Access to private learning sessions, as a resource for school support, is very often looked at as a mirror reflecting inequalities between social classes.
In countries all over the world, paying for private tuition for their children is expensive and represents a significant part of the parents’ budget.
On the other hand, personal tutoring is viewed by many families as a vehicle for social integration and academic excellence.
It also complements some education systems academic teaching that is sometimes considered to be insufficient or even mediocre.
Here are some reasons why academic support is often targeted by parents:
For these many reasons, private tutoring classes whether at home, online or at school, allow a catch-up and upgrade to fight against future academic failure.
Are you a professor from the National Education System who is moving to South America to offer private at-home academic lessons?
Are you an expatriate looking for primary and secondary school support?
Or are you travelling to Latin America (working holiday program, road trip, etc.) and looking to get paid while overseas?
Today, Superprof is looking at school support in Latin America to guide you towards making a rewarding decision.
The South American continent has 12 countries that have completely different cultures and total a gross population of about 410 million inhabitants. There are 5 official languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, English and Dutch.
Portuguese is the dominant language by a small margin with Spanish tailing close behind.
Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela etc., are now becoming rich, developed or “emerging” countries that are now lining up beside some European countries in terms of countries with the highest gross domestic product.
Nevertheless, in the South America continent, severe social gaps persist. Many countries still feel the recent effects of economic crises, military dictatorships, mafia crimes, drug trafficking, guerrillas, corrupt political leaders and civil wars (sounds like paradise, doesn’t it?). With all of these prevalent issues, many children do not have access to quality education.
To make matters worse, South America has very hostile geographic locations (the Andean Cordillera, Atacama Desert, Amazon Jungle and Bolivian Altiplano). All of them so different and often difficult to navigate.
South American children who live in rural areas often lack the remedial support they need in order to succeed. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Schools are often private and have high registration fees. The social inequalities and poverty of some populations prevent many South American children from gaining access to schools and private teachers to help them academically.
Taking home tutoring classes, therefore, appears as a luxury reserved for the privileged categories of the upper middle classes.
In South America’s poorest countries (Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru), extra school support has thankfully developed as a result of humanitarian missions from many NGOs (non-governmental organizations).
According to the prevalent inequalities, in 2012, Latin America had an enrollment rate of 92% in primary school and 88% in secondary school education.
UNICEF reports that 21.1 million school-age children in Latin America are either not in school or at risk of dropping out.
These statistics explain the great need to take home tutoring classes in this part of the world.
However, in the most developed countries private tutoring is more widespread: in Brazil, the world’s 9th greatest economy, 50% of students have already taken remedial classes.
The private tutoring market is very heterogeneous in South America. The richer the country, the more its education policies will be developed.
So, you make ask, where can we take private tutoring sessions or give supplemental instruction classes in South America?
Here are some specialized and structured private teaching programs that are offered on the South American continent:
These centres are not so much academic tutoring schools as they are educational institutions to take at-home Spanish classes to improve fluency.
Nevertheless, you can still enrol yourself or your child in one of the abovementioned options: Spanish lessons with a native private instructor will no doubt improve your child’s school performance during the academic year.
Why not become a professional, pedagogical private educator to develop primary and secondary school support in Latin America?
It seems to be humanitarian associations that offer the most school support and tutoring to South American schoolchildren.
Students in Brazil have sought more extra school support than any other Latin American nation. The rising economy is a reason for this. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Peru’s economy remains very poor. Many NGOs have aided Peruvian children get the education they deserve. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Chile has plans to become a bilingual nation. Why not step on over and offer English classes in order for this to become a reality? (Source: Visual Hunt)
In the two most southern countries of Latin America, the education system is more developed than in Bolivia or Peru.
Nevertheless, inequalities persist and who you are matters. Whether it is your family background (European descendants are highly favoured) or if you have graduated from higher education, Chileans and Argentineans suffer from these prejudices and this makes the learning experience more challenging:
If you are a qualified teacher who wants to go all around the world, why not participate in humanitarian missions to teach abroad?
In four (Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador) countries on the South American continent, pass on your knowledge to children having academic difficulties with English as a foreign language, mathematics, history and geography. These remedial classes can take place during the evening or during school holidays.
Imparting your academic wisdom will take place in schools, colleges, universities, language schools and local institutions.
If you want to travel the world and tutoring in South America seems like an attractive idea, I guarantee you will like the idea as much in North America and Africa. Spin the globe and pick your location!