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Teachers' Choice Award, 2020
Teachers' Choice Award

Teachers’ Choice Award winner, 2020

tefl online pro – Teachers’ Choice Award winner, 2020.

Earlier this week, we received the fantastic news that tefl online pro has won the Teachers’ Choice Award for a second year in a row.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for choosing to take their international Online TEFL/TESOL certification with teflonlinepro.com.

Throughout the year, to celebrate this milestone in our company history, we will be offering a number of course discounts. Therefore, please check the Discounts page on teflonlinepro.com when purchasing your tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL course in case we are running a promotion at that time.

There was also great news this week regarding the phased opening up of countries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the majority of European countries belonging to the Schengen Area have begun opening up their borders to international visitors.

It is also looking very likely that the majority of Asian nations are also going to be open for business from August/September onwards.

Currently, as things stand on June 26th, US citizens are prevented from traveling because of the high rate of infections in the country. However, we see this decision being overturned by the end of August as the number of infections (hopefully) begin decreasing.

In the meantime, our customers from the US (as well as our customers from other countries that are in a national lockdown) are choosing to teach English online.

The subject of travel nicely segues into the theme of teaching English abroad.

As the world does begin opening up, it will soon be possible again to get on a plane and head off overseas to teach English. And as a way of celebrating the freedom of travel, we want to share with you now some of the most popular Teach English Abroad articles – all taken from the teflonlinepro.com Blog:

https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-austria/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-bolivia/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-brazil/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-cambodia/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-china/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-costa-rica/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-the-czech-republic/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-germany/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-japan/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-slovakia/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-south-korea/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-spain/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-thailand/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-vietnam/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-online/

We hope you enjoy reading through the teaching abroad articles.

Thank you for reading this blog post.

Stay safe and healthy,

Paul Murphy
Operations Manager
info@teflonlinepro.com
https://teflonlinepro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/
Teachers' Choice Award winner, 2019 | 2020

teflonlinepro.com – International TEFL TESOL Online and Combined Certification Courses with Lifetime Job Support.


TEFL Online Pro customer video reviews on YouTube
tefl online pro reviews

TEFL Online Pro Reviews | 2020 | Video Testimonials

A recent TEFL Online Pro Facebook review.

TEFL Online Pro reviews | 2020 | video testimonials.

If you have taken a TEFL Online Pro international TEFL/TESOL certification course, you probably read some of our verified school reviews: on the TEFL Online Pro Facebook page, or on Trusted TEFL Reviews – the independent Online TEFL/TESOL courses reviews website:

TEFL Online Pro Facebook Page Reviews

Trusted TEFL Reviews | 2019 / 2020

You might also have read some of the featured TEFL Online Pro student testimonials and the TEFL Online Pro Reviews link on the teflonlinepro.com school website.

Furthermore, you might have had the free time to take a read through some of the TEFL Online Pro review articles listed on this blog website.

And, you might have discovered how so unprofessional some of our business competition behave when it comes to black hat SEO tactics used in the hope of winning new customers.

We constantly aim to find new ways of providing the best services for our customers, and we also strive to present all information regarding TEFL Online Pro in a clear, easy-to-digest format. This also applies to TEFL Online Pro reviews, so that our future customers can clearly, and transparently, read genuine feedback from customers who have gone through the process of course enrolment to course graduation.

With this in mind, we have decided to begin a YouTube channel:

The TEFL Online Pro YouTube channel

So far, two weeks in, we have two graduate videos uploaded.

As the weeks and then months and years pass, we aim to have culminated a library of customer video testimonials – aimed at helping future students have a clearer idea of the TEFL Online Pro course experience.

The first two TEFL Online Pro video testimonials:

TEFL Online Pro review: Annelise’s 120-Hour TEFL/TESOL Professional course testimonial

TEFL Online Pro review: Alison’s 120-Hour TEFL/TESOL Professional course testimonial

We hope you enjoy reading through the teaching abroad articles.

Thank you for reading this TEFL Online Pro reviews | 2020 | video testimonials article.

Stay safe and healthy,

Paul Murphy
Operations Manager
info@teflonlinepro.com
https://teflonlinepro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/
Teachers' Choice Award winner, 2019 | 2020
TEFL Online Pro | Teachers' Choice Award, 2020.
tefl online pro reviews

Why choose tefl online pro?

This article takes a look at 12 reasons why you should choose tefl online pro for your international TEFL/TESOL certification course training.

