Top 3 Ways To Make Friends While Abroad
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Living and teaching abroad is exciting and adventurous, no doubt, but sometimes it can actually be quite lonely. If you think about it, do you have a lot of friends who are able to quit their jobs and jump on a plane to Nicaragua for 6 months? And even if you do have friends who are about to get involved in TEFL, they’re probably not interested in going to the same places as you are.
If you can’t take your friends from home with you, you’ll need to make some new friends. Easier said than done, right? We understand that sometimes it can be hard to find people who share similar interests with you, so here are our top five way to make friends while abroad.
1. Learn the language
Even learning a few words of the language of the country you’re living in will open up a whole new community to you. Locals may be wary of befriending TEFL teachers because they are never sure how long they will be around, but if you make an effort to learn their language you are more likely to open yourself up to groups that would otherwise not pay much attention to you.
2. Hang out with your colleagues
Chances are that you’ll be working with other teachers – it’s not often that you’re the only foreign teacher in a school. Of course it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get on with everyone you work with but, if they’re new like you, then you could get to know your area together or, if they’ve been there for a while, they could be a fountain of knowledge on things to do, places to go and how things work.
3. Join a social group
If you are living in a city, there are probably other ex-pats living there who are not teachers. Ex-pats can be found in most countries and they tend to stick together, no matter where they’re from. Do an online search or ask around to find out if there are events or clubs that these ex-pats have started.
Finding new friends can be a bit like dating. It takes time and effort and you never know when you might meet someone suitable. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a like-minded person at work and you’ll immediately click. If not, you might need to put yourself out there a little bit. But the same advice applies to making friends as it does to dating, don’t force it, don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t give up hope.
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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.