Published: 06 September, 2015  |  Last updated: 06 January, 2020

Teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Report submitted on 26 August, 2015 by Kathy.

Teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
You can find jobs on this page:

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, full time special education teachers.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
– BA in ESL
– GPA 3.00 or higher
– Teacher’s license or certificate
– Some experience on the field may be required

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Experience, Masters Degree and other certifications like Special Education.

What are the levels of payment?
US$1,750 monthly

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
30 hours per week.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to San Juan, Puerto Rico to teach English?
To be bilingual (Spanish/English).

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
You will be helping a lot of kids who need the right teacher to teach them a language that most of them don’t want to learn. They need English class to be fun and exciting.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Some of the children don’t want to learn the language and sometimes there is no support from the parents.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
1.resources from parents
3.students interest


Living in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Puerto Rico?
U.S. citizenship or Working visa

What is the cost of living like in Puerto Rico?
US$600 to US$1,000 a month (one person)

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
– You can rent an apartment in the nearest area

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
We have a nice weather. You can go to the beach all year long, because it is a tropical island. You can also go around the island in a day. There is a lot of beautiful places to visit, like the rainforests, beaches, rivers, caves, etc. Our capital is rich in history, Spaniard architecture and good gastronomy. You can also take a cruise from the capital city.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Like any other cities, there might be some car traffic at peak hours, some homeless people asking for money on the streets, some criminality and a lot of people in the same place. But if you are in the other cities, you may get a different story.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to San Juan, Puerto Rico to live?
Don’t be scared. Do not follow the news, they always emphasize on the negative aspects. And try to live in the southern, west or east area. I’ll assure you will have a peaceful time in those areas. And if you come to the city or metro area, make sure you are full of patience and love to give.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
Bring all the technological resources and material you can get. Kids are very technological these days.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave San Juan, Puerto Rico?
If I leave, I’ll miss the beaches and rivers. They are so beautiful. And I’ll also miss the warmth and festiveness of the people. You can find a party or festival every week.

Other comments:
It is a little bit challenging. There are a lot of students with special needs. But once you get to know your students and their work style, it’s a different story.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Kathy

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Students I’ve taught in Puerto Rico: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years).

Where I teach: A school in San Juan.  Teaching for 1 year.

How I found my current job:

My school facilities: Very good – We have teaching resources, wifi access, library, common room, patio, cafeteria and books. But I find the classrooms a little bit small.

Teacher support at my school: Lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training


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