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Island TEFL Thailand

This company is shady.
Red flag 1 - website had false information about the work visa
Red flag 2 - the owner said I could break the contract (leave the school early) and it wouldn't be a problem. What kind of a business suggests that?
Shady all around.

Program: TEFL
Location:
Posted: Jun 16, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Frontier

I volunteered in Fiji for 6 weeks and it was the best thing I've done. Prior to my journey, Frontier were helpful and efficient in answering any queries I had via email. They also held a briefing weekend which gave me a further opportunity to ask any questions, find out how to prepare for my project, and meet other volunteers. Overall, I was really impressed with the way Frontier helped to make me feel prepared for my project their quick responses to my emails. I also had various emails from the Project Coordinator who was in Fiji at the time, who explained what would happen when I arrived in the country. This made me feel at ease as I knew who I was meeting and where. The online area was also a great way to view and share important documents or information.

From the moment I arrived in Fiji, the Frontier Staff (particularly the Project Coordinator) made me feel at ease. The homestay was pretty basic, but I loved it like I loved my own home. Every evening we would come home to a home-made meal, from chicken noodle soup to vegetable curry. The Frontier volunteers had their own area, and there was also a shared communal area – The Mango Bar - which brought the volunteers and family together. The home stay family were so welcoming and staying with them was one of my highlights of being in Fiji.

My project coordinator was amazing – friendly, informative and hilarious. She would always be there to answer any questions or concerns I had, and would always do what she could to make me feel at home. She knew Fiji so well and, although she’d only been there for the same time as me, she always gave advice on the best places to visit. If I had any issues I would never hesitate to let her know, and I know she would always provide a fair solution.

The other volunteers were fantastic and we got on really well. The children at my school were amazing and so grateful to have you there. The project gives you so much freedom to teach, you have plenty of teaching time and can pretty much plan whatever you please. I got the opportunity to each at least 2-3 hours a day.

I can’t stress how much I loved my time in Fiji. I would definitely recommend this project for any budding teachers!

Program: TEFL
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jun 4, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Global Vision International (GVI)

Going abroad to LPB in Laos was a great experience and I really enjoyed being able to get to know the people and the culture of southeast Asia.

I would recommend going for at at least a month to get the full experience, and in order to give the people you are interacting with a better chance at getting to know you. Also, I would plan to allot more money than you think you need initially since you will want to travel while there. Also, it is nice to be in Laos not during the heavy tourist season.

Overall it was a fantastic experience and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about the way of life over there. However it is a bit of a culture shock so going into it I would say that you should keep an open mind and be patient. Definitely a worth while experience. Also the program that I did had to do with teaching English and the teaching is very legitimate and important, so if you don't think you would like actually teaching a class I would pick a different program.

Program: TEFL
Location: Laos
Posted: Apr 22, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
6
Value:
7

Give a Heart To Africa

This is a review of my three weeks volunteering with Give Your Heart To Africa [GHTA] in Moshi Tanzania.

It was an excellent volunteer experience from the beginning to end. I was met at the Kilimanjaro Airport by the founder and coordinator Monika Fox. The 10 month program itself is for women wanting further education in order to set up a business and become independent. The program has three aspects - English, Vocational Training and Business. It is very well organized with excellent teaching/learning resources. I was involved in teaching English. The woman are enthusiastic, hard working and a joy to teach.

The classes are taught on-site in the mornings from Monday to Thursday. The accommodation for the six volunteers is good and secure. In terms of meals - volunteers are responsible for preparing breakfast and lunch while dinner is prepared every evening.

Overall the founder and coordinator, Monika Fox ensures a well organized and smooth running non-profit volunteer experience.
I would highly recommend GHTA as a meaningful and excellent volunteer experience in Tanzania

Program: TEFL
Location: Africa
Posted: Mar 27, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Island TEFL Thailand

