TEFL Heaven Puerto Vallarta & Paid Job in Mexico

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Earn a TEFL certificate and get a guaranteed job in Mexico, sounds like TEFL Heaven!

We offer a 4 week, hands on TEFL program in the stunning city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On completion of your training you are guaranteed a job so you won't have that worry of 'will I find work'. The TEFL programs is run by our experienced team and will give you the confidence and knowledge to be able to teach on your own after only 4 weeks.

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Reviews

91%
based on 21 reviews
  • Instruction 9.1
  • Support 9
  • Value 8.4
  • Academic Rigor 7.1
  • Job Assistance 8.5
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Sophia
10/10

TEFL Heaven Puerto Vallarta & Paid Job in Mexico

I never thought about obtaining my TEFL certificate in a different country so going to Mexico of all places was an unique experience within itself. TEFL Heaven made the process fairly easy and comforting. They were really responsive with any questions I had. I liked that they offered housing so I didn't have to search and find a place to stay on my own. The instructors were great and were very helpful. The content covered in class is relative and useful for any English teaching job. I loved that we got a chance to observe real classrooms and teachers and then were able to make our own lesson plans and teach real students at a real school. I believe that aspect of the course has impacted my life and my teaching style the most.

How can this program be improved?
I believe I am prepared and I have the skills to teach an English class of young children or adults. I feel some aspects of teaching could have been elaborated more within the course. This program could also improve more on assisting its participants after they have finished the course.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elisa
9/10

TEFL Puerto Vallarta

I learned a lot of new things about English language as a teacher student. I liked the fact that you did not need to be a native speaker of the language in order to to become a teacher of the language. Meeting the former teacher students from previous courses helped a lot during that one month, support from them and their friendship during the month was very valuable. Even though the course was really demanding from my point of view I would totally recommend it to everyone. With this kind of job you are able to travel and see new places and have an awesome job which will bring you joy and that excitement when you realize that your students are learning new things.

How can this program be improved?
Better advertisement for people from Europe. Quick responses to email requieres.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kenzi
9/10

Wonderful Experience

For several years I considered earning my TEFL certificate. Every few months, I found myself looking for programs and reading reviews. After researching, I found this program and I'm glad I did. I found this program to be a truly enjoyable experience. The school is located right on the beach in beautiful Puerto Vallarta. The housing provided was incredibly convenient and safe. I lived with three other girls in a house right across the street from the school, a bank, shops, and restaurants.

Alan (the program director) was readily available and took care of everything we asked for from housing requests to information on the course, the city, and teaching prospects. Monday through Friday we met in the classroom under the instruction of Raul. Every day in the classroom was exciting and different. Each lesson was thoughtfully planned with information relevant to teaching. Raul has years of experience teaching abroad. He is an excellent source of information (and great stories) as he has taught in several different countries.
This course requires the completion of teaching hours. The opportunity to teach English in real situations with real students, who are eager to learn, is what sets this program above the rest. Teaching was by far my favorite part of this experience.

Job support and resume assistance is extremely helpful. Upon completion of the course you earn a certificate and a professional video resume. I used Alan and Raul as references for jobs and graduate school. I also made great friends that I still stay in touch with. I recommend this program for anyone considering teaching. The experience as a whole was inspiring and I left filled with motivation and gratitude.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ben
9/10

TEFL Heaven Mexico

Fantastic course! Raul who delivers the course instruction has years and years of experience to draw upon for learning how to teach, he's taught in every form imaginable as well so is a fantastic source of advice for any doubts or worries you might have in terms of what type of teaching your going into. Alan is fantastic on the job placement side of things, really knows the market and the people to get you a good job that you want in a short space of time, he is genuinely fantastic at it and you are in great hands with the both of them. Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful city with a lot to love and overall the course is a great way to introduce yourself into the world of teaching as it provides you with so much insight into how the job is, which gives you a real confidence boost when you start teaching English out in the great unknown.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly the best way to improve the program would be the addition of more air conditioning in the city of Puerto Vallarta, but then you cant really come to Mexico and complain about the heat.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Beth
9/10

Landed in heaven

I had never been to Mexico before, or even Latin America. Most of my travels have been in Asia and around Europe. When I landed into Puerto Vallarta and saw the blue sky and palm trees, I knew I had landed in heaven.

The apartment we stayed in was a short 10 min bus from the school and easily located when using public transport! I had a pool, that was very much needed after walking around in such humidity. My course fell in rainy season, so we got used to the 4pm rain shower (the most rain I have ever encountered).

The teacher, Raul, was very engaging and kept the classes unique and fun so that it didn't feel like we were studying in a mundane way. I wont lie, the course is intense and as much as you can still have a great time exploring the city and hanging out at the beach, you need to work hard. But, it really pays off.

I feel like I learnt a lot about myself during this course, while being able to have a mini holiday at the same time. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in trying out Teaching Abroad!

How can this program be improved?
I think that the communication prior to the course beginning could have been clearer.
The accommodation prices were a bit over-priced.
That's all.
Yes, I recommend this program
Allie
9/10

Viva Mexico and GO!