  1. Excellent student feedback.

We always place the customer first and our customers appreciate this high level of personal service. This can be seen by our consistently positive customer feedback.

Two excellent sources for tefl online pro reviews are our company Facebook page, and Trusted TEFL Reviews – the independently-run Online TEFL/TESOL reviews website:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2020/

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2019/

2. Our payment options are safe and secure.

It was recently brought to our attention that one of our competitors requests their customers to make their course payments through the Western Union money transfer service. This is also the preferred payment method for online scammers.

When making your course payment through the tefl online pro website, you have the option of making your purchase via Paypal, or with your debit or credit card.

This is one of the safest methods for making a payment over the internet – your information is safe and your consumer rights are guaranteed.

3. We always respond to emails/messages/calls within 24 hours.

Whether you are a potential customer asking for further course information, a current customer working their way through the course, or a tefl online pro graduate requesting international job support, we always respond to emails/messages/calls within 24 hours.

We feel that it is important to be quick with replies – especially regarding current students of the program, who often have an urgent course question needed answering before they can continue on to the next section of the course.

4. Feedback on lesson plan assignments and answers to course questions are responded to by a real person.

One of the common complaints that we see online, from people who have chosen to take their TEFL certification course with a different provider, is that (besides having to wait days for a response to an email sent) coursework feedback is often automated and severely lacking in substance.

tefl online pro customers can make use of the internal messaging system, contained within their personal course study account, and this acts as an instant messaging system. This isn’t an automated bot system – there is always a real person available to respond to messages with the relevant, detailed information which is required.

This personal touch is also replicated with the lesson plan feedback from your online tutor, you will receive after submitting each of the lesson plans that are mandatory assignments within the course.

5. All three of our award-winning courses come with complimentary (24/7) online tutor support.

Not all Online TEFL/TESOL certification course programs include the online tutor feature, and those which do tend to charge extra for this service.

When you enroll in any one of our award-winning international TEFL/TESOL certification courses, you will gain automatic access to a personal online tutor, who will be there to answer any questions that you might have.

tefl online pro personal tutor services are available 24/7 – excluding Sundays and bank holidays.

Hey, we have to rest sometimes! 🙂

6. All three of our award-winning courses have been designed by experts in their fields.

tefl online pro run three internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL certification courses:

60-Hour Fast-Track

120-Hour Professional

140-Hour Hybrid

All three courses have been designed by respected academics within the international TEFL/TESOL community. In addition, the minimum qualification required to become a tefl online pro online tutor is a Master’s degree in Education.

7. All three of our award-winning, user-friendly courses are fully responsive – study on a laptop, phone, or tablet.

Some Online TEFL/TESOL program platforms were designed over ten years ago, and in light of today’s technology are considered to be dinosaurs. This is especially an issue if you are on the go and want to complete your course on your tablet or phone.

The tefl online pro website and course study areas for all three courses are fully responsive – meaning that it is as convenient to study your course on a tablet or phone, as it is on a laptop or home computer.

This is a really important feature because we have read in some online TEFL/TESOL forums of students from other programs not being able to properly read course materials because the course has not been designed for anything other than laptop functionality.

8. There are no hidden fees – the advertised course fee is the only payment that you will be requested to make.

You see a great course price, you purchase the course, you work your way though the course. And then, at the end, when everything is complete, you receive a nasty surprise – your school issues you with a $100 – $200 invoice for the certification processing fee.

Unfortunately, this is common practice among some of the other well-known Online TEFL/TESOL certification course providers – it is a nickel and dime/ switch and bait tactic at the end, when you are placed in a corner and when most people just pay the fee so they can receive their certification.

We don’t do this.

If, as an example, you enroll in the tefl online pro 120-Hour Professional international TEFL/TESOL certification course and you have been quoted a full course fee of US$299, this is the only payment that you will need to make.

You will never be asked to make any further payments. Period.

We don’t charge hidden fees. What you see, is what you get.

9. All of our customers receive an Official Letter of Recommendation upon course completion.

When you have completed your course studies, we issue you with an Official Letter of Recommendation that really makes a difference in job interviews.

To date, we have a 100% success rate in helping our course graduates find teaching work – overseas, or online – and the recommendation letter definitely contributes to this very impressive statistic.

