Teaching English Abroad as a Single Parent
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Teaching English abroad is often considered the domain of the young and single, or the young and coupled up. While it is certainly true that a large percentage of TEFL teachers around the world are young(ish), this by no means means that there isn’t a place for older teachers, married teachers or even teachers with children, married or not.
We know by now that teaching in the same school as your partner is totally possible – or, at the very least the same city. We’ve also discussed how it’s possible to teach English abroad as a married couple, and still stay married;-)
Read more: Can We Teach English Abroad as a Couple?
Now let’s look at the issue of children. We all love kids and all, but they can make our lives pretty complicated, can’t they? All of a sudden we have to think of somebody else besides ourselves and our responsibility levels go through the roof. Nights in a dirty backpackers aren’t so appealing anymore, and neither are long hours at work.
So children can make things challenging but it can be even more complicated than that. It’s one thing teaching English abroad with children as a family, but it can be a totally different ball game if you are a single parent, which is a reality for many people. So let’s look at the different factors affecting how you can teach English abroad as a single parent.
The other parent
The first issue, of course, is the other parent. It is recommended that the travelling parent obtain written consent from the other parent if there is a shared custody arrangement or a relationship with the child. Airport officials can be a bit sticky when it comes to children travelling with only one parent so make sure you have all the paperwork necessary when you fly, just to be on the safe side.
Probably the biggest consideration when it comes to teaching English abroad as a single parent is the money. With two parents teaching it’s easily possible to support a family, just as it is with other professions. But when there is only one income it becomes a different matter.
There are certain countries where you wouldn’t earn enough as a TEFL teacher to support a child, unfortunately. However, all this means is that you need to be a bit selective when deciding where you want to teach. Choosing countries like South Korea or Saudi Arabia which offer attractive packages is a good idea, as you may be able to secure a good salary, as well as allowances for flights and accommodation.
If you find a job which offers you flights and accommodation, be upfront with the school as to your situation so you can discuss the logistics of including dependants in your package.
What is going to be best for your child in terms of education depends on which country you’re teaching in. It might be possible for your child to attend a public school but the language issue may make this difficult. This also depends on the age of your child. Usually in bigger cities where there are many expats, there are international schools which cater for expat children. This could be a good reason to look into countries which have large expat communities so you can be sure the community is well-established – such as Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Argentina and many European countries. The downside of international schools are the high price tags but it’s possible to find jobs which will contribute if not sponsor your children’s education.
If your child is not yet at school, you will need to find out about the different childcare options available to you. Again this will differ according to where you are. In some countries, it’s customary to send young children to a crèche or daycare. In others you might be able to find an au pair to look after your child while you’re working. The good thing about teaching abroad is that your hours are not your usual 9 to 5 so you could finish early in the afternoon, but the negative is that you could be working evenings or weekends.
If you are going to be in a non-English speaking country, many people might worry about how your child will cope at school and in the community without speaking the language. How will they make friends? How will they get around? Well the simple answer is that they will do exactly the same as you. Children are remarkably adaptable and should have no problem socializing and acclimatizing to their new environment. Linguistically, immersion is known to be the best way to learn a language so simply being surrounded by the language means your children should pick it up relatively easily. In fact, you are providing your child with the perfect opportunity to learn a skill which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Read more: Skills You’ll Pick Up Teaching English
Teaching English abroad with children is not only completely doable but it’s an amazing opportunity for your children. What it means for you is that you need to be quite picky when deciding where to apply for jobs and careful when accepting a position. Always be very upfront with your school about your situation so that you don’t waste anyone’s time. At the end of the day, teaching English abroad is the same as any other job so your considerations if you have children will be the same if you were moving abroad for any other career.
But teaching English abroad is not the only option available to TEFL teachers who are single parents. Teaching English online is a flexible and convenient job for single moms and dads. There are numerous online jobs for single moms, and teaching English can definitely be a consideration. With no time stuck in traffic and the option of choosing your own hours, teaching English online means you can be available whenever your child needs you.
Read more: Teach English Online
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- 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.
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