Teaching English in Valencia, Venezuela
Report submitted on 27 August, 2014 by Gaby.
Teaching English in Valencia, Venezuela:
How can teachers find teaching jobs in Valencia, Venezuela?
There are different ways to find a job as a teacher in Venezuela. International schools attend job fairs in the United States. Local schools offer employment through their websites and also they published their positions available in the national and local newspaper. Also recruitment companies offer some positions as English teachers.
The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)
What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Bachelor degree in education, one year of experience in a teaching position, medium to full fluency in English.
What teaching requirements would you recommend?
What are the levels of payment?
International Schools offer $65,000 a year, including housing for a full time teaching position.
Private Schools offer $10,900 for a part time teaching position without housing.
Public Schools don´t even bother to ask.
How many teaching days a week is normal?
4 to 5 days per week.
How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
20-25 hours per week
What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Several holidays: Independence day, Labor day, Columbus Day, Carnival Break (2 days), Easter Break (a week), Christmas (three weeks) and summer
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Valencia, Venezuela to teach English?
Think twice before coming to Venezuela. Safety problems in addition to shortages of food and medicine are becoming more serious.
What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Valencia, Venezuela?
The weather, nice and warm. Tropical all year long. 30 minuter away from the beach. Nice people.
What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Valencia, Venezuela?
If you work for an international school you will have the luxury of selling dollars in the black market because you will be paid in US dollars. That will give you enough to live, buy a car, travel and probably save money. But if you work for a local private school, you won’t make enough money and your salary will be paid in the local currency.
What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
If you teach for a local school, you will have to pay for most of the supplies you’ll need. Is hard to find books to support your lesson planning and you will probably need to buy materials abroad. The school won’t reimburse what you paid.
Living in Valencia, Venezuela:
Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Venezuela?
Working Visa is needed.
What is the cost of living like in Venezuela?
Between $1,500 and $2,000 a month. This includes housing, services, food and some fun.
What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
International schools rent for you and they pay for it.
Local private schools help you to find a place but you will pay the rent.
Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Valencia, Venezuela?
Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Valencia, Venezuela?
Safety problems in addition to shortages of food and medicine are becoming more serious.
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Valencia, Venezuela to live?
Read the local news and reconsider your decision.
What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
I’m Venezuelan. I have lived here my entire life. I just miss the country we lived in, 18 years ago. Political, social and economic problems really affect the living and working here.
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)?
Medicines and groceries are hard to find here.
What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Valencia, Venezuela?
My friends and family.
About Me and My Work:
My Name: Gaby
Students I’ve taught in Venezuela: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults.
Where I teach: Colegio Internacional de Carabobo (school / learning center). Teaching here for 15 years.
How I found my current jobs: I used a recruitment company.
My school facilities: Excellent – Teaching resources / technology access / school library / classrooms / textbooks / etc..
Teacher support at my school: Training / workshops.
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