The cost of advertising abroad, low salaries and the difficulty in arranging working visas means that most schools in the region do not advertise widely. Most private schools rely on travelling teachers passing through the region although speculative CV’s can be sent beforehand to be followed up on arrival. Demand is great in even the small towns. However, the best bet on arrival may be to try the larger cities of Quito or Guayaquil where there is a strong business English demand and plenty of work. It will also provide an invaluable opportunity to make contacts and meet other expats before exploring the rest of the country.
To help you find work, ensure your CV is professionally presented and highlight any business or commercial qualifications or experience. You might find the guide to writing your CV on our site quite helpful here. Similarly it may be wise to dress in a business-like manner to create that vital first impression at interview.
The academic year runs from March to December and schools or institutes sometimes recruit at college fares in the USA, so this may be a way in. But there will certainly be opportunities for the adventurous traveller to pick up work on the spot. This is what one Global English graduate, James O’Connor, did and you can read his experiences in our Student Comments section.
If you are able to secure work before travel, your employer may help you to obtain a cultural exchange visa, which entitles you to stay for a year. However, many people work on a tourist visa that is valid for 6 months for UK citizens. It is technically illegal and cannot be ‘upgraded’ to another type of visa. However, it can usually be extended by leaving the country and re-entering.
The benefits of working in Ecuador are unlikely to be financial but the experience of living and teaching in this country should be one of the highlights of your life. English language bookshops. Try English language publications, such as ‘Q’ magazine. The British Council (see Useful Contacts) may also provide a list of schools throughout the country.
View the latest Ecuador TEFL jobs via Global English here
For the best chance of gaining English teaching work in Ecuador, we recommend that you take:
We suggest one of these courses for this country: