The official language of Belize is English so there is not much demand for English tuition. You may be able to find volunteering opportunities but any paid positions will be very poorly-paid. As in most Latin American countries the people are lively and sociable and therefore a pleasure to teach. The country offers excellent opportunities to those interested in outdoor pursuits such as scuba diving and jungle trekking. However, the crime rate is very, very high so it is crucial to get as much advice about where and where not to go.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||500 – 800||Various split shifts and evenings and weekends||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,500 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate preferred, local interview preferred.
1. A CELTA or TEFL certificate is not strictly necessary, but you will find that if you have one you are eligible for better jobs and better pay. You’ll also be a more confident teacher.
2. Consider volunteering at first as a way of learning about the country in more details and making contacts.
3. American and Canadian teachers may be at a slight advantage.
Your employer is responsible for obtaining your work permit. However, in reality, many work illegally. Despite the flexibility this allows, this is not recommended for obvious reasons.
Cost of living
Public transport and local food is cheap. Secure accommodation can be a little more expensive so you will probably have to share with another teacher.
Tax and salary information
You should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. Make sure you actually have a contract or else you may have problems when it comes to payday.
|Fantastic, sociable students||Low demand for English tuition|
|Experience and certification not required for basic teaching positions||High crime rate|
|A great place for those who like to explore the great outdoors||It is very difficult to find work unless you are already in the country|
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