Teach English in Chile
Make an impact while living with a host family and teaching English at a local public school for 3 months in Chile.
This program offers a short-term option to get teaching experience in South America! You’ll spend a week at orientation in Santiago before going to a 10-week teaching assistantship in placements throughout Chile. You’ll live with a host family to get a well-rounded, immersive cultural experience!
This program offers:
- 1-week comprehensive group orientation in Santiago
- 10-week placements throughout Chile
- Small monthly stipend to offset expenses
- Host family accommodation
Have questions for a program manager? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 30th – October 12th – Deadline to apply June 30th
August 20th – November 2nd – Deadline to apply July 20th
Before applying, be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements below.
- Native English speaker
- Citizen of the EU, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, or Australia
- One of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree OR
- TEFL certification (at least a 100 hours online course)
- Teaching or tutoring experience preferred
- Ages 21-35
- Be in great mental and physical health
- No criminal record (with the exception of traffic or other minor violations)
- Must be open minded, flexible, and adaptable
- Must be prepared to make teaching and time with host family a priority
Unfortunately, we are unable to make any exceptions to these requirements.
Program fee: $1,800 USD
- Airport pickup
- 1-week comprehensive group orientation in Santiago
- 10-week placements throughout Chile
- Transportation from Santiago to your placement city
- Monthly stipend of 90,000 Chilean pesos to offset expenses
- Homestay with a vetted host family (private bedroom)
- 2 meals per day with host family
- International medical insurance
- Pre-departure support from an experienced program manager
- Emergency support and assistance throughout your program
- Support from a regional coordinator near your placement
*Program costs do not include the airfare to Santiago, additional meals or free time/travel spending.
Wondering why you have to pay to teach?
Greenheart Travel is a non-profit organization, and the program fee for this teaching project covers the costs of organizing your placement and support on the program. Your program fee helps cover the pre-departure & in-country support staff. These fees also aid in providing an orientation, logistical support, and insurance.
At orientation, you’ll spend a week in Santiago learning the skills you need for a successful program, while acclimating to life in Chile! You’ll stay with a host family who will provide you 2 meals per day. During this time, you’ll visit a school to observe an English class, attend cultural training sessions, receive training on lesson planning and teaching methodology, and brush up on your survival Spanish. After orientation, the program will organize and purchase your transit to your placement city.
Schools are located throughout Chile. We have found that these placements provide the most impactful immersion experiences to learn about real Chilean life, and participants have wonderful experiences being placed throughout the country.
We cannot guarantee any type of school or location. Applicants must be flexible and open minded about where they are placed, and willing to be placed anywhere in Chile and at any age level.
The distance from your home to the school will vary. Some may be within walking distance or a short public transit commute. If you have a student or teacher in your family, you may be able to catch a free ride to school each morning! Please note that if you have to take public transit to your school, that cost will be your responsibility.
Teaching Responsibilities & Expectations
You will be working as an assistant in an ESL classroom, alongside a Chilean teacher. You will be primarily focused on speaking and listening activities with the students. The idea is to give them an opportunity to practice their skills with a native speaker!
Placements are in public and private elementary and high schools, and most classrooms will have 40-45 students, generally at beginner level. You will be working alongside the lead teacher and will assist them with classroom activities, classroom management, lesson planning as well as some administrative tasks like assessments and grading during office hours.
You’ll be expected to work 20 classroom hours per week. This means that you may be at the school more time than that, factoring in gaps in your schedule and lesson planning time.
You will also be expected to spend 10 hours per week instructing your host family in English. This could take one of several forms, depending on the needs of the family. You may be tutoring kids, assisting parents with ESL skills for their professions, or just leading informal conversation activities. This is a great opportunity to give back to your host family and bond with them.
You’ll live with a Chilean host family for the duration of your time in Chile.
Here are a few things to know about host families:
- Volunteer host families are unpaid – they do not receive a stipend to host you. They are hosting you because they are interested in welcoming you into their home, learning about you, and participating in a cultural exchange experience.
- Host families are carefully screened and vetted
- Host families come in all shapes and sizes! A host family may be a traditional nuclear family. Other times, it could be a single mother with kids, or a retired couple.
- You’ll be matched with a host family based on your mutual preferences and interests.
- Host families are typically selected by the schools, and often times they are a teacher or student at the school.
- You’ll have your own room but other spaces will be shared
Can I travel during the program?
