Ecuador’s primary trading partner is the US, leading Ecuadorian employers to favour English-speaking local workers. As the demand for English skills in the job market increases, the demand for qualified English teachers increases as well. Travel to the South American continent is also on the rise, so the need is especially high in Ecuador’s largest cities—Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca.
Opportunities for English instructors exist in Ecuador’s public schools, and in the country’s numerous private language schools, which particularly recognize the value of native English-speaking teachers. One of the most laid back, culturally rich, and scenically striking countries on the continent, Ecuador offers an abundance of teaching positions, a welcoming environment for foreigners, and a great starting point for teachers wanting to work their way around South America.
|Requirements : The Canadian College of Linguistics’ TEFL/TESOL Certification
Typical Contract : Six months or one year
Peak Hiring Season : January or September
Teaching Hours/Week : 15 – 30
Monthly Salary* : 400 – 540 USD
Private Tutoring : 15 – 20 USD/hr
Cost of Living : Big Mac = 1.50 USD
Income Tax : 5 – 35%
Accommodations : Usually assisted
Airfare : Seldom included
Health Care : Seldom included
Holidays : Seldom paid
Visa : Seldom included (tourist visa mostly)