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Teach English in Peru (Cusco)

Experience
Teach
Destination
Peru
Duration
1 to 12 months
Ages
18 to 70
Degree
No Degree required

Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently Jul 2024, and closing very soon.

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Trip overview

South America flies under the radar when it comes to TEFL locations. But now you can call the historic capital of the Inca Empire home as an English teacher in Cusco, Peru. 

Cusco holds significant cultural and historical importance for the Inca people, and serves as a vibrant centre for Peruvian culture as a tourist hub of South America. This city acts as the gateway to the mysterious Inca citadel, perched high up in the Andes mountains – Machu Picchu. 

On this life-changing trip, not only do you get everything you need to start your English teacher life with a bang, you also get: 

  • 150-hour TEFL certification – This engaging, rigorous course will open the door for you to travel and work as a qualified English teacher worldwide!
  • Practical teaching experience – Make sure you know what you’re doing with 15+ hours of practical teaching and observation, with real ESL students, with the supervision and feedback from a TEFL instructor. 
  • Job placement assistance – Once you’ve completed your course, our experts will help find the right job for you. Choose to stay in Latin America, with positions possible in Peru, Guatemala, or Costa Rica, or head off to teach in Asia, Europe, or even online! 
  • Choice of accommodation – For a complete cultural immersion, choose to stay in a private room in the home of a local Peruvian host, where breakfast and dinner will be provided daily. If your prefer more privacy, opt for a private apartment, though meals are not included with this option. 
  • Orientation activitiesA walking tour to get the lay of the land, cooking classes to demystify Peruvian food, and salsa classes to dazzle dance floors around the world!
  • And much more!

Life in Cusco is varied, vibrant, and full of fascinating culture – making the city an important UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

It’s one of the few cities in the world where indigenous culture is still widespread – expressed in the traditional markets, festivals, and incredible cuisine! 

Talking about food, Peru as a whole is the undisputed food champion of South America! From fine dining with celebrity chefs all the way down to the drool-worthy blend of Spanish and indigenous delights being cooked up on the street. 

Let’s not forget about the world-class hiking – the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu being the most popular. The city is also the jumping off point for hiking the Sacred Valley of the Incas – a region rich with archeological sites, indigenous villages, and gorgeous landscapes. 

But this isn’t only an adventure full of cultural immersion and eating delicious food. 

It’s an opportunity for you to get a professional certification that gives you a meaningful occupation with a local income that will help you fund your travels and live comfortably. 

Inclusions

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Certified TEFL course
Job placement assistance
Airport pick-up
Choice of accommodation
Meals
Personal Travel Concierge
Pre-Departure Guide
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Salsa dance classes
Walking tour
Cooking classes
Structured language exchange
Letter of recommendation
Certificate of completion
Trip visa guidance
Free coffee/tea and snack bar
Ongoing local team support
Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
Social
Global Academy
Marketplace deals
$250 off your next trip

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more

Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-70 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

We offer the complete package for teaching English overseas!

Our team will help you with the essentials you need to start your new journey with a bang! This includes arranging your accommodation, providing visa assistance, offering a variety of thrilling cultural activities, and much more.

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you'll enjoy the security and comfort of a private airport pick-up, whisking you directly to your accommodation.

During your first week, immerse yourself in a series of orientation activities around Cusco, including a salsa dance class, a Peruvian cooking lesson, and a guided walking tour of the area. You'll also have ample opportunities to socialise with fellow teachers, forging lasting friendships.

Next, embark on your comprehensive TEFL course, packed with 150 hours of training - a crucial step toward becoming a certified English teacher. Learn from experienced instructors who are experts in their field. This isn't your average online course; it's the real deal, designed to boost your confidence and prepare you for the classroom.

As you complete your TEFL course, exciting opportunities await. Armed with newfound knowledge and certification, it's time to step into the field. Upon completion, you'll receive a personalised letter of recommendation - a valuable asset that opens doors and highlights your dedication to success.

But what about finding the perfect job match? Fear not, as our in-country partner stands ready to assist. With extensive networks in Latin America, they'll provide job-finding support to help you secure your first paid English teaching position. And, if you wish to change countries after your first teaching contract, they can help with that too! 

Whether you envision teaching in bustling cities or tranquil coastal towns, their guidance ensures a smooth transition into your new role as an English educator. 95% of TEFL graduates find a teaching job within the first 30 days of completing the course, with many securing their job during the course! 

Rest assured, we are committed to being with you every step of the way, ensuring your goals are met, and you embark on an unforgettable adventure that will transform your life in Peru!

Requirements 

To qualify for the TEFL course, you must hold a high school certificate, be academically prepared for university-level work, and demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English.

You must also be computer literate and bring your own laptop for completing classroom assignments. Please be aware that to pass the TEFL course, you are required to submit two academic papers and complete a final portfolio.  

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, criminal background check, daily transportation, meals (if choosing to stay in a private apartment) & personal spending. 

