Teaching English in Venezuela

A nation of extremes, Venezuela boasts palm tree-trimmed beaches, the world’s highest waterfall, robust oil reserves, major manufacturing companies, and a variety of exotic rainforest species.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Venezuela

Typical English Students
  • K-12
  • University
  • Adults
  • Business Professionals
Best Time to Get Hired January – March
June – August
Typical Start Dates January – March
June – August
Average Contract Length 6- and 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Part-time schedules available
Average Salary $400 – $600 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $400 – $600 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker or fluent in English
Typical Benefits for Teachers
  • Free housing
  • Visa assistance
  • 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

Venezuela is a great country for EFL teachers to gain teaching experience while enjoying Latin American culture and breathtaking natural attractions. The country is a major exporter of coffee, tropical foods, and petroleum goods, and a command of the English language is necessary in a variety of sectors. Despite recent bumpy diplomatic relations between the US and Venezuela, English is a valuable commodity in this rapidly developing country.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

Many Venezuelan students are exposed to English in primary grades, and English for business and tourism is also growing more popular. Most teaching jobs can be found in the larger cities—especially Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo. All of these cities are major centers of commerce and industry, but are also close to the warm blue waters of the Caribbean, making Venezuela a paradise for beach-loving English teachers.


Venezuela Overview

Venezuela is a nation of diversity. Situated on the northeast corner of South America, the country features miles of white sandy beaches along the Caribbean coast and lays claim to more than a dozen islands and archipelagos. Mountainous rainforests echo with exotic birds and an array of unusual wildlife. This fascinating country also boasts South America’s largest lake, the continent’s third longest river, and the world’s highest waterfall—the impressive Angel’s Falls—yet is also one of the most urbanized countries in South America.

Most Venezuelans live in the northern cities, especially Caracas, the national capital. At 3,000 feet (914 meters) above sea level, Caracas is nestled in an extensive valley—flanked by Avila National Park on one side and rugged suburban hills on the other. Valencia is an economic center west of Caracas that contains the country’s most important manufacturing and industrial companies. Located on the coast of northwestern Venezuela, Maracaibo is a major petroleum-shipping center and home to the Zulianos (people of the Zulia province), known for their sense of humor and improvisational folk music on four-string guitars and maracas. But no matter where you teach English, you’ll be embraced by the Venezuelan fun-loving lifestyle.

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