7 Best Places for Teaching Abroad in Retirement

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Are you retired and looking to teach English abroad? If so, that’s amazing! Teaching English abroad is a great experience no matter when, what, or where, and it’s never too late. The over 50 crowd often asks the same question first, “Am I too old to teach abroad?” and the answer is always no!

The second question we hear is, “Will everyone else be young and spry?” And to this, the answer is that people of all ages and all walks of life choose to teach English abroad, so it’s likely you’ll meet lots of others around your age.

Lastly, many worry that some countries don’t accept teachers over a certain age, and it’s true. Namely, East Asian countries such as China, Korea and Japan make it rather difficult if not impossible to teach English in your retirement years, but the rest of the world is a lot less ageist. So to make it a bit easier, here is a list compiled of the best places for teaching abroad in retirement.

Teach English in Vietnam

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For starters, one country that proves to be wonderful for those teaching abroad in retirement is Vietnam. The country hires English teachers all year ’round with a typical contract of 12 months, though it’s possible to find shorter contracts. Like some countries in Asia, Vietnam does have some age restrictions with retirement, but it’s possible to teach here in your retirement years.

Salary: $1,100- $1,700 USD per month

Requirements: TEFL certificate preferred

Why should you go?

Vietnam — a nation diverse in history, adventure, and culture — is also in high demand for English teachers. Not only is it relatively easy to find a teaching job here, but it comes with the highest salaries in Southeast Asia, a low cost of living, a relaxed lifestyle and, culturally, both retirees and teachers are very well respected.

Teach English in Cambodia

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Another country worth considering is Cambodia. Just south of Vietnam, the capital city of Phnom Penh, where most EFL jobs are found, is a tropical metropolitan with a very rich history. A few hours to the north lies the famed ancient temple city of Angkor Wat, and a couple hours to the south are some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Cambodia hires teachers all year, with little restrictions for education, experience or age, making it a great place to be at any time!

Salary: $700-$1,000 USD per month

Requirements: TEFL certificate preferred

Why should you go?

Like other countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is in high demand for English teachers. It’s relatively new to the scene in comparison to its wealthier neighbors (Thailand and Vietnam), so the industry isn’t as developed, making it perfect for the real adventurous among us. Not to mention, the cultural exploration and living history can provide you with memories to cherish long after your time abroad!

Teach English in the Czech Republic

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Also on the list for best places to teach abroad in retirement: the Czech Republic, Europe. This country is filled with stunning medieval castles and other incredible architecture, with narrow cobbled streets and muted color against a beautiful countryside. The peak hiring seasons for EFL teachers are in September and January with a typical contract length ranging from 6-12 months. Plus, the Czech Republic doesn’t have age limit restrictions when it comes to working in retirement.

Salary: $700-1,000 USD per month

Requirements: TEFL certificate preferred

Why should you go?

The Czech Republic is an opportunity for you to teach abroad in Europe while also being able to cover living costs. With Prague being listed as one of the most affordable European cities, it’s no wonder so many foreign teachers call it home. Not to mention, European transit makes it possible for you to visit numerous countries during your time abroad without even buying another plane ticket. Not too shabby!

Teach English in Mexico

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If you are in retirement and are looking to teach English abroad, then it is also a great idea to consider some countries in Latin America such as Mexico. Teaching English in Mexico will allow you to cover your costs of living with a monthly salary ranging from $500-$800 USD. It’s possible to find work all year ’round, and since Mexico is such a large, varied country, there’s really something to suit every desire. Plus, teaching in Mexico may be easier to maneuver considering it does not have age restrictions when it comes to teaching in retirement.

Salary: $500-$800 USD per month

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree & TEFL certification preferred.

Why should you go?

Mexico is in high demand for English teachers, and it’s one of the only countries in Latin America that provides working visas to EFL teachers. Plus, let’s not forget the beautiful landscapes, mesmerizing art from legends such as Frida Kahlo, delicious queso, and wonderful people you will meet if you choose to teach abroad here!

Teach English in Guatemala

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Another great option if you are interested in teaching in Latin America is Guatemala. While teaching English in Guatemala won’t make you rich, it will allow you to cover your cost of living. Jobs can be found year ’round with a typical contract length ranging from 6-12 months. Guatemala also does not have age restrictions when it comes to teaching in retirement.

Salary: $500-$600 USD per month

Requirements: TEFL certificate preferred

Why should you go?

Besides the opportunity to see the infamous Antigua, hang around Lake Atitlan, or visit ancient Mayan Ruins, Guatemala is in high demand for English teachers. Guatemala has a rich culture, fascinating history, and is one of the cheapest places in the world to take Spanish classes, should you wish to learn the local language.

Teach English in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s pura vida/laidback lifestyle may just suit your fancy if teaching in retirement is the right choice for you. Beyond being a popular choice for many choosing to travel to Central America, this country will allow you to teach English abroad while also covering your living costs. Hiring is all year and typical contract length range rom 6-12 months. Again, there are no age restrictions.

Salary: $700-$900 USD per month

Requirements: TEFL certificate preferred

Why should you go?

Costa Rica is sure to impress with it’s numerous adventure opportunities from stunning beaches, swoon-worthy volcano peaks, mesmerizing jungles, and vibrant tropical rainforests! Plus, who can say no to some of the best coffee in the world?

Teach English in Peru

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Aside from beautiful landscapes and historical landmarks, Peru provides many people in retirement a promising chance of teaching English as a foreign language. Typical contract lengths for teaching English in Peru range from 3, 6 and 12 months and there are no age restrictions.

Salary: $500-$1,000 USD per month

Requirements: TEFL certificate preferred

Why should you go?

If llamas and magic speak to you, Peru is a wonderful place to consider. Famous for its Incan citadel, Machu Picchu, but also home to the Andes mountains, wonderful sand hills, the Sacred Valley (where magic is believed to be found), and a world-class cuisine, there’s pretty much nothing not to love about Peru.

Overall, any of these countries would make for a wonderful experience if you are interested in teaching abroad in retirement. No matter what continent, country, or place you choose to teach in, you can make a positive impact during your time abroad. Not to mention, you are sure to make great memories, change a student’s life through the knowledge of learning a foreign language, all while immersing yourself in a foreign culture and land.


Words by Melody Lipford.

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