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Mature female Art Teacher seeking a new overseas career

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by clairewalton, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. clairewalton

    clairewalton New commenter

    Would someone be able to advise me as to which countries would be my best choice to continue as an art teacher. I specialise in ceramics and have taught GCSE, Further and Higher Education. I am looking for a better work life balance that would allow me to continue enjoying my love of teaching art alongside creating my own work. The experience of a new culture with the added bonus of a good salary and accommodation would be my dream come true.
  2. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

  3. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    You might wish to change your username to something more anonymous.
    How mature? A good handful of countries restrict visas for anyone over 60, so schools prefer to hire beneath 58, allowing newcomers at least a couple years before the country boots them. Unfortunately it’s often the better paying countries with this restriction.
    Join an agency like Search Associates or ISS and cast a wide net. Instead of focusing on a few countries, see what’s out there overall. The least expected countries can surprise you.
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  4. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    Plenty of jobs available, just go for it.

    The 58 age limit in China seems to be that you can then extend the next visa before you reach 60 and then continue to 65.

    Some countries the official retirement age is 60.
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  5. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Art as a subject is not a problem, and there are many more countries out there where your age wont be factor.
    Ceramics on the other hand might be difficult to find. Personally i have never seen it taught, even as part of art. In fact my pervious school had a brand new kiln, but in the 3 years i was there it was never turned on once. It would or could be a good selling point for you though as it could make you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs.

    Best of luck.
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  6. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Ceramics does exist, at least I can vouch for that, in three of six international schools I’ve worked in. As part of the Visual Arts classes, though, not as separate subjects.
    sharon52 and clairewalton like this.
  7. clairewalton

    clairewalton New commenter

    Thank you very much for your help.
  8. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    @clairewalton - I replied to your conversation on the 5th Jan.

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