The beginner’s guide to teaching abroad in Central and South America

Got your eye on teaching jobs in Central or South America?

The appeal is understandable - Latin America is one of the most beautiful places in the world, offering a wide opportunity for travel. Bonus: there’s a high demand for teachers across all subjects and grade levels.

To help you hit the ground running in your job search, we’ve put together a quick comparison chart on teaching in Mexico, Brazil or Argentina, including average teacher salary, benefits, typical start-up costs, cost of living, as well as the most popular areas to find teaching jobs in each country.

Country Average Teacher Salary Benefits Start-up Costs Cost of Living Teaching job hot spots (urban/rural)
Mexico 12,000 MXN Housing allowance, health insurance Airfare, initial daily expenses, housing Very low Mexico City
Brazil 1,000 - 4,000 BRL Housing allowance Airfare, initial daily expenses Low Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, as well as rural areas
Argentina 2,600 - 10,400 ARS Assistance with finding housing Airfare, housing, initial daily expenses Very low Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Mar de Plata, as well as rural areas

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