Teaching English Abroad with a Family
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With more and more people turning to teaching English as a foreign language – both abroad and online – you might be wondering if you are able to get a piece of the action. The good news is that teaching English as a foreign language is a viable option for most of us. And yes, that even includes those of us with kids! That’s right, teaching English abroad is no longer only for backpackers or high school graduates. Teaching English abroad with a family is possible.
Teaching English abroad with a family
Of course there are certain considerations that need to be taken into account if you are planning on teaching English abroad with a family. Let’s look at those factors so you can see for yourself whether it’s a viable option for your family.
Teaching English abroad with a family: Financial matters
If you are a single person or a couple, your financial matters are quite simple. You need to make sure you have enough money for your flight, visa costs and relocating – but otherwise, you’re good to go. Travelling alone or in a couple gives you the luxury of only worrying about yourself.
If you have children, you need to be able to support them as well as yourself. In other words, you may need to pay for education, additional living expenses, and childcare – not to mention all the extras that kids seem to need! From visa applications to rentals to eating out, logically everything will be more expensive with more people to consider.
This is why you need to be selective when applying for teaching jobs abroad. You will need to choose a job which can support your family and the lifestyle you choose, which also depends on whether you have a second income or not. Be sure to look out for jobs which make considerations for families. There are many jobs in certain countries which offer benefits to teachers with families, such as:
- free or discounted schooling
- accommodation, and
- health insurance for the family.
Teaching English abroad with a family: Education
Depending on the ages of your child(ren), your educational needs will be different. You might need childcare to allow you to work. This can be so expensive in some countries that it won’t actually be worth your while. You will need to consider your salary when thinking about childcare.
On the other hand, you may need to look into the schooling systems in the country you are living in. Bear in mind, international schools are generally much more expensive than the local schools, but they might be the only option if there is a language barrier.
You also need to bear in mind your working hours. If you are teaching in a language centre you may be required to work evenings and/or weekends, which can be problematic with children. Again, it all comes down to your specific circumstances. If you have one parent who can be at home with your child, homeschooling could also be an option worth looking into.
Teaching English abroad with a family: Visas
For the most part, you will require a working visa to teach English in a foreign country. If you have found a job, it is likely your employer is assisting you in sorting out your visa. Communicate with them about your family and make sure an arrangement is made for them. In many cases, children are given a visa to live in a country provided their parent has the right to work there.
It’s important to remember that visa applications with one or more dependents (which could also be your partner or spouse) take longer to process. You will need to factor that into your timeline.
Teaching English abroad with a family: Culture shock
Culture shock may be turn out to be an issue for you, but it can affect children more or less, depending on their characters. Children who are more shy and introverted might struggle more to make friends, while more extroverted children might fit into their new environment easily.
If you have more than one child, this is already a help against culture shock, as they know they have a sibling who is going through the same thing. Only children might struggle to make friends initially.
Read more: How to Deal with Culture Shock
Cultural considerations should also be an important factor in deciding where to teach. For example, if you are in a same-sex relationship, you should be aware that your relationship is not recognised in Saudi Arabia and you may be fined, or worse.
Teaching English abroad with a family: Language barriers
Considering that you’re teaching English as a foreign language, it shouldn’t be surprising that you are likely to have to deal with a language barrier. Funnily enough, you might actually find this harder to deal with than your children! This is because children are naturally good at learning languages, especially if they are in an immersion environment. But of course, living in a country where you don’t speak the local language can be tough.
There are two ways you can deal with this. You can encourage your children to learn the local language. You can provide them with opportunities to help them do this, by introducing them to language learning apps like Duolingo. Or finding a bilingual childminder that can help teach them. Alternatively, you can make sure your children have friends they can communicate with in their own language. Above all, make sure they are not struggling at school.
Read more: How Can I Teach English Abroad without Speaking the Local Language?
3 reasons you should teach English abroad with a family
So now we know it’s possible, but it’s also a really good idea.
- Living abroad offers your children the opportunity to experience a different culture and way of life. They say travelling broadens the mind but living abroad is even more effective in expanding horizons.
- Travelling has the ability to bond families together. Living abroad can be challenging but it can also contribute to very close family relationships.
- Living abroad looks great on a CV. When your children start applying for jobs, the fact that they have international experience (and possibly proficiency in a foreign language) will be an advantage for them when looking for a job.
Teaching English online
Don’t forget that you don’t need to leave your hometown to teach English as a foreign language. Teaching English online is a popular and convenient way to earn money – from the comfort of your home. Working as an online teacher means that you can earn money, get experience as a TEFL teacher, and enjoy the challenge of being a TEFL teacher, while your family can stay where they are comfortable and familiar.
On the other hand, teaching English online is the perfect way to travel all over the world with your family without the worry of finding a new job every time you want to move. This is likely to be unsettling for school-going children so it’s advisable to consider homeschooling if this is an option for you.
Don’t let the fact that you’re not a twenty-something year old backpacker put you off from becoming a TEFL teacher and travelling the world! Your kids will thank you later.
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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.