Deposits - the what, why and how

Our programmes require that you pay two small deposits. The deposit simply confirms your commitment to participation, and is returned to you once you have completed your programme commitments. For more info, please read

How much is the deposit?

The deposit is set based on two instalments of £100 (British Pounds Sterling), this is roughly $270 USD (n.b. the exact amount in USD is subject to live exchange rates). The deposit can only be paid on Paypal. If you are paying in a currency other than GBP, Paypal will automatically work out how much you can pay in your local currency.

The deposit is paid by you in two instalments of £100 each or the equivalent in your local currency.

For our summer programmes, the first instalment is required when we confirm your place on our programme before you submit your video interview; the second is required when we confirm your place on your particular project following interviews. The deposit is returned to you once you complete your summer programme with us, fill in our feedback form and complete your obligations linked to any funding you receive through us (e.g. completing your TESOL training).

For our 6-12 month programmes, the first instalment is required when we confirm your place on our programme before you submit your video interview; the second is required when you proceed to the visa application and flight booking stage. The deposit is returned to you two months after you start teaching overseas.

The deposit is usually returned directly via PayPal. Any small fees levied by the online payment service, such as PayPal, are deducted prior to reimbursement.

Why do I need to pay a deposit?

Our programme requires the first deposit instalment to be sure of your commitment before we undertake the next step of our process: finding the right project for you in one of our destinations. Our partners require the second instalment to confirm your commitment to joining their particular project, they need this commitment guaranteed so that they can prepare for your arrival (e.g by issuing you with a visa invitation letter).

When will my deposit be returned?

The deposit is returned to you once you have finished your programme with us and completed its obligations. Obligations are usually just that you fill in our feedback form and complete tasks linked to any funding you received through us (e.g. completing your TESOL training). Please only pay once you are happy to confirm your participation in the programme. Please review points 8, 9, 10 and 11 of our terms to ensure you are familiar with other deposit terms. If you pay a deposit and don't participate in a programme then the deposit is not refundable, you need to complete one of our programmes to be eligible for a refund.

Please note that if your deposit was sent to us more than 6 months before it is returned to you, then Paypal will charge you a small service fee of around approx 5% (e.g on £100, the fee tends to be around £4.60).