About Teaching English in Nicaragua
To teach English in Nicaragua, you will need a TEFL certificate. A 4-year college degree is not required but is strongly preferred. Native English proficiency is also expected to find a TEFL job. The average salary for an English teacher in Nicaragua is about $300- $600 USD per month.
Unlike Nicaragua 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.
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 Nicaragua.