There are many benefits to be enjoyed while working overseas as an English language teacher, including the unique opportunity to be surrounded by a new language on a daily basis. If your dream is to perfect your Spanish language skills by living and working in a Spanish speaking environment, then you have several great options to choose from. There are over twenty countries with a combined population of nearly half a billion people where Spanish is the main language. Many of these also have a large demand for English language teachers.
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If you are looking to immerse yourself in Spanish culture and language, where better to do it than in Spain itself. Famous for its stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, and laidback attitude, Spain has plenty to offer foreign teachers. Jobs can be found in all major cities and resorts, although the vast majority of opportunities are located in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. The best time of year to apply for jobs is from mid-September to the end of October. There is also a secondary hiring season in January.
As it is home to the largest Spanish speaking population in the world, Mexico offers huge potential for English language teachers. Due to its extensive trade links with the U.S.A. there are many options in the field of business related English, particularly in major cities such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Puebla. As a popular international tourist destination there is also a strong demand for teachers within the tourism industry. World famous resorts such as Acapulco, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta have a significant number of openings year-round, although competition is typically very fierce in the most desirable locations.
Chile has been a popular destination for English language teachers for many years due to its stable economy, good salaries, and healthy job market. Unlike many other countries in the region, teachers in Chile are generally able to secure a legal work permit, as well as a salary that provides a very comfortable lifestyle. The vast majority of jobs are located in and around the capital city Santiago, with smaller markets in other areas such as Concepcion and Valparaiso. Although jobs may be found online at any time of the year, the most common way to secure a position is to head there during the peak hiring seasons of March/February and July/August to interview in person.
As the English translation ?Rich Coast? suggests, Costa Rica is considered one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. Famous across the globe for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and exotic wildlife, Costa Rica offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a tropical paradise. Although the average salary is relatively low and you are unlikely to save much during your stay, you should still earn enough to live comfortably and to enjoy all the highlights of this wonderful location. The peak hiring seasons within the country are January/February and June/July.
Second only to Mexico in tourist numbers across the Latin America region, Argentina attracts huge numbers of visitors every year due to a fascinating mix of natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. A large number of foreign teachers also arrive every year as there are plenty of job openings to be found in the capital Buenos Aires. A significantly smaller market may also be found in cities such as Cordoba, Rosario, and Mendoza. The vast majority of employers prefer to hire from within the country so you should plan to arrive during the peak hiring seasons of February/March and July/August.