At any time during your teaching English career, if a school employer requests further recommendations then we provide these and make you out to be a superhuman English teacher. Well, after taking one of our TEFL/TESOL courses, you will be a superhuman English teacher 🙂

10. We issue course certificates within a couple of days of course completion.

We often read online how graduates of some other Online TEFL courses have had to wait weeks, even months, for their international TEFL/TESOL certificate to finally make an appearance.

This, in our opinion, is bad style and very poor customer service.

If you completed your course say on a Wednesday, we would ensure that your Official Letter of Recommendation and international TEFL/TESOL certificate are issued to you by the Friday of that same week.

11. Graduates of the program enjoy lifetime access to the tefl online pro International Job Guidance Team.

What is the main reason why people take international TEFL/TESOL certification courses?

It’s to get a teaching job afterwards!

All tefl online pro graduates receive automatic access to the tefl online pro International Job Guidance Team a couple of days after course completion, and with our vast knowledge and experience, we are here to guide you through the TEFL jobs minefield.

Oh, and we also help our graduates with polishing up their resumes/CV’s, so that you have a tailored resume/CV for the teaching English school you are applying to – for either teaching English online, or teaching English overseas.

12. The certification awarded is equivalent to the CELTA/Level 5 TEFL/TESOL qualification. The certification awarded is internationally recognized – our graduates teach English worldwide.

Both the 120-Hour Professional, and 140-Hour Hybrid courses are CELTA/Level5 equivalent qualifications; meaning that you can use your certification from tefl online pro worldwide, and for teaching English positions online too.

Our graduates teach pretty much everywhere where it is possible to teach English and we want to be a part of that journey with you too!

I hope that you enjoyed these 12 reasons for choosing tefl online pro!

If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to contact us.

Sarah Pearson
Travel Advisor
info@teflonlinepro.com
https://teflonlinepro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/
Teachers' Choice Award winner, 2019 | 2020

teflonlinepro.com – International TEFL TESOL Online and Combined Certification Courses with Lifetime Job Support.


ESLinsider TEFL Online Pro reviews scam.
TEFL/TESOL Scams

ESLinsider reviews and tefl online pro reviews online defamation.

ESLinsider reviews and tefl online pro reviews online defamation.

The following article highlights for our readers one of the dark underbellies of the Online TEFL/TESOL industry – online defamation. It specifically exposes one such specific example, regarding ESLinsider, and also looks at how we recommend you respond to online defamation should you also become a victim of this spineless (often anonymous) crime.

For any of you unaware of the meaning of ‘defamation’, it is when knowingly false material is published online and with the intent to harm someone’s reputation.

If you have stumbled upon this article, you might have arrived here by typing ‘TEFL Online Pro reviews’ into a search engine.

Listed in that search will be examples of verified customer reviews of the tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL certification program, such as:

Verified customer reviews on our company Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/

Verified customer reviews on Trusted TEFL Reviews – the independently-run Online TEFL/TESOL reviews website:

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2020/

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2019/

But among the genuine tefl online pro customer reviews, you will also see links claiming that tefl online pro is a scam, untrustworthy, a fraud – none of which have been written by anyone who has taken one of our courses.

Ian Leahy is the one-man-show owner of ESLinsider.

It was soon after when tefl online pro won the Teachers’ Choice Award, 2019, when we first noticed the Reddit and forum posts appearing – attacking tefl online pro with conspiracy theory slings of mud. At first, we didn’t really take much notice of them – they were so ridiculous that we brushed them off as prank posts.

But the false accusations grew over time and it has only recently been the case that we have been able to identify exactly who is behind the publication of this online abuse.

It is actually two schools – two of our Online TEFL/TESOL program competitors.

The first is MyTEFL.

We were not so shocked that the MyTEFL name was brought up, because they are notorious for creating attack (WordPress) websites on their competition. As an example, MyTEFL created an attack website on ESLinsider/Ian Leahy (whose YouTube channel mugshot features above) and we think that this is pretty low behavior from MyTEFL.

It was, therefore, a huge surprise to us that Ian Leahy began mimicking that low with his own defamation campaign against tefl online pro – attacks on Reddit, and attacks via his Online TEFL/TESOL school blog. And now (updated: 3rd September, 2020) with attacks via his YouTube channel.

The ESLinsider Online TEFL/TESOL program (shared apartment) Head Office – Fukuoka, Japan.

