• Want to Teach English in Panama?

    Amongst many other things Panama is a meeting place. As the southernmost country in Central America, Panama bridges the gap between North and South America. The Panama Canal introduces the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. Between the two coastlines, lush tropical rainforests meet modern and thriving cities. Within Panama City, the historical beauty of Casco Viejo and the Old Panama Ruins co-habitate with cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and shopping. North meets south, old meets new, nature meets civilization, in one of the most exciting and unique destinations in Latin America.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Panama:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course in Panama includes 130 hours of classroom training, as well as 10 hours of assessed teaching practice. The course is conducted in our Panama City TESOL training center, which offers modern, comfortable facilities in a convenient downtown location.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Panama City, Panama is US$1,950

    Optional accommodations are available with a local host family for approximately $600 to $800, which includes 2 meals per day. Hotel, hostel or apartment accommodations can also be arranged.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in Panama? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in Panama.

  • Panama Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    Amongst many other things Panama is a meeting place. As the southernmost country in Central America, Panama bridges the gap between North and South America. The Panama Canal introduces the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. Between the two coastlines, lush tropical rainforests meet modern and thriving cities. Within Panama City, the historical beauty of Casco Viejo and the Old Panama Ruins co-habitate with cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and shopping. North meets south, old meets new, nature meets civilization, in one of the most exciting and unique destinations in Latin America.

    Panama's history is a rich one. Prior to conquest by the Spanish, it was home to advanced indigenous peoples (including some of the first pottery-making villages in the Americas). As a part of the Spanish empire, it served as a key link in the silver trade. After a colorful 300 years of Spanish rule, independence from Spain was declared and peacefully achieved in 1821. Panama then voluntarily became a department of Colombia, which it remained (despite several secession attempts) for 80 years. Independence from Colombia was realized in 1903, with the support of the United States - given in exchange for sovereign rights to a zone of roughly 500 square miles, which would become the Panama Canal. The US later returned the Canal to Panama, although not before invading the country to remove the dictator Noriega. All of this and more in a country about the size of South Carolina, with a current population of just over 4 million.

    The history hasn't managed to interfere with the natural beauty though, and Panama offers some of the best eco-tourism in the world. The Bocas del Toro archipelago and San Blas Islands tempt visitors for snorkeling, and its rainforests are home to an incredible diversity of life (including numerous species found nowhere else).

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    Opportunities to teach ESL abound in Panama. For many teachers, jobs await at any of the numerous private language schools throughout Panama City. Others may find themselves teaching classes conducted in the offices of corporate clients, or in one of the tourist zones like Bocas del Toro. Regardless of where you find yourself working, your students are likely to be eager and highly motivated to learn. After all, most of your students will work in the tourism industry, and will want to learn English for career advancement, as well as personal development.

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Panamanian cuisine takes influence from the continents it bridges, and its diverse populations, culminating in dishes that are unique and rich. Rice and corn feature prominently, along with local fruits and vegetables, seasoned with numerous local herbs. Dining out is inexpensive, without sacrificing quality, and fresh ingredients for cooking abound. If you need a break from the local cuisine, Panama City is home to countless restaurants, offering its residents a taste of cuisines from around the world.

    Housing & Communication

    Pleasant and inexpensive accommodations are abundant in Panama City. A thoroughly modern metropolis, most (if not all) the conveniences of home can be found there. Mobile phones are readily available, and many teachers use Skype to communicate with friends and family at home. While internet cafes are in far from short supply, you will probably not need them, as most schools and apartments will have high speed internet access.

  • Excursions

    Panama offers some of the best eco-tourism in the world. The Bocas del Toro archipelago and San Blas Islands tempt visitors for snorkeling, and its rainforests are home to an incredible diversity of life (including numerous species found nowhere else). Scuba diving, hiking, zip lining, and other exciting activities take advantage of this wealth. Of course, if you don't care to venture into the wild, Panama City offers its own attractions - not the least of which is the Panama Canal, a true marvel of engineering.

  • Travel Resources

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Panama

    The four-week training course in Panama includes 130 hours of classroom training, as well as 10 hours of assessed teaching practice. The course is conducted in our Panama City TESOL training center, which offers modern, comfortable facilities in a convenient downtown location.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Panama is US$1,950

    Optional accommodations are available with a local host family for approximately $600 to $800, which includes 2 meals per day. Hotel, hostel or apartment accommodations can also be arranged.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.