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Kirsten Colquhoun
August 23, 2023

Contents

Why Teach In Peru
Best places to teach
How do I qualify
Types of Jobs
How to get a job
Salary expectations
Common benefits
Saving opportunities
Life and culture

Are you drawn to mystery and adventure? Teaching English in Peru may be the best decision you ever make. 

Peru is home to some of the most ancient civilizations of Andean history, the Incas. Machu Picchu is a world-renowned ancient city that many see as a bucket list place to see and it is said that 1.5 million tourists visit every year.

Why teach English in Peru?

The food! It seems that the whole country is obsessed with food! From chili-rich dishes to stews cooked slowly in beer, from Peruvian chocolate to dishes infused with Spanish, African and Asian influences, the food here is an adventure all of its own. 

The sights! Pyramids, beaches, rainforests and mysterious Nazca lines will keep you enthralled! 

The people! Peru is known for its extremely warm locals, so you’ll feel right at home! 

Are you ready to teach English as a foreign language in Peru? Start your teaching course journey with a certified TEFL course provider.

Best places for English teaching jobs in Peru

From big cities to beach vibes, let’s look at the best places to find teaching jobs in Peru.

Lima

Big-city living

Lima is the capital and largest city in Peru, and it has a high demand for English teachers. With a population of almost 10 million people, there are plenty of opportunities to teach in schools, language institutes, and even private tutoring. Lima offers a vibrant culture and a bustling city atmosphere that is sure to appeal to those who love big-city life.

Cusco

The cultural option

Cusco is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Machu Picchu, but it’s also a great place to teach English. With a population of around 400,000 people, Cusco has a small-town feel with plenty of opportunities to teach in schools and language institutes. Plus, with its rich history and beautiful scenery, Cusco is a great place to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture.

Arequipa 

For the outdoor enthusiasts

Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city and is known for its stunning colonial architecture and beautiful surroundings. With a population of around 1 million people, Arequipa has a growing demand for English teachers in schools, language institutes, and private tutoring. Plus, with its location near the Andes Mountains, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration.

Trujillo 

A beach paradise

Trujillo is a coastal city in northern Peru and is known for its beautiful beaches and archaeological sites. With a population of around 800,000 people, Trujillo has a growing demand for English teachers in schools and language institutes. Plus, with its location near the beach, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and enjoy the coastal lifestyle.

How do I qualify to teach English in Peru?

To teach English in Peru you need a TEFL certificate and have native English fluency. You don’t need to have a Bachelor’s degree, but if you have one, your application will be much stronger.

  • Visa requirements: Many teachers work “under the table” on a 90-day tourist visa. This can further be extended to 180 days. Although this is common, it is not strictly legal. We recommend making yourself aware of the constraints and consequences of working in Peru on a tourist visa.
  • TEFL certification: Many English teaching jobs in Peru require a TEFL certification. We recommend a  Level 3 TEFL certificate with The TEFL Academy if you have some teaching experience under your belt. If not, a Level 5 TEFL certificate with 10 hours in-class teaching practice is a really great option.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Many universities and international schools require a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience: Previous teaching experience is a big advantage when looking for English teaching jobs in Peru, especially when applying for higher-paying jobs at international and private schools.
  • Insurance: Health insurance is recommended for anyone working abroad.
  • Start-up capital: You need to have some savings to cover expenses until you start earning a regular income. You may need anything from BZ$ 3,000 – BZ$ 4, 000 ($1,500 – $2000).

Types of English teaching jobs in Peru

There are several types of English teaching jobs in Peru. You’ll find the most jobs in Lima, but other cities shouldn’t be ruled out.

Private Language schools: Private language schools offer English classes to students of all ages and levels. These schools hire teachers all year round. 

Volunteer programs: There are many volunteer programs that offer opportunities to teach English in Peru.

International schools: International schools in Peru often hire English teachers with experience and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. The average salary is higher as well as there are work benefits, such as housing and transport allowances, and medical insurance. The main hiring season is between October and late November.

Universities: University vacancies are more difficult to find. You need a strong application to teach in a university, including solid teaching experience and a degree higher than a Bachelor’s. The pay is better than other teaching positions.

How to get a job teaching English in Peru

  • Get TEFL qualified
  • Check which jobs best suit your qualifications
  • Visiting jobs boards are a good way to research different options too. However, it is important to know that it may be hard to find jobs from outside the country.
  • Update your CV and cover letter. 
  • Networking is important, so attend job fairs and connect with other teachers in the field in Peru or on Facebook expat groups.

