4 Best Souvenirs from Teaching Abroad
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When we create special memories, we want to remember that moment forever. We want to relive the good times even when we get old. We want to take home a souvenir. A souvenir is something that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or thing. When you are travelling, you will buy a souvenir as a reminder of the adventures you had. Your friends and family will ask you to bring them something from your trip so they can have a piece of your journey too. The only problem is you have no idea what souvenirs to get!
This simple task can be quite overwhelming. Not to worry, we have compiled a list of the best souvenirs to bring back for yourself and others when you are teaching English abroad. These items are affordable and useful – everyone will love!
Read more: The Ultimate Packing Guide for Teaching Abroad
Clothing as souvenirs
Clothing items are one the best souvenir items you can purchase from any trip! There is a large variety of clothing options at affordable prices, even on a teacher’s salary. If you are teaching in a colder climate, long sleeves and sweatshirts are great options to get for yourself or others. When you return home, you can continue to wear these articles of clothing when it is cold out, and it will remind you of your time abroad. Similarly, if you are teaching in a warmer or tropical climate, short sleeves and tank tops are great options for remembering your trip. Short sleeve shirts can be worn all year round and are the perfect travel gift.
Additionally, hats and other accessories are perfect to bring home for family and friends. These clothing items are small and can easily fit into any suitcase or storage area you have available. Clothing accessories are often affordable and can last a long time.
If you buy an article of clothing to wear during your time abroad, you need to research what is and isn’t culturally acceptable to the country. In the Middle East, you could disrespect the country’s culture by walking around with your arms and legs exposed. You will need to find apparel that covers up parts of your body. Every country has a different dress code that must be followed. This includes souvenir items, so make sure you understand the country’s culture before buying anything.
Paper items as souvenirs
Paper items are not as commonly used as souvenirs anymore, but they have sentimental value. Paper items can include but are not limited to postcards, maps, ticket stubs, etc. These items are the most affordable, and you can even get some for free. Who doesn’t love free stuff? Postcards are great for sending a heartfelt message back home to let your loved ones know you are safe and having the time of your life. It’s more personal and special to send a handwritten postcard than a simple call or text message. You can get beautiful, funny, or even handmade postcards from any local or souvenir shop. Many people start postcard collections as keepsakes as a reminder of where they have been. It is a simple gift that will brighten up anyone’s day!
Another great paper item you can bring home is ticket stubs and maps. These items will be perfect in a scrapbook to show your family where you have been. You can relive your trip just by looking at a piece of paper. Many cities have free magazines or newspapers, or simply keep the stubs from your travels and excursions. These small paper items are cheap and easy to travel abroad with.
Small trinkets as souvenirs
If you have never gotten a keychain from your trip, did you even go? Small trinkets are all the rage when it comes to travelling. Trinkets come in all shapes and sizes, such as keychains, magnets, pens, shot glasses (if you are the legal age), and so much more. These are the perfect gift for loved ones who say they do not want anything from your trip but actually do. (Mom, I’m looking at you!). Some trinkets can be cheaply made and break easily, so make sure your items are safe, so they do not break on your way home.
The more you shop in the trinket section, the better of an idea you will have of a nice trinket from that area. A helpful tip when choosing small trinkets is to look for items with multiple purposes or things you can use every day. You will get more use out of the product if you use it every day or in different ways.
If you are near a flea market or swap meet, you can find amazing handmade souvenirs you cannot get anywhere else. All handmade items vary in price as you purchasing the material, time, and labour that goes into a single piece. You will make someone’s day if you tell them you are from another country and are willing to buy a piece of their work to bring home. Consider shopping at a small business for all your souvenir needs!
Snacks as souvenirs
You cannot travel abroad and not try any international snacks! Different countries around the world have different sweets and savoury snacks. You can find familiar snacks in any convenience store, grocery store, or local shop. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get your hands on some Toblerone, Kinder Delice, or even Burt’s chips.
If you want to bring any food or drink products back home, you need to check with the country’s customs protocol. Some food products are illegal to travel with and can get you in serious trouble with security. There could be a limit to how many ounces of a food product you can bring with you. Double-check with your country’s customs laws before packing or buying a snack souvenir.
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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.