Qualified EFL Teachers Needed in Ecuador

Date posted:2018-02-28 | Writer: Centro de Estudios Interamericanos | Email: [email protected]

The Centro de Estudios Interamericanos (CEDEI), a non-profit academic institution with over 25 years of experience dedicated to the understanding of languages and cultures of the Americas, is situated in Cuenca, Ecuador. CEDEI’s English Program seeks qualified EFL teachers to begin September 2018. CEDEI has three sites in Cuenca offering English classes to more than 1,000 students with a staff of at least 50 teachers. New teachers generally start on January, April, or September of each year.

Cuenca, Ecuador is located high in a valley in Ecuador's southern Andes. Cuenca is a city of more than 500,000 people and is the third largest city in the country. It enjoys spring-like temperatures year round. In 1999, Cuenca was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and in the last few years has been considered one of the best places to live and retire.

Positions available:

EFL teachers for children, teenagers, and adult


Qualifications required: a Bachelor's Degree, a TEFL/CELTA/TESOL or other teaching-related certificate, and must be a native English speaker or native-like fluent English speaker.

Desired qualifications also include experience working with all ages starting at 8 years old to adults, teaching Pronunciation, Speaking and Listening courses, and TOEFL and IELTS Preparation.


Duties: approximately 20 contact hours per week with opportunities for extra tutoring and conversation classes (generally four classes assigned per cycle). Most classes are Monday-Saturday. CEDEI’s English Program also offers an environment where teachers are supported in their professional development with a three-day orientation session, frequent workshops, file-sharing online, continued professional and personal support, etc.

Term Start Dates: Monday, September 24, 2018. Teachers are expected to arrive by Tuesday, September 18, 2018, to be part of a three-day orientation before the cycle starts (Wed, Thurs, Fri) and to arrange accommodations.


Compensation: $7.00 an hour (50-hour / 40-hour courses), $8.00 an hour for Saturday courses. Teachers with an MA in Education are paid $7.50 an hour (50-hour/40-hour courses).

Instructors teach at least four classes and are able to request additional classes and/or tutorials, if available. Foundation CEDEI is a non-profit organization and while teachers don’t earn a lot of money by international standards, they do earn enough to live comfortably in Ecuador and gain much in teaching experience and cultural exchange.

Other perks include:

- Free Spanish classes

- Computer use with internet access (wireless at all our sites)

- Salsa dance instruction

- An available lending library are accessible to all teachers.

- CEDEI helps teachers in their search for accommodations in Cuenca.

- Health insurance for teachers under CEDEI’s sponsored volunteer visa

- 50% return on the cost of the visa ($250 visa total cost)

- Discounts at different places in town


Visa and airfare fees are the teacher's responsibility.


Application $50

Volunteer visa $200

Teachers have to pay for the total cost of the visa when they apply for it at the Ecuadorian Consulate, but CEDEI reimburses 50% of the total cost when teachers are on staff.        


Interested candidates send the following to the email address given on the job heading:

Current resume

Copy of TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate

2 Letters of recommendation – references should be able to describe your English teaching abilities

Copy of current passport

Upon receipt and approval of your documents, we will schedule a Skype interview with you.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


in this unit, i learned about the basic skills in learning language, which are: Listening and Reading ( receptive skills ), writing and speaking ( productive skills). this unit was focused on receptive skills, how to teach these skills to students and what methods to use. I also reviewed one example given in the unit of how to give exercise to students and what methods to use as well.This unit wraps up the course with troubleshooting tips for the first class, or for classes where the students have a wide range of abilities in the English language. As had been assiduously repeated throughout the course, the teacher should avoid using the students’ native language. The students should be offered every opportunity to practice speaking and listening in English.