Teaching English in Central America

Central America is a very popular destination for American teachers (but you will certainly find other nationalities there).

Conditions tend to be fairly basic and sometimes you will find schools lack the most essential facilities, especially in poorer districts.

The usual qualifications to teach in Central America are a degree and a good TEFL certificate. In some countries you may also be able to find work without a degree‏‎ although a TEFL certificate is still usually required (see the our Country Guides for specific requirements in the countries listed below).

In addition, a knowledge of Spanish is helpful, though not essential.

Countries in Central America

  • Belize
  • Costa Rica‏‎
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama‏‎

For other nearby destinations, see Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.


Posted in Country Guides.