Teaching English in Honduras

By | February 2, 2014

Honduras is located in Central America and shares its borders with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The country was colonised by Spain and even after independence in the 19th century, Honduras still retains a lot in the way of Spanish culture and the Spanish language is the official language today.

Honduras is a very poor country and also has a large crime problem. However, your help in the country will be much appreciated and a little help can really go a long way in a country like Honduras.

The country is home to a large number of different plants and animals that is known as a biodiversity hotspot! With more than 630 orchids, 250 reptiles, 700 birds and 110 mammals, you won’t find many places with such a vast array of wildlife on offer.

Read more about Honduras on Wikipedia.

Why Teach English in Honduras

Santa Lucia, Honduras

Santa Lucia, Honduras – Image courtesy of WikiMedia.

The north of the country is located in the Caribbean and offers some beautiful beaches. Honduras is also home to some ancient cultures including the Mayans, so there are a lot of cultural experiences to be had in the country. There is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site called La Moskitia, which is a huge rain forest.

There isn’t, however, a real big demand for paid teachers and most people that teach in the country will probably do so as a volunteer. Honduras is still very poor and those lucky enough to find teaching positions will not earn a lot of money. You should make enough to cover your basic living costs, but not much more.

However, your presence in the country will really help the locals and not only will you have a positive impact the lives of many Hondurans during your time there; they too will have a big impact your life! Although Honduras regularly suffers from a bad reputation, the people are genuinely welcoming and friendly.

Where to Teach English in Honduras

As always, you will find the most opportunities for paid work in the larger cities. The capital city Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula will have the most paid positions available. There are voluntary positions available all over the country.

Types of Teaching Jobs in Honduras

Volunteer

Keel-billed Toucan - Macaw Mountain Bird Park - Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Keel-billed Toucan – Macaw Mountain Bird Park – Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Honduras is one of the world’s poorest countries and for this reason, you will find more volunteering teaching positions than you will paid ones. You’ll find that there are a number of international organisations working in the country and the ones that work in education see teaching English as an important skill for Honduran people. If you want to volunteer you don’t need any special qualifications, just a desire to help!

Private Language Schools

Private language schools are where you will find the most paid opportunities. You don’t necessarily need a degree or a teaching certificate for some of the schools, but each school is different and they will all have different requirements. TEFL teachers with a degree, teaching certificate and experience will have no problems finding a job in a private language school.

International/Bilingual Schools

Copan Ruinas

Copan Ruinas

There are some international and bilingual schools in Honduras and they often have the best salaries for teachers, but they are a lot more strict about who they employ. Usually, you will have to pay all your own expenses. These schools are often for children from affluent families or expat children and as a result they are very secure. Crime is a real problem in Honduras and is especially a problem for people who have money.

Private Lessons

After you have lived in the country for a while and made some contacts with local people, you will probably find that some people will seek you out for private lessons. Although most of the people in the country are very poor there are some business men and women who are prepared to pay for private lessons to learn English. If you are good at networking, it won’t take long for people to find you.

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Teaching Requirements and Qualifications

Sunset at West Bay Beach - Roatan, Honduras

Sunset at West Bay Beach – Roatan, Honduras

It is possible to teach in Honduras without a degree, teaching certificate or any experience. As stated above, if you want to volunteer in the country, the only requirement you need is that you want to help those less fortunate than yourselves.

If you are looking to work in a private school then the requirements vary. Some will just require that you are a native speaker (with North American native speakers preferred) whereas others will require that you have a degree and/or a teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL or CELTA) and/or experience.

Usually teachers with more qualifications and experience will find it easier to find a decent job and can negotiate a higher salary than those without.

It must also be noted that a number of schools in the country are ran by Christian organisations. They don’t necessarily require that teachers are Christians themselves, but they will require that you are comfortable with Christianity and its values. Although this isn’t really a requirement, it is something that you might want to think about.

Expected Salary and Living Costs

Visa Requirements

West Bay Beach - Roatan, Honduras

West Bay Beach – Roatan, Honduras

A lot of teachers work in Honduras illegally because obtaining a work visa can be a long and arduous task. You can get a 90-day tourist visa and do a ‘border run’ by going to a neighbouring country (even for just a few minutes!) and returning to Honduras. This is illegal, so it’s best to try and get a working visa.

To obtain a working visa for Honduras, you will need to have a job contract (or at least a job offer if you’re applying for it outside of the country) and a return flight ticket.

Most good schools will help you through the process of obtaining the correct visa, especially if you sign a one year contract. Usually, however, most fees associated with obtaining the visa will be the teacher’s responsibility.

How to Find a Job Teaching in Honduras

Emptyness

Honduran Beach

You will often find TEFL jobs in Honduras advertised online. For paid positions, however, you will normally need to complete a face-to-face interview before being offered a job. This is mostly done in person, but some schools might do it online.

Moreover, you can start looking for work when you are already in Honduras. Get a list of schools and contact them directly.

The best times of the year to apply for jobs are around May to August, but they generally do employ all year round.

Teach English in Honduras

Honduras has one of the highest crime rates in the world and you will need to remain vigilant at all time. Be aware of your surroundings and ensure that you always take the necessary precautions both when you are at home and outside.

You will find that generally Honduran people are very welcoming, kind and helpful. As a native English speaker, your teaching skills will usually be very highly valued by your employers, your colleagues and your students.

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

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