TEFL Heaven Thailand: Reviews From ESL Teachers

TEFL Heaven Thailand: Reviews From ESL Teachers

Here’s some research/reviews I’ve done on TEFL Heaven. They offer an in-country TEFL Course for prospective ESL teachers.  Feel free to share your experience (good, bad, ugly) with this TEFL course provider. Add or revise where required. It’s a living document.

Notes:

  • TEFL Heaven is a UK based company registered in England and Wales. TEFL Heaven is a trade name for Experience Teaching Abroad Ltd, UK and TEFL Blue Pty Ltd, Australia.
  • TEFL Heaven provides a guaranteed teaching job in Thailand if you complete your TEFL certificate with them and provided you have a university degree so you’re legal to teach English in Thailand.
  • To qualify as a native speaker in Thailand you need to be from the US, Canada,  the UK, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Believe it or not, the Thai government does not consider South Africans to be native speakers (insane!). If you’re  from South Africa and wish to get a teaching visa in Thailand you’ll need a 600 on the TOEIC exam, a 550 on the TOEFL or a 5.5 on the IELTS. The TOEIC is the easiest in my opinion. A native speaking South African with a university degree should be able to get an 800 or 900 on this test effortlessly.  Most Koreans and Japanese take the TOEIC test to qualify them to work at companies in their countries.
  • The TEFL Heaven course is taught over 3-4 weeks in Thailand. Most teachers choose a beautiful Thai island to complete the course. Some of the islands include Ko Chang and Ko Samui.
  • If you are not a native English speaker but wish to take the TEFL Heaven program you can take the TEFL Heaven Mexico or Argentina program.
  • Here’s an eligibility criteria table (scroll down page)which shows which qualifications you’ll need for Thailand and other countries based on your education and English ability.
  • TEFL Heaven has a lot of connections with schools and agencies across Thailand so having a guaranteed job at the end of your TEFL course in Thailand through them removes the stress of having to look for one.  These jobs are mostly your standard, Thai government school or private institute jobs a “such and such” a town or city. You probably wouldn’t do much better as a first time ESL teacher in Thailand finding jobs like these on your own, according to one teacher.
  • We’ve heard that TEFL Heaven may place you at a school close to another TEFL Heaven graduate so you won’t feel you’re all alone in Thailand (wherever they place you).
  • What you should consider is that there are hundreds of TEFL job openings in Thailand so you you aren’t limited to the job(s) TEFL Heaven offers you after you complete their TEFL program. If you’re a new teacher a TEFL certificate is a great introduction to teaching English. Just remember that there are dozens of TEFL course providers. Some offer a guaranteed placement like TEFL Heaven and some don’t. Either way, you’ll pay for a TEFL certificate either way because the TEFL certificate from TEFL Heaven will probably result in your guaranteed placement offering you a lower wage than the average salary for a first year teacher in Thailand.
  • Some TEFL providers that offer guaranteed placements will make you teach at least one semester at a private language school that they place you in and withhold your TEFL certificate until you finish your term. Not saying that TEFL Heaven does this, but check with them or your TEFL guaranteed job provider to see when they give you the TEFL certificate (before, during or after your job placement).
  • TEFL Heaven has a website with a live chat window that pops up on their website so teachers can ask questions about their courses and placements. They’ve been recruiting teachers for 7 years and have 10 paid teach abroad programs in Thailand (2), Vietnam, China, Costa Rica, Peru, Czech Republic, Argentina, Guatemala and Mexico.
  • Remember, that you don’t need a TEFL certificate to teach in Thailand. TEFL Heaven guarantees a job that pays 25,000 BHT per month, but most entry-level ESL teaching jobs in Thailand pay a monthly salary of 30,000 BHT per month. Most college grads just jump on a plane for Thailand with some cash for a couple of months and get hired in Thailand while they are on an extended tourist visa. Then they leave the country to get their teaching visa processed and stamped. It’s not that difficult. After a year here you can get a better ESL teaching job and earn more.
  • Here are 8 reviews about the TEFL Heaven program. Most are pretty positive especially when the course is taught on a beautiful island in Ko Chang, Thailand. Pretty hard get into the study or job mode there. It’s like a study vacation on a beach.
  • Here’s a question asked about TEFL Heaven on eslteachersboard. The person didn’t understand why she had to do a Skype interview if she was paying for their TEFL course. The director of TEFL Heaven responded to her.
  • Here’s a link to the TEFL Heaven Facebook page, where you can get social with TEFL staff, current, former and prospective teachers.
  • There are currently 0 reviews for TEFL Heaven on Glassdoor. Please note the date of this post and check Glassdoor regardless.
  • If you decide to teach in Thailand with or without the TEFL Heaven course, consider that the Thai schools are in session from May to October and November to March. The majority of teachers are hired from March to April and begin in May. It still possible to hired during the school year, but if you want to have the best chance of getting hired fast, remember those dates.
  • I’m not sure if the 120 hour TEFL course offered by TEFL Heaven is an ACCREDITED TEFL Course. I couldn’t find any evidence of their accreditation on their website. I could be wrong.
  • Accreditation lets you, the consumer, know that a professional, outside body has reviewed the TEFL course and certified that it meets a set of academic standards. You should be able to go to the accrediting body’s website to read about those standards and verify that the course you’re considering is listed there.
  • Please Note: Good TEFL courses are externally validated and moderated by a reputable accrediting body.
  • Here is a list of some (but not all) of the accrediting bodies for 100 + Hour TEFL courses:

The University of Cambridge  (CELTA)

The Trinity College of the University of London (Trinity Certification)

Fort Hays State University

IATQO (The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations)                                                                                                        

SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)

QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority)

ODLQC (Open and Distance Learning Quality Council)    

TQUK (Training Qualifications UK)

OFQUAL (Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training)

ACTDEC (Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses

ACCREDITAT: a new privately owned organisation offering accreditation for a fee.

NCFE  (Northern Advisory Council for Further Education)

Make sure to find out which accrediting body the TEFL course you’re considering taking is before you enrol and pay your money.

For a full review of TEFL courses, be sure to read TEFL Certification: The Ultimate Guide

Note: This post is a work in progress and requires your contributions. Please excuse any temporary grammatical or spelling errors, factual inaccuracies, or omissions.

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