Teach English In Peru

Get TEFL Certified And Teach When You Graduate

Job placement assistance included!

Overview

Peru is famous for the amazing diversity it possesses. The country offers everything from the Amazon Rainforest to coastal deserts, to the amazing peaks of the Andes Mountains. The indigenous cultures and languages mix with the influence of the Spanish language and culture brought to Peru by the conquistadores over 500 years ago.

Arequipa is a beautiful Andean city and the capital of the State of Arequipa, in Southern Peru. The city has a population of 970,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city of the country. Its local culture, however, gives it the feel of a much smaller community. The historic and beautiful city center was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000 in recognition of its historic integrity and beautiful architecture.

Fee

$1,549. (This is your TEFL course fee. Job assistance after the course is included in this fee.)

Duration

You can teach for a couple of months, or you might decide to call Peru home.

Visa

You will go into Peru on a tourist visa.  There is no fee and all you need is your passport. The process for obtaining a tourist visa in Peru is extremely straightforward. You just land in Peru and your tourist visa is issued at the airport upon arrival. Because the length of the visa is determined by the customs agent, try asking for the full 183 days on your initial entry to avoid having to border hop to Chile or Ecuador. By default, your visa will be granted from 30-90 days.

Teachers border hop so they can stay for an extended period of time.  The standard visa procedure in these regions is teaching on a tourist visa while “border hopping,” which basically means that you are crossing over a border to another country to get a new visa. For example, many teachers in Peru will cross the border into Ecuador or Chile for a weekend excursion, or even just for lunch, then head back home to Peru with a fresh 90 days on his/her tourist visa.

While it may seem to be a bit of an inconvenience, many view this as an opportunity to travel and explore nearby countries! 

Eligibility

TEFL Course Plus Teaching Placement

  • You must be at least 21 years of age and there is no official upper age limit.
  • BA/BS is preferred but not required to teach English in Peru.
  • February-March & July-August are the peak hiring months. So you want to graduate with your TEFL certificate before the start of one of those months.
  • Citizenship from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa typically preferred but not always required.

TEFL Course Only

You must be at least 18 years of age for your application to be considered. There is no official upper age limit. The majority of our trainees are in their 20's and 30's but we have successfully trained and found employment for graduates in their 40's, 50's and even 60's and therefore welcome applications from all interested parties regardless of age.

You need to be able to demonstrate a very good command of the English language. Non-native English speakers must take the iTEP Conversation test and score 70+. The test takes 25 minutes and is on-demand. You can take the test at home or wherever you are. You can take the test here.

Course Dates

  • October 2 to October 30, 2019
  • November 4 to November 29, 2019
  • January 2 to January 29, 2020
  • February 3 to February 28, 2020
  • April 2 to April 29, 2020
  • June 1 to June 26, 2020
  • July 2 to July 30, 2020
  • August 3 to August 28, 2020
  • October 1 to October 28, 2020
  • November 2 to November 27, 2020

This is a 4-week course and is very intensive, from morning to evening (course times may vary slightly due to location). We have tried to arrange the course so that you will have the weekends free to relax and explore the area. This does, however, mean that the days are longer and more intensive.

Costs

$1,549

This fee is for your one-month TEFL course. The fee includes job placement assistance if you want to stay in Peru and teach English.

Salary And Benefits

A native speaker of English who has earned a TEFL certificate can easily find work in Peru. While salaries may seem low, the cost of living is equally low. If you are interested in teaching in Peru we will guide you in your search in Arequipa, Cusco, Tacna, Puno and Lima.

Your salary will range from $500 - 1,000 USD per month. The cost of living is the same amount, and so you'll break even for as long as you teach English in Peru.

What's Included

  • Assistance in finding a job. The staff at the school will help you. When you receive confirmation from our office, 100% of the time our teachers are placed in a teaching job.
  • 130-hour internationally accredited in-class TEFL course.
  • 10 hours of assessed teaching practice.
  • Tuition, all course materials, unlimited use of all training center facilities including Internet access, course moderation fee, and certification.
  • A lifetime subscription to our Worldwide ESL list of jobs.
  • $100 credit on any GeoVisions Foundation teach abroad program (paid or volunteer).
  • Students receive an accredited certificate. The course is accredited by the Learning Resource Network. The course is officially endorsed as a Level 5 certificate by Learning Resource Network (LRN).
  • Assistance finding a teaching job teaching English in

    Arequipa, Cusco, Tacna, Puno, and Lima.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Transportation to your new school.
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals
  • Insurance.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

What's It Like To Teach In Peru?

Education: 
BA/BS is preferred but not required to teach English in Peru.

Peak Hiring Months: 
February-March & July- August 

Citizenship Requirements: 
Citizenship from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa typically preferred but not always required.

Average teaching hours per week: 
20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time

Cost of Living per Month: 
$500 - $1,000 USD (1,650 - 3,300 PEN)

Visas:
Tourist Visa 

Average Monthly Pay: 
$500 - 1,000 USD (1,650 - 3,300 PEN)

Potential to Save or Break-even: 
Break-even

Accommodation Benefits: 
No

Vacation: 
Varies by employer

What qualifications do I need to do the course?

While the course is essentially practical, some evidence of readiness study at a higher education level is necessary in order to cope with the academic side of the course. In some cases, work experience may be accepted in place of qualifications.

Please note that in some countries a 3-year degree is necessary to obtain a work permit and that employers will not be able to legally hire you without one in those places.

Do I need knowledge of other languages?

No, you do not. We use the universally accepted "communicative approach" to teaching, where English is the only language used in the classroom.

Is there an age limit?

You must be at least 18 years of age for your application to be considered. There is no official upper age limit. Some employers may have a preference for younger teachers,  while others tend to prefer more 'mature' teachers.

