Teaching English in Uruguay

A small nation across the Rio de la Plata from Argentina, Uruguay is known for its serene beach resorts, well-educated populace, European ambiance, and culturally-rich colonial villages.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Uruguay

Typical English Students
  • K-12
  • University
  • Adults
  • Business Professionals
Best Time to Get Hired March – August
Typical Start Dates March – August
Average Contract Length 6- and 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Part-time schedules available
Average Salary $300 – $500 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

A rapidly developing and politically stable country, Uruguay continues to attract more and more tourists each year. This tiny nation’s economy has made an incredible recovery in recent years, mainly due to increased exports to North America. Because the United States is Uruguay’s largest export market, local residents are realizing the need to speak and understand English.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

As an EFL teacher in Uruguay, your English students will range in age and background. You might teach English to 20 to 30 students in grades K-12, or help business professionals learn the language to help sustain Uruguay’s economic success.


Uruguay Overview

Known for its European feel, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, yet bursting with the vitality of a nation twice its size. This politically and economically stable country attracts more visitors per capita than any other South American nation. A land of spectacular natural beauty, Uruguay features mysterious caves, impressive cliffs, lush rolling plains, and unusual, tentacle-like Ombu tree forests that create a fairytale-like atmosphere. The major cities boast modern amenities and technological advancements while small fishing towns preserve traditional history and culture. Uruguay has a notable legacy of artistic and literary traditions, combined with centuries-old architectural remains and fortresses dating back to colonial times.

The stunning and sophisticated coastal capital of Montevideo is one of the only continental capitals that integrates a loop of charming beaches into its metropolitan backdrop. More than 90 percent of the city’s residents are of European decent—a heritage that comes alive in their colorful festivals, entertaining plays and dances, and delicious cuisine. Inland, the culture of the gaucho (the South American cowboy) remains strong, with locals wearing the same authentic attire as the generations that preceded them.

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