Teach Science, Math, English Literature & Grammar, Intensive English with BFITS Thailand

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Bright Future International Training & Services (BFITS) is a full service English education provider promising a comprehensive learner-centered experience in Thailand. We pride ourselves in taking a proactive approach to the learning experience. We believe in delivering modern and integrated educational programs that respond to the needs of our learners while working in partnership with client schools to provide modern curriculums that put the Thai student at the center of the learning experience. We prepare students to be globally competitive. We shape future leaders and success stories by cultivating real world skills through comprehensive curriculum and modern instruction by quality teachers.

The BFITS Programs provide students with a modern curriculum to develop the enjoyment of and commitment to learning by means of engaging and stimulating activities. We build on the strengths, interests and experiences of our students and develop their confidence in their capacity to learn.

Highlights
  • BFITS teaches integrated Science for grades 7 to 9, Biology for grade 10, Chemistry for grade 11, and Physics for grade 12.
  • BFITS teaches Pre-Algebra for grade 7, Algebra for grade 8, and Geometry for grade 9, Trigonometry for grade 10, Pre-Calculus for grade 11, and Calculus for grade 12.
  • BFITS teaches Language Arts for grades 1 to 6 and English Literature & Grammar for grades 7 to 12.
  • Training and professional development workshops prior to teaching employment.
  • Curriculum and academic resources provided.

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Reviews

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based on 16 reviews
  • Benefits 8.4
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.8
  • Facilities 8.8
  • Safety 9.6
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Joshua
8/10

Open doors

BFITS has been very faithful about paying salary, and overall does pretty well with long term communication of things happening within the company. I have been with the company 3+ years and in general they provide decent benefits (health insurance) and increase the salary and vacation time available after completing each year of a contract (within limits). They also provide an end of the year bonus which is nice as well.

How can this program be improved?
It would be good to allow teachers teaching middle school/lower secondary school to make their own final exams again (which at one time was the norm).
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

the best experience!

BFITS was a great place to work at. The HR staff is really helpful - you don't have to deal with any of the complicated Thai visa bureaucracy once you're in their hands. The teaching experience itself is really rewarding. If you're considering going back to school to do your Masters in the future, BFITS is a great place to gain experience towards that. The whole program is geared toward teachers: you don't feel overwhelmed with work as much of the material is already provided, and there are lots of extra cultural experiences - inside + outside of work - that make the job a lot more exciting.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexis
9/10

an inclusive company

First of all, I am not a NES and my experience searching for a job teaching English is probably different than most English teachers in Thailand. I am from Nepal and I have been teaching for BFITS for about 6 years. My job search seemed futile in the beginning and I was offered half the salary offered to NES if I was even considered. Fortunately, I came across BFITS after numerous failed applications and it finally gave me a chance based on my qualifications and not my ethnicity. There are not many schools that will not accept teachers that are not Caucasian even if they are NES and I feel lucky to be placed in one of the few schools that do accept qualified teachers that are not NES or “White”. Therefore, my experience at BFITS has been a positive one. In addition to placing me at an inclusive school, they have also efficiently assisted me in processing my 90 day reports as well as my yearly working visas; after the first year, the visa fees were also paid for by the company. Furthermore, even when the school I was working for terminated its contract with BFITS, I was promptly placed in another open-minded school despite my fears which made me feel valued and appreciated. BFITS also provides quality BUPA health insurance which has proved quite helpful over the years. In addition, unlike many schools and companies where teachers have difficulty getting their salaries on time, BFITS always has paid its teachers on time! The managers are professional and diligent as well as amicable and reasonable. Likewise, my colleagues at school and others in the company are also very professional and friendly. Thus, I would highly recommend the company to anyone interested in teaching in Thailand.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Joe
7/10

BFITS-the company, the people, the environment

The company gets a ton of things right. What are they? They provide materials and support, they try their best to accommodate you with location and subjects, they have a variety of teaching options across the city and the country, they are progressing with the times i.e. technology/methodology and the staff genuinely wants you to succeed.

The managers really want you to do well. For all subjects you get resources beyond a book/worksheets to really bring the class to life. The management staff as a whole is very knowledgeable and can guide you.

The company takes care of all your visa needs and makes it a very smooth process. They give advice on where to live and your commute. Its a very seamless and supported process.

The overall experience is terrific and I would recommend the company to anyone coming to Thailand.

How can this program be improved?
Many things can be explained up front to make it clear for teachers in most situations.

