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What is TESOL Extra?

The TESOL Extra Program allows you to complete the theoretical component of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification online prior to your departure and then the practical, classroom-based element of the TESOL, as well as your orientation, once you arrive at your destination.


TravelBud’s number one priority is, always has been and always will be the safety and well-being of our teacher’s abroad. This has been at the forefront of our minds when navigating the pandemic.

We have had to come up with innovative options to ensure we meet our high standards of support and safety; respecting the restrictions of each destination’s government, while still allowing teachers to experience meaningful travel, upholding and adapting the elements of our program that make us one of the top teach abroad providers and fulfilling our obligations to our partner schools and their students in achieving high-quality education in English.

This was not always an easy task, but we are very proud to present what we believe to be the best course of action: the TESOL Extra Option.

2021 Innovation Award for TESOL Extra

TravelBud Won the 2021 Innovation Awards in the Teach Abroad Category

We are honoured to have won the 2021 GoAbroad Innovation Award in the TEFL/Teach Abroad category for our TESOL Extra Program.

This award honors innovative TEFL/TESOL or Teach Abroad Programs that provide a unique opportunity for learning and cultural engagement.

By innovating and adapting to the ever-changing COVID travelscape, we have found ways to continue offering our award-winning programs safely and responsibly despite the pandemic.

With world class training, visa guidance, guaranteed job placement, 24/7 in-country support, and a wholly immersive cultural orientation, we ensure that teachers successfully immerse themselves into new cultures and are fully prepared to provide the highest quality English language education to their students.

Read more about the TESOL Extra Program components below or read the latest  COVID-19 News & Updates →

The Online Component

Teachers enrolling for the TESOL Extra option will select a start date for the 4 week, 120-hour online certification, done prior to their departure for their destination.

This course begins every first Monday of each month and runs for 4 to 5 consecutive weeks.

We understand that while you are still in your home country you may be working full time or completing your degree and this course is designed with that in mind.

It gives you comprehensive guidance on all the aspects of the content and methodologies of teaching English as a second language and touches on the productive and receptive skills for students.

From our experience training and placing more than 2,000 English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in schools across the world, we’ve found that the vast majority of online TEFL/TESOL courses are of a sub-standard quality, mainly because:

  • They offer little interaction with an instructor
  • There is often no peer interaction with other students
  • They don’t provide a broad range of practical resources/downloads/lesson plans teachers can actually use during their teaching experience
  • They often don’t use modern online learning management platforms, relying instead on information email dumps to students
  • What students end up with is a piece of paper that has not prepared them to be an
    effective teacher.


TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

We provide our teachers with the following:

  • Years of teacher insights, experience and practical knowledge which has been refined into a quality internationally accredited curriculum that focuses on preparing students in the best possible way for their teaching or volunteering experience abroad.
  • Qualified instructors with decades of ESL teaching experience supporting students every step of the way, offering personalized feedback, live one-on-one Skype lesson presentations and practical tips that enable students to have an enjoyable and effective teaching experience.
  • A desktop, mobile and tablet optimised platform which adheres to modern best practice Learning Management System (LMS) design and development standards. This ensures a fun and intuitive learning experience for students

The Course Curriculum covers:

  • Module 1: ESL Theory and Lesson Planning
    Knowledge of the history and theoretical development in the field of English language education, and its application to lesson plan structure and content.
  • Module 2: Teaching Speaking
    Techniques, structures and tips for developing creative, engaging speaking lessons for students of all ages and skill levels.
  • Module 3: Teaching Reading
    Strategies, techniques, and creative pathways to developing reading lessons which draw on student interest and push out their language frontiers.
  • Module 4: Teaching Listening
    In-depth knowledge regarding the importance of, and techniques for, teaching pronunciation, as good listening skills will improve speaking, grammar and pronunciation.
  • Module 5: Teaching Grammar
    Comprehensive refresher on grammar topics, as well as strategies, techniques and tips for teaching grammar to all age groups and skill levels, and integration of grammar points in lesson plans.
  • Module 6: Teaching Classroom Management
    Deep understanding of psychological and contextual factors and their impact on the classroom, along with strategies for proactive and reactive approaches to classroom management, and best practices to ensure classroom discipline and engagement.

