Im a 21yr old female travel virgin hoping to embark on RTW trip late april/early may. I have been looking at doing a TEFL course to enable me to work as a teacher in Thailand or possibly Malaysia.
Does anyone have any advice as to doing the course in the UK, getting work whilst there, or going with an organisation (i-to-i)?
Any help much appreciated!!
Hi Kerry, I've just done a weekend TEFL course in Cardiff. It was a 20 hour course and really good fun and you learn a great deal as well. I'm now doing the follow up course. The TEFL website i think has a list of vacancies all around the world, and on the course they gave us some useful web-sites as well (i will dig them out if i can when i am home). In Bangkok there are English newspapers (The Bangkok Post and The Nation) that have job advertisements in them, but obviously that means you have to wait until you there until you can apply. Just an internet search will give you an idea of what's out there in Thailand though. Hope this helps.
I would suggest you to do your TEFL course here in bangkok as it would be recognised by all the intl. schools here + it would be cheaper in thailand + if you are going to teach in thailand, the course would be designed to facilitate dealing with thai students + during your course you can make friends here and explore a bit of thailand and get used to its customs and culture + you will get full support from your institute to find a job and you can also get more time to hunt around for the job while you are doing the course.
I did my TEFL course from TEXT AND TALK institute which is recognised by the government of Thailand and also highly recognised by all the intl. schools here in thailand. The course structure is amazing and has insights into thai culture, do's and dont's and how to deal with the thai students. You will also have to do practical teaching classes on thai students, as part of your course, for which you will be eveluated. The course is rigorous and hectic and you will have to devote atleast 10 - 12 hours of your day, else DO NOT JOIN TEXT AND TALK.
Feel free to ask if you have any doubts.
Hey, thanks for the advice guys. Ive found a company called Starfish Ventures (not sure if im supposed to mention them?!) who organise volunteer placements at rural schools in Surin, NW Thailand. They organise TEFL, airport transfers, accommodation and in country assistance which I think is great and probably worth the money to start me off.
Has anyone had experiences with such placements or been to Surin?