Vantage TEFL Certification review, submitted by Caroline.
Vantage is the best TEFL option in Thailand.
There are a bunch of TEFL schools operating in Thailand, meaning it was a bit difficult to decide on which one to take. All of them appear to offer the same type of qualification, and most of them seem to have good student feedback. A couple of them even offer their courses near the beach. However, when I dug deeper into these ones I began to doubt the seriousness of those courses. Their websites are full of beach pics showing TEFL students having fun in the sea, but not much about the nitty-gritty specifics of the syllabus. Vantage, on the other hand, were upfront with me from the start about what I would be covering in the course and what to expect when I began teaching.
This is definitely the TEFL school you should go through, if you have decided to teach English in Thailand. Yes, the course can be demanding in places, but by the end you will have a sufficient foundation to teach Thai students English. If you are going to invest in a TEFL course, you might as well take a course which will prepare you properly for the job ahead. That’s my way of thinking any way.
I didn’t stick around Bangkok for so long after I had completed the course and received the certificate because I wanted to live somewhere a little less hectic. I did meet teachers though who absolutely love living in the city. I instead headed up north, to Chiang Mai. Which I absolutely love!!! CM is way more chilled than BK. I see that the money teaching is better in BK, but the cost of living is cheaper up here so it seems to roughly even out in terms of what you can and can’t afford. I was actually able to buy a scooter (moped) and she has been my best friend since 🙂
I recommend anyone coming to Thailand to take their TEFL, to take the one offered by Vantage. You definitely get what you pay for and the staff there are so helpful and supportive. Also, definitely consider Chiang Mai as a teaching destination for a laid-back lifestyle and as a city with exceptionally friendly locals. Vantage get a thumbs up from me.
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