Teaching English in Peru


Living and Teaching English in Peru


From the lively street markets of Lima and the mystical Incan city of Machu Picchu, to the life-filled jungles of the Amazonian rain forests, Peru is a rich tapestry of natural and cultural splendor. For those who choose to live and teach in this beautiful country, the only difficulty will be deciding which adventure to partake in next. Hikers, climbers and outdoors enthusiasts in particular will enjoy exploring the country’s snow-capped mountains, ancient jungle trails, and enormous sand dunes. Try some traditional Peruvian fare, and tell everyone back home that you've eaten everything from cooked guinea pig to raw mollusks!

English teachers typically find work in February and March, and again in July and August.  While some schools will interview in adavance over the phone and via email, most English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Peru and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.

A solid hourly wage allows English teachers to live a comfortable life.  Schools typically offer 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 Peru, but it is preferred by most prospective employers.  A TEFL certification is absolutely necessary.  Major English teaching jobs are located in Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa.


Requirements for English Teaching Jobs in Peru



  • Education: BA/BS preferred, not required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required.  You can get TEFL Certified either online or onsite.
  • Peak Hiring Months: February-March, July-August
  • Types of Jobs: Private language institutes
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Peru
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals
  • Cost of Living per Month: 1,700-2,300 PEN; 600 - 800 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,700-2,300 PEN; 600 - 800 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 900-1,200 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No



Interesting Facts About Life in Peru


  • The earliest known evidence of human existence in Peru dates back to 10,560 BC.  
    • The city of Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire and gateway to Machu Picchu, receives nearly 1 million visitors each year.
      • The city of Cusco also has the highest level of ultraviolet light in the world.


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