What is the average teacher salary in Peru?

The average salary in Peru varies depending on the location and type of job. Some benefits may include paid vacation time, health insurance, and a housing allowance.

The cost of living in Peru is relatively low compared to many Western countries, making it possible to save money while teaching English. However, it’s important to note that salaries for English teachers are also lower than in some other countries. The average wage for an English teacher is around BZ$ 1,000 – BZ$ 2,000 ($500 – $1000) a month.

What are the common benefits for TEFL jobs in Peru?

TEFL jobs in Peru often come with a range of benefits, which can make the experience more enjoyable and financially feasible. Some of the most common benefits for TEFL jobs in Peru include paid vacation time, health insurance, and a housing allowance.

Many schools and language centres provide their English teachers with health insurance as part of their benefits package.

Is it possible to save as an English teacher in Peru?

The cost of living in Peru is lower than in many Western countries so it’s possible to live comfortably. That being said, salaries for English teachers in Peru are also lower than in some other countries.

Lima is the most expensive city in Peru. However, even in Lima, it’s possible to live on a budget. For example, public transport is cheap, and local markets offer fresh produce at affordable prices.

When it comes to saving money as an English teacher in Peru, it’s possible but not always easy. However, it’s important to keep in mind that saving opportunities will depend on your lifestyle and spending habits. If you’re intent on saving while teaching in Peru you may need to supplement your income by teaching English online.

What's it like to work and live in Peru?

Peru has a great climate, fascinating culture and amazingly friendly people. Its vibrant communities reflect the colours of its past, present and landscape in their textiles. Peru is perfect for those who love outdoor adventure, offering rafting, paragliding, and hiking. 

However, there is still unrest in certain parts of the country. The Foreign Office has declared emergency areas in some parts of Peru so keep an eye on travel warnings before you jump on a plane.

Spanish is spoken in Peru, and knowing how to converse in Spanish, even just the basics, will help you assimilate more easily into the community.

Peru is a very friendly option for new TEFL teachers. If you’re anxious to find a job and get started in the classroom, Peru is a great option for you.

Start your teaching journey with an accredited TEFL course provider. 

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Are you drawn to mystery and adventure? Teaching English in Peru may be the best decision you ever make. 

Peru is home to some of the most ancient civilizations of Andean history, the Incas. Machu Picchu is a world-renowned ancient city that many see as a bucket list place to see and it is said that 1.5 million tourists visit every year.

Why teach English in Peru?

The food! It seems that the whole country is obsessed with food! From chili-rich dishes to stews cooked slowly in beer, from Peruvian chocolate to dishes infused with Spanish, African and Asian influences, the food here is an adventure all of its own. 

The sights! Pyramids, beaches, rainforests and mysterious Nazca lines will keep you enthralled! 

The people! Peru is known for its extremely warm locals, so you’ll feel right at home! 

Are you ready to teach English as a foreign language in Peru? Start your teaching course journey with a certified TEFL course provider.

Best places for English teaching jobs in Peru

From big cities to beach vibes, let’s look at the best places to find teaching jobs in Peru.

Lima

Big-city living

Lima is the capital and largest city in Peru, and it has a high demand for English teachers. With a population of almost 10 million people, there are plenty of opportunities to teach in schools, language institutes, and even private tutoring. Lima offers a vibrant culture and a bustling city atmosphere that is sure to appeal to those who love big-city life.

Cusco

The cultural option

Cusco is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Machu Picchu, but it’s also a great place to teach English. With a population of around 400,000 people, Cusco has a small-town feel with plenty of opportunities to teach in schools and language institutes. Plus, with its rich history and beautiful scenery, Cusco is a great place to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture.

Arequipa 

For the outdoor enthusiasts

Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city and is known for its stunning colonial architecture and beautiful surroundings. With a population of around 1 million people, Arequipa has a growing demand for English teachers in schools, language institutes, and private tutoring. Plus, with its location near the Andes Mountains, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration.

Trujillo 

A beach paradise

Trujillo is a coastal city in northern Peru and is known for its beautiful beaches and archaeological sites. With a population of around 800,000 people, Trujillo has a growing demand for English teachers in schools and language institutes. Plus, with its location near the beach, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and enjoy the coastal lifestyle.

