Teaching English in Chile

Occupying a long and narrow coastal strip between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the picturesque republic of Chile is a country of marvelous contrasts and extreme natural beauty.


Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Chile

Typical English Students
  • Adults
Best Time to Get Hired March – August
Typical Start Dates March – August
Average Contract Length 6- to 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Salary $500 – $900 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $500 – $800 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker of English
  • Pass a basic training program, onsite
Typical Benefits for Teachers
  • Visa assistance
  • Free Spanish lessons
  • In-country orientation
  • Travel stipend for off-site classes
  • Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
  • Reimbursement of airport pick up



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Demand for English Teachers

Chile is on the leading edge of the push for English fluency in Latin America. While language skills are important throughout the nation, nowhere is the need for English more apparent than in the business world. A prime source of TEFL jobs in Chile is private and group classes for company employees and executives. Because Santiago is Chile’s economic, political, and cultural center, the majority of English teaching positions will be found in and around the capital. Your students will generally be adults and professionals who need to know English for their careers, their travels, and their personal growth.

Occupying a long and narrow coastal strip between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the picturesque republic of Chile is a country of marvelous contrasts and extreme natural beauty.

Chile Overview

Chile is a land of extraordinary extremes and stunning natural beauty. The country boasts over 2,700 miles (4,300km) of coastline and encompasses a wide variety of geography. Chile is bounded by the Andes Mountains to the east, the Atacama Desert to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Patagonia region to the south. Journeying from the lush vineyards of central Chile to the snowcapped volcanoes of the south, you’ll find it hard to believe that all this variety—and all this beauty—can be found in one place.

Against this striking natural backdrop exists one of the most stable economies in South America. Chile has one of the lowest rates of unemployment on the continent, and in recent years has negotiated free-trade agreements with nations worldwide. The country’s dependable financial system, modern facilities and general receptivity to foreigners make it a great place to teach English.


Download our Chile country guide!

Topics covered in the Chile guide are:

    Country description
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Things to do and see
  • Teaching overview
  • Demand for teachers
  • Major TEFL cities
  • Typical students
  • Peak hiring season
  • Hiring process
  • Typical contract length
    Cost of living
  • Currency
  • Sample cost guide
  • Job tips
  • How to find jobs
  • Interview advice
  • Hiring process
  • Work visa process
  • Recommended TEFL certification to qualify for jobs

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