Chile is, without a doubt, one of the best – if not the best – places to teach English as a foreign language in all of Latin America. From the driest desert in the world to alpine fjords magnificent enough to rival even Norway’s. Chile has grown to become one of the most prosperous countries in the region, meaning there is a healthy TEFL industry looking to recruit teachers.
First things first, what do you need?
As Chile’s demand for TEFL teachers has soared so have the standards risen. Most schools will not demand a degree of any kind (although it may be preferred), however a TEFL certificate will be required.
You can book a TEFL course and get certified with us.
When and where?
All countries have their own hiring periods where recruiters tend to hire teachers more often. In Chile, the best hiring periods are March-April and July-August. These are the beginnings of school terms.
The best place to find work in Chile is definitely its capital, Santiago. This beautiful city of around 6 million inhabitants is also the country’s financial centre which means it is most definitely the place to be for TEFL teachers, as Santiago’s business professionals seek to improve their English skills for trade with the likes of the USA.
Most schools will conduct their interviews person-to-person which means you will have to do a lot of job hunting on the ground. However, this does not mean you won’t find jobs where recruiters phone in advance for interviews – it just isn’t as common.
Salaries and hours
Of course, nobody goes into TEFL expecting to leave a multi-billionaire, but it is important to know if you’ll be able to breakeven or save.
For language centres: £750-1400 per month
International schools: £2000 upwards per month
The amount of hours you work will vary from school to school and depend on the contract you’re signed to.
A little fact file
It’s difficult to condense such a fantastically diverse country into one small fact file, but here’s one anyway.
Population: Over 17.5 million as of 2015
Languages: Spanish (the official language), but also Mapudungun is spoken by the native Mapuche tribes. There is a large contingent of German and English speakers too!
Currency: Chilean Peso
Some world records: Chile is home to the driest desert in the world: The Atacama.
– The highest lake in the world, Ojos del Salado, sits at an altitude of 6390m.
– As well as this, the Ojos del Salado volcano is also the tallest active volcano in the world!
Make sure to check out our friends over at TeachingChile. These guys are by far the best recruiters in Chile for those looking at doing TEFL there.
Hopefully, you’re now fully convinced to start your TEFL journey in the breathtakingly beautiful land of Chile. If not, then perhaps some of the positions advertised in our Jobs Centre will persuade you. Just remember to book a course with us before you try to apply for a job.