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How Good is a TEFL Course with Guaranteed Job?

Posted by Claudio on February 20, 2015 in Teaching in Thailand |

There is much competition amongst TEFL course providers. To attract participants, many of the courses are held in stunning settings. Courses on the islands in the South of Thailand or in the beautiful North are in high demand. With good reason. These are also top tourist destinations and will make your time off from the course seem like a vacation – even while doing some required homework.

Sunset in Thailand

Another differentiator training centers offer increasingly is a TEFL course with guaranteed job placement after the course. This is particularly attractive to many participants just arriving in Thailand or planning to only stay for a limited time. It removes uncertainty and the challenges of doing a job search in a foreign country.

TEFL Course with Guaranteed Job Placement… Are They Any Good?

The short answer is: that depends. Although I don’t claim to know all of the TEFL courses with guaranteed jobs, I do know a fair share of them. Some of them prepare teachers very well for their upcoming role, but might have contracts with schools that are a nightmare to work in. Others might place you in great schools, but their course may just be a front to funnel teachers to those schools without preparing them well.

One TEFL course with guaranteed job placement I know well and recommend is GoTEFL Thailand.

TEFL Course with Guaranteed Job through GoTEFL

My Top 7 Reasons to Recommend Go TEFL Thailand?

  1. Participants get professional assistance from the airport arrival, throughout the training and first teaching job in Thailand. Each participant is assigned an experienced mentor. This mentor takes care of details like work-permit paperwork, so you can focus on your training and subsequent teaching.
  2. Teachers who were trained by GoTEFL all seem very well prepared to teach English in Thailand. They know how to prepare fun lessons and deliver them to classes of all sizes in a way that engages students.
  3. GoTEFL’s training course is the TEFL International Certification, a 120-hour course, with bona-fide accreditation from the TESOL program at Fort Hays University in the US.  This course is offered in more than 20 countries and hold you in good stead to apply for the best TEFL/TESOL jobs anywhere, not just in Thailand.
  4. The 4-week training program is held in Chiang Mai, one of the most beautiful regions in Thailand. Located in the North of Thailand, this city has lots of history and the surroundings can only be described as stunning.
  5. The job placements are at well managed schools in the provinces away from the tourist crowds. You will get to live in the “real” Thailand, making experiences and gaining insight into the wonderful culture of the country that tourists never make.
  6. A contract that lasts for two full terms, each lasting four months. You will get two months off in March and April, and six weeks in September/October to explore other parts of Thailand or even neighboring countries.
  7. A salary of about $1,000 will allow you to live quite well and even save some of your income. Cost of living in the rural areas of Thailand is significantly lower than in popular tourist destinations or the capital city of Bangkok. In addition to your regular salary, there are always opportunities to make some extra money with private lessons in after hours.

To me, the way GoTEFL Thailand has setup their program is a model for any TEFL Course with Guaranteed Job Placement: a high degree of personal attention, a solid training program, followed by a teaching job that will be fun, exciting, and will let you experience the “real” Thailand in all its beauty and charm.

Does everybody qualify for this TEFL Course with Guaranteed Job Placement

No. Unlike a regular TEFL course (without job placement), you are not just signing up for a course, but you are actually applying for a job. A job that will provide you a solid training before you begin your assignment. There are therefore some requirements you must meet:

  • Over 21 years old
  • Graduated university
  • Native English speaking

In addition, you will need to be able to arrive in Thailand in April or October and commit to an 8 month contract (or, in some circumstances, a minimum of 4 months).

What should you do if you are interested?

Head over to the website of GoTEFL Thailand and let them know that you are interested by requesting their Info Pack.

 

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Cheating in School: Is it the Norm in Thailand?

Posted by Claudio on February 2, 2015 in Teaching in Thailand |

In short … YES! Cheating in school seems not only omni-present, but also quite accepted. Perhaps even expected. This morning I read an article in The Nation about allegations that an O-NET observer was ordered by executives to hint answers to students. My instant and sarcastic response was “Cheating in School in Thailand? Really???” If you […]

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700 Classroom Activities – Book Review

Posted by Claudio on January 29, 2015 in Book Reviews |

The title “700 Classroom Activities” says it all. It is chock full with activities that will make your lessons fun, engaging, and exciting for your students. The book is divided into four parts: Part 1: Conversations Part 2: Functions Part 3: Grammar Part 4: Vocabulary The activities in each section of 700 Classroom Activities are arranged alphabetically, so using the book […]

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TEFL Courses in Thailand That I Like

Posted by Claudio on January 26, 2015 in Teaching in Thailand |

When you look for a TEFL course, you owe it to yourself to chose wisely. After all, it will be the foundation of teaching English in Thailand. Taking a course that trains you well will give you confidence as a teacher and position you well in the job market. Two TEFL Courses I Really Like […]

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The Spirit and Beauty of Thailand

Posted by Claudio on January 15, 2015 in Living in Thailand |

If you are already in Thailand, you undoubtedly have experienced the beauty of Thailand. The friendly people, the tasty food, the warm climate, and the sights and sounds in all parts of the country are quite unique. If you are planning (or considering) to come to Thailand to teach English, then this video will give you […]

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