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  • bjinglee
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    • March 10, 2011, 10:29:48 pm
    • South Korea
Age of Teachers Here
« on: May 04, 2011, 11:03:10 pm »
There's a thread about showing peoples' ages here in the forums. While age really isn't a huge deal to me in determining the merit of someones' post, I am curious as to what the age demographics are for teachers here in Korea. I assume that most are in their 20's or 30's but there seems to also be some in their 40's and 50's.  One of the previous NET's in my own school was in his 60's. Just curious. 


  • cruisemonkey
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    • March 25, 2011, 02:17:57 pm
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 11:32:05 pm »
You're not going to get a statistically valid result from a poll on WAYGOOK.
The Ks once gave me five minutes notice. I didn't know what to do with the extra time.


  • bjinglee
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    • March 10, 2011, 10:29:48 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2011, 12:16:17 am »
You're not going to get a statistically valid result from a poll on WAYGOOK.
I fully recognize that this isn't scientific though I think it'll give a ballpark.  Just thought it'd be interesting for curiosity's sake.


  • incognito84
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    • September 01, 2008, 01:51:25 pm
    • Suwon, South Korea
Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2011, 08:50:13 am »
I'm 26 (almost 27) and I'm the oldest foreigner English teacher I know! When I turn 27 I think I'm going to keep telling people that I'm 26.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2011, 09:06:45 am »
I have to say - I wonder the same thing myself on waygook - from some of the answers, I can say - I think the age is varied. I am 40. I am wonder just how many are the ages between say 35 to 45 or older - I was debating on asking the same question - possibly polling - but I have met more under 30's than any other age range. So I wonder the same thing.

Whatever the age - I think its great that people have taken the leap to teach over seas. I think it takes more bravery when your older - because your taking the chance of uprooting a settled life back home, (unless your like me and didn't have one to start with) but I think its a big leap either way.

As far as age is concerned, its just a number, it doesn't keep you from being who you are if your true the person you know yourself to be. Age doesn't always create wisdom, and youth doesn't always create foolishness...somet imes its the opposite.


  • atmosphere
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    • April 12, 2011, 09:41:05 pm
    • Sanbon-dong, Gunpo-si, Gyeonggi-do
Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 09:48:35 am »
I'm 22, and the youngest ESL teacher I've met out here in 2 months.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 10:09:34 am »
I just finished orientation with 50 teachers.  There 7 of us over 30.  The bulk were in their first few years out of college. 


  • incognito84
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    • September 01, 2008, 01:51:25 pm
    • Suwon, South Korea
Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 10:34:50 am »
I just finished orientation with 50 teachers.  There 7 of us over 30.  The bulk were in their first few years out of college.

Yup. That was like my GEPIK orientation a few years ago (though I was 24 at the time so I was pretty much in the norm).

You should move this poll over to Dave's. Might get more accuracy.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2011, 10:39:50 am by incognito84 »


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 06:39:22 pm »
When I first got here, I was 22 too, and I felt really young.  It was a surprise to me because I know so many people who do this fresh out of college, but when I went to orientation there EVERYONE was older than me and many people were 10-15 years older than I was.  I think it is interesting that people come to Korea to try something new.


  • jaybird
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    • April 06, 2011, 10:54:23 am
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 07:40:14 pm »
I'm also 22 and definitely the youngest teacher in my parts. One of my KET is fresh out of school and he's 24 (2 years of military service) so everyone was surprised I finished school at 20.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 08:15:51 pm »
I'm 22, and the youngest ESL teacher I've met out here in 2 months.
you are such a cute baby


  • korr
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2011, 07:04:37 am »
I'm 28. Most of the foreigners I know are younger, but only by a couple years.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2011, 07:21:30 am »
I'm nearly 27.  >:(


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2011, 07:39:08 am »
I am 24 and I know a number of NETs. The youngest I know is 22 and the oldest is 42. The average from my experience is about 25.


  • creeper1
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    • September 09, 2010, 09:02:08 am
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2011, 08:04:35 am »
Take a look at this http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=176894&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45

There is a poster called "kimpop" who hits all the key points directly on the head!  :laugh:


  • Dweebs1
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    • December 07, 2010, 02:52:11 pm
    • Yeongwol, Gangwon-do
Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2011, 08:08:03 am »
I have to say - I wonder the same thing myself on waygook - from some of the answers, I can say - I think the age is varied. I am 40. I am wonder just how many are the ages between say 35 to 45 or older - I was debating on asking the same question - possibly polling - but I have met more under 30's than any other age range. So I wonder the same thing.

Whatever the age - I think its great that people have taken the leap to teach over seas. I think it takes more bravery when your older - because your taking the chance of uprooting a settled life back home, (unless your like me and didn't have one to start with) but I think its a big leap either way.

As far as age is concerned, its just a number, it doesn't keep you from being who you are if your true the person you know yourself to be. Age doesn't always create wisdom, and youth doesn't always create foolishness...somet imes its the opposite.


I'm 48 and have been working in Korea for 5 years. Up until a couple of years ago I wasn't the oldest in my town. They have moved on to other towns to teach, so now I'm the oldest in my town


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2011, 08:18:34 am »
I'm 26 and definitely not the oldest in my town. Most of my friends are at least 31 and there are barely any young guns around. The oldest I've met so far is 45. Gotta love feelin' like "the baby" again!  ;)


  • minamteacher
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2011, 08:20:41 am »
Take a look at this http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=176894&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45

There is a poster called "kimpop" who hits all the key points directly on the head!  :laugh:

HA HA 20 somethings talking down to people older than them is HILARIOUS (and horrible). I am glad that this class act has the world figured out already. For all the people who knock Korean society, at least they rightfully reject this type of attitude towards elders.

Reminds me about this article I read today in deadspin about an entitled lifeguard.

Full disclosure: I'm 24 years old

« Last Edit: May 06, 2011, 08:46:04 am by minamteacher »


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2011, 08:30:07 am »
29 and I feel like I am on the old side.


  • Ley_Druid
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    • February 17, 2011, 08:36:33 am
    • Shinan-Gun, Jeollanam-Do, South Korea
Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2011, 08:37:15 am »
On Buddha's birthday, I will turn 27.