Teaching English in Panama


Living in Panama Teaching English


The heavy tourism and development of other resort destinations are pleasantly absent in Panama. With seemingly endless beaches, rainforests, and mountains to explore, it is easy to fall in love with this country. Another attraction that demands a visit is the Panama Canal, one of the most impressive marvels in the world.

Jobs for English teachers in Panama 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 the ability to live a comfortable lifestyle. Schools typically offer around 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. English teachers do not need to have a bachelor’s degree to teach in Panama, but it is preferred. TEFL TESOL certification is required. Most English teaching jobs are found in Panama City and other major towns and cities.


English Teaching Requirements in Panama


  • Education: BA/BS not required but preferred; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at one of our onsite locations or 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: 700–900 USD
  • Average monthly pay: 700–900 USD
  • Start-up cost: 1,050–1,350 USD
  • Potential to save or break even: break even


Interesting Facts About Life in Panama


  • The only break in the Pan-American Highway, which essentially forms a complete road from Alaska to Patagonia, occurs in Panama. 
  • Nearly 500 rivers run through Panama.
  • Panama is the most sparsely populated Spanish-speaking country in all of Latin America.
  • Panama’s economy is considered to be among the best managed and fastest growing in the region.
  • In 1999 the Panamanians elected their first female president, Mireya Moscoso




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