Puerto Rico Overview
Puerto Rico is a beautiful Caribbean island which is part of the US commonwealth and home to a lot of international businesses. It sees a large number of tourists who flock to the white, sandy beaches. English is an official language but less than 20% of Puerto Ricans are fluent so expect discussions about whether you are teaching EFL or ESL. The level of demand for native speakers is moderate but expect considerable competition from other experienced teachers already living in the territory. TEFL salaries are some of the best in Latin America but living costs are moderate and you certainly won’t be able to save much each month. As in most Latin American countries the students are lively and sociable and therefore a pleasure to teach. If you are experienced, persistent and hard-working then you may be lucky to find one of the really well-paid positions, such as those at local universities and English-only schools, which offer excellent holidays and contract packages.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and local schools||1,200 – 2,000||Various||Various|
|Universities and International schools||2,000 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
San Juan, Ponce.
Degree, TEFL certificate, local interview preferred.
1. Competition for the best jobs in Puerto Rico can be fierce. The more experience and qualifications you have, the better.
2. Learn some Spanish. It will improve the quality of your time in Puerto Rico, both inside and outside the classroom.
3. American and Canadian teachers may be at a slight advantage.
Your employer is responsible for obtaining your work permit.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Puerto Rico is moderate. Local transport and food are generally quite low in price.
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.
|A gorgeous Caribbean island||Moderate cost of living which makes saving money difficult|
|Friendly, sociable students||Lots of competition for the best jobs|
|Reasonable salaries||A rather high level of crime|
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