Teaching in Bolivia
Options for teaching in Bolivia
Teaching English in Bolivia is possible in both paid and volunteer positions. As Bolivia’s tourism industry grows, the demand for qualified ESL teachers is also growing, with most citizens recognizing the importance of learning English in order to keep up with social and economic progress.
Licensed teachers can also find teaching jobs in Bolivia’s private schools, teaching any number of classroom subjects.
Salary and benefits when teaching in Bolivia
Teach in Bolivia – Hiring
The best times to apply for teaching jobs in Bolivia are in January/February or June/July.
What you need to teach in Bolivia
Qualifications to teach in Bolivia
In order to secure a paid teaching job, teachers will most likely need to hold a TEFL Certificate or the equivalent, and will usually need to have previous experience teaching ESL. Brand-new teachers, however, can still find plenty of opportunities to teach English in Bolivia.
To teach subjects other than English in private schools, teachers will need to demonstrate proof of government-issued teaching accreditation from their home state or country.
Visas for teachers in Bolivia
In order to legally work in Bolivia, teachers must enter the country on a Specific Purpose Visa. After arriving, they will complete an application for residency as well as one for a work permit. Most schools will provide assistance with this process; however, ultimately it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all applications are complete and correct.
Living in Bolivia
Housing in Bolivia
Many volunteer teaching jobs will provide accommodation for teachers, although paid English teaching jobs typically do not. Those that don’t will usually provide housing assistance to help new residents get set up. Most teaching jobs are centered in La Paz as well as a few other populated areas, such as Oruro, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba, where it’s not difficult to find housing for as little as $100 – $200 USD per month.
Things to do in Bolivia
Much of Bolivia remains unexplored by tourists, meaning that adventurous travelers will have a challenging but rewarding experience should they choose to visit the more remote Bolivian provinces. Driving or bicycling the country’s mountainous roads will be more than enough adventure for most people – thrill-seekers have plenty of opportunities to put their mountain bikes to good use.
Teachers in La Paz will need to adjust to the roughly 12,000-ft altitude (for reference, that’s more than twice the altitude of Denver, USA). The city has a number of lovely parks and museums, although simply admiring the architecture and surrounding landscape can be enjoyable enough! Teachers have plenty of options for food, ranging from delicious and inexpensive street food to chic downtown restaurants. As is the case in any Bolivian city, fútbol is king, and the energy and excitement of a match is something that all sports fans should experience.
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Bolivia at a glance
Capital: Sucre (constitutional); La Paz (de facto administrative capital)
Language: Spanish and 30+ indigenous languages
Population: 10.6 million
Currency: Boliviano (BOB)
Government: Presidential constitutional republic
Bolivia is home to 40% of ALL plant and animal life in the world.
Sitting at 3,650m above sea level, La Paz is unofficially the highest capital city in the world.
Bolivia has the world’s largest salt deposit.
People live among the clouds in the Andes Mountains.
In La Paz, people dressed as zebras can be found on the streets promoting road safety and helping children safely cross the street.
There are more than 30 official languages in Bolivia.
The clock on the National Congress building in the main square of La Paz runs backwards and aims to remind citizens to think differently.