10 Best Countries for Teaching English Abroad in 2020
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Let’s be real. We can’t really decide which are the best countries for teaching English abroad because who defines what is “the best”? Is it the countries where you earn the most money? What countries have the best lifestyle? The countries with the most holidays? What countries with the most jobs? The countries with the best cocktails? You see our dilemma? So what we’re going to have to do is to make a few assumptions here. Let’s assume that you want to earn some money. Not necessarily millions, but enough to live well and save a few cents. We should also assume you want to live a good life. And finally, let’s assume that you don’t want to be working your ass off in a classroom 24 hours a day. Reasonable assumptions? We think so, so if this is you then you might want to consider calling any of these countries home in 2020. In no particular order, these are our 10 best countries for teaching English abroad in 2020:
So what we’re going to have to do is to make a few assumptions here. Let’s assume that you want to earn some money. Not necessarily millions, but enough to live well and save a few cents. Let’s also assume you want to live a good life. And finally, let’s assume that you don’t want to be working your ass off in
Make no mistake, Vietnam is not going anywhere. Vietnam has been a popular backpacker destination for a while now and it’s making its mark as a top TEFL one too. Besides the abundance of history, fascinating culture, gorgeous landscapes and mouthwatering food, Vietnam has a huge TEFL market so there are loads of jobs to choose from.
Another Asian gem, Japan must be one of the most picturesque places to live, no matter where you are in the country. Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto are arguably some of the most beautiful cities in the world and they are looking for TEFL teachers to improve the general English level of the Japanese population. With the summer Olympics taking place there later this year, there is no time like the present to make your way to the Land of the Rising Sun.
The interest in China does not seem to be slowing down. Though it may have its fair share of challenges, living in China is an experience you won’t get anywhere else in the world, and this is one of the reasons TEFL teachers flock there. Whether it’s living the city life in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou or opting for a more traditional existence in Xi’an, Hangzhou or Yangzhou (confusing, we know), China offers plentiful jobs, good salaries and a guaranteed crazy adventure.
With generous salaries, sponsored flights and free accommodation, it’s no surprise South Korea is still a hot destination for TEFL teachers. Add to that a low cost of living, gorgeous landscapes, amazing food and friendly people, and South Korea is likely to be popular for many years to come. South Korea is especially open to newbie teachers who have no experience, so if this is you then definitely give some thought to nurturing your taste for kimchi.
First things first, let’s get a few things straight: No, Taiwan is not in Thailand and no, they don’t speak Thai in Taiwan. If you can handle the confused looks you’ll get from everyone when you say you’re living in Taiwan and not Thailand, then come on over. Taiwan is a great place to teach English at the moment. There are plenty of jobs (especially if you love kids), the salaries are generous, and it’s not as well-known as its Asian siblings…yet.
Right, now that we’ve dealt with half of our top ten countries to teach abroad in 2020, let’s take a breather. There’s a lot to consider when choosing where to teach and with so many countries having amazing opportunities for TEFL teachers, it can be a lot to get your head around.
Our love affair with Asia continues…Thailand is one of the original TEFL countries. It has a massive tourism industry and it’s not unheard of for visitors to fall in love with its beautiful beaches, spectacular temples and incredible food. So it’s not surprising that many people make a plan to live in this awesome country by teaching English. Salaries are decent in comparison to the cost of living, though that is dependent on what job you have and where (and how) you live, but regardless of what you earn you are sure to live your best life in the Land of Smiles.
The United Arab Emirates
Another option for those looking for a different cultural experience – but with many added bonuses! Teaching in Dubai or Abu Dhabi are great options for you if you want to earn the big bucks (tax-free!), live the good life and get great experience teaching. Saudia Arabia and Qatar are similarly popular options, but bear in mind that these high salaries come with a disclaimer: experienced and highly qualified teachers are preferred. If you qualify, though, they are very friendly towards families relocating with you.
Viva Espana! Spain has long been a popular tourist destination and it is becoming a firm favourite TEFL destination too. Spain usually doesn’t top the list of countries where you can earn the most money but the salary you will earn is more than enough to live comfortably in Spain. And what a life you will lead: fiestas, siestas, football, tapas, sangria, and the most relaxed students you will ever have – there’s a lot to love about teaching in Spain.
Certainly one of the more romantic countries in Europe, Czech Republic is becoming a top European destination for TEFL teachers. Gorgeous architecture, gourmet food and, of course, beer, make Czech Republic popular with tourists as well as teachers. There are TEFL jobs if you are looking, though, and some even include accommodation. Working for private language schools is common though it’s also popular to work as a freelancer.
Carnivals, beaches, football: Brazil has something to cater for everyone’s tastes. It’s super easy to find a teaching job in Brazil, regardless of whether you have a degree or experience, and for that reasons it’s fast becoming a top TEFL destination. While Brazil may not be the place to come to if you are looking at paying off your student loan, it is most definitely the place for those wanting to live Instagram-worthy lives. Working hours are low, which means you have plenty of free time to travel this massive country or even the explore neighbouring South American countries.
These are our picks of top TEFL destinations for 2020. Some of our old favourites are still there – and will probably still be there for a few more years – but there are also a few newcomers to our list, which is exciting. The obsession of TEFL teachers to Asian destinations shows no signs of slowing down but South America might just see a boom in the new few years.
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- a request in writing (by post or by email)
- We may need to ask you to provide:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.