Am I too old to teach English abroad?

There seems to be a misconception in the TEFL industry that everyone teaching English abroad is a sprightly 21 year old straight out of university.

Whilst there are many TEFL teachers who have taken TEFL as their first graduate job or as an opportunity to get paid to travel, there are many more who have taught abroad as part of a career break or as a way of funding early retirement.

So, are you too old to TEFL? Probably not. Generally, there are no rules or age limits to teaching English abroad. In fact, many schools actively seek mature TEFL teachers, who have some life experience to bring to the classroom. The only thing to bear in mind is that there are age restrictions on working visas in some countries – but just do some research, and you’ll be able to find the perfect role for you.

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