Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia)
Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia) Programs
Rescue Paws is a non-profit organisation that started in 2013. Rescue Paws aims to first stabilize and then reduce the stray animal population in Thailand over time through...
Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia) Reviews
Submitted by Keegan | January 16, 2017
I had a great time in Vietnam through XploreAsia's teaching program. The assistance I received not only at the start of my contract but also throughout the year was a great help. If one has a calling for something new and thrilling - give it a bash!
Program: XploreAsia Teach Vietnam Program
Volunteer English teaching in Myanmar
Submitted by AngellaB - Amsterdam Netherlands | January 08, 2017
My month in Myanmar as a volunteer English teacher was one of the most fulfilling, rich experiences I've ever had in my entire life. My experience exceeded my expectations by far. In fact, I feel as if I was there for six months instead of only one as I learned and did and saw so much. I enjoyed all the classes and teaching assignments I was given, but I particularly enjoyed teaching at the monasteries and nunneries in the countryside the most. My teaching assignments at these locations exposed me to a very special, very important part of Burmese culture and I feel extremely honored to have been able to serve the underprivileged children there. I will always be exceedingly grateful to XploreAsia for making it possible to achieve my dream of teaching in Myanmar. XploreAsia assisted me with all my immigration documents, arranged my housing in advance, arranged my transportation to/from the airport as well as to/from the schools. Not having to worry about my lodging or transport was exceptionally helpful as I was able to focus my energy on lesson planning and preparation rather than logistics in a unfamiliar third world environment. I was very well looked after by the staff. I will definitely reach out to XploreAsia again when I decide to embark upon my next volunteer adventure and can recommend them without reservation to anyone looking for the same.
Program: TESOL Course in Myanmar
Submitted by Grace Martens - Anseong South Korea | December 20, 2016
Coming to a new country, straight out of university, and from a small town in South Africa no less, can be extremely daunting. Ultimately you're the one that has to get on the plane and make the most of your own experience, but XploreAsia did the rest. They were there every step of the way, answered all the millions of questions that run through your mind (which now seem so silly), and just made you feel like you weren't alone in this journey. The teaching itself was great as well. I'm almost finished my 1 year contract and very reminiscent of the last year at the moment. Upon review, I have learnt so much from this experience and would highly recommend it. It's not all sunshine and roses all day, but it has overall been amazing and I wouldn't exchange it for the wotold. Good luck! Xx
Program: XploreAsia Teach South Korea Program
Overall excellent program!
Submitted by Riley - Chaiyaphum Thailand | December 18, 2016
I completed the Chiang Mai Xplore Asia TESOL course in October, 2016 and had a great overall experience. The first week consisted of cultural excursions, an intro to Thai language/history, and some helpful talks outlining what we should know before living and teaching in Thailand. This week was the perfect start to my time here. I gained a great deal of useful insight and also had an awesome time. The following three weeks consisted of the TESOL course, which was fairly intensive but incredibly effective at preparing us to be teachers in a short amount of time. Our instructor was very helpful, enthusiastic, and supportive. I'm so glad that I took this TESOL course instead of a generic online course because our instructor provided so many valuable tips about teaching in Thailand specifically. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect before stepping into my school and there's no way I could have said the same thing if I had done an online course. My only criticism of the course would be that it was difficult to fit in all of the presentations with 30 of us in one class and there probably could have been a more efficient system. We sometimes had to rush things.
The placement process went very smoothly for me and I'm extremely satisfied with where I've been placed. I teach at a secondary school in Chaiyaphum, a mid-sized town in Isaan, the Northeast region of Thailand. Xplore Asia makes it very clear from the start that nothing about your placement preferences is guaranteed and that the process will be much easier if you are flexible and keep your expectations to a minimum. I requested primary-aged kids, but now I'm actually very happy that I got placed at a secondary school. Xplore Asia encourages you to "trust the process", which is sometimes easier said than done, but I totally believe in this after having things work out so well for me and for so many of my friends from the course. I think the biggest flaw in the placement process was that people's experiences seemed to vary a lot based on which member of the placement team they talked with. Some people were asked directly what they wanted during the initial meeting, while others were not allowed to make hardly any requests. I think Xplore Asia should work on making sure the meetings are more consistent across the different staff members.
Overall, Xplore Asia really has this thing down. I felt like I was in very good hands throughout the course and I continue to feel supported now, almost 2 months into teaching. The staff members are knowledgeable, passionate, and generally awesome people who were really fun to get to know. I would highly recommend this course to anyone seriously considering teaching in Thailand. I am so happy with my situation and have already told my school that I plan to continue teaching next semester.
Ready Set Click with XploreAsia
Submitted by Tarryn Jane McNaught - Korat Thailand | December 17, 2016
Seven weeks ago a petrified 29 year old South African/Aussie hybrid was sitting at Brisbane airport munching on her fingernails, wondering if she had just made the dumbest decision of her life.
As I sit here under the moonlight eating fresh pineapple with a toothpick, motorbikes buzzing beneath me and a Thai boy band belting out Bieber songs I can only laugh. Laugh at fear.
Boarding that flight was the best decision I have ever made and my incredible journey thus far would not have been possible without the amazing support and direction from the entire XploreAsia Team.
From the moment I arrived into a sticky and chaotic Bangkok Airport to the moment I left on a Bus to my current placement in Korat, XploreAsia was there supporting me like a well fitted inexpensive sports bra.
Whilst I did not conduct my Tesol Certificate with them, I was fortunate enough to be part of the November Purple Team which participated in an orientation week in Hua Hin. This week gave us valuable insight into Thai Culture, Language and an idea of what we could expect during our time in Thailand, through various activities and workshops.
O week was jam packed, but boy oh boy was it fun! I was able to bond and explore Hua Hin with some amazing humans ( who are now lifelong friends) and even better animals at the Elephant Sanctuary and Rescue Paws and not to mention sample some of Thailand's finest Tom Yum Kung and Pad Thai.
I cannot thank XploreAsia enough for guiding me along this journey and for placing me in a location that has pushed me out of my comfort zones, helped me face fear head on and that brings a smile to my face every single day!
I would highly recommend XploreAsia to anyone thinking of Teaching overseas and if you're that person reading this, who is hovering over the "APPLY NOW" button, just bloody click it!
It will be the best click of your life!