The majority of our trainees are in their 20's and 30's but we have successfully trained and found employment for graduates in their 40's, 50's and even 60's and therefore welcome applications from all interested parties regardless of age.

To stay and teach, 

  • You must be at least 21 years of age and there is no official upper age limit.
  • BA/BS is preferred but not required to teach English in Peru.
  • February-March & July-August are the peak hiring months. So you want to graduate with your TEFL certificate before the start of one of those months.
  • Citizenship from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa typically preferred but not always required.

How long/intensive are the courses?

The CTEFL is a 4-week course and is very intensive, from morning to evening (course times may vary slightly due to location). We have tried to arrange the course so that you will have the weekends free to relax and explore your chosen area. This does, however, mean that the days are longer and more intensive.

Will I be a competent teacher by the end of the course?

Due to the highly practical content of the CTEFL course, all graduates should have the necessary confidence and ability to embark on their teaching careers and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

All certificate courses, however, serve as initial teacher training and those interested in pursuing teaching as a career often go on to take a diploma or MA after a number of years of teaching experience.

Does the course meet standard international guidelines?

Yes. While there is no true international body for TEFL courses, internationally accepted guidelines state that the course must have 100 hours of input, 6 hours of teaching practice and is externally monitored. Our CTEFL course has, in fact, 130 hours of input and a minimum of 10 hours teaching practice as well as being externally monitored.

What are the chances of finding a job after completing the course?

Excellent. At present, there is a shortage of certified, qualified teachers worldwide and consequently, the majority of our trainees have found employment by the time they complete the course.

Because of mining, fishing and tourism the country can boast one of the fastest growing economies in the world. A native speaker of English who has earned a TEFL certificate can easily find work in Peru. While salaries may seem low, the cost of living is equally low. If you are interested in teaching in Peru we will guide you in your search in Arequipa, Cusco, Tacna, Puno and Lima. There is no cost for this service.

 
GeoVisions Foundation also has consistent openings for teaching jobs in South Korea, Thailand, China, and Taiwan.

Is job placement assistance included?

Yes. All graduates receive individual counseling and assistance with finding a teaching job. As GeoVisions Foundation is an international organization it has contacts with many schools worldwide and can even often place graduates within its own network of language schools.

GeoVisions Foundation will help with all aspects of job seeking from CV/resume construction and interview techniques to arranging job interviews.

What is the food like, and what clothing should I pack for my month in Arequipa?

The food of Arequipa has become famous world wide for being one of the most varied and delicious in Peru. It has the greatest diversity compared to other areas thanks to its countryside and extensive coastline. The use of seasonings and preparation methods, both Andean and European, including peppers and chili, fruits and vegetables, beef, lamb, pork and a large variety of fresh and saltwater seafood make it a treat to anyone who loves food.

When visiting Peru you should dress for mild weather. Not too hot and not too cold. The temperature ranges from low sixties to eighties. So pack some warm weather clothes like t-shirts and shorts/jeans. Then bring along a light jacket or sweater for the evenings. Make sure you do bring warm pajamas though because it does get cold at night at times. It does rain in Peru when you are in the higher regions. Make sure you bring a rain coat, some waterproof shoes and warm clothes.

What kind of weather can I expect?

Peru is in the Southern hemisphere so the seasons are reversed. December is in summer and June is in winter. The climate in Arequipa is warm and rather dry throughout the year. Arequipa lies alongside the southernmost tip of Peru’s desert coast and enjoys plenty of sunny weather, with daytime temperatures rarely dipping much below 70 degrees.

Accommodation is not included. What can I expect?

Homestays from US$ 300 to US$ 400 (incl. 2 meals per day).

3 star private hostel: US$ 500 to US$ 550.

Shared apartment fully furnished private room: US$ 350, shared room: US$ 250.

The cost of living in Arequipa is low compared to more developed countries and large cities. For those wanting to explore traditional Peru, a private room/private bath with a Peruvian family can be found for as little as $150 per month. Many trainees and teachers share large apartments near our center for very reasonable rates.

Most local restaurants offer lunch specials and pricing for meals consisting of a main course, salad, dessert and drink for as little as $2. Taxis cost about $1.50 all over the center of the city and bus transportation is approximately 40 cents.

Certified TEFL teachers seeking immediate employment in Peru will find many opportunities in private language centers and universities throughout the country. Pay may be a bit lower than in other countries, however, the cost of living is, too!

What optional excursions and cultural experiences are available?

There are many opportunities to travel throughout the mountains and deep canyons of southern Peru. Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of the Uros native people, Cusco and the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines and mountain climbing through the Andes are all offered for weekend excursions. Local beach villages are reachable by bus.

At the weekend you can go to local village festivals where you will be able to interact with local people who wear traditional Peruvian clothing, work with alpacas and lamas and speak Quechua and Spanish equally. You can also volunteer to teach underprivileged children who live at the base of the volcano near the edge of the city.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Thai since you're now living as a local and helping your community and students realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in Thailand and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Teachers Say (Click to see all reviews on GoAbroad.com)

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"I love the teachers--each are unique and great examples of how to implement strength and style! The trainers are incredible. They really challenged us in a constructive way. I never felt discouraged from the feedback, but empowered."

Maddy Holbrook

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"You can be an active participant in your development as an English teacher. There are skills you develop that are so rewarding not only for teaching but for your personal life, too. Meeting people with your same goals and visions and passions is extremely inspiring."

James Fink

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"You can be an active participant in your development as an English teacher. There are skills you develop that are so rewarding not only for teaching but for your personal life, too. Meeting people with your same goals and visions and passions is extremely inspiring."

Julia Pearson

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"I enjoyed being introduced to a whole new world and finding a passion and a clear path that will help me succeed in the future. This course has opened up so many doors."

Rachel Meadows