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Thailand Koh Samui TEFL Program Summary
Located on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, 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 Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is a tourist hotspot, even so much so that it is the only TEFL Heaven island that actually boasts an airport! It’s actually Thailand’s third largest island measuring some 25 kilometres long and 21 kilometres wide, and with some 50 kilometres of coastal roads this means that you get easy access to a vast variety of beaches and bays that encompass many bars and restaurants. You will also have a big choice of massage parlours and spas, internet cafe’s, waterfalls and temples to visit.
Because the island is a popular one among tourists, that also means you get a lot better deals because businesses are competing with each other to get your hard earned cash! There are plenty of peaceful areas to chill out and relax, or areas to get down and party. Whatever your persuasion, Koh Samui has it all!
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. 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.
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.
Anyone can come on this course and teach English in Thailand. In terms of the job placement services, through our experience we know those who are native English speaking with a Bachelor's degree, secure jobs within 30 days after the end of the training - and in most cases this is shorter.
Those who are not native English speaking or do not hold a Bachelor's degree can also attend this course and for job placement we advise them to be as flexible as possible as to salary and location. Native English speaking teachers are preferred in Thailand, but many employers will accept non-native English speakers as long as they are fluent in English. Non-native English speakers and non degree holders may have to wait a little longer to get a job in their desired location.
There is no requirement to hold a bachelors degree for this program. See more about eligibility on this page.
Accommodation costs during training are around 370 USD for 4 weeks in a private room in a hotel close to the training centre. There are 2 hotels to choose from and the rate includes cleaning once per week, WiFi and use of the hotel's amenities. You can of course arrange your own accommodation, however most trainees do choose the hotels as others from the course will also be staying there.
After training and when you're teaching, rent is approximately 125 USD per month for a small or shared apartment. You will normally need to put down two month’s rent as a rental deposit or bond for your accommodation. This will normally be around 250 USD. You will also need to pay for your first month’s rent upfront, which will be another 125 USD THB.
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.
Go here to see all start dates and prices of this program.
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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