Each module requires significant practical training focused on the different approaches needed to teach speaking, reading, and listening, as well as various strategies used for classroom management.

Interactive Forums

The course offers mandatory interaction via forums, peer feedback and one-on-one instructor feedback. This allows you to see multiple perspectives on your assignments as you design fun and creative lessons.

Lesson Plan Assignments

You will submit lesson plans based on templates that we know work effectively in the classroom. These templates, along with resources for various classroom activities such as warmers, provide you with a practical toolkit for your teaching experience.

High Quality Video Tutorials

The course makes extensive use of video tutorials which includes footage of real classroom scenarios from Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar and Vietnam, and expert advice from Instructors and other English teachers in the field.

Skype Lesson Presentations

Every student also makes a Skype based lesson presentation to their instructor to gain practical teaching experience. Students receive extensive feedback and are given advice on how to improve or what to be aware of in a classroom environment.

Continuous In-Class Support

Our expert instructors support and interact with our students every step of the way and will offer tons of tips, tricks, and examples of how to teach English to every age group.

Best Practice Learning Management

H on fast, secure servers, the learning platform is mobile and tablet optimised and adheres to modern best practice Learning Management System (LMS) design and development standards. This ensures a fun and effective learning experience for students.

The Practical Component

After completing the online, theoretical portion that constitutes 120 hours of TEFL training, you then complete the classroom-based practicum once in your destination that will make up another 40 hours.

Thereafter, you will graduate with a 160-hour in-class TEFL.

The practicum allows you to build on your theoretical skills and roll them out in real life.

  • During the in-country practical, yourself and your assigned TEFL partner (so you’re not alone in front of the classroom for the very first time) will be given several classes throughout the week of varying age groups, proficiency levels and types of lessons.
  • For example, your first group might be 10 year-olds, beginner level, reading lesson.
  • Your second class may be 16 year-olds, intermediate level, speaking lesson.
  • You will have 4-5 lessons that need to be prepared and delivered throughout the practical week.
  • You will need to plan these lessons, prepare your handouts and resources, deliver the lesson and then get feedback from the TESOL instructor as well as fellow teachers that are in the classroom with you.
  • Apart from the in-class guided training, you will also have other practical classes and workshops with your instructor to fine-tune your theoretical knowledge in a more practical way.
  • The practical classes and workshops are exceptionally valuable in helping you truly experience what it feels like to stand in front of a classroom, prepare you for all kinds of teaching environments and requirements and ultimately, experience the joy of teaching in reality!

Internationally Accredited Certification

Once you have completed both the theoretical and practical components, you will be the proud graduate of a 160-hour internationally accredited certificate.

  • This is classified as an in-class certification, even though a portion was done online. 
  • The in-class certificate is recognized as Level 5 by UK standards.
  • This certificate is internationally accredited and can be used around the world and not solely in the destination you are placed in.
  • This Certificate does not expire. You have it for life. 
  • When doing our TESOL certification, you will receive:
    • The Certification diploma itself
      You receive an internationally accredited certificate for 160-hour TEFL accredited by the Online TEFL and TESOL Standards Agency (OTTSA).
    • A Letter of Recommendation
      You will receive a signed letter of recommendation from our Director of Education. A personalized recommendation assures future employers of your reliability and assists you in securing a job.
    • A personalized Grade book
      You will receive a personalized Grade Report PDF which summarizes and presents all weekly assignment grades with personalized feedback to create a complete portfolio of all of the feedback you receive from the course.
    • A digital 202 page PDF coursework book
      You will receive a 202 page course workbook and comprehensive resources, downloads, lesson templates and printable graphics they can use for their teach abroad experience.

