TEFL jobs in Uruguay
Uruguay is a favourite backpacker destination due to the easy visa process, idyllic views and unblemished natural wonders you can see there, but it’s just as lush a location for those wanting to spend a longer stint with a glorious backdrop. Experience miles of unspoilt sandy beaches or seek out secluded costal spots where surfing is king. If you’d rather head inland, take a bus ride inland for rolling plains that stretch to the horizon, or go trekking along meandering rivers. If you prefer city breaks, head to the towns and villages that boast cobblestoned streets and local specialities that you won’t find in the buzzing restaurants of Montevideo. Whether it’s sun, sand, wine, or food you’re after, Uruguay has it all to hand.
Where to find work in Uruguay
More than 40% of the population live in the capital, Montevideo, so this is a clearly the place where you’ll find the most job opportunities. Voluntary roles will often come with accommodation, but you’ll have to provide your own food. Paid roles are tricky to find, and if you want a chance of getting an interview you’ll need to be experienced and have at least a 120-hour TEFL qualification. Having a TEFL qualification is usually more important than having a BA degree. Most teachers find that it’s easier to find a job once they’re in Uruguay and can attend an interview in person. Work contracts are usually for either 6 or 12 months, and you’d be best to apply for a work visa once you have a job lined up. Peak hiring season in Uruguay is from March to August, and jobs sometimes include perks such as free Spanish lessons.
Employers in Uruguay
Anglo has a number of TEFL schools in Uruguay and specialises in IELTS and Cambridge exam preparation classes. You need to have a C2 level of English to apply.
English Language School is based in Lagomar.
As well as English courses, Dickens also offers Portuguese language courses and teacher training courses through Cambridge and Trinity.
ESLstarter has 6 and 12 month contracts for qualified TEFL teachers. Housing allowance and round airfare ticket included. The pay is 33,000 UYU per month.
International House has TEFL positions all over the world. Get in touch with them about current opportunities in Montevideo.
La Herradura looks for volunteers to teach English in Montevideo. You need to commit to at least 1 month of volunteering, and you’ll mainly be teaching in the afternoons. Resources are limited, so if you can bring your own teaching materials and ideas, that would be very much appreciated. You’ll be housed in student accommodation, and there’s a kitchen available but food isn’t provided.
Check out the The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Uruguay.
The English Institute has courses for both juniors and adults, as well as supporting preparation for Cambridge exams.
To teach at the Uruguayan American School, you need to be fully proficient in English, have a degree, and at least 3 years of teaching experience. UAS is a small school with an international ethos and a multicultural community feel.