TEFL jobs in Ecuador
There is a growing demand for TEFL teachers in Ecuador and a variety of places where you can look for a job. Private language schools vary in quality, and while most will require you to have a TEFL qualification to teach with them, there are plenty that will accept inexperienced and unqualified teachers too, but don’t expect to get paid very much. You’ll find a number of language schools that have been set up by expats as there are few legal restrictions on foreigners running their own business in Ecuador – an interesting prospect, perhaps, for more seasoned teachers looking to step up in the TEFL world and be their own boss.
Where to find work in Ecuador
Top places to look for a job are Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca. Outside of these cities, legitimate TEFL opportunities can be hard to find, but you might be able to get some freelance work if you’re just travelling through. Wages will also be extremely low in more rural destinations, but with a lower cost of living this mightn’t be a problem for the travelling TEFL teacher. The best time to find a job is in February/March and July/August. While its possible to find work in advance by searching online, most teachers tend to look for positions once they’re in the country. Working on a tourist visa is legal, but like in many South American countries, there isn’t much official control over this. Visas you can look into are the Intercultural Visa (one-year validity) and the 12-IX visa (3 to 6-months validity). British and American tourists can stay for up to 90 days. Some schools might partially reimburse your visa fees, but are unlikely to offer other perks such as accommodation or flight reimbursement.
Employers in Ecuador
The British School in Quito is an International School teaching kids aged 3 to 18.
To teach at Cedei School you need a BA degree, TEFL certificate, teaching experience, and to be a native speaker. Contracts are for a minimum of 9-months, teaching 20-25 hours a week, usually early mornings until early afternoon. Around $7 per hour. Free Spanish and salsa classes. January, April, and September start dates.
Cedei Foundation hires native speakers with a university degree in a relevant field and a TEFL certificate, as well as teaching experience. Contracts are a minimum of 9-months, preferably a year. Teaching around 20 hours per week, Monday to Thursday, plus Saturday. Group classes and one to one classes, plus the opportunity for extra VIP lessons. Payment is per course taught – $325 per teen/adult course, $260 per kids course, and $300 for a Saturday class. Each course is 40-50 hours long and you have 3 or 4 courses per 10-week term. So for an adult course, you’re making around $6.50 to $8 per hour.
EF English First is a global TEFL company with a branch in Quito. Contracts are for 6 months minimum up to two years, working 35 hours per week. Pay is around $700 per month and they offer help arranging accommodation.
InLingua hires mostly part-time teachers who are native speakers with a TEFL qualification and experience (particularly Business English or TOEFL prep classes.) 6-month contracts, 20 to 25 hours per week, $6.15 – $7.35 per hour.
ISM is an international school for middle and high school students in Quito.
Check out the The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Ecuador.
Teach English, Volunteer! runs 3-month programs (up to six-months) between September and June for volunteer teachers. There is no participation fee, and you get food and accommodation with a local family. A basic knowledge of Spanish is beneficial.
Vivientes is a volunteering experience where you can try out a number of activities while teaching English. Fees vary.