All posts by Mike Maitland

I got fired from my first job in Thailand, and I deserved it!

That’s right – my very first job abroad, they fired me!Back at university, I was browsing the internet and found an article somewhere that said:“If you can speak English, you can teach English!”That REALLY stuck with me!At this point I had never even heard of a TEFL qualification. Before summer break of that year I went […]

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Teaching in Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat – Kay’s School and Thailand Tips

We recently caught up with Kay Jonsson, 25, who is currently teaching in Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat in the South of Thailand. What dates did you start work at the school and what was your position? I started in May 2015, and am still employed by the school now and about to begin a […]

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Semester at Sea Led Me To Teach In Thailand with TEFL Heaven

We recently caught up with Micah Bank, 24, who was on our Paid Internships Thailand Program from October 2016 – March 2017. Micah found out about TEFL Heaven when one of his friends recommended the program, and Micah alongside another 20 or so Semester at Sea alumni decided to do various TEFL Heaven programs around […]

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My TEFL Experience Helped Me Choose Teaching As a Career – Tristan Otten’s Interview

We recently caught up with Tristan Otten, 25, who was on our Paid Internships Thailand Program from October 2012 – March 2013. Tristan is now a Geography Teacher in the UK. How Has TEFL Heaven Helped You? Being on the Paid Internships Thailand Program in turn led to my first teaching job in the UK. With the […]

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8 Reasons Why TEFL is the Best Way to Travel the World!

Teaching!!!  To some this occupation may sound quite ominous, being the center of attention for at least an hour, and having students’ learning dependent upon only you! Don’t let it get to you, as long as you are open minded, ANYONE can teach…absolutely anyone. Doesn’t matter if you’re shy or the class clown, if you […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure: TEFL to Volcano Hikes!

Come on, be honest, you’re not adventuring abroad teaching English just to mope about on the weekends! You’ll want to get out into the new country you’re living in and explore all the amazing sites it has to offer. One of the most amazing wonders that mother nature created is the volcano, a looming mountain […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure: TEFL to Scuba Dive

Teaching English could be the answer to a scuba divers dream! While your weekdays will be full of teaching English games to children, or having meaningful conversations with adults in class – your weekends are free for your own. Beaches are usually just hours away, or may even be on your doorstep. Most of the […]

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Choose your own adventure: TEFL to Surf

Teaching English in itself is such a rewarding job, non-native English students are so eager to learn, and so grateful for the time you take for them – even (actually especially) if it’s just a game you play with them. As a teacher you become immersed in the local culture and community you’ve become a […]

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What to Pack for your TEFL Heaven Adventure!

So! You just booked your TEFL course in the country of your dreams and you are so excited you want to dieee (but not really, we know the feeling).  It may be months away, or happening just next week! Either way – you will need to start thinking about what the heck a globe-trotting, adventure-having […]

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Teaching English in Thailand – Sample Activity – Battleships

We were setting up a teaching volunteer program in Chiang Mai in 2011, and I was asked by the director of this school to start teaching this class to show him what our volunteer teachers would be doing. I had exactly five minutes of preparation time! So the pressure was on. Some things in this […]

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