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TEACH ENGLISH IN NICARAGUA

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About Teaching English in Nicaragua

Unlike Costa Rica or Panama, Nicaragua remains largely undiscovered by tourists and retirees. Nicaragua is a booming market for English teachers. 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.

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English teachers do not need to have a bachelor’s degree to teach in Nicaragua, but it is preferred. A TEFL certification is typically required.  Most English teaching opportunities are found at bilingual schools teaching children in 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.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

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

Teachers most commonly interview in-person for jobs in Nicaragua, therefore, students typically take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You do not need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Nicaragua consist of:

  • Teaching either adults or children in English language schools.
  • Private tutoring both children and adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Nicaragua can expect to find jobs year-round, and most English teachers interview face-to-face upon arrival.

Teachers most commonly work on a tourist visa in Nicaragua. This tourist visa needs to be renewed every 90 days in Costa Rica. Upon entry back in Nicaragua, your passport will be stamped and then you'll have a new 90 days. 

Work visas are very uncommon in Nicaragua.

Read More: What Type of Visa Can I Use to Teach English in Nicaragua?

HOURS

English language schools in Nicaragua 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 enjoy Nicaragua.

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be children, adults, and 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua. Teachers can expect to make $300 - $600 USD per month. It is common for teachers in Nicaragua to also teach English online to boost 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 $300-$600 USD per month.

English teachers in Nicaragua 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. It's uncommon for teachers 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 Nicaragua look like?

Watch ITA alumna Erin Cuming show us a day in her life living and teaching English in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

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 Nicaragua FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Nicaragua?

To teach English in Nicaragua, make sure you understand the requirements:

Required:

  • A TEFL certification
  • Savings for start-up costs

Not Required:

  • A four-year college degree is not required to secure a job in Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua?

Teachers can expect to make $300 - $600 USD per month in Nicaragua. It is extremely common for teachers in Nicaragua to also teach English online to boost their income. Some teachers in Nicaragua choose to exclusively teach English online.

With the cost of living being low in Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua

Teachers in Nicaragua most commonly work on a tourist visa. This tourist visa is issued in the form of a stamp in your passport upon arrival in Nicaragua. This tourist visa typically needs to be renewed every 90 days. 

You will need to leave the country every 90 days to renew your tourist visa. Teacher's most commonly take a trip to Costa Rica to renew their tourist visa. Upon entry back into Nicaragua from Costa Rica, you'll receive a new stamp in your passport that is valid for another 90 days. 

Works visas are extremely uncommon in Nicaragua.

Read More: What Type of Visa Can I Use to Teach English in Nicaragua?

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My training gave me tools and techniques to use to help my students learn more effectively. It also helped me develop a stronger sense of lesson planning to more effectively program classes.

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Getting to do practical teaching was a wonderful experience. I learned so much watching my peers and sharing feedback with each other about our lessons. I left the course feeling extremely prepared and excited.

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Taught English in Nicaragua

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I started looking for English teaching jobs before I left, it was really helpful to be present in my city in order to find a job. In retrospect, I feel that this was easier than waiting around until I found a job to be able to go abroad.

Visit the Nicaragua section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Nicaragua and Latin America.