TEFL Courses in South America

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Earning TEFL Certification in South America


56 TEFL Courses Abroad Programs in South America


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Each year, thousands of people of all ages from a variety of educational backgrounds become TEFL TESOL certified. In a few months, you could be an International TEFL Academy graduate telling your friends how great it is to live and teach English abroad!


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Where the world is your classroom… ITTT offers a wide variety of high quality, internationally recognized TEFL and TESOL courses. Courses are available in-class, online or through a combination of both formats. Our teacher training courses enable graduates to obtain teaching jobs in nearly any location worldwide. No previous experience or qualifications are required. ITTT offers certific...


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Get TEFL certified and start your career as a professional English teacher. English teachers are in high demand all over Latin America and the rest of the world! Maximo Nivel offers the 4-week internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL course every month at our institutes in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; Antigua, Guatemala; and Cusco, Peru. The TEFL program is 4 weeks/150 hours long, including 15+ ...


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The LanguageCorps TESOL Certification Programs will give you the skills and methodology needed to be comfortable and competent teaching English abroad. While the particular details of the Programs vary by country, all include approximately 140 hours of training, and as many as 30 hours of actual teaching practice. The TESOL Certification Programs incorporate classroom instruction in effectiv...


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Looking for the perfect way to live abroad while getting paid to do it? Consider working as a TEFL certified English teacher, and work to change the lives of locals through education in the English language. How about living and working in Argentina? If you're a university graduate eager to start working, you can earn up to USD $2,100 month! This is the perfect opportunity to spend have a...


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Fully Accredited. International TEFL/TESOL Diploma. Approved UK curriculum for our 4 week- Íbero TEFL course in Buenos Aires.The TEFL course is broken up into 4 week sections. The first two weeks introduce, teach and prepare you to implement various methods of teaching. During this time you will also review the foundations of English grammar, and analyze grammatical structures of the language...


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CELTA in Ecuador is a residential course from the British School of Languages held in a spectacular tropical ecolodge on the South Pacific, near the famously cosmopolitan beach resort town of Montañita. The school has redesigned the CELTA from the ground up to offer one of the best TEFL courses in the world. The setting is idyllic, with private individual cabanas with private bath arrayed aroun...


Enroll in a TESOL/TEFL certification course in South America offered by Mente Argentina. This four-week program, located in Argentina, is open to worldwide participants with a passion for teaching. The program provides 140-hours of course instruction and 12-hours of teaching practice.


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TEFL Heaven gives you the opportunity to travel while also gaining a TEFL qualification and support you in your dreams to becoming a TEFL teacher. The journey begins with 4 weeks of face-to-face training in Buenos Aires, one of the world’s most famous cities, with it’s European atmosphere, Tango, and arguably the best steak in the world, there are few better places to complete your TEFL trainin...


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TEFL Zorritos is situated in the idyllic coastal town of Zorritos in the far north of Peru. Our program is the first TEFL training institute located outside of a major city in Peru. The internationally accredited 120 hour TEFL Certificate course is taken over 4 weeks and includes 10 hours of practical observed teaching of local students. TEFL Zorritos is owner-run and operated which ensures a...


Take a TESOL course in Bolivia that combines teaching practice and theory lessons. An experienced teacher trainer will introduce several methods and approaches to teaching through the theory lessons. Program participants will learn about English phonology/pronunciation and grammar. They will also reflect on ways to apply TEFL concepts to day-to-day classroom practice. Participants will part...


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As a WorldTeach Global Education Fellow, you will be on the front lines of international education and innovation, developing professional skills and cross-cultural expertise while broadening your global network. Fellows will live in Ecuador for 8-10 months participating in Ecuador’s Time to Teach initiative, sponsored by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Fellows will advance effective, s...


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Train for a CELTA certification with Teaching House at IH Bogota's center located at the EAFIT University in Medellin. The second largest Colombian city, Medellin boasts beautiful spring climate all year round and great attractions like the Los Katios National Park, the Metropolitan Theatre, the Modern Art Museum, the Pablo Tobón Uribe Theatre, and many others. Participants gain access to th...


This 4-week course meets all internationally-recognized standards for TEFL and TESOL Certificates and is accredited by the BOAA (please see details on our site). With 120 hours of classroom instruction and 9 hours of teaching practice, this is the best way to prepare you to teach English and live abroad.

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Earning TEFL Certification in South America

If you aren’t in South America or planning to go soon, then it is about time to ask yourself, “What am I doing with my life?!” South America, though placed on the back burner for many years, so to speak, is beginning to heat up. For businessmen, South American cities are becoming technological hubs of innovation. For writers, nothing can inspire quite like a tour through the Andean mountains. But of all the career choices, up and coming teachers can do no wrong in becoming TEFL certified in South America. English language skills are in high demand throughout the region, so it is time for you to take your ESL training and teaching abilities to South America. 


