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Re: Age limit for TEFL?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, at 10:55 p.m.

In Response To: Age limit for TEFL? (Weeniebeenie)

I am e-mailing in behalf of my mother who is interested in starting a career in TEFL. She wants to complete CELTA training with the aim of spending a few years teaching abroad. Our only concern is that she is 63. She is extremely young ay heart and had the skills to make an excellent t TEFL teacher but we are concerned she might not get the opportunity to be hired as a result of her age.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Your concerns are valid; starting a career in TEFL at age 60+ is risky. In addition to blatant age discrimination, many countries have a mandatory retirement age, which generally ranges from 55 to 60 years of age. Although your mom may feel young at heart and have the qualities of a good teacher, work permits/visas are approved based on the passport holder's date of birth.

She'll be limited as to where she can teach -- compromising on jobs, conditions, and/or locations that aren't ideal. That said, I believe Cambodia's current retirement age is 65. There may also be countries in Central and S. America where she might find work at her age. But again, she could still face age bias by employers who want only young teachers regardless of labor laws. It's hit-or-miss. She needs to do her research and be realistic about her expectations.

Should she start a career in TEFL at age 63? I'd say give it a pass. Instead, she might look into nonprofit organizations that recruit mature volunteers to teach abroad.

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Age limit for TEFL?
Weeniebeenie -- Tuesday, 9 October 2018, at 3:34 p.m.
Re: Age limit for TEFL?
nomad soul -- Wednesday, 10 October 2018, at 10:55 p.m.
Re: Age limit for TEFL?
My Name is Joe and I AM. Canadian. -- Wednesday, 10 October 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

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