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BANGKOK 20 November 2018 21:35
John V

Teaching in Thailand over 60?

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Hi all,

Just joined and have a specific question related to teaching in Thailand that someone might have an answer to.

A little background; I’m UK NES, TEFL cert’, with a BA, B.Sc. and MA. I teach TEFL, plus social science using ABL and specialise in English grammar.

I’ve just come back from Northern China after a six-year stint in a government High School, which fizzled out when the company lost the contract with the local LEA. I previously taught in an international school in Ratchaburi and a government school in Sattahip.

Times change and I’m now six years older. I turn 63 in April, although all my previous medicals are A1 and I’m not on any medications – don’t drink either! So, I have the experience, education, references from Thailand and China and a decent enough resume. What are my chances of decent employment in Thai high schools or universities at 63?

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There is age discrimination here and your prospects will be limited by it. There are however many teachers here over the age of 60 but it will simply be more difficult to get the foot in the but can be done. I found Universities among the worst when it came to consideration (I was 59 when applying and they all cited the age of 60 being an issue).

 

Agency jobs are an option if you really have issues finding something. Oh...and if you teach in Thai high schools...you might want to reconsider your stance on drinking....*just a bit of humour*

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Take your best shot.....some opportunities are available even at Uni..but not the main places.. BKK.  It would be more likely being employed at a uni over 60 at a provincial uni.... down south,  some up north...pay will be right at 24-30K... even with your background .. and all the TEFL and MA jazz.

 

However your visa and work permit will generally be taken care of and of course, you'll be given a dorm room.  

 

.....then there are the unis if you have an insider link, that will accept you as an outside expert, which that uni has a dire need for..... in the English program. ... and they can make you .. . I am told..an Adjunct prof... title only...  Good luck... Try about...

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Thanks Rhys,

I don’t really care about location, or salary, but not too many hours. I get a small UK state pension at 66 and with savings that has to last indefinitely. I don’t want to spend those savings now and go into retirement with a minimum pension. Thailand seems the ideal choice as I’m not chasing the dollar and my wife and I are retiring here.

The ‘TEFL and MA jazz’ paid for our house in only six years from working in China and it wasn’t earned by holding up flashcards and shouting ‘orange’ and ‘carrot’. :smile: The winter Siberian snow blizzards didn’t suit the other half either.

There’s a huge crack down on fake teachers going on all over Asia and it’s decimated our backpacking fraternity, which leaves a huge shortage. I’m more a lecturer than a teacher, but if I can’t find anything in Thailand, I’ll do some serious searching next month and try Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam instead. Would be nice to stay here though, but …       

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There aren't any international schools in Ratchaburi.

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John V,

 

Well it is all about what you want... Not like China a 6 day work week? At some places.     A few pals are in the 70s teaching in unis...  However, they have the energy... and what something to do.... so they are busy about. 

 

Generally.... if you choose the Uni Route, you're going to teaching those Freshman General Education classes of overloaded classes and poorly motivated students that could care less about attending class, and who are so behind the curve...  That would be a major teaching responsibility...  It gets a bit old with these types of students... but it is deal .. and the % depends on what school.....

 

Thus not wanting to work not too many hours, does fit well for you.   Fake teachers even with degrees are just part of the landscape here... nothing new. 

 

Start applying to the unis... give it a shot.... make sure you have your TRANSCRIPTS.. yes.. from long ago.. They want those too... in  your application packet. 

 

Have you considered teaching on-line... you would have no problem as most of the programs are teaching Chinese students... more flexibility with this approach and you can avoid, keep a low profile, teach without a work permit..as this area is  so....unclear and unenforced.

 

Cheers Mate

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Having named the school John, I think you have just crossed a rather important line by making some arguably defamatory comments about it.  Perhaps a mod can delete them for you before you end up in a worse position than being merely unemployed?

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The posts about naming and shaming have been reported and removed.   It's against the forum rules.  

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15 hours ago, Scott said:

The posts about naming and shaming have been reported and removed.   It's against the forum rules.  

OK, my apologies and I’ll revert to forum anonymity.

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  OP, you won't be able to have social security, it stops when people turn 60. Would only be possible if somebody from the school knows somebody at the office...best of luck!!

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On 1/27/2018 at 7:44 AM, John V said:

I’m more a lecturer than a teacher, but if I can’t find anything in Thailand

Teacher centered lectures are the most ineffective way of teaching of teaching a language.  You might want to update you teaching methodologies before you give any demo lessons.

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