Teach in Venezuela
Venezuela is home to the longest Caribbean coastline of any country on Earth, as well as one of South America’s most cosmopolitan cities, Caracas. Teaching in Venezuela is a rewarding experience for those who wish to provide better opportunities for students.
Teaching in Venezuela
Options for teaching in Venezuela
There are many outlets for teaching English in Venezuela, from private language institutes to universities. Many English teaching jobs in Venezuela are done on a volunteer basis, although teachers with a degree and a TEFL certificate have a higher likelihood of obtaining paid positions.
Venezuela also has a number of international schools hiring qualified teachers from overseas. Teachers for these jobs will need to hold a teaching license in their home state or country, and will usually need prior teaching experience.
Salary and benefits when teaching in Venezuela
Most paid teaching jobs in Venezuela are in international schools, which also sometimes offer additional benefits such as health care and accommodation. Language schools and universities will often have paid teaching jobs, and although wages are low, they are generally very livable when considering the average Venezuelan salary.
For new teachers, there are many volunteer teaching jobs in Venezuela. These jobs may provide housing for teachers in exchange for volunteer teaching time.
Teach in Venezuela - Hiring
Hiring in Venezuela occurs mostly in the periods of January - March or June - August. Prospective teachers are encouraged to check the Teach Away job board for the latest opportunities to teach in Venezuela.
What you need to teach in Venezuela
Qualifications to teach in Venezuela
A TEFL certification is often required in order to teach English in Venezuela, and almost always required in order to find paid teaching jobs.
In order to teach in international schools, candidates will need to hold a valid government-issued teaching license in their home country.
Visas for teachers in Venezuela
Schools in Venezuela will usually work with teachers to complete a visa application packet, although it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that documentation is submitted in a timely manner.
Living in Venezuela
Housing in Venezuela
Some schools will provide accommodation as a benefit for teachers, which is quite helpful, as apartments in some cities can be difficult to find. For teachers who are expected to find their own accommodation, the easiest option is usually to be put in touch with other teachers who are looking for a roommate with whom to share an apartment.
Things to do in Venezuela
Although Venezuela has developed an unfortunately negative reputation thanks to political instability, those who give this country a chance are often pleasantly surprised by its natural beauty, its vibrant nightlife, and its underexplored nature.
Many teachers will be located in the larger cities of Caracas or Valencia. Both are coastal cities, providing ample opportunity to spend time off relaxing on the beach! Venezuela has the largest Caribbean coastline of any country, and residents can find beaches lined with resorts and entertainment, or others that are completely deserted. Venezuela’s beaches are popular windsurfing destinations, providing a great opportunity to pick up a new hobby while teaching abroad.
Elsewhere, the country has beautiful natural sights, including Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall, located in Canaima National Park. Trips to the falls are usually only possible through a guided tour lasting 2 - 3 days, during which travelers will canoe and hike to the base of the falls, followed by a refreshing swim underneath. For more opportunities to escape the city, consider trips to the tiny nearby Caribbean islands just off the coast of the mainland, or spend a week in Venezuela’s smaller villages tucked in the Andes.
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Venezuela require applicants to possess a TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Venezuelan private school positions.
Venezuela at a Glance
Capital - Caracas
Language - Spanish
Population - 30.2 million
Currency - Bolivar fuerte (VEF)
Government - Presidential constitutional republic
- Baseball is the most popular sport in Venezuela. It has had its own professional baseball league since 1945.
- Venezuela means “Little Venice” due to the fact that the nation’s original houses were reminiscent of homes in Venice.
- Venezuela’s Angel waterfalls are more than 19 times as high as Niagara Falls.
- Venezuela only has two weather seasons: the hot and dry season and the hot and wet season.
- Venezuela as the cheapest gas prices in the world due to the fact that the government subsidizes the oil industry.
- It is tradition on Christmas to roller skate to church with your family.
- The Venezuelan flag’s colors are yellow, blue and red, and represent land wealth, the sea and the blood shed by the heroes of independence.