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Any retired people teaching in Spain?

 
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christopherx2



Joined: 09 Jul 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 1:26 pm    Post subject: Any retired people teaching in Spain? Reply with quote

Hi

I'd be interested to hear the experiences of any older people teaching in Spain, particularly anyone who has retired out there and teaches to boost a pension. Do you get accepted into schools? Any major issues surrounding age? Is it easy to get work? Is there a market amongst older Spanish people who want a similar aged teacher?
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CharlesTESOL



Joined: 06 Jul 2004
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Location: Barcelona, Spain

PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I am older than your average English abroad teacher, I am not of retirement age yet. However, because I work for a TESOL certificate course I have come across a few people who are that age and their experiences seem positive for the most part. Most of the people I'm talking about are in Spain, which is where I am, but one guy I know has taught in Andorra, China, Ecuador and Russia. He seems to enjoy it and does exactly what you mention, which is use the earnings to supplement his retirement income. I don't know if it's ever easy to get this kind of work in Spain, but I would say it's not unusually difficult. Not only do there seem to be some older Spanish people who want a similar aged teacher, but in Spain I have found that there are students and schools that actually have a rather positive reaction to middle aged and older teachers because of the life experience and work experience they have. There also seems to be a view among some schools that you are more stable and maybe more likely to stick around for longer than a semester or a school year. ¡Buena suerte!

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myprofe



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:11 pm    Post subject: getting old Reply with quote

It's a question of marketing yourself. I've also found that being older gives you an advantage over the younger crowd of teachers. It's an image thing, older and wiser. Wink
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