Some processes need to be streamlined in order to make them the same for everyone involved to the extent possible.

Upper management would directly benefit from showing more support to teachers and the program.

I enjoy working for the company and I hope they read these reviews and use them to improve.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Martin
7/10

Teaching in Thailand

Pro’s
I have been working for BFITS for a considerable time and have always found them a friendly company to work for. Although the pay isn’t comparable of some schools or companies it is certainly not the worst paying company. I have always been paid on time.
The schools I have worked at on the whole have been professionally run and with the support from the BFITS staff most problems get sorted quickly.
You are given teaching material that you can use “straight out of the box” which is adequate if you are a new teacher or a teacher that doesn’t like to spend too much time in preparation. However you can add your own style to these lessons to suit your students learning.
One last advantage of working for BFITS is that visas and work permits are organized for you. You also get a basic cover of health insurance to use in most hospitals in Thailand.

Con’s
As a person that has been working as a teacher for many years I have seen many colleagues who work with me who have little or no experience in a Thai classroom. Therefore I suggest that more training should be on going to not only help these teachers but also take this responsibility off of the more senior teachers.

Advice to management
Hire more cover teachers to allow management/trainers to get to schools to do more ongoing training to the less experienced teachers.
Look after your experienced teachers as they are the life blood of the company.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Hunter
9/10

BFITS

BFITS is an amazing agency and I would strongly urge anyone considering teaching in Thailand to utilize them as your agency. The support was top tier and I always felt like I could turn to them with any issues I had. I had plenty of friends use other agencies to secure teaching jobs and I can honestly say I got the best deal with BFITS, better support, higher pay, better school placement etc. They provide you with all the materials and equipment you need to teach in the classroom so all you have to worry about is adapting your lessons and having fun.

How can this program be improved?
N/A
Yes, I recommend this program
Ignacio
10/10

A good experience

For me, BFITS has been a good experience all around. I'm only working because I want to, not because I have to. That being said, I came to Thailand 11 years ago and have been with the company ever since. Though I had prior teaching experience in America, being here takes a different skill set, and BFITS has helped to teach me those necessary skills. Since being hired in 2007, they have seen fit to promote me not once, but twice, to my current position as School Manager. The support I've gotten over the years has contributed to my success, and continues to help me along in my on-going process. The amount of time I have spent with them should be a testament to their overall business practices, and how they take care of their employees. And there have been several times in which they went above and beyond what was required of them in order to watch out for their teacher's best interests. This is a good agency, plain and simple.

How can this program be improved?
For my experience, I don't see any need for a major improvement.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ian
9/10

Invaluable teaching experience, great support, and friendly environment

I spent a year with BFITS teaching at a large convent school based in the heart of Bangkok. Having worked overseas for one year in South Korea, I had some experience of dealing with companies placing native teachers in schools and language centers. Currently I work in essentially the same job at a private high school in Tokyo.

I found BFITS to be professional, supportive, and organised. Along with this, I found their staff to be knowledgeable with regards to good teaching practice. As somebody who still teaches English and sees this as my career, my time in BFITS taught me a lot about teaching large classes, using materials, engaging with students, classroom management, writing tests and arranging a curriculum. Among other critical applications for an aspiring teacher. The company were efficient with the arranging of visa dates and clear about how the process works.

I taught classes of around 25 students between the ages of 13 - 15. When I started the position, I was given a tour of the premises along with a chance to observe lessons and get a feel for the school. The company was very supportive in this and provided me with a useful handbook to give me an idea of how to conduct myself around the school, and I was also given pre-prepared attendance records and other such materials. Now that I work in a high school in Japan, i have learned that these benefits - while seeming small - are not always provided and are very handy!

BFITS is a multi-cultural organisation. Between management and teaching staff I worked directly with staff from Thailand (of course), America, Philippines, Taiwan, Britain, and Canada to name a few. This multitude of nationalities lends itself extremely well to a positive teaching environment, the importance of which cannot be understated as - in order to provide students with a cooperative environment in which to study English - that atmosphere should exist within the teaching staff as well. This is something BFITS has fortunately recognized.

In regards to management, I again left with a very positive impression of the program - BFITS provided regular feedback and observation, and my program manager did a wonderful job of recognizing improvement as well as offering areas for potential improvement. Feedback was always constructive and well laid out. My co-teachers were also very professional, highly motivated and generous with their time and knowledge. The head teacher of the English department was also very friendly and helpful - not always the case when working in a foreign country as an English teacher and a mighty relief.

