About TEFL International

TEFL International and its subsidiaries have a variety of TESOL courses, TEFL diploma, TESOL diploma, teacher training, language training, and cultural immersion. Additionally, we offer a substantial number of high quality TEFL and TESOL Jobs placement options and the possibility of university credit for our courses.

TEFL International Mission Statement

TEFL International is a non-profit international training organization creating intercultural opportunities for our customers through numerous educational and multicultural services such as: teacher education, language training, camps, internships, and much more. We strive to be a fun, creative, responsive, culturally sensitive, high value company focused on individual growth, customer satisfaction, and helping the world communicate better by providing valuable experiences and skills for both those in need and those seeking to improve their lives.

TEFL International Oversight

A Board of Academic Advisors, including internationally recognized experts in the field of English teaching as well as locally-situated English school managers at TEFL International locations around the world, externally validates and moderates TEFL International. Get more information about the BOAA.

All TEFL International courses meet current international accreditation standards (over 6 hours of observed teaching practice and over 100 hours of classroom.)

Key Personnel

Bruce Veldhuisen
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

The founder of TEFL International, Mr. Veldhuisen was previously Course Director of language schools and TESOL courses in Hong Kong and Thailand for eight years before founding the world ’s largest teacher training institute and becoming a well-known name in the industry. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration, A Bachelor’s of Science in International Relations and Economics and is a certified Trinity College London teacher. Mr. Veldhuisen is committed to growth and helping others, but maintains a down-to-earth approach that keeps him personally involved with TI´s programs, customers and employers – a characteristic Mr. Veldhuisen has carried over into TEFL International’s mission and one of the cornerstones of our success.

David Hopkins
Director of Academics

As the director of TEFL International’s academic programs around the world, Mr. Hopkins holds Master’s degrees in both TEFL and Intercultural Management from the School of International Training. He has taught, developed, managed and trained teachers in language programs in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia for over three decades. His most recent position before coming on board with TEFL International was the course director at the AUA Language centre in Bangkok. Keeping up with changes in the industry and methodologies, Mr. Hopkins has helped bring TEFL International into the forefront of the industry with his experience and insightful knowledge.

Michael S. FitzGerald
Service Program Director

Michael is a career ELT professional who has trained and observed thousands of teachers in Business English, young learners, general English and specialty English programs throughout Asia, Europe and Canada for more than 14 years. Graduating in 1994 with a BA Honors degree in Philosophy, Michael went on to receive his pre-service teaching qualifications in Ireland with the Recognized English Language Schools Association. After teaching in Russia and Greece, Michael returned to Canada in 1996 to receive post-graduate qualifications in Corporate Communications. In 1999, Michael completed his in-service diploma (Cambridge DELTA) in Madrid, Spain. While completing it, Michael taught English with various schools on a contract basis and went on to train teachers in Spain and the Czech Republic for International TEFL Certificate. In 2003, Michael took on the role as Head of Teacher Training for a Trinity College London service provider in Madrid, Spain. In 2005, Michael joined the TEFL International team as director of public relations and doing specialty pre-service and in-service teacher training programs which he executed very successfully in Thailand, the UK, France, Vietnam and China.