TEFL Fullcircle review, submitted by Chris.
My TEFL Full Circle online mixed review.
Finding myself on a crippling budget after a four-year university stint, I just wanted to get as far away from my hometown as I could, and one night in a bar, I met up with an old High School friend, who’d just come back from teaching English in Bali. One beer led to another, and by the morning, I was set on following in his footsteps. He’d said there were so many teaching English opportunities in Indonesia, so with my decreasing budget, I chose the cheapest course I could find and a few months later, I landed at Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno-Hatta) international airport.
The pros of this course were that it was super cheap, the staff was available most times when I had a specific course question, and they also recommended teaching in Indonesia.
The Cons of this course was that they literally sent me to the worst hell hole in Indonesia: Surabaya. The nearby red light district of the capital.
In the year I taught there, I witnessed a knife attack, had my wages withheld from me for months at a time, and generally had a polarized experience that my friend had teaching in Bali.
The Full Circle course was good – not enough to prepare me for the reality of teaching English – but I learned quickly and was able to draw on some of the course content in my lessons.
But as a TEFL company with promised exotic images plastered throughout their website, I felt a sucker punch when I finally reached my accommodation for what was to be my home for a year, and the local neighborhood was nothing to write home about either.
I think these really cheap TEFL courses are like the discount airlines you fly across states in America: cheap, no-frills. If you don’t mind this then take the course. But if you need support (as I did) on where to teach and what to expect when I landed, I’d give this company a miss.
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