If you want an adventure, teaching in Argentina could be for you. This country has everything from las pampas (grassland) to the Andes mountains and glacial lakes.
Its cosmopolitan capital Buenos Aires is famous for being the birthplace of Tango, the world-famous football teams: River Plate and La Boca, the iconic balconied Casa Rosada (the president’s mansion) – where Eva Peron gave her famous speech, and Teatro Colón – a grand opera house boasting nearly 2,500 seats. You can even visit Eva Peron’s grave in the expansive Recoleta Cemetery, which is like a city in itself. And don’t forget to try a famous Argentinian steak with a glass of Malbec.
A popular activity in Argentina includes exploring the Caminito street museum, located in the La Boca neighbourhood. Here you will find the most photographed parts of Buenos Aires with colourful shops, cafes and houses. You can also visit the Iguazu Falls, located near the borders of Paraguay and Brazil. These are amongst the largest falls in the world – higher and nearly as twice as wide as Niagara Falls! Make sure you look out for the many dancers performing the Tango on the streets of Buenos Aires too. The dancers often put on a full show, gathering crowds and creating a unique atmosphere throughout the city.
£470-£940 per month
Bachelor’s degree usually required
Cost of living
TEFL certificate needed
120 hours +
Main job types
Private language schools
Private and public schools
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As the economy in Argentina is steadily climbing, business professionals are moving to this metropolitan nation from all over Latin America to look for better job opportunities. Due to English being the worldwide business language, a lot of these businesses expect their employees to learn English. With this in mind, the demand for English in Argentina has risen, meaning that there are a number of jobs available in language institutions, private and public schools and private tutoring. If you are TEFL qualified and can legally work in the country, you should be able to find teaching work relatively easily. You’ll also find that the start-up cost for foreign teachers is less than in Europe.
The most popular place to teach English in Argentina is Buenos Aires, though it is possible to teach in small cities as well, such as Cordoba. These are some of the most populated, built-up cities in the country where there’s a greater need for English teachers.
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and the birth place of Tango. It boasts lots of atmospheric neighbourhoods, all with their own captivating characteristics. The architecture has European heritage, and with the vibrant nightlife and range of majestic restaurants, you’ll never get tired of exploring. The TEFL jobs market in Buenos Aires is not just the biggest in Argentina but the biggest in the whole of South America.
Cordoba is Argentina’s second largest city and is the most populous city after Buenos Aires. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and has one of South America’s oldest universities. Cordoba offers TEFL jobs for those with experience in teaching Business English due to its vast business and commerce.
Rosario is a major port city located next to the Paraná River in the province of Santa Fe and is the third populous city in Argentina. It’s possibly most famously known now as the birth place of Lionel Messi. The economy is also booming in this part of the country and though the schools may not pay as well as those in Buenos Aires or Cordoba, the competition is less fierce.
TEFL teachers in Argentina are not particularly well-paid but you should earn enough to live reasonably comfortably. The average salary for an English teacher in Argentina is around 22,400-44,800 ARS / £470-940 / $600-1,200 per month which will allow you to live comfortably with an active social life, but don’t expect to come home with any savings.
The cost of living in Argentina is significantly cheaper than many European countries, such as France, Germany, and the UK. You can expect the start-up costs for foreign teachers to be a lot less than those in Europe of around $1,200-1,650.
Renting a one-bedroom apartment in the centre of Buenos Aires costs roughly $300 per month. A meal at a local restaurant costs about $7 per person, a beer costs $2 and a coffee costs $1.60. A one-way ticket on public transport is about 35¢, a cinema ticket is $5-6 and monthly gym membership costs roughly $30. To lower costs, many teachers share accommodation with their colleagues, other expats or locals.
The most popular type of teaching work in Argentina is teaching children at public schools or private language centres. You’ll need a TEFL certificate to secure work at these types of schools, and a small number of schools may only consider candidates with a basic level of Spanish. Though a bachelor’s degree is not required in Argentina, be prepared for a competitive job search if you don’t have one, as it can be strongly preferred by some employers.
Another popular type of teaching work is offering private tutoring. You’ll find both adults and children in need of private English tutoring, and most tutoring work will be found in Argentina’s larger cities. Many teachers also teach online to make extra money for travel.
To work within the private sector, you’ll be required to obtain a work permit, which your employer will have to apply for on your behalf. There are no nationality or age restrictions on work permits and these are issued by the National Directorate of Migration.
It’s not unusual for English teachers to work under the table on a tourist visa in Argentina as obtaining a work permit is not common. It is your responsibility to be aware of the potential consequences, should you choose to work under the table.
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