The Top Six Asian Cities for TEFl Teachers
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Many people daydream about the exotic locations their career as an English teacher will take them. Faraway places where gentle waves lap white, sandy beaches and palm trees sway in a tropical breeze. For some reason, most people’s idea of paradise is intrinsically linked to some far-flung island destination. Read on for our top six Asian cities for TEFL teachers.
While many TEFL positions may take you to said destination, others will take you to the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan city. The bright lights, night life, and wining and dining are things that many people enjoy about city living.
If you’re thinking about your next teaching destination, there are plenty of exciting cities in Asia in which to teach. Here are our top six cities:
The Land of Smiles, as it’s affectionately known, is a favourite with TEFL teachers. With friendly people, picturesque beaches and delicious food, Thailand is also home to one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world. Bangkok is a treat for the senses, where skyscrapers tower above centuries-old temples, the smells of local delicacies linger in the air of bustling night markets, and one of the largest shopping malls in Asia will defeat even the most hardcore of shopaholics. Bangkok is easy to navigate, even if traffic congestion causes frustration, and time spent teaching here will be time well spent.
China remains one of the main destinations in the world where TEFL teachers will often find themselves. There are plenty of small villages and towns but if you’re after a bustling metropolis you need look no further than Shanghai. While Beijing draws crowds, Shanghai’s appeal lies in its interesting mix of Chinese and French tradition and architecture. With a rich sense of history juxtaposed by the modernity of skyscrapers and new business, Shanghai is a city where you will want for nothing.
South Korea has become an increasingly popular destination with TEFL teachers. From the picturesque beaches and volcanoes of Jeju island to the capital of Seoul, where Buddhist temples meet high-tech subways and pop culture, there are jobs aplenty. Seoul is an eclectic mix of old and new and this city features some of the most interesting and futuristic architecture in Asia with a vibrant nightlife and exciting up-and-coming pop culture. If you’re looking for a city that’ll keep you on your toes, then Seoul is for you.
This city tops many travellers’ bucket lists but for TEFL teachers, the opportunity to work here is a dream come true. The Japanese capital is rich in culture and history blended with all the modern comforts you could wish for. With a myriad attractions and activities to keep you occupied during your down time, if the opportunity to teach English in this enigmatic city arises, take it!
The capital of Taiwan provides plenty of teaching opportunities for TEFL teachers. Two of the most widely spoken languages in the world, English and Mandarin, come into contact here. With a bustling nightlife, contemporary buildings and a lively street-food and night market scene, it’s a great city for expats to congregate over a small bun in a big bun, or a sausage on a stick at the end of a long day of teaching.
Ho Chi Minh City
One of the most highly-sought after destinations in Southeast Asia in which to teach English, Ho Chi Minh City is a great place to live. With a strong colonial history, this beautiful city was ravaged by war but has come back with a vengeance with one of the fastest growing economies in the last two decades, increasing the demand for English teachers substantially. With a French quarter nestled amongst beautiful Vietnamese architecture, this city has an energy like no other with a thriving job market for TEFL teachers.
If you’re choosing a destination in which to teach English, you can’t go wrong with any of these options and, at the end of the day, cities are where the pounds are, and idyllic beaches are often best left for holidays.
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- 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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