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Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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Answering these questions will not only help you choose the right country and teaching environment but also help you answer ancillary questions such as:


Western Europe is very difficult for American teachers due to visa rules. Eastern Europe can be easier, but the pay is lower. Asia can be difficult for older teachers, and some Asian countries, such as South Korea, can be ageist. Vietnam, Taiwan and Cambodia have low costs of living and are easy markets to tap. Latin America has the fewest age restrictions with no experience required. It’s easy to apply, get interviewed and be hired in advance in most countries.


Research, plan well and visit forums such as Dave’s ESL Café if you want to explore teaching overseas.   

TEACHING OVERSEAS


There are four different teaching environments in all countries: private language schools, public schools, international schools and universities. Private language schools can serve children, adults or both. Some private language schoolteachers work a traditional shift; others work in blocks of morning and evening hours and have several free hours in the middle of the day. Sometimes the teachers travel to corporate clients. Requirements to teach in public schools vary among countries. International schools in the Middle East and Hong Kong have the most requirements, including a teaching license from your home country. Most teachers take on private students for extra money.


If you’re interested in teaching overseas, it’s very important to answer some questions first:

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela S. Hoover is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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Have you ever considered moving overseas to teach? Requirements vary among different countries. The highest-paying Middle Eastern countries prefer mature adult teachers but demand the highest levels of education and experience. For example, Saudi Arabia typically pays teachers $50,000 to $80,000 tax free and provides private accommodations, free health care, airfare reimbursement and a contract completion bonus. Ideal candidates are over age 30 years with a master’s degree in education, a teacher’s license in their home country and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate or a Certificate in English Language to Adults (CELTA). Also desirable is a minimum of 3 years’ experience and preferably exposure to Middle Eastern culture.


Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any field and a TEFL/TESOL/ CELTA certificate will have solid credentials throughout the world. TEFL, TESOL and CELTA certificates are training courses on how to teach English. TEFL and TESOL certificates are not given by a single entity, organization or school, which means there is variance in the quality. Make sure the course you take is at least 120 hours and includes a practicum (live practice teaching to actual students) of 20 hours or more.


CELTA is a specific brand of 120-hour TEFL certification awarded through the University of Cambridge in England. Any of these certificates typically take four weeks to complete. Part-time and online courses can take longer.