I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do it, but after talking with a few friends and doing a little research I found TEFL Worldwide Prague. And wow, am I so happy that I did. I took the course in January 2016 where I found my community (family) here in Prague. Not only did I make the best friends who understood all my struggles (it takes a certain type of person to do this course), I also learned an incredible amount and now feel completely prepared to teach English as a foreign language. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. The first Monday after the course ended, I was hired by a language school, the next day, I was hired by another school and the interview requests have just kept on coming. Not soon after I took on a public course with another school and began picking up many private lessons which I teach at my leisure.
This experience has been nothing short of amazing, I won’t say it’s not without its hardships. At a few points since my time here, I’ve considered moving to Asia to make more money, where I’ve seen a few of my friends go. But that’s what’s so cool is that thanks to my TEFL certification (which NEVER expires) I have the option to do so and thus the keys to the world. I feel completely blessed to be able to have a skill that will never leave me, I will always know how to speak English and with this certification I can teach it all over the world.
As I write this I’m on a bus to Cesky Krumlov, a cute, little town that all of my Czech students claim is “the most beautiful in the Czech Republic.” My friends and I are going rafting there. And this is just one of the cool mini trips I’ve taken. Because of the ease of travel and proximity in Europe, I have also been to Dresden, Dublin, Galway, County Clare, Cres (Croatia, where I got paid and all expenses paid to teach a week long English course), and many other towns in the Czech Republic during my stay here. I’ve had to turn down invites to trips because sometimes I just want to stay in Prague and explore the hidden treasures of this city. Speaking of treasures, in the photo, you can see me in the middle, with my current roomie and fellow TEFL grad, Laurie on the right and my best friend, Stef from home, visiting on the left. We took Stef to this hidden garden called Wallstein at the bottom of the castle stairs where peacocks roam about freely (YES, I did just say peacocks!) and where there are Coy fish the size of your head, oh and giant owls and a wall dripping with faces.
So I will leave you with my favorite quote in hopes of inspiring you: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Have some questions? Want to talk? Feel free to contact TEFL Worldwide Prague! Do it!!!
First of all, the content of the course itself went way beyond my expectations, I had no idea I would learn so much in only a month. The Teacher Trainers were amazing, and I had a wonderful time in Prague with my fellow trainees, such an exciting city to live in ! On completion of the course I felt a 100% ready to teach and confident with my career choice.
As a non-native speaker without a degree, I was expecting things to be really tough for me while looking for a job, but I actually had several job interviews in Prague lined up right after the course. Although that would have been the safe option, I decided instead to get a flight to Costa Rica, to look for work in Central America.
I got a job interview thanks to a friend I met while travelling, and easily got a job in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. No questions asked about a degree, as long as I had my TEFL certificate. I am now teaching business English here, and couldn’t be happier ! Living in Costa Rica is such a great experience, the capital is a buzzy city, only a few hours away from the beach, and surrounded by forests and volcanoes. The people here is super friendly, and all my students are a lot of fun to teach. I have to say that Costa Rica is not the best option if you want to save extra money, but the experience is absolutely worth it, Central America has so much to offer, every day here is a beautiful adventure.
Feel free to contact me if you have any question about the course or Central America, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The coursework at TEFL Worldwide Prague was challenging, fun, enlightening, and above all, delivered in a highly engaging, professional manner by master teachers. In the weeks I was there, I felt as if I had re-learned my native language and supplemented what I had learned in graduate school with innovative and effective teaching methodologies.
After completing the TEFL course, I moved to a small town in Slovakia and began teaching at a private language school there. My time there was one of the most challenging and fulfilling experiences I have ever had. It was exciting to find myself immersed in a different culture, and I had plenty of time to be a tourist and see so much of that beautiful country. Above all, it was the privilege of a lifetime to get to know so many good people and I made several lifelong friends while I was there. email@example.com.
With my TEFL certificate, it was very easy to find a job. My experiences have all been positive as I continue to grow from my adventures. Thailand is certainly a change of pace from Western culture. I find the challenges exciting and rewarding. I understand testimonials are suppose to be positive but I have absolutely nothing negative to say about any of my experiences! This past year has been a blessing. WW Prague started me out on the right foot! Feel free to check out my blog www.chiangingpace.com if you want to learn more/contact me about Chiang Mai.