At first, we were dumbfounded as to why Ian Leahy would spend so much of his personal time focussed on trying to bring down a competitor. But then, we had a read of his Online TEFL/TESOL school blog – located on his official school website pages – and we plainly saw that Ian is a serial defamer. Pick any Online TEFL/TESOL certification course and Ian will have written some sort of trash about it online.

Why does he do this? What’s in it for him? Why waste the time on this unprofessional path?

Ian Leahy targets his competitors, because when he does so a post linking back to his school shows up in the Google results. Let’s take tefl online pro as this example. If you Google ‘TEFL Online Pro Reviews’ you see that Ian’s (ESLinsider) attack post is one of the first results for this Google search. This is because he has spent over two weeks now linking the article to other articles and posts that he has written on the internet. Ian is hoping that anyone who searches for tefl online pro reviews will click on his post, be directed to his school website (where the article is published) and then become convinced to take his course, instead of the tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL certification course.

However, it looks as though people are becoming wise to this scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel tactic as is demonstrated in a recent ESLinsider customer review:

ESLinsider Online TEFL/TESOL course review – July 2020

Ian Leahy doesn’t just contain his defamation to website posts and articles published on his own school website though – he also spams his own YouTube channel with his relentless conspiracy theories.

According to Ian Leahy, tefl online pro is ‘FAKE’!

Published on 12th July, 2020, this video is like watching one of Ian’s greatest hits – with tefl online pro being his latest fixation.

It was because Ian obviously thinks that he can get away with online defamation with impunity – spreading false allegations in the hope of winning new customers for his own program – that we decided that enough was enough.

We began by issuing a Cease and Desist formal notice to Ian, via our company email address and a copy of this was published as a private message to Ian, on his YouTube channel. When Ian responded as though he could write whatever he wanted to, without consequences, we contacted YouTube and requested that the video be blocked in Japan – Ian’s current home country.

As you can see from the email screenshot above, YouTube also have a zero tolerance policy regarding Ian Leahy’s online defamation.

We feel that it needs to be pointed out here that Ian Leahy has been accused of faking ESLinsider customer reviews. We can’t comment on this accusation, because we don’t have any proof of this. Besides, we are far too busy – focussed on our customers – to even consider spending time investigating whether this accusation is true or not. What is clear though, is that Ian prefers to have full total control over his customer reviews and that the largest source for ESLinsider reviews are on the ESLinsider school website, where every customer but one has left a 5-star review of his program – which doesn’t seem fishy at all, right?

The only other “reviews” that we found of the ESLinsider Online TEFL/TESOL program are a few Quora posts, all claiming that ‘ESLinsider is legit’ and all (recently) written within days of each other. We searched for the ESLinsider Facebook page – an excellent source of verified customer reviews – but couldn’t locate a page for ESLinsider. On Trusted TEFL Reviews, ESLinsider just have the one (2-star) customer review.

ESLinsider.com fake 5-star reviews.
The chief source of ESLinsider reviews is on the ESLinsider school website.

So, what should you do if you find yourself a victim of online defamation?

If the information being spread is false, and if you know who is spreading the untrue rumour(s) then call the person/people out. It might not prevent them from continuing on their sick campaign, but it will let other people be made aware of the larger picture.

And if you do have access to a company lawyer, as we do, then we advise taking the legal route. It might seem expensive at first, and it might take some time to receive closure, but when that closure comes it will be worth it – both in terms of protecting your company name, and making the person/people think twice about doing the same thing to other people in future.

Despite the actions of MYTEFL and ESLinsider, we wish both companies all the best.

Thank you for reading this ESLinsider reviews and tefl online pro reviews online defamation article.

If you would like to read more about tefl online pro reviews, and what our customers are saying about us, please feel free to read our recently published tefl-online-pro-reviews article on Verified TESOL Course testimonials.

If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to contact us.

Paul Murphy
Operations Manager
info@teflonlinepro.com
https://teflonlinepro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/
Teachers' Choice Award winner, 2019 | 2020
teflonlinepro.com Home Page screenshot.
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Verified TESOL Course Testimonials.

Verified TESOL Course testimonials. This article looks at where our customer reviews are predominantly published, and the red-flag Online TEFL/TESOL review tactics of some of our competitors that should be taken with a generous pinch of salt.

To begin this article, it should be made clear that we welcome both positive and negative feedback of our services. Of course, it would be great if every review that we received was a five-star review. But life doesn’t work that way. You can’t please all of the customers, all of the time. And actually, a negative review is often a positive for us – negative reviews can possibly indicate to us where there is further room for improvement, so that we can develop as a company and develop in the delivery of our customer services.

