Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia)
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Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia) Reviews
Coming from TravelBud to ExploreAisa
Submitted by Josee - Canada | November 09, 2017
While TravelBud left lots to be desired, Explore Asia was able to most the majority of my expectations, The course was thorough, and only lacked a couple things such as how to teach tactile learning, and more focus on how to manage a classroom. My instructor was phenomenal, and I believe the placement team did the best they could with placing my boyfriend and I in our school. Unfortunately, after we left XA to come to our school, things got very complicated, as we find that our agent is not a good fit for us.
Overall, coming to Thailand to teach is still one of the best decisions I've ever made, and with some patience and re-coordainting with the placement team, I am hopeful that I will be able to do what I came to Thailand to do, teach.
I was very impressed and pleased with the orientation week, and pre departure support. I also think that most of the members of my group feel similar. My only con about the division of the groups was that a cliqueness that formed due to a large group coming to Thailand together, resulted in bullying and mean behaviour to others in my group. Yet, I know that no one could of seen this coming in the first place, and therefore it really isn't anything much for me to loose sleep over.
Again, I enjoyed my 4 weeks of the TESOL course, and I am still optimistic about my time here in Thailand.
Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia) responded to this review November 10, 2017 at 12:24 AM
Hi Josee, thank you so much for your feedback. We constantly build on our course to improve the experience for everyone, as the teaching experience in schools change, so does our course. Appreciate your insights.
We're very confident that things will settle for you regarding your placement. We place 800 teachers every year, and we're well-versed in ironing these things out rather swiftly. I'm happy to know that you'll soon be settled!
On the odd occasion, some situations can occur out of control, especially within TESOL groups. With just over 100 people in your intake, we were happy to have gotten you all through the course, and off to placement with just a couple of bruises!
We love what we do, and we really appreciate your time leaving this review.
Xplore Asia review
Submitted by Taylor Stinson - Trang Thailand | November 07, 2017
I felt that Xplore Asia thoroughly prepared me for my experience in Thailand on the technical side. I am appreciative to the placement team and the team of people that work together to figure out our bank account information as well. I felt very taken care of under Xplore Asia, and got to experience many cool things in Chiang Mai during my orientation week as well. The orientation week is very well organized and offers many culturally enriching activities to welcome you to Thailand. I am also appreciative to Paul for teaching the TESOL Course.
I do feel that the TESOL course was not fully useful the way it was taught. I felt that we spent a lot of time presenting lessons to our fellow classmates (which is not practical) and learning "methodology" when that is not exactly "real world" teaching preparation. A lot of the people that were placed through Xplore Asia are not even teaching "english" classes. Rather teaching math, science, health, etc. and this method is not useful. I also feel that more time should have been spent on classroom management as well.
Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia) responded to this review November 08, 2017 at 9:38 PM
Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feedback. We are currently working on additional modules for subjects other than English, and actively working with those currently placed to provide support. We pride ourselves on our after-service, especially in that regard.
Our TESOL is a great foundation to get started, coupled with the after support we're confident that all of our teachers will adjust quickly to the real-world setting of teaching.
Thanks again for your feedback, and we'll take this to heart to continually improve.
We'll keep in touch!
Submitted by Andrew - Phatthalung Thailand | November 07, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the TESOL course provided by XploreAsia. The course coordinator was insightful and definitely helped to prepare me for teaching in Thailand. I also believe that the first week of orientation was of the utmost importance and XploreAsia does a great job at preparing you for how things work in Thailand. I definitely recommend XploreAsia.
Submitted by Alison Stockel - Currimundi Australia | October 12, 2017
The XploreAsia program was intensive (as expected), but what I wasn't expecting was the quality of the instructors and the care that was administered by the XploreAsia staff. It's easy to forget when you live abroad (as most of the XploreAsia staff do), that for some people moving away from their home is a once-in-a-lifetime, potentially life-changing experience that comes with its own sets of insecurities and challenges. XploreAsia never forgot this, in fact a great deal of their teaching content is geared towards preparing you for these challenges for which I applaud them. It was not the first time I had lived abroad so I was expecting the downsides, but it doesn't mean I escaped them. For me this was the outstanding part of the TESOL course which I certainly would NOT have received had I done an online course. Congratulations XploreAsia in making this a course worth crowing about.
