Teaching English in Guatemala

Teaching English in Guatemala

guatemala english teaching jobsGuatemala is a country in Central America, bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. Guatemala's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot.

English teachers in Guatemala typically find work in February through March and again in July and August. Instructors are expected to interview in person in Guatemala and are also responsible for airfare and housing. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers.

A solid hourly wage and a low cost of living allows English teachers to live a comfortable lifestyle. Schools typically offer around 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. English teachers do not need to have a bachelor’s degree to teach in Guatemala, but it is preferred. TEFL TESOL certification is required. Most teaching jobs are found in Guatemala City.

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Requirements to Teach English in Guatemala

  • guatemala english teaching jobs central americaPeak hiring months: February–March; July–August
  • Types of jobs: English language schools
  • Typical hiring process: in-person interview in Guatemala
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
  • Types of students: business professionals
  • Cost of living per month500-600 USD
  • Average monthly pay: 500-600 USD
  • Start-up cost: 700-900 USD
  • Potential to save or break even: break even
  • Accommodation/housing benefits paid: no
  • Flight reimbursement: no


Hiring Season - semi anual english teaching interviews: face to face in country lifestyle wages: break even  English teaching demand - high

Interesting Facts About Life in Guatemala

  • guatemala english teaching jobs central americaAlthough Spanish is the national language, many Guatemalans speak 1 of 21 distinct Mayan languages.

  • More than 95% of the country practice some form of Christianity.

  • The Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), established in 1676, is one of the oldest universities in the Western Hemisphere.




Living in Guatemala Teaching English...

Diners in Guatemala can sample national specialties like kac ic (savory turkey soup), guacamole, and flan de naranja. Marimba music, which originated in Guatemala, can be heard at nightclubs throughout the region. While working as an English teacher, you also won’t want to miss the impressive Mayan archaeological sites located throughout the country.

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