Overall I would highly recommend BFITS, particularly to new teachers who are motivated and want to ''try on'' English teaching. Thailand is a very beautiful country and has plenty of sights to see, so even if you're just wanting to work overseas while seeing the sights, the company does provide a generous amount of time off. Just be sure that you're motivated to work hard and be professional, but with that being said, I think this role could appeal to someone who wants to take a year out and see Southeast Asia.

How can this program be improved?
The improvements that could be made are not so much applicable to BFITS itself as they are to language teaching as a whole.

Salary - Ok, and will offer you the chance to travel and/or enjoy nightlife. Saving money, however, will be tricky and you might find yourself living paycheck to paycheck. BFITS does offer an extra months salary as a bonus for completing the contract. The salary at BFITS is ok, but I believe a new teacher could find something marginally better, though you will lose out on the other benefits offered by BFITS which I outlined in the review. Though overall the payment structure is something I think the company should look at.

Yes, I recommend this program
Eric
9/10

BFITS - Eric G. Linderman

I have been working for BFITS for 7 years in the Northeast Isan region of Thailand. I have worked in large government schools in Surin, Khon Kaen and now Nong Khai, where I am presently employed as head foreign teacher, overseeing 6 other teachers in addition to myself. They provided ample training at the outset of my employment prior to my initial teaching assignment in Surin, where I began my career conducting general conversational English classes in an environment that was often rewarding due to higher motivation and language ability of multiple outstanding students, but could at times be challenging due to large class sizes coupled with low language ability and occasional behavioral issues. I currently conduct classes as part of the BFITS boutique portfolio of English and International programs, where other subjects are taught in the English language such as math and science, and classes are conducted in a climate controlled, multi-media environment and are smaller with a high proportion of highly motivated, high performing students. This is typical of the normal teaching environment in a BFITS contracted school. In the entire time, I have found BFITS to be an upstanding company with courteous and professional staff in both the central office in Bangkok and the regional Isan office in Buriram, providing additional training, encouragement and support as needed from to time to time. One thing that I particular enjoy about BFITS is their progressive educational ideas and willingness and desire to improve upon teaching processes and educational technology deployed in the classrooms. This is best illustrated by interactive computer technology currently deployed in 5 pilot schools in Thailand and soon to expand to several others. More important than the educational technology made available to teachers, BFITS employees at every level have always provided me with an excellent “sounding board” or support as I look to improve my teaching techniques on an ongoing basis or when encountering occasional issues with schools that can surface from time to time. Salary is competitive and commensurate with work performed with a year-end bonus, paid substantial paid time off during off-peak work periods and similar benefits offered which are not offered or are superior to competing firms. Assistance with visas, work permit and other items to ensure compliance with immigration regulations along with assistance with relocation as needed has been invaluable. Put simply, I enjoy working for BFITS. For that reason, I am now in my 8th year with them and plan to continue in with them in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Griffin
10/10

A great introduction for newer teachers

In Thailand, there are two breeds of jobs for English teachers: International schools and government schools. International schools require advanced degrees, teaching experience and the ability to create your own content. Government schools don't care who you are as long as you can be in a classroom. BFITS shows that there is a third category of work. BFITS brings international school quality to a level where good people can become good teachers.

I worked with BFITS for 2 years and had zero years of experience beforehand. BFITS helped me get all my visa paperwork, set me up with a laptop and all of my content and told me that the class was mine. This was a huge seller on two fronts. First, they gave me all my content. Many schools don't do this and I am well aware of the amount of time it takes to create that much content. There is no way I could have been a good teacher if I spent all my time making lessons. Secondly, BFITS gave me the class to run in my own method. Their sister company, SINE gives teachers a script and doesn't let them tailor a class to their own style. I like my unique method of teaching and I know that none of the teachers at my school taught in the same way. It's a good thing. Variety is the spice of life. These two things alone were enough to keep me at BFITS the entire time I was there. Why bother go to another school when I'd just have to start it all over and with even less material?

BFITS also gives you paid breaks (partially paid for conversational teachers), only requiring you to spend 1-2 weeks at an office in Bangkok to do some summer work and training. I mean, they have to have some reason to pay you... The other weeks are completely yours to enjoy the country and get some rest.

