ELT Video Interviews
What’s it like to be a CfBT teacher in Brunei?
We understand that moving far away from home to start a new life and career is a big step. To answer some questions you may have, we interviewed some of our teachers and staff members for a window into the life of a CfBT teacher, both professionally and outside of work.
- Support upon arrival and throughout a CfBT teacher’s contract
- Primary English teaching with CfBT in Brunei
- Secondary English teaching with CfBT in Brunei
- What Life is Like for Expat Families in Brunei
- Life Outside of Work in Brunei
- CfBT Professional Development in Brunei
- CfBT English Language teaching project
Support upon arrival and throughout a CfBT teacher's contract
What is the Arrival Process Like for CfBT Teachers Coming to Brunei?
Our teacher Nafisa Ismail shares some information about what teachers can expect upon their arrival.
Welfare Support at CfBT in Brunei
From the minute teachers arrive in Brunei, our welfare officers are ready to assist, advise and guide with matters ranging from the employment medical process to supporting non-working spouses as they settle into Brunei.
Where Will I Stay in Brunei [CfBT Teacher]
Our property and facilities officer, Reha shares information about the temporary accommodation that’s provided to all teachers upon arrival as well as the process of finding permanent accommodation.
Financial Support at CfBT in Brunei
From a settling in allowance, to financial support for your child’s education, the finance department support all teachers on a wide range of financial matters.
Primary English teaching with CfBT in Brunei
What’s It Like to be the Only Expatriate Teacher at a Bruneian Government School?
Our teacher Aleki moved to Brunei in 2017. He shares his perspective on the joys of collaborating with his warm and welcoming Bruneian teaching colleagues.
What is a Typical Working Day Like for a CfBT Primary English Teacher in Brunei?
Our teacher Valene describes her day from start to finish, from morning classes to compulsory stay backs several times a week.
Resources at Primary Schools in Brunei
Nadine has been a part of the CfBT family since. Se shares what resources are available for Primary teachers and how this may vary depending on the school you are placed at.
Teaching Primary Students in Brunei Government Schools [CfBT]
One of our longest serving CfBT teachers, Karen, shares her fulfilling experience of young primary students in Brunei.
What’s it Like to Teach at a Rural School in Brunei? [CfBT]
Our teacher Nicola shares her joyful experience of teaching at a rural school in Menunggol Brunei with her warm and friendly colleagues.
What Support is Provided by the Education Project Managers Throughout a CfBT Teacher’s Contract?
All CfBT teachers deliver high impact teaching with the collective aim of improving English proficiency across Brunei. Janine, one of our Education Project Managers (EPMs), shares how EPMs form close working relationships with all teachers to ensure the targets are consistently met and that teachers are fully supported throughout their teaching contract with CfBT.
Secondary English teaching with CfBT in Brunei
What's it like to be a CfBT Teacher at a Secondary school in Brunei?
Our teacher Nik shares his wonderful experience of being a CfBT teacher and some lessons he's learnt in over 10 years of teaching in Brunei.
What is a Typical Working Day Like for a CfBT Secondary English Teacher in Brunei?
Our teacher John describes his teaching day from start to finish and shares some useful advice for new teachers.
Resources at Secondary Schools in Brunei
Shafeek has been a part of the CfBT family since 2003. He shares what resources are available for Secondary teachers and how this may vary depending on the school you are placed at.
Teaching Secondary Students in Brunei Government Schools [CfBT]
Our teacher Nadine expresses her joy of teaching brilliant young Bruneian students. She shares her approach to shaping the best learning experience for her students.
Professional Development Opportunities for CfBT Teachers in Brunei
CfBT provides opportunities for teachers to take part in professional development programs. Our teacher Harrinder gives us insight on the intervention strategies she’s been working on in collaboration with both CfBT and Bruneian teaching colleagues.
