Teaching English in Guyana

By | January 22, 2014

Guyana, which is officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana is situated on the South American continent mainland, but is in fact part of the Anglophone Caribbean and one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island.

After independence in 1966, Guyana became part of the British Commonwealth of nations after being a British colony for nearly two hundred years.

Guyana is situated at the north eastern part of the South America and shares borders with Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela.

It has a tropical climate with two rainy seasons during May to August and then from November to January. During these seasons flash flooding is a constant threat in some areas.

English is the official language within Guyana they speak a dialect known as Creole. A kind of mixture of English combined with an African and East Indian influence.

Read more about Guyana from Wikipedia.

Why Teach English in Guyana

Kaieteur Falls

Kaieteur Falls – courtesy of Wikimedia.

Guyana is home to a vibrant and distinct culture influenced by India, China, England and neighbouring South American countries. It is a special and unique country with a large variety of food and many different traditions.

English is widely used in the country and there are some opportunities for teachers in this small yet vibrant and dynamic country.

Guyana has a tropical climate and some beautiful beaches, scenery and friendly and welcoming people.

There is a real need for native English speaking teachers and very little competition for jobs both paid and voluntary.

Where to Teach English in Guyana

With the highest population, it is in the capital of Georgetown where you would be most likely to find paid teaching opportunities. If you’re looking to volunteer in Guyana you will find schools all over the country.

Types of Teaching Jobs in Guyana

Volunteering

Georgetown, Guyana

Georgetown, Guyana

Volunteering could also be an option as the Guyanese Ministry of Education looks to place volunteers all over Guyana. Around $300 a month should be enough to cover your living costs as a home stay is often included in the deal. But be warned, the facilities in these small outreach towns and villages will most definitely not be up to the standards you may be used to.

Private English Schools

Whilst there aren’t many schools, there are more and more opening up in Guyana and you’ll find some opportunities. You will usually be teaching young and adult students in the early evening and on weekends.

Private International Schools

There are also some international schools in Georgetown that follow the American curriculum. These schools also actively recruit qualified and experienced TEFL teachers.

Private Lessons

You might find it possible to take a few private lessons on top your day job to supplement your income, but this shouldn’t be seen as your primary source of income. You probably won’t be able to make enough money to support yourself by doing private lessons.

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Teaching Requirements and Qualifications

Teachers in Guyana must be native English speakers, have a bachelor’s degree, and also have at least 2 years of previous teaching experience. Usually, you don’t need to have a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate, but it does always help.

Expected Salary and Living Costs

Visa Requirements

You will be required to have a working visa to work in Guyana. As stated above, the cost of this is $140 and it must be applied for through your employer.

You can read more about obtaining a working visa here.

How to Find a Job Teaching in Guyana

You will sometimes find teaching jobs in Guyana advertised online, both voluntary and paid positions.

Moreover, you can also find jobs when you are already in the country by contacting schools and prospective employers directly. You can try emailing, calling or visiting the schools in person when enquiring about vacant positions.

Teach English in Guyana

The government of Guyana sponsors volunteers to teach in public schools all over the country. As a volunteer teacher you won’t only be teaching English, you might also be asked to teach other subjects like math or science.

If you are looking for a paid teaching position then your best bet would be to head over to the capital city Georgetown as this is where you will find most of the opportunities.

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 Guyana, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.

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