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Join our ThailandExplorer Program

Dive into our 'Thailand TEFL Explorer Program'. No degree? No problem! You'll get the best 120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course on the market in Hua Hin for 4 weeks, and then step into a guaranteed paid teaching internship for 5 months. We handle all the details, so you can focus on your adventure. Open to applicants from English-speaking and European countries.


Internship in collaboration with local Thai partner & North Bangkok University.

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What's included?

Paid TEFL internship starting out at 4.5 months in total with option to extend. Fly out in September or March every year for the 4 week TEFL course in Hua Hin. We work with well established organisations all across Thailand to facilitate your placement. No experience or degree needed and full training provided.

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Support

You'll receive excellent support from TFT and our local Thai partner organisation ensuring a hassle-free journey to Thailand.

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Community

Hop on board with a large group of TEFL graduates as they kick off their first adventure, and plug into our buzzing community through a pre-departure chat!

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120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course

Fully accredited & internationally recognised 4 week in-person TEFL Course + TFTs Lesson Plan Library! Lifetime qualification.

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Travel Time

You'll mainly travel around before and after your placements. Whilst immersing in Thai national holidays and festivals during the semester!

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Teaching
Internship

Paid teaching internship initially for one school semester in Bangkok. Teaching practicum in public schools.

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Salary & Benefits

You'll be paid well. 30,000 THB per month which goes a long way in Thailand with the cost of living being one of the lowest in Asia.

Key Benefits of our Explorer Program

Join The Fewer Things' Explorer Thailand program for a comprehensive experience that includes our 120 Hour 4 week TEFL Course in Hua Hin with accommodation included, orientation week, and 24/7 support in Thailand and directly affiliated with North Bangkok University. Benefit from assistance with visa processes, a guaranteed paid teaching internship, and essential setups like banking and SIM cards. Access our Lesson Plan Library, receive the Thailand Survival Guide, and connect with fellow participants through a private group chat, ensuring a smooth and enriching journey. We can guarantee you a teaching position due to the extensive network of partner organisations we have in Thailand. 

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How It Works

Interested in joining our Thailand Explorer Program? Here's a quick checklist before starting your application:

  • Be a native English speaker

  • Able to pass a criminal record check.

  • Be in good health.

  • Have enthusiasm and readiness for change.


No Degree required!
 

The process kicks off with you submitting some basic documents, paying your program fee & a welcome call with the team!

Program Fee

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Our Thailand Explorer Program costs £2000 spread out over 3 equal payments. The first payment can be made as soon as you've sent in your application materials and have been accepted. Need a reminder of what's included again? Here it is below:
 

  • 4 week 120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course in Hua Hin

  • Orientation week and cultural activities 

  • 4 week accommodation included during course

  • 40 hour cultural immersion experience 

  • 24/7 support throughout the whole process and once in Thailand

  • Assistance with criminal record check & visa process

  • A guaranteed paid internship teaching English in Thailand

  • Assistance with bank and sim card set up

  • TFTs Lesson Plan Library

  • The Fewer Things Survival Guide to Thailand

  • Pre-departure group chat with all applicants

Keep reading below for more information on 'TEFL Qualification', 'Friends & Couples', 'Accommodation' & 'Other Financials'

Huge list  of FAQs below!

Already have a TEFL?

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As this program is an internship and directly affiliated with North Bangkok University, you will be on an education visa with internship practicum from the university, you will need to take the 4 week in-person TEFL course which is provided. An online TEFL course will not suffice for this program and we can not accept any other course.

If you did not want to do this, we would suggest joining our Cambodia Explorer Program in which we can accept any TEFL course you may have. 

Housing Assistance

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During your the 4 week course and orientation, accommodation is provided as part of the program fee. Once you transition to your placement location, a local coordinator will assist you in finding your own apartment. You may have the option to share a house with fellow program participants if you are placed in the same school, or you can choose a private one-bedroom studio. With monthly rents ranging from just £100 to £150, housing in Thailand is remarkably affordable, making your stay both comfortable and economical.

