Teaching English in Peru

The third largest country in South America, Peru is characterized by mystical landscapes, world-famous ancient cities, and a rich indigenous heritage evident in the arts, music, dress and traditions of the population.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Peru

Typical English Students
  • University
  • Adults
  • Business Professionals
Best Time to Get Hired Positions year-round
Typical Start Dates Positions year-round
Average Contract Length 6- and 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Salary $400 – $600 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $300 – $500 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker of English
Typical Benefits for Teachers
  • Visa assistance
  • Free Spanish lessons
  • In-country orientation
  • Travel stipend for off-site classes
  • Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
  • Reimbursement of airport pick up

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Demand for English Teachers

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 a TEFL teacher’s salary go a long way. The country’s economy is growing fast, and the demand for English competency is soaring. TEFL 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.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

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 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.


Peru Overview

Peru, the cradle of ancient cultures, continues to amaze the world with its stunning landscapes and new archeological discoveries. Here, you can still hear whispers of the mysterious Incan civilization preserved in traditional arts and languages, and explore some of the most remote and exotic locales in the world. Peru continually draws visitors from all over the world who come to see the famous ruins at Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. The nation has one of the richest indigenous populations in South America, with 45 percent native descendants of the Incas. There are also about 100 tribes that dwell in the rainforests, almost completely isolated from modern civilization.

The third largest nation in South America, Peru also offers a diversity of geography and climate, varying from the hot and humid jungle to snow-packed peaks. One of the highest cities in the world, Cusco is located within the Andean mountain range, while the bustling metropolis of Lima sits nestled in a rolling valley overlooking the serene Pacific Coast. Peru’s wealth of both culture and nature promises a spectacular venue for anyone interested in the traditional splendors of Latin America.

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