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Dubai, Vietnam or Thailand ? Anywhere else ?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by corvette1961, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. corvette1961

    corvette1961 New commenter

    I've been working in two British international school on the Coast del Sol for 10 years, and have really enjoyed it. The pay is not great, but I like the lifestyle and can have a good life (lots of holidays) on a modest income. However, with retirement looming; I'm 57, I though I might try a change for two years knowing that when I return there is a decent chance of securing another job here in Malaga, either PT or FT, if I wish. I teach Business & Economics. The question is where ? I like the sunny climate and would not consider under any circumstance returning to the UK. Any suggestions ?
  2. bobbingtoncrescent

    bobbingtoncrescent New commenter

    As others will probably point out, you might as well consider Malaysia too. The school being decent is perhaps more important than the destination.
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  3. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    SE Asia is the obvious one - Malaysia, Thailand, even southern China (by sunny climate I presume you mean warm, in which case up here in chilly Beijing for the winter won't be your cup of tea!)
  4. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Bulgaria, of course! It is just round the corner from Greece, so the summers are long and hot. Unfortunately the winters can be a bit nippy. If you have been teaching in Spain, then of course you will be used to poor salaries.
    dumbbells66 likes this.
  5. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Not Dubai.

    If you like life to revolve around shopping malls, go for it.
    Shallow people living in a plastic world of pretension and consumerism. I hate the place.
  6. pauljoecoe

    pauljoecoe New commenter

    Middle East would hold no interest for me. Far East has good weather and interesting culture. I’d recommend Hong Kong - Middle East levels of Pay and low tax but a much more interesting place to work. I’m 57 too but for me retirement and return to UK beckons. I will have been here for 3 years and saved loads for my pension. £70-80 k a year is doable with only 15% tax and apart from rent other living expenses are low. The other destinations you mention would be good too but I guess the pay in Vietnam wouldn’t be as good. You could try southern China too?
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2019
  7. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    At age 57, it maybe more accurate to suggest you consider jobs where ever they will have you. There can be an age ceiling as you approach your late 50's.
  8. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    Quite surprised to read that.

    Having experienced life overseas, doesn't retirement outside the UK, taking your relative high pension and living in relative comfort in a low cost environment, appeal?
    the hippo and ToK-tastic like this.
  9. ToK-tastic

    ToK-tastic New commenter

    Are you not worried that if Boris has his wicked way with Her Majesty's United Kingdom that it will be far more difficult to get a Work Visa in 2 yrs time ? If I had a job in EU at the moment I'd be very tempted to stay put to ensure that I was 'carried over' in any transition. Hopefully this awful nonsense will never transpire...,
    dumbbells66 likes this.
  10. Oli_K

    Oli_K New commenter

    The better schools in Vietnam pay very well, obviously not as well as HK, but considering the low cost of living, it's a great destination to live and save.
  11. corvette1961

    corvette1961 New commenter

    Thanks for all your help and advice.
  12. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Yes, age can indeed be a major issue in some schools. As regular readers of the pachyderm's online ramblings will already know, at my previous school, in China, one of my colleagues retired at the age of 68.
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  13. spanboy

    spanboy Occasional commenter

    This got me thinking...a teacher-friend of mine in BJ was told that 60 was the cut-off age to continue working in the 1st-tier Capital and had to ship out thereafter. Now, was this genuine or merely a ploy to get him out of his school? He is working elsewhere in China now, but in a lesser-tier city.
  14. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    It can be - I know of a school who tried to keep a teacher who reached 60 but the authorities just weren't having any of it (it was a school with a bit of influence, too.)
  15. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    They used to be more flexible if the school made a case but recently not so much. Lots of regs that used to be applied unevenly are now set in stone.

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