put it back here because it corresponds roughly with my experience:

"Don’t give them a single penny! Island TEFL is the most fraudulent company I’ve come across (and I live in Thailand), The main guy, Phil, doesn’t do any of the work but instead uses a free teaching agency and you pay Phil essentially to hook up with them when you can do this yourself FREE. Phil is a poor business man, and was consistently rude and undelivered on every request I made, all due to his sheer laziness. Sister companies include ...... and ..........., I would avoid these too, they’re all set up to make a boat load of money from vulnerable and eager travelers."

Program: TEFL
Location: Thailand
Posted: Dec 5, 2014
Overall:
3
Support:
4
Value:
2

GIC Argentina

I have a very large problem here with these "middleman" companies. This is exactly what GIC Argentina is. I recently returned from an 8-month stint living in Argetina, getting certified for TEFL, and teaching English. I became acquainted with this GIC program through an internet search. Knowing what I do now, this was my first mistake. NEVER, EVER go through one of these google internet search sites that advertise setting foreign students up abroad with housing, programs, etc. They charge absolutely ridiculous commission fees (often 100% commission).
When I first registered with GIC, I selected for them to arrange my housing, as well as my TEFL program. For the TEFL program, they wanted to charge me $2000. After searching more about the specific program online, I found that I was able to register DIRECTLY through the company that offered the program (TEFL Buenos Aires) for only $1500. The only thing GIC would have done for me, is make a couple phone calls, and enroll me in this same TEFL program, but charge me $500 more for it. That was their commission fee, $500, just for making a few phone calls and putting my name on a list for this TEFL program. $500! Insane. I registered directly through the company that hosted the TEFL program, (which only had 3 students in it), and saved myself a whopping 25% off the GIC price. It was very easy to do, I just looked up the programs main website, and easily registered through there website. GIC would have made $500 just for making a couple phone calls, something one can easily do themselves, and something I did eventually do for myself. $500 is more than a months rent in Argentina…..to put that into perspective.

Next up, the housing. This was my biggest mistake. Again, NEVER have someone set you up with housing over the internet, without first SEEING through pictures or something, an actual image of the residence where you will be staying. While GIC did put me in a great location for my TEFL class (which was their priority, to put me in housing nearest to my TEFL class), they again charged an absurd commission. They charged me $600 a month, or $175 per week. After arriving in Argentina, and seeing the accommodations, I wasn't too happy- but I figured that this was just Argentina, and to not be too snobby of an American. Then I found out that a few of my roommates- also foreign college students- were paying the landlord directly. Want to guess the price they were paying to the landlord? $300 a month, or more or less $75-80 a week. So again, my other roommates were paying the landlord directly, at $300 a month, while I was paying GIC $600 a month, for the same exact housing. Again, GIC charged me a 100% commission! THAT IS INSANE! And we all know that GIC just pays the landlord the $300 that she asks, and pockets the other $300. So again, all they did, was make a few phone calls, and shake a few hands, and made $300. This was something I again could have easily done on my own. Now what really pissed me off, was when my residence began having cockroach and bug problems, and rats from the meat store on the corner. Disgusting. Plus, the power went out once a week, and the internet rarely worked. Maybe I could handle this if I was paying $300 a month, but at $600 a month, you've got to be kidding me. No one pays double the normal for rent and gets a rat and cockroach infested house. That is just horrible business.

Needless to say, I found an apartment easily on my own after that, in a much much better location in the city, and for a price of $300 a month. I used an Argentine apartment website called compartodepto.com. I asked GIC to immediately refund my last 2 weeks in this residence, which they did so, and refunded me my money without hassle. The guy at GIC (and I say guy, because it is just one person who works for GIC) was compliant and wanted to do what he could to fix the problem. I do not have any complaints about the customer service. I had extremely limited contact with anyone from GIC, and only ever heard from the employee at GIC when I emailed him, extremely upset about my housing. But when I did contact them, they were helpful and compliant.

