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.

Teaching English in Europe: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

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When it comes to teaching English in Europe, the continent is so diverse with different cultures and vibes that it’s difficult to pick just one country, isn’t it?

If you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone! You’ve got the castles and pubs of the Czech Republic, the rich colonial history of Spain, iconic fashion and culture in France, and plenty of countries in between attracting adventurers and bucket listers alike.

We know we’re a bit ambitious trying to cover a region consisting of 50 countries — well, technically only 45 if you don’t count the five that are transcontinental (or share territory with other continents): Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia — in this one guide to teaching English in Europe…

…but, the continent overall is the second smallest on Planet Earth (next to Oceana), and that is precisely why it’s such an ideal place to live abroad.

Europe has a ton of heart in each of its corners. Perhaps choosing one place to live and teach English is a tough decision, but take comfort in knowing you’ve got easy and quick access to the rest of Europe no matter where you end up! Continue reading

Why Prague is the Best Place to Teach English in Europe

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Imagine sipping wine from a castle vineyard, overlooking one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the world.

Imagine strolling cobblestone streets, through colorful, narrow alleys and picturesque doorways, toward beautiful bridges, majestic buildings or your favorite cuisine.

Imagine going on vacation and never having to leave.

Teaching English abroad, even if only for a short time, is your answer. And if the above sounds like you, you’re going to fall in love with Prague like we did. Here’s why Prague is the best place to teach English in Europe (or, perhaps, the world). Continue reading

Want to Teach English Abroad Without a Degree? Here are the 8 Best Countries.

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Is it possible to teach English abroad without a degree? The short answer is YES, you can!

The long answer sometimes includes stipulations like lower salaries, and even extra up-front cost, but there is ample opportunity (and plenty of money to be made) for teaching English without a degree.

The hard truth is that earning a TEFL certification will greatly increase your chances of finding work (in some cases, it’s your only chance). But just because you don’t have a bachelor’s doesn’t mean your work isn’t valued!

While many of the following locations may prefer a bachelor’s degree, it’s up to you to put your best foot forward in the application process and to show that a degree isn’t everything.  Continue reading

Best Places to Teach English Abroad in 2019

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Each year, we like to compile our list of the best places to teach English abroad and this year is no different…though our list is.

If teaching English abroad has recently crossed your radar as a likely opportunity, then you’re probably already asking yourself the hardest question of all — where? Will you head to Latin America? Asia? The Middle East or maybe Europe?

No matter which corner of the world interests you most, each has an experience of a lifetime awaiting you. As the demand for Native English speakers continues to climb, more countries are entering the scene and each year different countries make our list for the best places to teach English abroad.

We know that choosing a country is often the hardest part of teaching English abroad, so we hope this list will help you narrow it down. To compare 60 countries around the world, download our Country Comparison Chart here. 

So, without further adieu, we introduce the top places to teach abroad.
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7 Reasons to Teach English in Prague, Czech Republic

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As you plan for the next great chapter in your life, what are you looking for? Delicious beer? Unique culture and history? A flexible work schedule that allows you to travel frequently? If so, the beautiful and vibrant city of Prague is waiting for you. Czech Republic is a former soviet country that has been consistently blossoming since gaining independence in the early 90s. These days, it usually tops the lists of destinations for travel to Europe. However, a quick visit to Prague simply does not do this amazing city justice. The best way to delve into the culture of Prague and learn what this vibrant country is all about is to teach English in Prague. Continue reading

6 Popular Countries to Teach English in Europe

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It’s likely every traveler hopes to conquer Europe’s expansive stretch of countries at some point during their adventures, whether they take the EuroRail across the continent on an extended vacation, backpack for a few months or relocate to an European country for work. If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad, perhaps Europe is where you’re meant to be. Continue reading

11 Best Places for TEFL Jobs in 2017

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One of the most important questions you will ask yourself when deciding to teach English abroad is WHERE is the best place to teach English for YOU.

Are you interested in a the best place to teach English AND save money? Perhaps a TEFL job in the Middle East is the right choice. Or maybe you want to teach English AND learn another language? Perhaps teaching English in Latin America is best. Or maybe you just want to live and soak up the a European culture, or live on a beach in Thailand. (And teach too!) Continue reading