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From Stellenbosch to Trang!
Submitted by Enrico da-Silva - Stellenbosch South Africa | December 02, 2016
Writing a review about the best decision you have ever made while trying to not get overly excited and sound completely biased is a tough ask, but here is my attempt. The first step in making the decision was when I met with Peter from TravelBud in a coffee shop in Stellenbosch on a Saturday morning.
He was off the clock, it was weekend, but he took time out of his own personal life to meet up with me and chat about moving abroad. This was even when he knew I was not completely convinced about moving abroad and that I was in contact with other agencies on top of this uncertainty. He wanted to make sure I had all the information to be informed before leaving, even if I didn’t choose his agency TravelBud. An incredible gesture considering we live in a world where profit is the bottom-line.
His stories amazed me, they were exhilarating, frightening and hilarious all at once and from this point on all I could imagine was sitting down with my future kids and grandkids and telling them my own tales. I wanted similar experiences; I was completely sold on that day. His raw honesty and enthusiasm was enough to change this eternal skeptic.
To clear up any confusion you may have, TravelBud are essentially your agents before you get to the country of your choice. They help you with the paperwork and hassle of visas, booking flights and provide you with priceless information you need before you jet off. Once you get to your destination, you’re handed over to your agency in that country. That is the norm with every agency, but TravelBud continued to provide support and information, even going as far as to place an employee within our city for the duration of an entire month while we completed our TESOL. No other agent did that, not one, but TravelBud went the extra mile and ensured that we were eased into a new culture and had some form of a support structure as we adjusted to life in our new homelands. They checked in and kept an eye out during the nervy placement process. Furthermore, they organised a fantastic group dinner, study groups, TESOL support and a number of other awesome excursions for us during our free time, which helped with meeting more likeminded people and in the end, form friendships with people from all over the globe. These come in handy when you travel around and need a place to crash in either your own new home country or further abroad!
If you are in two minds, you need only speak to one of the amazing team members and hear about their priceless memories and experiences. I recommend TravelBud as your choice to lead you into your new life, they have the perfect balance of professionalism and fun/friendly/warm that you need, a mould you can use for your own approach as a teacher. Take the plunge, you really won't regret it.
Recovery in Thailand
Submitted by Ed Coles - Kham Muang Thailand | November 18, 2016
I was very unhappy at hime , hating my job, my life, etc. Travelbud were the first point of contact to my new life and have been a reassuring presence throughout. Would highly recommend them. They have checked in with me regularly since I have been here, spoke to me on Skype when I was wortied I wouldn't be able to make the move work and have provided a solid foundation for my new life here. Very approachable and understanding staff.
Submitted by Robyn | October 27, 2016
From day one of contacting the team, to present day, where I am happily teaching in Thailand, TravelBud has been with me every step of the way. I have nothing but positive feedback about the program and would highly recommend anyone who is seeking to work or teach overseas in Thailand to go through TravelBud and here is why:
Contact and communication: The TravelBud team was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had and responded to e-mails within 24 hours without fail. They were willing to have phone conversations and even Skype sessions in order to make sure I felt fully comfortable with my decision to teach abroad in Thailand.
Knowledge: From questions about salary to culture to food, TravelBud had the answers. Therefore, instead of arriving in Thailand completely unaware of what to expect, I felt much more at ease with all the information TravelBud had equipped me with.
Continual and ongoing support: Throughout my preparation time, before my actual move to Thailand, a member of the TravelBud team would check in frequently to make sure I wasn't having any doubts and to remind me of deadlines coming up. The support did not stop there! After being in Thailand for almost a month now, the program still checks in with me to make sure I am settling in okay and I feel very confident and comfortable reaching out to them with any questions I may have,
With all that being said, I would definitely encourage others seeking to teach or work overseas to go through TravelBud! You will not be let down!
Just do it!
Submitted by Alexia de Souza - Sukhothai Thailand | August 05, 2016
If you are reading this review, chances are you have been mulling over the idea of travelling to Thailand to become a teacher. I did the exact same thing two and a half months ago, from my desk at my job. That I hated. I wanted an opportunity to see the world and give back, starting with Thailand.
I type this from my new home in Sukhothai, Thailand. I came home from work today after spending the most fulfilling day with kids that melt my heart. It hasn't been completely smooth sailing, a few challenges have been thrown my way but there has never been a single moment of regret. Ever.
I went through TravelBud, after doing extensive research to validate that it isn't a scam (it isn't - I can vouch for it now). I am excited to wake up each day in a beautiful country, eat amazing food, communicate (or try to) with great people and teach little souls some English.
The transition to this country and finding my Thai-ness has been pretty easy, with the help of Travelbud and their partners. Your first month of training will be amazing, jam-packed with activities with new friends from around the world.
All I can tell you is - Just do it. You will regret the things in life that you didn't do. Take a leap of faith and venture into the unknown. It will be amazing!
My two months in Thailand
Submitted by Francois Kuhn - Trang Thailand | May 17, 2016
My experience in Thailand has been wonderful so far. It started in Hua Hin where we did the TEFL course. It was hard work but also so much fun. I loved so many like minded people from all over the world and making lifetime friendships. I will never forget my time in Hua Hin
My friends and I were placed in a Trang. A small "city" in the south of Thailand. I've only been here for a short while but I love it already. There are so many beautiful mountains all round and awesome secluded beaches not too far away. Trang has all the awesome sights other tourist places have minus the tourists, ensuring a proper Thai experience.
I love what I am doing and I love being in Thailand