Peru is in Western South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Chile and Ecuador. Teaching in Peru means living in the land that was once home to the ancient Incan Empire, where life outside the classroom is full of endless exploration. From the Sacred Valley to the mysterious Nazca Lines, Peru is one of the most fascinating places to teach in South America.
Teachers can find jobs throughout the country – from colonial towns to villages in the Andes Mountains. Since tourism is backbone of the country, the ability to speak English can help locals secure better jobs and open doors to higher education opportunities. Many Peruvians live in rural areas, where access to education and job training is limited. The chance to learn and practice English with a native speaker is extremely valuable.
Average Monthly Salary
|US $400 – $600
Average Monthly Cost Of Living
|Living in Peru is one of the cheaper countries in South America, save for the Lima, the fourth-most expensive capital in South America. In Lima, you can expect to earn around $500 USD a month, according to the community-based website, Expat Peru. This is enough to live comfortably on if you live like a local and keep traveling to a minimum. Housing will be your biggest expense, but it all depends on the neighborhood. In Lima, tourist neighborhoods like Miraflores will cost more than residential areas like San Borja.
Peak Hiring Times
|All year round – November for universities/international schools
|Most teachers work on a tourist visa but a business visa is officially required.
Australian Government Travel Advice
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