Foreign EFL pages
you intend to teach in a foreign country it may be well worth your time reading through this site - which whilst mostly discussing Korea, contains principles applicable to all EFL countries.
"For most teaching contracts, there is very little at stake to everyone except
the teacher and, consequently, the police, government, and even lawyers, are not
too anxious to get involved. Although this might be discouraging to teachers, the best advice is to negotiate what you can
prior to arriving in your chosen country, make sure you have a written contract with an English
translation that has been reviewed, and finally, be prepared to cut and run if
necessary (always have the funds for a trip home)."
issues to consider on your future contract
you are applying from within the country of employment, you have the advantage
of meeting the school/institution owner and discussing any provisions of the contract
you have been presented. Determine that the person you are negotiating with does
in fact have authority to represent the institution and that contractual arrangements
will be binding; (e.g. some universities leave the interview to western teachers
on their staff. Though they may make promises, they are not in a position to legally
bind their employer.) The key areas you will be discussing are:-
(b) hours worked and when and what constitutes an 'hour'
and annual leave provisions
(d) health insurance and deductions
(f) contract length
(g) any other salary deductions
(h) pension contribution and return of said pension contribution at the end of
(j) Immigration laws
(k) Landlord Tenant laws
As noted above, some institutions have
fixed non negotiable contracts. If you do nevertheless, negotiate a change, confirm
it is written into both English and local language versions of the contract. Oral
agreements can be forgotten or explained as a miscommunication. Then do check
the local version mirrors the English version.