We love hearing success stories! Here are just a few!
Wow what a ride, from
rundown and unhappy to excited and inspired and thatís
not to mention Rebecca and our kids. As a 34 year old qualified
my career prospects in Australia were set stone, now I find myself
endless opportunities and options. Taking the GTC course and posting a
letter are among the best choices I have made in my life. In the first
hours our family had received 176 responses/offers to the posting, a
overwhelming number. We can pick and choose from a number of locations
Asia, W&E Europe and S America. Itís a great feeling to know my future
secure thank you.
I am currently negotiating
with 2 locations; Chongqing and Zibo in China
both will give a fantastic cultural adventure as well as lucrative
incentive. A start date will be 18/02/04 Iíll let you know where we
The fantastic support and
support network for TESOL makes it an ideal career
move for almost anyone. I have already and will continue to recommend
course to all those willing and able to teach English while seeking
own cultural experience and all travel inclusive adventure.
Once again thank you for
your support and inspiration, we will be in touch
regularly with updates of our adventure of a lifetime and new
On behalf of The Houston
(Brisbane, September 2003.)
How are you?
I just signed a contract to teach in Kaohsiung Taiwan. Kaohsiung is
Taiwan's second largest city, located in the south of the country. I
will be teaching primary school kids. In the process I have knocked
offers from China and one from Poland. I can't get over it, I am now
knocking back job offers, something unthinkable less than two months
ago, before I started the course.
I just booked my flight in Garden City today with Thai International,
well as applying for my tourist visa.
I will be arriving in Kaohsiung Taiwan on Tuesday the 12th August at
2:50pm from Bangkok. I will be catching a Sydney to Bangkok flight on
the 11th at 9:20pm. I will have a 4 hour transit in Bangkok.
Thanks for the course, This has really changed my life for the better,
in that now I can get employment from which I can plan a future.
What can I say? Five weeks
after completing your course I'm off to teach in
Taiwan! The course was the most fun I've had learning in a long time
that's probably why all the material stuck in my mind like glue. I
my teaching friends that this is the fun version of teaching though
own overcast eyes seemed to doubt my words of salvation. Perhaps a few
heed my call!
It's great having the little network with fellow participants too!
so many fun loving open minded people who seem to gravitate towards
So thank you Marie for the wonderful course and your on going support.
Thor Wallbridge (August 2003 Brisbane)
JUST A QUICK NOTE TO THANK GLOBAL TESOL FOR SUCH A GREAT COURSE. AS
YOU KNOW, I GRADUATED ON 31ST AUGUST AND NOW, JUST OVER TWO WEEKS
LATER I AM ON MY WAY TO ANHUI IN CHINA TO TEACH BOTH ADULTS AND
CHILDREN AT ENGLISH FIRST LANGUAGE COLLEGE! THEY HAVE EVEN PAID FOR MY
AIRFARES, AND WILL REIMBURSE MY VISA COSTS.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?! I WASN'T REALLY SURE IF I COULD FIND WORK AT
ALL BUT IN THE FIRST 2-3 DAYS I WAS OFFERED ABOUT 80 POSITIONS. IN THE
END, IT WAS A HARD DECISION WHICH JOB TO ACCEPT. CRAZY!!!
WELL, WISH ME LUCK AND THANK YOU ALL FOR MY NEW LIFE.
MICHELLE(August 2003 Brisbane)
Very good news my
pal,thoroughly deserved. Will pass on the information to Scott.I am
very sorry that we have temporarily lost the opportunity to have a few
beers with you but that will happen further down the line. I am now in
my third week as a visiting lecturer at SRIPATUM University and will
take up my permanent appointment at the Secondary school in BKK on the
first of October. Contract for 16 months and salary 39000 baht per
month. This means that we are both doing pretty good my boy. Keep in
touch,regards Wil Greaves.(May 2003 Brisbane)
This is a greeting from China, - yes - since Wednesday I am here in
a town belonging to Dong Guan, about 80 km North of GuangZhou.
I scored a nice small private school with students at the age of
and 18 years. The class sizes are small too only anything between 6
students. This is a very nice and caring environment for the students,
which are most kids of taiwanese parents working here in China. It is
almost like a biiiig family here.
I got to live in a two bedroom apartment and get 3 meals a day for
well, teach only 20 lessons a week with anything above being paid at
$16 extra p/hr.
From what I hear so from others, this is a really good score guys as
is also above average - RMB 6000 a month.
I will be in touch with you soon again and letting you know how
is progressing here, ok!
Norbert (May 2003 Brisbane)
I just thought I would
e-mail you a message.
I advertised my services via Dave's Cafe for a job in Asia and I had
replies!! (from Japan, Korea Taiwan and China) and 10 firm offers.
It was confirmation of what you were telling us on the Course on just
demand native speakers of English are (despite my age ).
I will be starting at a school in China on 20.9.03 and I am very
Again, many thanks for your genuine and kind support during and after
Course at Robina and I will keep in touch with you in the future.
All the Best,
Chris Trueman (August 2003 Gold Coast)
I am stoked. I was about to accept the the 3000 Yuan offer and just
thought in passing, "I wonder if I should run the contract by Marie."
After you told me to ask for 4500 I felt adventurous
and asked for 5000. They accepted all my revisions with the exception
of the starting date. But I'm happy to wait another month. I'm now
going to leave Feb. 25th which gives me more time to save and get all
my stuff organised.
