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Teaching English In Peru

Teaching English is one of the most common employment options in Peru for foreigners. As more and more Peruvians are studying English, there is a greater need for teachers. There are two main options for those who wish to teach English Peru: teach at an language institute or at a school/university.

Teaching in a language institute

If you want to teach in a language institute, you should be a native speaker or be fully fluent in English. You will be expected to commit to at least six months and be willing to work split-shifts (and sometimes Saturdays). Often these jobs will be under the table, so you will have to border hop to extend your tourist visa. The majority of these jobs can be found in the cities of Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, and Trujillo. Occasionally job openings will be advertised on TEFL websites, but you'll probably be better off looking at the Yellow Pages ( or going to the city centre and presenting your CV or resume at Institutos de Idiomas. Language institutes usually hire year-round and classes last between one and three months.

Teaching in a school / university

If you are thinking of staying for a longer time, look for work in universities or schools. Not only is the pay better than in language institutes (typical pay in a university is $500–700 per month, plus benefits, while language institutes tend to pay around $5 an hour, with no benefits), but it's more stable and the working environment is often more organized. To get a job with a school or university, you will need to be a graduate and most likely will be required to have either a TEFL Certificate, a degree in Education, a valid license in Education, or teaching experience in addition to having the appropriate English level. You will also have to be available for the entire school year (March to December) and some schools have training in February. Some places will arrange the appropriate working your visa and others (usually universities if you work part-time) will require you to have all your papers in order before they hire you. Job advertisements can be found in El Comercio, the national newspaper or on the schools' website. As many jobs are found word-of-mouth, try sending your CV or resume out in November to School Directors or Directors of the Centro de Idiomas in universities. The following websites have school and university listings:

If you are a qualified teacher and can commit to two years to living in Peru, try international schools. Often you can arrange a job before you arrive and the pay is similar to what teachers get paid in their home country. There are International School Job Fairs held throughout the year and you can also look the following:

Remember that the school year starts in March, so plan to start sending out your resume or CV (with a recent photo) in November.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Peru: History of Lima, When To Go, Media in Peru, Population, Politics in Peru, Etiquette in Peru, Peru Geography, Climate, Flora and Fauna, Living in Peru, Studying Quechua in Peru and Gay Arequipa.

By Martha Crowley

I work as an Editor/Writer at Viva Travel Guides in Quito, Ecuador. I first came to Latin America five years ago to escape rainy...

05 Jun 2012

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