Peru boasts a vast range of natural and cultural settings, which is exactly what makes it a very interesting place to teach in. When asked about Peru, many people immediately imagine Machu Picchu, llamas and tiny mountain villages frozen in time. While Machu Picchu and the dozens of other archeological sites are amazing and must-sees, and the llamas and mountain village are a very real part of Peru, the majority of the population actually live in the capital and other main cities on the coast, and around 60% of its territory is covered by the Amazon rainforest.
In these different areas of coastal desert, giant mountains, and the humid jungle, there’s a large variety of different climates. When choosing where you would like to work, you should consider the climate in order to select a place that suits you best. The cities on the coast are warm and humid all year round and quite hot during summer (December-February). The cities in the Andes mountains enjoy a moderate temperature all year round, with colder nights, especially in June and July. The mountains are hit by an intense rainy season from November to February, and so are the towns in the rainforest, but, unsurprisingly, here it is hot throughout the year.
Golden tip: Not many institutions necessarily recruit online and it might feel like the teaching opportunities are slim if you base this on online search results. If you can’t find a suitable teaching position before your arrival, just make sure to plan for 2-3 months to apply at schools and institutes in person or through local contacts, which is how recruitment is most commonly done here.
Peru has a huge choice of destinations to call home. Here are some of the top picks: