A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Central America

Keen on the idea of going to teach abroad? Choose Central America as your destination. Most schools who employ internationals in this region prefer you to stay long term so if you are flexible you will stand agood chance of getting a good position. Don't expect jobs to just fall to you, we recommend putting a lot of effort in to make contacts and also seek out reputable opportunities. 

Despite what you might have heard Central America is a safe region to visit and very few internationals encounter any issues teaching here although you shoudl read up on destinations to see where appeals to you and also get tips of staying safe. Living and working in Central America is a lot cheaper than other locations e.g. Europe, you will be able to get by on a shoe string if you choose your accommodation carefully. For more options in this region view our guide to going to teach in South America.




How to Teach in Central America

You can find teaching seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in Central America in places like:

  • International Schools
  • Public / Private Schools
  • Private Lessons



For an average teaching job in Central America you can expect a salary form anywhere between £250 - £1300 ($500 - $1500) but this can vary depending on the job, country, recruiter and experience. Lots of volunteer programs in Central America offer the chance to be placed in education but this is usually not paid. 



To stand a best chance of gaining employment you will need to be a native speaker, have a reputable TEFL certification, have experience and a good education e.g. a Bachelors degree. This continent also attracts lots of newbies too so don't be put off if this is your first time teaching abroad. Don't be put off by volunteering to teach English in Central America, this can be a great way to increase your experience/knowledge, meet new people and also add depth to your CV / resume.


Top Tips for Landing a Teaching Job in Central America

  • Find out which destinations appeal to you and try to read reviews from past/current teachers
  • Booking a TEFL course in Central America is a great way to get your foot in the door as most agencies have excellent relationships with schools
  • Learn Spanish before departing even if just basic words and phrases. You might want to book a Spanish course in Central America to really boost your employment chances
  • Know the best times and places to find employment
  • Research work permits in advance before departing 
  • Work out how much you will get paid to what the cost of living is
  • Learn about local culture and etiquette
  • Consider un-paid positions to gain experience