7 Alternative Places to Volunteer Teach English as a Foreign Language
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If you are thinking of teaching English as a foreign language for an extended period of time, to support yourself or to work and travel, finances will obviously play a part in your decision as to where you will teach. You will want to look at countries like South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan for a job that will satisfy your salary demands if you are worried about saving money or paying back debt.
However, if you are just starting out as an EFL teacher, are looking for a change of pace for a short time or are more interested in having an epic experience than earning the big bucks, then you should look into volunteer teaching. Volunteer teaching is the perfect way to truly experience a culture and see a country like you never could when travelling. It will open your eyes to the realities of this world and it will give you an opportunity to play a small part in making this world a better place.
Interested? Here are our top 7 out-of-the-way places to volunteer teach in 2018:
South Africa is often in the news, but usually for the wrong reasons. Don’t let this put you off the idea of volunteer teaching here because it’s one of the most diverse and culturally interesting places you can visit. Interestingly, even though English is widely spoken in the country, the literacy levels are really low in certain areas. As a volunteer teacher you can be an assistant teacher or work on a literacy programme.
In Costa Rica you can teach in schools, community centres and after-school programmes. The education system in Costa Rica leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to teaching English, which means there are plenty of opportunities for teachers like you to support the local teachers.
You probably don’t need many reasons to go to this beautiful island nation, but Fiji is definitely a country where you can make a big difference to the local communities. As a volunteer teacher you will help teachers prepare lessons as well as assist in the classroom.
There are loads of volunteering opportunities in Cambodia. Cambodia has a turbulent history and it is changing at a rapid rate. Their education system is slowly improving but they still have the lowest literacy rates in Asia. The students are hungry to learn English and don’t have the resources so the teaching may be challenging but it’ll definitely be rewarding.
Ever thought of visiting the ancient country of Ethiopia? Well, here’s your chance. English is the language of instruction for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in schools and universities. With a national focus on these subjects, there is a definite interest in learning English to be able to study these subjects and pursue careers in these fields.
In Madagascar you can volunteer not only as a teacher but also a teacher trainer. In Madagascar the teachers are not exposed to much on-the-job training so there is a great need for teacher development.
Nepal may be appealing to adventure-seekers but it’s also a magnet for teachers looking for volunteer positions. In Nepal you can volunteer to teach Buddhist nuns from as young as four years old. Besides teaching, you will also be asked to help around the monastery.
Teaching English as a foreign language does not have to be for the rest of your life and you are highly likely to teach in more than one country during your TEFL career. If you are looking for a placement that is short and sweet and will help make a difference in this world, consider these 7 volunteering destinations.
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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.