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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2011, 08:48:59 am »
I'm 23 now but I started when I was 22.  My other friend that came later is the same age as me.  Most of the GETs I know are in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties.  Haven't met anyone yet so far who is past around 35 although that's just the ones I meet.  22 is the youngest I've met so far but there aren't many that young...majority are all the 1987 and 1986s. 


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2011, 08:56:50 am »
Shouldn't it be 60+?


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2011, 09:01:06 am »
due to a late birthday, i was 21 when i first arrived in korea...  :o
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2011, 09:44:27 am »
Shouldn't it be 60+?
   

yeah, or 45-49, then 50+



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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2011, 09:45:55 am »
Altered to 60+   ;D
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2011, 10:09:50 am »
I am 58, fit and healthy. I have 33 years teaching experience... just wondering when I will get canned for being to old, even though my students love me and I am as young as them at heart.
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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2011, 10:12:42 am »
I don't think you can be here if you're under 21 at the earliest.
Although I suppose the occasional genius finishes university at 18...


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2011, 11:02:41 am »
Just updated the poll to include more brackets.


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2011, 10:22:37 pm »
I'm 36.  Pros and cons to everything.  Being older than some of my Korean co-teachers sure does seem like an advantage.  They don't try to boss me around at all.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2011, 11:55:38 pm »
23, came here when i was 22.  a lot closer to my middle-school students than my co-teachers.  it has its pros and cons.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2011, 03:50:08 am »
My school seems to have a pretty equal mix, but at a recent job fair the applicants were overwelmingly 40s-60s.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2011, 08:00:16 am »
I don't think you can be here if you're under 21 at the earliest.
Although I suppose the occasional genius finishes university at 18...

The TaLK program  allows you to come here after spending two years at uni, so I guess some one could be 20.


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2011, 10:54:24 am »
I'm 36.  Pros and cons to everything.  Being older than some of my Korean co-teachers sure does seem like an advantage.  They don't try to boss me around at all.

I think 30s is the perfect age for teaching here. You're still youthful enough but not right at the bottom and can be taken a bit more seriously.


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2011, 12:49:01 pm »
I'm 27, which seems to be about average amongst the other NETs I know.


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #34 on: May 08, 2011, 05:27:33 pm »
I am 40 and have been in Korea for 2 and 1/2 months now.

I am the only foreign teacher at my school and the oldest. I am also 4 yrs older than my director. I have been made to feel totally welcomed at my school by the co-teachers and especially my director. I have been told by my co-teachers that when they were told I was 40 and then met me, they didnt believe it. They thought the director was joking with them. They are constantly making comments about how happy, excited, and genuinely fun I am, to be around. ( I heard that the last foreign teacher wasnt very social at all, even with other foreigners in the area )

I think age is but a number and you make yourself feel young or old depending on your own attitude towards life.  :P


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2011, 08:45:38 pm »
24 here. one of the younger ones I have met.


Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2011, 07:53:46 am »
I am 25 now (26 Korean age) and I am the third youngest out of 25 teachers in my city!  It feels good!!


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2011, 09:31:48 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.

Yep--as this poll would show.

I wish I'd come at 22 fresh out of university, but at the same time I have met a lot fewer teachers who did that then I thought I would.  It takes a lot to up and move to Korea and do a job you've never done before--usually I find you need a couple years out of school and a little work experience to work up the courage. 


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2011, 09:38:22 am »
I just turned 21 a few weeks before coming to korea, I don't know any other teachers that aren't older than me!


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Re: Age of Teachers Here
« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2011, 10:06:32 am »
23 and the youngest I know :(