Thanks very much for your
Hi there all
Just a quick note to let you now that we have both started teaching in
Guangdong at the "Guangdong Country Gardens School"
Everything turned out well as you all advised us in the course,
arrived on the 1st September and started teaching lst week. Less than
a month after doing the Global Course.... Went for our medical on
Friday all went OK as well.
Chris is teaching Primary, Grade 4 & Grade 6 and I am teaching Middle
School, Grade 1 & 2.
More advice for prospective teachers...... Once you have done the
course everything will move very quickly if you want it to and
smoothly, you won't have time to scratch yourselves.
PS Do you know of any good sites for teaching Linguistics for
Cheers , take care and will e-mail again soon
Pete (August 2003 Gold Coast)
Hey everyone! sorry for the pathetic joint e-mail but seriously no
time for in depth e-mail's at this stage - there is far too much for
me to be out exploring and discovering! finally found the e-mail this
morning with the help of my neighbour Tim. He will indeed come in
handy for finding things! but I am on my own for the rest of the day
before I start class at 5pm. Nice and easy day today! :)
Matsumoto is such a gorgeous city - alpine mountains either side and
so so so clean compared to china. and far fewer people - almost feels
like I have the place to myself sometimes. My apartment is great - so
much bigger than I expected. and I am certainly living in the land of
gadgets! My toilet seat can be plugged in in winter so it is nice and
warm for me :) a cold toilet seat is awful in the freezing temps of
winter - but not for me this year!
the school is great - heaps of resources which will make classes so
much easier to prep for and teach. students are much more reserved it
seems, and a little less inquisitive than the chinese. Once I get
through My first week which I have basically been thrown into with no
idea on what the students can and can:t do, I think it will be heaps
of fun. I have to start driving myself around next week though which
could be a tad scary.
And yes, I have done the Japanese food thing - mmm... raw fish.
doesn't:t taste bad or good really. wicked texture though! can:t say
it is something I am going to wake up craving but won:t turn My nose
up at it either.
anyway, I need to get out and about before I head off to school. will
write again to you all on a more personal note when I have more time.
luv Trudi (January 2003 Brisbane FOUNDATION Course)
>Just touching base to get you up to date with what has been
>After all My (between 70 - 80) job offers I have finally decided to
>It is a Canadian Company contracted to supply teacher to 34
>and primary schools in Guangzhou
>It happened so quickly. Aaron - the human resource manager phoned me
>Wednesday morning and interviewed me for one hour and at the end of
>interview he offered me the job. The contract arrived Thursday
>which I promptly singed and faxed back. I booked My airfare and visa
>I am really happy with the position - I will be teaching children
>was always My first choice) and will be paid 8000 RMB plus all the
>I can always teach business English next year and perhaps tutor as
>For now I am happy with the position I have - abd it is so close to
>Kong, I can see me spending a few weeks end in Hong Kong.
>The human resource manager, Aaron also want to discuss a managerial
>position with me on arrival, so that should be interesting.
>Trudee and John Hunter have been employed by the same company and we
>be travelling together on the 15 August 2003.
>I am ready now, I have packed, send away For My visa, bought My
>flying Vietnam airlines via Saigon with a stop over in Saigon For $
>very good special deal and we will fly directly into Guangzhou in
>going via Hong Kong.
>I borrow a book from the library - Lonely Planet - Hong Kong, Masca &
>Guangzhou, an depend the week end reading and familiarizing myself
>I also borrowed a audio set "Learn Mandarine in three month" - well I
>not that optimistic, but hopefully I will be able to learn a few
>before I leave.
>These last couple of month - since 19 April has certainly been
>am very happy with My decision and am so looking forward to My new
>The company is also giving me a holiday within China in the school
>holidays. The first trip I believe is to Beijing, so I have emailed
>and can hopefully catch up with him at that time.
> Hi Marie, I hope you are having a good day.
> Just writing to let you know that I have secured a
>job in Khon Kaen in The north east of Thailand. I'm
>flying out on Monday. It was a little bit of a
>surprise For me to get it because I hadn't really done
>anything apart from getting My passport organised
>since The course and then one day I thought I might
>kick myself in The pants to actually do something. I
>spent about a day working on My letter of introduction
>to put on Dave's ESL website and I am glad that I did
>because after only 4 hours of posting it I had a reply
>from The Principle of a private school in Thailand.
>Since then we have exchanged many e-mail's and I have
>had calls from The Principle and English Director from
>The school. The school itself is small , only 250
>students, from kindergarten to grade 6. They have told
>me that The kg that I will be teaching in there are 40
>students, split into 3 groups, within The groups
>there are one foreign teacher and one Thai teacher For
>each group. So far they have welcomed me already
>with open arms into The school, For them it is like
>one big family. Would you be able to pass on My
>thanks to Karyn and also Jacquie For a wonderful
>course that will help me in My new career. I'd also
>like to thank you also very much For helping me. I
>had a lot of fun and I have learnt a lot also. Thank you
>once again, I'll keep in touch and hopefully send you
>some pictures in The near future.
successful April 2003 Graduate, Farzin Madani is currently working in
China in Beijing.
With time off, he hits the streets of Beijing, exploring the Forbidden
City in Beijing and Tian'an men Square.