Yes, you are welcome to travel on the weekends as long as it doesn’t interfere with your school schedule. The program should be viewed as a teaching and cultural immersion program first. We ask that teachers are respectful of their schools and host families. Host families should not be used as a “bed & breakfast”. Families are voluntarily opening up their homes to our teachers. Participate and engage with your family! Cook dinner together, watch football together, and accept any invitations to outings!
As in any country, many families and schools are located outside of major cities and surround areas. Teachers should be prepared for the possibility of being a couple of hours outside of a major city, and know that travel could require several modes of transportation. For this reason, teachers should not expect to be able to travel into the city during the school week or just for the evening.
Can I choose where I am placed?
Placement matches are made based on a variety of factors, including the shared interests, needs and desires of the schools, host families, and teachers. Schools all throughout the country need teachers. This means that while there are some placement in major cities and the surrounding suburbs, there are also placements in many other locations. We cannot honor specific placement location requests. Applicants must be willing and able to be flexible about their placement location.
Will I have wifi?
Internet is widely available in Chile; however, it is not a requirement for host families to have it. There are many public places including most of the schools where you can have access
Can I apply with my friend or significant other?
Yes, you can certainly apply for the program together. However, we cannot place friends or couples together. There will be only one teacher per school, and host families cannot accommodate more than one person. Friends or couples applying together must be willing to live and work separately. We will do our best to place you relatively close to each other, but cannot make any guarantees.
How much extra spending money should I plan to bring?
While most of your living expenses are covered on this program, you’ll still want to bring money for going out, traveling on weekends, and incidentals. Please note that the cost of living in Chile is fairly high compared to other countries in the region, so it’s important to be prepared. Teachers in the past have recommended bringing anywhere from $850 – $3000 extra for the duration of the program. The lower end of the scale would be for those who do most of their activities with the host family or the school, and who don’t do much travel during the program. The higher end would be for those who are doing bigger trips frequently throughout the program. You should expect to spend about $150-400 per trip. It’s always best to plan to spend more than you think you will – this way you don’t have to turn down any once in a lifetime opportunities that could come up!
Do I need a special visa for this program?
Nope! You’ll enter on the standard tourist visa, which allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. You will not need to apply for your visa beforehand.
Can I extend my program for longer than 3 months?
Yes. You will have to leave the country, pay a $100 fee, and reenter to get a new 90-day tourist visa. Most people go to Argentina for the weekend to accomplish this.
Will my host family speak English?
This will completely depend on your placement. Some families speak very little English, while other have one or two family members that are fluent in English. You’ll be amazed how much you can still communicate without a shared language!
Will my students speak any English?
Again, this will vary by your placement. The English level will vary based on your students’ age and education track. Most students start studying English at an early age, but as in any foreign language classroom in the world, some students will be more advanced than others.
Will there be other teachers placed in the same town/ at the same school?
There will probably not be more than one foreign teacher per school. We are trying to impact and provide this service for as many schools as possible. While the program is still small, this means that teachers will be the only teachers at their assigned schools. If you are in a larger town or city, it is possible that there may be other teachers in the same area. In general, the region is relatively small. Depending on your placement, transportation will be easy for some, and more challenging for others. You’ll meet all of the other new teachers during orientation, and then you can plan trips to meet up on the weekends.
Is there a dress code in the schools?
This will vary by school. To err on the safe side, it’s best to bring some conservative and business casual options. Some schools will be more casual than others, and you’ll get a sense of what is the norm for your specific school once you begin your teaching work.
- You can start the application here: Greenheart Travel Application. This first step includes things like your name, address and chosen start date and should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Once complete, you will receive a link to a digital Terms and Conditions form.
- Sign our online Terms and Conditions Document. These are our basic policies like cancellation policies, deferral policies, etc.
- Submit your $300 deposit. A deposit is required in order to apply for the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. We only have the resources to interview serious applicants for this program, which is why we require the deposit ahead of the interview. We get thousands of applications each year, and while we wish we could meet everyone, we only have the time to interview those who are committed to participating. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.
- Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. Links to this part will be emailed to you. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts.
- Submit your required documents (below) at the link provided.
- Schedule your video interview! Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application deposit, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.
- You’re accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within a 1-2 weeks of their interviews.
- Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment deposit within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program.
- Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Chile!
- Signed Electronic Terms & Conditions
- Background Check (Securely run by Greenheart Travel for US Citizens. Non-US Citizens must obtain their own National Level Background Check and submit it to Greenheart Travel prior to acceptance).
- Scanned Bachelor’s Degree (if applicable)
- Letter of recommendation
- Scanned Passport
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