7 Alternative Ways to Earn Money as a TEFL Teacher
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Teaching English as a foreign language is one of the most rewarding jobs. Being able to teach people to speak a foreign language which will help them in their personal and professional lives is very satisfying. At the same time, it might not be as lucrative as you may hope. Are there other ways to earn money for TEFL teachers?
To be sure there are jobs where you can earn a great salary with amazing benefits (South Korea) or earn a good salary in a location where the cost of living is low (Thailand). However, you may find yourself in a position where you are not earning enough as an EFL teacher to pay off your debt back home or you may find yourself spending all your hard-earned cash on making new memories.
If you’re struggling to find two pennies to rub together but you’re living a dream you don’t want to give up, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!
Seven ways you can earn money as an English as a foreign language teacher that don’t involve teaching.
1. Developing materials
Are you one of those teachers that enjoy coming up with fun new ways to teach the present perfect, or making your own worksheets? Why not do that for money? There are many ELT publishers or EFL language schools that will hire you to develop in-house materials, or you can sell your creations online.
If you are an English teacher you should have a solid grasp of the English language. You should be able to write pretty well. Even if you don’t have any experience writing, it’s easy to get experience. You can earn money as a freelance writer and write blog posts, online articles and website content. You don’t have to be restricted to ELT materials – you can write on any subject you are interested in.
Similarly to writing, you can find work online as a freelance proofreader. Chances are you are good at spotting mistakes and errors in writing anyway, so why not earn some money for it?
4. Being a social media manager
Social media is a big thing right now. Tweeting, Facebooking, Pinning, Instagramming – and don’t forget all the stories! – all take time. Many brands or companies don’t have the time to spend on social media. Because all you need is a good internet connection, why can’t you do it?
If you’ve embarked on a life-changing TEFL adventure, maybe you’ve started blogging about your teaching or travelling experiences. If you have, you should consider monetising your blog. You can earn income from ads or affiliate programmes or you can try get sponsorship for posts – all for doing something you love!
6. Being a virtual assistant
As a teacher you’re probably organised, efficient and reliable. If you have some extra time on your hands, you can sign up to be a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant does exactly what it says they do – they assist someone virtually. Like a personal assistant, but virtual. You could be making phone calls, booking flights, responding to emails, data entry – whatever will make someone’s life a bit easier.
If you have a fair amount of teaching experience, you can become an examiner. Examiners are hired by examining boards and trained to mark or invigilate EFL exams, such as IELTS and the Cambridge exams. Invigilating will be on-site but marking can be done online.
So even if teaching English as a foreign language is not turning out to be as lucrative as you thought, it’s probably just as exciting as you’d hoped. Don’t give up your adventure – rather try your hand at one of these side hustles to supplement your teaching dollars.
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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.
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