Teaching English in Argentina

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How to Begin Teaching in Argentina

When hearing the word Argentina, it conjures up the seductive sounds of Tango, and this is certainly true in every area of the country.

Argentina’s landmass stretches 4,000km from the natural beauty of the Iguazu Falls in the north, to its stark white glaciers in the south. The striking deserts and the peaks of the Andes will also delight and amaze you. This country is also culturally diverse, with influences from Europe and Latin America. When hearing the word Argentina, it conjures up the seductive sounds of tango, and this is certainly true in every area of the country.

Buenos Aires is not only alive through this dance, but through its inhabitants, in their stylish clothes, enjoying Argentinean cafe life against the exquisite back drop of coloured houses. Outside of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, famous for wines and the high peaks of the Andes, provides a stunning vista to while away your time. Patagonia also offers outdoor adventures on its wild plains.

Apart from dance and the great outdoors, Argentina also holds a special place for football and beef lovers.  Steaks are readily available at the Parrillas (steak houses) and football is a national obsession. The language of Argentina is Spanish.

Pato is the national sport of Argentina which is a sport played on horseback. It is similar to a mix of polo and basketball. Pato is Spanish for ‘duck’ as early games used a live duck inside a basket instead of a ball.

Agriculture is in the most important industry to Argentina, being particularly renowned for different foods, like beef, corn, soybeans and citrus fruits. Thousands of people visit Argentina with tourism now a vital part of Argentina’s economy.

 

Teaching Opportunities

There are many opportunities in Argentina to teach English as a Foreign Language, and the demand to learn English is huge. This demand is largest in the business English sector, with many business professionals and executives looking for classes. This is particularly true in Buenos Aires and Cordoba. If you are not interested in teaching business English, then there are also more touristy areas where it is possible to find teaching opportunities. These include Bariloche, Mendoza, Marde, Plata and Salta.

A large majority of teachers working here do not have official permission to teach. Instead, they are employed on tourist visas and are paid in cash. This might make it difficult to secure a work permit if you wish to be employed legally. Although a 120-hour TEFL certificate is not a mandatory requirement, having this qualification will help you to secure higher paid work. This becomes important for teachers when considering the cost of living. Many schools do not offer benefit packages as in the Middle East or Asia. The biggest expense that teachers face is accommodation. This question can be solved through shared living arrangements with other teachers. Despite the accommodation expense, teachers are able to have a good standard of living. The other issue is finding full-time work. Many teachers might have two part-time jobs or might have to work with several companies to fill their teaching hours. Many teachers do not come to Argentina to make a fortune, as in some Asian or Middle Eastern countries. Instead, the draw for a TEFL teacher is to live and work here, in order to experience Argentina’s vibrant and colourful way of life.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    Not required
  • Typical Contract Length
    6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    January - September
  • Visa Info
    Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students
    Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency
    3,600 - 6,100 ARS (370 GBP - 630 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
    3,600 - 6,100 ARS (370 GBP - 630 GBP)

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