TEFL Blog 4 – Reflections

My course “TEACHbeach TEFL Thailand” has been running for 5 months now, and I have enjoyed every minute. I have been so blessed with the students I have had join me on the course. Everyone of them a great character, and I am so proud of how they performed during the course. Everyone has moved on either to a new job teaching English, or they have returned home to continue with their existing careers.

Here are just a few of the wonderful testimonials I have received over the last 5 months. It really is comments like these that make this the best job in the world


Jan Kapp – “TEACHbeach TEFL was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to any new teachers. Gary is absolutely the best thing around the college, and he has a lot of knowledge of his subject. He is also generous and helpful in all aspects of his job. He always delivers on time and will go the extra mile for his TEFL students and his staff. The course itself is a very powerful tool and can change the lives of many potential teachers, not only in Thailand but other countries too. It is well put together and easy to understand. Thank again to the Thai directors Madam Nuch and Poror Somchai, and last but not least Gary Cartwright for an awesome time in Prachuap Khiri Khan.”

Keegan Cremer – “The TEACHbeach course has opened my eyes to a new and exciting world of culture, colour and happiness. I felt welcome right from the start. An exciting but tiring drive to Prachuap was well worth it once awake to the beautiful town of Prachuap. The academy put simply is the perfect place for the course, clean, professional and the ideal place to learn with great staff and students. Gary is more than suited for tutoring the course, with his great personality traits and overall enthusiasm, manners and helpful nature. He never said no and was always willing to help out whenever it was needed. In addition, his assistance to us in teaching through his experience went above and beyond expectation.”

Claire Gentlemen – ” Dear Gary, thank you so much for all you have done for us. You have taught me so much, and I am grateful for all the knowledge that you have given me. You have made this experience so much fun, and I have enjoyed every moment.

Wentzel Pretorius – “Dear Gary, thank you for everything you have done for us all of us. Thank you for this great experience. We are all going to miss you teacher Gary.”

Wendy Adams – Dearest Gary, thank you for this amazing opportunity to grow and learn. I have enjoyed each step along the way. I don’t want to leave, but I shall be back. Love Wends”

Keegan Cremer – “Thank you for your help and commitment to all of us as a group and as individuals. A great experience that will not be forgotten, thanks to you. Keegs.”

I feel very blessed to work with such amazing people here at P-TECH college in Prachuap Khiri Khan. We have an amazing training facility, with wonderful staff and students. My business partners Madam Nuch and Poror Somchai are two of the most amazing and generous people I have had the good fortune to meet.

We are slowly building a reputation in the market place, and I will continue to give 100% everyday in order to help potential teachers, and to make this program a success.

TEFL Blog 3 – It doesn’t feel a lot like Christmas

Christmas? It doesn’t feel like it this year! With the recent passing of the King Christmas of course has taken a back seat. Most schools and colleges would usually have a Christmas show and a party but this year they were cancelled. It didn’t occur to me at first why it didn’t feel Christmasy, why I didn’t feel Christmasy but while I was riding through my village last week I suddenly noticed there were no Christmas lights, no tinsel and not many people walking around in Santa hats! For me it’s okay because I am not a huge fan of Christmas but for some I am sure it amplified the feeling of missing all the loved ones at this time of year.

Anyway, the New Year is when Thai people like to celebrate and that is when we enjoy a few days of rest and recuperation. So role on the the New Year and let’s all hope 2017 is a happy and prosperous year for one and all. Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

TEFL Blog 2 – Christmas in Thailand

Christmas is coming around again! I do miss my mum’s Christmas dinners and of course my family but I don’t miss the weather! It is a fun time in Thailand at Christmas, we get amazing weather and the Thai people tend to love Christmas too. Of course it is a commercial exercise based on gift exchange and a chance to sing jingle bells but we all fave fun making cards, learning Christmas vocabulary and singing songs. Love it!

If you go down to your local Tesco’s or Big C in Thailand you will see Christmas trees, tinsel the lot, it’s just like back in the UK. The Christmas spirit is everywhere. I remember once going to my local Tesco’s supermarket and at the check out I noticed the cashier girl sitting there with a burka and a Santa hat propped up on top of her head! Cultures collide but you have to smile!

Merry Christmas to one and all.


TEFLpassport visas Thailand Blog 1 –  Essential Visa Information

TEFL Blog – We are constantly hearing different rumours about visa requirements for Thailand, changes in the rules, fines being issued and stories of teachers being refused entry at the border. Please do not worry about any of this we will make sure you have the right visa information.


Don’t listen to the overnight expert you meet at a local restaurant. Don’t listen to the guy who tries to tell you how difficult it is to get visas and work permits in Thailand.

We have been in the business for 10 years and have a thorough understanding of the requirements and processes required to secure all the correct documentation.

Now for the good news! Once you have decided to join the TEACHbeach TEFL course we will be able to give you all the support and advice you need to secure the right visa prior to you leaving home.

Visa Information

We generally advise our TEFL candidates to apply for a 60 day tourist visa prior to leaving home. This visa allows you a total of 90 days in the Kingdom because you can extend the visa locally by a further 30 days once the first 60 days has elapsed. This visa allows you the 30 days you will need to complete the TEACHbeach TEFL course, the remaining 60 days will allow you the time you need to relax and travel before starting your new job teaching English.

Once you are settled and you have extended your visa the school in which you are placed will produce the documents you need to secure the 90 day non immigrant business visa. This visa runs for 90 days and allows the time required to produce your work permit and 1 year teaching visa.