Peru’s wealth of both culture and nature promises a spectacular venue for anyone interested in the traditional splendors of Latin America—and the low cost of living helps an English teacher’s salary go a long way. The country’s economy is growing fast, and the demand for English competency is soaring. TEFL/TESOL graduates seeking employment in Peru are most often placed in Cusco, the gateway to the famous ruins at Machu Picchu, or in Lima, the national capital.
In Cusco, more than 70 percent of the people work in the tourism industry. Having a strong grasp of the English language can help locals obtain better employment opportunities and secure a brighter future. Lima, home to nearly one third of the country’s population, also offers TEFL/TESOL graduates plenty of teaching positions. In Lima, your students will likely be business professionals looking to expand their career prospects and become more competitive in the job market.
|Requirements : Bachelor’s Degree and The Canadian College of Linguistics’ TEFL/TESOL Certificate
Typical Contract : Six months or one year
Peak Hiring Season : January or November to December
Teaching Hours per Week : 20 – 35
Monthly Salary* : 1,300 – 3,300 PEN
Cost of Living** : Cost of the Big Mac = 10 PEN
Income Tax : 15 – 30%
Accommodations : Sometimes assisted
Airfare : Seldom included
Health Care : Not included
Holidays : Sometimes paid
Visa : Seldom included (tourist visa mostly)
Additional Notes : Volunteer/language exchange mostly