Want to Teach English in Peru?
LanguageCorps 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. Participants live, study, and find work in one of the most sacred, ancient cities in the country; once known as being the commercial center for the powerful Incan empire, has transformed into one of the most modern and exciting, while still emanating the energy of the native people in its architecture, and ancient ruins-this special city is Cusco, Peru.
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 complimentary cup of coffee or tea served piping hot each morning.
TEFL Certification Program
LanguageCorps offers 3 different programs in this location:
- TEFL Certification Program
- Combined Online + Onsite Program
- Teaching Internship Program
The four-week training course includes 150 hours of classroom time: 100 hours of in-class instruction, 35 hours of required reading and written assignments, and 15 hours of observation and practical teaching.
During this course, you become familiar with the principles of successful ESL teaching and you develop real-world skills to be an effective English teacher. The TEFL program focuses on practical teaching, lesson planning, classroom management, teaching specific skills, like reading, writing, and not to mention grammar! Our supportive staff will help you settle down in Peru and will be available to you 24-hours a day. In addition to your TEFL certification course, you can also sign up for Spanish classes. We highly recommend taking one-hour daily private classes to get the most out of this experience. The local team can also set you up with a Peruvian language-buddy for English-Spanish exchange-A great way to quickly improve your Spanish and make local friends!
The 4-week Onsite TEFL Certification Program Fee in Cusco, Peru is US$1,600 (Additional book fee $150)
The Combined Online + 2-week Onsite TEFL Certification Program Fee in Cusco, Peru is US$1,300 (Additional book fee $50)
The Teaching Internship Program Fee in Cusco, Peru is US$3,995. Included in this price are the course materials, four weeks of 1-hour private Spanish classes and a private room with a host family including breakfast and dinner.
Airport pick-up is included in all prices.
Teacher Certification Dates
TEFL Course Dates 2020
20 January – 14 February
19 February – 17 March
23 March – 17 April
22 April – 19 May
25 May – 19 June
22 June – 17 July
20 July – 14 August
19 August – 15 September
21 September – 16 October
21 October – 17 November
23 November – 18 December
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.
Teaching in Peru
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. Arequipa, a city in the south of Peru, is another popular location for English teachers in Peru.
TEFL graduates find opportunities working with adults and teens in both private institutes and public school settings. Peruvian students are very motivated and rewarding to teach. TEFL graduates with the qualifications and willingness to stay for at least a year, can also apply for positions at K-12 schools, and sometimes universities. The average amount of hours varies per employer, although at private language institutes, teachers usually work between 20-30 hours per week, while at K-12 schools, the schedule is a bit heavier: between 30-35 hours per week.
Private language institutes hire year round, while K-12 schools and universities follow the Latin American school year-they hire between January and February.; there is another peak in July and August. The demand for teachers in Peru tends to be so high that most teachers can begin their teaching careers right after completion of the course, any time of the year.
Teachers typically find jobs by doing face-to-face interviews in Peru. We recommend that you book your ticket and visit the language schools in person, although sending an email in advance is always a good idea. In some cases, a Skype interview in advance is possible.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate is the basic qualification to teach English in Peru. A 4-year degree is necessary for teachers willing to teach at K-12 schools and universities. Otherwise a degree is preferred, but not required.
Pay for teachers varies widely and depends on your qualifications, hours-per-week, and length-of-contract. Wages for teachers in Peru are normally between $500 and $800 per month, which should be sufficient to support yourself financially while living in Peru, due to the low cost of living there! These approximate salary ranges are based on 10-12 month paid teaching assignments. Salary for shorter-term assignments may be on the lower end of the displayed range, but some teachers earn additional income by doing private tutoring, which can be very lucrative.
Benefits: housing and airfare are typically not provided by the employer
In addition to the program and housing fees, you will want to plan for airfare, any visa costs, and personal expenses (meals, local transportation, security deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment once you know where you’re working).
Travel For The Program
Most people, including those from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe automatically receive a 183-day tourist visa when entering Peru. Make sure to politely request 183 days, otherwise you might only get 90 days when they stamp your passport. This covers the duration of the certification course and a big part of your first month of teaching should you decide to stay!
In Peru, just like most of Latin America, it is common to work on a tourist visa and get paid under the table. In order to stay legally in the country, you will have to ‘hop the border’ after your visa expires to get a new stamp in your passport. Most teachers take this opportunity to make a short vacation to Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, or Ecuador. Please note that if you travel to Bolivia to renew your visa, Bolivian immigrations charges a $135 visa fee for U.S. citizens. This visa is then good for 5 years.
If you are looking to teach in Peru long-term, it is recommendable to find an employer that wants to help you obtain a work permit. It is not common for schools to sponsor their teachers for a work visa, but also not unheard of. Some teachers manage to work as independent contractors.
Living in Peru
As the land of the once largest empire in the world, Peru’s rich history and customs make for an exciting learning experience and adventure. It’s the third largest country in South America and boasts great diversity in its geography. 11,000 feet high in the southwestern Andes mountains sits the epicenter of the Incan empire-Cusco, Peru.
Cusco is known as the archaeological 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.
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.
One of the world’s greatest cuisines, Peruvian gastronomy combines the flavours 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 chilies. 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 savoured 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.
Cusco 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, entree, 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.
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.
Inti Raymi – during this Festival of the Sun in late June, hundreds of thousands of people converge upon Cusco 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, dancing, and socializing in the streets.
Sacsayhuaman – this striking ceremonial center and stronghold lies on the outskirts of Cusco 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 Cusco, 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.
If you want to discover other parts of this pretty immense country, you can take some time to travel up or down the coast line. Paracas, Lima, or Piura are all very different from you host city of Cusco. If you travel in the opposite direction, the Amazon rainforest is waiting to be explored. Many people travel to Lake Titicaca if they have a three day break to visit Taquilla island, Amantaní, or the floating Uros islands. Be sure to wear sunscreen, because the radiation is high; Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world!