How You Can Live Abroad For A Year And Get Paid For It
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Travelling abroad is a dream for many of us. Where can I go? How can I make money? What about Fluffy? Yes, you probably have questions – but having the freedom to live wherever you want shouldn’t be just a dream! You can make it happen (with our help!).
Best jobs for living and working abroad
The first obstacle to travelling abroad is often finances. The idea of sailing on the seas of Croatia is tempting – but expensive! Who can afford extravagant holidays these days?
Well, we want to let you in on a little secret: Living abroad is cheaper than travelling abroad.
Sound crazy? Okay yes, but it’s true! You can work and live abroad, and earn money while having the experiences you’ve always dreamed of. And, it doesn’t have to be a life decision. You can stay away from home as long as you want – and as far away as you want!
So let’s look at your options for working abroad.
Teaching English as a foreign language allows you to live and work in the majority of countries around the world. A TEFL course qualifies you to live and teach abroad. You can spend a summer teaching on a summer camp in Spain, or a year teaching at a primary school in South Korea, or a decade teaching university students in the UK. A TEFL certification gives you the flexibility to teach wherever you want, as much as you want, for as long as you want.
Another option to live and work abroad is to do an internship. There are a range of internships available to you, depending on your interests and your skills. Internships allow you to gain valuable work experience, while at the same time enjoying the community as a local rather than a tourist.
If you’re a bit nervous about travelling abroad, an internship is a safe way to do it. Your internship programme organises everything for you, which makes everything a lot easier. Visas, flights, accommodation, and a job – all you need to do is pack your bags and jump on a plane.
The TEFL Academy offers various internships teaching English abroad, from Japan to Argentina. If you’re interested in teaching English abroad on an internship, keep an eye on our Internships page for all the latest programmes.
If you enjoy working with children, being an au pair could be the best way to travel the world. Families all around the world make use of au pairs to look after their children. This can mean doing the school run, helping with homework, doing extra murals and even going on holiday.
Being an au pair for a non-English speaking family is a great collaboration between TEFL and childcare, giving you experience in both!
Work holiday programs
A number of countries around the world offer Working Holiday Visas to different nationalities. Usually a Working Holiday Visa visa allows a person of a certain age to work in a country for up to a year.
The jobs you can do with a Working Holiday Visa vary from bartending to farming to food delivery.
Can I teach English while living abroad?
Absolutely! Teaching English abroad is one of the easiest ways to make money while living abroad. Teaching jobs are so variable they can suit any type of person, in any country.
TEFL teachers can find a job based on which country they want to live in and what kind of teaching they prefer. This could be teaching kindergarten in South Korea, teens in Thailand, or business-people in Bulgaria.
A TEFL certification is one of the shortest and most affordable qualifications you can get. It won’t take as long as a degree, so you won’t have to spend as much time away from your family. And it’s much cheaper. Even better, you can do a TEFL course while you’re working – sp you don’t have to give up your income to upskill yourself. Then, when you’re ready you can apply for the TEFL job of your dreams.
Most popular destinations for living abroad for a year
Whether you prefer remote villages, sun-drenched beaches, or thriving cities, you can make a plan to live abroad wherever your heart desires.
The Far East
Countries in the Far East have held an appeal to travellers for decades, if not hundreds of years. A low cost of living with an easy lifestyle contrasts with a generous job package and an opportunity for saving means there’s a destination for all types.
Teaching English, working in a hostel, bartending or waitering are all good options for the Far East.
It can be difficult for non-EU citizens to find work in Europe, which is where gap years come in. If you’re not from the EU, Working Holiday Visas are the way to go if you want to experience Europe.
Popular options in Europe include:
- Teaching on summer camps in Spain and Italy
- Au pairing in France, Germany or Holland, and
- Working on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.
The Middle East
The Middle East can seem an odd choice for some, but for others it’s a whole new adventure. Teaching is a popular choice in Middle Eastern countries, with the bonus being generous salaries.
How to plan for a year of living abroad
Yes, paperwork can be a drag but it’s a necessary evil in your quest for adventure! Don’t forget to consider these things when planning for a year of living abroad. Bonus: mom will appreciate it!
When it comes to moving abroad, you do need some capital to help you get started. After all, even if you walk straight into a job you’ll need to cover your living expenses for a couple weeks (or even a month) before your first paycheque.
When you are making plans to jump on a plane to exotic destinations, remember to consider both the start-up costs and the cost of living of where you are going. Flights and a visa are obvious expenses but don’t forget about accommodation, transport, accommodation, groceries and entertainment.
