Five Great Reasons for Teaching English in South America


We all know the appeal South America has for many people who are thinking of teaching English abroad—the landscape, weather, food, language (I could go on and on!). Even so, here are a few more reasons why teaching English as a second language in South America may be the best option for you!

1. Little visa hassle.

While many countries require that you obtain a work visa, in South America you may enter on a tourist visa (with the exception of Brazil for U.S. and Canadian citizens, as additional steps are necessary). The requirements for obtaining a tourist visa are much less strict and time-consuming than a work visa.

2. No degree, no problem!

South America is one of the few places where you can teach EFL without a four-year college degree. You will still be required to have some form of TEFL certification, however. While most employers accept both online and onsite certification, don’t skimp! The better your qualifications, the better your chances are of finding work.

3. Demand.

There is high demand for EFL teachers throughout most of South America, which will make finding a job much easier. There are also opportunities to teach either young learners or business English professionals, so you may chose which demographic best suits your teaching style.

4. No habla español? Não fala português?

Don’t worry, you do not need to speak the language. In fact, most employers prefer that you don’t. This prevents you from falling back on the native language to explain things to your students, encourages you to come up with creative teaching methods, and forces your students to speak English.

5. Get started right away!

Many countries require medical examinations and criminal background checks before they will hire you. This is not so in South America and makes for a much less tedious hiring process.

This post was written by Willow Pergl.