Latin America, including Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil and Argentina to name a few, has a high demand for English teachers and offers some of the most rewarding, enjoyable teaching environments. As a novice TEFL teacher, this may be a good region to start as you will more than likely find work, regardless of your prior experience. Additionally, most countries in the region prefer, but do not require university degrees.

Latin America is popular as a back-packing destination. In most parts of Latin America foreigners are still something of a novelty and you will be welcomed with open arms into one of the most hospitable cultures in the world. Latin America offers a vast array of teaching opportunities and cultural experiences, including some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world and some of the most spectacular landscapes you will find anywhere.

Hiring season is all year round. Language centres and schools tend to hire in January/February and again in July/August. Most jobs in Latin America are found by actually being there and applying in person, but if you hunt around you may find some schools that will conduct interviews online and hire from overseas. Wages are modest, but the cost of living is low and you can generally live quite comfortably on language centres wages. Private tutoring is a popular means of supplementing income.There are a few very lucrative opportunities available with private bilingual schools that offer packages including high salaries, housing allowance, return fares home, paid holidays and other benefits, but you will most likely need a degree and some teaching experience for these jobs.

CountryDegree RequirementTypical Contract LengthPeak Hiring SeasonsVisa InfoTypical StudentsAverage Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local CurrencyAverage Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Argentina
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-400 GBP (1,500-2,500 ARS) £350-600 GBP (1,500-2,500 ARS)
Bolivia
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-400 GBP (2,800-4,200 BOB) £450-600 GBP (2,800-4,200 BOB)
Brazil
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £450-700 GBP (1,200-2,000 BRL) £650-900 GBP (1,200-2,000 BRL)
Chile
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, July-Aug Tourist Visa or Work Visa Business Professionals; Children with Public Schools £300-400 GBP (250,000-430,000 CLP) £500-800 GBP (250,000-430,000 CLP)
Colombia
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £350-600 GBP (950,000-1,700,000 COP) £450-900 GBP (1,00,000-2,700,000 COP)
Costa Rica
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Jan-Feb, Jun-July Tourist Visa Business Professionals £300-400 GBP (300,000-360,000 CRC) £500-700 GBP (300,000-360,000 CRC)
Ecuador
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-400 GBP £450-800 GBP
Mexico
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months All Year Round Tourist Visa or Work Visa Business Professionals £500-800 GBP (10,000-12,000 MXN) £600-1100 GBP (10,000-12,000 MXN)
Panama
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £450-600 GBP £650-900 GBP
Peru
BA/BS Not Required 3, 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £600-800 GBP (1,700-2,300 PEN) £700-1000 GBP (1,700-2,300 PEN)
Uruguay
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-400 GBP (8,500-12,800 UYU) £450-600 GBP (8,500-12,800 UYU)