Accommodation & meals

Once you touch down in Cusco, you’ll be taken straight to your included accommodation: your choice of homestay or private apartment.

Option 1 is to stay in a private room with a friendly Peruvian host family. 

All homestays are conveniently located within a short distance, making it easy to access the TEFL institute within 10-20 minutes by walking or a quick 15-25 minute taxi/bus ride. You’ll get your own key so you can come and go as you please.

While may homestays do not have WiFi, don't worry! You'll have full access to the institute's computer lab and WiFi throughout your trip, ensuring you can complete your course work and connect with family and friends back home. Or, hotspot data from your local Peruvian SIM card.

Your host will provide breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. And you'll have plenty of tempting options available for lunch! Peruvian cuisine is a delightful blend of flavours, combining indigenous ingredients with influences from Spanish, African, and Asian cuisines. Treat yourself to iconic dishes such as ceviche, lomo saltado, and anticuchos.

If you'd like even more privacy, option 2 is perfect for you! You'll stay in a private apartment that includes all of the important things, like linens, towels, kitchen utensils, and WiFi.

Please keep in mind that meals are NOT included if you choose to stay in a private apartment. No matter which type of accommodation you choose though, free coffee, tea, and snacks will be available to you at the TEFL institute's snack bar!

Trip itinerary

Arrival

When you arrive at the Cusco airport, your private transport will take you to your pre-arranged accommodation. This will be your home for the next 4 weeks as you complete your TEFL qualification.  You’ll meet your classmates and trainers that’ll be with you for the duration of your course.   

Weeks 1-4

You complete your 150-hour TEFL qualification with our in-country partner.  This involves 7-8 hours a day of classroom training and in-class presentations, 20-30 hours of required reading and written assignments, and 15+ hours of observation and practical teaching.    You’ll present lessons to non-English speaking classes and individuals while TEFL instructors supervise and evaluate your skills. You’ll receive constructive feedback to help you improve as a teacher.  Once you’ve passed your course, our in-country partner offers extensive help finding a job through references, access to special job websites and Latin American contracts, as well as assessing employment contracts (typically for job opportunities in Asia).  

Week 5+

Every teaching position is different, making each person's experience unique! Most teachers get time off during the Christmas and Easter holidays. This is the perfect opportunity to use that salary you’ve been saving up to explore the incredible landscape of your new home. If you choose to stay and teach in Peru, the ESL programs run Mon-Fri so your weekends are free to explore Peru with their fellow teachers.  You could spend a lifetime getting to know the nooks and crannies of Cusco. Or strap on your hiking boots and find some altitude in the dizzying array of drop-dead gorgeous mountains surrounding this ancient Inca capital.   We’ll be in touch with you throughout your stay. If you ever need advice or support our team is available to answer your questions. And our Global Emergency Line (24 hours, Mon.-Fri.) will help with urgent matters.  Don’t go alone. Go with Global.

Why choose us

Our Teach English trips are designed to get you set up in your new life overseas as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re with you from the moment you get started. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, visas, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

With job placement assistance and lifetime job-finding support, our local partner won't stop until you have a paid teaching position confirmed! Whether you choose to work as an English teacher in Peru or wish to test out your skills elsewhere in Latin America, Asia, or even online!  

But our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 80,000+ travellers – giving us 10,000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about teaching in Peru, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with our partner in Peru. 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate teaching experience in Peru, complete with everything you need and ongoing support. 

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Why Teach

The main purpose of this trip is to get your TEFL qualification so you can teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world

As tourism grows and globalisation makes the world smaller, English continues to be the ‘global language’ for mutual communication. 

Which means that people who live in non-English speaking countries could open up a world of opportunities for themselves and their communities by learning to speak English – especially in tourist hotspots like Peru.  

This is the perfect trip for someone who wants to follow a career in education, but wants to travel the world while they’re doing it. A stint as an English teacher overseas will look great on your resume and set you up for success for a future in education. 

Alternatively – if the corporate ladder isn’t your cup of tea – this is also one of those travel ‘hacks’ that’ll allow you to travel indefinitely.

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As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we pride ourselves on providing a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide, and let us assist you with visas, pre-departure preparations, flights, insurance, and tours. Throughout your journey, our cool tech features will support you every step of the way. As a Global Traveller, gain access to gWorld, our personalised app designed to enhance your travel experience. Keep important documents and trip details handy, and take advantage of exclusive Marketplace deals, a vibrant social network, language learning resources, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like having all your favorite travel apps merged into one, but even better! But our support doesn't end there. With four international offices, over 100 dedicated staff members, a 24/5 emergency team, and the backing of over 90,000 Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us, rest assured you're in good hands. We also proudly boast the most and best reviews in the biz, and maintain a massive following on our social channels including Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. Embark on your next adventure with confidence and ease. Join us and discover the world in a meaningful way!

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While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

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After the last unexpected disruption to travel caused by the..c word..people are now more eager than ever to venture out and explore the world, determined not to miss out on any experiences. Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12+ months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend or partner?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/5 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24 hours, Mon-Fri.

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