What Documents Do I Need to Teach English Abroad?
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If you are considering teaching English abroad, you might be wondering: what documents do I need to teach English in Korea? or what documents are required to teach in Spain? or even what do I need to teach English abroad?
Knowing which documents you need to teach English as a foreign language abroad can be confusing because each country is different. The easiest way to see what documents you need is to look up the website of the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re going to and have a look there. Meanwhile, here is short guide on what documents are needed to teach English abroad.
What documents do I need to teach English abroad?
It goes without saying that one of the key documents you will need is a passport. Make sure that it’s up-to-date and valid for the date you want to travel. Some countries insist that you have at least six months or one year left on your passport, and also that you have free pages in your passport, so make sure you check this before you leave home.
Many countries require entry with a visa to teach English as a foreign language.
A useful web page if you are an American citizen is CIBT Visas which you can use to get information on what documents you need. The same company has a website for UK citizens at Visa Central and Visa Link for Australians.
If you are Canadian then have a look at the web page at Visa HQ. South Africans should visit South Africa Travel Online.
You will need your TEFL certificate to show that you are qualified to teach English as a foreign language. A TEFL course should be at least 120 hours and cover all the basics of teaching English as a foreign language. The TEFL course provider must be reputable and internationally recognised. Don’t forget to hceck out their accreditation.
You may need to get your certificate notarised and legalised. You can find out more about this process if you read our blog here.
University degree or college certificate
In some countries, the documents you need to teach English include a university degree or college certificate. This is not for all countries, but it may be a required document to get a work visa. A good example is China where you need a university degree to get a Z Visa. If you’re going somewhere a degree isn’t necessary, but you do have a degree, it’s still a good idea to make copies of your college or school certificates to show your qualifications. Thankfully, these days it’s super simple to save copies of all your documents in the cloud.
Read more: Can I Teach Englishh Abroad Without A Degree?
Criminal background check
Many countries want you to have a criminal background check before they will allow you to teach English as a foreign language there. To find out how to go about getting a check, just google “how to get a criminal background check from” and then put your home country.
Some countries will ask you to fill in a medical form either before or after your arrival. In some places, for example in China, you will also need a medical check-up within 30 days of entering the country. The form mostly asks questions about your medical history and if you have had any vaccinations.
This covers the important documents need to teach English abroad. Depending where you go there might be one or two more specific documents you need. Before you start applying for jobs, make sure you know exactly what documents you need to teach English abroad in that specific country so you can be prepared.
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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.