ITTO offers TEFL courses of the utmost quality in the Cusco, Peru. Other courses in the area simply fall short and do not count with the experience we do or can not offer all the extra features we do. We invite you to compare ITTO with other providers in the same location.
Peru has an urgent need for English teachers especially in Lima, the nation's capitol. The number of available positions is abundant and steadily growing. Large companies arrange internal instruction for their employees, but most people have to arrange their own lessons privately. Salaries generally are $5.00 US per hour in an institution while private lessons are $10.00 US per hour. Cost of living in Peru is very low so depending on how much the teacher wants to work will depend on how well he or she will do financially.
There is a great array of possibilities for all English teachers. Teachers can choose the age groups, academic levels, and settings that would be suitable for them. Lima has positions for those who just want to teach in a business setting, public schools and language institutions. Teachers who are interested in working in remote areas can find positions in some of the most popular ecotourism and archaeological sites the country has to offer. Cusco, for instance, offers teaching positions from primary aged children to specialized adult learner classes. Some schools may offer furnished accommodations to their teachers as an additional benefit. Peruvians are considered to be very helpful to the foreigner who seeks a place to stay so you will not have to worry too much about housing and make plans as you go along.
Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current cause great climatic diversity within the country. The coast (Pacific Ocean) has moderate temperatures, low precipitations, and high humidity, except for its warmer, wetter northern reaches. In the sierra, rain is frequent during summer, and temperature and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The selva is characterized by heavy rainfall and high temperatures, except for its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall. Because of its varied geography and climate, Peru has a high biodiversity with 21,462 species of plants and animals reported as of 2003; 5,855 of them endemic. The Peruvian government has established several protected areas for their preservation. You will surely have time to visit some of the national parks and reserves that abound through the country during your free time while taking the course.
Located in the south eastern Andes Mountains, Cusco rests at an altitude of 3,400 meters above sea level (11,000 feet). Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is the gateway to the sanctuary-city of Machu Picchu. Indeed, Cusco is one of the most spectacular highlights of South America. Despite its remote location and historical significance Cusco is not a small mountain village. In fact, Cusco is a very cosmopolitan city with a population of 400,000.
As the tourism mecca of Peru; Cusco is the most popular tourism stop-over in the region, with more than 600,000 international visitors per year. However, Cusco is one of those rare places able to preserve its unique identity despite its prominence of international tourism remaining impervious to external influence and true to their national heritage. Stately and historic, with stone streets and buildings that are built on Incan foundations laid down more than nine centuries ago, the city buzzes with energy. Once the religious, political, military, and cultural center of the Inca Empire, today Cusco thrives as one of the most vibrant and historically significant cities in South America.
The city is also considerably safe. Our trainees are able to walk around freely without worrying too much about their safety. Nevertheless, as it is with all cities around the world; you wish to use common sense and precautions.
Taking your certificate program in Cusco, Peru will prove to be an incredible experience and an excellent place to begin a teaching career.