Job Search Guidance

Job Search Guidance from International TEFL Academy Nicaragua


International TEFL Academy Nicaragua is committed to the success of our graduates, that means we are dedicated to helping you find employment after you graduate from your TEFL class with us.   The first thing is to have the right expectations of the job market in the country you want to teach in and your eligibility.  If you have the right expectations and understand the job market then things all run smooth.  It is vital to read our information and speak with an admission advisor prior to class registration.


After completing your TEFL class with us, we will help you with introductions to English language school directors, and offer interview help, for free.  Most interviews are done face to face, and can be done while you are taking your course.  We have connections with schools in all the major cities: Leon, Managua, Granada, San Juan del Sur, Esteli, Matagalpa, and Jinotega.  We will also help you update your resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) and cover letter.

It is hard to find a job these days, and finding work overseas can be especially challenging if you don’t have the right information. We understand the difficulty you face, and have been in your shoes before.  We are here to assist you in understanding the job markets in countries such as Nicaragua, and other Latin American Countries.   That is why International TEFL Academy Nicaragua provides comprehensive, lifetime job search guidance to all of our students and graduates. We provide you with the expertise you need to navigate job markets wherever in the world you want to teach. Whether you want to teach in Panama, France, or the Czech Republic, we will show you how to match your specific qualifications and goals to worldwide job market needs.ita-job-placement-assistance

With over 3,500 students a year graduating with job guidance assistance, all graduates who search for jobs around the world find a variety of employment opportunities. Get to know some graduates who  have made the plunge and find out for yourself firsthand how easy it is to use our lifetime job search guidance.

Note: International TEFL Academy Nicaragua is a TEFL Certification school and only provides assistance to our graduates for finding jobs teaching English in Nicaragua or abroad.

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Does ITAN pick the city or school I will teach in, or do I get to pick?

You get to decide where you want to teach and where you want your adventure to begin. Based on your own goals and qualifications, our job search guidance will help you to find the place and teaching job that is best for you.  Often teachers choose to do their training in Leon because it is not only affordable, it still is an untouched beauty in Central America.   After completing their certification, some students stay on in Leon, while others use Leon as a starting off point for their worldwide teaching adventure. The opportunities are endless; take our certification course, follow our job guidance, and kick start your dreams today.

Hiring Seasons

While openings for jobs may become available at any time of year, and often many cities are looking to hire fluent English speakers year round, there is an advantage to knowing the peak hiring seasons in Nicaragua. By following the hiring cycles and intervening in advance for a teaching position you will greatly increase your success for finding your dream job abroad.

The job market is open nearly all year round in Nicaragua (except Mid December to early January for Christmas.)  Schools typically run on 6 week class schedules and will hire a native English teacher who is TEFL certified at the start of any class session.


Europe: Main: September/October  Secondary: January

Central America: Main: January/February Secondary: June/July

South America: Main: February/March  Secondary: July/August

Asia: Year Round

Middle East:  Year Round and May-August




Finding English teaching jobs overseas:

How do I actually get a job teaching overseas?

There are numerous ways to find jobs abroad, and as part of your International TEFL Academy job search guidance you will be shown how to use each one.

We provide you with workshops in the 4 week TEFL class and hybrid class here in Leon (and any of our 25 TEFL schools worldwide).  The workshops are on country specific requirements, resume and coverletter building, interviewing skills and using our of our ITA resources.

The staff at ITA Nicaragua have connections throughout Nicaragua as our head trainer has been an English teacher here since 2012.  It’s a small community where everyone knows everyone else in the English language community. Connections are key to getting the best jobs in Nicaragua, and we have them.


First things first, finding the language schools:

Here are the ways to find schools in Nicaragua and around the world.  ITA will assist you:

  • Contacting Schools Directly – International TEFL Academy provides you with international school contact info for English schools in Nicaragua, and around the world.  This directory contains contact information for tens of thousands of educational institutions around the globe. In some cases, International TEFL Academy Nicaragua can also provide you with specific references and contacts for schools. Reaching out to specific schools makes sense if you are looking to work in a very specific region or city. It’s often as simple as calling a school while in town and asking for an interview that day.
  • Job Boards – There are nearly 100 ESL online job boards listing tens of thousands of teaching opportunities around the world. Some job boards are general in nature and list jobs all over the world; others are country or region specific.  In some cases, you may apply directly through the website, while others may offer contact information.  As a student and graduate of International TEFL Academy, you will be provided with a comprehensive list of these websites.  These are not popular in Nicaragua as things are still pretty low tech but are popular in many other countries.

