Teaching Off the Beaten Track: 9 Alternative TEFL Destinations
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Dreaming of teaching English abroad, but with a twist? Maybe you are considering teaching English abroad but you’d rather not teach in China or South Korea or Vietnam – and you’d prefer somewhere a bit more unusual. So which are the best alternative TEFL destinations to teach English abroad off the beaten track?
As a teacher of English as a foreign language, there is no doubt that the world is your oyster. However, though this may be the case, there are still certain countries that grab the lion’s share of attention in the TEFL world. Vietnam, UAE, South Korea – these countries are popular with TEFL teachers either for their abundance of teaching jobs, their generous packages, their amazing lifestyles, or a combination of all of these!
Read more: Top European Destinations for TEFL Teachers
But maybe you’d like to venture a bit more off the beaten track.
If this is you, then stay tuned to find out our top 9 alternative destinations for TEFL teachers.
Teaching English in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan might be the largest and richest country in Central Asia, but not many people know much about it – except maybe that it’s home to Borat! The country covers two time zones and five different climatic zones, with deserts, mountains, flatlands, deltas, valleys and canyons all over its immense area. In a bid to improve the country’s standing in the global market, the government has invested heavily into private language schools and this is where you’ll find a job. Salaries are generous and airfare and accommodation are generally included in your contract so you can expect to live an exciting life while earning good money. Definitely for those looking for something more adventurous!
Teaching English in Brazil
If you’re excited by the thought of working in South America and you want to explore a large country, then try Brazil. The demand for English language teachers is high so there are plenty of opportunities if you have a TEFL qualification.
In Brazil you’ll have the choice of working in a city, on the coast or inland. The cost of living is obviously higher in a city, but the wages too should be better. Wherever you decide to go you should earn enough to live in with some left over to enjoy your free time.
Popular places to teach English in Brazil:
- San Paulo
- Rio de Janeiro
- Belo Horizonte
- Santa Catarina
Teaching English in Malaysia
Multicultural, tropical and friendly, there is lots to love about Malaysia. Malaysia is not as well-known as its Asian counterparts Thailand, Vietnam and China, but this only makes it more special. There are many different teaching opportunities available, from private language schools to kindergartens to high schools to universities. To teach English in Malaysia you need to have a bachelor’s degree and be a native speaker of English.
Teaching English in Peru
Another South American option is Peru. Tourism is big business here so many Peruvians want to learn English for the job opportunities it offers. TEFL teachers can find a job teaching in a private language school, giving extra lessons to schoolchildren or teaching General and Business English to adults. At the same time, there are endless volunteer teaching positions in the more rural parts of the country for those looking for a guaranteed adventure.
Teaching English in Morocco
Morocco is a historic, beautiful country. It’s very popular as a tourist destination, so English is necessary for the locals to conduct business with tourists. At the same time, young Moroccans are keen to work and travel abroad, so they need English for that too. As a result of this, there is a huge demand for TEFL teachers in Morocco in international schools, as well as private language schools.
Read more: Top Romantic TEFL Destinations
Teaching English in the Republic of Georgia
Not to be confused with the US state where you would find your peaches, the Republic of Georgia is a gem of a European country that is still relatively unknown. You can find a job co-teaching with a local teacher in a school through the Teach and Learn with Georgia programme. Airfare and accommodation are included in your salary package, which makes this offer even more attractive.
Teaching English in the Czech Republic
Another popular tourist destination, Czech Republic also has a huge need for English teachers. You are likely to find a job in a private language school. The salaries in the Czech Republic are not particularly high but the cost of living is low, so you are able to live well – and drink lots of beer!
Teaching English in Turkey
If you like your coffee as strong as your raki, then head to Turkey. This beautiful, friendly country is growing in popularity as a TEFL destination. Choose from a job in historic Istanbul, the capital Ankara or Izmir on the coast, but wherever you go you’re sure to find glorious weather and great food. What more could you ask for?
Teach English in Argentina
From wine farms to glaciers to ski slopes to tango halls, Argentina has something for any visitor. It’s a country that you won’t want to leave so finding a TEFL job there is the best idea to experience its magic. Find a job in a language school or university and spend your free time exploring this amazing country – and probably eating some steak, too.
There you have it. Nine destinations not many people consider when looking for a TEFL job. All of these countries offer not only adequate teaching opportunities but also adventure, intrigue and, no doubt, a whole lot of fun.
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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.