How are CfBT Teachers Managed in Brunei
Our secondary Education Project Manager (EPM), Jennyfer, shares how our teachers are managed at CfBT and what support EPMs provide to all teachers.
What Life is Like for Expat Families in Brunei
A snapshot into Ian and his family’s life in Brunei [CfBT]
Ian and his wife left New Zealand in 2006 to raise their family in Brunei. Hit play to hear what life has been like for him and his family in the abode of peace.
Jungle running in Brunei with Scott and his daughter
Scott and his family moved from the United Kingdom to Brunei in 2016. He often enjoys exploring Brunei’s jungles and rain forests with his daughter and friends.
Education for your children in Brunei – Home schooling
Rory and his wife moved to Brunei in 2019. He shares his wonderful experience so far and talks through the decision they made to home school their four children in Brunei. Hit play to learn more!
Family Life in Kuala Belait, Brunei [CfBT Teacher]
Tania joined CfBT in 2000 and has been enjoying tropical Brunei ever since! Hit play to learn more about her story.
Life Outside of Work in Brunei
Life Outside of Work in Brunei
Our teachers work very hard alongside their national colleagues to deliver excellent teaching to the students of Brunei. It is therefore important that they balance their time taking up some activities or hobbies outside of work. Moana lists the many options you can choose from in Brunei; from relaxing on the beach, exploring jungles, forming a music band, cooking clubs and so much more!
Jungle running in Brunei
After a fulfilling day of teaching the wonderful students of Brunei, Christo loves to spend his time running through Brunei’s untouched jungles and on Brunei's gorgeous beaches.
Forming a music band in Brunei
Many of our CfBT teachers have a passion for music. Christopher is one of them and his passion drove him to taking the initiative of forming a band! His band consists of other CfBT teachers and some national Bruneians too. They play at private events, and sometimes even at gigs across the border!
Women’s touch rugby in Brunei
Cathy has been teaching in Brunei since 2010. Outside working hours, she loves to play sport, so much so that she took the opportunity to form her own women’s touch rugby team in Brunei!
Sailing at the Royal Brunei Yacht Club in Brunei
Outside of work as a CfBT teacher, Alison loves to spend her free time sailing at the Royal Brunei Yacht Club. Learn more about sailing in Brunei as well as what activities are on offer at the Yacht Club!
CfBT Professional Development in Brunei
Opportunities for Professional Development in Brunei [CfBT]
At CfBT, we offer our teachers with many professional development opportunities, both internally and externally. Our Education Project Manager Dave shares more information about this.
The Cambridge CELTA at CfBT
CfBT's Training and Learning Centre is the only approved CELTA centre in Borneo. Our teacher Chris sheds light on CfBT’s CELTA course format that's specifically designed around our teachers' working calendars.
Professional Learning Communities with CfBT and Ministry of Education Brunei
CfBT’s core focus in Brunei is partnering with the Ministry of Education to assist in the realisation of their strategic goals. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) were introduced to provide meaningful and individualised professional development. Learn more from our Head of Primary, Alisa.
Facilitating PLC workshops with CfBT
To develop his presentation and facilitation skills, Richard participated in the development and delivery of PLCs in Bruneian schools.
CfBT Tropical English Teacher Fellowship
We offer all our teachers with an opportunity to support educational development projects in an ASEAN country of their choice. Maria travelled to Laos to volunteer at an English Language Development support centre.
O' Level Examination Training for Teachers in Brunei
Preetha shares information about the O’Level training that is offered to both CfBT and Bruneian teachers. The aim of this training is to ensure all teachers have the relevant skills and knowledge to deliver the curriculum with confidence and ease.
CfBT English Language teaching project
CfBT English Language teaching project [Head of ELT]
The Head of our English Language Teaching Project shares some information about CfBT's core project in Brunei.
CfBT English Language teaching project [Country Manager]
Our Country Manager, Dominic Morley, describes our partnership with the Ministry of Education in Brunei.
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