What is The Average Salary for Teaching Abroad in India?
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Congratulations on considering India as your TEFL destination! It’s definitely an interesting choice. India is not the most popular country to teach English as a Foreign Language, which is a real shame. India has got so much to offer – from forts in the desert to crazy rickshaw rides in the city to mouthwatering food to languid cruises down the Keralan backwaters to the lights of Bollywood – it really has something for everything. The prevalence of English in India is probably what deters TEFL teachers from coming to India but the good news is that there are TEFL jobs available if you’re set on teaching here. So now that we know you’re serious about going there, here’s everything you need to know about the average salary for teaching abroad in India.
The average salary for teaching in India
As amazing as India is, unfortunately there is not much demand for English as a Foreign Language teachers. If you have a teaching degree or lots of teaching experience, you could find a job in one of several international schools, but there are very few positions in state schools because the level of English in India in general is very high and because these schools can’t afford foreign teachers. Plus there are many Indian teachers who are qualified for the job. It is possible to find jobs in private schools, though.
For something a bit different, there are numerous jobs to be found in the corporate arena, working with call centre staff or IT workers, for example. For jobs like these you will be employed either by the company and you will work in-house, or you can work for a language school and you’ll teach the company employees at your school.
The average salary for teaching abroad in India is $150 – $1 000 a month.
If you are not bothered by getting paid or are looking to get some experience under your belt, there are loads of volunteering positions just waiting for you. Volunteer teachers are held in high esteem in India and there are some interesting opportunities. You could find yourself teaching Tibetan refugees in an orphanage, Buddhist monks in a monastery, or doctors and nurses in a clinic.
The cost of living in India
Most paid jobs can be found in New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Bangalore, while the volunteer positions can be in the cities or out of the cities in rural areas.
Generally speaking, the cost of living is low in India so you can get by comfortably on your teacher’s salary but you won’t have much room for savings. As with any other country, the bigger cities are more expensive. Mumbai in particular is really expensive so you’ll need to look hard for any decent accommodation on a budget.
Generally speaking, accommodation will probably cost you about $100 – $150 dollars a month. In the big cities this will get you an apartment but further from the city this could be a 2- or 3-bedroomed house. It’s fairly common to share accommodation with other teachers so this will help out as well.
Food is very cheap whether you are buying from the market or supermarket or eating out at restaurants, which you will do often. Bear in mind the majority of India is vegetarian so this presumably saves a lot of money.
If you are on a volunteer program you won’t need to worry about the cost of living, as accommodation and meals are usually provided.
Contract benefits in India
Teaching English in India is a simple affair – there aren’t many contract benefits. Your employer should at least organize your working visa for you and some might provide accommodation but other than that, you’re on your own.
In a nutshell, India is an alternative option for a TEFL teacher. You won’t earn millions and you won’t live in the lap of luxury, but you’ll experience firsthand the direct contrast between the crazy chaos of Indian cities and the peaceful spiritual nature of this country, making it an interesting place to live.
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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.