Teach English in El Salvador

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How to Begin Teaching in El Salvador

El Salvador may be the smallest country in Central America but it is the most densely populated

Here you’ll find a glorious coastline with world-class waves

El Salvador is a small Central American country, between Guatemala and Honduras. It has a long and turbulent history in its relations with its neighbouring countries and the US, but after 12 years of armed conflict a peace treaty was signed in 1992 and the country is finally at peace. It has a tropical climate and though it experiences hurricanes and earthquakes, these have left the country with a certain untouched feel and a very dramatic landscape.
El Salvador is known for its seafood and surfing, but let’s not forget the quirky little fishing villages, colonial towns, historical Mayan sites or the unspoilt beaches. Water sports are the norm – paddle boating, water-skiing, wakeboarding – as is soaking in hot springs. It’s even possible to go volcano hiking. After a day spent outdoors, what better way to spend an evening than enjoying the local nightlife? 

Teaching Opportunities

Spanish is the official language of El Salvador, though many people speak English and a small percentage of the population speak Izalco. El Salvador is undergoing serious development with increasing industrialisation and has a resulting booming tourism industry. Consequently, with this development comes a need for English. If you have a teaching degree it’ll be possible for you to find employment at a private or international school, otherwise there are numerous language schools where you can find teaching positions; most of these can be found in San Salvador. Another interesting employment opportunity lies in the numerous US call centres which can be found here and which are often looking for teachers to teach their employees English. El Salvador is known for its ecotourism and there are numerous volunteering opportunities in this sector. Volunteers can look after dogs, care for turtles or teach local farmers about organic farming.


Teaching Requirements

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
BA/BS required6 – 12 months Year-round Work visa Students, professionals USD 900 – USD 1100 (£600 – £740) USD 1000 – USD 1 500 (£670 – £1 000)
BA/BS required
Work visa
Students, professionals
USD 1000 – USD 1 500 (£670 – £1 000)

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