Teaching English in Bolivia

Teaching English in Bolivia

Discover the Wonders of Bolivia

Have you ever dreamed of exploring the enchanting landscapes of Bolivia while immersing yourself in its rich culture and teaching English to eager learners?

Look no further, as we have got you covered with a comprehensive guide to make your dream a reality!

Bolivia is a country that is often overlooked by travelers, but it is home to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the world. From the soaring Andes mountains to the vast salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia has something to offer for every adventurous soul.

Teaching English in Bolivia is also a great opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community and gain valuable teaching experience.

In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about teaching English in Bolivia, including visa requirements, job opportunities, cost of living, and cultural tips.

So, pack your bags, grab your textbooks, and get ready to embark on a life-changing adventure in Bolivia!

Bolivia Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
La Paz, Santa Cruz$500 – $1000

Home to the highest capital city in the world and fascinating ancient traditions, Bolivia is a fantastic country for the adventurous.

The level of demand for native speakers in Bolivia is reasonably high. Unfortunately, TEFL salaries are relatively low and despite reasonably low living costs you certainly won’t be able to save much, if at all.

As in most Latin American countries, the students are lively and sociable and therefore a pleasure to teach. Most cities have a Centro Boliviano Americano which tends to be one of the better places to work. Employers at some language centers can be unreliable and have unreasonable demands such as the common one that you are effectively β€˜on-call’ from 8 AM to 8 PM or similar. You are rarely paid for traveling from one location or class to another and this can take up a significant chunk of your daily schedule.

If you are experienced and hard-working then you may be lucky to find one of the few well-paid positions, such as those at bilingual schools. For the majority, however, teaching English in Bolivia is a fun experience for a short period of time but certainly not a serious career option.

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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.

Given the low salaries, you may need to supplement your income with extra, private one-to-one tuition. Contacts are essential and found via word of mouth and through local adverts and websites.

American and Canadian teachers may be at a slight advantage.

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

The cost of living is low but you will probably have to share accommodation 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.

Fun Fact About Bolivia

One interesting fact about Bolivia that may be of interest to an English teacher is that it has a unique constitutional recognition of multiple official languages. Bolivia’s 2009 Constitution officially recognizes Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, and thirty-four other indigenous languages as official languages of the country. This recognition of linguistic diversity showcases Bolivia’s commitment to cultural preservation and inclusion, making it an intriguing topic for discussions on language, identity, and multiculturalism.

Pros of Teaching in Bolivia

  • High demand for English tuition
  • Fantastic, sociable students
  • A wonderful country for the adventurous

Cons of Teaching in Bolivia

  • Generally low pay and many employers are reluctant to offer proper, full-time contracts
  • Teachers are sometimes expected to work split shifts and spend a lot of time traveling (which is unpaid)
  • It is very difficult to find work unless you are already in the country