Can We Teach English Abroad as a Couple?
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Yes it is possible to teach English abroad as a couple but there are a few things to consider.
For many people, the idea of packing up, moving across the world and teaching English can induce panic attacks. They would love the opportunity of the adventure but would prefer to do it with a trusty companion. Other people are so loved up they cannot bear the thought of being away from their significant other for even a minute. Luckily, even if you don’t want to leave your partner behind, you don’t need to give up your dream of teaching English as a foreign language – because you can teach English abroad as a couple.
There is no reason you cannot teach English as a foreign language abroad as a couple.
For the most part, everything would the same as it would if you were going it alone as an individual. Doing the TEFL course would be the same, with the added bonus that you would have a study partner. Booking flights and getting visas would be the same. Packing your bags and finding someone to water your plants while you’re away would be the same. But there would be a few considerations when it comes to looking for and applying for a job.
What you need to consider if you want to teach English abroad as a couple
You might not teach in the same school…
While it might be first prize for you to teach English abroad as a couple in the same school, this is not always possible. Firstly, it can be hard to find a school that is looking for two teachers at the same time. Secondly, even if you do, you would both need to be suitably qualified for the jobs. Thirdly, schools often prefer not to hire couples because if one wants to leave, they are likely to lose both teachers at the same time.
…but you can teach in the same place
Even if you aren’t working in the same school, it’s very possible to find work teaching English abroad as a couple in the same town or city. This may mean you have different schedules but you’ll be able to live together (and save on rent) and explore together when you’re not working. Not to mention that you’ll have someone around who is experiencing the same culture shock as you are, which is priceless.
Read more: Culture Shock
To make sure you can both teach in the same place, focus your job search on big TEFL markets and the bigger cities. This way you can be sure there are loads of jobs available and you’ll be able to find jobs that suit both of you.
Don’t count on one job
If you are moving abroad with only one guaranteed job, make sure you are financially prepared for this. An EFL teacher’s salary is usually only enough to support one person so while you’ll be able to share living costs, if you’re sharing a salary it can be a bit tight.
Read more: How to Get a TEFL Job in the Same School as a Couple
Make sure you know the law
Most countries will have no problems whether you are married or not, but be aware that there are countries that have different laws for married and unmarried couples. Specifically, some Middle Eastern countries do not allow two people of the opposite sex to live together if they are not married. Some conservative countries also have unwritten rules about public displays of affection so bear that in mind as well.
Try to get a package as a couple
If you are married, try to get a family package. Some schools or countries offer packages for the whole family. This means you will be given a housing allowance or accommodation and possibly a living allowance. This is usually done to entice you to accept a job so you’re more likely to find it if you are qualified and have a lot of experience.
But if you’re looking for real stories of couples teaching English abroad, look no further than our alumni:
- Rebecca and her boyfriend taught 1:1 classes in Russia, in a middle school in China and now teach English online to China students, with plans to move to South America.
- Vicky and her boyfriend managed to both find jobs in China together.
- Tay and her boyfriend volunteered together at a rural school in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
- Rachel and her girlfriend Kay both taught at the same First Leap school in China.
Teaching English abroad as a couple is not an impossible dream, but you do need to take certain things into consideration so that your TEFL adventure is not doomed from the start. But possibly the most important thing you’ll need to think about is, do you really want to work with your partner? 😉
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- 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.