We will start, with the review websites that we recognize as being trusted sources of TEFL/TESOL student and graduate feedback.

Facebook is an excellent platform, where potential customers can read verified reviews of TEFL Online Pro students and graduates.

One of the major benefits of Facebook reviews, is that you can read a review and then check the poster’s Facebook profile; seeing whether the reviewer has a Facebook history and, therefore, if it is a legitimate review. This is arguably the best medium with which to tell if a reviewer is a real person, who has actually taken a tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL certification course.

Some examples of recent verified reviews posted on our company Facebook page, by students and graduates of the tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL certification course program:

Verified tefl online pro reviews over on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/

Trusted TEFL Reviews is a similarly excellent source of verified reviews of tefl online pro students and graduates.

According to Trusted TEFL Reviews, the owners of the website are a group of English teachers (based in Vienna, Europe) who set up the website in order to clean up the Online TEFL/TESOL reviews industry. It is a non profit website, so this avoids the grey area corruption that is prevalent in some of the other major Online TEFL/TESOL review websites.

Students and graduates of the tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL certification program, who have left reviews on Trusted TEFL Reviews, have reported back to us that in order for their review to be published they had to prove course attendance – submitting a copy of their international TEFL/TESOL certificate.

Trusted TEFL Reviews also allows Online TEFL/TESOL schools to respond to reviews.

Verified tefl online pro reviews over on Trusted TEFL Reviews:

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2020/

https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2019/

We also list some of the more recent tefl online pro reviews, published on Trusted TEFL Reviews, in the ‘TEFL Online Pro Reviews’ section of this website:

https://tefl-online-pro-reviews.com/verified-tefl-tesol-customer-course-reviews/

And now, we need to take a look at the dark underbelly of Online TEFL/TESOL reviews.

There are two main ways in which some Online TEFL/TESOL companies manipulate their company reviews, in order to present a far rosier picture than what is true in reality.

The first way in which some companies artificially increase their review ratings, is by writing the reviews themselves and publishing them on websites that lack a verified review process. Another option for these unscrupulous companies, is to pay people (people who most likely haven’t taken one of their courses) to write reviews for them. One way of telling if a company is involved in this tactic is if they receive a bunch of reviews all at the same time – such as ten in one day.

The second way is affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is a form of fake reviews corruption, and it is a big problem within the Online TEFL/TESOL industry. Some of the more popular Online TEFL/TESOL reviews websites work on this principle. They encourage Online TEFL/TESOL schools to add a listing on their website, and they then receive an affiliates fee when a sale has been made. The issue with these types of review websites is that they often delete negative reviews, because it is bad business for their affiliate marketing model.

Affiliate marketing is also prevalent among bloggers who finance their world travels by claiming that such and such a course was AMAZING, and then they cream off the affiliate income when new customers use their coupon code when purchasing a course. It just isn’t possible to be objective about a product when the incentive for a blogger is to market it for their own financial gain.

So next time you read what appears to be a five-star review, shouting the praises of an Online TEFL/TESOL certification program, try checking to see whether there is an ulterior motive hidden behind the seemingly innocent review.

One thing that you can be certain of is that all tefl online pro reviews, published on Facebook and Trusted TEFL Reviews, have been written by actual students and graduates of the tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL certification program.

We never waste our time trying to plant student and graduate reviews on unverified review websites, and we make it a principle not to add our school listing to review website that work on the affiliate marketing business model.

We hope that you enjoyed this Verified TESOL Course Testimonials article!

If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to contact us.

Paul Murphy
Operations Manager
info@teflonlinepro.com
https://teflonlinepro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/
Teachers' Choice Award winner, 2019 | 2020

teflonlinepro.com – International TEFL TESOL Online and Combined Certification Courses with Lifetime Job Support.


Flying overseas for a teaching English abroad job.
TEFL/TESOL Travel

7 TEFL/TESOL essential tips for flying overseas.

The following article contains 7 TEFL/TESOL essential tips for flying overseas. These tips will help make your journey run smoother – whether you are making the trip abroad for a teaching English position, or just for a getaway break.

  1. Buy health and travel insurance before you set off.

This should really be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised by just how many people head off abroad without comprehensive health and travel insurance. Some banks offer insurance when you take out a bank card with them, so this might also be worth checking out.

