TEFL in Arequipa (Peru)

Our training center is located in La Perla District of Arequipa.  The venue is a modern space with Internet access, coffee and water all day and centrally located downtown in the business district of Arequipa.  Shopping and restaurants are plentiful here.  During breaks or at the end of the day, students can enjoy delicious Peruvian food in the nearby eateries.

TEFL classes run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday through Thursday with an hour lunch break.  Study time on Fridays is between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Teaching practice with locals starts with Week 2.  The EFL students will come to the school, and the TEFL students will teach them there


120-HOUR On-Site TESOL Certification

Total Tuition: $1,400


Deposit: $500 (due at the time of registration)

Balance payment: $900 (due at the center in Arequipa 10 business days before course start)

2019 Course Dates

  • 3 June – 28 June
  • 8 July – 2 August
  • 12 August – 6 September
  • 16 September – 11 October
  • 14 October – 8 November


120-HOUR Combined TESOL Certification

Total Tuition: $1,400


Deposit: $500 (due at registration)

Tuition Balance: $900 (due at the center in Arequipa 10 business days before the start of the teaching practice).

This is an on-line/on-site combination course.  The online section can start any day and comes with a tutor.  You can work at your own pace–fast or slowly.  The online part takes about four weeks with daily study; it takes about double the time if you only study on weekends.  If you register for teaching practice and cannot finish the online part, you may change the date of your teaching practice.

2019 Teaching Practice Dates

  • 3 June – 11 June
  • 8 July – 17 July
  • 12 August – 21 August
  • 16 September – 25 September
  • 14 October – 23 October


Both the 120-Hour Onsite and the 120-Hour Combined TEFL Program are credit bearing.  Graduates of these programs receive credits towards an MA Education.  For more information, click here.

There are plenty of English teaching positions in Arequipa and in other major cities such as Lima, Cusco, etc. Even the English school associated with our TEFL training program is willing to hire excellent TEFL certification graduates from our course if teachers are needed. As the largest city of Peru, Lima has most of the English-teaching job opportunities. Many of those jobs involve adults in business or students at private language schools.

It is generally difficult to secure a teaching job before you arrive in Peru. In most Peruvian schools, employers will want to meet you before having you sign a contract. Employers might also have you take English or physiological tests and perform a demo lesson. This is all part of the interviewing process. Also, make sure that your CV has a professional photo on it. CVs without a photo will most likely be thrown aside. If you have a teaching certificate, you can get a job just about anywhere. Although schools like to see a BA and a TEFL/TESOL certificate, some will hire you with a TEFL/TESOL certificate only.

Compensation for teachers in Peru varies widely and depends on your qualification, the amount of hours you teach per week, and the length of your contract. Hourly salaries run around US $5-6 per hour outside Lima and US $6-10 in the capital. It seems little; however, the cost of living in Peru is so low that with such a salary you will still have a great living standard.

  • Average Monthly Salary: US $400 – 600
  • Average Cost of Living: US $300 – 500
  • Monthly bonus: US $100 – 300

Benefits may include transport, insurance, lunch, a housing stipend, and paid vacations. Make sure you clarify everything with your employer and sign a contract. You will usually have one month of vacation unless you work at a school, in that case you will probably get more than a month of vacations. Some schools may put you on planilla. That means that you get an extra month salary in July and December. You also get another bonus in June, called CTS. This is an unemployment fund. You’re allowed to take half of the money out every six months. If you quit or get fired, you’re allowed access to the funds after completing the necessary paperwork.

Some people are certain as to what city they want to live in while others are not. Many people want to go to Cusco. This city is overrun by tourists because it’s in close proximity to Machu Picchu. Maybe you prefer the beach. Then you have to go to Piura and Chiclayo. You will find Trujillo interesting as a university town. Lima is the center of everything. Arequipa is famous for its volcano. Puno has snow. Iquitos is in the jungle. The question is what experience you really would like to have.

As this is just a short introduction to working as English teacher in Peru, your career-support counselor in Peru will assist you in getting work there.

Most people who come to Peru are familiar with its capital and Machu Pichu; however, Peru has so much more to offer.  One of its gems is Arequipa, a city that combines the cosmopolitan Lima with the historical Cusco.  Here are five reasons to come to this northern Peruvian location.

Reason 1

As a city, Arequipa offers a number of English-teaching opportunities to select from.  You have international schools there besides regular language schools.  International schools usually pay a better salary than the rest.

Reason 2

Arequipa’s museums offer the best of the best if you are interested in the history of the Incas.  A real attraction is the frozen Inca girl.

Reason 3

Climb to the top of a real volcano.  How many people have done that in their life?

Reason 4

If you enjoy biking,  going up and down Canyon Colca is a special treat for those who love downhill biking.

In summary, if you are looking for some of the best teaching opportunities in Peru, interesting historical monuments of the Incas and unforgettable outdoor experiences, Arequipa is the place to go.  We guarantee you, you will be glad you did.



Arequipa city has an extremely sunny, dry climate influenced by its altitude of 2325 meters above sea level. The annual rainfall is barely 100 mm, with the months March-December being virtually rainless. The temperature range is between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius.  During the day, it often feels warmer in the extremely strong sunshine. In Arequipa, you should dress lightly during the day, but always keep a warm sweater and long pants handy! The temperature drops fast in the late afternoon.


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