Benefits of TESOL Extra

  • This TESOL Extra is an enhanced TESOL, as opposed to a watered-down version. You graduate with more hours than our regular course and with its classification of “in-class”, you will graduate with one of the most highly regarded TESOL types in the world.
  • While doing the theoretical component online, you are maximising your ability to continue saving and preparing in your home country for your journey.
  • The budget required in-country prior to your first paycheck is similar to what is required for the in-country option. It will be less if the quarantine falls away, as you will only need two weeks and 1 month’s worth of living expenses, rather than a full two months, without compromising the value of your certificate and your education in ESL.
  • You still receive all the benefits of the in-country experience through the networking and forging of friendships over the orientation and practical experience, being with other teachers from around the world that are starting out just like you.
  • You will know your placement location and contract details prior to your departure. This is a unique benefit borne out of the pre-placement adaptation to the visas with travel restrictions in place, where normally you would only know your placement once you arrive in-country, during the 4-week course. Now you can know all the juicy details about your placement before you even set foot in your destination!
  • The payment breakdown is in smaller increments, so you do not need to pay the final fee in a lump sum, but rather at various stages of the process as the steps unfold which makes it more manageable.


The TESOL Extra costs are the same as the cost of the full 4-week course listed on our website, but it is broken down differently in terms of when the payments are made.

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4 Week In-country TEFL/TESOL Program

TESOL Extra Program

Enrollment Fee and Support


Payable once you have completed your full application and consultation with your coordinator, and your application has been accepted by the Placement and Admissions Team (which guarantees your placement at one of our vetted and selected partner schools).

This initial payment secures your spot in the program that has a finite number of positions and gets the process started with our friendly and highly skilled Support and Placement teams.

Enrollment Fee and Support


Payable once you have completed your full application and consultation with your coordinator, and your application has been accepted by the Placement and Admissions Team (which guarantees your placement at one of our vetted and selected partner schools).

This initial payment secures your spot in the program that has a finite number of positions and gets the process started with our friendly and highly skilled Support and Placement teams.

In-class TEFL/TESOL Course, Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and 24/7 Support


This covers the 120-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL course. We also guarantee you a job placement so you can start earning straight away.

Due 8 weeks prior to your course start date.

Online TEFL/TESOL course


This covers the full 160-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL course, for both the theory and the in-country practical.

Due 1 week prior to the start date you select for the Online TEFL course (every first Monday of the month).

Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 Support


Due upon receipt of your official contract offer letter (generally 4-8 weeks prior to your departure)

TOTAL: $2350

TOTAL: $2350

Thailand TESOL Extra

Thailand is making great strides in terms of opening up for foreigners. We have successfully had many teachers arrive in Thailand through the TESOL Extra option.


Currently, there are still quarantine requirements for international arrivals to Thailand. The Thai government announced that they aim to be quarantine free from 1 October 2021.

However, even if that is in any way delayed and quarantine is still required, we will communicate and navigate this with you in advance and give you all your options if necessary.

  • There is the option to quarantine in the designated ASQ hotels in Bangkok.
  • There is the Phuket Sandbox Scheme that has recently been rolled out in Thailand as of 1 July 2021

If quarantine is still in place, we ensure that your quarantine experience is filled with useful and fun activities to keep you busy and make the most of your time.

Below are some of the activities that we have included for teachers who have completed the quarantine in Bangkok:

  • Thai language lessons
  • Thai culture lessons
  • Morning meditations
  • Placement meetings
  • Weekend check-ins
  • Happy teacher workshop
  • Zoom trivia night

Read more about some of our teacher’s experiences quarantining in Bangkok →

Start dates

The ever-popular September 27th start date has been changed from an in-class TESOL to our TESOL Extra Option.

It is listed as 27 September, but it will be an arrival date in relation to your contract start date (round about the first week of November when the semester starts), and which you will receive prior to your departure to Thailand.