Due to the current complications within the airline industry, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly recommend buying travel insurance that covers cancelled flights. If you take a look at https://www.airlinequality.com, you can read the many angry complaints from customers who have had their flights cancelled last minute. A significant number of flyers have complained about not being able to get through to an airline’s customer support, complained about being offered vouchers instead of a cash refund, and complained that their flight was cancelled a few days before their scheduled date of departure. A good travel insurance policy should cover you if you find yourself in a similar situation.

The best seats on an aeroplane.
2. Do something nice for your future self and choose a great seat.

When you have paid for your flight, you are then usually directed to choose your seat.

We recommend checking which type of plane you will be flying on, and then going to https://www.seatguru.com to take a look at which seats are recommended for your flight – and which seats are best avoided. As a general rule, the most uncomfortable seats on a plane are the ones located next to the toilets, middle seats, and the seats in the last row of the aircraft.

A lot of people prefer being located over the wing as this makes for a smoother ride. Sitting at the back of the plane will mean experiencing more turbulence. However, in the (extremely unlikely) event of an unplanned landing at high speed, the back of the plane is statistically where you will have the greater chance of surviving.

3. Prepare yourself for the highly improbable.

According to 2015 statistics from The Economist, the probability of your plane going down is around one in 5.4 million. In fact, air travel is (by far) the safest form of transport around. It is, however, prudent (and polite) to pay attention to the pre-flight safety demonstration. And it is also wise to take a read through the aircraft safety card.

When a plane disaster does happen, it is the passengers who paid attention to the safety instructions that are more likely to survive. Examples of completely avoidable deaths when a plane did run into problems were passengers inflating their life vests inside of the plane, and passengers who couldn’t work out how to unbuckle the seat belt – both examples having been explained in the pre-flight safety instructions.

Another good tip regarding safety on board, is to count the rows of seats from the nearest exit as you make your way up the aeroplane aisle. This way, you will be able to make your way safely out of the plane in that rare event of a total blackout on board.

And lastly, until it won’t be necessary anymore, please wear a face mask on board your flight. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. Yes, it makes you feel hot during the flight. But, you will be protecting yourself and the passengers/flight attendants around you.

4. Don’t get juiced up on alcoholic drinks.

Because a lot of people are nervous flyers, they tend to rely on alcohol to calm themselves when flying.

If you do need to drink, we recommend just having the one. Well, perhaps two is also fine 🙂 One thing you really don’t want to do though is to drink more than two, because then you will arrive at your destination feeling pretty dreadful.

There is a saying that ‘one drink in the air is two on the ground’ – meaning that you’ll experience an alcohol double-whammy when you have a drink on the plane. Flying at high altitudes also dehydrates the body, so alcohol is really best avoided completely.

Our advise for any nervous flyers out there, is to contact your doctor and ask them for a one-time prescription of valium. Taking one valium tablet before your light will help with the flying nerves and you won’t feel so terrible when you have arrived at your destination.

But, never mix the medication with alcohol!

5. Be nice to the flight attendants.

A lot of people seem to quite naturally assume that flight attendants live the glamorous life of international travel, 5-star hotels, and high salaries.

The reality, however, is that the job of a flight attendant is more often than not excessively demanding. The salaries are relatively low, there is often very little time for sleep once the plane has landed and a long journey home has been spent pondering a next-day early morning departure, and some flyers can be less than pleasant. On top of all this, flight attendants are expected to look their best at all times on board, and are expected to be alert and approachable throughout the flight.

When you first board your plane, we recommend giving the flight attendants a friendly smile and saying ‘hello’ to them. Continue this respectful behaviour on board and you will find that they will be much more ready to help you out with any questions or requests that you might have during the flight. And besides, it feels good to make someone else feel good too 🙂

6. Mid-flight theft is a thing.

A lot of people board the plane, place their belongings in the overhead compartment (the bag or case which was too valuable to place in the hold) and then promptly forget about it until the plane arrives at their destination.

In an ideal world, this is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

Unfortunately, this isn’t an ideal world.

Some individuals take flights for the specific purpose of stealing valuables from unsuspecting travellers.

Our advice, is to keep your money and passport stashed inside a money belt – concealed under your clothing. If your carry-on luggage isn’t too cumbersome then store it under the seat in front of you. If it has zippers, consider buying a combination lock so that you can sleep with the knowledge that no stray hands will be able to open it while you are sleeping to the white noise of the plane’s engines.

