Short of Cash? Apply for the Swap the Pot Payment Plan!

If you feel that you need some financial help to afford all the money for the TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand Program ONLY, then we may be able to help you.

The Swap the Pot Payment Plan gets it’s name because it allows you to spend the money that you have not yet earned, but that you will earn while on the Internships Thailand Program, to pay for your the Internships Thailand Program now. We give you this on a loan basis and it means that those who have booked late or who may not be able to pay for everything, will get financial help from us.

This option is only available to those who would genuinely struggle to gather all the money needed for the program, flights, spending money, etc. Applications generally open 3 months before each program start date and the Swap the Pot Payment Plan is limited to 10 spaces.

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How It Works

If you want to apply for the Swap the Pot Payment Plan, all you have to do is email our team at with a cover letter explaining your desire to go on the program and why you do not have enough cash to afford it right now. This can be done before or after you have applied for the TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand Program, but not after you have booked the program.

If the applicant is approved for the Swap the Pot Payment Plan, then they are free to apply (if they haven’t already done so) and book the program in the normal manner but with an initial booking deposit of 300 GBP then another 300 GBP due 30 days before the start of the program (as long as they also first pass the Skype interview for the program, of course!). There is no other payment before you start the course. The rest of the money is due when you start working.

"“The course was great, I really felt like the instructors wanted us to do well once we were placed. The material was good but even better were the outside resources that they gave us.”"

− Marcie Hanberg

Once in a teaching position, you will need to pay back the loan in three equal instalments of 10,000 THB (about 210 GBP), meaning the total you pay for the course is about 1230 GBP. One of the reasons why we are charging a little bit more for those on this payment plan is so that we genuinely get people who think they will not be able to save the cash in time for the full program fee, flights, spending money, etc – otherwise everyone would opt for this payment plan and we would miss those who genuinely need it.

A payment plan contract will be signed with you should you opt for this program. The instalments will need to be paid in Thailand once you are earning and are due around two months after the TEFL course (which is when you will get your first full month’s salary – prior to that you commonly receive a part-month’s salary for only working part of the month). Due to the contract being with a UK company, we are only allowed to offer the Swap The Pot Payment Plan to UK applicants.

The salary in Thailand is normally around 30,000 THB per month. Living costs for a TEFL teacher before travel and entertainment average around 15,000 THB. We have calculated that, as long as you don’t go off spending money on big adventures, you can afford to pay 10,000 THB a month back for payment of the program.

Here the specifics of the payment plan:

  1. This payment plan is only offered to UK nationals applying for the TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand Program.
  2. The payment plan consists of an initial course fee and booking deposit of 300 GBP, followed by another instalment of 300 GBP (so total 600 GBP) due 30 days before you fly to Thailand. Once in Thailand, another three equal instalments (paid in Thailand) of 10,000 THB, paid to TEFL Heaven’s partner company in Thailand.
  3. If payment is not received at the stated times on the contract, there is a possibility that a County Court Judgement (CCJ) could be marked against your name in the UK.

If you are interested in applying for this payment plan, email our team at with a cover letter as explained above. We hope to reply to each case within 5 working days.

"This course is better than any online course you would complete at home and is great value for money (I shopped around and couldn't find better in terms of what was offered). I made new friends that I meet up with every weekend. You get everything you need from this experience!"

− Tori Brown