Dear friends of SEE TEFL,
We hope this twice-yearly email finds you well. The record heatwave across South and Southeast Asia has finally abated and we’ve got the cooling rains (a few weeks early this year, none too soon). We’ve been busy since we last wrote.
4 Week TEFL Grads and Interns
Our 4 Week TEFL course now has 1,042 graduates as of our last completed course in May. We add to this our six sets of Paid TEFL Interns, 39 of whom have successfully finished the internship. Another 10 have started theirs after the training in May. Of the 39 interns who finished, all but 2 have submitted the final requirement and been awarded a full SEE TEFL certificate. That makes 1,081 TEFL certificates earned to-date.
New School Opening
The big news for us is that in April we put the finishing touches on the new school. This was under construction for the last two years. We are now located 1km East of our previous school, just past Dara Academy, two buildings West of Tunghotel Road. See the location page on the SEE TEFL website, including a downloadable (PDF) map with the address in English and Thai.
The school is what we’ve needed for quite a while. It has enough room for all our English and Thai classes, as well as two concurrent SEE TEFL courses. Peak demand for teachers is before the beginning of the two school semesters in Apr-May and Sep-Oct. And that is generally when our TEFL courses are booked up. At our new school we can help train more teachers during those busy times.
Google Streetview currently has an image from early-stage construction of the site in April 2015. Here are before and after (May 2016) photos. Look for the long driveway on the south side of Kaewnawarat, two buildings west of Tunghotel Road.
Before and After
Inthakin – Chiang Mai City Pillar Festival
Inthakin is a yearly festival in Chiang Mai, focused around veneration of the city pillar and its guardian spirits. The City Pillar has its own temple, to the left of the Three Kings Monument (and is why it sits partway into the road, as that is the geographical and spiritual navel of the city). However, during this celebration the pillar (and its protective spirits) are relocated to What Chedi Luang.
Local Chiang Mai residents take this festival and its activities fairly seriously, as without happy city pillar spirits, the city won’t last long. This is an eight day festival, whose dates change each year as it is based on the lunar calendar. In 2016 this is from June 1-8. This is mostly an evening event, so wait until the rain clouds recede and make your way over to a carnival atmosphere full of food, flowers and incense, and atmospheric views.
Upcoming TEFL Courses and Paid Internships
Here are the remaining 4 Week TEFL courses and paid internship dates for 2016. Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested. We encourage those with blogs and websites to join our affiliates program.
- 27 June – 22 July
- 01 – 26 August
- 29 August – 23 September
- 26 September – 21 October
- (both 4 week TEFL and paid Internship starts on this date)
- 24 October – 18 November
- 28 November – 23 December
Note that we now have two Early Bird Specials. Six weeks before the course begins there is a $ 200 USD discount and three weeks before it begins that drops to $ 100 USD.
We really appreciate the support of our friends and the alumni community.
Well, that’s it for this time. Cheers!
John Quinn, Director and Senior Trainer
SEE TEFL Teacher Training
Director’s Cell Phone +66 81 885 4144
Main Office Phone +66 53 242 945