If the quarantine is no longer in place (which is set to fall away on 1 October), you can arrive 2 weeks prior to your contract start date.

If the quarantine is still in place, it will be arrival prior to the contract of [the quarantine period (as stipulated by the government at the time- either 7/10 days or the full 14 days ranging from 500-1500USD)] + [the two weeks for TESOL Extra].

In the two weeks for the TESOL Extra, it will be the orientation in week one and the practical teaching in week two, followed by your placement at your school. 

For example: if your contract start date listed on your offer letter is Monday 25 October 2021:

  • If no quarantine: You will arrive the weekend of 9/10 October and complete your orientation week from 11-17 October and your practical week from 18-24 October.
  • If 2-week quarantine: You will arrive the weekend of 25/26 September. You would then complete your 14-day quarantine and then be picked up from your quarantine hotel by our team and travel to Hua Hin (around 10 October). You will then complete your orientation week from 11-17 October and your practical week from 18-24 October.

It is still an excellent start date because it falls exactly during the month-long holiday in October that precedes the second semester.

Starting then has many advantages:

  • You will have enough time to get ready for Thailand in the way of documents and have some time to save
  • The start of the new semester means that there are more vacancies and there is more chance of preferences being met than other times of the year
  • It is an excellent time to go, so many teachers will be starting alongside you, meaning you have more teachers in your support network from the outset.
  • You start fresh with the students in the new semester when they’ve rested and are excited about the new term!
  • You can enrol for a semester-long placement (meaning you will teach until the end of February/mid-March 2022) or a full-year contract, which means you have great flexibility to suit your schedule.


Refer to the Fees section outlined above.

Vietnam TESOL Extra

Vietnam remains largely closed to international travel, except under strict guidelines and requirements. TravelBud has managed to navigate the situation and has successfully placed teachers in Vietnam this year, despite the many hoops we have had to jump through! 

Top schools that we are partnered with in Vietnam are very discerning around the courses they accept and generally accept only courses done fully in-class with an instructor.

Luckily, our TESOL Extra Option is classified as an in-class TESOL and thus will allow you the full range of placement options at our partner schools, with no limitations. 


Recently Vietnam has seen a slight uptick in new Covid cases, mostly in the Northern regions of the country. A handful of these cases appeared after the completion of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period – with the tests being positive for a new strain of Covid-19. As such, the Vietnamese government has decided to update their quarantine regulations.

Until further notice, everyone will be required to quarantine in a hotel in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City for 21 days, after which you will need to self-isolate at home for an additional 7 days.

This decision was a recent one and a response to the recent outbreak of the virus after the completion of the 14-day quarantine period.

We are hoping after this wave starts to decline, and cases tend to decline fairly quickly due to the government’s swift actions in response to these situations, that the quarantine time will be reduced to 14-days again.

Schools cover the cost of quarantine in most cases, but we do want to be transparent with teachers and let them know that this may not always be the case and that you would need to budget for quarantine to be safe.

Start Dates

In terms of arrival dates, this would be on a rolling basis.

So you would enrol, get all your documents underway, then receive the contract from our partner school that would stipulate a contract start date, whilst still in your home country.

You would arrive [the amount of time required for quarantine + 1 week] prior to that start date. 

For example: If your contract start date is 1 October 2021. 

  • If quarantine is still 1 month long and your contract starts on 1 October, you would arrive in the last week of August- do [1 month of quarantine] + [1 week of orientation] and then head to your placement. (Contract start date minus 1 month and 1 week).
  • If the quarantine is dropped to 2 weeks and your contract start date is for example 1 October, you would then arrive in the first week of September: you would do [2 weeks of quarantine] + 1 week of orientation and practical and then be ready for your 1 October contract start date. (Contract start date minus 3 weeks).


Refer to the Fees section outlined above.

We’ll guide you every step of the way

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed job placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable schools.
  • Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certification We provide the essential courses to help you succeed abroad.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in your destination we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

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