TEFL in Buenos Aires / TESOL in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Our TEFL center in Buenos Aires is located at the border of trendy Palermo and residential Belgrano in a beautiful, safe neighborhood.
During breaks, our students can relax in a garden with flowers, plants and trees. There is also a small kitchen on the premises.
Everything to run a successful TEFL training is provided for, including wireless Internet access.
The EFL students for the teaching practice are residents of Buenos Aires. They come to the center to be taught there.
Cafes, restaurants and shops abound in the area. Apart from shopping and dining, the University of Belgrano and a movie theatre is nearby.
(100% on site)
Total course fee: $1,825
Deposit: $500 (due upon registration)
Balance payment: $1,325 (due 30 days before the first day of the course)
Course Dates in 2017
- 9 January – 3 February
- 6 February – 3 March
- 6 March – 31 March
- 3 April – 28 April
- 8 May – 2 June
- 5 June – 30 June
- 3 July – 28 July
- 7 August – 1 September
- 4 September – 29 September
- 2 October – 27 October
- 30 October – 24 November
- 27 November – 22 December
(75% on line/25% on site)
Total course fee: $1,675
Deposit: $600 (due upon registration)
Balance payment: $1,075 (due two weeks before the first day of the teaching practice)
Teaching Practice Dates in 2017
- 9 January – 18 January
- 6 February – 14 February
- 6 March – 14 March
- 3 April – 11 April
- 8 May – 16 May
- 5 June – 13 June
- 3 July – 11 July
- 7 August – 15 August
- 4 September – 13 September
- 2 October – 11 October
- 30 October – 7 November
- 27 November – 5 December
The certificate is the same as the one issued upon completion of the on-site program. This is due to the teaching practicum with the combined course.
Argentina continues to recover from its economic crash. The market for teaching English has been flourishing ever since. Areas with a high concentration of jobs are Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Cordoba, Santa Fe, Salta, and La Plata.
Two kinds of teaching are predominant in Argentina: General and Business English. They can take place in both a company and a language school. Just as other South American countries, Argentina offers great opportunities for teaching privately. You are well advised to learn where to advertise your services.
Benefits from Schools
Unlike other regions in the world, schools in Argentina rarely organize housing for you. You will have to arrange accommodation for yourself. Unless you want to pay tourist prices, many rental agencies will request a local guarantor, but this is almost impossible when you first arrive. You can get around this by finding an accommodation which you share with other teachers, in which case you’ll pay about 750 Pesos (US $250) per month.
There might be flight reimbursement paid by some schools; however, we are not aware of this as of yet.
Salary and Cost of Living
In terms of salary, teachers get paid between 15-20 Pesos per hour, approximately 1,500 – 2,000 Pesos per month. This is around US $500 – $660. Your pay is in accordance with your qualification and experience.
Here is the answer to the frequent question of how much education you should have in order to land a teaching position in South America, particularly in Argentina. Obviously, there will be schools that hire you, based on your excellent English skills, even without a BA; however, you will not get the same salary as someone presenting a BA and a 120-hour TEFL certificate (a training course with teaching practice) offered through ITTI.
Cost of Living
On a teacher’s salary, you’ll pay about 11-13% of your earnings as income tax. Your apartment will be by far your biggest expense as, other than that, the cost of living is low. Bus fares cost less than US $0.25 within city limits, a bottle of beer is about US $1.00 and one of the famous steaks starts at US $3.50. If you get a well-paid job, you should be able to save enough money to travel around Argentina in your spare time, but you won’t be taking much back home with you.
Common Teaching Conditions
If you can get a full-time contract, you’ll teach for 25 hours per week; however, it can be difficult to get enough hours. You may end up working for more than one school. Many schools work on a split-shift pattern with classes early in the morning and later in the evening, so you’ll have lots of spare time during the day. You can organize private tutoring opportunities for you.
How to Locate Schools
As part of our training program and as a courtesy to our trainees, ITTI provides our graduates with school lists or even with contacts at schools, including those that have hired our graduates before.
Besides the many English teaching opportunities in Buenos Aires, the city is full of art, literature, tango and luscious lomo (tenderloin). The “Paris of Latin America,” some say Buenos Aires is easy to love and hard to forget. With the peso still devalued against the weak U.S. dollar, it’s more affordable than many other world-class cities.
And here are some things to do without exhausting your savings.
