I actually can't really fault TEFL heaven. Right from the beginning you are told how great Thailand is AND the hard parts.
You artfully prepared with what you need money and items wise. I was on Koh Kood and yes it was pretty boring as there wasn't much to do and there was scary thunder. But again tefl heaven told us that and actually it was a fairly unique experience which I am glad I had. Plus we went to Koh Chang a couple weekends so there is alternatives.
When we first arrived they resort did not live up to expectations basic it was not. More like TEFL Hell with shacks over swamps but very quickly they changed us to far superior accommodation which went beyond our expectations.
The trainers were fun and friendly and we learnt some thai. They told us what school would be like and they were fairly wrong but they also said every school was different.
I had my 3 weeks on a paradise island and got a TEFL certificate and an awesome school can't be better than that.
TEFL Heaven have been nothing short of amazing each step of the way. From the initial interview right until you were placed with your agency (and even still now). Mike and his team have created an incredible opportunity and his passion truly reflects in the TEFL Heaven program he created. I honestly couldn't have imagined doing my TEFL certification with anyone else. I decided to take the leap of faith and started my journey towards becoming a TEFL teaching in September 2020. I did my TEFL training on the beautiful island of Koh Chang where I met some lifelong friends. There were so many amazing moments it's hard to write about all of them in this review but it felt like we were a family on the island. The nerves, the fears, the anxiety were still there, which is of course natural but the people and TEFL Heaven staff were so supportive with everything. What makes this company stand out from the rest is their sincere genuinity for everyone. I love what TEFL heaven stands for and what their vision is for TEFL teachers all over the world.
The TEFL training course was set up incredibly well. There is only so much you can cover in three short weeks but I think they prepared us as best as they could. I had absolutely zero teaching experience prior to this and I didn't believe I could do half of the things I can now. You gain so much experience and they give you so many kills and tools to use, I truly feel without this training I wouldn't have been prepared enough going into my first teaching position. After the TEFL training was over we returned back to Bangkok, where we met with our placement agencies who took us to our teaching location. I, along with nine other TEFL Heaven trainees were placed at a public school in Chachoengsao, Thailand. I'm just finishing my first term teaching Primary 1 and it is the BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. I have grown in ways I never dreamed were possible and have stepped out of my comfort zone a countless amount of times that my confidence is much higher than it has ever been.
My favourite thing about the program was meeting so many likeminded individuals but also the support TEFL Heaven provided every step of the way. There are a lot of anxieties and worries at the beginning with visas, documents, financial, personal...etc. but TEFL Heaven are a very experienced company and truly make you feel at ease. I also loved how we got to meet Mike himself at the orientation and he actually came to our island for a couple of days, which added a great personal touch and you can tell he cares for everyone. Listening to his own story and sharing his vision was truly inspiring. I loved this program, I loved the staff and I loved all the wonderful people I met along the way. Thank you TEFL Heaven for making my dream as a TEFL Teacher become reality and pushing me out of my comfort zones each day. SO TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH, TRUST IN THE PROCESS AND LIVE YOUR BEST MOST FULFILLING LIFE DOING WHAT YOU LOVE.
I wish you all the best and who knows, maybe at some point down the line I will meet some of you.
No complaints with the classroom experience at Vallarta International Academy. Excellent instruction and support from Alan and Fabian. The teaching practices were very helpful. Rachel and Nick gave "firm but fair" scores along with good advise on how to improve. I feel much more confident and prepared to teach after my four weeks at VIA.
My TEFL Heaven experience was nothing short of fantastic. From the second I began looking on TEFL Heaven's website, assistance was given to me by their dedicated staff members. Every step of the way during the signup process, the staff members were there to answer any questions I had about teaching/living in Thailand, training on an island, and moving across the world.
After signing up, the team members continued assisting me with tips on what to pack, where and how to arrange my paperwork and passport documents, and with the logistics of arriving in Thailand and transportation to the training destination on Koh Chang. I felt a sense of comfort during preparation as no question I had went unanswered. Additionally, we were added to a Facebook group where the trainees and staff could interact - a chance to get to know one another and bounce questions/ideas around.
After landing in Bangkok, we had two action-packed days of team-building and orientation. During this, we met our fellow trainees and got so see some awesome cultural sites in Bangkok, such as Wat Arun. Additionally, we were educated on some Thai cultural practices and words which came in handy as we set off for the island of Koh Chang. The transportation to Koh Chang was arranged by TEFL Heaven - one less thing to stress about.
The training experience on Koh Chang was absolutely wonderful. First off, the island was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been - and we got to spend 3 weeks there! On the weekdays, our training group received comprehensive, in-depth training by our Trainers. Having never taught a single thing in my life, this education was extremely valuable. I was able to learn from the ground up, with no prior knowledge.
We learned how to teach English as a foreign language, how to manage a classroom, and how to effectively communicate with the students. Additionally, we were educated on the ins-and-outs of the Thai school system. Lastly, we got 1 hour of Thai language class every day. The trainers were so qualified and enthusiastic! Our classroom was on-site at the resort on Koh Chang - I could see the ocean and palm trees while learning! The things I learned during training have helped me immensely inside and outside of the classroom.
On the weekends and afternoons, our TEFL training group was allowed to explore the island, seeing some amazing spots such as waterfalls and hiking trails, and trying the ever so delicious Thai food that Koh Chang has to offer. Any time I had a question or an issue came up, the TEFL staff was able to provide prompt and thorough assistance. Even during a relatively serious personal matter on the island, the staff was able to help me through it as friends, and provide guidance for which I am very thankful.
As for the guaranteed job - I was placed in the awesome city of Chachoengsao. This placement was done after the folks at TEFL Heaven and my agency were able to discuss where they thought I would thrive. The job placement is guaranteed, and intentional, in order to set the teachers up for success. Not surprisingly, the agency and TEFL Heaven has operated extremely professionally and assisted every step of the way.
I can say with confidence that TEFL Heaven has changed my life in the most positive way. I gained knowledge, training, cultural orientation, some great friends, and an awesome job here in Thailand. I had my reservations, as anyone would, about moving across the world to start a new life teaching English. However, the folks at TEFL Heaven made the experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Looking back, now that I have been here for 3 months, I would not change a thing. I recommend TEFL Heaven wholeheartedly to anyone considering making the leap.
THANK YOU TEFL HEAVEN!!