Latin America: How to Teach English Abroad Without a Degree

Although many Southeast Asian countries will allow native English speakers to teach English abroad without a degree, far more doors are open to those with a TEFL certification. In fact, a number of would-be travel destinations in South America could be the site of your new career – and life – teaching English as a Second Language.

Mexico, thanks to its proximity to the United States and burgeoning economy is a perfect example. The demand for English teachers – driven by the demand for English-speaking citizens – is at an all-time high and rising. Across the length and breadth of the country, from school children and businessmen, almost everyone sees English as the pathway to prosperity. Due to this seemingly insatiable demand, the Mexican government allows native English speakers without a degree but with formal TEFL certifications to work in the country. That makes places like Mexico City, one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities on the planet, and even quiet Oaxaca some of the easiest places to teach English abroad without a degree.

Costa Rica
is similarly opening its doors to native speakers of all stripes. Long known for its tranquil lifestyle and scenic beauty, the country is also home to a number of the region’s most tech-savvy companies. Companies like Intel, Acer, and Microsoft have opened facilities in the country and actively pursue English-speaking employees. This, coupled with the English-speaking demands of Costa Rica’s famous ecotourism, mean that more and more people are pursuing English proficiency.

Argentina, too, has schools throughout the country that are actively seeking TEFL certified instructors to educate its citizens. With no formal degree requirements in place from Buenos Aires to Patagonia, Argentina presents a variety of locations to teach English abroad without a degree. Whether you are interested in working with school children or working professionals, opportunities abound in this South American nation.

If you are interested in finding schools in Mexico or South America, check out our ESL Directory that offers local English language programs.