Teaching English in Buenos Aires
In Argentina, English Classes
Houses in Buenos Aires.
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If you think Argentina's previous
economic woes make it difficult to find a job teaching English
in Buenos Aires, think again. The worldwide truth is that
English is becoming more of a necessity and less of a luxury.
EFL jobs are out there in Buenos Aires. And you needn't
look far to find them.
Native English speakers are a prized
commodity in this stretch of the world and, with just a
little legwork, can find placement in classrooms around
the city in a matter of weeks or even days. Assignments
cover an astounding, and entertaining, array of classroom
environments, curricular programs and student demographics.
Recent placements for new TEFL teachers in Buenos Aires
have included a class of employees of a local brewery, at-home
conversation practice for teenage brothers moving to the
U.S., and private lessons on fishing terminology for a man
preparing for an upcoming vacation.
Work in Buenos Aires can be found
in a number of ways. A highly effective one is simply to
contact the dozens of English institutes located throughout
the city. Usually a resume and an interview are all you
need to get started, though experience and/or a TEFL certificate
certainly won't hurt.
While institutes often offer new teachers
several classes at once, don't be afraid to accept a random
class here or there, or even to substitute for another instructor;
these short-term or one-time deals often turn into more
substantial assignments, especially if you prove to be a
reliable teacher. Do check into the hourly pay, as well
as whether transportation time is included.
EFL teachers have also had success getting private lessons by putting up ads on Mercado Libre and Craigslist Argentina in the employment section.
Finally, a not-to-be-overlooked avenue
to finding work, especially in a highly social city like
Buenos Aires, is simply chatting people up. Many teachers
have met potential students by talking to people in bars,
networking through current private students, or just shooting
the bull with hostel owners or restaurant employees. In
a world where almost everyone needs English, almost everyone
has a friend, relative, or co-worker who is interested in
paying or, at the very least, trading for classes.
EFL teachers in Buenos Aires are unlikely
to find the kind of long-term, full-time contracts that
will allow them to live the high life or even save a few
pennies. However, those willing to take work where they
can find it are able to piece together a satisfactory way
to hang out in one of the continent's coolest countries.