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surferrosa



Joined: 10 Jul 2008
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Location: canada

PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:57 am    Post subject: Iquitos Reply with quote

Hi everybody
I'm new to the board and I'm interested in teaching English in Iquitos.
I don't have a degree or teaching experience, but I'll have my TESOL.
Are jobs easy to find here?

Thanks.
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naturegirl321



Joined: 04 May 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It' might be easy since it's touristy and everyone wants to leran English, but as far as language schools, the only one that I know about is the one at the university. But you should be able to pick up students here and there.
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NickImpy



Joined: 28 Dec 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iquitos? Do you have family there? It's so hot in the selva, but beautiful
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surferrosa



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, no family there.
I'm just really intrigued by the city.
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keepwalking



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: Peru, at last

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UK Britanica (now called UK Vivential in Trujillo so possible name change in Iquitos too....) have a school on the Malecon. They aren't renowned for paying well though. You'd probably pick up quite a few private students although many people in Iquitos work in tourism and are paid terribly - spare money for english classes isn't too high on their list of priorities.

One consideration would be the visa. You wouldn't get a work visa through the uni or through UK Britanica. That would leave you on a tourist visa which is valid for 90 days. To renew it you'd have to cross the border and then re-enter Peru. This is simple from Lima or cities such as Trujillo or Cusco but Iquitos is 3 days by river boat from Colombia/Brazil. That's downstream: against the flow of the river count on a 4 day trip back to the city. There are fast boats but they are costly. This could be a major problem if you taught longer than a few months.

Iquitos is an intriguing city and the people are incredibly friendly. I considered teaching there myself but it wasn't financially viable in the end.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

keepwalking wrote:
One consideration would be the visa. You wouldn't get a work visa through the uni or through UK Britanica. That would leave you on a tourist visa which is valid for 90 days. To renew it you'd have to cross the border and then re-enter Peru. .


NOt anymore, now you get up to 183 days, but you'll have to ask for that. NONRENEWABLE. so you stay here for 183 days, can't renew it at migraciones, you'll have to leave the country.
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keepwalking



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you leave and then return as you do on the 90 days or is it a case of leaving and not returning for a longer period of time? Do they ask for anything like evidence of funds etc before they give you the 183 days?

This could be a way for our new staff to avoid having to go to Ecuador to renew their tourist visa while they wait for the work visa to come through.

Good information! Thanks
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't kow. I really don't think anyone knows at the moement.
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