How do I qualify to teach English in Peru?

To teach English in Peru you need a TEFL certificate and have native English fluency. You don’t need to have a Bachelor’s degree, but if you have one, your application will be much stronger.

  • Visa requirements: Many teachers work “under the table” on a 90-day tourist visa. This can further be extended to 180 days. Although this is common, it is not strictly legal. We recommend making yourself aware of the constraints and consequences of working in Peru on a tourist visa.
  • TEFL certification: Many English teaching jobs in Peru require a TEFL certification. We recommend a  Level 3 TEFL certificate with The TEFL Academy if you have some teaching experience under your belt. If not, a Level 5 TEFL certificate with 10 hours in-class teaching practice is a really great option.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Many universities and international schools require a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience: Previous teaching experience is a big advantage when looking for English teaching jobs in Peru, especially when applying for higher-paying jobs at international and private schools.
  • Insurance: Health insurance is recommended for anyone working abroad.
  • Start-up capital: You need to have some savings to cover expenses until you start earning a regular income. You may need anything from BZ$ 3,000 – BZ$ 4, 000 ($1,500 – $2000).

Types of English teaching jobs in Peru

There are several types of English teaching jobs in Peru. You’ll find the most jobs in Lima, but other cities shouldn’t be ruled out.

Private Language schools: Private language schools offer English classes to students of all ages and levels. These schools hire teachers all year round. 

Volunteer programs: There are many volunteer programs that offer opportunities to teach English in Peru.

International schools: International schools in Peru often hire English teachers with experience and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. The average salary is higher as well as there are work benefits, such as housing and transport allowances, and medical insurance. The main hiring season is between October and late November.

Universities: University vacancies are more difficult to find. You need a strong application to teach in a university, including solid teaching experience and a degree higher than a Bachelor’s. The pay is better than other teaching positions.

How to get a job teaching English in Peru

  • Get TEFL qualified
  • Check which jobs best suit your qualifications
  • Visiting jobs boards are a good way to research different options too. However, it is important to know that it may be hard to find jobs from outside the country.
  • Update your CV and cover letter. 
  • Networking is important, so attend job fairs and connect with other teachers in the field in Peru or on Facebook expat groups.

What is the average teacher salary in Peru?

The average salary in Peru varies depending on the location and type of job. Some benefits may include paid vacation time, health insurance, and a housing allowance.

The cost of living in Peru is relatively low compared to many Western countries, making it possible to save money while teaching English. However, it’s important to note that salaries for English teachers are also lower than in some other countries. The average wage for an English teacher is around BZ$ 1,000 – BZ$ 2,000 ($500 – $1000) a month.

What are the common benefits for TEFL jobs in Peru?

TEFL jobs in Peru often come with a range of benefits, which can make the experience more enjoyable and financially feasible. Some of the most common benefits for TEFL jobs in Peru include paid vacation time, health insurance, and a housing allowance.

Many schools and language centres provide their English teachers with health insurance as part of their benefits package.

Is it possible to save as an English teacher in Peru?

The cost of living in Peru is lower than in many Western countries so it’s possible to live comfortably. That being said, salaries for English teachers in Peru are also lower than in some other countries.

Lima is the most expensive city in Peru. However, even in Lima, it’s possible to live on a budget. For example, public transport is cheap, and local markets offer fresh produce at affordable prices.

When it comes to saving money as an English teacher in Peru, it’s possible but not always easy. However, it’s important to keep in mind that saving opportunities will depend on your lifestyle and spending habits. If you’re intent on saving while teaching in Peru you may need to supplement your income by teaching English online.

What's it like to work and live in Peru?

Peru has a great climate, fascinating culture and amazingly friendly people. Its vibrant communities reflect the colours of its past, present and landscape in their textiles. Peru is perfect for those who love outdoor adventure, offering rafting, paragliding, and hiking. 

However, there is still unrest in certain parts of the country. The Foreign Office has declared emergency areas in some parts of Peru so keep an eye on travel warnings before you jump on a plane.

Spanish is spoken in Peru, and knowing how to converse in Spanish, even just the basics, will help you assimilate more easily into the community.

Peru is a very friendly option for new TEFL teachers. If you’re anxious to find a job and get started in the classroom, Peru is a great option for you.

Start your teaching journey with an accredited TEFL course provider. 

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