Other financials

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In addition to the £2000 program fee, it’s important to plan financially for other expenses. Budget an extra £2000 to cover flights, spending money, visa fees, and initial living costs in Thailand before your earnings begin. This preparation ensures you're fully equipped for a smooth start to your teaching adventure.

Friends & Couples Discounts

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure to Thailand with your partner or friends! When applying, let us know if you're part of a group or couple and you'll receive a £100 discount each! We can place you together in the same school or town. For larger groups, please note that you might be divided into smaller units for placements, as schools in Thailand typically prefer not to hire large groups together.

  • Is it reduced if I have a TEFL already?
    For this program, having a pre-existing TEFL certification does not qualify for a reduction in fees. This internship is directly affiliated with North Bangkok University, and it is crucial that all participants undergo the specially designed 4-week in-person course. This requirement ensures that everyone is trained uniformly to meet the high standards expected by the university and the local schools. By completing this course, you demonstrate your capability to achieve a level of excellence necessary for a successful internship in this prestigious program. You could join our Cambodia Explorer Program which we are able to reduce the fees for.
  • Why do I pay a program fee?
    TFT is a private company specializing in providing unique and bespoke experiences that might otherwise be inaccessible to young people who do not have posses a bachelros degree. As experts in the field, we ensure that you are not just paying for services, but investing in a seamless and enriching journey abroad. Our expertise and meticulous planning allow you to enjoy a hassle-free adventure, opening doors to new cultures and opportunities that are invaluable. Joining TFT means choosing an experience tailored to broaden your horizons and enhance your personal growth.
  • How do I pay the fee?
    Once you have been accepted into our program, we will provide you with a payment link to secure your spot. You have the option to pay the full amount at once or divide the fee into three equal installments, spread over several months for your convenience.
  • Where does the program fee go?
    The £2000 program fee is distributed across several key components of the program. A significant part of the fee is used for TEFL training and accommodation in Thailand for the duration of the four-week course. Smaller amounts are allocated to administrative expenses incurred by TFT and our local partner, as well as to managing the internship process and organizing cultural activities. Additionally, the fee includes ongoing support throughout the entire experience.
  • What is the price beat guarantee all about?
    TFT is committed to delivering top-notch service at the most competitive price. We're confident our program fees are the lowest you'll find, but if you discover a cheaper rate—even with a discount on our fees from another company—let us know and we'll beat it every time. No questions asked.
  • I don't have any experience can I still apply?
    Absolutely! Most of your fellow program participants will also be new to this, just like you. We all understand that you're starting from scratch, and we'll place you in a position that's perfectly suited for beginners. Think of this entire experience as a personal growth journey with no pressure to be flawless from the start. As long as you're putting in your best effort, that’s all we ask for!
  • What qualifications do I need to teach English in Thailand through your program?
    To qualify for our program, you must be a graduate from an accredited university. While a TEFL certification isn’t mandatory, it’s highly recommended to enhance your teaching skills and prospects. You can apply for this program whilst you're still in university and head out after. For example, if you want to come on our October fly out, you should apply earlier in the year whilst you're completing your final year of university.
  • Is there an age requirement?
    There is an upper age limit of 55 due to work visa policies within Thailand. As long as you're under 55, you're good to go!
  • Do I need to be a native English speaker to apply?
    Native English speakers are preferred; however, non-native speakers with fluent English proficiency and a strong educational background are also encouraged to apply.
  • What types of schools will I be teaching in?
    We only work with government funded public schools. You will be placed in one public school for the duration of your contract.
  • What happens when I land in Thailand?
    Our local academic partners will greet you with open arms for training and orientation right in the heart of Bangkok. This is your chance to settle in comfortably, receive some extra teacher training, and immerse yourself in Thai culture. Plus, you'll finally meet the rest of the TFT family face-to-face, the same folks you've been chatting with online! It's a fantastic opportunity to learn loads and feel completely at home in your new surroundings. From there, we'll help you and the other grads transition smoothly to your respective teaching locations.
