Am I Too Young to Teach English Abroad?

By: Jeff Penick

Technically, there is not any defined cutoff age for being too young to teach English abroad, but overall, if you’re under 18 years old, chances are that it will be a pretty unrealistic endeavor at this time in your life.

If you’re in the 18-20 age range and wondering if it is possible to teach English abroad, the short answer is yes, it is possible, but continue reading below as there are many key points to consider.  Once you are 21 and older, youth becomes much less of an issue, but even then it is not unheard of for schools in certain countries like China to prefer teachers that are at least 24.

If you’re 18-20 years old and have a strong interest in moving and teaching English abroad, having the right expectations is of utmost importance. There are numerous additional factors that you need to keep in mind on top of what anyone interested in teaching abroad needs to know.

With that being said, if you have the right attitude and you’re not discouraged by some of the restrictions associated with being a younger candidate, teaching abroad might just be right for you!

Here are 8 tips for younger teachers interested in teaching English abroad: