Teaching English in Nicaragua 101
Unlike Costa Rica or Panama, Nicaragua remains largely undiscovered by tourists and retirees. Nicaragua is a booming market for English teachers while also regarded as the safest country in the region. The demand for new teachers is high & schools generally hire English teachers year-round, except during December- mid-January during the Christmas holiday. Interviews are conducted locally in-person in Nicaragua.
Wages for English teachers in Nicaragua are modest, but the local cost of living is extremely low compared to the U.S. or Europe, so English teachers can afford a very comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle. Monthly rent will rarely top more than the equivalent of $150 a month, and basic necessities like food and public transportation are very affordable. Schools offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel, explore, and pursue other interests.
English teachers do not need to have a bachelor’s degree to teach in Nicaragua, but it is preferred. TEFL certification is typically required. Most English teaching opportunities are found at bilingual schools teaching children in the larger cities like Leon, Managua, Granada, and San Juan del Sur. It is standard for English teachers to work on a tourist visa that can be renewed every 90 days by making a short visit to Costa Rica.
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.