If you have to place your carry-on in the overhead lockers, make sure that you are aware of exactly where it is – flight attendants sometimes move overhead cabin luggage before takeoff, in order to better organise space.

Either way, don’t assume that all of your fellow passengers are making the journey with you purely for transport reasons.

7. Fill out the arrivals card before your plane lands.

Towards the end of long-haul flights, it is often the case that you will be given an arrivals card to complete before you can pass though immigration.

Towards the end of long-haul flights, people are often tired and put off completing the card until they have reached passport control. This is when they realise that they don’t have a pen, there isn’t a pen in sight, and they probably don’t have their flight ticket stub either and so can’t remember their flight number.

To avoid this unnecessary stress, we recommend completing the arrivals card while you are still on the plane. If you don’t have a pen, you can always ask the flight attendant whom you have been polite to throughout the flight and they will likely find a pen for you.

With your arrivals card complete, you can safely stash your passport back under your clothes and walk off the plane prepared to join the immigration queue – all your documents at the ready.

Bon voyage! 🙂

I hope that you enjoyed these 7 TEFL/TESOL essential tips for flying overseas!

If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to contact us.

Sarah Pearson
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As an English speaker, born into one of the de facto native English nations (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America) there are very few barriers for you to freely teaching English around the planet, in the global locations where English tuition is sought after in high demand – which is pretty much anywhere in the world, with the exception of Antarctica.

But let’s all leave the Earth’s southernmost continent alone, even if a burgeoning TEFL industry were to be one day considered there too.

Such is the international demand for learning the English language, that non-native English speakers also experience little difficulty in securing English teaching positions overseas – as long as their English language level is at C1 or C2 semi-fluency/fluency level.

Of course, the native English speakers will have the pick of the jobs first, but there are so many opportunities that our non-native English speaking graduates also successfully interview for teaching English jobs worldwide.

Many people choose to teach English overseas as a Gap year, some choose it as a way of taking a few years “off” while they go explore the world, and there is a growing trend for Baby boomers, and people born into the Silent Generation and Generation X, to use their TEFL/TESOL credentials in order to be able to live overseas; often teaching under tamarind-tree shaded sunlight and spending a portion of their disposable income on coconut oil massages and coconut water health drinks.

And then, of course, there are the migrating humans, that spend the summer months back home and who then fly to a much warmer part of the world to teach English when the first flakes of winter snow arrive.

It isn’t all champagne and caviar though.

Teaching English can be an incredibly demanding job.

Students often have the superpower of zapping energy from you like crystalline Kryptonite. Your days might be long. You might nurture dark thoughts towards particular students, and one or two will inevitably be mirroring your exact same excursions of the mind.

But, overall, you will – in the vast majority of cases – complete that class semester that occasionally drove you nuts, and you will miss those moments in your life when you found yourself reaching out to other human beings and sharing your knowledge; to people whose future quality of life, very likely, partly depended on their attendance at your English classes.

So yes, as with any job there are pros and cons.

But regarding teaching English, who else do you know who can honestly state that they work a 4-day week and are then able to spend a long weekend off on an exotic island, such as (for example) Koh Rong in southern Cambodia?

If you are reading this and suddenly feel that ‘itchy feet’ syndrome of wanting to get the hell out of where you are living and traveling the world, you can! 🙂

Or, if you would like to stay put for a while and earn money teaching English online, we have now also become experts in the field of helping to connect tefl online pro graduates with high-paying online teaching employment, through our meticulous researching of online language schools.

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No matter where you decide to teach English, you can be rest assured that you will always be guaranteed to earn an above average local salary.

In life, everything tends to be relative.

Please allow us to use the Big Mac Index as a variable of this relativity, to compare two teaching English locations: Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

In Switzerland, you can earn between US$30 to US$60 per hour teaching English. The average price of a Big Mac in Switzerland, according to the 2020 Big Mac Index, is US$6.71.

In the Czech Republic (Czechia) most teachers start off on a US$15 to US$20 hourly rate, although some diligent teachers, who hit the ground running at Vaclav Havel International Airport, have been known to earn up to US$50 per hour. But in realistic terms, starting out as an English teacher in the Czech Republic, the US$15 to US$20 hourly rate is a more helpful indicator for you. The average price of a Big Mac in the Czech Republic, according to the 2020 Big Mac Index, is US$3.76.

