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Created by John Vitols: Nov 30, 2017 4 replies
After six years, my company has stopped the English teacher Inner Mongolia government project it was involved with. At the age of 62, let’s put theory into practice and discover if holding triple degrees, plus experience, outweighs age. Residency visa expires in five weeks time. Countdown to actively looking 3.2.1 … go!

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Angela Smucker4: Feb, 12, 18
Hello. I hope you have had success since your Mongolia situation changed. I am 64 and hoping to start the teaching abroad adventure. I know that China is not an option. Have you had success? Where are you?

Thank you
Vincent Gordon: Feb, 22, 18
Hi, I am also having the problem with my age, 71, the advice i have gotten from You Tube ESL teachers in China was to go there in person and apply directly to the school director. They can pull strings to get you in the school.
Also what will help is to create a great demo reel. This will show your talents and personality in teaching. Look up some videos on You Tube.
Try to merge something another subject with the ESL. like Drama English, Debate English, Academic English, Business English.
This will differentiate you from the hundreds of other ESL teachers. Let's face it ESL is boring. Personally I am pitching "English Through Filmmaking" You can not argue with show business. Script writing, acting oral English. Can't get anymore dynamic and creative.
Look up ESL English filmmaking on You Tube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHMLIZC0y3w
Now who can turn that down?
Good luck, keep in touch
"There's no business like show business."
Try the Drama English, just brush up on drama training.
John Vitols: Feb, 23, 18
Hi Angela,
No luck yet, but to be honest I haven’t really been trying. We’ve just recently come back to Thailand, which is where I’m based and there’s a million and one things to do. I’ve just got my 90 day none-resident ‘O’ visa from Laos, so I’ve got till the end of March to get a job, or a month to change it to a marriage visa. I’m going to try for Myanmar who I’ve heard are not so age picky, or here in Thailand. I’l start blitzing the ads shortly. A BA, B.Sc. and MA, don’t drink and no medications I’m hoping will get me something. :)

John Vitols: Feb, 23, 18
Hi Vincent,
At over 60 the Chinese government schools aren’t interested, unless you’re already working for them and then you get a kind of ‘grandfather rights.’ The kind of schools that can pull age strings aren’t the private ones.

In my opinion, the worst way to apply in China is door knocking on a tourist ‘L’ visa. (It’s OK if you’re already there and have a residency visa). The reason for that is that you leave the school or recruitment company to pick up all the costs of sending you to Hong Kong to get the 30 day Z visa, which you need to get the PSB residency visa. My company insisted that people applying do so from their own countries as it was far cheaper for them.

I’m afraid drama isn’t my strong point. I already have references, a self-designed syllabus and plenty of experience. I combine the social sciences with ABL TEFL, providing a culture based semester and used that for years. You’re 71? Good heavens, I only need another two years until I get my pension and the furthest thing from my mind will be working. Good luck to you with that one. :)