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With a spectacular landscape of volcanic peaks shooting into the sky among deserts and green valleys, Chile and its people will have a profound impact on you. Wherever you go in this relaxed culture, you’ll be able to participate in local customs, share your own traditions, learn from those around you, and have encounters that forever will change your outlook on life. Along the way, you’ll improve your Spanish, expand your international resume, and help others.

Chile is an exciting destination for those who love the outdoors. You can ski in the Andes east of Santiago, or eat seafood in a beachfront café in Viña del Mar before dipping your toes in warm, white sand. Those with a sense of adventure can use their time off to travel, exploring places like the starkly beautiful Atacama Desert, the mysterious stone idols of Easter Island, or the glaciers far to the south.

Chile is one of Latin America’s most prosperous nations, and its people know that the nation’s well-being depends on a well-educated, globalized work force. The government has made improving English skills a national imperative, and there’s a hunger for knowledge that starts early and extends into adulthood. This creates a high demand for qualified English teachers throughout the country.

Teach abroad in Chile with CIEE and you can:

  • Soak in the unique flavor of Chilean culture.
  • Travel, explore and enjoy the outdoors on weekends, national holidays, and the between-semester break.
  • Work with postsecondary students in a traditional classroom setting with the Teach in Chile program.
  • Advance the English skills of children, adults, and business professionals in their homes and offices, through Teach in Chile - Professional.
  • Live in a vibrant location, such as Santiago, Melipilla, Viña del Mar, Concepción or Valparaíso.
  • Gather with coworkers and fellow teachers to share stories and cultural insights, and explore Chile together.

Understanding Your Options

Our Teach in Chile programs offer similar pay and benefits, but different students and teaching environments. Both programs require TEFL certification (or equivalent), so CIEE’s TEFL and Teacher Preparation course is already included!

  • Teach in Chile participants work at community college campuses in cities throughout the country. This is a unique opportunity to work with students from all sectors of Chilean society. Many students are the first in their families to go to college, so your lessons can have a big impact. This program is designed for those who already have Spanish language skills.
  • Teach in Chile – Professional is intended for those who already have some formal or informal teaching experience, but may not have strong Spanish skills. Teachers work at a private language-training company and teach young learners and adult professionals one-on-one or in small groups.

Highlights

A rewarding job opportunity

  • Paid teaching placements through a leading Chilean technical university and a private language-learning institute
  • Opportunities to teach in a variety of environments, from traditional classrooms in universities to homes and workplaces
  • Teaching support, including curriculum, teaching aids, and training workshops
  • Pre-departure CIEE online TEFL certification course included in our core Teach in Chile program fee

Teaching programs that deliver more

  • Benefits include social events, such as group tours with CIEE peers, and volunteer opportunities that allow you to give back to the community
  • An exciting and enriching four-day orientation in Santiago, including:
    • Airport transfer on designated arrival date
    • Cross-cultural training seminars to help you become comfortable in Chilean society, with lessons on essential Chilenismos – ¡que onda huevon!
    • Accommodations and many meals
    • Cultural excursions, including a walking tour in and around the capital city of Santiago
    • Transportation from orientation to your host institution (for teachers outside Santiago)
    • Four Spanish language lessons provided by the CIEE Teach in Chile coordinator
  • A fall group gathering and a midyear reflection workshop that bring Teach in Chile program participants together to socialize and engage in professional development through:
    • CIEE follow-up and survey of participant experiences
    • Teaching workshops to help improve second-semester performance
  • Opportunities to travel and explore
  • A “Lonely Planet” guidebook to plan your travels

Assistance to ease your journey

  • Logistical support from CIEE staff members before you depart for Chile
  • Temporary housing while you look for a place of your own
  • A school coordinator who helps you adapt to Chilean teaching and cultural differences. The coordinator is a key support resource to offer professional advice and help you adjust
  • International medical insurance and 24-hour worldwide assistance provided through CIEE iNext
  • 24-hour, in-country emergency support services from CIEE staff members in Santiago
  • Visa application guidance (apply in person at the Chilean Embassy or Consulate)

Locations

Want to teach at a white-sand beach resort on the Pacific coast? How about working in a dynamic urban center within sight of the snow-capped Andes? Teach in Chile positions are available at nine campuses of the DuocUC system of technical colleges in the capital city of Santiago, the interior town of Melipilla, the seaport of Valparaíso, and the nearby resort of Viña del Mar. Teach in Chile - Professional assignments are centered in homes and businesses in the capital city of Santiago and the southern coastal city of Concepcion. Regardless of where you teach, you’ll have your own Chilean adventures inside and outside the classroom.

Santiago

Latin America’s most modern metropolis is home to 6 million and has an infectious energy. Santiago is a lively city, dominating the political, economic, and cultural life of the country. If you want to see what’s at the heart of Chilean society, it’s the place to be. And when you want to get out of town, Santiago’s proximity to the mountains makes hiking, skiing, camping, river rafting, and horseback riding easy to access. Plus, it’s only 60 miles from the ocean, and getting there is easy, thanks to affordable coach bus service to Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.

Concepción

The regional capital of Concepción is Chile’s third largest metropolitan area and an important port city and economic center. It is known as “the university city” due to the institutions of higher learning located there, and it is also a national hotspot for Chilean rock music!

