Countries such as Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico have long been popular destinations for teaching English in Latin America, however, Ecuador is one of several up and coming countries that are starting to challenge their dominance in the region. With plenty of job options and amazing natural attractions such as the Andean Mountains and the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador has plenty to offer anyone with a TEFL Qualification. The main job markets are found in big cities such as Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca, although you will also find opportunities in many smaller towns and cities.
How much can I expect to earn while teaching English in Ecuador?
As it is a relatively new TEFL destination, the average salary in Ecuador is unsurprisingly quite low by international standards. However, it is also an affordable place to live due to the low cost of living. In general, the average monthly income of $500 and $1,000 should be enough to live comfortably, depending on your lifestyle. The actual figure you can expect to earn will largely depend on your level of qualifications and experience. If you land a job that pays by the hour rather than a fixed salary you should get somewhere around $10 to $15 per hour.
What type of employer will I work for while teaching English in Ecuador?
As is the case in much of Latin America, private language schools make up the bulk of employers of TEFL teachers in Ecuador. These can be found in many parts of the country, although most are located in major cities. Due to a high demand for teachers, it is still possible to find a teaching job in some areas without any qualifications or experience. However, teachers who have a TEFL certificate from a respected course provider will have a much higher chance of securing the most sought after jobs that offer the best salaries. On average, you should expect to spend around 20 to 25 hours a week in the classroom, plus several more hours spent on lesson planning and other duties.
What other employment options are there for TEFL teachers in Ecuador?
Although small in number, there are some opportunities for teachers in universities and international schools which come with a salary that far exceeds what is offered by private language schools. However, to be in with a chance of getting this type of job you will normally require high-level teaching qualifications and some previous experience. Due to the big rewards on offer, every job that comes up at this level is likely to attract plenty of competition.
How does the cost of living affect TEFL teachers in Ecuador?
Many everyday expenses such as utility bills, public transport, and groceries are all very cheap in Ecuador in comparison to most western countries. Eating out is a popular pastime and is also very affordable, with local food stalls and small restaurants serving up quality dishes from as little as $2 per person. As is the case in most parts of the world, housing is typically the biggest expense for TEFL teachers in Ecuador. Having said that, rental costs are lower than in many neighbouring countries, with a comfortable apartment going for between $100 and $400 per month depending on size and location. To keep costs down even further, many teachers choose to stay in a long-term hostel, alongside other teachers and travelers. This type of accommodation can be found for around $6 to $12 per night.