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Teaching in South America?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Mrs Moo, May 2, 2010.

  1. This is a pretty wide ranging question but here goes. My hubby and I are currently in Kuwait but considering a move else where... so naturally South America would pop into our heads!
    Anyway, we've found 3 schools that we are interested in, 1 in Brazil, 1 in Peru and 1 in Chile. What we are most concerned about is the safety issue - anyone have any thoughts or ideas where I could found out more info - obviously the school websites don't really tackle this angle. And with two small children in tow it's pretty vital! Are there definite no go places/cities or are some countries just ones to avoid?
    Thanks for any thoughts.
  2. Sorry I cannot comment on your 3 choices of location specifically but I did spend a year teaching in Bogota Colombia which was one of the most interesting and positive expereinces of my teaching career. I found in general I was safer in Bogota (once rated as 1 of the 5 most dangerous cities in the world) than I was in my home town in UK. I could walk the streets at any time of the day or night without fear. (Colombia is very family orientated) The people in South America as a whole and without exception are welcoming and will do whatever they can to help you. Some of the best friends I made amongst the local population there will remain friends for ever. If I had the opportunity I would return to South America without hesitation. You will find the freedom and lifestyle so dramatically different from the Middle East (I worked in Jordan) and as I said earlier so much more family orientated. Good luck with your decisions...

  3. tica

    tica New commenter

    Chile , either Santiago or Concepcion, probably has less petty crime than Lima or the cities of Brazil. It is also more 'European' in flavour than the other 2. That said I spent many great years in Lima and loved the people and the country which is fascinating (and the old established schools are good). Have to agree with Livetoteach that latinos just love kids and everywhere is very family friendly. After Kuwait you will enjoy the weekend travel opportunities and the great wine! The money might be a problem but what you and your kids will gain from the experience will be priceless.
  4. Hi there! I have just returned from a long trip in south america and i lived in Cusco, Peru for 4 months. I am italian and a uk qualified secondary music teacher. I am considering teaching in Peru or Argentina. I really don't know where to start from.
    • How easy do you think would it be to find a Music Teacher position?
    • Is there any agency you can suggest for supply or long term position abroad (have heard of COIS)?
    • I never had problem teaching in London but do you think that in Internatioal schools they prefer English mother tongue?
    Please any advice would be really appreciated! ang

  5. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    In my limited 7 year expereince of being overseas, I appear to be few opportunities to teach in South American international schools, whether via TES or teaching agencies.
  6. Happygreenfrog I would agree. Do you think thats because its mainly American agencies that we might not know about that recruit? I too have not seen many jobs for South America in the last 3 years.?... Surely there must be a lot of jobs in that region though?... There are a reasonable amount of schools there. Can anyone else comment that have taught in SA?
  7. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    TES is not the be all and end all of overseas teaching, but I guess most of us originally from the UK would see it that way since many Internatinal Schools use an English based curriculum. Most major cities appear to have a BIS but the American schools surely won't be using TES to advertise their positions. Maybe South American schools tend to advertise in the US or target teachers from that region, just as there are so mnay Australians working in SE Asia. Teachers on the move admit S America is a growing market for them, yet I still have not seen that reflected in the opportunities offered.
    Of course job searching for me, and I guess many others, goes in cycles as in general I only peruse what is available towards the end of my latest contract. Being at that stage once more, I'll be looking with interest for jobs in that region. So far in the last two months I have only seen limited opportunities in Mexico (not South America of course) and Brazil.
  8. ceviche

    ceviche New commenter

    Two of the best schools in Lima advertise on the TES and I know people who work at both. Lima is experiencing an economic boom and so there is plenty of demand for these schools, and the schools are doing well financially. Motivation is good, kids are nice, country is fantastic and the pay is good. This is why turnover is low and vacancies are few.
    Peru has recently been through elections and a socialist has been elected who may be quite detrimental to the country. Its investment status has already been downgraded by S&P and people are worried about the economy and political stability once Humala stars his term next month. For example, he has said he will raid private pension funds to finance construction projects.
    Still though, it's not exactly Somalia or Sudan, so on the grand scale of things it's still not an unsafe place. In terms of crime, in over 8 years there I was burgled once and that was it. Never mugged or assaulted, and back in England both of those have happened to me.
  9. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    A sudden flood of S American opportunities . . . Chile, Agentina and Brazil. Well i never.

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