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BANGKOK 21 November 2018 02:21
KhunFred

Teaching in Thailand after age sixty

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In the years since I've moved here, I've always heard that sixty is the mandatory retirement age for everyone and you cannot work past sixty, regardless of health or how young you may appear. Many expats still try to tell me that there are exceptions, but I have heard of nothing verifiable. I am happy not working and have enough money, but I have a relative in the United States who desperately needs my help and I would happily teach English in order to help someone who is truly deserving. I do have a Masters Degree and some very limited experience teaching media on the university level. Is the "no work over sixty" rule set in stone, or can exceptions be made? Any comments appreciated. For the record, I am 68.

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7 hours ago, KhunFred said:

sixty is the mandatory retirement age

For Thais.

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24 minutes ago, brucefarang said:

Dear would be teacher,

All is not as it seems -of course -this is Thailand- I teach at 64 -with a work permit (marriage extension of non O visa allows employment) My colleagues  are 77 and 73 and ae still going strong !

At what kind of school and in what kind of area are  you all teaching?

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Slightly off topic:

 

I am a 63 y.o. German retiree and live with few good deeds in BKK. I wouldn't mind teaching (basics and conversation) English and German, however, FOR FREE  since money is not an issue for me.

Is there such a demand in BKK?
Obviously, I do not want to take away anybody's paid job!

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I am 67 working on a project with several Thai colleagues who are also legally retired and over 60. We all have renewable one-year contracts which seems to be the norm for oldsters like us. Whether same rules apply to teachers I don't know.

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1 hour ago, Juan B Tong said:

But,  good jobs are hard to find, and good paying jobs are rare.

For the kind of help I would be offering my relative, a job paying 15 thousand baht a month would be fine.

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2 hours ago, dinsdale said:

For Thais.

not anymore now is 65 yrs old

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I have a Masters degree and started teaching here in Thailand at the age of 62 for one of the largest private schools in the Bangkok area. Whilst I was there they hired a 77 year old man to teach English, he would be 83 now and he's still there. We had an 84 year old English guy retire during this time,  he had been there for years and was well loved by staff and students alike. so you see it's never too late.

The retirement age for Thais is 60, but many of the Thai teachers kept working at this particular school.

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Thank you all for your answers and encouragement. I certainly do not want to work, nor do I NEED to work. My desire is to help a family member without dipping into the income that I live on. Teaching English seems to be something that many expats do, so it was the first thing that occurred to me. Thanks for the info.

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Further to this, if you work at a school that has an English program, you don't necessarily need to teach English, many schools that have these programs hire native English speakers to teach, Math's, Science, Social Studies, Chemistry and so on, so you may feel suited, or indeed prefer a different subject.

 

Then again you may prefer to work part time seeing as you don't particularly want to work and only need 15,000 Baht or so, so why not try a language center for enough hours to suit your needs, rather than a full time commitment.

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