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Teaching English in Peru 101

TEFL certified teachers can live very comfortably in Peru while also indulging in extensive travel. From the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu to the headwaters of the Amazon, Peru's historical and natural offerings are second to none. Lima, the national capital, is home to 9 million people and has blossomed into one of the largest job markets for teachers in South America. 

Those seeking to teach English in Peru typically find work in February and March, and then again in July and August. While some schools will interview in advance over the phone and via email, most English teachers are expected to interview in person once they arrive in Peru. 


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The English teaching job market in Peru for TEFL Certified teachers is strong and is only continuing to grow. A solid hourly wage combined with a very low cost of living allows those teaching English in Peru to live comfortably. Teachers typically work about 20-30 hours per week, leaving you plenty of time for travel. Teachers are not required to hold a BA Degree to teach in Peru but it is preferred by prospective employers. A TEFL Certificate is a must for those looking at the major markets in Peru like Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa.  

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. 

It is not common to obtain a work visa in this country. English teachers typically work under the table on a tourist visa. It is common practice, but it is not technically a legal work visa. Should you choose to work under the table, it is your responsibility to be informed of the potential consequences of working on a tourist visa.

For more information about teaching English in Peru, check our Peru blog!

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