Teaching English in Venezuela

Venezuela Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Caracas$500 – $1000

Home to one of the most cosmopolitan capital cities in the world, Venezuela is a fantastic country for the adventurous.

The level of demand for native speakers in Venezuela 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. 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 Venezuela is a fun experience for a short period of time but usually not a serious long-term career option. Bear in mind that there is political unrest in the country and a high urban crime rate.

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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. You could also try the British Council, which has a limited number of positions in Venezuela.

American and Canadian teachers may be at a slight advantage. Speakers of Spanish will be at a great 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.

Pros of Teaching in Venezuela

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

Cons of Teaching in Venezuela

  • Generally low pay and many employers are reluctant to offer proper, full-time contracts
  • High crime and political unrest
  • It is very difficult to find work unless you are already in the country