  • What is the duration of the teaching contract?
    The contract lasts for 4.5 months, aligned with the Thai academic semester. Around 70% of applicants renew their contracts for additional semester and this is something the team at TFT will assist you with. You could even change placement location for your second semester to see more of Thailand!
  • How many teaching hours will I have each week?
    You will teach around 20 hours per week, plus additional hours for office duties, Monday through Friday. This is classed as a full time position.
  • Are there different types of teaching positions available?
    Absolutely! Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to level up, we have a spot just for you. Choose from a variety of positions that best suit your skills and growth aspirations. 80% of the groups who come with TFT are brand new to teaching, so it is totally fine if you don't have any experience as it is not a requirement for the entry-level positions.
  • Can I choose the location where I want to teach?
    TFT goes through an extensive placement preference process with the whole group. You can express interest in to the type of environment you'd like to be in, for example: Small or medium town or large city preferences are given. You'll be asked many other questions about the experience you're looking for and TFT will recommend something that we believe fits best with you. You'll always be placed in the same school with others from TFT no matter which region you go to.
  • Will I be employed by TFT?
    No, you won't be employed by us; you'll be hired directly by your employer in Thailand. This direct connection means clearer terms and a smoother experience for you. Don’t worry, though - we’re still here to help with any questions about your contract or anything else you need!
  • Are accommodations included as part of the employment package?
    You will receive a monthly housing allowance in the small to medium size placements and this is set up for you before arrival. Meaning you do not need to do any house hunting at all and it is all taken care of. In bigger cities such as Bangkok, the housing is not included and you will have to house hunt during your first couple of weeks with assistance of a local coordinator from your school.
  • How much will I be paid?
    Small to medium size town placements offer a salaries starting at 31,000 THB per month plus a housing allowance (no rent to pay!) You can expect to earn upwards of 35,000 THB per month in bigger cities but the cost of living is of course higher and accommodation cost is not included. Good to know: 70% of applicants choose a smaller town in their first semester and move to a bigger city if they decide to stay longer.
  • Will I get a work visa?
    Yes, we will help assist you and the school in getting all of your paperwork sorted before arrival. You will receive a Thai teachers licence granted by the Ministry of Education in Thailand, a work permit and work visa all before your departure date.
  • What post-departure support do you provide?
    Once you land, our local team becomes your family away from home. Whether you need help settling in or someone to share a cup of Thai tea with, we’re just a call away. We will be in touch with you the whole way through your placement. You'll have additional support from your local Thai colleagues at school and coordinators too!
  • Who do I get support from?
    The team here at TFT will be with you every step of the way! We've all taught abroad before and have help 100s of graduates go abroad every year. You'll also receive additional support from local Thai coordinators and your colleagues in your school.
  • What is the TEFL course like you offer?
    Our TEFL course recently won 3 awards for Support, Value & Instruction! It is a 120 Hour Advanced Course which is fully accredited and internationally recognised! You can complete it on our online platform in the lead up to heading out to Thailand. It is fully self paced, leaving you enough freedom to chip away at it over a few months.
  • What's the difference between this Thailand program and others I've seen?
    What sets TFT apart from other companies is that everyone on our team has firsthand teaching experience in Asia. We founded TFT driven by a vision to make these transformative experiences accessible to as many people as possible. We're passionate about delivering exceptional support and ensuring a secure entry into Thailand for you. Our program also shines with the largest network of partnerships and placements in public schools across Thailand, giving you a wider range of choices compared to providers who may offer limited options or regions. It is something we've worked very hard to achieve and believe it is allows us to stand out from the crowd. Many larger organizations can feel quite corporate, often employing sales teams who have never taught abroad themselves and are primarily focused on getting you to sign up. At TFT, we do things differently. We handle all of our support and training directly, in-house, ensuring that you receive genuine advice and assistance from people who've actually lived the experience, not middlemen. A quick Google search will bring up 100s of reviews for you read and you'll get to see our awards over the past 4 years too!
