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Teaching English in Chile 101

Boasting the most advanced & developed economy in South America, Chile represents one of the top job markets for teaching English on the continent. Major hiring seasons for teaching English in Chile are in March & April and again in July & August.

The draws of living & teaching English in Chile are nearly endless. With a coastline stretching more than 2,400 miles, Chile is home to some of the most diverse terrain on the globe. The Chilean Andes are among the world's highest and most beautiful mountains (offering world class skiing) and the Atacama Desert represents the driest place on the earth. Meanwhile, the heart of the nation comprises rich arable land and vineyards that produce some of the finest wines in the world. 


Many schools will interview teachers in advance over the phone and via email, but a high percentage of 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. Many English teachers share an apartment with coworkers. One aspect of teaching English in Chile that differs from many other Latin American nations is that schools do typically sponsor work visas for their teachers.

There are also opportunities to volunteer (with stipend and housing) as a teaching assistant in local public schools through the Chilean government's "English Opens Doors" Program.

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 opportunities to travel and explore.  TEFL certified teachers looking to teach in Chile will find most jobs in Santiago, Valparaiso, Serena, ConcepcionVina Del Mar.


Please note, that while a Bachelor's degree is not required to secure a job in this country, it still can be strongly preferred by employers.  If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search.

A TEFL certification is typically required to get a job teaching English in Chile. Options include the ITA 170-hour Online TEFL Course, or one of our other in-person TEFL courses in 25 locations worldwide.

Visit the Chile Alumni Ambassador Corner - Get videos, articles & inside tips for teaching and living in Chile from ITA Ambassadors living there!


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