So overall, never go through any online "middleman" service that is going to put you into a program or find you a residence. They will charge you absolutely absurd commission charges, for simple tasks you could easily do yourself, if you know where to look. Just do some research on how to apply for programs and housing DIRECTLY through the companies offering them, because going through foreign student sites and what not will have you easily flagged as a dumb foreigner, and you will be taken advantage of monetarily. Unfortunately this is quite the common character trait for Argentinians (and they admit it themselves).
Do not use any middleman services, like these study abroad groups, or things like that. While some people may have had good experiences, my housing experience was awful, and even more so, for the price I paid. So if you are looking to study abroad in Argentina, apply to any programs directly through the program. And for housing, first book yourself into a cheap hostel- and then look for your own housing/apartment while in Argentina, so you can see the residence and talk to the people who are directly renting the apartment. This way, you will not be AS easily ripped off. These online websites specifically target foreigners that want to travel to the country alone and without any knowledge- and want to have things settled for them when they arrive and be comfortable, but you are paying an extremely inflated price for this service. I found it very, very easy to do all of these things on my own when I was in Argentina (I had intermediate SPanish speaking abilities then). So overall, do not get lazy and just pay someone to do these simple tasks for you. Do your own research, and apply directly to the companies, because otherwise, middleman services like this will always take you for a ride. At least they took me for one.

Program: TEFL
Location: Argentina
Posted: Nov 28, 2014
Overall:
5
Support:
7
Value:
2

Language House TEFL - Prague

This program was very benificial. I will say it was very intense though! It is not for the weak. You are in a new country and taking a college level course that has been condensed down into one month. After that warning I would still reccomended that if you contemplating this course you should do it. The staff are supportive and helpful. The teachers and observers help you fine tune your teaching skills. There is a large community of support. After you take the course here in Prague you can go almost anywhere in the world and find fellow Language House grads to connect with. I was not a teacher before I came here but I feel I am able to go out and teach English as a foreign language now.

Program: TEFL
Location: Czech Republic
Posted: Nov 11, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered through IVHQ as part of my internship program through my university. IVHQ was super helpful and understanding of that and made it easy for em to complete my internship 'homework' through my trip. I had the most amazing time of my life in Ghana, Africa. Someone through IVHQ was always a phone call away and I always felt safe at my location. My experience was nothing more than perfect and I am so glad I chose to go through IVHQ. They were super helpful with ANY questions I had or any other volunteers and were extremely gracious to help us out with traveling on weekends. I was thankful for the program I got placed in with a host family and I thought it was nice that you could request which placement you wanted (I heard of some through friends) and you could request to change/switch programs at anytime. They made things so easy for us. I cannot wait to go back to Africa!!!

Program: TEFL
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Comments

Hi Jenny, We can’t wait to have you back!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your experience with IVHQ and volunteering abroad in Ghana. It is great to hear that you felt supported by IVHQ both before and during your volunteer experience in Ghana.

Frontier

I chose the Madagascar teaching project on a little bit of a whim! I knew that I wanted to teach English abroad and Madagascar, with its unique wildlife and tropical nature, just jumped out at me. And I’m so glad that it did because the month that I spent there was fantastic.

The kids at the primary school, Saint Marie, are amazing to teach. I’ve never met such enthusiastic children, all so ready to participate in lessons. Some of the younger ones struggle with learning English which is understandable as it’s a 3rd language for most of them. However, this doesn’t stop them from eagerly jumping up and down to be picked to write something on the board! At break time, all of the kids will cheer and run out to the playground (pretty similar to school in England). The bell will then ring again to signal the end of break time and this prompted all the kids to cheer again as they head back to their lessons (not so similar to England!)

During my time on the project, I gained a BTEC advanced certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). I went into the project having had no previous teaching experience at all and so I was quite nervous. However, when I got there, I was able to shadow a fellow volunteer for the first few days before joining in with teaching. After a day or two, we taught the lessons together, both taking on equal responsibility in the class. My BTEC required me to lead the lessons and through this, my confidence developed massively with regard to presenting and communicating with the students.

Program: TEFL
Location: Africa
Posted: Aug 9, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Frontier

Without a doubt one of the best months of my life. This was the first time I had worked abroad on my own and it was the perfect environment for me to have an experience where I was able to be independent as well as having enough structure to feel safe which was perfect for a first time traveller.
I loved every second of my time in Madagascar and really appreciated the range of experiences I had working on the community project; being able to work in a large school in Hellville, a completely different rural school and helping out in Youth Club.
I can't really believe how fast the month went, and how many completely unexpected and unforgettable experiences I have had. Ive made friends im sure i'll keep beyond this summer and will definitely be looking at Frontier for future trips.