How can this program be improved?
The grading system needs an improvement to make it more user friendly and reduce the amount of time it takes to enter grades. Teachers have to maintain grades in excel or on paper and then enter all those grades again into the system, which is complicated and time consuming. However, there are shortcuts to make it go faster, though very few knew how to utilize this.

Also, the teacher retention rate is sadly low. But it's not BFITS fault. Teachers just always think the grass is greener on the other side... One positive thing about this is many use BFITS as a jumping off point to go from no experience (like me) to being qualified for an international school. But this turnover can make it difficult for those who stay.
Yes, I recommend this program
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9/10

'Fit' right in

From the moment of my interview with an incredible HR rep, Angel, I knew working for BFITS would be an absolute delight. Every member of the BFITS team, especially my amazing coordinators MJ, Jang, and Nink, treated me with hospitality and kindness which made me feel safe and right at home. Compared to my other colleagues I participated in a TEFL course with, I lucked out with the Cadillac of agencies in Thailand. BFITS takes care of every detail from airport pick-up, accommodation, work permit/visa assistance, and teaching materials.

My time teaching math in Kanaratbamrungpathumthani School definitely presented some challenges because we had the responsibility of implementing a new system, Learntron, into the classroom. Furthermore, the English language ability ranged substantially so just be prepared to demonstrate and break down concepts into simple terms. However, the time I spent being able to teach and interact with such bright students has made my first term teaching in Thailand unforgettable.

Perhaps one of my favorite memories was the opportunity to be Santa Clause at our school's Christmas assembly, I had two giant sackfuls of toys and snacks to throw out to hundreds of screaming students (I finally know how The Beatles felt).

For my send off, Nink and my other colleagues created a photo collage of my time at Kanarat which was absolutely heartfelt and unexpected! If you are looking for an unforgettable teaching experience in Thailand with a company who truly takes you under their wing, choose BFITS.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Joe
9/10

BFITS Review

The BFITS staff is second to none. Their dedication and caring exceeds all expectations. Each staff member is dedicated to helping you on your teaching journey and they work hard to ensure you are the best teacher you can be. The company creates a close relationship with its employees and fosters healthy growth of individuals. BFITS always pays on time and will give opportunities for overtime. Year end bonuses are fair and timely as well.

How can this program be improved?
The staff could do a better job with communication with the school and employees. The teachers would also benefit from more paid sick days.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Briony
9/10

BFITS is excellent for newcomers

From my very first interview with the HR rep from BFITS, I felt like I was in good hands. BFITS took care of everything and communicated efficiently from the get-go. The process of signing the contract went smoothly, and my HR rep was always willing to answer the many questions I had. The Foreign Teacher Assistance (FTA) department handled all my visa and work permit requirements, and all I had to do was show up at the right time. My head teacher and program manager were nothing but supportive, and I really enjoyed working with them throughout the year. I would highly recommend BFITS to anyone coming to Thailand for the first time. They know what they're doing, offer very fair packages, and are upfront and honest.

How can this program be improved?
1. BFITS advertises that they provide all teaching material such as lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations, but the material provided is not always of a very high standard.
2. The software used for capturing grades is a mess, and needs to be changed.
3. BFITS is starting to incorporate iPads into the classroom, which is a wonderful idea in theory. In practice, the program/app we had to use was not fully developed and had endless glitches, making it incredibly frustrating and inefficient to use in class.
Yes, I recommend this program
Bridget
10/10

BFITS Thailand

My experience with BFITS Thailand was nothing short of amazing. My agent took a personal interest in me and helped me every step of the way. They even made sure I was settled in my apartment and were available to help with any issues I had in town. BFITS provided me with a laptop and multiple resources to ensure I was able to properly educate my children. I'd reccomend this agency to anyone who is looking to teach in Thailand!

How can this program be improved?
I don't have anything to change about BFITS. They are professional and put their employees and students first.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tyler
10/10

Great company to work for!

BFITS made my transition to Thailand easy and stress-free. They really help you with anything that you need to ensure you have the best time ever while teaching and living in Thailand. They help with all visa related issues and have all the course material ready for the teacher so they don't have to do a ton of lesson planning. I have worked for other companies in the past but nothing compares to BFITS. Keep up the great work!

Yes, I recommend this program

About BFITS Thailand

Bright Future International Training & Services (BFITS) is a full service English education provider promising a comprehensive learner-centered experience in Thailand. We pride ourselves in taking a proactive approach to the learning experience. We...