  • What kind of support can I expect from your program before departure?
    Think of us as your pre-trip hype squad! From visa help to cultural dos-and-don'ts, we’ll ensure you’re super prepped and pumped for your Thai adventure. We make everything super easy to follow along and get you out there. We will be with you every step of the way and not to mention you'll have a huge group of others in the pre-departure chat who you'll be flying out with, going through the experience for the first time with you!
  • Is there a payment plan for the program fee?
    Absolutely! You have the flexibility to pay the program fee all at once or divide it into three equal installments. Our payment system also supports various options like 'Klarna' and 'Pay in 3 on PayPal.' Just let us know your preferences, and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.
  • When do I pay the fee?
    We only request the program fee after your application has been successfully submitted and you've been accepted into our program. Before asking for any payment, we conduct a pre-screening process and have a discussion with you to ensure that we both agree on moving forward together.
  • What is the program fee for?
    Your program fee is allocated across various components of the program and the support services you will receive. For instance, it covers the costs of your TEFL course, pre-departure support, the placement process, and ongoing support while you're in the country. TFT takes pride in offering one of the most affordable program fees in the industry, ensuring you get the best value without compromising on quality. We're confident that our fees are the most competitive among agencies offering similar programs in Thailand. If you come across a lower fee with another agency, just let us know and we'll match it!
  • Why should I choose TFTs TEFL Course?
    Choosing TFT's TEFL course sets you on a path to success and unforgettable adventures teaching English abroad. Here's why TFT stands out: Hundreds of 5-Star Reviews: TFT's TEFL course isn't just popular—it's proven. With hundreds of 5-star reviews from graduates, our course has a track record of exceeding expectations. These rave reviews reflect the exceptional quality of our program, the effectiveness of our teaching strategies, and the satisfaction of our alumni who've embarked on their teaching journeys across the globe. Award-Winning Excellence: In 2023, TFT's TEFL was crowned the best TEFL course for its unparalleled support, top-notch instruction, and unbeatable value by the leading teaching overseas platform Go Overseas. This accolade isn't just a badge of honor; it's a testament to our commitment to providing an outstanding learning experience that equips you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in diverse teaching environments. Fully Accredited by Accreditat: Our course isn't just recognized; it's fully accredited by Accreditat, ensuring it meets the highest standards of TEFL education. This accreditation guarantees that your qualification is accepted worldwide, opening doors to teaching opportunities in any country. Whether you're aiming to teach in bustling cities, serene countryside locations, or anywhere in between, our accreditation ensures your credentials are recognized and respected globally. Choosing TFT's TEFL means investing in a future filled with possibilities, support, and the assurance of a top-tier education that paves the way for a successful and rewarding teaching career abroad.
  • What happens after I complete the course?
    You'll be awarded your qualification. From there you can either pave your own path by searching for jobs overseas online or you can join a graduate program with us in Asia! The best part is that you'll have the cost of your TEFL course deducted from the program fee. Many people do this option if they're unsure on where to go and would like to gain their qualification in the meantime. The team here at TFT have all taught abroad before, so if you ever need any advice just reach out and we'll be happy to help!
  • Where can I use it?
    Our TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course holds full accreditation and is recognized worldwide. It qualifies you to teach English to non-native speakers in any country. For those not ready to travel abroad, a popular choice is to begin teaching English online, allowing you to work remotely from the comfort of your home. This approach offers the flexibility of a digital nomad lifestyle, with potential earnings of up to £20 per hour through online teaching.
  • What is a TEFL qualification?
    A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification is your passport to global adventures and teaching opportunities. It's an internationally recognized certification that arms you with the skills to teach English to non-native speakers anywhere in the world. Dream of wandering through historic European streets or exploring vibrant markets in Asia? TEFL makes it possible. It's more than a teaching certificate; it's your ticket to personal growth, cultural immersion, and the chance to impact lives globally. Ready to embark on an unforgettable journey? A TEFL qualification is where it all begins.
  • Where can I use my TEFL?
