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 [email protected]
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 protected]
I found myself in the Czech Republic, because I hadn’t done much traveling, and I wanted to teach. TEFL Worldwide Prague, was the first program that I happened upon. Everything about the program seemed amazing, so I had to try it out. I met so many wonderful people during my time in Prague, many I still talk to today. After graduating from the program, I stayed in Prague for a few months and then traveled back home, to the states (Southern California), to pursue my single subject teaching credential in Art. I taught for four years at a charter high school in Coachella, CA, and then two years at another high school. Now, I am at another new high school and I find myself enjoying teaching, more and more. Ever since I left Prague, I had dreamed of returning. I was able to do so, twice. I went to Vysoke Myto, Czech Republic, to teach at a summer camp, that was run by a local church. Thanks to TEFL Worldwide Prague, I had the background knowledge to teach proper and fun lessons at this camp!
My month at TEFL Worldwide was one of the best months of my life. I learned so much and met so many amazing people which inspired me to be where I am today. I went into the course with an open mind (not really knowing where I would end up). Upon graduating, I decided I wanted to teach in Asia and took a job in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai is located in the north and known as the cultural hub of Thailand. It is significantly smaller than Bangkok, however I enjoy it because it has all the amenities of a large city yet has the small town charm. I even purchased a scooter which I drive everywhere!
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!
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! [email protected]
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 protected]
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 [email protected]
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
Since completing the TEFL Worldwide course I have taught in both South Korea and China. I taught in South Korea for a year at a private institute. The schools in South Korea can be a bit hit or miss, so do thorough research before taking any jobs there. I did enjoy my time there (living more than the teaching), but I think you can find schools that are managed better in China. While in South Korea I met my husband, and we decided to leave Korea for China. I worked for EF Education First for 2.5 years in Guangzhou, China (2 hours from Hong Kong). I taught kids for a year, and then moved on to an adult school with EF. I preferred teaching adults with EF. The training opportunities with EF are also great and you can move beyond the basic knowledge that TEFL WW gives. I am still living and teaching in Guangzhou. I teach at the Japanese International School Guangzhou. All of my students are Japanese middle schoolers, so in a way I go to a different country to teach every day! I have enjoyed teaching so much that I am currently completing my Masters of Education with an applied linguistics specialisation. I hope to continue to teach, and my goal is to continue teaching at international schools.
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 protected], 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, [email protected]
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!
Email me any time at [email protected] with any questions or concerns about the course or my life living aboard.