Teaching English in Argentina

By | January 12, 2014

Argentina is, by land mass, the eighth largest country in the world and is one of the largest Spanish speaking nations. It is South America‘s third largest economy and is considered a good country to invest in by international bankers due to its class as a middle merging economy and very high rating on the Human Development Index.

Argentina shares its borders with Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. Due to the topography of Argentina being very long, the climate ranges from sub-tropical in the north to sub polar in the far south.

Heavy snowfall can be a feature of winters in the south while the north can experience extremely hot and humid temperatures. Central Argentina, as you would expect, is more temperate with hot summers and cool winters.

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Why Teach English in Argentina

Buenos Aires Skyline

Buenos Aires Skyline – Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Argentina can be a very vibrant and enjoyable country to live and work in. It is relatively safe and you can explore the many different aspects of the country easily.

As for diversity of nature, culture, and beautiful natural wonders, Argentina is blessed with a huge variety. The Argentines tend to be very easy going people and their love of football is typical of all South American countries.

Argentina is part of the G20 group of nations and is considered an emerging market with strong forecasts for growth. Although Spanish is considered as one of the major languages in the world, big businesses appreciate that English is often a requirement to compete worldwide.

As a result of a growing tourist industry and a fast growing industrial base, there are many Argentinians that are looking to study English and for this reason there is a real demand for native English speaking TEFL teachers in Argentina.

Where to Teach English in Argentina

The Argentina capital of Buenos Aires is usually the preferred city for those looking to teach English in the country, however opportunities can be found all over this very big country.

The greater Buenos Aires area is by far and away the most populous of the country with Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, La Plata and San Miguel de Tucumán all having populations approaching or exceeding one million.

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Buenos Aires

Types of Teaching Jobs in Argentina

Private Language Schools

There are private language schools dotted all over the country and it is in the big cities where you will find most of these schools. Many Argentinians are eager to learn English and as a result there is a real need for native English speaking TEFL teachers. By far, private language schools will be where you will find the most opportunities.

Private languages schools are of varying quality and the better schools will have higher requirements for their teachers with regards to experience and qualifications, but they will also offer the best salaries.

Private Lessons

Istmo Carlos F. Ameghino, Reserva Natural Isla de los Pájaros, Península Valdés (Chubut, Patagonia Argentina).

Reserva Natural Isla de los Pájaros

A lot of teachers in Argentina look to take private lessons and it can actually be quite a lucrative way to earn some money. After you have been in the country for a while and made a few connections, you will probably find that people will come to you for private lessons.

Private lessons can actually be very lucrative and you might even earn more money than you would if you were working in a school. Moreover, your working life will be more flexible and you will be free to arrange when and where you want to do lessons.

However, you should also understand that private tutoring has some drawbacks too! If your student cancels at short notice, you won’t get paid and you won’t have the same stability as you would working in a school.

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Teaching Requirements and Qualifications

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You don’t necessarily need to have a degree or a teaching certificate to teach English in Argentina, some schools will employ just about anyone who can speak English.

However, most schools will require at least a TEFL/TESOL or CELTA certificate. Some will also like to see that you have had some experience working as a teacher before.

The better language schools in Argentina will require that their teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject, a teaching certificate and the best schools will require that you have previous teaching experience.

Where private language organisations focus mainly on business professionals then it is most likely that you will require proof of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent on top of your TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate.

Expected Salary and Living Costs

[sociallocker id=”1319″]Typical salaries in private language institutions can range between $5 to $15 USD per hour but of course you will be paid in Argentinian Pesos, a traded currency, so obviously the exchange rate can affect the rate of pay.

The schools that have few requirements for their teachers will pay the least and the stricter schools will usually have the higher salaries. You could expect your salary to be between $600 and $1000 per month and with the average cost of living around the same, you should expect to break even.

If you take private lessons, you can increase your monthly earnings and even save money every month.

For more information about the cost of living in Argentina, take a look at Numbeo.[/sociallocker]

Visa Requirements

Many schools will allow you to work on a tourist visa which can be renewed by simply visiting a neighbouring country. Although this is illegal, many teachers opt for this method.

Some other schools require that you are legally allowed to work in the country. For this you must have a working visa which should be applied for in your own country.

For more information about obtaining a visa for Argentina, take a look at the official Argentinian National Immigration Office.

How to find a Job Teaching in Argentina

Spring Sunset

Buenos Aires

Although schools do hire all year round, there are 2 peak seasons for finding teaching jobs in Argentina and this is when teaching contracts expire. February/March and July/August are the best times. This is important because you’re unlikely to be offered a job in Argentina without completing a face-to-face interview in person.

You can try looking for vacant positions from a number of different places. First of all, the internet is a great resource and you will find jobs advertised on both national and international jobs boards. Moreover, schools will advertise vacant positions on their own websites.

Moreover, you can try looking in local newspapers and asking for vacant positions in person. Get a list of schools and contact them directly and see if you can arrange a meeting. Even today, the tried and tested method of going in person and asking for a job directly still works and it works well!

Teach English in Argentina

There are many reasons to go and teach English in Argentina and it is steadily becoming a popular destination for TEFL teachers. You certainly won’t get rich working as a teacher in Argentina, but you will make enough to have a comfortable lifestyle.

Usually, for a bit of extra money, teachers take private lessons and it is this money that allows them to save money.

Learning English is becoming very popular in Argentina, and a number of businesses require that their employees learn English. As a result of this there is a real demand for English teachers and although there is some competition for jobs, it is not as fierce as it can be in other countries.

Disclaimer

Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Argentina, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.

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