Contact Info

Erin MacKenzie
Content Marketing Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1349 800 600 (option 3)

Our Mission

The TEFL Org’s aim is to provide anyone who speaks English fluently with the chance to teach English abroad and online. The company offers a flexible and varied form of training designed to suit anyone’s budget or schedule.

 Our History

The TEFL Org was established back in 2008, originally as TEFL Scotland, by Jennifer MacKenzie and Joe Hallwood. The pair met while teaching English in Greece and after years of teaching across the UK and Europe together, decided to form their own teacher training company to share their experience and knowledge of TEFL with other budding teachers.

Within 18 months, TEFL England, TEFL Wales and TEFL Courses Ireland were created to deliver the same high-quality training courses across the rest of the UK and Ireland.

In 2013, TEFL Org UK was formed as a merger of the TEFL Scotland, TEFL England and TEFL Wales brands, bringing together the expertise of tutors and teacher trainers from across the UK.

In late 2017, TEFL Org went stateside and established a presence in the United States to provide a dedicated range of courses to the American market.

Since 2019, The TEFL Org has undergone an extensive rebrand and website merger, and into 2020, developed a range of virtual training options to meet the demand of global learners.

Latest Press Releases

European demand for Irish TEFL teachers amid Brexit fallout

Demand for people from the Republic of Ireland to teach English as a foreign language in Europe has increased dramatically following Brexit.

Professionals turn to TEFL career following global pandemic

Fed-up workers are turning to a new career in teaching English as a foreign language after the pandemic left them disillusioned with their job or forced them out of work.

The TEFL Org launch exam preparation course

The TEFL Org are delighted to announce the launch of their brand-new exam preparation course, designed to prepare newly-qualified and experienced EFL teachers to teach exam classes.

Key people

Jennifer Mackenzie,
Co-founder and Managing Director

Jennifer Mackenzie started her teaching career in Greece after completing a Politics degree at the University of Paisley. After working in the civil service on her return to the UK, she co-founded The TEFL Org with Joe Hallwood.

Joe Hallwood,
Co-founder and Director

Joe Hallwood started his teaching career in Greece, after completing a Philosophy degree and working in a tax office in Hull. Looking for a more inspiring line of work, Mr Hallwood turned to teaching to find fulfilment, and found a lifelong career.

Meet the team

Learn a bit more about the amazing team at The TEFL Org.

Meet the tutors

Get to know our TEFL tutors.

About The TEFL Org

About Us

The TEFL Org’s aim is to provide anyone who speaks English fluently with the chance to teach English abroad. The company offers a flexible and varied form of training designed to suit anyone’s budget or schedule.


There’s no single accrediting body for TEFL, so we’ve led the way in the industry by ensuring we have the best external accreditation from internationally recognised awarding bodies.

Memberships and Awards

We’re proud of the many awards we have achieved. Thanks to a great team!

Corporate Social Responsibility

Want to find out a bit more about what The TEFL Org does to help others in the local community and around the world? Visit our CSR page for updates about our charity involvement and donations.

Our students

The adventure of a lifetime in Thailand: Sophie’s story

Where do I start? It’s taken me, I believe, 4 years to convince to myself to become a teacher, let alone do the TEFL course. This was mainly because I didn’t believe I could do it, let alone handle the big leap of...

Irene’s story: quitting a corporate career to become a TEFL teacher

I studied foreign languages and graduated in translation. As a European citizen, I worked corporate jobs for some twenty years travelling around for work: San Francisco, Dublin, London, Paris.  I know: this sounds...

Teaching English in Toledo, Spain: Graham’s Story

Back in July 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, my wife and I decided to leave our jobs in Ireland and move to Spain. Having worked in my previous job for 12 years it was a huge decision to leave, however, living...


The TEFL Org is one of the highest-rated TEFL course providers in the UK, with fantastic feedback from thousands of students. See a selection of reviews below:


TEFL Org has two versions of its logo, with and without the strapline, which you can find below:

Images & Video

Director Joe Hallwood and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the signing of The TEFL Org's deal with China Daily.

Managing Director Jennifer Mackenzie's Director of the Year interview - 2017

Director Joe Hallwood for Highlands & Islands Enterprise export case study - 2017

Media Coverage


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From garden shed to global, Highlands firm now set for employee ownership

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Inverness-based business raises £4,000 for Mary’s Meals

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Coronavirus fuels demand for TEFL courses developed in Scotland.

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Study Abroad Is Going Virtual This Fall. Wait, What?

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How to Increase Your Earnings as an Online English Teacher

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Teaching Business English

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Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scotland Celebrating Small Business Awards

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TEFL Org UK expands into the US as it seeks growth in key markets

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International schools to recruit more UK teachers

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Language firm TEFL Org pays living wage to ‘hardworking’ team

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Expansion into US has been lesson for success

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Brexit prompts ‘dramatic’ rise in EU demand for Irish teachers of English.

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‘Easier’ post-Brexit for Irish to get job teaching English in ‘dream foreign location’

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Inverness language school TEFL Org sees interest surge as workers seek post-Covid career change

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Highland firm The TEFL Org sees pandemic-related surge in interest

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6 Signs That The Universe Is Telling You To Teach English As A Foreign Language…

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TEFL gaining popularity through pandemic pressures

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Should I take a gap year during coronavirus?

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How Australians can get paid to travel.

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15 ways to travel for free, from working a ski season to couchsurfing

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Great escape: 20 top gap-year trips

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How to escape: tips and sites for working or volunteering abroad

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Teach English abroad: Earn a wage while seeing the world

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How to make sure your gap year boosts your future career

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A world of good: volunteering opportunities

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Inverness-based English-teaching firm unveils new online course and increased sales

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