El Salvador

Unemployed Math Teacher from El Salvador Gives Free Tutorials

Unemployed Math Teacher from El Salvador Gives Free Tutorials

Every morning Carlos arrives at San Sebastian Central Park in San Vicente, El Salvador, to teach math at no cost. He pulls out a sign that reads: “Free Math tutorials for students from elementary school through high school.”  Within minutes of setting up at local parks, Carlos is sought after by children, young people and even adults, who seek help with their math homework.

Carlos Maravilla is 27 years old. He is an unemployed Math teacher from San Sebastian, located in the municipality of San Vicente, El Salvador. Despite various efforts to secure teaching positions in El Salvador, he has been unable to find a stable teaching job. He earned his graduate degree in 2016. “A wasted Salvadoran genius,” reports Noticiero Hechos, “who won’t let unemployment prevent him from using his gifts.” As he waits for a call back, Carlos uses his talents by holding free math tutorials in various parks.



Carlos Maravilla-Foto cortesia, Latidosporelsalvador.




“I am from San Sebastian, San Vicente. I studied for a teaching career in mathematics at the University of El Salvador. I have always enjoyed learning and I especially like numbers and teaching mathematics. My college experience at the University of El Salvador was a good one.

Personally, I  had to apply myself and it was very difficult to complete the program in 5 years and graduate, but I finally made it in 2016. After graduation, I waited a few months to get the title and started applying for teaching jobs in various school districts, but it isn’t easy to get a teaching job in En Salvador.”



Carlos holds free tutorials in the park. Photo Credit: Carlos Maravilla.


“We have many teachers who are unemployed, with nothing. We all wait for job announcements to be published. Even short-term internships are hard to come by. These don’t become available unless a teacher has a disability, or an inconvenience. Only then, do teachers like myself get the opportunity to sub ,” shared Carlos with Latina Republic.

There are many teachers waiting for other teachers to retire or to stop teaching. We wait for internships, retirements and for advertisements that will give us a chance to use our talents on behalf of our children.  Part of the challenge has to do with the tenure system in teaching. Once teachers have a job, they stay in that position until retirement,” explained the Salvadoran teacher.


Carlos Maravilla Advanced Degree. Photo Credit: Carlos Maravilla.


Today, Carlos lives with his mother who has a grocery business. He survives by paid tutoring gigs that sometimes emerge from his free tutorials in the parks.


Carlos poses with his mother. Foto, Carlos Maravilla.


Carlos has a university degree. He would like to find a job teaching math, but in the meantime, volunteers his time to help students for free.

“He does not have work, but he does have a vocation. That is why he has decided to take his talents outdoors and tutor for free,” reported Noticiero Hechos.

A neighbor commenting on Carlos’ generous gifts of time and expertise added: “We know Carlos and we know that his financial difficulties have not prevented him for helping others. He is an admirable young man.”

Carlos has made himself known and not only in this town. Twice a week he travels to other municipalities to share his knowledge.

A parent who accompanied his son to the free tutorial added:

“Carlos is due for a reward. He is helping so many people for free.”


Soledad Quartucci | CEO/Founder, Latina Republic

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