TESOL in Thailand and teaching in Vietnam
Submitted by Jessica Sandell - Haiphong Vietnam | September 03, 2017
When considering teaching abroad I was really nervous! I always thought its best to go for it and try than to never try and never know! I always knew if I didn't like it I could always go home. My love for kids, working with them, my love for adventure and travel is what inspired me to take the plunge!
I think I got really lucky with my TESOL program and my job in Vietnam!
I got the best of both worlds! I did my course in Thailand, which was great because I got to make friends that now live and teach in Thailand, I got practical experience at a Thai school and I got to travel on my weekends off around Thailand while completing the course.
The Thailand TESOL course was really informative and because I hadn't done teaching before (only au pairing) I learnt a lot more than if I had just taken an online course. Doing the TESOL course with 20-30 other people provided a safety net and a group of people that become close friends in such a short space of time. No one will ever understand your experience as much as those other course members will.
Everyone on the course quickly became friends and having a support system like that is wonderful. Going through the same culture shocks and experiences were easy to get through knowing you weren't the only one finding it daunting and weird.
I knew I always wanted to go to Vietnam and had no interest in Thailand. Although Thailand did surprise me. The people are friendly, kind and warm. People in Asia are so humbling as they all seem to live such simple lives and they seem so happy with it!
All of the experiences I had in Thailand, I wouldn't have had the chance to experience if I did the TESOL in Vietnam.
However, I also see the benefit of doing the TESOL in Vietnam and then teaching in Vietnam because you get first hand experience with a group, you get to learn the Vietnamese language and find out what all the food is about before you settle down and live here.
I didn't get that, so the first week for me was a bit of a blur.
Trying to figure out what I was actually eating - let alone ordering.
I must say, I made the right choice in choosing Vietnam for myself. Vietnam suits me and I really love it here. I got great advice and help from Megan and Lisa (XploreAsia) on the Vietnamese food and advice on finding a job here. They set up two interviews for me, the first one didn't work out as the job offer was only for a month after my TESOL course ended and the second one was for right after my TESOL course. Everything happens for a reason and I see why the second one worked out better for me.
I am placed and live in Haiphong (northern Vietnam). I live very close to the coast. The nearest tourist hot spot an hour away is Halong Bay! Cat Ba is a 45minute ferry away, which is closer and it's really beautiful too! Great for weekend getaways!
Vietnam is kind of one of those places that you either love it or you hate it but I'm sure mostly LOVE!
My city is the 3rd largest in Vietnam, so the roads are meant to be less crowded/busy that Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh but they're still crazy! Crossing the street is sometimes a daunting task but once you get used to it it becomes normal. What won't become normal is the amount of times that I've caught someone trying to take a photo of me (without my knowledge nor consent) and the fact that everyone here stares at me because I look "different" and I'm Western. Must be because this city doesn't see a lot of tourists as most people go to Cat Ba or Halong Bay from here and don't actually stay here.
My school is an absolute dream. They provide all the course work for me as the students follow set books, all I have to do is put the pages for that class into a lesson plan. The Vietnamese staff at my school are always so helpful and make sure I have everything I need to be comfortable here. I have at least 1 TA (teacher's assistant) in each class. The TA's help control the students (although their behaviour is pretty good) and they translate from English to Vietnamese if children don't understand a concept.
It's really easy and cheap to live in Vietnam on a teacher's salary. Everything here is super cheap and its easy to travel around on "weekends" to other parts of Vietnam. The bus system is pretty reliable and regular here and so are the ferry trips.
I was nervous about giving up my lifestyle in Cape Town, South Africa for a whole new continent but I'm so glad I did it. I've already grown so much through the TESOL course and teaching in Vietnam.
Kids are amazing to work with and the rewards of what you teach them/do for them are greater than you'll ever know. They are so grateful to learn and really make you feel like a happier person.
For those considering XploreAsia and teaching in Vietnam, you should definitely go for it!
Always remember that your comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there!
In the next 20 years, you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do rather than the things you did do. Asia has so much to offer and makes your outlook on life more humble and makes you grateful for the things, friends and family that you have back home!
Program: XploreAsia Teach Vietnam Program