Suffice it to say that none of this would have been possible without the great guidance and skills I obtained during the course. I have lived the life I had dreamed of living. I wasn’t even very good at teaching English when I was doing the course, and actually, I nearly didn’t pass. But after my first year teaching in Prague and getting used to implementing the kind of skills taught throughout the course, I knew I was on my way. Now I teach a variety of courses from IELTS to TKT.
Do the course, and then go and live wherever you want!
…and never have to worry about being out of work.
Before even thinking about getting my TEFL course done, I had been teaching English to adults and teens, but after over ten years of practice I realized the need of new professional experience and boosting my skills. And that’s how I ended up searching for my best TEFL school in Europe. As Prague has always been in my heart, the choice was obvious.
Personally, I found a great support and inspiration from the teachers and my course mates in Prague, and for sure I made really interesting friends. At first I had a strong desire to stay in Prague, but then one of my course mates gave me this idea about China. And you know I was very skeptical about it. I thought, ‘No! It’s a completely crazy and unknown world to me!’ But that was the moment I started thinking about Asia.
And then in about two months one graduate who did the course some months before announced a job offer in GuiYang, Guizhou. Why not? I browsed the place and all I saw was mountains, some Chinese style pavilions and the name ‘The Lungs of China’. So, I grabbed my stuff and was ready to go! The Chinese like to put things off and make it slow and finally I went to work for another school which happened to be a better choice. You won’t believe it, but after half a year I changed the school to working with an American who had been living in China for over 9 years. That was so cool and adventurous.
China in fact is a crazy and unique place! Fascinating and shocking at the same time. Everything there seems strange and messy sometimes. But, hey! Don’t we all need to leave our comfort zone to find our better selves? I learned to ride a scooter in the hectic Chinese traffic and even managed to have a tiny accident. Not to mention all the amazing friends I made there.
The Chinese are friendly and helpful but hard to deal with. You learn a lot. I became aware of how to teach kids in huge groups (up to 40!), babies (my youngest was 1.7 y.o.) and 0-level adults using only English including so many other crazy things.
By the way, of course I was able to travel – I went to Thailand three times, travelled in China and my beloved Vietnam with the kindest people ever!
I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher and in college I realized I also had a passion for traveling. So I went online to find out if there was a market for traveling teachers. I found TEFL Worldwide Prague a couple days later and applied immediately.
As an education major I assumed the course was going to be a joke and I could spend my time in Prague partying and exploring the city. However, it was a bit more challenging than anticipated and I learned quite a bit about methodology and grammar during he course.
I’ve been teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam for about 7 months now and I love it. I’ve been able to teach a variety of students while working at an English center, a vocational college, and now at a company that prepares students to study in America. I’ve been able to use my TEFL training everywhere I have taught and I am so thankful to have it. I have also landed interviews with companies who “only accept CELTAs” after sending an email describing the course.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to have an opportunity to explore, learn new culture, and help other by teaching them English in the process.
TEFL Worldwide Prague prepared me for teaching in Vietnam better than I thought possible. In just four enjoyable weeks, I was taught an array of skills which have almost all been applicable during my time in Vietnam. The tools, training, and teaching strategies TEFL Worldwide Prague gives you makes failure as a teacher in a foreign country impossible. The course was time intensive and rigorous. Everyone who has graduated the course has truly earned their degree. Prague was a really fun place to live for a month and I feel fortunate that I was able to have that experience. The city has so much to offer for anyone with a young adult mentality. It truly is the city of 100 towers.
Teaching in Vietnam is amazing. The country is undergoing a financial boom that is driving an entrepreneurial spirit throughout Vietnam’s economy. Since foreign trade is on the rise so is the demand for English teachers. Teachers are viewed in the same social hierarchy as doctors and they are payed well too. Ho Chi Minh City is quite developed so there is a lot of western influence. It makes you feel like you’re not in Asia. Ironically, it holds a lot of its roots and traditions so there is always something unique happening daily so you rarely get bored and you are constantly reminded that you’re not in Europe or America. Teaching here has been such a great experience and I can’t wait to see what adventure life has for me next. None of this would have been possible if I hadn’t done my TEFL certification with TEFL Worldwide Prague.
