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Teach English Worldwide strives to provide clear, comprehensive, and objective advice to anyone interested in teaching English overseas.

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator

R.W. Emerson (American poet and essayist)

Because of Latin America’s close political, economic, and cultural ties with the United States, English is an important language throughout the region. As a result, there is substantial demand for native English teachers. Pay and benefits are not as good as Asia or Western Europe, and standards of living are generally lower. Nevertheless, your English teaching salary should afford you a comfortable life, but little additional savings. Many jobs can be arranged before arriving in the country, but teachers usually pay their own airfare. Jobs with smaller schools or schools that are located outside of the major population areas will have to be obtained by applying in person.

Mexico and Costa Rica are two relatively established TEFL-TESOL markets. Pay and standards of living are usually best in these countries as well. The rest of Central America has countless jobs available, but you should ensure that the living and working standards are acceptable for you before signing on with an employer.

South America also has significant TEFL-TESOL job markets. Like Central America, however, conditions are extremely variable and you should thoroughly investigate potential opportunities. Chile, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil are among the most popular and likely options for TEFL-TESOL employment in South America.

In South America, the school year lasts from February/March to December. The best time to search for positions is a few weeks prior to the start of the new year (January/February). TEFL-TESOL certified teachers should be able to find work at any time of year.