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Thailand Koh Chang TEFL Program Summary
Located on the beautiful island of Koh Chang, Thailand, the training is completed over a 4-week period, during which you will learn all the theoretical and practical skills needed to teach TEFL effectively. In addition to this you will gain confidence and experience by engaging and teaching real students in Thai schools. This experience combined with the training will help you to feel ready and prepared to enter the exciting industry of TEFL which has the potential to take you all over the world
This course differs from our other TEFL Heaven program in Thailand in so much as it’s run throughout the year meaning greater flexibility and potentially a shorter wait to get into that dream job of teaching English abroad. This is one of the very best TEFL courses in Thailand!
The course provided an environment that was communal and supportive. The trainees came from different backgrounds and for different reasons; though, were all learning to do the same thing- teach abroad. It was beautiful.
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Key Program Details
Located in the Southeast, Koh Chang is a quieter island of Thailand, but also the 3rd largest island. "Chang" in Thai means elephant, and there is an elephant sanctuary on the island as well as many wild monkeys roaming the forests. There are also beautiful waterfalls and temples to visit.
The island has been a popular spot for TEFL Heaven training since 2011, and many candidates make Koh Chang their favorite island because of this.
There are plenty of peaceful areas to chill out and relax, or areas to get down and party.
This program consists of 4 weeks TEFL training, which will be a mixture of daytime study and some evening work and assignments. TEFL trainers will make sure you have everything you need to become a confident teacher of English (TEFL) in Thailand.
Once qualified, the world is yours and you can use your TEFL certificate in other countries - there is no expiry date to the TEFL certificate. The TEFL certificate is accepted worldwide.
After gaining skills, making friends in this period is what it is all about. Spending so much time each day around the same people who are in the same situation means friendships solidify quickly. Everyone wants to support each other. It's one of the great benefits of starting your journey teaching abroad in this way.
During the TEFL training period, we give you all the tools, resources and contacts you need to secure a paid teaching job within Thailand. Most jobs are secured within a few weeks after the course, and sometimes even shorter than that. A great benefit is to have our experienced in-country TEFL team at your disposal recommending good places to work, and where to avoid applying for jobs.
It's important to note that there are no jobs on Koh Chang itself and this is only where the TEFL training is.
Term 1: Approximately early/ mid May until end of September/ start of October
Term 2: Approximately late October until end of February/ mid or end of March
Exact term dates depends on the school, so the dates above are a rough guide. If you plan on staying just one school term, please make sure you book a return flight for a date after the approximate dates above. You normally only sign a one term contract. You can renew your contract and stay for a 2nd school term, as long as your designated school is happy with your teaching.
You get paid at least 30,000 Thai Baht per month (equivalent of 920 US dollars) and living costs are about half that, meaning you can save half your salary each month (if you wanted to!). For a clearer idea of costs, one of our teachers, Katie, wrote a Thailand Salary vs. Livings Costs Guide for you.
To be eligible for this program, you need to hold a bachelors degree in any subject (not teaching - ANY subject) and be native English speaking, or from a native English speaking country. Those who are not native English speaking or do not hold a Bachelor's degree cannot attend this course.
Jobs are secured within 30 days after the end of the training - and in most cases this is shorter.
You don't need to know or learn any Thai language as teaching is not done through the direct translation method.
Accommodation is complimentary during training.
When in placement you will be given assistance in finding accommodation, normally from the school. It will cost you the equivalent of approximately 120 US dollars each month for rent and around 30 US dollars for other bills.
Your accommodation in your teaching placement will most likely be a one room Thai–style studio apartment or a house (depending on if you are sharing) and will be quite basic: double bed, shower, bathroom, fan or air con.
You would not normally have a TV, fridge or cooking facilities – Thai people eat out for nearly every meal and the cost of living is extremely low, with street vendors nearly everywhere, so not having a cooker shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Start dates for this TEFL Program are generally every month and places fill up fast. Thailand is a popular location for teaching English abroad, so we suggest you apply early in order to get your desired start date.
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One of the best benefits of booking a trip through TEFL Heaven was that you have an immediate support system. Having the friends you make through TEFL has been one of the things that has gotten me through this trip. It's also amazing to receive advice and tips from your trainers who have been here at least 6 months
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Thailand is hot all year round. This, coupled with its many beaches and islands means when you have time off, you really get to relax!
In life, relationships matter! Your relationship with your students will be the thing you treasure the most in your time abroad.
Bangkok is known as the hub for Asia, and a quick flight will get you to Vietnam, China, Malaysia and even Australia in an hour!
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