  • Placement Agencies & Recruiters – In certain countries and regions, like Southeast Asia and the Arab Gulf countries, a large percentage of teachers are hired through recruiters and placement agencies. International TEFL Academy can refer you to the most reputable agencies.

  • Networking and Word of Mouth – Connecting with English teachers here in Nicaragua can be a great way to learn about schools and job opportunities, particularly if you are already on the ground in the city or area where you want to teach.

Looking for a teaching job in Latin America?

Most employers in Latin America looking to hire TEFL/TESOL certified English teachers will want to meet with you in person when you are completing your TEFL course or are ready to start your teaching career.  This fact is what makes Leon, Nicaragua an ideal location for someone looking to complete a on-site certification course.  Nicaragua is safe, easily traveled, and an extremely affordable location.  Leon is a great place to begin your international adventure and a great home base while looking for employment throughout the Americas.  When you take your certification class in Nicaragua, it lets employers know you are serious about being a teacher and that you can adjust and are ready for international living.

Interviewing for teaching jobs overseas

Though International TEFL Academy Nicaragua is located in Leon, Nicaragua we can also guide you to other cities in Nicaragua and if you chose to move beyond Nicaragua to other countries after your on-site course.  Our world headquarters in Chicago has full time staff who are dedicated to help with your other job choices in countries around the world.

The English teaching job interviewing market can be summarized in 3 ways:

1)  Face-to-face interviews abroad:facetofaceinterview

Schools in Nicaragua, most of Latin America and Western Europe, will require job applicants to come to their school in-person and interview face-to-face during major hiring seasons.  This stems from the philosophy that evaluating potential teachers is best done through an interview in-person.  Often the local applicant pool is sufficient to the point that schools feel no need to interview potential teachers long distance.  Also, in many cases, schools may not have the resources to engage in global recruiting.  Schools are also weary that you will not show up after a job offer is made from abroad and then they are left without a teacher.   It’s uncomfortable for you but it’s the way their business is conducted to ensure a teacher will be hired.

In most cases, you will begin teaching almost immediately after your interview, so you should not plan on returning to your home country between your interview and your work start date. 

We understand it may feel scary going abroad without a job lined up, that is why it is important to follow our advice an learn about the seasons and requirements so you are interviewing when the jobs have turned over and directors are hiring.  Remember that the hundreds of thousands of English teachers before you felt the same way and found great positions.

Jobs in Nicaragua are all done face to face.  Taking the 4 week class in Nicaragua or the Hybrid with the 1 week practicum in Leon is the start of your process.  You can start the interviews while in class meeting school directors and moving the job process forward.

Expect an in-person interview prior to a contract start date if you want to teach in any of the following locations:

  • Western EuropeITAN Grads interviewing with local schools

  • Some schools in Eastern Europe

  • Most schools in Latin American countries

  • Many schools in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

Again, the country chart that you can request will answer all your questions and act as a blueprint in your selection process.

2) Interviewing in advance from your home country:

On average, for advance interviews you should allow for two to four months (possibly longer in Japan) from the beginning of the interview process to the start date of your job.  This procedure is standard for schools in the Arab Gulf countries, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Central and Eastern Europe, and some Latin American countries.  Applying for such jobs enables you to pursue multiple opportunities in multiple countries, and you will typically have a job lined up prior to your departure overseas.  This is not to be expected in Nicaragua.

3) Face-to-Face Interviews prior to going abroad:

In-person interviews in the applicant’s home country are common for jobs in Japan and are commonly conducted in major cities in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.  A teaching demonstration may be incorporated into the interview process.

PLEASE NOTE: International TEFL Academy  Nicaragua does not assign placements and you will interview for positions yourself.  This means that you are in full control of who you speak with and which job offer you accept. While it may make you feel nervous not to have a job “set up”, it is best to have full control of the job, school, location and environment that will suit your needs.

Who will be my students, and what types of classes will I teach?Teachers Day

In your international teaching experience there will be the opportunity to work with an unlimited variety of students.  English as second/foreign language is in high demand and you will find that the demand is growing worldwide.  English students come from a variety of backgrounds with just as many varieties of educational backgrounds.  You may find yourself working in corporate America training CEOs or in a small village working with minors or at-risk youth.  Depending on where you choose to teach, you will be pleasantly surprised by the students you will encounter.

Typically, graduates teach children in Nicaragua and adults located throughout the country.  Because these schools offer more traditional working hours, it just so happens that most people work at these schools.  If you are looking to teach adults, there are private language centers located throughout the country as well, and they typically have classes evenings and weekends to cater to working professionals.  There is also the ability to teach adults at universities, however these hours are more sporadic, and not as popular with our graduates.


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