I am a recent college grad and was looking for something to do in my gap year before heading back to graduate school. I chose Mexico because I wanted to further advance my Spanish skills. I was happily surprised with Puerto Vallarta and the course. Puerto Vallarta is an amazing beach town with a rich history and authenticity, but also has a tourist economy. The TEFL course was great. The instructors are caring and help you with whatever it is you need. They have a great system for job placement and will put you where is best for you. I made some wonderful friends through the course, and am actually still living in PV working as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher. Come to Mexico, it will so be worth your while!!

Yes, I recommend this program
Laura
8/10

A loco experience!

The month spent completing my TEFL course in Mexico will always be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I met some incredible people who, in just a short time, became like a family to me. Puerto Vallarta was hot, humid, relaxed, sunny, incredibly beautiful and fun! The locals smiled at me in the street and i've never met such warm and welcoming people. Compared to the rest of Mexico (although don't be put off by this- it's fine if you're smart) Puerto Vallarta is incredible safe and therefore the perfect place to study. My course trainer Raul was utterly fantastic! That man was like a walking encyclopedia and spoke about teaching English with such passion and love it had me desperate to get into the class room. We were shown that English can and should be fun and I learnt to teach complicated grammar concepts through Role Play and games. My only criticism of the course is that they will only help you to find a job in Mexico so if you want to work elsewhere in the world you will be searching independently for this. Not necessarily a problem just something to be aware of. I'm thrilled that I completed my TEFL here and learnt an unbelievable amount in a short time.

How can this program be improved?
I would have like my lessons to have been observed more with additional constructive feedback (we had this but more would have been nice). Also, there needed to be an awareness that you wouldn't be helped in finding a job elsewhere in the world- only Mexico.
Yes, I recommend this program
Rachael
9/10

Paradise in Puerto Vallarta

The course itself is very well thought out and delivered excellently by Raul who has over 15 years’ experience teaching English. The course includes 5 hours of observing lessons run by qualified teachers and then ten hours of teaching practice for yourself. There is a lot of support from the other teachers when it comes to putting together your own lesson plans.
The student coordinator, Alan, arranged my first interview for my second week and by the day before the course ended I secured employment in Puerto Vallarta which is where I wanted to stay. Most of the people on my course had secured employment before the course ended. Though it did seem that there was more support for those who wanted to stay in Mexico with those that wanted to work in a different country not feeling as supported.
Puerto Vallarta itself is a stunning place and extremely friendly. I felt very concerned that my lack of Spanish would be an issue but as it is such a tourist spot there are many that speak at least some English. There is lots to do in the area, from the beaches to tequila tasting, boat trips, snorkelling etc. though the prices for these are geared towards tourists.
Living costs are cheap relative to living in the UK with taco stands offering tacos from 10 pesos upwards. However, if you are in the busy tourist spots you will find that prices can be much higher unsurprisingly.
I will admit that I was apprehensive about coming to Mexico as you hear that it is very unsafe but I’ve found Puerto Vallarta to be very friendly and as long as you are sensible then you should be fine. Just use your common sense and don’t leave yourself vulnerable.

How can this program be improved?
More support for those looking to work outwith Mexico.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rashea
10/10

TEFL Heaven

I was very skeptic about moving to Mexico much less paying money to a school I wasn't even sure existed. I remember calling them constantly to ask random questions to calm my paranoia lol. When I got there I was very impressed with their school set up and student apartments. I truly enjoyed the course and learnt so much. Lesson planning, classroom activities, classroom management and even how to come out of my shell. God knows that was my hardest part. But with a little tough love I was able to and it has made me the amazing teacher I am today. Not only did we learn about teaching English, but throughout the course I was shown time and time again how important the role of a teacher is and it made me feel even more fulfilled knowing I'm changing lives. I also enjoyed the teaching practice we had which changed each week allowing us variety in age group and level. I was given 3 interview options in the last week of the course and I accepted the Guadalajara post. Now that I've completed my contract, I made contact again for a new job in a new city and low and behold a few weeks later I had an interview which led me to my second job placement through this amazing TEFL program. Thanks again for everything!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Scott
10/10

A Fantastic Experience All Around

This program is an absolutely amazing experience! Puerto Vallarta (PV) is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage that the people take advantage of.
First, the down sides (depending on your point of view). In some ways PV is akin to visiting the United States or Great Britain. It can be a bit more expensive than most of the rest of Mexico (especially if you're limited to visiting stores where the associates only speak English). In some ways, parts of the city are comparable to Disney World (according to my room mate when I was on the program). Finding inexpensive non-Mexican food is not easy to do.
Then again, you're not going to Mexico to eat expensive French food - you're there to experience the culture, the food, the life. The people are incredibly friendly, especially if you even try to speak a little Spanish to them (a simple "hola" and "Buenos dias" go a long way). The local food is fantastic, and you can get the best tacos I've ever had for about 12 pesos apiece (~0.75 USD). And that brings to mind the issue of money: "expensive" is all relative, and even in PV "expensive" is nothing compared to the United States or Europe (that said, it's easy to forget how much money you're spending in pesos).
The course itself was fantastic. Raul, the Academic Director, has been teaching ESL for about a decade and a half, and he's got stories you wouldn't believe. He's a great teacher. They've recently changed the TEFL books to make them even better. The owner, Alan, is very helpful and was able to assist me in finding employment; he has contacts everywhere in Mexico, and many overseas.

