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.

10 Incredible Reasons to Teach English in Mexico

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There’s nothing not to love about the friendly, inviting, rich, vibrant culture of Mexico.

It’s the birthplace of mariachi and tequila — two things that, when put together, I’m pretty sure spell “a good time” — and it’s a country with some of the most gorgeous deserts, relaxing beaches, magical villages (really, it’s a thing), volcanoes and mountains, spicy peppers and all the tacos you can imagine.

Is there anybody who doesn’t love tacos?

That’s what I’m saying!

It’s hands-down one of my favorite countries in the world — one in which I’ve spent a lot of time — and unfortunately when I started looking into teaching English abroad, I didn’t realize I could even do it in Mexico. But you can!

And here are 10 incredible reasons to teach English in Mexico:

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You can get TEFL certified onsite in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is one of the largest cities in Mexico, which means it has everything you’re looking for in a city experience.

The TEFL course is located in the historic district, right next door to one of the oldest language institutes in the country (where you’ll do your teaching practicum, by the way), and within walking distance to some of the best restaurants and bakeries. You’ll get a quality introduction to what it’s like to live in Mexico, and then you can decide to stay or go.  

It’s a big country, with jobs in every corner!

One of the beautiful perks of the TEFL course in Mexico is that it comes with guaranteed job placement…anywhere in Mexico! You can choose your top 5 favorite locations, and the placement team will do their best to find you a job in one of those. Mexico is huge, and you’ll surely find a location and a climate that suits you.

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The people are incredible

I’ve never met a more welcoming, friendly and open people in all of my travels than I have in Mexico. They welcome foreigners from all over the world without judgment and within no time  you’ll be invited into their homes, or to their hometowns for a fiesta or to the bar for a night of beer and tequila. You’ll make friends for a lifetime, and gain a truly unique insider experience into their culture and traditions.

You can learn or perfect your Spanish

Remember that Spanish you studied in high school but haven’t touched since? It’ll come back to you in no time if you want to improve your skills.

You’ll learn Spanish just by living and teaching in Mexico, because immersive experiences are the best way to force yourself to actually learn.

Of course, if you want to go the extra mile you can take Spanish language classes as well, which will only speed up the learning experience. Did I mention that you’ll get a free week of lessons included in your TEFL course tuition? Yep. Believe it.

The food is world renowned

There’s hardly a pocket of the world that doesn’t have at least a high-end restaurant touching on Mexican cuisine. It’s unique for it’s spices and combinations in a way that stands out from the rest of Latin America.

While true Mexican food differs greatly from what you’re used to in the American Mexican restaurants (still delicious), I think you’ll find it tastes better, and leaves you feeling better, too.

Try the mole dishes, or the famed pozole! And of course, tacos! Psst… it’s worth seeking out fresh-made tortillas whenever you can.

You get to learn how to dance salsa…

Want to dance the night away with your newfound friends, and your new skills? As part of the TEFL course in Mexico, you’ll get free salsa dance classes so you can impress that guy or gal you’ve had your eye on in the course…

….and drink tequila (but you already know that 😉 )

Might I suggest adding mezcal to your palate? It’s a unique and pleasant experience your mouth will love.

You can explore the magic villages

The Mexican government has declared 111 pueblos magicos, or magic villages, around the country, and each are spectacular.

The goal was to promote rich cultural heritage and history of Mexico by recognizing towns that were once overlooked (and when you see them now, you’ll wonder why). Some are recognized for their architecture, others for their food, and still others for their natural wonders, but each is worth a visit if you stay long enough! Here’s a guide to exploring them.

It’s easy to get a visa

This is a nod back to the welcoming, friendly, non-judgmental people: it’s easy even for non-native speakers to get a visa and work permit, making it an easy choice for you if you don’t want to jump through all the bureaucratic hoops some countries require, or don’t want to pay the fortune required of others.

You simply enter Mexico on a 30, 60 or 90-day tourist visa and once your employer extends a job offer, you can go to the consulate and apply for a working visa (this costs about $200 USD).

You’ll gain international recognition

Since you’ll earn an internationally accredited TEFL certification and gain your first 6+ months of experience, you’ll essentially earn your passport to the world. With those two things on your resume, you open up thousands of doors around the globe for teaching opportunities far and wide.

Why stop now?

If you’re ready to get started on your teaching adventure in Mexico, start here.

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

8 (Amazing) Reasons to Teach English in Costa Rica

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If you’ve ever envisioned yourself teaching English in a tropical paradise where the living is easy and the weather is great all year ’round: look no further. Costa Rica is one of the top up-and-coming places to teach English abroad, and for good reason.

Well, actually, for many good reasons. Continue reading