Then, A friend of mine mentioned TEFL Worldwide Prague. She had graduated from the course 4 years prior, and had spent 2 memorable years in China before coming back for law school. TEFL seemed the perfect option, and she raved about the quality of this particular program. I didn’t hesitate to sign up, sell all my junk, and fly over to Prague!
I was told that the course was intensive, so I was prepared for the worst. While it did require daily effort and organization, I remember my experience being much more like one big fun team-building exercise than some kind of English boot-camp. The friendships I made with the staff and fellow trainees were genuine and instant! It was a like-minded group who all clicked without skipping a beat. My experience with TEFL Worldwide Prague was a month of excitement, purpose, and of course, delicious Czech beer!
I earned my certificate, and immediately realized it’s value. Jobs are everywhere if you know where to look (ahem… the LIST that I was given during the course!!) I was aiming at Asia, as I had never lived there, and was super curious! I also felt that building a savings was a necessary step before looking to other places. I found a job in Osaka, Japan as a teacher at an English Village. It’s a super new concept that combines entertainment and teaching into some kind of theme park/english conversation/all-ages fun-zone. I signed a year contract, and am loving my life here so far!
To whomever is reading this with apprehensions about packing up and moving to the other side of the world– It’s simpler than you think, and the commitment is only as big as you make it. Everyone I met during my month at TEFL is thriving right now, living and working in a range of places. The unknown is always unnerving, but the support available from the TEFL community is huge!
I would say, “Just do it, dooooooooooods!”
I decided to teach English abroad because I wanted to see the world. I needed to be prepared for such an endeavor and TEFL Worldwide Prague was exactly what I needed. Over the course the of four weeks they guide you and give you the tools needed to be a great teacher. The instructors were so helpful and gave great advice to each student. Teaching was a bit scary at first, but at the end of the course I had a lot more confidence in teaching from when the course first started.
You quickly bond with your fellow classmates as you go through this experience. After the course, six of us from the same course decided to teach in Hanoi, Vietnam and live in the same house. It was a lot less scary going to Vietnam with a group of friends. We all went without jobs, but soon found teaching work. Living in Vietnam has been an incredible experience. Life is very different from the west and it’s never a dull day in Vietnam. There’s so much to explore in terms of culture, food, and beautiful beaches and mountains. Vietnamese economy is booming and you won’t have trouble finding a job. Since the cost of living is low, you can easily save money.
Vietnam has been good to me and it’s been the best year of my life. It all started with TEFL Wordlwide Prague and taking that first step! Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org
For me, the best takeaways from TEFL Worldwide are the connections I made and the confidence I gained from having real face-to-face teaching interactions. If you’re thinking about enrolling, do it! You make such incredible relationships with both classmates and staff, that no matter where you go, you always have their advice and guidance to look back on! I have learned so much about myself as a teacher and traveler that I wouldn’t know otherwise if I hadn’t taken this step. Lastly- Kenney and Adrienne are probably the coolest and most knowledgeable trainers you’ll ever find…. Go for it!
As for me, I taught in South Korea and after that I accepted a teaching position on a small island in the Mexican Caribbean and I taught there for a year contract. I have since become self employed and run 2 small businesses but I still split my time between the USA and Mexico. I dream of accepting a short term teaching gig in the Republic of Georgia hopefully in the near future once my 2 businesses are on auto pilot. I am thankful every single day that I found the courage to leave “comfortable” for the unknown and incredibly satisfying adventure of TEFL Worldwide Prague!
Katie Milton email@example.com
Before I started teaching English I had taught art classes in prisons and rehab centres in Baltimore. I pursued TEFL to develop facilitation and classroom management skills. (And to travel the world, of course). TEFL Worldwide Prague gave me so many valuable teaching tools. I feel more comfortable in front of a class than ever.
I was hired two weeks before graduation because TEFL Worldwide Prague has an incredible reputation. Now, I work for APAX English in Hanoi and teach children on evenings and weekends. My experience in Prague prepared me so well for living and working in a foreign country.
