TEFL trainers at Paradise TEFL Koh Phangan are experienced and qualified ESL teacher trainers. We've extensive knowledge and experience of living and working in countries all around the world. We've been training teachers for years and love teaching English and learning the language of the students that we teach!
Caroline has taught English in Japan, the Philippines and Thailand for more than a decade. Great with children and has gained great respect with her teaching style and methods in the classroom. Caroline specializes in creating lesson plans and the live lessons.

Steven studied Environmental Science at Wye College University of London and has a BA in TEFL. Steven has traveled to many parts of the world and has taught English in Europe and Asia. He has decided to pass on his knowledge of teacher training and has become a consultant with Paradise TEFL Koh Phangan. 

TEFL explained.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. People who qualify as teachers for non-native speakers, in places where English is not the primary language. Sometimes, you can teach English within English speaking countries, say in a language school. However, most teaching jobs come in a EFL student’s native country. It's in a student’s native country that EFL teachers find employment within the state school system and language centers. Teachers can be both native and non-native speakers.

Working in a voluntary situation such as at a charity is a great way post-graduation to ‘get your feet wet'. You can teach for as long as you feel you need the experience. It looks good on any resume when you're actively searching for paid employment. Once you do get a job that pays, the pay rate depends on how long of a contract you sign. Teaching experience, qualifications and who the employer happens to be, of course becomes a factor. Other factors come into play as well, such as, if you're teaching in a city, a countryside region or beach resort. The economic status of the country becomes an element for consideration. It's important to compare the pay you're being offered to the cost of living in a country. Sometimes, what seems to be a low wage can actually allow you to live quite well, in certain parts of the world?

Currently, the best paying jobs for graduates is in the area of the Middle East. There is a tremendously high demand for qualified English teachers there, as the case of Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Cambodia.

We show you how to vet and research the company offering you an employment contract. Even when you have completed the TEFL Koh Phangan course, and you decide not to take immediate employment, you can always ask our advice in the future.

Experiences of newly trained TEFL TESOL teachers.

Ella age 22 graduate. In June 2013 my boyfriend and I both graduated from the university of Edinburgh. We decided to take at least a year out, to teach somewhere overseas. 

The main reason that we took a TEFL course was because we wanted to travel without high costs! Take the opportunity to live somewhere different for a while. With these reasons in mind, we both took a 120 hour on line course.

After we finished our on line TEFL course we busied ourselves with some office work and applied for every up to date teaching English job that we 
could find. Even in South America and Africa. We mainly focused on South East Asia, teaching English in Thailand, Cambodia, China and Japan. 

After a few weeks sending dozens of applications per week we got some replies.  Job offers in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and China. However, the one that really appealed was in Buon Ma Thuot, a small province in Vietnam. 

We did an interview via Skype with the recruiter for the International School. A week later the contracts were complete and we were booking our flights, exciting times. The place suited us perfectly - the school looked amazing and the guys in charge really seemed on the ball.

On 17th August, we started our 30 hour journey to Vietnam. We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon the following day, jet lagged but very excited. Our recruiter took us to a fancy sea food restaurant in the city.  Then let us sleep before flying the next day to Buon Ma Thuok with our new boss and his partner.

The flight was breath-taking and we were met with flowers from school teachers. We've been treated kindly ever since. Our apartment comes free with the job. Has all the home comforts that you would not normally associate with a teaching English job. Including WIFI and A/C, comfy sofa, TV, kitchenette and double bed. We fitted our own mossy screens.

We have been teachers for three months now and having an absolute amazing time. Very few people speak English and we're the only white people staying here long term in town. However, people are very friendly and welcoming. 

We're constantly being invited to dinner and coffee and our boss has treated us like family. As far as the teaching goes we are having a much easier time than we imagined. It's our first time as teacher's and things have gone surprisingly smoothly. 

We are teaching Kinder- garden and primary so the kids are between 3 - 10 years old and they are really great in fact a blast. The first couple of lessons was a bit nerve racking because of lack of onsite observed live lessons, as the course was on line.

 However, Paradise TEFL Koh Phangan was very encouraging and sent me some great lessons plans, work sheets and flash cards to boost our confidence.

    We have also had a chance to travel and sight see in Vietnam.       Elephant trekking, a city called Dalet and Ho Chi Minh City and the     beach at Nha Trang is wonderful. So there is definitely     plenty to see and do here and our wages cover the travel costs.

As for advice for potential TESOL teachers I would say go for it, as it is an incredible experience. I also recommend Dave's ESL Cafe as a great place to start looking for a TESOL job, it served us well. www.davesESLcafe.com.

                                           TEFL Koh Phangan.

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