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Teaching in Latin America

Latin America is one of the fastest growing areas for tourismin the world and they are crying out for TEFL/TESOL teachers. This huge and diverse continent has so much to offer each and every teacher, from the Andes mountain ranges, the glaciers of Patagonia, the Amazon rainforest to the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, you will not be disappointed.Teaching in Latin America will give you the opportunity to encounter a vibrant culture, meet amazingly friendly people and enjoy a warm climate. Latin Americans love to party,enjoy salsa dancing in Colombia, tango dancing in Argentina or samba in Brazil.

With a wide-range of different cultures including African, American Indian, Asian and European influences, the only danger is you won’t want to return home!

Population of the region: 600,000,000
Largest country: Brazil
Popular countries for Teachers: Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia
Best paid jobs: Chile, Brazil and Argentina

Jobs are readily available in Latin America and easy to find, the schools which pay the highest are usually of British and American descent. The cost of life is inexpensive, which often means the standard of living for teachers is quite good.By far, language schools, which cater to all levels and ages, are the most common employment options for foreign teachers,both experienced and novice. This flexible work schedule allows plenty of time to explore the local surroundings and neighbouring cities during your free time! If you are interested in staying long-term, international schools are the perfect choice, keep in mind that this alternative usually requires a Master´s degree in any field.

If you want to earn extra cash, there are plenty opportunities to teach privately. It involves learners of all ages and social levels, especially those individuals that need foreign teachers to improve their conversation skills.

The cost of living in Latin America is extremely cheap, so your money stretches that much further.


Latin American currencies vary from country to country which in turn represents a salary range anywhere from £1000 to £2000 per month.


State schools offer excellent packages which include the following:

  • High amount of paid holidays per year.
  • Schools pay for medical insurance for you and your family.
  • Some schools will re-imburse for your airfare at the end of your contract.
  • Contracts can be 2 years long, many teachers renew at least once.

The minimum requirement is a TEFL/TESOL certificate, fluent speaker of English and for some countries a degree is preferred.


Once you have a secured a teaching job, most employers will sponsor the teacher in order to easily obtain a work visa. The time needed to acquire a visa for this region can take up to 90 days.