Health and travel insurance is not a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. If you are living in a foreign country, you need to be comfortable that you’ll be okay even in times of emergency.
The worst situation we can think of is losing all our luggage or having our laptop stolen or, even worse, having a medical emergency, and having to worry about finances instead of worrying about yourself.
Travel and medical insurance always seems a bit excessive – until you really need it!
Accommodation costs vary from place to place but, generally speaking, you’ll pay more to stay in a city centre than in the suburbs or on the outskirts of town.
Bear in mind, you may need to pay one or two months’ deposit in your first month.
Many positions teaching English offer accommodation or an accommodation allowance which is a great help towards your savings.
Salary vs cost of living
A big consideration no matter where you are is your salary in comparison to the cost of living. After all, it doesn’t matter how much you earn if it can’t buy much.
When you are considering a job, it’s natural to use a currency converter to see how much you are earning in dollars or pounds or whatever your local currency is. But this is only half the picture!
$1 in Thailand goes a lot further than $1 in the US, so don’t forget to factor that into your calculations.
Benefits of gap year jobs
Let’s face it: packing up your life and relocating for a year is a big deal. It takes time and effort to organise such an experience, and a fair amount of courage. There’s always the chance you’ll experience culture shock and homesickness, and of course you’re going to miss your bestie!
The good news is – it’s totally worth it!
Bolstering a CV with experience
The most obvious benefit of taking a gap year abroad is the skills and experience you can add to your CV. Even if you are working in a field totally unrelated to your (future) career, you are sure to upskill yourself in some way.
Look at teaching English. By training to become a TEFL teacher and clocking time in the classroom you’ll learn a host of skills which are transferable to other careers. From time management to problem-solving to organisation – and maybe even a foreign language – these all help to make your CV shine.
Read more: Transferable Skills For TEFL Teachers
Discovering a new career path
Working abroad on a gap year might feel like a temporary solution at the time, but you never know, you might fall in love with your job!
Many TEFL teachers who start out teaching on a gap year or summer camp realise they enjoy being in the classroom. They either decide to go back to their home country and get involved in education there, or they continue to live and teach abroad until they retire!
Earning while travelling
Travelling is a dream for many of us, but it’s often the finances which hold us back. Working abroad is one way to finance your travels while you are living in a foreign country – a win-win situation.
No matter which way you look at it, living abroad for a year is a win-win situation. If you’re keen to find out more, chat to us about our TEFL course options which allow you to travel the world on your own terms.
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Where we use another organisation, we make sure that your personal information is protected and remains in our control.
- We also, in certain situations, share personal information with government bodies and law enforcement bodies. Where we do share personal information with these types of organisations we’ll make sure it’s protected, as far as it is reasonably possible.
We’ll use your personal information to send you direct marketing and to better identify products and services that interest you. We do that if you’re one of our customers or if you’ve been in touch with us another way (such as registering to attend an ELEARNING FUTURES LTD event).
This means we’ll:
- create a profile about you to better understand you as a customer and tailor the communications we send you (including our marketing messages);
- tell you about other products and services you might be interested in;
- try to identify products and services you’re interested in; and
We use the following for marketing and to identify the products and services you’re interested in.
- Your contact details. This includes your name, gender, address, phone number, date of birth and email address.
- Information from cookies and tags placed on your connected devices.
- Information from other organisations such as aggregated demographic data and publicly available sources like the electoral roll and business directories.
- Details of the products and services you’ve bought and how you use them.
We’ll send you information (about the products and services we provide) by phone, post, email, text message, online banner advertising. We also use the information we have about you to personalise these messages wherever we can as we believe it is important to make them relevant to you. We do this because we have a legitimate business interest in keeping you up to date with our products and services. We also check that you are happy for us to send you marketing messages before we do so. In each message we send, you also have the option to opt-out.
We’ll only market other organisations’ products and services if you have said it is OK for us to do so.
You can ask us to stop sending you marketing information or withdraw your permission at any time.
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD retains personal information in line with our corporate retention requirements. Your data will be stored within the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). However, in some circumstances, part or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using our site and submitting information to us. If we do store or transfer data outside the EEA, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between us and any third parties we engage with, and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements. If we intend at any time to transfer any of your data outside the EEA, we will always obtain your consent beforehand.
Right to access personal information
- Under the law, any individual has a right to ask for a copy of the personal information held about them. This means that you can ask for the information that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD holds about you. This is known as the right of ‘subject access’.
- When making a request you will need to give us:
- 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.