I am an English Speaker from the Caribbean: What Are My Top Options for Teaching English Abroad?

By Tyler Parsons

While many countries around the world are seeking Native English Speakers (N.E.S) for teaching positions, some may require specific citizenship for employment visas or not allow teaching under the table on tourist visas. This can lead to many questions for teachers from N.E.S. like the Caribbean Islands as to where provides the best opportunities to find work. While some countries may not be available, the good news is every region of the world offers great places to teach English abroad!

Below is a list of countries that hire citizens of Caribbean nations to teach English abroad.

10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Your TEFL Course in Guadalajara, Mexico

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Guadalajara TEFL course at our partner TEFL school’s headquarters located in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert university-level instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level courseTo help you prepare for this course, we've compiled the most common and most important questions raised by our students in addition to advice & tips from actual graduates of the course. 

What are Salaries for English Teachers in Latin America?

By Jeff Penick

Salaries for English teachers in Latin America will vary from country to country mostly depending on the cost of living in the given country. With that said, as a general rule of thumb for the region, English teachers should expect to earn a salary large enough to live a middle class lifestyle by local standards, and for the most part, break even after expenses. That means you will typically make enough money to cover your expenses (rent, transportation, food, phone, utilities, etc.) & to enjoy going out and traveling on weekends, but you shouldn't expect to save substantial sums after expenses.

Key Point! The cost of living is substantially lower in most Latin American countries compared to native English speaking countries like the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK.  So even though your salary will tend to be lower, but you will still enjoy a good standard of living.  Also, any hard currency (dollars, euros, etc.) that you bring with you will have strong purchasing power in most Latin American countries and will "go farther."  This means that your start-up costs & travel will often be much cheaper.

10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Your TEFL Class in Costa Rica

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Costa Rica TEFL class at our franchise in the heart of Heredia. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course.

To help you prepare for this course, we've compiled the most common and most important questions raised by our students in addition to advice & tips from actual graduates of the course. 

What is Border Hopping When Teaching English Abroad?

Visas for teaching English abroad can be extremely confusing. There are numerous different types of visas English teachers use when moving abroad to teach, especially when looking to stay abroad long-term.

One of those most common questions pertaining to visas being, what type do I need?  It’s can be an overwhelming topic, especially since every country and employer operates differently.  Many International TEFL Academy Alumni are teaching on work visas, student visas, or a cultural exchange visa.

But in parts of the world where paperwork isn’t a strong suit, most commonly in Latin America, tourist visas are the norm therefore teachers border hop so they can stay for an extended period of time.  The standard visa procedure in these regions is teaching on a tourist visa while “border hopping,” which basically means that you are crossing over a border to another country to get a new visa.  Because the term is vague at best, let's break down the who, what, when where and hows of border hopping when teaching English abroad.

Where Can I Get an English Teaching Job in Advance in Latin America?

By: Christie Koness

The countries of Central and South America are not well known for offering English teachers jobs in advance.  Employers in these countries typically prefer to meet English teachers face-to-face, interview, and hire them on the spot.  This process can understandably be slightly daunting for some ESL teachers who would like job security before they move their lives halfway or all the way around the world.  

If this sounds like you, don’t disregard Latin America entirely!  There are a few countries that sometimes offer opportunities to find work before being in the country. 

How Can I Get a Work Visa to Teach English in Mexico?

In addition to offering a broad array of fantastic culture and history, diverse landscapes, dynamic cities and thousands of miles of beautiful coastline, Mexico represents one of the largest job markets in the world for teaching English abroad.

Each year, thousands of foreigners are employed to teach English in Mexico in hundreds of schools and language institutes. One question facing anybody teaching English abroad is do I need a work visa or some other official permission to work professionally as an English teacher in that particular country?