• Want to Teach English in Peru?

    The beauty of its various landscapes, the abundance of its wildlife, its rich and diverse cuisine, and the strong and colorful character of its people make Peru arguably the most exciting of all South American nations. Perched 11,000 feet high in the southwestern Andes, Cusco is known as the archeological capital of the Americas. The city has long made a name for itself as the gateway to nearby Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, both national treasures and remnants of Peru's ancient past.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Peru:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The training center in Cusco is located in a modern office building in the center of town, and is fully equipped with up-to-date conveniences and facilities. The training center offers classrooms for group and private classes, a library, and laptop computers with high-speed Internet connections. Every classroom has comfortable furniture, a whiteboard, and a cassette and CD player. There are also common areas where trainees can study, socialize, or grab a cup of coffee or tea served piping hot each morning.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Cusco, Peru is US$1,995

    Accommodations during the training can be arranged with host families for an additional cost of US$545 (private room) or US$490 (shared room), which includes breakfast and dinner each day, or in an apartment for US$450 (private apartment) or US$375 (shared apartment).

    If you are interested in brushing up on your Spanish and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Spanish classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program. There is no cost other than housing and $50 for a book that is required.

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

  • Peru 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

    The land of gold and of the sun-worshipping Incas, Peru was sixteenth-century Europe's major source of treasure, and once the home of the largest empire the world had ever seen. An immense desert coastline, tracks of tropical rain forest, and soaring mountain peaks fuse together to create one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. The beauty of its various landscapes, the abundance of its wildlife, its rich and diverse cuisine, and the strong and colorful character of its people make Peru arguably the most exciting of all South American nations.

    Perched 11,000 feet high in the southwestern Andes, Cusco is known as the archeological capital of the Americas. The city has long made a name for itself as the gateway to nearby Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, both national treasures and remnants of Peru's ancient past. Every narrow street and lane resonates with history and tradition, as traces of ancient Incan culture and the town's colonial past provide a captivating backdrop for the contemporary buildings and modern conveniences of an international metropolis.

    Despite its proximity to the equator, Peru spans three disparate climates -- coastal, mountain, and jungle. Due to its high elevation, nights in Cusco can be chilly while the days are sunny but relatively cool all year round. It experiences two major seasons - a dry summer from May through September, and a more humid, rainy winter from October through April. The average annual high and low temperatures for the city are 68�F (20�C) and 41�F (5�C), with average precipitation of 2.5 in (6.4 cm) during the rainy season.

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    Positions are readily available throughout Cusco, including opportunities at the English language school associated with the Training Center in the center of town. Students at the school are generally adults learning English for their jobs, as well as for personal improvement. This makes for very motivated students who are rewarding to teach.

    Located on the Pacific Coast, Lima is home to nearly one third of the country's population and offers participants ample teaching positions. Most jobs in the capital city involve working primarily with business professionals or university students at private language schools.

    Pay for teachers varies widely and depends on your qualifications, hours-per-week, and length-of-contract. Hourly salaries average about US$5-6 per hour, which should be sufficient to support yourself financially while living in Peru, due to the low cost of living there! includePay('Peru', 'TESOL Certification');

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    One of the world's great cuisines, Peruvian gastronomy combines the flavors of four continents thanks to its pre-Incan and Incan heritage and later immigration by Africans, Asians, and Europeans. Peruvian cuisine changes as often as the terrain, varying from the fresh seafood of coastal Lima to the firewood oven-cooked meats of the Andes. Don't miss ceviche, with its chunks of fresh white fish marinated in lime or lemon juice mixed with chilis. Be sure to try pachamanca, made from a variety of meats, herbs and vegetables slowly cooked underground on a bed of heated stones. The more adventurous might even opt for cuy chactado, a meal of fried guinea pig popular in the Andean highlands. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some picarones, sweet, ring-shaped fritters with a pumpkin base drizzled in molasses.

    You may be surprised to learn that the Chinese, in their 150 year presence in Peru, have in fact revolutionized Peruvian cuisine. Chifa, the Andean term for Chinese food, has gained international recognition from the many that have savored their experience of it while visiting Peru.

    Peru boasts several good lagers and some surprisingly tasty dessert wines. Popular soft drinks include Chicha Morada, a beverage prepared from a base of boiled purple maize combined with chunks of pineapple, sugar, and ice. Pisco, a popular brandy, is considered by many the national drink of Peru (much to the dismay of neighboring Chileans, who claim it as their own) and is popularly consumed as a pisco sour with sugar, lemon juice, and egg whites.

    Cuzco breakfasts tend to be small and simple: a cup of coffee or tea and freshly baked bread with butter or jam.

