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Teaching ESL Over 50

Although the idea of teaching English abroad often conjures up images of young, recent university
graduates, there are many opportunities in the ESL world for mature, experienced teachers as well.

Latin America is a popular destination for older teachers, as countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and
Mexico – among others – warmly welcome teachers who can share their valuable experience in the

In Europe, our contacts in the Czech Republic, Russia, and Slovakia consider all qualified applicants
equally. If you currently reside in Germany, or have some German language ability, age is no obstacle for
our contacts in Stuttgart, Munich, and Lower Saxony.

If you’re considering teaching in Asia, several schools in Japan – once considered the ESL domain of
young, adventurous travelers – have opened their doors to qualified candidates of any age. In China, the
government maintains an age limit of 59 for issuing work visas, but many of our contacts welcome
applications right up to that limit. This applies to our online teaching contacts based in China as well, if
you’d prefer to teach from the comfort of home.

Outside of the “big 3” in Asia, we also have contacts in Cambodia (volunteer) and Taiwan with no age
restrictions, and qualified teachers between 40-59 years of age can apply for positions in Brunei,
Thailand, and Vietnam.

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