Which countries pay the most money when teaching English abroad?
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As a teacher abroad, it’s perfectly reasonable to earn a decent salary. In top-paying countries, this can be from US$2,000 to over US$5,000 per month depending on the country and region.
Teaching English is one of the most rewarding careers, if not for the salary but for the opportunity for career growth and development, and the satisfaction you get from teaching your students. English teachers abroad are definitely not among the list of millionaires but the salary is quite reasonable. Some countries pay teachers a premium of US$2,000 to US$4,000 per month. Again this depends on the country and region. Keep in mind that high salaries are not always everything: weigh up the local cost of living and benefits packages to determine how much you’ll be able to save during your teaching period abroad. Although some countries and regions still pay very little (like some teaching posts in Thailand or Central America), other countries, particularly teaching jobs in the Middle East and Asia, are compensating English teachers with surprisingly decent wages. The highest-paid ESL jobs can often be found in these parts of the world.
Top 9 Countries for paying the most money for EFL teachers
|1. The United Arab Emirates||US$3,500 – 5,000 per month|
|2. Japan||US$2,200 – 5,000 per month|
|3. Saudi Arabia||US$3,000 – 4,000 per month|
|4. Kuwait||US$2,600 – 4,000 per month|
|5. Oman||US$2,000 – 3,500 per month|
|6. Taiwan||US$2,000 – 2,400 per month|
|7. South Korea||US$1,600 – 2,000 per month|
|8. China||US$1,500 – 2,000 per month|
|9. Vietnam||US$1,000 – 2,000 per month|
UAE It’s no surprise that the highest-paid ESL jobs in the world can be found in the UAE with salaries ranging from US$3,500 and US$5,000 a month. Typical requirements include experience in teaching and certification to teach in their home country. Most teachers go to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Teachers working in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will find plenty of activities and cultural experiences for their enjoyment.
Japan For teachers in Japan, a TEFL certificate is desirable but not required. Japan is one of the most beautiful places to work in. EFL teachers will enjoy the beautiful scenery, cherry blossoms, festivals and superb food. On top of that, expect to be paid around US$3,000 per month with other benefits such as flight and accommodation.
Saudi Arabia If you want to teach English in Saudi Arabia, you need to have an ESL certification and a teaching certificate. Although for some positions, you don’t need a certificate, but experience is essential. Salaries range from US$3,000 – US$,4000 per month.
Kuwait There are many international schools in Kuwait. With this, plenty of job opportunities are available for teachers. The city is highly modernised and teachers can earn up to US$2,600 per month. As with all other GCC countries, teachers are required to have a TEFL certificate and experience.
Oman One of the most developed countries in the Arab world is Oman, which has gained a lot of advancements in education in the past few years. As an English teacher in Oman, you will be one of the pioneers. Salaries can reach from US$2,000 to US$3,500 per month, featuring a low cost of living.
Taiwan Salaries in Taiwan are much like South Korea where teachers can earn US$2,000 – US$2,400 per month. The cost of living in Taiwan is lower compared to Korea, which makes saving money easy. You can land a job from teaching in a kindergarten to university, public and private schools. You don’t need a TEFL certificate to teach in Taiwan. You just need a university degree. However, you can have an advantage over other applicants if you have teaching experience.
South Korea South Korea has a similar package offered to English teachers in Japan. This country has fewer tourists than Japan. ESL teachers in South Korea can earn a salary of around US$2,000 per month, and often includes accommodation and airfare. A TEFL certificate and a bachelor’s degree is required to teach English in South Korea.
China China is the largest employer of ESL teachers in the world. The low cost of living and salary range from US$1,500 to US$2,000 per month making it one of the ideal locations for English teachers. An English teacher in China can work for a private company or in a public school. Students hoping to pursue higher education in China can use some English skills.
Vietnam If you don’t have previous teaching experience but hold a bachelor’s degree and TEFL certificate, you can teach English in Vietnam. The country has witnessed huge demand for ESL teachers over the last few years. The salary is not high compared to other countries on the list but the cost of living is cheap. Salaries range from US$1,000 to US$2,000 per month. Teachers will find it very affordable in Vietnam. Remember that the requirements for teaching in different countries are always changing, but with a little bit of luck and research, you can earn both a good salary and an unforgettable life experience.
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- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- 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.