How can this program be improved?
The biggest concern I have wth the program in Puerto Vallarta is how stunningly successful it is. As a result of its success it seems like sometimes the staff has too many irons in the fire and things can slip through the cracks. Short-term concerns are absolutely no problem, but longer-term goals can be forgotten if you don't remind the staff now and again. Is this a major problem? No. But it is something to be aware of.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kayla
9/10

I Loved It

I honestly enjoyed my month in Puerto Vallarta, I still sometimes cannot believe I left. Mexico is already a beautiful country with friendly people and great sites. The TEFL certification there was a lot of fun. We had real teaching experiences with different age groups that allowed how to gauge how we felt about potentially teaching each age group in the future. Then there is the instructor. Ours was very well rounded and has been doing this for a couple decades, so he really knows his stuff. Class was always very entertaining, and every class included some form of practical, hands-on type assignment/work. You really do learn a lot there.

How can this program be improved?
Everything was so well done and professional, but of course even the best programs can use a liiiitttle something for improvement. So if I had to say something, I think it's that maybe the application process could be more advanced. The video application seemed a little plain. But either way, people get hired after the course, so it's not a big deal.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tishona
9/10

TEFL Puerto Vallarta!

This course was exactly what I was looking for. It was straightforward and very thorough with information on how to teach, how to plan lessons, and it also prepared me for many of the possible problems that may arise within the classroom. Not only would you be taking a course that could open many opportunities for you, but you would be doing so on the beach! In a absolutely beautiful city. I strongly recommend this course if you are thinking about teaching English abroad. I started off with no experience and decided to take this course during my gap year. I am now teaching in Guadalajara and I couldn't be happier. Excited to see where I will go next, the possibilities are endless! Very pleased with the support and organization of this program, thank you to TEFLHeaven!

Yes, I recommend this program
Sheila
3/10

English teaching course Puerto Vallarta February 2017

I had originally had written good review of the course. Yes the course was good but the job placement was totally horrendous and appalling. I had requested before and during the course that I was looking for a coast location which I know can be hard but there were placements at the Via school and I had not been considered which I was very upset and insulted by. I had no other choice but t head to San Luis Potosi. I was sent to a city called San Luis Potosi were other previous students were sent and only lasted the maximum 3 months. I was given false information by my course coordinator for example I was told the beach was only 2 hours away when it was 7 & nature was close by when it was 4 ours away!! I found this awful. The city itself is a ghetto and nothing to do and I was working beside 2 strip clubs. I did not feel safe and was extremely lost and lonely. I was there along with 4 other girls and guess what we have all left!!! This place is not for single women and I do not have the trust or confidence to go back to my coordinator and ask for something else. God knows where I would be placed. This was hugely disappointing and I am in the process of following this up more further and getting some justice for the disappointment I endured. I have got something else off my own back in a beautiful location. Watch out for false information if you do this course and are applying for a job though them.

How can this program be improved?
By having a coordinator who can give proper information on a placement where teacher are sent and I highly not just dump 5 girls up to a Ghetto of a city that is unsafe with nothing to do.
No, I don't recommend this program
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Daniela
10/10

Great TEFL Course. Highly Recommended!

I have recently completed the 140 hours TEFL Course in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This month long course opened my eyes to the methods of great teaching.
The course is intensive but the support I received made it manageable. The teachers and the staff were highly competent and supportive and the program was rigorously planned and structured. Their feedback helped me to improve my teaching to a great extent. We were a small group of 10 and all got along well and have been a great support to each other.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the best cities in Mexico and having the backdrop of a vibrant, energetic city with beaches on your doorstep while you study certainly means you always have something to look forward to after a hard day of teaching or working on a project or lesson plans.
The course was challenging but extremely rewarding. I would highly recommend this course to anyone!

Response from TEFL Heaven

Hi Daniela,

Thanks so much for taking the time to review the program in Mexico! We're so glad you had an amazing time!

Charlie - The TEFL Heaven Team

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexandre
10/10

A very comprehensive and practical program

This was a very comprehensive course. The teacher, Raúl, is an expert.

I'm glad I didn't take any other one.

I received a letter from them upon completion with an excellent mark.

They let us teach at their academy during the course.

I cannot say more than that this is worth every penny. I may go back with my girlfriend so that she can do it as well.

Alan the director is a wizard. He is always smiling and happy. He can get you a job in many places around the world. Great people.

How can this program be improved?
No improvements needed
Response from TEFL Heaven

Hi Alex,

Thanks so much for leaving such a positive review :) We're so glad you had an amazing time! The team in PV would welcome you back, anytime!

Kind regards,

Charlie - The TEFL Heaven Team

Yes, I recommend this program

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