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TEFL Training Center

Via Lingua Panama City has training centers that are housing in ELS Language Centers in Panama City. Our Training Center is in the heart of one of the most renowned and modern parts of the city.

Teaching English in Panama

While the “Survivor” TV show may paint Panama as a difficult place to live in, that is far from the reality. No matter your reason for being a TEFL instructor, retirement, career change or just enjoying the weather, this career will support a comfortable lifestyle.

While having some knowledge of Spanish would be helpful, it is not necessary. Panamanians usually know a bit of English and schools require teachers to only use English in classrooms.

You will have the chance to teach classes in the afternoon, evening or on the weekend. Students will be aged from those in college to older business clients. There are private schools that teach English as a class or use it in other subjects.

The Importance of English in Panama

English is an important part of Panama, since probably before Francis Drake. Being skilled in English allows locals to enter into their important career fields: tourism, call centers and real estate. English is especially needed in the tourism industry since there has been a large expansion of hotels. While service in Panama has historically not been the best due to miscommunication, this is shifting due to hotel giants that create training facilities for local staff. Those who speak English make more money. This is a great opportunity for English teachers to get in on the ground floor!


- TEFL Certificate
- 130 hour program for 4 weeks
- 10 hours of assessed teaching practice
- Enjoy beautiful Panama

What`s Included

$1,595.00 comes with:

TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language
4 weeks/130 hour program for graduates who wish to gain a certification as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
10 hours of assessed teaching practice


*Be over 21 years of age
*Hold degree from a recognized university
*Either be a native speaker of English or be able to demonstrate competence in English sufficient for study at a Higher Education institution.

Attractions in Panama
Panama is ideally situated between the Pacific Ocean and a tropical rain forest. There is much to see including the Parque Natural Metropolitano (Metropolitan Nature Park) and the Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas (Marine Exhibitions Center) which is managed by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Please inquire for further details of all the wondrous sights to be seen in Panama.

There are a wide variety of dishes in Panama. Of special note are seafood meals including ceviche (marinated raw fish), squid, octopus, prawn, and crab, among others. Also try yucca or manioc, our staple root vegetable. Sample our various spiced meat dishes and enjoy all the tantalizing tastes that Panama has to offer. Inquire about this program to find out more of the tasty dishes you can sample.

Bring comfortable clothing to suit the hot weather. Also bring a long a nice shirt and pair of pants or jeans for going out for men.

Women should bring tank tops, dresses, jeans and any other comfortable clothing. Perhaps consider a cardigan since air conditioning can be quite cold.

From May to December, there is rain on most days. However these showers usually only last all day for two days of every month. The rest of the time there are usually only early afternoon rains that last an hour or two before the sun comes back out.

A single room is about $700.00 to $800.00 including two meals each day with a Panamanian family. Hotels, hostels and apartments are available upon request.

Open a phone line account in Panama costs around $50 for Panamanian citizens and $100 for non-citizens. It usually takes about a week to have a regular phone connected. In-country calls are very inexpensive.

We can help you arrange excursions and cultural trips throughout Panama. Just ask!


English as a Second Language, TESOL

Program Locations

Panama, Panama

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Program Details

ELS Language Centers
  • Panama: Panama
School Term:
May Term
American, Canadian, European, WorldWide
USD 1,595.00
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