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Teaching English in Latin America
Hiring for English teachers in Mexico, Central and South
America is cyclical and there are two major hiring seasons in
most countries.
Major hiring periods in Mexico and Central America will occur
in January/February and then again in June/July. Because the summer in
most of South America is opposite of what it is in North America and Europe,
summer vacations wrap up at the end of January and so a major hiring
season is February/March; the secondary hiring season is in July/August.
Wages are modest but given the low cost of living full-time English teachers
are able to live comfortably. Most jobs entail teaching adults at private
language schools. Most job interviews are conducted locally in the country at
the start of each hiring season and schools will help their employees become
assimilated to the city and offer advice on finding an apartment to live in. Most
teachers end up sharing accommodations with other teachers and private
tutoring is a popular means of earning extra income.

Visa Info

Typical
Students

Average Monthly
Cost of Living
in USD
& Local Currency

Average Monthly
Salary in $ USD
& Local Currency

Approximate
Start-up Costs*

Face-to-face in
Argentina

Tourist visa

Business
Professionals

$800 - 1,100 USD
(16,500 - 22,500
ARS)

$600 - 1,100 USD
(12,000 - 22,500
ARS)

$1,200 - 1,650 USD
(24,500 - 33,500
ARS)

ChristmasEnd of
January

Face-to-face in
Bolivia

Tourist visa

Business
Professionals

$500 - 700 USD
(3,500 - 4,900 BOB)

$500 - 900 USD
(3,500 - 6,200BOB)

$1,000 - 1,200 USD
(6,900 - 8,300 BOB)

ChristmasEnd of
February

Most face-toface in Brazil;
Some
phone/skype in
advance

Tourist visa

Business
Professionals

$8,00 - 1,300 USD
(2,600 - 4,500 BRL)

$800 - 1,300 USD
(2,600 - 4,500 BRL)

$1,200 - 2,000 USD
(3,900 - 6,500BRL)

Country

Degree
Requirement

Typical
Contract
Length

Peak Hiring
Season

Expected
Down Times

Interview
Procedures

Argentina

BA/BS
preferred,
not required

6 & 12
months

Feb-Mar,
July-Aug

ChristmasEnd of
February

Bolivia

BA/BS
preferred,
not required

6 & 12
months

Feb-Mar,
July-Aug

Brazil

BA/BS
preferred,
not required

6 & 12
months

Mar-August

Housing

Self-pay,
Housing
advice
provided by
employer
Self-pay,
Housing
advice
provided by
employer
Self-pay,
Housing
advice
provided by
employer

Reimbursed
Airfare

No

No

No