I signed up for Philip's Program R in Bangkok for October 2014 around April or May the same year, when I was planning to quit my job and see my long distance girlfriend for our year anniversary together. The program consisted of an online, 8 lesson course for $499 and the on-site course for $795. After initial contact through email, he invoiced me only for the October course of $795. When I asked if, that if in the case of not being able to show up in October, could I just do the online course first, to which he ignored me, and I caved and payed him the $795. After which I started taking the online lessons, which were more than textbook like and not at all worth $499. They featured one long-as-hell articles followed by 3 or 4 review questions and very uninteresting videos made from a possible Walmart camera. After about three weeks and having completed two of the online lessons, I lost my job early due to company downsizing, and was no longer able to visit my long distance girlfriend for our first year anniversary together. Then when I asked for a refund, his response was very dry, simply saying it's against his "terms of agreement" even though the course didn't start for another four months. After which, I tried to get my $795 back by making a claim on PayPal, which I lost. Afterwards he sent me a threatening letter, demanding another $499 for the online textbook "course", claiming that his "Lawyer" would get my passport number from my drivers license picture and I would be in for a "surprise" when I come to visit my girlfriend. I cancelled payment and he replied again shortly, stating that his Lawyer would make sure I get detained at the airport, and "Hope you enjoy life behind bars!", "Other than KY, if there's anything else I can bring you please let me know!" And he forgot the comma after "you"; some TEFL manager. I also heard his real last name is Crabbe, like the greedy bastard from Spongebob Squarepants. Also a possible rape suspect in Koh Samui!? It's no wonder the mafia there put a hit on him and he had to escape on a fucking rowboat. Can someone please do us all a favor and just rid this fucking space occupier from our planet?

Program: TEFL
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

IBERO TEFL and Spanish course

This is the best TEFL and Spanish combination program I could find. I could not be happier. The school is very friendly and the program is great. I got a full time job as an English Teacher through Florencia and I am now currently working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a dream come true! My 3 week Spanish lessons were great with Federico, who is both fun and funny and made grammar super easy to me. Now, the castellano is not a problem!
Thank you all at Ibero for a great experience!

Program: TEFL
Location: Argentina
Posted: Feb 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

IBERO TEFL and Spanish course

I took a 7 week Spanish and TEFL combined course at Ibero TEFL in Buenos Aires. Argentina. It was a great experience. Thank you Florencia for getting me a full time English Teaching job and thank you all at Ibero for being so helpful and friendly. I love the job I got through Ibero teaching Business English. I also spent 3 weeks stuying Spanish with my teacher Rita, who was fantastic. I learnt more in 3 weeks than in one year back at home. Overall, a great experience. Thank you all at Ibero! Gracias!

Program: TEFL
Location: Argentina
Posted: Feb 4, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

My Name is Vijay and I was an IT Professional. Now I am changing my career to Teaching English after completing the TESOL Course.

After having completed the TESOL Course in Bali, Indonesia, I was privileged to spend a month of quality time at IHF, Bali among the children and volunteer's of IHF.

I had the opportunity to be an hands-on English Teacher for Young Learners and Teenagers from the age of 8 to 16. It was very educational, and I learned alot of teaching knowledge from the time I spent here. Mainly, the different ways the Kids interact and the enthusiasm for learning.

There is so much satisfaction teaching kids and nothing can surpass the joy of helping others. Its great volunteering at IHF, Bali. I was really touched by the kindness of the kids, and I also had a chance to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

IHF in Bali gave me a opportunity to volunteer in the education center, to teach English classes to different ages of students as the students get to learn only a minimal English at the School. The friends I made at this center will surely live in my heart for a long time. The experience has been a very good experience in my life. Anyone looking to make a difference in the world, help children, the community and make great memories with some amazing people should join IHF.

This experience is a very good memory which will always remain throughout my life. All the volunteer's at IHF helped me very much at making this experience a success and also very educational.

IHF provides good meals and housing. The living conditions were suitable for any person from any part of the world since there were volunteer's from almost all parts of the world.

As a work-study volunteer, you get to be part of a team and complete tasks assigned by the respective Team Director. This is helpful for every volunteer to work as a team and communicate with other team members for a real life work experience.

At IHF, I had managed a class with around 4 students to a class with more than 20 students. Its a satisfying experience in my life. Through volunteering in IHF, around the most underprivileged families, you can become down to earth and also know the amount of facilities that the underprivileged families have. I highly recommend IHF to all who want to make a difference in their life and give back to the community and be selfless.

It's a experience that I will always cherish for the rest of my life and will do the same in your life too.

Wish you all a very Happy New Year 2015.

Best Wishes
Vijay

Program: TEFL
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Dec 26, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

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

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