Though there are many incredible countries to choose from, there are a few more popular destinations for TEFL courses in South America than others. If you choose to acquire your TEFL certification in South America, then it is likely you will find the most variety and quantity of courses in the following countries:

In Peru, you can earn TEFL certification in the Colonial town of Arequipa, for a more unique experience of the country than Lima and Cusco, which is nestled in a valley between the Andean Mountain range and beautiful volcanoes. Though somewhat rural, Arequipa acts as a springboard for sightseeing, as it is easy to travel to not only the coast of Peru but also deeper into the South American continent for more adventures.

In Argentina, you may find the city life more to your liking, and many aspiring TEFL teachers choose to take TEFL courses in Buenos Aires. Like many large South American cities, Argentina’s major cities offer quite a variety of cultural and historical influences; TEFL students will witness the shadow of colonial architecture seamlessly mixed with the modernization of a highly internationalized city throughout Argentina.

In Brazil, individuals will find perhaps one of the most iconic cities of this century: Rio De Janeiro. Much like Buenos Aires, Brazilian city life may be more attractive than the rural areas when it comes to TEFL courses in Brazil. If you time your TEFL certification in Brazil right, you may even be able to enjoy the 2016 Olympics in Rio too!

Chile offers another handful of wonderful urban environments for TEFL certification abroad. Individuals often choose to take TEFL courses in Santiago, which is one of the most economically developed cities in all of South America, and also centrally located, which makes it a great home base for traveling throughout the country (or region). 

TEFL Courses in South America

Depending on the TEFL certification program you choose, your TEFL courses may be provided online by an accredited organization or in person at your destination of choice.

Most English teaching jobs abroad around the world prefer (or require) that teachers have accomplished a TEFL certification program of at least 100 hours of coursework and at least six hours of in classroom practicum work, so this is something that is very important to consider when browsing through TEFL programs in South America. Although quick and intense, a typical TEFL certification in South America lasts around four weeks.

No matter where you choose to earn TEFL certification, you should always be sure that your TEFL certification program is accredited, in order to make your training as valuable as possible. By choosing an accredited TEFL course in South America, you will prepare yourself for TEFL jobs not only in South America but all over the world.

The good news is: you don’t have to have previous teaching experience to become a successful ESL teacher abroad. But, if you don’t have professional teaching experience, your TEFL certification will become even more essential. Aspiring TEFL teachers should possess qualities such as: self-discipline, openness to new ways of living, and cultural sensitivity; these three qualities, along with a host of classroom management skills and teaching strategies, will set you up for success as an international TEFL teacher. 

Costs & Affordability

Before deciding on a TEFL certification program in South America, you should most definitely consider the cost living and the cost of TEFL programs in each country. TEFL programs in South America generally range from $1,500 to $2,000. These costs generally cover tuition as well as lifetime career guidance and support in finding TEFL job placements not only in South America but all over the world. 

Accommodation & Visas

Most TEFL students will be responsible for finding their own housing. Although, some TEFL program providers in South America will supply students with housing for a set amount of time at the beginning of the program. It is typically cheapest to find housing with other TEFL students or teachers in your host city, since shared housing will help you cut down costs (especially while you are still earning your TEFL certification and not making a steady income). It is also ideal to find an apartment near to where you will be attending TEFL courses, to significantly cut down on transportation costs, or even eliminate them entirely if you can walk to and from your courses.

In most of South American countries, TEFL students will have to obtain a tourist visa, and a work visa upon TEFL certification when they begin searching for TEFL jobs in country. Keep in mind that many TEFL program providers do not assist students in obtaining the appropriate visa to attend courses and eventually teach in South America. Once you decide where you want to earn your TEFL certification in South America and what organization you want to take courses through, you should determine if you will need to arrange your own visa or if they will assist you through the process.

If you are lucky, you may not need a visa at all! In some South American countries it is possible to earn a TEFL certification and stay in-country without earning an income on a tourist visa for up to 90 days. 

Benefits & Challenges

Future Possibilities. Earning your TEFL certification in South America will give you the power to dictate the rest of your life! TEFL certification can act as the catalyst to unlocking a future full of numerous accomplishments, international experiences, and overflowing self worth (how’s that for a souvenir?!). Completing TEFL courses in South America will make you a more attractive applicant for future ESL jobs abroad, as it will show your commitment and dedication to the field of education.

Market Needs. The demand for a TEFL certified English teachers is HUGE! This is caused by a high turnover rate of international English teachers from semester to semester, since many teachers return to their home countries after a year or even less of teaching English abroad.

Potential Barriers. The most difficult cultural barrier you will likely face while earning your TEFL certification in South America is simply the local language. Thankfully, South Americans are extremely patient and willing to help foreigners who make a concerted effort, so go out there and be friendly (even if your Spanish or Portuguese is not up to par)!

Remember that you could easily earn your TEFL certification anywhere in the world, or even from the comfort of your own home. BUT, by choosing to complete a TEFL program in South America, you will be choosing to receive indispensable training and gaining actual international teaching experience. Not to mention, earning a TEFL certificate in a region that has such immense diversity, both geographically and socially, will satisfy any interest or curiosity you could dream of! 

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