8 Considerations Before Teaching English in Peru

Peru is a nation filled with rich history, varied landscapes (rainforests, beaches, mountains, and more), ancient traditions, and beautiful people. Many believe there is magic to be found in Peru, and we aren’t going to disagree.

If you are ready to make a difference while exploring and learning a new culture and language, then maybe teaching English in Peru is the place for you! 

1. What do I need to teach English in Peru?

If you are considering teaching English in Peru the minimum requirements for most jobs include fluency in English, a TEFL certificate, and a desire to immerse yourself in the language and culture. Overall, a bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required. If you need help navigating the world of TEFL and your time teaching in Peru then be sure to check out our Peru TEFL program to give you all the tools to make your time teaching abroad a success! 


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2. What are the different types of teaching jobs in Peru?

With these minimum requirements, your reality of teaching and living in Peru is only a matter of time! There are many types of teaching jobs to consider in Peru whether that be teaching in a private school, public school, private language institute, or university. Typical contracts for teaching English in Peru are typically, 3, 6 or 12 months. Additionally, most teaching sites will range from 20-30 hours of teaching per week.

Private Schools: 

Teaching at a private school can offer great benefits such as a decent wage when compared to other teaching sites. At this site, you will be teaching during the school week with weekends off. You will typically teach 30 hours per week.

Public School:

Teaching at a public school will typically offer the lowest salaries of teaching sites, but it offers a great way to see how the government education system works and to become a part of your community. Plus, the perks of working Monday – Friday with weekends and holidays off are hard to beat. You will typically teach 30 hours per week.

Private Language Institute:

Teaching at a private language institute is another great opportunity as they hire all throughout the year. Additionally, the typical contract length for this teaching site is one year. This site will include teaching mostly after work/school hours and two days off per week. Overall, you will have a variety of students of all ages and levels of English language understanding.

University:

Working in a university will most likely lead to the highest salary in comparison to the other teaching opportunities listed above. However, in addition to a TEFL certificate you will most likely need to have at least a bachelor’s degree (sometimes a Master’s degree or higher) to teach.

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3. Do I need to obtain a work permit/visa to teach in Peru?

To teach English in Peru you will need to get a tourist visa. While many nationalities can enter Peru without an initial visa, others are more restrictive. Obtaining a visa for Peru is not often as straight forward as other countries, and it frequently depends on the exact situation of each applicant. Typically, this depends on the origin of your passport and also on whether or not you hold visa for any other countries. With that said, it is only the embassy that can give you an exact answer on the visa process.

4. How much can I earn teaching English in Peru?

You can earn between $500-$1000 USD per month while teaching English in Peru. This monthly salary will give you enough to support living costs during your time abroad. If you want to compare cost of living around the world, check out this cost comparison calculator to see if Peru is a smart move for you.

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5. What are some ways to make income to support my time teaching English in Peru?

When you are not teaching at your regular school site, you can offer private English lessons to your students or other members of the community. This can not only provide additional income, but also provide you more opportunities to connect with locals and to adapt to a new place.

If you are looking for a more flexible, remote income, teaching English online is a great opportunity to build on your current skill set. Plus, teaching English online allows you to have a side income (up to $28 USD/hour!) that you can take with you any place your travel heart desires. Teaching English online is a growing industry with ample opportunity for those passionate about teaching and flexible enough to allow you to do more of the things you love.

6. What are some teaching essentials I need to bring to Peru?

Besides your regular packing items, it is also important to pack a laptop and smartphone, your TEFL certificate, bachelor’s degree/diploma, and your passport (make sure it’s valid for longer than your intended stay). It is important to pack clothing that is comfortable enough to teach in while professional and modest at the same time.

It might also help to bring items that represent where you are from to help show students cultures of people in English speaking countries. This may include a variety of things from photos of where you are from, to postcards or local magazines that showcase your region, small items or souvenirs from your area, and more. 

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7. What are some important customs and tips about adapting to Peruvian culture?

While every traveler loves to explore, it is also important as a global citizen to be aware of the customs and culture of another country. You don’t necessarily need to be an expert, however, it shows respect to know what is considered polite and not polite in their place.

In general, since most Peruvians speak Spanish it will definitely help to know a few words or phrases to help you get around during your time abroad. There are many free apps you can download on your cellphone to help you learn a new language before your time abroad. Personally, I recommend the free app called Duolingo. The app offers instructional lessons through speaking, listening, and writing to learn many languages, including Spanish. It’s designed like a game, so it’s also a lot of fun! As someone who has used it for previous travels, I can attest to how the app has increased my overall fluency and kept my Spanish speaking skills sharp!

As far as religion, like many countries in Latin America, Peruvians mostly practice Catholicism. While you may not be Catholic, don’t be afraid to attend a mass or church service if you would like the experience! Just remember to be polite and respectful during your experience.

As far as greeting someone, it is appropriate to shake someone’s hand and once you become acquaintances, Peruvians may greet you with a kiss on one cheek. In most situations, it is safe to let the Peruvian take the lead in the greeting and to respond in the same manner they greet you.

8. What are some fun things to do during my downtime in Peru?

One last thing you should consider before teaching English in Peru is what you would like to do in your downtime! Are there certain parts of Peru that made you want to teach English there in the first place? Would you like to visit well-known places such as Machu Picchu? What new foods do you want to try (ceviche, perhaps)? Would you like to visit Lima, the nation’s capital? Do you want to learn Spanish? The possibilities are endless! 

Besides fulfilling your bucket list, it is also fun to think of what ways you can show gratitude and give back to the community where you will teach. Do you have any skills or hobbies that could translate into an after school club? Would you like to volunteer at a community event or during a school field trip? See if there are any ways to get involved in your community and watch yourself be amazed at how much giving back can give your soul in return! It will only create stronger bonds with your students and create a positive impact in the surrounding community.

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Are you passionate about teaching English, learning a new culture, and making an impact? If so, then Peru may be the country for you!


Words by Melody Lipford.