Honest LatinHire Review – The Truth about Teaching There (2021)

LatinHire review

LatinHire Review Summary

LatinHire recruits Native-level teachers in multiple subjects for Latin American adults and children. A degree is not essential, materials are provided and classes are flexible, but pay is relatively low, you must speak basic Spanish/Portuguese, commit to 16 hours a month, and not live in the US/Canada (presently).

Pay (per hour):$7-13
Native / Non-Native Speakers accepted?Both
TEFL / TESOL / CELTA required?No*
Degree / diploma required?No*
Adult / child students?Both
Class size:1+
Minimum hours (per week):4
*Either a degree OR a TEFL certificate – both are not required

LatinHire Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Recruits teachers in multiple subjects, not just English/ESL
  • Requires only a teaching certificate OR a degree (not both)
  • Availability of hours
  • Flexibility in being able to drop and pick up classes
  • Teaching materials provided

Cons:

  • Relatively low pay
  • Not currently hiring applicants living in the USA or Canada
  • Must speak elementary-level Spanish or Portuguese
  • Minimum commitment of 16 hours a month

Is LatinHire Legit?

LatinHire is a legitimate educational recruitment company established in 2003. Their headquarters are in Santiago, Chile, but they source and manage over 2,000 international teachers (or ‘Subject Matter Experts’) for online schools such as Open English and Tutor.com, with Zoom being the main teaching platform used. As well as ESL/English teachers, LatinHire recruits tutors in a range of subjects, including Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Accounting, Finance and Economics.

How Much Does LatinHire Pay?

The LatinHire rates vary depending on the subject and specific hours being taught, the client being hired for, qualifications, experience, interview performance and quality of teaching. The company claims that a LatinHire salary can amount to US$1700-2200 a month, whereas we have had it reported that the top LatinHire pay rate is $13 an hour, but this is only on weekends once a teacher has taught 250 hours (to reach level 3). If assigned to Open English, one of LatinHire’s clients, the pay can be as little as $7 an hour.

LatinHire Payment Methods

There are a variety of payment methods for LatinHire tutors, including direct bank deposits (depending on the country), Wise, Payoneer, and local pick up at physical locations if living/traveling in Latin America.

Monthly payment reports arrive by the 14th of the month.

LatinHire Hours

There are no LatinHire peak hours, and classes are available 24/7, with flexibility in being able to drop and pick up shifts.

There is a minimum hours commitment of 16 hours a month, and you are allowed to work up to 48 hours a week.

Class length can vary according to the client and subject, but usually last around 25 minutes.

All teaching materials are provided, which saves on preparation time.

LatinHire Requirements

To become a LatinHire online tutor, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Native English speaker with a neutral accent OR a Native-level English speaker who grew up in an English-speaking country*
  • Possess at least elementary-level Spanish or Portuguese (CEFR A2) – Intermediate Spanish is preferred
  • Hold a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate OR a degree (or currently be enrolled in a College degree program)
  • Have at least one year of teaching experience
  • Be willing to work a minimum of 16 hours a month
  • Have a passion for teaching
  • Possess subject mastery (in English, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Accounting, Finance or Economics)
  • Access to a laptop/computer with microphone, webcam, reliable wi-fi, and a white background

*Note that LatinHire are NOT currently recruiting applicants LIVING in the USA or Canada (living abroad is fine).

LatinHire Hiring Process

To apply for LatinHire jobs, you must complete an online application form with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Gender
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • City and State of birth
  • Country where you live now
  • City and State where you live now
  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Yes/No
  • Rate your Written English skills
  • Rate your Spoken English skills
  • If you speak any other languages in addition to English, list them
  • Have you completed High School? Yes/No
    • Graduation? Yes/No
    • Have you completed an undergraduate degree program? (e.g. bachelor’s degree) Yes/No
      • Duration of the degree program (in years)
      • College
      • Major
      • Country
      • Year awarded
      • Have you completed a postgraduate degree program? (e.g. PG diploma, Masters, PhD.) Yes/No
        • Duration of the postgraduate degree program (in years)
        • College
        • Major
        • Country
        • Year awarded
  • Other relevant courses or certifications
  • Provide a one to two sentence statement of your personal teaching philosophy
  • Record yourself reading the statement you just wrote. Submit a clear audio, without background noise
  • Did you have issues recording your voice in the previous step? Yes/No

If your application meets the requirements and your subject expertise is needed at that time, then you will be invited to an interview within 5-10 business days. Otherwise, you will be put on a waiting list. You can check your LatinHire application status by emailing info@LatinHire.com. You are expected to provide proof of academic achievements and pass a criminal background check before being hired.

LatinHire Interview Questions

The LatinHire interview is not live but pre-recorded. You will be asked 5-6 questions and may re-record your answer if you are unhappy with your initial attempt(s).

For LatinHire English teachers, at least one question will be scenario-based, where you will have to demonstrate how you would teach a particular concept. Previous examples include past perfect versus past perfect continuous, and ‘s’ in the third-person singular form.

Another question will be in Spanish, to test your elementary understanding of the language, though it should be fairly simple (a past example is ‘Cómo te llamas? De donde eres? Donde vives?’).

Here is a list of some previous LatinHire interview questions (you may also wish to consult the Open English interview questions):

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Where did you learn to speak English?
  • Do you speak Spanish?
  • Cómo te llamas? De donde eres? Donde vives?
  • Why do you want to teach?
  • What teaching experience do you have?
  • What is your teaching philosophy?
  • Give us your 1-minute explanation of past perfect versus past perfect continuous

LatinHire Job Reviews – Working for LatinHire

The LatinHire Glassdoor page gives the company an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 from 114 reviews, with 87% willing to recommend them to a friend. Here is a balanced selection of recent LatinHire teacher reviews (at the time of writing), which praise the schedule flexibility, booking rates, lesson content and students, but criticize the low pay and lack of benefits:

The LatinHire Indeed page gives the company a rating of 4 out of 5, though this is aggregated from fewer (17) reviews, with only two submissions in the last year; both concur that pay is low but reliable, though one does say that the availability varies from week to week according to time:

Conclusion – Is LatinHire Worth It?

All legitimate non-China teaching options are worth considering in the current climate. LatinHire has been operating in this space for a long time and attracts decent reviews from its teachers, barring the issue of pay which is relatively low. The only other notable disadvantages are the fact that they are (at the time of writing) not recruiting teachers living in the USA or Canada, you must speak elementary Spanish or Portuguese, and commit to 16 hours a month.

You can apply to LatinHire here.

Other non-China companies can be found here.

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