• Want to Teach English in Chile?

    The country of Chile stretches from the stark Atacama Desert near the Peruvian border, through the lush vineyards of the central region, south to the frozen fjords of Patagonia. Its capital, Santiago, nestles in a valley at the foot of the Andes.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Chile:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time and, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The Training Center is conveniently located in Providencia, an upscale neighborhood of tree-lined residential streets, high-rise office buildings, and plenty of shopping and restaurants. The Center is only a few blocks from the city's sparkling metro system, and a five-minute walk from Suecia, a five-block hotspot hosting dozens of restaurants and nightclubs.

    The Training Center's modern facilities include 17 fully equipped classrooms, central air-conditioning and heating, a library of teaching materials, plus access to fax, phone, e-mail and the Internet. Trainees have the full support of the administrative staff, who can help new teachers get settled in Santiago by recommending medical services, housing, restaurants, activities, and explanations of how things work in the city. The Center can also arrange language-tutoring exchanges, trading your English classes for Spanish instruction. We highly recommend this tactic!

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Santiago, Chile is US$1,995

    Accommodations during the four week program are available with host families near the Training Center for an additional cost of US$1,000 (which includes two meals per day), in a shared apartment for US$760. Airport pick-up can be arranged for $25.

    If you are interested in brushing up on your Spanish and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Spanish classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program. There is no cost other than housing and $50 for a book that is required.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in Chile? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in Chile.

  • Chile Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    The country of Chile stretches from the stark Atacama Desert near the Peruvian border, through the lush vineyards of the central region, south to the frozen fjords of Patagonia. A land of extraordinary extremes and stunning natural beauty, Chile is simultaneously one of the most modern and stable nations of South America. Chile has in recent years negotiated free-trade agreements with nations across the globe, maintains an open, market-friendly economy, benefits from a dependable financial system, and consistently has one of the lowest rates of unemployment on the continent.

    The capital, Santiago, nestles in a valley at the foot of the Andes. Thanks to its central location, the city is the perfect base from which to visit northern and southern Chile. Also thanks to Santiago's central location, in less than an hour and a half west or east you can be strolling on the coast of the Pacific Ocean or skiing in the snowcapped mountains.

    Santiago's climate is mild and Mediterranean/Californian. The city of nearly 6 million is quite efficient and easily navigated. Residents are very friendly to foreigners and modern conveniences are universally available, from quiet parks to nightclubs open until dawn.

    The Training Center is conveniently located in Providencia, an upscale neighborhood of tree-lined residential streets, high-rise office buildings, and plenty of shopping and restaurants. The Center is only a few blocks from the city's sparkling metro system, and a five-minute walk from Suecia, a five-block hotspot hosting dozens of restaurants and nightclubs.

    Chile stretches extensively north to south and from sea to mountain, and therefore has several different climatic zones. Santiago is quite temperate, with distinct seasons. Spring (September to November) tends to be dry, with temperatures ranging from 15� to 26� Celsius (59� to 79� Fahrenheit). Summer (December through February) is warm and dry, with temperatures reaching above 30� C (86� F) during the day, but with comfortable evenings. Fall (March through May) is quite nice, with temperatures from 12� to 26� C (54� to 79� F) and occasional rain. Winter is also pleasant, though relatively wet. Daytime temperatures range between 5� and 15� C (41� and 59� F).

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    Teachers in Chile find work in public schools, private schools, or corporations both in Santiago and around the country: in big cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

    Most common are hourly teaching positions in private language institutes. Students are typically adults and professionals -- very motivated students who are fun to teach. Classes are typically small, ranging from 4-12 students. Most institute and corporate classes are scheduled early in the morning, during the lunch hour, and in the late afternoon to early evening. Peak hiring season is March through August.

    State school and university jobs involve more complexity but are obtainable at assistant level (the assistant level in the Chilean educational system is a solid position that requires qualified teachers), conversation groups, or workshops.

    Pay for teachers varies widely, and depends on your qualifications, hours-per-week, and length-of-contract. Hourly salaries can range from US$5-17, monthly salaries from US$500-900. includePay('Chile', 'TESOL Certification');

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Chilean cuisine varies with the ecosystem as one travels north to south and from mountain to sea. The wide range of international cuisines available in Santiago adds yet more choices. Try a pastel de choclo (a pie of chicken, corn, onions, and olives) on a hot day by the coast, or kuchen (a fruity flan of German origin) from the cold south. A wide variety of beef dishes (often served with eggs), along with various soups and stews (chupes and curantos), are also available, as are perhaps the world's most delicious avocados.

    It should come as no surprise that a country with over 25,000 miles of coastline enjoys an abundance of seafood. From ceviches of clams or sea bass to caldillo de congrio (eel soup) to ostiones a la parmesana (scallops broiled in butter and cheese) to chupe de locos (abalone bread pudding), Chilean chefs and home cooks are masters of their aquatic cuisine.

    Wine lovers will be familiar with Chile's world class offerings, and others enjoy licuados (milk shakes, often with fruit), juices, and teas. Pisco, a Chilean brandy, is popularly consumed in a pisco sour with sugar, lemon juice, and egg whites.

    Santiago breakfasts tend to be small and simple: a cup of coffee or tea and maybe a slice of toast or a fruit.

    Lunch is traditionally eaten between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM and many restaurants offer a men�. This is a set lunch of two or three different options that will consist of a soft drink, bread, salad, a main dish and desert, and is quite inexpensive. A regular menu is also available from which you can choose, but it's more expensive.

    Many people in Santiago and Chile enjoy once, or tea, allowing them to hold off until supper which is usually quite late -- if you go out to eat before 10:00 PM the restaurants will be nearly empty.

    The maximum tip given by most Chileans at a restaurant is 10%.

