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Teaching English in Guatemala 101

Boasting stunning natural beauty & a rich cultural heritage that includes some of the finest pre-Columbian monuments in Latin America, Guatemala is a small country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. Guatemala is not as large of a job market for teaching English as neighbors like Costa Rica, but there are certainly opportunities.

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. 

A solid hourly wage and a low cost of living enable 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  certification is typically required. Most English teaching jobs are found in Guatemala City. 

Please note, that while a Bachelor’s degree is not required to secure a job in this country, it still can be strongly preferred by employers. If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search.

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