English schools in South America

Here is a list of the schools, arranged by country and city, that we contacted when we were looking for English teaching jobs in South America. We managed to find out about them through hours of searching on the internet or they were recommended to us by other teachers, so hopefully this is useful and will save you some time. I will continue to update the list as and when I find out about more schools.

Some of the schools I have starred as *RECOMMENDED*, either because we have worked for them personally or we have had a positive experience when contacting them or have received good job offers. Click on the following links if you would like to find out more about our experiences of teaching in Zamora, Ecuador and Salta, Argentina.

CEP school, Peru
CEP school, Peru

You will notice that there are not any contacts, or very few, for the capital cities, but more for the smaller cities and towns. This was just our personal preference of where we wanted to live. If you choose you want to teach in Quito or Lima, there’s a much bigger demand in these places. You’ll find loads of English schools yourselves on the Internet or either in person when you arrive.

Happy job hunting!


General Guemes


    • website (contact form on website)
  • Fundacion Puentes de America NGO (*RECOMMENDED FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE*). This is an NGO who take on volunteers to help with various projects helping the community, but they also offer English classes and hire paid teachers.


Rosario de la Frontera





  • Centro Boliviano Americano
    • website (contact form on website)






  • International Center
    • website (contact form on website)



Puerto Varas




  • Aploinav (Naval Base teaching to Cadets)
    • website (contact form on website)




  • Colegio Catalina
    • website (contact form on website)



  • Universidad Nacional de Loja
    • website (contact form on website)




  • Nuevo Mundo
    • website  (contact form on website)
  • Charlotte English School
    • website (contact form on website)






  • Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano
    • website (contact form on website)



  • Otra Cosa Network (*RECOMMENDED*)- NGO with volunteering opportunities in various local projects , including teaching.





  • Langland Institute
    • website (contact form on website)

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8 thoughts on “English schools in South America

  1. Good morning!
    I was looking into coastal cities in Ecuador/Peru for teaching opportunities and Huanchaco (Trujillo) looked like a great option. After seeing your recommendation for the ‘Otra Cosa Network’ I was hoping to get a bit more info and any intel you have on it. Thank you!

    1. Hi Ben,
      Thanks for visiting my site!

      It was a few years ago that I volunteered at the CEP School through Otra Cosa, but it was a fantastic experience! Otra Cosa is a well-respected organisation within the local community and they are involved with lots of different projects. Definitely recommended if you are serious about volunteering and would want to stay for a good few months or year. We only went for a month, but in hindsight, what the CEP School needed, was for a permanent qualified teacher who could make a long-term impact. I have written about it on a different page here.

      However, sadly, the region has been seriously hit due to the recent floods, so you would have to check out what the situation is like there before you think about going. Huanchaco, Trujillo and the neighbouring communities have been flooded and homes and businesses destroyed. Otra cosa volunteers have been helping to collect food, water and clothing, as well as doing other jobs such as litter picking. I don’t know whether they would be hiring teachers at the moment, but definitely get in touch with them and find out.

      Good luck! 🙂

  2. How did you guys find accommodations while moving to different cities? I would like to live in Ecuador for my first teaching job and then maybe move elsewhere but I have no idea how apartment hunting will work when I start looking for a job.

    1. Hi Lily,
      Thanks for visiting.
      We found it really difficult to arrange accommodation before we arrived in a place. You can look on the internet, e.g. AirBnB, but if there are apartments to rent, they are likely to be pretty expensive as they are catering to tourists. The best thing is to book yourself into a hostel for a few days when you arrive and then look for a place by chatting to locals. Renting a place to stay is usually a very informal agreement with no formal contract or anything, usually arranged through a family or friend.
      In our experience, what usually happens is that the school will have contacts or they will be able to put you in touch with the previous teacher so you can find out where they stayed. If it’s a decent school, they will help you find somewhere. Just be prepared to pay for a hostel for a few days when you first arrive.
      Hope that helps! 🙂

  3. One more question! I am having a look at offers for English teachers in Europe and most of them require also a degree as well as the CELTA, did you find the same in South America? Thanks!

    1. Hi again, Marta!
      You need to have a degree to do the CELTA, it’s one of the requirements. This should apply to wherever you do the CELTA course.

      Thanks again, The Mini Explorer 🙂

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