Teaching English in Chile
Living and Teaching English in Chile
With a coastline the stretches over half of the South American continent, Chile has some of the most diverse terrain on the globe. With glacier fields in the south, beautiful beaches and wine vineyards in the center, and the driest desert in the world to the north, Chile has it all. Then there are the cities, the mountains, and Easter Island as well. With a culture as diverse and varied as its geography, Chile is truly a world of its own.
Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. It leads Latin American nations in quality of life, political stability, income per capita, and economic freedom. Chile is also a founding member of both the United Nations and the Union of South American Nations.
Chile has recently emerged as an economically prosperous and politically stable country, creating unprecedented demand for certified English language teachers. English teachers in Chile typically find work in February and March, and again in July and August.
While some schools will interview teachers in advance over the phone and via email, most English teachers will find their job on the ground in Chile, where most job interviews are conducted in-person. Teachers will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share accommodations with coworkers.
A solid hourly wage allows English teachers to live comfortably. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore. A BA is not required to teach in Chile, but it is preferred by most prospective employers. A TEFL certification is absolutely necessary. Certified teachers looking to teach in Chile will find most jobs in Santiago, Valparaiso, Serena, Concepcion, Vina Del Mar.
English Teaching Requirements
- Education: BA/BS not required but preferred; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at any of our Onsite TEFL locations, of by taking the Online TEFL Class.
- Peak Hiring Months: Mid February - Mid March & July - August
- Types of Jobs: English language schools
- Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Chile for most jobs, though some schools may interview in advance over the phone.
- Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
- Types of Students: Business professionals, Children in Public Schools with Ministry of Education
- Cost of Living per Month: 250,00-430,000 CLP; 500 - 800 USD
- Average Monthly Pay: 250,00-430,000 CLP; 500 - 800 USD
- Start-up Cost: 700 - 1,200 USD
- Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
- Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
- Flight Reimbursement: No
Interesting Facts About Life in Chile
- Through the Open Doors Program, Chile made English mandatory for 5th graders and above in all public schools, although many private schools start English education as early as kindergarten.
- Chile is the world’s 5th largest exporter of wine.
- German is spoken widely in certain regions of the country.