    A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification is your passport to global exploration and enriching experiences. Recognized worldwide, it equips you to teach English in countless countries, from the bustling streets of Tokyo, Paris, and Buenos Aires, to the serene landscapes of New Zealand, Thailand, and South Africa. It's your ticket not just to teach, but to immerse in diverse cultures, connect globally, and grow in unimaginable ways. Combining theoretical knowledge with practical teaching prowess, this certification prepares you for impactful teaching, online or in-person. If adventure calls and you're eager to inspire, a TEFL qualification is your gateway to the world.
  • How long does it take to complete?
    The course is designed on our new AI powered platform and is fully self placed. You can complete alongside other work commitments. You could be qualified in as little as 3 weeks!
  • What information should be in my resume I upload?
    Make your resume as professional as possible, highlighting your education and work experience so far in life. You should not use fancy fonts or bold colours. Please also add a professional looking picture to your resume. Example resume taken from Canva below:
  • I am quite new to TFT, how do I know this is legit?
    TFT has been successfully operating for seven years and has consistently won awards in the TEFL community for the past four years. You can find numerous positive reviews from former applicants with a simple Google search. Additionally, our social media accounts, especially Instagram, are excellent resources. There you'll discover photos and videos from hundreds of travelers who have already embarked on their journeys. Feel free to reach out to any of them directly, as they are often tagged in our posts, to hear about their experiences firsthand. TFT is a fully licenced business in the UK and has been accredited for its TEFL course and services.
  • How do I know if I'm eligible?
    As long as you're aged 19 to 35 and from one of the following native English-speaking countries: UK, USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia or South Africa you are good to go.
  • Am I guaranteed a teaching internship?
    Absolutely! Once we've reviewed your application and extended an invitation for you to join, you can rest easy knowing everything is taken care of. Thanks to our extensive network of school partners in Thailand, we can guarantee internships for all our participants. These positions are entry-level, requiring no previous experience. With TFT supporting you, you'll be a welcomed addition to any school.
  • I want to come with my partner or in a group, is it ok?
    Absolutely! We gladly accommodate couples and friends in our program, ensuring that we can place you together in the same town or school in Thailand for your placement. For larger groups, please note that we might need to distribute members across different schools, as it's possible that one location may not have enough positions available for everyone. However, you will still participate in orientation together.
  • How do I pay the program fee?
    We will only ever ask you to pay anything after you've officially been accepted. We will send you a personalised payment plan and you can pay on our online platform. The program fee can be paid in full or split into 3 equal payments. As soon as you make any payment you'll get instant access to our TEFL course and allocated to a team member from TFT.
  • What kind of support will I get in moving to Thailand?
    TFT is celebrated for its exceptional support. From the moment you sign up, you'll receive unparalleled guidance through every step of the pre-departure process. Your coordinator will ensure you stay on top of all necessary preparations with expert ease. Additionally, the moment you arrive in Thailand, our local partner will be there to assist you with settling in, providing real-time, in-person support. You'll benefit from round-the-clock assistance, ensuring a seamless and supportive experience from day one. This top-tier support underscores our commitment to your success and well-being.
  • When will I do the TEFL course?
    The TEFL course takes place in person in the beautiful Hua Hin, Thailand! This four-week course includes accommodation throughout your stay, ensuring a comfortable and immersive experience. You'll receive top-tier training, making this a truly unique and high-quality opportunity to enhance your teaching skills.
  • Which location are the internships in?
    All of our internships are located in and around Bangkok due to the courses affiliation with North Bangkok University, where you'll be working within the local school system. This creates a vibrant community atmosphere among participants, as you'll reside in the same city as your peers from the pre-departure meetups and throughout the four-week course!
  • Why is the TEFL course in-person?
    The in-person TEFL course is essential because, as an internship designed for non-degree holders, local authorities, schools, and our Thai partners must verify that you've received training of a high standard. Our partner in Thailand has a facility in the stunning Hua Hin where you will receive top-notch training and mentorship. This hands-on approach ensures you are fully prepared and confident to step into the classroom, equipped with the skills and support needed to succeed in your teaching role.
