Looking for a job internationally but not sure if youâ€™ll be able to due toÂ age,Â healthÂ and/orÂ relationship-based factors? Hereâ€™s our how-to and do-not guide for those asking questions about if theyâ€™ll be accepted despite some of these problems. You may also want to check the bottom of each Job Post as the restrictions including the factors mentioned above are specified in each and every entry.
So first the biggest subject:Â Age. Universally the age restriction on hiring is atÂ 65Â but many people have reported having great difficulty obtaining a VISA or Work Permit even when below this age, so itâ€™sÂ importantÂ to note the various regions below. InÂ Europe, for example, our candidates donâ€™t typically report any problems being placed as far as age goes but if you arenâ€™t an EU Citizen then getting a hold of the documents needed tends to be a lot of pillar-to-post work.
InÂ AfricaÂ typically the ministries and various governing bodies and organizations are fairly lenient, allowing anyone up toÂ 65Â to work with no sort of restriction or issue whatsoever. WithÂ AsiaÂ however, our candidates have reported having issues in obtaining the necessary documents to work when over the age ofÂ 50.
Typically theÂ Middle EastÂ has been known to follow suit with Asia but inÂ QatarÂ our candidates have told us that even atÂ 45Â itâ€™s not always easy to get a VISA or Work Permit sorted.Â South AmericaÂ on the whole is much like Africa with its recruitment age atÂ 65, however, itâ€™s important to note that many of our candidates have had difficulty sorting the required documents to work inÂ BrazilÂ when over the age ofÂ 50.
Health-wise, the biggest issues out clients tend to have is hiring those with anything that could impede a teacherâ€™s ability to teach or move. This typically includes any medical problems related to theÂ heartÂ andÂ circulatoryÂ system,Â backÂ andÂ muscleÂ strain,Â boneÂ andÂ jointÂ conditions (i.e Arthritis) orÂ mental healthÂ (i.e Depression).
Finally the last restricting factor isÂ Relationships, especially withÂ family. Due to the larger pool of single teachers flooding out of Europe due to the lack of jobs there, many educational institutions around the globe are able to have a very large choice pool and as a result they are far more likely to employÂ Single Teachers rather than those with family or dependants. Additionally, most Middle Eastern institutions will not accept unmarried couples (as well as many schools inÂ Malaysia).
All that said, itâ€™s stillÂ very possible to be placedÂ but as we tell all of our candidates,Â flexibility is free. The moreÂ flexibleÂ you are as an individual, the easier and faster weâ€™ll be able to place you in a good teaching position internationally. PleaseÂ register with usÂ andÂ check this postÂ from time to time as itâ€™ll be updated with new information as it comes in.
Also, be sure to check out our guide onÂ Document Attestation & Security â€“ What you NEED to know!