    Lunch (almuerzo) is the biggest meal of the day and restaurants often have an inexpensive fixed menu consisting of a soup, entr�e, and dessert with coffee or tea. A regular menu is also available from which you can choose, but it's more expensive.

    Peruvians eat dinner (cena) rather late, with restaurants only beginning to fill up around 8:30 or 9 o'clock.

    Look for propina or servicio at the bottom of your bill. A gratuity of around 5-10% may have already been added. If the service was of good quality, feel free to add another 5 or 10%. Be sure to ask for the bill when you are ready to pay, as it is considered rude for the wait staff to bring the check prior to being asked.

    Avoid unboiled tap water and any foods that may have been washed in it. It's best to stick with bottled water and as an extra precaution to ask for drinks without ice (sin hielo). Fruits and vegetables with a skin or rind to peel off are generally OK to eat.

    Participants are generally responsible for their own meals, though during home stays it is not uncommon for some meals to be provided by the families.

    Sunny yet cool during the day and somewhat chilly at night, a light jacket would certainly come in handy, as would a dependable umbrella during the rainy season. You might consider picking up a traditional alpaca wool sweater, sold throughout the country, to combat those nippy Andean evenings.

    Dress code for teachers throughout South America is business casual. South Americans expect teachers to look professional, so it's not advised to wear casual clothing while teaching. This means dress shoes; nice slacks or skirts; collared shirts, sweaters, or nice blouses. While it is rare for Teachers to wear suits, some of your students will, and certainly many language schools have dress codes that don't permit jeans or athletic shoes. Males will find that having a few ties with them can be an advantage.

    Housing & Communication

    During the TESOL Certification Program, accommodations can be arranged in either a home stay or in a shared apartment.

    Cusco home stay families open their middle-class, often single-parent, households to our trainees. They may or may not have children living at home. All host families live in attractive homes in safe neighborhoods. In your host family's home, you will have your own bedroom and either a shared or private bathroom. You will be given a key to the house or apartment and are free to come and go as you please (though, as a guest living with a host family, you should be sure to respect the routine of the people you are staying with). Host families provide breakfast and dinner, and enjoy spending time during meals chatting with students. Typically, home stays provide an excellent way to get to know the local culture and language.

    Shared apartments are located near the training center and usually offer fully equipped kitchens, dining rooms, and private or shared bedrooms and bathrooms. Prices vary depending upon whether you choose a private, shared, or dormitory room.

    After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other students or Peruvians. Some employers will provide a room for you, either shared or single (usually in an apartment with other teachers) and provide you with a monthly stipend.

    International calling cards or local prepaid telephone cards (tarjetas telef�nicas) are required to make international calls. You can buy phone cards from corner shops, farmacias or on the street from cigarette stalls throughout the city. There are currently two phone outfits, Telef�nica del Peru and Telepoint, each of whom produce their own cards for use in their phones only.

    Peru has good internet connections, with cyber caf�s and Internet cabins found in even the most unlikely of small towns.

  • Excursions

    Inti Raymi - during this Festival of the Sun in late June, hundreds of thousands of people converge upon Cuzco from other parts of the nation, South America and the world for a week long celebration marking the beginning of the new year. Every day has its events, from daytime expositions, street fairs, music, and people dancing and socializing in the streets.

    Sacsayhuaman - this striking ceremonial center and stronghold lies on the outskirts of Cuzco and boasts an extensive system of underground passages that connects with other former Incan settlements near the city.

    Machu Picchu - constructed around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, this \"Lost City of the Incas\" was abandoned less than 100 years later, as the empire collapsed under Spanish conquest. Located some 70 kilometers northwest of Cuzco, visitors can spend hours trekking through this marvel of human engineering melded perfectly into a natural setting of mountains and jungle.

    The Inca Trail - Passing through the Andes mountain range and portions of the Amazon rainforest, this ancient Incan trail system passes several well-preserved Inca ruins and settlements before ending at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu Mountain.

  • 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, Peru

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The training center in Cusco is located in a modern office building in the center of town, and is fully equipped with up-to-date conveniences and facilities. The training center offers classrooms for group and private classes, a library, and laptop computers with high-speed Internet connections. Every classroom has comfortable furniture, a whiteboard, and a cassette and CD player. There are also common areas where trainees can study, socialize, or grab a cup of coffee or tea served piping hot each morning.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Peru is US$1,995

    Accommodations during the training can be arranged with host families for an additional cost of US$545 (private room) or US$490 (shared room), which includes breakfast and dinner each day, or in an apartment for US$450 (private apartment) or US$375 (shared apartment).

    If you are interested in brushing up on your Spanish and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Spanish classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program. There is no cost other than housing and $50 for a book that is required.

    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.