  • How long after I submit the application will I hear back?
    Once you've submitted the form above, you'll hear back from us within a few days. We will reach with an acceptance email at which point you'll be able to pay the first instalment of the program fee and book a welcome call with one of our coordinators.
  • Where will I live during the placement?
    The local team TFT hires will assist you in helping you view apartments in your first week which will be close by to your school. Typically it will be a small one bedroom, traditional japanese apartment. Costs range from £300-400 per month for something quite small and rises for bigger more modern apartments. You will have full housing assistance and don't need to do any house hunting on your own.
  • What information should be in my resume I upload?
    Make your resume as professional as possible, highlighting your education and work experience so far in life. You should not use fancy fonts or bold colours. Please also add a professional looking picture to your resume. Example resume taken from Canva below:
  • What's a working holiday visa in Japan?
    This visa facilitates cultural exchange by allowing young people to explore Japan while working and there a requirements to be eligible including: 1. Applicants must be between 20-30 years old. You must be 20 at time of application not arrival. 2. Only citizens from countries with reciprocal agreements with Japan are eligible. 3. Must demonstrate sufficient initial funds, usually about £3000, to cover early expenses and return travel. 4. A medical certificate may be required to confirm good health. 5. The primary reason for the stay must be for a holiday, with work being secondary. 6. This visa can only be granted once in a person's lifetime. If you've done it before, you will not be able to get it again. 7. Valid for up to one year, depending on nationality. 8. Work is allowed to supplement travel funds but is restricted in certain sectors. 9. Freely leave and re-enter Japan during the visa validity. 10. Cannot generally convert to another visa type or extend beyond the initial period. Got a question about this? Drop us a message in live chat!
  • What is to the program fee for and when do I pay?
    The program fee covers an extensive array of services, including the TEFL course, pre-departure support, the placement process, in-country orientation, and continuous support from the local team. This ensures that from your first day until your last in Japan, you have comprehensive support and peace of mind, knowing there is always someone available to help with any issues that may arise.
  • I am quite new to TFT, how do I know this is legit?
    TFT has been successfully operating for seven years and has consistently won awards in the TEFL community for the past four years. You can find numerous positive reviews from former applicants with a simple Google search. Additionally, our social media accounts, especially Instagram, are excellent resources. There you'll discover photos and videos from hundreds of travelers who have already embarked on their journeys. Feel free to reach out to any of them directly, as they are often tagged in our posts, to hear about their experiences firsthand. TFT is a fully licenced business in the UK and has been accredited for its TEFL course and services.
  • How do I know if I'm eligible?
    Japan is definitely a more strict country when it comes to eligibility, especially for the working holiday visa here's a quick checklist: Be aged 20 to 30 to adhere to the working holiday visa rules Be from the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or Australia Have a valid drivers licence - highly preferred Be in good physical and mental health Have proof of funds of £2000+ when it comes to the visa application
  • Where will I be placed?
    We work with school partners nationwide and the team will talk to you about your preferences. Typically the locations are in surrounding areas of major cities such Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto!
  • Why is a drivers licence preferred?
    Most of the school placements are regional and out of the way of big cities. The schools will help pay for a rental car for you for the duration to get to and from school and to use in your spare time! You could still be considered without a licence but it will work on a case by case basis and can't be guaranteed
  • How do I pay the program fee?
    We will only ever ask you to pay anything after you've officially been accepted. We will send you a personalised payment plan and you can pay on our online platform. The program fee can be paid in full or split into 3 equal payments. As soon as you make any payment you'll get instant access to our TEFL course and allocated to a team member to start prep work.
  • Am I guaranteed a teaching placement?
    Absolutely! However, you will need to go through quite a big application process and sometimes applicants may fail this aspect and be asked to transfer to another program. Thanks to our extensive network of school partners in Japan, we would only accept if you if we are 100% confident you'll get placed. These positions are entry-level, requiring no previous experience. With TFT supporting you, you'll be a welcomed addition to any school.

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