In the future I hope to pursue a career in Art Therapy. Working as an English teacher is giving me an incredible opportunity to save, travel and develop my skills as a facilitator and educator.
While staying with a friend in Belgium I applied to jobs throughout Europe and landed a freelance job in a small town in Northeast Germany within two-three weeks of finishing the course. I got a job as a freelance English trainer for a company called E.L.T. (English Language Trainers). I now travel to two German companies throughout the week and teach Business English to beginners- intermediate. Because I had a German in the company helping me with my visa and my residence permit, it was a quick and painless process!
Although freelancing in Germany has its difficulties, it is an amazing journey that I would recommend to anyone wishing to pursue their dreams of traveling, learning about different cultures, and teaching English!
My name is a Jay Medlin. I am a proud TEFL Worldwide Prague Alumni. I am originally from Detroit, Michigan. I am currently teaching at an international school in Beijing, China.
Pre-Prague, I was already firmly planted in the education field in the United States – Denver, Colorado. Living and teaching abroad was something I often entertained. After doing a great deal of research, TEFL Worldwide Prague would always pop up in my inquiries – if it is meant to be. TEFL Worldwide Prague it was.
Kenny, Dan, Cheryl, Karin, and the others were of great assistance during my time in Prague. From the pickup at the train station. On how to get the most out of Prague. You name it. They were on the case. The instructors Kenny and Dan made the classes engaging and interesting, thanks gents.
The program was a very rigorous one. Come ready to learn. Coming to TEFL Worldwide Prague with a teaching background helped, but I learned an inordinate amount about the English language and how to teach in and manage an ESL classroom.
When graduating from TEFL Worldwide Prague, one is indeed ready to go in the classroom.
Thanks to the stellar job assistance provided by the school, I started getting job offers after my second week in Prague. I accepted an offer to teach at a wonderful school in Wenzhou, China three days after my graduation from TEFL Worldwide Prague.
Prague superseded my expectations. Friends for a life. A wonderful slice of Europe. A completely different experience.
One important caveat: Love being in that classroom. It will love you back.
The trainers are nothing short of the highest quality in the industry. Listen to them, mimic them, learn everything you can from them, and absorb their wisdom into your teaching spirit. You can always adapt later, but what you’ll have is the foundation of a master.
I wouldn’t change a single hour of my time at TEFL Worldwide. The group bonded from the evening before the course began, and we’re still in touch almost half a decade later. There’s a special sort of kinship that comes with the TEFL Worldwide Prague experience, something about the city and the school and the shape of things to come that connects you all on a deeper level and has you say: we were part of that.
As for the future: I can’t promise you the fortune I’ve had, but I do know that I’ve worked in three Chinese cities, I’m now the Director of Studies of EF Changshu, and I’m engaged to a girl I never could have met had I not had the TEFL Worldwide experience. If you’re looking to turn your life around, this is the place to start.
Well, I have now just turned 40 and have absolutely no regrets. I have been teaching in South Korea for six months and I’m incredibly happy with my choice. Free flights and free accommodation are pretty much standard here, as is the opportunity to save a bucket load of cash. And the teaching is generally easy which means it’s a fantastic place to start any teaching career.
TEFL Worldwide provided my with all the tools and confidence needed to take on this challenge. I am so thankful for taking that leap of faith and so thankful to the staff at TEFL Worldwide.
