I've just started researching TEFL, I've long harboured a desire to do something meaningful abroad, and am just finishing a bond with my work, so at 26 it seems like the right time. Having travelled round Thailand and loved it I'm keen to teach there or Vietnam - I believe the pay is better in Vietnam? I have a masters degree so should meet all eligibility requirements.
I definitely want to do a full 120 hours with teaching practice so I can do my students justice, and to ensure I am confident when I go into the classroom. However, from what I've read I get the impression for my first entry into TEFL, not knowing if I will make a career of it, CELTA could be over the top, do you agree? So I'm looking at non-CELTA TEFL courses that I believe will be a bit less intense but still prepare me and be sufficient to find work?
I've seen a few courses in Phuket and wondered if anyone has views on them. The three I'm looking at are tefl phuket
) tefl plus
http://www.teflplus.com/index.html and EBC http://www.ebc-tefl-course.com/default.htm
Does anyone have any views on any of these? EBC looks most professional (and is accredited by an organisation I know in the UK), but I've read some good reviews of TEFL Phuket.
If I study in thailand is the course likely to be able to help fine me work in Vietnam? I tend to prefer the training location in Thailand - don't fancy Ho Chih Minh, I'm kind of done with big cities after London. So I'd rather study in Thailand, then try and find work in Hanoi or Denang, is this realistic? The alternative is Bridge TEFl
who do a combined Cambodia/Vietnam course, any views on them?
Thanks loads in advance for your help,