TEFL on the beach was established in 2018 in Thailand by a group of teachers that started helping people from around the world realise their dream of living abroad.

This deemed to be very successful, as we were giving people information based on our own actual experiences, and people loved it. Yes, we were teachers, and yes we were learners in the process too.

We learnt everything we could about the processes, the rules, the do’s and don’ts, the countries, their attractions, and how to have fun while doing this while making a real difference.

After designing our own TEFL course, and becoming fully accredited, we arrived here, equipped to teach you, and equipped to place you in a great job, while adhering to all the legalities, and adding value by ensuring your safety, through our service that includes accommodation set up, transport acquisition, bank account set up and much more.

What is TEFL?


Our Courses

The same way we all arrived in Thailand because of different situations, we also all completed different TEFL courses from various great companies.

We all agreed though, that in the live classroom environment, we wished that we were taught what the other one knows, and vice versa. We therefore combined our knowledge, and wrote our courses to ensure that you are fully equipped when going to teach abroad.

All our courses are fully accredited by the Education CPD. Your certificate, along with each country’s legal requirements, will allow you to teach absolutely anywhere in the world.

Our business has evolved so much in two years, that we are now able to include a basic language course, and a culture programme as part of our package. These crash courses will definitely go a long way in ensuring you are able to adjust from west to east without too many hassles or surprises.

CPD Accreditation

TEFL Working Abroad

  • Online 120 Hour
    + Free 24H Tutor


    Level 3 TEFL

    Job club access
    Info and assist Visa, Work permit
    and Teacher's licence
    Dependant Visa assistance
    Bank account and health insurance guidance
    Accommodation assistance
    Guide to living abroad
  • Orientation and Placement
    + Free 24H Tutor


    Level 3 TEFL with Practical + Peer to peer teaching practice + in-class assignments

    Guaranteed in class Teaching Job + lifetime Job club access
    Visa, Work permit and
    Teacher's licence covered
    Dependant Visa assistance
    Bank account and health
    insurance processing and opened
    Airport pick up and transfer to permanent
    accommodation, with permanent transport options
    Guide to living abroad
    Thai Culture, language course

Meet our Team

Sameer Kootboodien

My journey begins in South Africa, as a man tired of the corporate space and looking for adventure. I too enrolled to complete a TEFL course, travelled to China and started applying for jobs. I worked in China for a short time, but found a much better opportunity in Thailand, where after finding this opportunity brought my wife and son over to join me. I taught for a bit in Thailand and found that by partnering with other teachers, we were able to design our own better TEFL course and have it fully accredited. We did exactly that, met the requirements, and TEFL on the Beach was born. I travelled back to South Africa, not before making reliable international contacts, to improve this business using home ground advantage, and now liaise with all our amazing contacts internationally daily via the internet.


Deolan Pillay

I studied to be a teacher. Taught high school learners for a while, found that it was not really for me. Then joined a large corporate company as a Trainer. Found that to be much more fulfilling. I have a passion for transferring knowledge and skills. Sam approached me to be apart of something we could call our own. Helping people make their TEFL dreams come true is a truly amazing feeling and one that gets me up in the morning.


About our process

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Our FAQ's

1. Salary expectation
2. Payment plan with TOTB courses

Other than the option of using your credit card and paying crazy interest rates, there is very little, possibly no other company similar to TOTB, offering a payment plan for these types of services, and INTEREST FREE!!

  • $150 = Dep of $55
  • $180 = dep of $55
  • $499 = dep of $100
  • $599 = dep of $100
  • R2200 = Dep of R800
  • R2700 = Dep of R800
  • R7500 = Dep of R1500
  • R9000 = Dep of R1500

Balance over 3 or 4 months (T’s & C’s apply)

3. What am I responsible for

First and foremost, as much as we pride ourselves on our values, one of it being ensuring end-to-end support, your safety is firstly your responsibility before anyone else’s. Research, check, double check, don’t do anything dumb, and stay vigilant at all times when travelling.
You are required to complete your TEFL course successfully and timeously, record a 30 second intro video, apply for your police (criminal) clearance from your home country, obtain a valid passport (with at least 1 year validity still available), notarize necessary documents, pay for your flights, and of course, pay us on time… 😊

4. Why choose us

Simple, our service level agreement dictates that we have to respond to 90% of our queries within 4 hours of receiving it. You will never be left in the dark. We are a family owned company with family values, and we didn’t choose these values, these values chose us. This is naturally who we are and we would love for you to be a part of it.

We are a group of existing teachers, that has lived abroad in various countries and have real life experience with almost any living abroad issue you can possibly think of. We’ve experienced it and overcome it and can help you overcome that too. Our placement team and specialists are able to place you in Thailand, Vietnam, China and Cambodia. We are working very hard to improve our range. If this is not enough, we also offer the boring stuff, we are fully accredited and able to guarantee you a job. Need more info… Contact us now!

5. What is tefl/tesol

Tefl stands for teaching English as a foreign language and Tesol stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. They are pretty much the same thing and is your gateway certificate to teaching English as a second language (esl) all over the world. Without it, you will rarely be hired.

6. Do I need a degree to teach abroad?

The truth is that if you have tefl or a tesol accredited course completed, any school will be happy to hire you. You are also able to teach English online without a degree and earn equal and sometimes more than in class teaching. Contact us to find out which countries demand a degree in order to obtain a work permit.

7. Placement assistance vs placement guarantee?

With placement assistance we allow you access to our daily job feed, introduce you to recruiters and show you awesome easy methods to help you find work on your own. Of course we assist with information on all other issues such as visas, flights, accommodation etc.
With placement guarantee, you are guaranteed to be placed in a job at the end of your course. Please view our jobs section on our website to find out how we are able to achieve this…
Our placement team and specialists are able to place you in Thailand, Vietnam, China and Cambodia. We are working very hard to improve our range.
With guaranteed placement, you have peace of mind that your investment in your tefl course with us will soon be recouped. Please contact us if you would like more information.

8. Visa for me and my family

At Teflonthebeachdotcom we are able to assist you with information about all the requirements for your visas. We can tell you exactly what is needed dependant on your situation. So that when living abroad, you have peace of mind that you are living legally.

9. Types of schools and locations

By completing our courses you are eligible to teach at any school in any country. The types of schools available are private schools, public schools, online teaching and language centres. We have links to all types of schools!

10. Accreditation

In order to achieve accreditation and meet international standards, the following needs to be achieved:

  1. At least 100 hours of coursework and training.
  2. At least 6 to 20 hours live practice.
  3. External validation and accreditation by a recognised, independent body within the field.
  4. Course instructors to hold at least a masters degree.
11. Accommodation?

When hired by a school or a recruiter, you are assisted fully with options for accommodation. You need not worry…
We are also able to assist you with alternatives that are suited to your needs. Contact us to find out more!

12. Transport?

The schools we place you at are always rather accessible. Either by bus, or train. We are able to assist you with a monthly rental of a scooter and if you need scooter lessons and a licence, we provide that too.

13. After-Sales Service

We at TOTB will continue to assist our teachers once they have arrived in their destination country.
The assistance we offer is related to airport pickup; securing appropriate accommodation; processing of visas; transport to and from school; opening up a bank account and health insurance; as a lifetime member of the TOTB family we will assist with future placements at no extra charge.

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