Cora L. Griffin firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are reading this you are headed in the right direction. After having an internship teaching English in Spain a few years ago, I knew that I wanted to teach English all over the world. When I was looking online through different TEFL programs, I kept stumbling across TEFL Worldwide Prague and decided to take the plunge and enroll. I can say with complete confidence that was the best decision I have made as an aspiring TEFL teacher. All the way from my arrival in the beautiful city of Prague to post graduation, TEFL Worldwide Prague’s staff continues to provided a helping hand! Now I am teaching in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for an English language company for kids. Not only was I able to use a fellow TEFL Worldwide Prague alumni as a reference, I feel completely prepared as an English language teacher to successfully plan and conduct creative lessons. TEFL Worldwide Prague is the first step in the right direction for anyone with the dream to travel and teach throughout the world! Best, Jillian
I am currently teaching English in a city about 2 hours from Shanghai, China called Zhangjiagang. It’s a beautiful and clean city. Living in China is strange but also not as strange as I thought. We only have about 100 Westerners living in our city, so we are treated like celebrities, which can feel good but can also feel a little creepy. 🙂 I’m teaching Oral English in public high school here. Basically that means I don’t do exams or give homework, I am just there to draw the English out of the students. They are taught grammar and all the nitty gritty by their Chinese English teachers, but they need to hear it spoken by a native and they desperately need practice speaking. That’s my job. It’s really fun because I have a lot of freedom in what I teach. I can get really creative. My students are shy, sweet, and very funny. My schedule is amazing. I only work during the “regular” work week. No evenings or weekends, which is rare for Asia. I also have plenty of time during the day to ride my scooter around town trying out all the coffee shops, because I have no required office hours. I don’t know for sure what I will be doing next year, but I will most likely re-sign with my company here. I’m not ready to give up my scooter-riding life yet. 🙂
Thanks for all you guys do.
Caroline Fanger Thompson
After the course, we moved to Ceské Budejovice after Alex found a great teaching opportunity that he learned about through TEFL Worldwide. We are still happy living and working here– Czech Republic is too hard to leave! If you have any questions about TEFL or teaching, feel free to ask. email@example.com, adventurings.com
If you have any other questions let me know. You can give out my email address to anyone who has any questions also.
Katie Baxter, firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m so thankful for my time at TEFL Worldwide. It has been the spring board of my teaching career as well as my international adventures!
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My experience at TEFL WW Prague helped me during my teaching interviews and has been SO important for preparing good lessons. As a certified teacher in the US, I can attest to the fact that this course made me a better teacher. The staff at TEFLWW gives great practical demonstrations and hands-on preparation for teaching a foreign language. I learned all the theory behind the method while earning my degree, but I saw and learned how to use the theories at TEFL WW Prague. The practical knowledge is what I use every day, not the theory. firstname.lastname@example.org
My experience in the course was unique, I was one of the first non-native speakers to join the course, I was the only one in my class. I really enjoyed the one-to-one lessons, I remember my student told me that she wanted to know everything about the past tense. I thought to myself: everything? At the moment I learned that ESL students don’t just want to learn a second language, they have expectations, they are eager, and they are looking to you to help them achieve their goals. So, at the course I learned all my elicitation techniques and how to deliver great grammar presentations, but I also learned that it goes above and beyond the methodologies, it’s all about the students and getting them to achieve their goals, if they succeed, then you succeed.
For the last 8 years I’ve dedicated my life to teach ESL in China, I’ve seen kids grow up and I have met some of the most amazing talented people I’ve had the pleasure to work with. It has been an amazing journey and I’m really looking forward to continue on it for many years to come, hoping to cross path with more grads along the way.
TEFL Worldwide Prague has been a springboard from which I’ve leapt not only into teaching English, but also into the world of entrepreneurship here in the Czech Republic. In addition to teaching for three years in Prague (a profession which most require either a teaching degree from an accredited university or a TEFL certification), I’ve also started a modest language school with other TEFL alumni (http://americanenglish.cz), which I hope to incorporate into the visa company that I’ve also formed with my TEFL contacts (http://doubleczechvisa.com).
Not only did TEFL Worldwide Prague point me in a direction from which I could recognize opportunity, it provided me with the skills, credentials and network to make it happen. Contact Carlos if you have any questions: email@example.com
After working as a high school teacher in Florida for 11 years, I decided it was time for a change. I registered for the TEFL course at TEFL Worldwide Prague, packed up my life, and haven’t looked back. After earning my certificate I worked in Prague for a year at two language schools teaching both adults and children. I made my own schedule and really enjoyed my students. I decided to move the adventure to a new continent and arrived in Santiago, Chile a few months ago. I had secured a job before my arrival and began teaching in September. My students are enthusiastic and eager to assist me with my acclimation to Chilean culture in any way they can including glasses of wine and travel recommendations. I’m planning a trip to Patagonia in a couple of months and several other beach, mountain, desert, and wine country excursions are in the works. Chile has it all. Teaching abroad is a unique and rewarding experience. Enroll in the course and change your life!
