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Review 16 of 16 ICEP TEFL Training

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Before I chose to attend ICEP I read the reviews online. They were all really positive, and I have pretty high expectations when I went. Unfortunately, it was a complete disaster.

I attended in spring 2019. I just now have time to write my review.

1) Facilities: Other reviewers remarked that the facilities were “good”, but by the time I was there they had degraded to poor. ICEP had two housing options: group housing (with 4 people living the the same house sharing the same kitchen but two bathrooms), and more private housing (2 people living the the same house sharing the same kitchen, but each with a private bathroom). Due to a miscommunication on ICEP’s side, I was accidentally placed in the wrong housing the first night, so I was able to see both accommodations. ICEP advertised their housing as “fully furnished”, with a desk and a nightstand in each room. I didn’t anything fancy, but I did expect some bare bones furniture.

In the group housing:

All of the rooms were missing something-some had a desk but no chair, or a chair but no desk. One had only a night stand. One had nothing but a bed.

The kitchen was completely insane. It didn’t have 4 plates, 4 bowls, 4 cups, 4 spoons/knives/forks, or 4 cups. It had between 1-2 of each other these things, so people couldn’t actually eat at the same time.

When I emailed to ask about these things, I was told the place “wasn’t a hotel”. I wasn’t expecting a hotel, but I was expecting the accommodations to be functional. 4 forks in a house that has 4 people living in it for a month at a time isn’t a huge ask.

Additionally, the bathroom had been leaking for a few days when I arrived, and one of the other students had said something and been told that “the bathroom wasn’t leaking, just people weren’t dying the floor after their showers”. The second night I was there a pipe burst in the wall and the house flooded. This might not have happened had the owner taken the previous student’s complaint seriously.

Solo Housing:

Much nicer than the group housing, but the furniture was still pretty broken. The coffee table was unusable because it had a broken leg, and the armchair had a broken board with a nail sticking out. Other than those two small things though (I never used the coffee table) the solo housing was quite nice!

Class:

ICEP continued their disorganized mess on the first day of school. None of us were given a syllabus, and when a student asked about it we were told ICEP was not supposed to give us a syllabus for the class, the agencies we booked with were supposed to give us our syllabus. Two of us called our agencies to ask for our syllabi, and the agencies told us it was ICEP’s job to give us a syllabus. Later we were given the table of contents of the textbook as our “syllabus”.

The class was structured like this: The teacher would assign grammar topics, and students would present them to the class. Then he would assign different sections of reading from the textbook, and each of us would have to present about what we learned. After we’d done our grammar presentation and reading presentation for the day, the teacher would talk for 30 minute-1 hour. 3/4 of each class was taught by the student, the other 1/4 was a lecture by the teacher.

Frankly, the teacher (of whom other reviewers raved) was burnt out. This isn’t even my opinion: the teacher told us on the first day that he would assign us grammar presentations, but that he “didn’t really listen” because it was boring to hear the same presentations all the time. He said only listened when the presentations were good. He spent most of the time in class on Facebook.

This meant that if another student in the class didn’t prepare a presentation (as happened several times) the rest of us just didn’t learn that topic. The teacher didn’t have any backup material planned, or any intention to cover material students didn’t explain to other students.

In the afternoon, another teacher would come to review our lesson plans for our teaching practicum. Unfortunately, she only gave us 1 actual lesson on lesson planning, and the rest of the semester we just sat in an empty room waiting for her to be done reviewing other people’s lessons. She didn’t often have time to review your lesson plan until the day you were going to teach, so if you had made mistakes/needed extra help you didn’t have time to implement any feedback you might get. Often, you’d only have 10 minutes or less with her anyway.

Resume review:

We were supposed to get 15 minutes during our lunch break for our resume review/job search guidance. Unfortunately, that’s not actually enough time. So several of us got no time at all or less tan 10 minutes.

Professionalism: ICEP has essentially no professionalism. The teacher kept blaming the students for the problems. For example, two students were really really sick, and the teacher said the reason for that was just that the “classmates didn’t like each other, and that in all his time he’d never seen anything like it. The only reason they could be sick and miserable would be because we didn’t like each other.” First, this wasn’t true. Most of us got along quite well, and were hanging out often outside of school. Second, the students were likely sick because they kept swimming in the ocean despite a city wide no-swim order (due to a broken sewage pipe leaking into the ocean). But regardless of the real reason for the illness, the whole “students just don’t like each other” thing was part of a large rant the teacher was making about how none of the problems were his responsibility. The owner tried to blame the students (me and another girl) for all the problems the school had.