Night of the Museums
In November, one night a year, the city’s cultural spaces stay open late (from 7 pm to 2 am) and host films and performances of jazz, tango, folk, techno, choral, and rock music. La Noche de los Museos ends with a smashing party down near Puerto Madero that runs into the morning hours.
Art and Culture
BA’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) is always free, and its permanent collection features works by masters such as Degas, Gauguin, Klee, Kandinsky, and Van Gogh as well as Argentinian and South American artists.
Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Museum of Latin American Art), known more commonly by its acronym MALBA, is free every Wednesday. Take advantage of this free day to view some of the museum’s 200 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photos from the 20th century to today, featuring such Latin American artists as Kahlo, Rivera, Clark, and Torres-García, among many others.
Buenos Aires’s official tourism site offers downloadable maps and step-by-step instructions for 18 self-guided tours that traverse the city and introduce visitors to the city’s history, sights and sounds. Barracas, La Boca, Corrientes, Nueva Pompeya, and Palermo Hollywood are just some of the neighborhoods covered by these do-it-yourself tours.
The BA Tourism Bureau also offers free, guided tours through the city that focus on its history, architecture, and commerce, but only hop on board, if your Spanish is up to date as the tours are in Spanish only. You will find the tours’ schedule on the site. Tours run just about every weekend, in the afternoons. One such tour visits the city’s notable British pubs and ends with a free show. BA Free Tours also offers tours at 11 am and 5 pm daily. With their small group size, tagging along for the 2.5-hour tour is like taking a stroll with an old English-speaking friend who happens also to be a resident of BA. Such tours are good places to start in a city as big as Buenos Aires.
On Sundays, be sure to stop by the colonial-era neighborhood of San Telmo for the antique and handicraft fair of Feria de Plaza Dorrego. The fair attracts 10,000 visitors and features 270 vendor stalls selling books, tango paraphernalia, and much more. Enjoy the festival-like atmosphere provided by mimes, buskers, and tango performers.
Take an evening stroll down Avenida Corrientes (Corrientes Avenue), a bustling street, emblematic of BA. It’s full of cafés, theaters, pizzerias, and bookstores, some of which are open past midnight on the weekends. BA’s Barrio Chino (Chinatown), established in the 1980s, is also worth a visit to see one of the few Buddhist temples in the city and watch fishmongers at work. Take in the many-hued homes of Calle Lanín (Lanin Street). Painter Marino Santa María painted the exterior of his home in the nineties and inspired others
Daily Club Recommendations
Monday: La Cigale is in fact more of a bar than a boliche, but come on, it’s Monday night! Don’t worry, you can still stay until 4 am, and they have DJs (or sometimes live music).
Hype at Kika rules Tuesday nights. And why not? International DJs play beats from hip hop, dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass, and a big crowd comes to pack out the two rooms.
While the big Wednesday party in Buenos Aires used to be at Boutique in San Telmo, Terrazas del Este has taken over the reigns as the premiere Wednesday after office party.
If you are into Hip-Hop, Lost at Club Araoz on Thursdays is just your place. One of the top Hip-Hop parties in the city, Thursday night at Club Araoz also throws some Reggaeton into the mix.
Crobar is a classic Buenos Aires boliche, and Friday nights is what it does best. You won’t see transvestites, a sweaty after-work crowd, French expats or Goths with multiple tattoos, but you will get a night of great house music from top DJs in pleasantly boisterous surroundings.
BUENOS AIRES WEATHER
Buenos Aires has humid summers and mild winters. The warmest month is January, with a daily average of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F). Most days see temperatures in the 28 to 31 °C (82 to 88 °F). During the night, the temperature drops to 16 to 21 °C (61 to 70 °F). Heat waves from Brazil cause temperatures above 35 °C (95 °F), yet the city is subject to cold fronts that bring short periods of pleasant weather and crisp nights.
Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are generally mild with average temperatures of around 17 °C (63 °F) and frequent thunderstorms. Spring is very windy and variable: there may be heat waves with temperatures of 35 °C (95 °F) even in early October, as well as periods of much colder weather with highs close to 10 °C (50 °F).
Winters are pleasant, though suburban areas often experience frost from May to September. July is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 10.9 °C (51.6 °F). Cold spells coming from Antarctica occur almost every year, and combined with the high wintertime humidity, conditions in winter may feel
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much cooler than the recorded temperature. During the day, temperatures reach 12 to 17 °C (54 to 63 °F) and drop to 3 to 8 °C (37 to 46 °F) at night.