I already had a placement with a community development project for working equine welfare in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco prior to taking the TEFL Worldwide course. With little resources for the project such as food and housing compensation I realized that adding teaching English might be a good way to integrate deeper within the community I’d be moving to, as well as provide a way for my basic expenses to be covered. The TEFL Certification course helped me gain confidence in teaching and developing lesson plans. I was able to come to Morocco and design full plans from scratch for the beginner students that I teach, something I never would have imagined I could do! I currently teach two different groups of men who work as muleteers and mountain guides in this area, ages range from 15-40 and it’s been quite the experience working around their varying work schedules and experience levels. The teaching here certainly isn’t the typical English language school but I still felt very prepared for the flexibility and challenge after TEFL Worldwide. I plan to reach out to other teachers interested in working in a non-traditional environment teaching English this spring in order to develop the outreach of English here.
Kenny and Adrienne were amazing teacher trainers! Each of their lessons was skillfully prepared and executed in such a way that us teacher trainees were able to follow along and pick up on the teaching steps and learning outcomes. Planning my own lessons and teaching a class for the first time was a bit nerve-racking, but with ample preparation and support from Kenny and Adrienne (and my fellow teacher trainees!) I managed to feel more relaxed and in control in the classroom. Kenny and Adrienne were also genuine and constructive with post-lesson feedback; outlining the highs and the lows of the lesson and recommending adjustments for the next one.
The TEFL course is not an easy one, but it’s one that’s worth it. I graduated feeling enlightened, prepared, and excited. I highly recommend TEFL Worldwide to anyone looking to become a TEFL teacher!
After the course I traveled around Europe, worked at an adventure camp in Turkey, and eventually moved to Los Angeles with my sister. Though it’s less common for TEFL teachers to return to their home country to teach, I found teaching in L.A. to be extraordinary and challenging. It was incredible and moving to hear some of my student’s backgrounds and reasons for moving to the US. I taught adults students from all over the world and from all walks of life, and that is something that I will never forget. The city of Los Angeles is quite unforgettable as well- very artsy and full of life! In spite of all this, I yearned to go abroad again. After considering different positions and different countries, I decided to accept a position in Slovakia-my current location. The language school I work at is incredible! The teachers are great, helpful, and fun. Teaching here in Slovakia is interesting and rewarding. I teach an extensive range of ages and English levels, so every day holds something fresh and fun!
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The course was also fantastic in properly preparing me for teaching abroad. I had no teaching experience prior to my time here, and I must admit the course was intense at times-but in a good way. You have the chance to teach several lessons, and the staff at TEFL Worldwide were all very supportive, giving helpful, constructive feedback throughout. I completed the course feeling happy and confident in my abilities to teach, and ended up finding a job in Germany just a week later! I’m currently working at a language school in Dessau, Germany; it’s a small town close to Berlin, and I’m really enjoying working here. Germany’s a fascinating place to live-and the beer’s pretty nice, too!
Studying the TEFL has completely changed my life in a very short space of time, and I’m so happy I took the plunge. If you want to try something different from the normal routine, or want the chance to work anywhere you want in the world, then I’d highly recommend this course. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions!
After graduating from university, I realized that I really loved teaching, even though my degree was not in education. I had some moderate teaching experience, tutoring exchange students from South Korea at my university and teaching high school and university students in Bosnia-Herzegovina for a summer. While these were both great experiences, I needed the proper guidance in becoming an English teacher abroad. After a little bit of research, I found out about TEFL Worldwide in Prague. I do not regret signing up for the course at all. Not only did it prepare me for all kinds of teaching, but it also introduced me to great people and the city that I still live in and grew to love, Prague. In Prague, I have taught Business English and I currently teach at a primary school, and I feel prepared to handle both thanks to the intense training at TEFL Worldwide. As of now, I love my job and plan to stay in Prague, but I hope that in the future, my TEFL certification will take me to other parts of the globe as well. If you have more questions about the TEFL program, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I completed the TEFL Worldwide course in July 2013 and have been teaching English ever since. Getting my TEFL certificate was one of the best decisions of my life as it has allowed me to travel and work all across Europe, as well as being a starting point for other opportunities when first moving to a new country. I have taught in Spain, Ukraine and Online all thanks to TEFL Worldwide Prague.