I could keep going, really. It was such an insane experience. Afterwards, the agency I booked with dropped ICEP, and will no longer send their students there. Myself and another student were told that there had been “ongoing complaints” about the “quality of the course.” Even one of the employees there also confirmed that there had been “ongoing problems” and the reason why we’d had such a bad experience was that we’d booked a class “in the middle of all this”.

Listen: everyone has an off day. People can even have off weeks and off months. But I believe the agency I booked with when they said there had been “ongoing complaints” about the course.

Rather than take responsibility and make a genuine effort to deal with their own going problems (one of which being a teacher who clearly hated his job. He even mentioned many times how he preferred to teach children to adults. But that teacher we DEFINITELY not the only, or even the biggest, problem), the ICEP tried to blame all of us students for their problems. The facilities were run down? Well the students from the LAST quarter must have done something. Oh, grammar presentations going poorly? well the students (who have never taught before) should have done a better job preparing….not the teachers who were supposed to be teaching them should have done a better job teaching. Oh class is getting dysfunctional? It’s not that there is a burnt out teacher leading the class, it’s that the students hate each other.

The mental gymnastics of this place were amazing. It’s been more than a year and I can barely believe my own eyes and memories.

The school might have learned something from their mistakes. Maybe not. I won’t be going back to find out.

Buyer beware, you’re in for a scare.

Review 15 of 16 ICEP TEFL Training

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I took ICEP’s training course in September 2018. Overall, the course was excellent and I am so glad I chose it.

The course’s instructor, Raul, is clearly passionate about the topic and his enthusiasm shows. Raul was always fun and engaging, and I left class every day feeling like I had learned something new. The stories Raul shared from his own teaching experience made everything we learned feel real and applicable.

The teaching practices definitely required a lot of hard work. While it was challenging at first, by the end of the course my confidence in my teaching abilities had grown significantly. The feedback I received from the instructors who observed my teaching practices was extremely useful and helped me understand what my strengths were and where I needed to improve.

The job search assistance I received at ICEP was invaluable. Alan really took the time to listen to my requests in terms of employment. He was able to help me secure a position before the course had even ended, and he assisted me with interviews, contracts, and pretty much every other step of the process.

This course is intensive and requires a lot of hard work. However, in my experience this preparation paid off when I began training for my new job. I honestly could not imagine having started work without the preparation this course provided. I definitely recommend it for anyone who is serious about receiving their TEFL certification and teaching English abroad.

Thanks so much to Alan, Raul, Jodi, and everyone at VIA who helped me become a teacher!

Review 14 of 16 ICEP TEFL Training

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I had decided to come to Puerto Vallarta for my TEFL certification because I was already familiar with the city and I am so glad that I did. Start to Finish, this is an A-1 organization.

The director is a workaholic with a passion for the business and this community. Having been in a training capacity myself for several years, I will also say that the head instructor is top notch! His knowledge of the industry and past experiences teaching English around the world lent so much to the engagement of learning.

I cannot imagine taking this certification online and missing out on the experience of viewing live training sessions with their teachers. This was invaluable to view prior to practice teaching at 3 different locations over several weeks. On top of that, with the help of the relationships the director has built, I secured employment immediately upon graduation.

Anyone wanting to enroll in a TEFL certification course should strongly consider coming here to Puerto Vallarta. You will be in the best of hands with Alan, Raul, and staff. Thank you all for a great experience!

Review 13 of 16 ICEP TEFL Training

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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!

Review 12 of 16 ICEP TEFL Training

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I have recently completed the 140 hours TEFL Course with ICEP TEFL Training 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!

Review 11 of 16 ICEP TEFL Training

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I did the ICEP TEFL in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico from February to March 2017 for one month. It was an excellent course and Raul our teacher was very good. I personally found him helpful with any questions that I had. The course was very varied. The staff overall were brilliant. Alan was excellent in helping us look for jobs and very prompt at responding to emails. The accommodation where we stayed at was great and very close to the school. An excellent idea was to have 2 Sundays where the staff would take us on a trip, a great way of getting to know each other. With that I start my first teaching role in Mexico next Monday. Thank you Alan, Nino and Raul for all your help.

Sheila

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