    Although the water in Santiago is safe, it contains microorganisms that your system may not be accustomed to. It is advisable to drink bottled water if you will be visiting for a short period or, if you plan on staying for a length of time, to adjust slowly to the water. While on the street, drink bottled water. It is similarly not advisable to eat food cooked on the street.

    Participants are responsible for their own meals.

    Santiago has a seasonal climate, so be prepared to wear shorts and t-shirts in the spring and summer, and warm jackets and sweaters in the fall and winter. A dependable umbrella will come in handy during the rainy season, as will a lighter jacket for spring evenings and fall days. Note that winter sees the need for comfortably warm clothes that can be worn inside and out (central heating is almost nonexistent in Chile - home owners usually use small propane heaters that can be wheeled around the house but are not very efficient). And don't forget alpine ski clothes!

    Teachers should be prepared to dress professionally while working. This means dress shoes; nice slacks or skirts; collared shirts, sweaters, or nice blouses. While it is rare for Teachers to wear suits, some of your students will, and certainly many language schools have dress codes that don't permit jeans or athletic shoes. At the least, males will find that having a few ties with them can be an advantage.

    Housing & Communication

    During training, accommodations in a shared apartment or home stay are available.

    Santiago home stay families open their middle-class, often single-parent, households to our trainees. They may or may not have children living at home. All host families live in attractive homes in safe neighborhoods. In your host family's home, you will have your own bedroom and either a shared or private bathroom. You will be given a key to the house or apartment and are free to come and go as you please (though, as a guest living with a host family, you should be sure to respect the routine of the people you are staying with). Host families provide breakfast and dinner, and enjoy spending time during meals chatting with students - typically, home stays provide an excellent way to get to know the local culture and language.

    After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other students or Chileans. Some employers will provide a room for you, either shared or single (usually in an apartment with other teachers) and provide you with a monthly stipend.

    International calling cards or local prepaid telephone cards are required to make international calls. Telephone cards are sold at many kiosks and newsstands. The cards may be used in either public phones (common in Santiago) or private phones simply by calling the company indicated on the card (long-distance operators typically speak Portuguese, English and Spanish).

    While most remote areas in Chile lack convenient Internet access, Santiago itself is dotted with Internet caf�s and even free wireless access in many locations.

  • Excursions

    Santiago is Chile, say the Santiaguinos, and in this capital city, you'll certainly see why. Located in central Chile, Santiago is the country's cultural, commercial, industrial and political center. It is one of South America's most sophisticated cities, a thriving metropolis that's home to five million people - nearly a third of Chile's entire population. While it may not boast of the rich, vibrant culture that defines cities like R�o or Buenos Aires, as the city booms economically and memories of the stifling Pinochet dictatorship fade, Santiago is reinventing itself as it undergoes considerable expansion of the arts, nightlife, and the restaurant scene. And the location is unparalleled �no other Latin American city is located near such a diverse array of day attractions, including wineries, ski resorts, and beaches.

    When you begin to explore Santiago you will find that its best features are in a localized area that runs along the length of the Mapocho River. Begin in el centro, the city's historic downtown � home to museums, cathedrals, cultural centers, and civic institutions. When you're ready for a change in scenery, walk over to Cerro Santa Lucia. From this hilltop park, cross Avenida Alameda to see the Barrio Londres/Paris neighborhood, then backtrack to Lastarria Street and Santiago's burgeoning art-and-cafe neighborhood, Parque Forestal (and the Plaza Mulatto Gil de Castro). From here, it is just a short walk across the Mapocho River to the Bellavista neighborhood and Cerro San Crist�bal. If you are in the mood for more, wander around the shopping district of Providencia by crossing back over the river.

    If the arts are your thing, you will find plenty to do. Santiago is known for its theater, from large-scale productions to one-person monologues put on at a local cafe. Or take in a symphony, ballet, or opera at the city's gorgeous, historic Teatro Municipal. The National Chilean Ballet and invited guests hold productions from April to December, with contemporary and classic productions such as The Nutcracker. There are musical events and special productions throughout the year.

    Santiago's club scene caters to an 18- to 35-year-old crowd, and it gets going pretty late: from midnight to 6am, on the average. If you like electronica, you might check out "fiestas" publicized in the weekend entertainment sections of newspapers that list 1-night-only raves and live music. There are dozens of music venues spread across the city, but the one that attracts the best bands and has the most variety is La Batuta, located in the �u�oa neighborhood, about a 10- to 15-minute taxi ride from downtown and Providencia. The atmosphere is underground, but the crowd profile depends on who's playing. Alternatives include restaurants and cafes in the Bellavista area that feature jazz, bolero, and folk music from Thursday through Saturday nights.

  • Travel Resources

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Chile

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time and, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The Training Center is conveniently located in Providencia, an upscale neighborhood of tree-lined residential streets, high-rise office buildings, and plenty of shopping and restaurants. The Center is only a few blocks from the city's sparkling metro system, and a five-minute walk from Suecia, a five-block hotspot hosting dozens of restaurants and nightclubs.

    The Training Center's modern facilities include 17 fully equipped classrooms, central air-conditioning and heating, a library of teaching materials, plus access to fax, phone, e-mail and the Internet. Trainees have the full support of the administrative staff, who can help new teachers get settled in Santiago by recommending medical services, housing, restaurants, activities, and explanations of how things work in the city. The Center can also arrange language-tutoring exchanges, trading your English classes for Spanish instruction. We highly recommend this tactic!

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Chile is US$1,995

    Accommodations during the four week program are available with host families near the Training Center for an additional cost of US$1,000 (which includes two meals per day), in a shared apartment for US$760. Airport pick-up can be arranged for $25.

    If you are interested in brushing up on your Spanish and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Spanish classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program. There is no cost other than housing and $50 for a book that is required.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.