I’m probably a little unusual in that I’d already been a long-time resident teaching for several years in Japan when I decided to attend TEFL Worldwide in Prague. A friend of mine came to my town in Japan and couldn’t say enough nice things about the program, and how well it had prepared her for teaching English. I’d never had any formal English teaching training, but I knew there were lots of gaps in my teaching methodology that could be improved, so I signed up and took a month off to do the course. It was absolutely fantastic. Even for an experienced teacher, this course was so filled with amazingly useful information and techniques that I can’t think of a single area of my teaching that won’t be improved by something we touched upon. So yes, TEFL opens the doors to myriad amazing opportunities around the world, but even if you’re already doing English teaching, don’t discount the incredible benefits that actually come from a fresh perspective on teaching, and the distilled wisdom of the combined experience of the TEFL community.
So whether you’re new or a veteran, this course has something to offer, and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s a lot of hard work, and you need to be on top of it, but at the end of the day, this certificate is going to open the doors of the world to you, give you an understanding of your students and their needs, and then equip you with the skills you need to satisfy them. That’s an EXTREMELY powerful set of tools, and worth every late night and penny spent. If you’re going to travel, travel well. And if you’re going to TEACH, teach well. Whether you’re starting your journey, or somewhere along the way, I highly recommend you make this one of the steps. You won’t regret it!
Eight months before I enrolled at TEFL Worldwide I had finished a year of teaching honors geography in an American public high school. I had a bad taste in my mouth from teaching in the United States. While still challenging, teaching abroad has been a completely different experience.
After spending a few years in college taking theory-based pedagogy courses, I expected to gain very little from TEFL Worldwide in the way to teaching strategies. I was wrong. I would argue that in just four weeks TEFL WW made me a more prepared, organized, and confident teacher than my years in university.
After the TEFL course, I moved to Brno, which is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. While I fully recognize the history and beauty of Prague, I would debate that Brno is a more livable city. Thanks to a few recommendations from the TEFL WW instructors, I landed a job at two of the best schools in Brno. The schools I work for have actually operated together to ensure my progression as an effective teacher through peer observations, a personalized mentor program, and a teacher development program. In terms of living in Brno, Prague, Vienna, and Bratislava are all around two hours away by train.
About halfway through my freshman year of university I realized that I would be saddled with a lot of debt by the time I graduated. Unable to convince myself that I could use my geography degree to find a decent mapmaking job and become rich (thanks Google Maps), I started exploring other avenues of paying my debt off as soon as possible. Short of winning the lottery, teaching English in Asia seemed to me like the best way of doing that. Plus, I’d get some international experience as well.
So, shortly after graduation I contacted an English teacher recruiter. Two days later he set me up an interview with a Korean kindergarten. The day after that I was offered a contract and boom! I had a job. It was about this time I realized that I had never taught before and was extremely uncomfortable at the thought of sitting in awkward silence at a table of five year-olds as my future Korean coworkers passed judgment as to my ability to entertain children, let alone teach them anything. Luckily, I had signed up to participate in TEFL Worldwide Prague’s TEFL certification program some months earlier.
The month before I left for Korea, I was in Prague, slaving away at lesson plans or begging people to let me give them private lessons to fulfill the course requirements. It was easily the most challenging course I have ever taken. That being said, I left the Czech Republic with a sense of preparedness and a desire to instill a love of the English language. All worries of not being able to do my job effectively I may have previously held were banished. I left Prague ready to teach.
Since September 2016, I have been bribing children to say words like sticker and cookie in exchange for things like stickers and cookies. In honesty, my job as an English instructor at a kindergarten has been rewarding in that I feel appreciated by many of my students, I’ve made some good friends, and I’ve saved a decent amount of money. If you’re considering teaching English abroad, I would definitely recommend Korea. The demand for teachers is high, so as long as you have a bachelor’s degree and a pulse, you can find a good paying job.
If I spend a second year in Korea I should be able to pay off my student debt seven or eight years ahead of time. With that in mind, I’ll be going right back to Korea after a trip back home to visit family and friends once my contract is up!