Teaching English in Peru

Peru Overview

Famous for the Inca Trail and fascinating traditional culture, Peru is a great country for the adventurous. The level of demand for native speakers is moderately high but much of the posts advertised involve volunteering. Whilst this is a good option for teachers without experience, paid positions are available in the major cities although they are far from lucrative. As in most Latin American countries the students are lively and sociable and therefore a pleasure to teach. Employers at some language centres can be unreliable and have unreasonable demands such as the common one that you are effectively ‘on call’ from 8am to 8pm or similar. You are rarely paid for travelling from one location or class to another and this can take up a significant chunk of your daily schedule. If you are experienced and hard-working then you may be lucky to find one of the few well-paid positions, such as those at bilingual schools. For the majority, however, TEFL in Peru is a fun experience for a short period of time but only rarely a serious long-term career option.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 500 – 1,200 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

Lima, Cusco.

Typical requirements

TEFL certificate preferred, local interview preferred.

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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. Given the low salaries, you may need to supplement your income with extra, private one-to-one tuition. Contacts are essential and found via word of mouth and through local adverts and websites. Bear in mind that punctuality is less important in Peru than in the West so it is quite common for students to turn up an hour late!

3. American and Canadian teachers may be at a slight advantage. Teachers with Spanish language skills will find settling in a lot easier.

Red tape

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

The cost of living is low but you will probably have to share accommodation with another teacher to begin with.

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.


Reasonable demand for English tuition Generally low pay and many employers are reluctant to offer proper, full-time contracts
Fantastic, sociable students Teachers are sometimes expected to work split shifts and spend a lot of time travelling (which is unpaid)
A wonderful country for the adventurous It is very difficult to find work unless you are already in the country

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  1. Leslie Barnes says:

    American living in Peru for 7 years with experience teaching English in Mexico,Ecuador, and 7 years in Peru.Willing to travel,,,,cell phone number,,,,Claro 956-217540

  2. Celestine says:

    I’m African, I have two years of teaching experience, 1 year in Thailand and 1 year in South Africa. Is there an agency I can contact for me to get a job there in Peru?

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