Argentina has been a popular tourist destination for many years, as well as one of South America?s most popular countries for teaching English abroad. Known for its stunning natural landscapes, a unique European influenced culture, and a laid back approach to life, Argentina has plenty to offer first time teachers and those with more experience. Demand for teachers is particularly strong in the capital Buenos Aires, although there are also significant markets for ESL teachers in other major cities such as Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, and the beach resort of Mar del Plata.
What are TESOL salaries in Argentina?
Although it is an attractive destination for many different reasons, Argentina is not a country where teachers tend to earn a large salary. However, if you are patient and willing to work hard to get yourself established, you should be able to live a comfortable lifestyle. Depending on your teaching qualifications and your previous work history, the average salary ranges from US$600 to $1,200 per month. Taking on private tutoring on top of a main teaching job is common practice in Argentina and this can make all the difference when it comes to lifestyle. Hourly rates for each student range from $10 to $15. Having a TESOL qualification when looking for teaching jobs in Argentina is highly recommended as it will improve your chances of landing the better paid positions.
Who are the main employers of English language teachers in Argentina?
Public schools are largely out of bounds for foreign teachers due to government restrictions, which means that most ESL teachers work in private language schools. These schools cater to a wide range of students, including school children of all ages, and adults from a variety of different backgrounds. Many teachers find themselves working within local businesses where they deliver group or individual classes on specific topics such as interviews, conference calls, presentations, or business meetings. Working hours vary from one job to the next, but it is common for teachers to be on call from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Can I earn extra cash as a private English tutor in Argentina?
Freelance work as a private tutor is a major market for foreign teachers in Argentina. As mentioned, many teachers take on a few individual students outside of their normal working hours in order to supplement their main income. However, it is also common practice for teachers to become full-time freelance tutors once they have developed a solid group of regular students. This scenario is very popular as you can set your own working hours and hourly rate, although you should make sure you agree a cancelation policy with your students in advance so you are not left out of pocket when lessons are cancelled at the last minute.
What is the cost of living for English teachers in Argentina?
The average salary for an ESL teacher is relatively low in Argentina in comparison to many other popular teaching destinations, however, the cost of living is also quite low. Expenses such as public transport, utility bills, and everyday groceries are generally affordable on an average salary. However, rental properties can be very expensive in the most popular areas of Buenos Aires, such as Palermo, San Telmo, and Recoleta. Away from the capital housing costs are much cheaper, but if you are set on Buenos Aires as your destination you should look at districts such as Montserrat, Belgrano, or Almagro as they are safe and generally more affordable. In most cases, teachers choose to rent a room from a local family or house share with other teachers to keep costs down.