With a large increase in the demand for English, there are excellent opportunities for finding work, both in Lima and the other major cities. We suggest that you ensure that all terms and conditions are investigated thoroughly before you agree to work for anyone. Throughout the region, American English has had the edge over British English, although this should not prejudice British English speakers too greatly. Much of the demand is from business and many students have to make their own arrangements to learn if there is no company scheme. This has made for buoyant freelance opportunities. Freelance teaching generally pays more and should be relatively easy to organise as long as you have a base, a telephone and can afford some basic advertising (a small ad in the newspaper, for example). It is possible to do well or at least supplement your income quite substantially.
We are beginning to see more and more positions advertised outside of the country through the internet and you might like to try www.tefl.com for current positions. Also you could try English language newspapers like the Lima Herald or Lima Times. English language bookshops are a good place to make contacts and the telephone directory will have a list of schools in the area, although the next step, unless you speak Spanish, is to find a way to communicate with the school employees. Ensure you dress very smartly for interview and highlight any business or commercial experience you have had. Take copies of degrees and your accredited TESOL certificate with you as well. You might find the guide to writing your CV on our site quite helpful here.
Your ability to speak English may be all you need in order to get started teaching, such is the growing demand from the population. However with a degree and TESOL Certificate you are likely to secure better pay and conditions for yourself.
If you can, try to secure a job before you travel, as this will enable you to get the correct paperwork and quite possibly one of the better paid positions. If you are looking for work on spec, do not expect a contract initially, even though work is plentiful.
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