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Teaching in South America

Teaching in South 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.

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.

Teaching requirements by country

 
Degree Requirement
Typical Contract Length
Peak Hiring Seasons
Visa Info
Typical Students
Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
Argentina

Argentina

Not required 6 - 12 months January - September Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 3,600 - 6,100 ARS 3,600 - 6,100 ARS
Bolivia

Bolivia

Not required 1 - 12 months January - February and June - July Tourist visa Business professionals, children 2,780 - 4,174 BOB 2,780 - 4,174 BOB
Brazil

Brazil

Not required 1 - 6 months March - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 1,850 - 3,555 BRL 1,850 - 3,555 BRL
Colombia

Colombia

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Work visa Business professionals, children 958,962 - 1,342,550 COP 1,342,550 - 1,917,000 COP
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Not required 6 - 12 months October - December Tourist visa Business professionals, children 240,000 - 400,000 CRC 252,000 - 544,400 CRC
Ecuador

Ecuador

Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 400 - 700 USD 400 - 800 USD
Panama

Panama

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Tourist visa or work visa Business professionals, children 700 - 1,000 PAB 800 - 2,500 PAB
Paraguay

Paraguay

Not required 6 – 12 months March Work permit Students PYG 7 500 000 – PYG 10 000 000 PYG 5 000 000 – PYG 10 000 000
Peru

Peru

Not required 6 - 12 months All year round Tourist visa or work visa Business professionals, children 800-1,500 PEN 1,120-2,240 PEN
Uruguay

Uruguay

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Work visa Business professionals, children 6,230 - 10,435 UYU 6,230 - 10,435 UYU

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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