TEACH ENGLISH IN HONDURAS

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About Teaching English in Honduras

One of the poorest nations in Central America, Honduras represents a growing job market with both paid and volunteer opportunities.

English teaching jobs in Honduras are available from April through August, with a typical teaching contract being 6 or 12 months in length. In most cases, schools recruit teachers locally on the ground in Honduras through in-person interviews, but there are some instances where schools will recruit in advance via phone/Skype. While a BA is preferred, it is not required to teach English in Honduras, however, a TEFL certification is.

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Wages are modest - you certainly won't get rich teaching English in Honduras, but the cost of living is low, so you should expect to break even while living comfortably. The English teaching job market in Honduras is strongest in major cities like Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

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.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Honduras. You do not need prior teaching experience, but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview in-person in Honduras, but it's also possible in certain instances to get hired in advance and do interviews via video chat. The most common TEFL course options are listed below:

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You do not need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Honduras, however, you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is typically preferred but not always required.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

While a bachelor's degree is not required to secure a job in Honduras, 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.

TEFL Jobs in Honduras

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Honduras consist of:

  • Teaching adults and children in English language schools.
  • Private tutoring to adults and children.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Honduras can expect to find jobs between April and August. Teachers typically get hired in-person in Honduras during these peak hiring months. Some schools will interview teachers in advance via video chat, but this option isn't as common. 

Teachers typically teach on a tourist visa in Honduras. You don't need to apply for this visa in advance. Upon arrival in Honduras, you will get a stamp in your passport and that is your 90-day tourist visa. 

This tourist visa can be extended once in country and then teachers will have to border hop to a neighboring country to extend it further. 

HOURS

English language schools in Honduras offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be children,  adults or business professionals. 

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,000 - $1,200 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Honduras until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Honduras. Teachers can expect to make $500 - $800 USD per month. It is common for teachers in Honduras to also teach English online to supplement their income.

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $400-$600 USD per month.

English teachers in Honduras can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you shouldn't expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What does teaching in Honduras look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English in Honduras and Latin America.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in Latin America could look like!

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Teaching English in Honduras FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Honduras?

To teach English in Honduras, make sure you understand what is and is not required:

Required:

  • A TEFL certification
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available
  • Savings for start-up costs

Not Required:

  • A four-year college degree is not required to secure a job in Honduras, however, it is still strongly preferred by employers. If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search.
  • You do not need to be a native English speaker, but you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is typically preferred but not always required.

How much money can I make teaching English in Honduras

Teachers can expect to make $500 - $800 USD per month in Honduras. It is common for teachers in Honduras to also teach English online to supplement their income. With the cost of living being low in Honduras, you can expect to break-even month over month.

This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you shouldn't expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

Start-up costs will range from $1,000 - $1,200 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Honduras until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Honduras?

Most teachers in Honduras teach on a tourist visa. If you are a US, Canadian, or EU citizen, you can visit Honduras on a tourist visa without having to apply in advance.

The visa is typically valid for 90 days, and can be extended for an additional 30 days by visiting the immigration office once in Honduras. Teachers can also “border hop” by visiting Costa Rica, Panama, or Belize for a minimum of three days. Upon returning to Honduras, a new 90-day tourist visa will be stamped in the teacher’s passport.

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