About Teaching English in Latin America

Offering a mind-boggling combination of spectacular natural beauty, diverse cultures, and exciting cities, Latin America has emerged as one of the most popular destinations in the world for teaching English abroad. Some of the more popular places to teach in latin & South America are Costa Rica; Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the great cities of Brazil. While salaries are not as high as they are in Asia or the Middle East, the low cost of living makes the region attractive from a financial perspective.

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Highlights of TEFL Jobs in Latin America

  • Latin American countries are a great option for those without a four-year bachelor's degree. Popular options include Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.

  • Most teaching positions in Latin American countries require you to be there on the ground to interview. An advantage of this is you can line up several interviews, see the schools in-person, and then decide which one you like best based on the ESL job offers you receive.

  • Latin America is a break-even market meaning you won't be putting away savings each month. Luckily, the cost of living is extremely low so you will still be able to live comfortably and enjoy your time abroad to the fullest!
Read more: Salaries for TEFL jobs in Latin America.

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Where Can You Teach English in Latin America?

TEFL Certification Options for
Teaching English in Latin America

You don't need a degree in education or professional teaching experience to teach English in Latin America & find ESL jobs in Latin America, but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you need to get hired.

All International TEFL Academy TEFL students receive lifetime worldwide Job Search Guidance.

Here are recommended options:

Latin America TEFL Courses

4-Week, Full-Time 🏫

International TEFL Academy offers accredited TEFL certification 4-week courses in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.


Online TEFL Courses

Full-time/Part-time 💻

ITA offers two Online TEFL Courses that are taught by expert professors & incorporate live practice teaching. These 2 courses enable you to get certified at home in just 4 weeks, or in 11 weeks while working full-time or going to school.


USA TEFL Courses

4-Week, Full-Time 🏫

Take a 4-week TEFL Course in the U.S. prior to heading abroad.


Worldwide TEFL Courses

4-Week, Full-Time 🏫

International TEFL Academy offers accredited TEFL certification 4-week courses in 23 locations worldwide. 



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ITA Alumni Teaching English in Latin America

Sarah Garrett

Teaches English in Costa Rica

Sarah Garrett

I typed 'Teaching English in Latin America' into Google and ITA popped up. I was immediately impressed with them for many reasons: The extensive information that was readily available, the organization of the website, the opportunity to speak with an adviser for free, and their notable reputation with the industry. I knew it would be Latin America because I have always loved the culture and wanted to learn Spanish.

Andrew Meigs

Teaches English in Costa Rica

Andrew Meigs

My ITA Advisor helped me out so much. I literally spent four months throwing all of my worries and questions onto them and they responded with love every time. I took my TEFL course here in Costa Rica and was incredibly lucky to have met some amazing friends I cherish during it. I did not realize how accepted the LGBTQ+ community would be here in many parts of Costa Rica.

Marisa DeCesare

Teaches English in Mexico

Marisa DeCesare

I loved the Mexico In-Person TEFL course, it changed my life in the most positive way. I made life-long friends during my time there. The instructor was wonderful, he really explained everything so well and we had a lot of fun learning. The media really only focuses on the bad. Of course, you will fall in love with the street tacos and the traditional breakfast of chilaquiles!

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