Teaching English in Ecuador


Living and Teaching English in Ecuador


Ecuador is a small country filled to the brim with natural splendor. From a lowland coastline, mountainous highlands, and a tropical rainforest to the east, along with the world famous Galapagos Islands, Ecuador contains a striking array of geographical diversity.  With a culture that places great importance on family, you will immediately home in this beautiful South American country. 

Jobs for English teachers in Ecuador are typically found in February through March and again in July and August. English teachers should expect to interview in person and are responsible for airfare and housing costs. Most EFL teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers.

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore.  English teachers do not need to have a BA to teach in Ecuador, but it is preferred.  A TEFL certification is absolutely necessary.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Cuenca, Quito, and Guayaquil.


English Teaching Requirements in Ecuador


  • Education: BA/BS not required but preferred; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at any of our Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the TEFL Course Online
  • Peak hiring months: February–March; July–August
  • Types of jobs: English language schools and adults
  • Typical hiring process: in-person interview
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
  • Types of students: business professionals
  • Cost of living per month: 400–600 USD
  • Average monthly pay: 400–600 USD
  • Start-up cost: 600-900 USD
  • Potential to save or break even: break even


Interesting Facts About Life in Ecuador


  • The first evidence of human culture in Ecuador dates back to 3500 BC.
  • The largest national export is crude oil
  • Ecuador has had 9 presidents since 1997
  • The official currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar



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