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TEFL Internship FAQs

Everything you Need to Know

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See photos of a typical school and typical accommodation below in the answer section

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Question #1:
When do the internships begin and how much in advance should I apply?  Do I need to have a degree?

Question #2:
How can I be sure this is the right program for me? Why do people sign up for internships?

Question #3:
How does the teacher training program work? How long does it take?

Question #4:
What if I already have a TEFL certificate?

Question #5:
Are there any other costs involved?

Question #6:
In what city will I do my internship?

Question #7:
Can I be placed at the same school as a friend or partner?

Question #8:
At what kind of a school will I teach? How many students will be in my classes? How old will they be?

Question #9:
What does a school look like?

Question #10:
What does typical accommodation look like?

Question #11:
Will I be able to find a good job when the internship is finished?

Question #12:
What if I don’t speak the local language?

Question #13:
Why is this program so much less expensive than other programs?

Question #14:
What if I have more questions?



#1. When do the internships begin and how much in advance should I apply?

Internships start at the beginning of the term for Chinese universities and International Schools.  The language schools have continuous starting dates.

Ideally, you should apply for the program about 6-8 weeks before you hope to depart.  Several things need to be accomplished before you leave and that includes completing the first half of your TEFL training program (not always possible if timelines are short) and applying for and obtaining your visa.  In China NO degree is required for the language school internships.  A BA/BS degree is required for the university and international school internships. In Vietnam a BA/BS is required for the interships.

Once all the necessary documents are received by the school the entire process usually takes 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes more. Each province in China has its own time frames and procedures for completing the paperwork for a visa. In addition there may be delays due to long holidays in which government offices are closed and other unexpected problems that may arise.

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#2. How can I be sure this is the right program for me? Why do people sign up for internships?

The internships are built for people who may have an interest in teaching in China or Vietnam but are not quite sure how to get started and want to do so in a more guided manner. The program is good for people who want to get to know another country and what teaching is like before making a long-term commitment.
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#3. How does the teacher training program work? How long does it take??

The teacher training program is primarily self study, though there are about 17 videos and ten podcasts to help you along. Ideally, you complete the first half of the program before you go. Your 80-hour TEFL Certificate will be mailed to you upon completion.

Once in country you continue your study and complete another 60 hours. Near or at the end of your internship you will receive your 140 hour TEFL certification. Also endorsed on your certificate will be the 200+ hours of practical teaching experience you will have during your internship. You will complete the program ready to take on just about any teaching assignment anywhere.

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#4. What if I already have a TEFL certificate?

Individuals who already have a TEFL certificate can participate in the job placement portion of the program. These individuals can apply for a regular teaching position (without a teacher training and internship component). The cost for placement only into a school is US$598.
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#5. Are there any other costs involved?

In addition to the program fee, you will need to pay for your visa in your home country when you apply for it. Visa costs vary by country a bit, but are generally in the US$50-100 range.  You will also need to purchase an air ticket.  

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#6. In what city will I do my internship?

Internship locations in China may vary according to the needs of our various schools.  Contact us if a specific city is important to you. Use our contact form to ask any questions you might have. Internships in Vietnam are in Ho Chi Minh City.

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#7. Can I be placed at the same school as a friend or partner?

We make every effort to make that happen and it almost always does, but we can’t guarantee that it will happen.

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#8. At what kind of a school will I teach? How many students will be in my classes? How old will they be?

This depends a bit on the program and country.

For the language school internships in China, you will tend to have small classes of only 10-20 students vs other internship programs that place you in public school classrooms that can have 25-50+ students in them.  The smaller classes will help you develop your teaching skills without the stress of trying to manage so many students.  You will usually be teaching students between five and fifteen years old.  Five to fifteen is the usually profile of students, but you may, at times, also teach small classes of adults.  The international schools tend to have smaller classes as well.

For the university internship program in China you will teach young adults in classes usually with 15-25 students.  There may be times when classes are larger, especially right at the beginning of the semester.  

In Vietnam the school provides classes for children, teens and adults and also tend to be fairly small classes.

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#9. What does a typical language school look like?

There is probably not one typical school – they are all different, but we know what you are asking, so some images of an average school are below.

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#10.What does typical accommodation look like?

In China

Just like with the schools, there is not a perfectly typical setting but we will insert a few photos here to help you get the idea.  Accommodation if you are working at a language school will typically be shared with another teacher, but you will have a private bedroom.  University and International School interns will have private accommodation.   Housing is typically modest though often quite nice and comfortable.

In Vietnam

Full time interns and teachers will be provided full accommodation. The standard accommodation is between 15-20m2, fully furnished with air conditioning and private bathroom. Depending on the number of interns employed at any one time, some interns may have to share accommodation (same sex and usually 2 interns per room).

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#11.
Will I be able to find a good job when the internship is finished?

You bet!  You will be well qualified to continue teaching in the country of your choice.  Teachers will have the opportunity to be hired by the schools where they do their internship for a one-year contract at regular wages and free job placement assistance is on offer to help you find something different if you so chose.

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#12.What if I don’t speak the local language?

Absolutely not a problem.  Most new teachers don’t speak the local language and the school doesn’t want you to speak their language to their students.  They want you to always speak English to them.  That’s why you are there.  You will never likely teach real beginners and if you do, you will usually have a teacher assistant in the classroom to help you.  It is your English native speaking ability that the school wants.

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Question #13:  Why is this program so much less expensive than other programs?

While this program gives you everything you need to get started and to get some quality training, as well as providing free language training, emergency support and even a tour or two, we don’t hold your hand quite as much as the other programs.  We also don’t spend a large amount of money on marketing.  We like to let the program sell itself.  Bottom line: lower costs  = lower program fee.

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#14. What if I have more questions?

Absolutely not a problem!  Use our contact form to ask anything you want.  We are happy to help.

 

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