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TEFL Internship FAQs

Everything you Need to Know

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

Question #10:
What if I don’t speak the local language?

Question #11:
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 Thai public schools

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 part of your TEFL training program (not always possible if timelines are short) and applying for and obtaining your visa.

Once all the necessary documents are received by the school the entire process usually takes 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes more.

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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 Thailand 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 self study with an assigned tutor who can help you via Skype, chat or email. There are about 16 videos and ten podcasts to help you along and you get the main ideas about teaching well just from those. Ideally, you complete the certificate program before you go. Your TEFL Certificate will be mailed to you upon completion.

Once in country you continue your study and complete another 20 hours of training. Your certificate will also be endorsed with the 120+ 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$998.
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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 Thailand will be in and near Phuket Island.

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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 individual school.

Public school classrooms 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.

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#9.
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 often have the opportunity to be hired by the schools where they do their internship.

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#10.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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#11. 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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