Program: TEFL
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 5, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Oxford TEFL

The course is really intensive and demands a full immersion in the process which is not an issue because you will find it interesting, enjoyable and extremely useful for your future job. You will learn what it feels like to be in the shoes of an unknown language student and that despite not being able to speak a word in the target language the students will still be able to understand the teacher and learn successfully. It helps a lot in the teaching practice because you stop distancing yourself from your students and prior to using any material or technique at the lesson you first try it on yourself and see what difficulties your students may encounter and how to overcome them making your lesson as motivating and effective as possible.
You will find that your students and you yourself can be the greatest resource to create the best language lesson where your students will be willing to speak and enjoy using the language in the classroom and you will feel satisfied to realize that now they are confident with the language you have taught them to use it outside the classroom. You will get acquainted with various teaching methods and techniques which will save you a lot of time while planning your lessons and rescue you in a tricky situation in the classroom. You will understand that this wide range of English textbooks is a good resource but they are not necessarily what YOUR students need and you will learn how to vary and adapt the materials for the needs of your students or even create your own ones. You will definitely improve your own language awareness and start to identify the difficulties of the language you may encounter teaching your students and how to cope with them teaching with pedagogical approach focusing on the use of the language and its main function i.e. communication.
I was honored to be taught by such great teacher trainers from OxfordTefl as David Young, Sinead Laffan, Sean Hayward and Adrian Marriot. Being highly professional and efficient they remain so human in the classroom that even being corrected it never feels like criticism , more like a great support of my senior and experienced friends. Overall I really enjoyed the course very much and would recommend anyone interested to go for it. I wish I could do it again! )) But life goes on and now it is the time to practice everything I have learnt there! Being a teacher is a hard but gratifying job definitely worth the efforts you put into it. You find you are happy when you see and hear your students speaking the language confidently or they tell you how successfully they use it at work or in the daily life.

Program: TEFL
Location: Czech Republic
Posted: Jun 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Live TEFL Prague

I was really impressed with this course, it's a great way to get into teaching English. I had no experience at all before coming to Prague but this program set me up with everything I needed to teach and plan lessons. The instructors here are all experienced teachers themselves and I felt like I was learning from the best. The support in coming out here and finding a place to stay was also really well thought through, I didn't really need to do anything other than get on the plane, they even picked me up from the airport.
As an added bonus I was offered a job with the school after graduating and decided to stay in Prague. The atmosphere here is lively but very professional and I couldn't be happier with my choice. Prague is also an awesome city to study in, the architecture is stunning and there's loads to do and see on the weekends, if you're into beer then there is no better place to be!

Program: TEFL
Location: Czech Republic
Posted: May 19, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

VCD Nepal (Volunteer for Community Development Nepal)

Tefl teaching in Nepal is a must if you enjoy happy, enthusiastic, vibrant folk who are eager to learn, get on and want to assimilate the best of British including Manchester football clubs!
Teaching at the Monastery was brilliant. The students and staff are bright, clever and curious. It was a joyous learning curve to be immersed in a living, lively, loving Buddhist environ. The healthy food and glorious sunshine added to the feel good factor, likewise the opportunity to paraglide with eagles, trek and canoe (camel rides too in Pokhara!).
Teaching at the orphanage was heart warming and humbling. The children (Dalaits, untouchables) have so very little materially, we bought food, toiletries, cooking and washing utensils, books, paper, crayons and, so they grew inches in pride (as requested), a pair of blue socks each for school..... The Didis' (sisters) who care for the children are like them, spiritually resilient, loving, resourceful and healing their cultural wounds.
If you want to help an aspirational nation save its 'living faith', colourful vibrancy, ecological importance and beauty and change other less noble aspects, teaching English is a worthy objective and a truly enriching, life enhancing, memorable experience. Go and hug the Himalayas!

Program: TEFL
Location: Nepal
Posted: May 5, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

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