FINDING WORK AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN ARGENTINA
Argentina is a very sophisticated country and English is widely spoken in urban Argentina as a second language. Nevertheless there is still a high demand for skilled and / or experienced TEFL qualified native English speakers to teach English in private language schools and International schools and as private tutors across the country – and although it is not as easy to get work in a public school, it is not impossible. It’s widely accepted, though far from official policy, that women find it far easier to get jobs teaching English as a foreign language in Argentina. Rates of pay can also vary considerably depending on school and location, but opportunities to earn well as a private tutor abound. It’s easier to find work once you are in Argentina as face-to-face interviews are preferred and employers are often relaxed when it comes to paperwork formalities, but if you wish to work in a state-run school or International school with a work permit and appropriate visa you should try apply from outside.
Teaching English at Private Language Schools
Private language schools in Argentina offer many teaching positions for TEFL graduates happy to teach adults – from university level students to business-people in the corporate, government and tourism spheres. The level of teaching required is consequently quite high and although there is high demand, a University degree plus existing teaching experience will be best complimented by a TEFL certificate.
Most of these language schools are situated in Buenos Aires, but there are schools all over Argentina in or near major centres. There are opportunities to teach children of all ages through private language schools, but it’s less common, and you will most likely need age-appropriate experience. Teaching hours can vary but many classes take place at night or on weekends – both on-site and off-site.
Teaching English at International Schools
International schools can be approached from outside of Argentina if you want to go the formal route and have a school help you arrange visas and work permits. Again, the more you can offer in addition to your TEFL certificate by way of tertiary qualifications and experience with teaching English as a foreign language or any teaching for that matter, the better your chances of finding a great job and pushing for higher pay and benefits.
Teaching English at Public Schools
If you wish to teach English in a public school in Argentina you will most likely need a University degree or other suitable tertiary qualification in addition to your TEFL certificate and ideally some relevant teaching experience – and jobs are generally only available if the position cannot be filled by an Argentinian.
Private English Tutoring for Children, Adults and Business Executives
Teaching English as a private tutor can be very lucrative in Argentina, especially in Buenos Aires. It is also very easy to find work and you can expect to be paid cash or ‘under the table’ – even by businesses. Pay will usually match teaching level and expectations can very high – especially for adults. It’s worth exploring this option if you can offer a high skill level and really dedicate yourself; you can easily earn twice as much as you could through a language school.
|Monthly Salary||US $600-800 US Private language institute can be anywhere from US $5-15 an hour|
|Teaching Hours||25 to 35 hours a week|
|Length of contract||6 to 12 months|
|Hiring season||The first peak-hiring season is February/ March, and the second is July/August|
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