Teaching English in Belize

Teaching English in Belize

Belize Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Belmopan$500 – $800

The official language of Belize is English so there is not much demand for English tuition. You may be able to find volunteering opportunities but any paid positions will be very poorly-paid.

As in most Latin American countries, the people are lively and sociable and therefore a pleasure to teach.

The country offers excellent opportunities to those interested in outdoor pursuits such as scuba diving and jungle trekking. However, the crime rate is very, very high so it is crucial to get as much advice about where and where not to go.

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Typical Requirements & Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?
YesYesNo

A CELTA or TEFL certificate is not strictly necessary, but you will find that if you have one you are eligible for better jobs and better pay. You’ll also be a more confident teacher, so it is recommended.

One can consider volunteering at first as a way of learning about the country in more detail and making contacts. As mentioned, it may be best to do this in order to feel safer on an everyday basis.

American and Canadian teachers may be at a slight advantage when it comes to the hiring process.

Your employer will be responsible for obtaining your work permit. However, in reality, many work illegally. Despite the flexibility this allows, this is not recommended for obvious reasons.

Public transport and local food are cheap. Secure accommodation can be a little more expensive so you will probably have to share it with another teacher.

You should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. Make sure you actually have a contract or else you may have problems when it comes to payday.

Pros of Teaching in Belize

  • Fantastic, sociable students
  • Experience and certification not required for basic teaching positions
  • A great place for those who like to explore the great outdoors

Cons of Teaching in Belize

  • Low demand for English tuition
  • High crime rate
  • It is very difficult to find work unless you are already in the country