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The Netherlands is a small European country bordering Germany and Belgium.
The Netherlands is a small European country bordering Germany and Belgium. This is King’s Day and is undoubtedly the biggest holiday of the year. Residents wear orange clothes and celebrate with festivals and street parties all over the Netherlands. This celebration sums up what the Netherlands is all about: spirit and community. The Netherlands is one of the friendliest places you will ever visit and, as an added bonus, it’s postcard-perfectly gorgeous.
The Netherlands is famous for many things: bicycles, canals, tulips and clogs, amongst other things. Most of the country is flat so riding a bicycle is a great way to get around. From March to May the tulips are in season and cycling through the flower fields is an experience you will never forget. Then there are the windmills dotted around the countryside, and the canals of Amsterdam, while Maastricht is known as the most beautiful city in the Netherlands. Of course, the Netherlands is a very liberal country so if you’re looking for some excitement, head on to one of the many coffee shops or take a walk around the Red Light district.
Known for it’s windmills there’s still 1200+ windmills scattered around the Netherlands. One of the oldest being the beautiful Zeddam windmill full name the Grafelijke Korenmolen van Zeddam. Built around 1441, this is the oldest windmill in the Netherlands, found in Bovendorpsstraat the windmill stands at 48 foot.
The Netherlands really are famous for their bicycles with a reported 13 million + across the country. Considering the population of the Netherlands is 17 million people that number is even more impressive. When traveling the around there’s stunning cycling routes to take, it’s not unusual to see parents with several children and shopping on bikes it’s part of life here.
If you are tall you won’t stand out in the Netherlands. Dutch men in particular make the country the tallest nation in the world. With an average height of 182.5cm and Dutch women rank as the second tallest in the world. It’s believed their huge consumption of dairy products and the universal healthcare are contributing factors to the tallest in the world accolade.
Another incredible achievement is the Netherlands have the highest level of English proficiency in the world. It’s believe now 9 out of 10 Dutch people are proficient in speaking English. That number is estimated to be actually 94% off Dutch people being able to speak a second language.
It may seem odd to want to teach English in the Netherlands as it is often considered a country where everyone can speak English. Though there definitely is a high level of English in the Netherlands, there are still opportunities for qualified teachers.
Most of the teaching opportunities are in language schools in Amsterdam, Leiden, Maastricht and Rotterdam. However, it is not easy to work here if you do not have an EU passport – though some jobs can be found online, many employers prefer to hire teachers already in the Netherlands. If you do not have an EU passport, it can be difficult to obtain a work permit.
Typical Contract Length
Peak Hiring Seasons
Work permit or EU passport
Children, students, adults
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency
EUR 1200 – EUR 1400 (£850 – £1000)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
EUR 1600 – EUR 2100 (£1150 – £1500)
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- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL 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
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
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.