Ask Devex: Do I need to speak Spanish to work in Latin America?

Community health workers educate students as part of the Malaria Control and Surveillance program in Ecuador. Photo by: Pan American Health Organization / CC BY-ND

In this regular column, Devex’s career expert, Kate Warren, answers members’ questions about navigating a career in global development. Submit your questions to

Hi Kate,

I’m really interested in finding a community development job in a health-related field in Central or South America, and so have been searching the Devex site tirelessly. Do you know if positions ever become available that don’t require fluency in Spanish? I’m working on my language skills, though would be only at a beginner level currently.


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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.