At this stage of the article, we want to sincerely apologize to our vegan and vegetarian customers and graduates. We decided to us the Big Mac Index simply because it’s just so useful in the measurement of purchasing power parity.

Explained in basic economics, if you choose to teach English in an expensive country, you will earn a higher salary and incur higher daily costs. If, however, you choose to teach English in an inexpensive country, you will earn a lower salary and incur lower daily costs.

We have tefl online pro graduates, for example, teaching English in Prague. They tend to work the same amount of hours per month. Most of them get by on a hedonistic lifestyle that some Czechs could only dream of aspiring. These teachers tend to spend their disposable income on lots of “me time” 🙂 And why not? It’s an amazing city and there are lots of bars, restaurants, theatre performances, etc., to spend money on. Some teachers, however, are much more prudent with their salaries and use their saved income to travel to warmer destinations in the winter holidays and for backpacking adventures in the long summer holiday months. And some teachers religiously save whatever they earn, to help pay off their student loan, and to have money in the bank when they either return back home or head off on their next teaching English abroad adventure.

The alternative, of course, is to teach English (from home) online. Hourly wages vary tremendously, but tefl online pro has an excellent network of online language schools that pay between US$20 and US$35 per hour. Not so bad, considering you save money on transport and time and you have that precious, sought after, ideal lifestyle of making money online.

So wherever (or however) you choose to teach English, your ability to save money won’t necessarily depend on how much you earn. We have examples of tefl online pro graduates who have gone off to South Korea to teach, and who have then returned home and been able to afford to put down a deposit on a mortgage. We also have graduates who choose not to save at all. And then there are the graduates that combine the two, by leading an active social life and still managing to put aside a sizable chunk of their earnings each month.

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Jim Morrison, the iconic American Rock singer, wrote in the song, ‘The Soft Parade’ (whilst his insatiable libido presumably partook in a temporary sabbatical) that, “There’s only four ways to get unraveled. One is to sleep and the other is travel…”.

There can be no doubt that travel broadens the mind. Travel opens doors, removes window blinds, and allows you a glimpse of how other people lead their lives in different parts of the world.

And when you do have the opportunity to travel, which, btw, is only a recent phenomenon that our generation is the lucky lottery winner beneficiary of, you begin to understand that all of us share the same concerns, the same anxieties, the same needs, the same (or at least similar) dreams and hopes.

Unless you are a member of the One Percent club reading this, that owns and controls 34.4% of all net worth in the United States, you will be surprised at just how many things you have in common with people that you meet with around the world.

And teaching English is an incredible eye opener in terms of meeting students from all walks of life, and sharing your life experiences together.

We want to share with you five tips for traveling that have evolved for us over the years, when it comes to improving your quality of travel experience.

  1. Pack light. Unless you are on an expedition to climb the peak of Mount Everest, you really don’t need to take that 100 liter backpack. I always travel with a 30 Liter backpack. It has side pockets, zippy things that you can zip or click things onto, and, most importantly, I don’t need to leave it in a coach hold and hope it’s there when I reach my destination. Plus, of course, it’s light. Try and find one with a rain sheet attached because then you have an added layer of security from unwanted thieves, by stretching it over your pack and hiding the entry points of your backpack.
  2. Sign up with an Air Miles club. It’s unlikely that you will only take one flight in your life and when you rack up a significant number of air miles, you can then upgrade for that Business Class seat that you sometimes casually ask for an upgrade to in the Economy passenger line, but are inevitably always denied.
  3. Go with your gut. My experience of travel is that most people are decent, hard-working folk. But there are a few bad apples out there. The eyes, whether kind-looking or hateful, usually give a person’s personality and intentions away. Never accept gifts from strangers (drinks, food, etc.) and if you do find yourself in a situation where your gut instinct is telling you to get the hell out of there, get the hell out of there.
  4. Respect the local culture and familiarize yourself with local laws. In Thailand, for example, it’s the height of bad manners to touch people on the head. It’s also a faux pas to point your feet in another person’s direction. And if you find yourself at the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party and a stranger comes up to you with an offer of a substance which is now legal throughout Canada, don’t accept it. Before you head off to your chosen destination, please watch the National Geographic Video, ‘Locked Up Abroad‘ season. In the UK, they call it, ‘Banged Up Abroad’.
  5. Enjoy! Enjoy the different aromas, cuisines, cultures, people. Be open to new (good-gut-feeling) experiences. It’s your world too, so go explore it!

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