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  • Teacher Age Requirement for Teaching Abroad

    By: Pamela < Show E-mail >

    Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010

    Location: Online (Asia)

    Do you have any information on age limits for teaching abroad. I will be 62 at the end of this month..I am educated..vibrant..should I just give up the search?

    Re: Teacher Age Requirement for Teaching Abroad (views: 10165)

    Online (Asia) - Fri, 17 Sep 2010
    Posted by ICAL Pete

    It is a fact that most schools prefer younger teachers in their twenties. This is perhaps because they can pay them less and manipulate them more easily. However, there are certainly many schools which prefer older teachers who can often bring authority to the classroom as well as greater experience and style to the lessons. Although most jobs won't specify an age limit, it is as well to let the school know when you apply how old you are to avoid them turning round and canceling everything once you send a photo over for your visa.Many teachers who start out in TEFL later in life come up against ageism in their 50s and 60s. A lot depends on the country. For example in France it is not uncommon to find schools where well over two thirds of the teaching staff is over 50s. In Indonesia instead you’d be pressed to find a school where there is one teacher over 30.Male over 40s will find the Middle East welcomes mature teachers. Although 55 is often the limit for new TEFLers in some parts.China is also a country that seems to have no major age restraints when it comes to hiring English teachers.In Thailand the vast majority of the TEFL teachers are over 40. Many are 50+, and there are some sprightly 70-year-olds doing a great job.In Korea age discrimination is quite prevalent so you should check out a few of the regional offices there if this country is of interest to you. The three main agencies are GEPIK, SMOE, and EPIK.Croatia is starving for TEFL qualified native speakers and age is not an issue. It's worth a look if you are interested in teaching in Europe.Missionary and volunteer work around the world offer opportunities to teachers of all ages and is often the choice of many older Americans who find it the perfect way to get started in a foreign country knowing that by offering their teaching skills they can always count on the Mission or Volunteer Organisations to help out and support them in their new environment.So the bottom line is apply for work and see what happens. You may get knocked back a couple of times but sooner or later you will get employment.

    Re: Teacher Age Requirement for Teaching Abroad (views: 5189)

    Online (Online) - Fri, 17 Sep 2010
    Posted by Admin

    I agree with Pete but having lived in Thailand for the past 8 years, I know that there are very few teachers over 65 that can "legally" teach. I say this because of the mandatory retirement age for Thai public school teachers (government civil service). If a foreign teacher is over the age limit and still working at the school but Thai teachers are forced to retire, this can sometimes lead to resentment which is understandable because it is a dou....

    Re: Teacher Age Requirement for Teaching Abroad (views: 5569)

    Online (Online) - Thu, 16 Sep 2010
    Posted by Admin

    Hello Pamela. You can check out our new teacher guide at for some information/links. With regards to age requirements, this can be somewhat “nebulous” because most countries have mandatory retirement ages for their native teachers that generally are around 60 years old. This being said, there are some schools that will take on a senior teacher if their need is great and the teacher proves to be adept and energetic. Regardless, they will most likely want a face-to-face interview. If you are unavailable for the face-to-face and they are required to decide based on your application/resume, they may pass based on age requirements.

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