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Teaching in Latin America

Mexico, Central & South America offer some of the most rewarding teaching environments. The continent is vast and offers an inspirational array of cultures and landscapes to explore.

Teaching in Latin America

Mexico, Central & South America offer some of the most rewarding teaching environments. The continent is vast and offers an inspirational array of cultures and landscapes to explore.

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Teaching in Latin America

The region is less popular as a "backpacking" destination for European travellers; as a result many of the areas often feel as though they are "off the beaten track", but don't let this put you off. Latin America can be the perfect start for a new TEFL teacher's journey.

Summertime in most of South America is the opposite of that in the UK. Summer holidays finish at the end of January and so a major hiring season is February/March; the secondary hiring season is in July/August. Interviews can begin months in advance.

Wages are modest in the region, but the cost of living is very low. TEFL teacher can enjoy a far more comfortable lifestyle than many of the locals. Most jobs are teaching adults in private language schools. One of the biggest bonuses to the region is that university degrees are not required for most countries.

Schools will help their TEFL teacher acclimatise to the locality and will help teachers find suitable accommodation. Many teachers often start at one school at the same time and end up finding and sharing accommodation together. This is also a great way to meet new friends.

Please note the information provided above is given as a general guide only. Information and currency conversions were correct at the time of publication, but they may change at any time.

Teaching requirements by country

Country Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Argentina
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 3,600 - 8,000 ARS (243 - 541 GBP) 2,600 - 10,400 ARS (176 - 704 GBP)
Belize
BA/BS required 12 months February - March and July - August, all year round Work visa in advance, can convert tourist visa Children 1,546 - 3,590 BZD (511 - 1,186 GBP) 2,790 - 3,989 BZD (922 - 1,318 GBP)
Bolivia
Not required 1 - 12 months February - March and July - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 2,600 – 4,100 BOB (248 – 391 GBP) 3,454 - 13,819 BOB (330 - 1,320 GBP)
Brazil
Not required 1 - 6 months February - March and July - August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, children 1,850 - 3,600 BRL (317 - 617 GBP) 1,000 - 4,000 BRL (171 - 686 GBP)
Chile
BA/BS required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 415,250 - 519,000 CLP (387 - 485 GBP) 375,000 - 940,000 CLP (350 - 878 GBP)
Colombia
Not required 6 - 12 months All year round Work visa Business professionals, children 958,962 - 1,342,550 COP (310 - 435 GBP) 2,460,000 - 3,947,000 COP (500 - 800 GBP)
Costa Rica
Not required 6 - 12 months October - December Tourist visa Business professionals, children 240,000 - 400,000 CRC (300 - 500 GBP) 252,000 - 544,400 CRC (315 - 680 GBP)
Ecuador
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, adults, children 400 - 700 USD (264 - 462 GBP) 400 - 1,200 USD (264 - 792 GBP)
Mexico
Not required 6 – 12 months All year round Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Adults, children 3,800 - 9,100 MXP (144 - 346 GBP) 5,000 - 20,000 MXP (190 - 760 GBP)
Panama
Not required 6 - 12 months February/March or July/August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, adults, children 700 - 1,000 PAB (461 - 659 GBP) 800 - 2,500 PAB (527 - 1,647 GBP)
Paraguay
Not required 6 – 12 months March Work permit Students, children 2,964,000 – 5,770,000 PYG (338 – 658 GBP) 2,892,000 – 5,784,000 PYG (329 – 659 GBP)
Peru
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, adults, children 800-1,500 PEN (156 - 293 GBP) 1,200 -2,800 PEN (234 - 547 GBP)
Puerto Rico
BA/BS required 6 – 12 months All year round Work visa Adults, students, children 1,200 – 1,700 USD (791 – 1,121 GBP) 1,200 – 2000 USD (791 – 1319 GBP)
United States
BA/BS required 12 Months All year round Work visa Business professionals, adults, children 1,500 – 2,500 USD (989 – 1,649 GBP) 2,000 – 3,000 USD (1,319 – 1,979 GBP)
Uruguay
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Work visa Business professionals, children 22,106 - 43,036 UYU (489 - 952 GBP) 29,000 - 34,000 UYU (641 - 752 GBP)

Please note the information provided above is given as a general guide only. Information and currency conversions were correct at the time of publication, but they may change at any time.

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