By Grace Chinn
Grace is an EFL Teacher with 2 years’ experience teaching in Peru, Australia and Scotland.
She is currently travelling and looking for teaching work in Latin America.
By Mónica J. Mora (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Dubbed as one of the most developed and safest countries in all of Latin America, Panama is a great option for those who want the experience of teaching English in the Spanish speaking world, whilst never feeling too far away from modern comforts.
Within the country there are a wide range of cities and regional towns in which to search for a teaching job. City lovers will be in heaven in eclectic Panama city, a city in which old and new rub shoulders in perfect harmony. The fantastic thing about Panama City is that you are surprisingly close to the jewels of Panama- the Caribbean and Pacific Seas, both of which can be reached by car or bus in just a couple of hours.
By Daniela Pesconi-Arthur
By Tiago Fioreze (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Being an English teacher from Brazil and having always worked there, I was happy with my English degree. But I had dreams of travelling the world. I had dreams of using the English language in other places; with different people. The ICELT (In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching) is a certificate for those teachers who already have some experience in the classroom. It is a world recognised certificate (as is the CELTA, but the CELTA is for inexperienced teachers) and you learn loads.
By Grace Chinn
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For many of us, our main motivation for teaching English is to have the opportunity to experience new and exciting cultures first-hand, whilst learning another language. If this sounds like you, then Latin America could just be the perfect place for you to start or continue your TEFL career.
Those who wish to earn buckets of cash or live in the lap of luxury would be better looking elsewhere though, as the teaching experience in Latin America is in no way for the faint-hearted! From first hand experience, I can safely say that some jobs out here are a dream, but you have to look hard to find them. The blog entries to follow will chart my progress as I travel from Nicaragua back to Peru- where I started my EFL career- as I gather information on the ground about the EFL industry. My goal: to find a job somewhere near the ocean, so I can combine my two passions; teaching and surfing!
By Roy Duffield
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Argentina. A country that blends the Latin American adventure with a taste of Europe, yet all the while retaining an unmistakably distinct identity of own. If you’re thinking of teaching English there, then you’ll most likely be based in the capital, Buenos Aires.
“The Paris of the Southern Hemisphere” has something for everybody. Walk the multi-coloured streets of La Boca. Peruse the quirky street markets and dusty antique shops of historic San Telmo. Party the night away in Palermos Soho, Viejo and Hollywood. Stumble upon a street tango. Fill your stomach with tender asados (steak) on La Costanera. Catch a football match between arch-rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. Hop on the short ferry over to Uruguay. Share yerba mate with friends at one of Recoleta’s many ferias, or simply gorge yourself on the wealth of delicious Argentine snacks, from pan relleno and empanadas to dulce de leche filled alfajores.
By Eduardo Santos
If you’re working as an English teacher in Brazil, you’ll quickly notice the Brazilian love for long holidays. Whenever you get the chance to have a 3 or 4-day break in Brazil, don’t miss the chance to discover the natural wonders of the country. Due to its continental dimension, I’ve decided to pick one holiday destination for each of the five regions.
1 South: Iguazu Falls
Located between Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls are an awesome sight as tones of water throw themselves over cliffs surrounded by the jungle. If you have the chance, spend a day on the Brazilian side and another on the Argentinean side. On the Brazilian side, visit the Brazilian Iguazu National Park with subtropical rainforest and over 2,000 species of vascular plants and home to the typical wildlife of the region: howler monkeys, jaguars, giant anteaters and caymans. The falls are visited by tourists all year round, so if you happen to be teaching in the south and would like to experience the wonders of Iugazu falls and nature all around, stop by!
By Roy Duffield
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Mexico. The word alone conjures up a plethora of exciting images. Mexico has always been the land of adventure, freedom and escape. Relaxing siestas
, crazy fiestas
and the dusty, open road. While many travellers are avoiding the country in recent years, there really is no reason not to take up the abundance of TEFL opportunities on offer. Practice your Spanish over a quesadilla con chorizo
and a can of Tecate
at your local taco stand. Watch the sunset, sipping cocktails and with fine dining on a tranquil beach. An experience that anywhere else would cost an arm and a leg, here in Mexico is a nightly pastime. Paradise!
By Eduardo Santos @eltbakery
As the world’s 5th largest country in both size and population, and the 7th largest economy in the world, Brazil has a high demand for English teachers. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games on the way, the country is rapidly growing and the economy is at high speed. Being a country of continental size, your experience in Brazil will certainly vary depending on the region you plan to work at, therefore, choosing the region that most suits your needs is paramount. Although famous for its breath-taking beaches, the pulsating-beat of samba, the passion for football, Brazil has much more to offer, which, together with friendly people, will make your teaching experience unique. For more details on the different regions in Brazil, check Lonely Planet Guide about Brazil.