TEFL jobs in Peru
Most TEFL teachers say that it’s easier to find work once you’re in Peru rather than trying to organise work from outside of the country – the only exception to this is if you’re applying for top roles with bilingual schools who will be much stricter about who they hire. These jobs are usually for 2-year contracts, as opposed to the 6–12-month contracts usual in language schools. If you’re looking for an official international school job, apply no later than November – schools close from December to March for the summer holiday, and so hiring for the new academic term will be done well in advance. Most TEFL teachers find that the best way to secure a job is to get to Peru first, and then pound the pavements with your CV once you’ve made some connections. While Lima has the most opportunities, don’t restrict yourself to the capital as you can also find work in smaller cities as well as more rural areas around Peru. Trujillo is a good location to consider if you want to work with university students, while both Arequipa and Cusco have large expat communities.
Where to find work in Peru
Getting a work visa is quite rare in Peru and most people will teach on a tourist visa. Travellers from the US, EU, Britain, and Ireland don’t need a visa and can stay for up to 90 days, as long as they have an onward ticket for the end of the trip. There’s more good news on the visa frontier – if Peru turns out to be somewhere you’re proud to call home, after three years of living there you can apply for permanent residence or local citizenship. More important than visas are taxes – if you have an official job, you need to make sure the tax office receives 15% of your earnings. If you’re looking for voluntary work, contacting schools directly will be cheaper than going with a large company that charges fees.
Employers in Peru
Brittany English Group prefer British teachers with a TESOL, TEFL, or CELTA. Contracts are for 6 or 12 months with the majority of your teaching hours in the afternoon. The salary is $600 per month and you will be given assistance in finding accommodation.
Bumeran is a website with classified ads featuring some teaching jobs in Peru.
Business Links teaches business English classes both in-person and online.
If you’re looking for an International School in Peru, check out this list which details a large number of international schools across the country.
Sayariy Resurgiendo is a Peruvian non-profit NGO with a number of voluntary projects, including and education program that looks for English teachers. Trips last for 3 months and fees are around $400 per month. You must speak a bit of Spanish and applicants must be 21 or over. Volunteers with children are also welcome.
Check out the The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Peru.
Vive Peru offers various enrichment programs in English teaching (and other volunteering opportunities). The program cost is $2,800 for 3 months, but you can also do shorter trips.