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59 years old, haven't taught ESL before - China or Korea?

 
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leretif9



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:30 pm    Post subject: 59 years old, haven't taught ESL before - China or Korea? Reply with quote

I am 59 years old, a native speaker (U.S.) I have a BA in English from a U.S. university and a certification from Oxford Seminars in teaching ESL.

1. What's a better bet for finding work at my age? I have not taught ESL before.

Is being a tall, thin male with blue eyes a benefit here as well? Believe me those aren't my ethical values but I can see that there are some mighty messed-up notions of things out there...

2. If the pay level is the man concern, what's a better bet on that score?

Thanks.
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eihpos



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In China, your age and lack of experience might be a problem in getting a visa. In a lot of provinces there is a strict age limit of 60, which is pretty unfair but just the way it is. If you were where I am, you would have to get out one you hit your 60th birthday! Some provinces are more flexible, allowing people to stay up to 65. Knowing this place though, that could change too. Language schools seem to prefer younger people, I’ve seen some ads lately asking for teachers under 40 or 35! Then the experience: you need 2 years experience for the visa, but if you have some kind of teaching experience, maybe that would be ok.

I wouldn’t say it’s impossible but your best bet might be to check out some universities in smaller, less popular or well known areas and they might be able to have a word with the authorities and sort it out if they want you!

Don’t know about Korea, I worked there years ago and lack of experience was no problem but I would imagine the age limit might be the same.
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

China is not an option due to visa restrictions. No "Z" visa once you hit 60.
Korea is not an option due to visa restrictions. No new E2 over 55 and done at 60 for those who were in before 55.

LEGAL work as a TEFL teacher in Asia will be problematic at best due to visa issues. That said, illegal work (not a proper visa) abounds throughout the east and southeast Asia regions. Cambodia is an option for legal work. Get on a plane, land, get a job, do a visa run and buy a business visa.

The same is largely true for Myanmar.

Thailand has restrictions at 60 (mandatory retirement age) and you don't meet the requirements to work in Malaysia or Indonesia (as well as the age issue). No visa.
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rioux



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about countries in South America?
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