Valparaíso

The port of Valparaíso, locally known as “Valpo,” and its twin city of Viña del Mar are on the Pacific coast just two hours by bus from Santiago. This colorful (you’ll see houses of bright red, yellow and aqua running up the hillsides), laid-back, Bohemian city is famous for its funicular elevators, thin stairways and pedestrian passageways. Valpo has an indomitable spirit of community. After devastating fires that scorched the hills above the city, a cadre of volunteers that included Chilean tennis great Nicolás Massú (a.k.a. Vampiro) banded together to help in rebuilding efforts. Getting around in Valparaíso is simple, with a light-rail line running up the coast, ascensores – funicular railways – that climb the hills, and colectivos, or taxis, easy to find.

Melipilla

This small, quiet city in the metro Santiago area is home to 97,200 Chileans. Located 44 miles southwest of Chile’s capital and 27 miles from the port of San Antonio, Melipilla has its own character and identity. It’s known as the "land of huasos," Chile's version of the American cowboy.

Viña del Mar

Viña del Mar means “vineyard of the sea,” and the name certainly fits. Chile is globally known for its seafood and is one of the world’s largest producers of wine. This modern resort city, with its white-sand beaches, sits just north of Valparaíso and is easy to get to using affordable mass transit. There’s plenty to do and see, including important international music and film festivals. You can take the Mervai light-rail down to Valparaíso, hop a coach to Santiago, or explore the city for about 80 cents aboard a Micro, one of city’s popular buses.

Concepción

The regional capital of Concepción is Chile’s third largest metropolitan area and an important port city and economic center. It is known as “the university city” due to the institutions of higher learning located there, and it is also a national hotspot for Chilean rock music!

Preparation and Support

You see the CIEE difference in the quality of our offerings and the diversity of the cultural exchange opportunities we provide. Our preparation and comprehensive support is unmatched – and is carefully designed to make your journey easy, enjoyable, and successful. Your CIEE program fee covers the essential elements – a TEFL and Teacher Preparation course, assistance in getting ready to go, in-country orientation program, continued emergency assistance, insurance coverage, visa advice, a program handbook, and much more.

Before you leave

We want to make sure you have everything you need to teach abroad, from visa guidance to details about your job and sound advice on how to settle into your new teaching position.

When you sign up for your program, you’ll be enrolled in an online course designed to help build a framework of practical, cultural, and professional skills. You can also call us: CIEE professionals are standing by to help answer questions.

Teach in Chile participants must get study or temporary residence visas before departure, which can be a complex process. CIEE staff members will help you, step-by-step – from outlining the required materials to helping you find your nearest Chilean Consulate. Upon arrival in Santiago, CIEE will take you to register your visa with the Chilean International Police and the Civil Registry.

When you arrive

CIEE understands that it can be overwhelming to land in an unfamiliar country, with an extended stay ahead. You’ll have many questions. Worry not – we’re there to help and make you feel welcome!

When you arrive, CIEE Chile program staff members will pick you up at the airport. You’ll then have four days of orientation in Santiago with your fellow participants before you head off for your assignment. During this time, housing and most meals are provided. Fun cultural excursions, training seminars, and refreshers in Spanish will help you get started. When the orientation is finished, you’ll have the essential cultural and logistical know-how you need to teach and live in Chile.

During orientation, you’ll learn the practical, and a bit of the whimsical, too. Including:

  • Teaching English in Chile: What is the role of English in the Chilean educational system? What will your students expect from you as a foreign teacher? What will the classroom dynamic be like? We’ll give you a clear picture of your role as an English teacher in Chile.
  • Work culture in Chile: To help you fit in right away, CIEE will give you an inside view on Chilean norms and values in the workplace, particularly focusing on the educational system.
  • ¿Me Cachai?: Chilean Spanish is known for its particular vocabulary and accent. During orientation, you’ll learn how to use the most frequent modismos (idioms) and find out where they came from.
  • Logistics: How do you find an apartment? What if you get sick? CIEE staff members will provide detailed information about local transportation, the healthcare system, permanent housing, and crucial safety considerations. And throughout the program, resident CIEE staff members are available 24/7 for support.
  • Peer network: Going abroad is best when the experience is shared. During group gatherings and cultural activities, you’ll get to have fun with your fellow teachers, swap stories, and compare notes on what you’re learning about Chile and its people.

Housing

CIEE will house you for 2 to 4 weeks in rent-free furnished accommodations at the start of the program. This makes getting settled much easier because you’ll have a base from which to locate a permanent living situation. During orientation, CIEE offers a session on apartment hunting, with local leads in the Santiago office to assist you in your search. It helps to have a roommate. Not only will living with another person keep living costs more affordable, the company will make your stay much more enjoyable.

iNext travel insurance

There’s plenty to think about when you travel overseas. Peace of mind is priceless, and CIEE provides it by including insurance as part of every Teach Abroad program. U.S. resident participants are covered by iNext, which supplements your private insurance to cover the cost of care for accidents and unplanned medical attention while abroad. The policy also offers emergency evacuation coverage with 24-hour worldwide assistance.

Learn more about iNext

TEFL Certification

CIEE TEFL courses are a terrific way to get ready for your teaching adventure!

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence that makes this journey even more rewarding, both for you and those you teach. Our cutting-edge coursework is conducted online, so you can participate from almost anywhere.

Accredited by the World TEFL Accrediting Commission, our 150-hour TEFL certification course ensures that you:

  • Get feedback on your progress, along with fellow classmates in an interactive environment led by a single tutor
  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching nonnative speakers
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Can create appropriate lesson plans in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Practice your new skills with a 20-hour teaching practicum

The CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course is included in the fee for this program. Teach English Abroad with Confidence. Learn more.

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