Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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1. DO I NEED TO HAVE TEACHING EXPERIENCE?
No, ELIC is committed to providing the best possible pre-field orientation and training for each of our incoming teachers. This includes training in Asian culture, cross-cultural communication, teaching, and team building.
During the month of August, new ELIC teachers earn a TEFL Certificate issued by Wheaton College as part of a comprehensive orientation program. This TEFL Certificate is awarded upon completion of training in three subject areas: 1) Classroom Dynamics Practicum in TESOL, 2) Introduction to TEFL Methodology, and 3) Asian Culture and Communication.
As part of the Classroom Dynamics Practicum course, each new ELIC teacher will have an opportunity to practice teaching Asian students in a typical classroom setting. During this practicum there is valuable observation, feedback and coaching from experienced ELIC teacher-mentors.
Each new teacher will be awarded a TEFL Certificate upon completion of orientation requirements. Each teacher may choose between two levels of participation, Certificate Credit or Graduate Credit. For those who intend to pursue a master’s degree, the graduate credits become the first portion of requirements for our degrees from Wheaton College and Azusa Pacific University.
2. DO I SERVE WITH A TEAM?
Yes. With ELIC, you are never sent alone. Teams range in size from two to eight or more. ELIC staff members thoughtfully put together each team to better ensure a quality experience for all.
3. IS THIS A PAID POSITION?
ELIC teachers develop partners for financial support to serve overseas. Teachers in China and usually some other countries of service receive a monthly salary in domestic currency from their host institution, which is more than enough to cover basic living expenses. Teachers in all countries may select a financial profile that allows for a standard monthly stipend in hard currency.
4. WHAT DO THE PROGRAM COSTS COVER?
ELIC’s inclusive financial profile includes the following provisions: a monthly personal allowance, housing & utilities, transportation, medical care, medical evacuation insurance, life insurance, Foreign Workers Compensation, ongoing Asia support from ELIC staff, North American support services, complete training, annual Thailand conference, team placement and curriculum resources. Our Canadian teachers are insured by the CCCC Expatriate Insurance Plan which includes medical, life and dental insurance, LTD and Medical Evacuation Assistance. Depending on the country of service, a few of these items may be provided by the host institutions. Because of this, financial profiles vary by country. Actual program costs are substantially higher than the amount ELIC teachers are required to raise. ELIC is able to offset these costs through significant donations from generous friends and foundations.
5. DO I HAVE TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?
It is not necessary to know the language of your host country in order to teach effectively. Students in all programs are able to speak at least basic English. However, most teachers find that their experience is more rewarding and fruitful when they are able to gain an understanding of the language and culture in which they teach. Because of this, ELIC is a strong advocate of language study and provides a variety of language study options to make this possible.
6. WILL I BE GIVEN A PLACE TO LIVE?
Yes. ELIC teachers live either on or off campus in their own apartment, which is equipped with cooking facilities. Accommodations vary depending on country and program, but ELIC works hard to find suitable housing that meets our requirements for our teachers.
7. WHAT TYPE OF MEDICAL INSURANCE IS PROVIDED?
While your host institution in Asia provides basic medical care, ELIC provides additional medical insurance that includes options for emergency medical evacuation and care outside of your assigned country, if required. ELIC also provides a life insurance policy and Foreign Workers Compensation. Canadian teachers are insured by the CCCC Expatriate Insurance Plan which includes medical, life and dental insurance, LTD and Medical Evacuation Assistance.
8. WHAT ABOUT MY COLLEGE LOANS?
The reality of college loans is no longer a valid reason for postponing meaningful service in Asia. Through our College Loan Repayment Plan, participants may elect to raise additional financial support above the standard profile so that approved college loans may be repaid while they serve in Asia. Most student loans can also be deferred either through ELIC or, for those participating in one of the ELIC graduate programs, through your graduate school. Loans can be deferred for one year at a time, and you can renew them annually by submitting applicable loan deferment forms each service year. You may contact your lender regarding which loan deferment would be applicable to you.
9. DO YOU PROVIDE NEWSLETTER AND COMMUNICATION SUPPORT?
Yes. ELIC provides a complete newsletter service, including proofing, formatting, printing and mailing of your newsletter on a monthly basis. You’ll also receive full-color photo cards to distribute to your support team.
10. DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT MANAGEMENT?
Yes. We’ll handle all receipting, tracking and acknowledging of donations for you before you leave for Asia, while you’re there, and for as long as needed after you return.
11. IS MY TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED?
Yes. Complete transportation is provided from your home city in North America to your host institution in Asia and back to your home city. Also included is an allowance for semester break travel. Depending on your country of service, some transportation costs are provided by the host institution. Because of this, profiles vary by country of service.
12. DO I GET TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE?
Yes. As a participant in our University Teaching Program, you’ll enjoy an enriching week of rest, fellowship and ongoing training in Thailand during the mid-winter break. All conference expenses are included in the financial profile, including transportation to and from your home in Asia.
13. WHEN WILL I LEARN OF MY ACCEPTANCE?
You will usually hear in two to three weeks after we have received your completed application packet. We will do everything possible to screen your application and arrive at a decision in a timely manner.
14. WHAT DOES SERVING WITH A FAMILY LOOK LIKE?
Teachers with families are a vital part of our outreach in Asia. It is amazing how parenting and the influence of children increases our outreach to Asian students! Currently, ELIC has more than 60 families serving throughout East Asia. Typically, one spouse assumes a full-time teaching role, while the other assumes primary responsibility for the care and, in many cases, the schooling of children. Each member of the family has a unique role in Asia, and each has the opportunity to interact with the students and members of the university community.
15. IS SCHOOLING AVAILABLE ON THE FIELD?
ELIC teachers are responsible for providing both the materials and the instruction of their children. Most teachers homeschool their children, and some families choose to use North American-based computer curriculum for their children. In addition to their homeschool curriculum, many children also attend classes in the national classroom during the week, where they can benefit from being immersed in the local language and culture.
16. WHAT FIELD SUPPORT DOES ELIC PROVIDE FOR TEACHERS AND THEIR FAMILIES?
ELIC values team health and the well-being of all our teachers on the field. ELIC provides pre-field resources to help aid your family’s adjustment to overseas living, and several staff members take the role of providing family support on the field. Each team receives regular visits from staff members who observe classes and meet one-on-one with team members to discuss any team-related or individual issues. Staff will also meet with the team as a whole and give counsel when necessary, and each family receives an annual visit from staff trained in family care. ELIC provides childcare during teacher orientation and a comprehensive children’s program during the Annual Thailand Conference that all ELIC teachers and their families attend.
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