About Teaching English in Chile
Boasting the most advanced and developed economy in South America, Chile is one of the top job markets for teaching English on the continent. The draws of living and teaching in Chile are 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
For English teachers considering Chile, it's important to keep in mind the peak hiring seasons which are March & April and also July & August. 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.
In terms of getting hired, many schools will interview teachers in advance over the phone and via email. More commonly though, English teachers will find jobs 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.
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 in Chile. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore all that Chile has to offer. TEFL certified teachers looking to teach in Chile will find most jobs in Santiago, Valparaiso, Serena, Concepcion, Vina Del Mar.
In order to teach English in Chile, you will need a TEFL certificate. A 4-year college degree is preferred but not required. Native English proficiency is also expected to find a TEFL job. The average salary for an English teacher in Chile is about $750 to $1,000 USD per month.