Popular Programmes for Teaching English Abroad
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As a teacher of English as a foreign language, there are a number of different job opportunities available to you. You can choose to teach English as a foreign language in the country you are currently living in, either in a face-to-face school or online, or you can decide to spread your wings and set off for another country. If this is the case, you will then need to look online to try to find the job of your dreams.
How to find a TEFL job abroad in 10 easy steps:
1. Look on online jobs boards, such as The TEFL Academy jobs board
2. Apply online with a spectacular CV and cover letter
3. Ace your interview
4. Do a kickass demo lesson
5. Get the job (congrats)!
6. Sign a contract
7. Organise a visa
8. Pack your bags
9. Kiss your mom goodbye (and promise to call every Sunday)
10. Get on the plane!
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That’s it! Sound easy? It is!
Okay, if we’re totally honest, it can take some time. It’s the same as looking for any other job so you can’t expect the process to happen overnight. There is a lot of competition for jobs teaching English abroad right now, but – luckily for us – there are plenty of jobs available.
And of course before you even start at Step 1, you need to decide what kind of a TEFL job you would like. Would you like to teach young learners? Maybe you’d prefer adult learners? Are you thinking about teaching at a university? Maybe a summer camp? An internship?
There are a lot of options, and there’s one you may not have thought of: a government programme. In certain countries there are programmes for teaching Englisah abroad, set up by the government to place English as a foreign language teachers in schools. Applying for these programmes takes a lot of guesswork out of the job search. You know what you are getting, so you know what to expect. Your mom can rest easy knowing that you aren’t being taken for a ride and you can be happy that you’re signing up for a tried and tested programme – and the correct visa is guaranteed.
Here are a few of the most popular programmes for teaching English abroad:
The JET programme is a very popular programme for teaching English in Japan. In order to be an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET programme you need to have a Bachelor’s degree, and a language teaching qualification or experience is preferred. Teachers are placed in government or private schools and will assist local teachers in foreign language lessons. This is a cultural exchange so teachers are expected to take part in various cultural activities as well as teach. You will teach 35 hours a week for a year and receive approximately 3.36 million yen ($32 000).
How to apply
To start the process, you need to complete an online application form; the form will ask you for background information such as educational history and employment history, but also any coaching or teaching roles and any intercultural experiences. JET will be looking at how you can apply what you have learnt to their programme, but also to make sure that you are open to new cultures and experiences.
The final part of the application, which is the most important, is the personal statement. Unlike EPIK, you do not have to complete a lesson plan here, but you must convey why you think you are suitable for JET. Dependent on the role that you are applying for, you may need to complete a slightly different personal statement.
To be considered for the EPIK programme, you need to be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language, i.e. Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa. You may need to provide proof of schooling in an English-medium school and university. You also need a Bachelor’s degree and a high level of English. You will earn from 1.8 million KRW to 2.7 million KRW ($1 600 to $2 400) a month, while accommodation and a flight allowance are provided.
How to apply
You can apply either directly to the Ministry of Education or through a recruiter. If you decide to apply through a recruiter, there is a list of recruiters approved by the Korean Ministry of Education on the EPIK website, and you should only apply through these recruiters. At no point should you pay a recruiter as they get paid by the Ministry of Education for their services.
To begin your application, you need to go onto the EPIK web portal and register. The application is split into several sections: Background Information, Health Self Declaration, Personal Essays, and Lesson Plan. The background information and health self-declaration are self-explanatory, but personal essays and lesson plans may take a bit more time to complete.
Foreign English Teachers in Taiwan
The FET government teaching programme is probably not as well-known as JET and EPIK but has amazing benefits to match. The only hurdle that you may encounter is that FET requires you to have a teaching license from your own country to work with them.
How to apply:
The application process takes a similar route to EPIK and JET, in which you would apply using an application form on the FET website. Applications close at the end of April, with interviews taking place in May. If you are accepted, you will be notified by June.
The application is a simple affair and requires you to fill out your education and background history, as well as writing a personal essay around the following: your reasoning for your application, the objectives you wish to complete during your time in Taiwan, and how you would use that experience when you return home.
The Teach and Learn in Korea programme (TaLK) allows you to teach after-school classes in rural South Korea. You need to be a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK or the US and have a Bachelor’s degree. You work 15 hours a week and receive a stipend of 1.5 million KRW ($1 300) a month, plus accommodation and a contribution to your flights.
As a teaching assistant in France, you will work 12 hours a week in up to 3 schools for 7 months, from October to April. Assistants may teach a part of the lesson or the entire lesson, depending on the school. You will earn approximately €785 a month. Positions are available in France but also in French territories such as French Guiana, Guadaloupe, Martinique and Reunion.
ConversaSpain is an organization that places teachers in over 300 schools in Madrid and Murcia. Teachers will be language assistants to local teachers in government schools. You don’t need to be able to speak Spanish but you must be a native English speaker or hold a C2 English certificate – check their website for a full list of nationalities they accept – as well as have a Bachelor’s degree. Placements are 8 or 9 months, you teach about 15 hours a week and you will get a stipend on €1 000 ($1 150) a month.
This is a programme organised by the Spanish Ministry of Education for North American and Canadian teachers. You work as a teaching assistant for about 12 to 16 hours a week for the academic year (from October to June). The hours aren’t much so neither is the pay (approximately €1 000 tax-free) but it’s an easy way to get a working visa for Spain. You can also stay with a host family to really experience the culture.
Teach and Learn with Georgia is an initiative by the Georgian Ministry of Education. It recruits English teachers to volunteer teach alongside local teachers in government schools in Georgia (the country, not the state!). To qualify, you need to be a native speaker, hold a Bachelor’s degree and have a clear criminal check and medical check. You teach from September to June and receive a salary of between GEL 500 and GEL 600 ($150 – $180).
The English Open Doors Volunteer Programme is another volunteer programme but this time in Chile. Volunteer teachers teach alongside local teachers in government schools to teach learners from 10 to 18 years. You teach 24 hours a week and are given a stipend of $100 000 CLP ($125) a month and you’ll live with a host family. It’s possible to sign up for just one semester, but you need to be able to speak Spanish and have a Bachelor’s degree.
Many of these programmes are volunteer placements but if you’re looking to get a bit of experience as a TEFL teacher, this is a great way to do it. Otherwise, these programmes are a good option if you are a bit nervous applying for jobs directly through schools and would like the safety of an established government-run programme.
If you want to find out more about programmes like these or internships, contact us and we can chat!
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- 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.