Teach Abroad Program Overview
The supportive Teach in Chile Program offers a stress-free way to begin your teaching adventure in South America. This program, which takes place our Bridge center in downtown Santiago, includes everything you'll need as a new teacher: internationally recognized TEFL certification, a guaranteed job interview with Bridge after graduation, and additional supports such as airport pickup, host family accommodations (with meals), Spanish lessons, and in-country support from knowledgeable Bridge staff.
Combine TEFL Certification + A Guaranteed Job Interview!
TEFL Certification Offered
This is a 140-hour onsite BridgeTEFL certification course.
2019 Start Dates
July 1 – July 26, 2019*
September 30 – October 25, 2019
Application deadline: 30 days before start date / *Peak hiring months for teachers in Chile!
- Pre-departure advising and support
- Airport pick up
- Host family accommodations during the 4-week IDELT course
- 2 meals per day (provided by host family)
- Travel medical insurance
- Local, in-country support from the staff at Bridge in Chile
- 6 hours of online Spanish lessons
- Assistance finding suitable housing after the IDELT course
- A guaranteed interview for available teaching positions at Bridge in Chile
- Lifetime, worldwide job placement assistance from Bridge, for future teaching position
- Native English speaker or near-native English fluency: a documented CI English level or higher, based on the Common European Framework (CEFR).
- Bachelor's degree in any discipline. (Preferred, but not required, for program participation.)
About the Program & Center
The Bridge English center is located in Santiago, Chile's political and cultural capital, a great starting point for your adventure in this unique country. The center has a reputation for providing the highest quality language services to corporate clients. As a teacher in this program, you would work with adult professional students, often at their place of work. The majority of these students can understand written English, as they have already been reading and writing English in the university and/or professional environment. A teacher at Bridge in Chile can expect to teach five or six groups (teaching a total of about 12 classes) each week. The average group class size is three or four students, and you'll also teach private, one-on-one lessons. Most classes are taught outside of normal office times (morning, lunch time and early evening) so teachers have time in the mid-mornings and mid-afternoons to relax, take Spanish classes or do other fun things!
About Teaching English in Chile
Whether you want to fine-tune your wine palette in scenic wine country, ski the slopes of the nearby Andes, or check out the colorful, hilly, seaport city of Valparaiso, Chile's diversity makes it an ideal destination to teach abroad! In the capital of Santiago, you'll find an eclectic mix of opposites—colonial architecture against modern skyscrapers, outdoor markets alongside luxury shopping, and tranquil parks and cafes in addition to plenty of nightlife. No matter which part of the city you visit, you'll notice one common factor: Santiago is clean, safe, and efficient, and Chileans are friendly and always willing to lend a hand.
Best of all, Santiago, although a bustling epicenter of activity, is surrounded by pristine, snow-capped mountains and is only an hour away from the coastline. Centrally located within the country, Santiago is the perfect base for visitors to branch out and explore other regions of Chile, too!
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Questions about Bridge Teach Abroad Programs?
Great question! The Teach in Chile Program is designed for many different kinds of people. Some may not be comfortable going to South America on their own and "pounding the pavement" for their first job or apartment. Others may choose this program because it bundles the onsite TEFL course (valued at USD $1,995) with great perks like airport pickup, host family accommodations and meals, and a guaranteed interview for jobs at our own Bridge English language school. Still others take part in Bridge Teach Abroad programs because they simply prefer to have someone else do the legwork of getting a TEFL job abroad!
IDELT stands for International Diploma in English Language Teaching. This classroom-based, or "onsite," certification in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is highly regarded by employers, since it includes hands-on training and a teaching practicum with real language learners. The IDELT is not focused just on teaching in Chile or any certain country; it can be used to teach English as a foreign language in any country worldwide!
This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Teach in Chile Program.
After your TEFL certification course, you'll be qualified for paid teaching positions at the English division of Bridge in Chile, or at one of the many other language institutes in Santiago or surrounding cities. Demand for qualified teachers is high and most teachers make a salary which converts to around USD $10-$12 per hour, which is enough to support yourself while abroad, living by local standards.
No, there aren't upper or lower age limits for the Teach in Chile program. People of any age are welcome to apply! A bachelor's degree is a preferred requirement, however, so most participants are at least in their twenties.
Virtually all the students at Bridge in Chile are motivated business professionals who work for multinational companies. The majority of these students can understand written English, as they have already been reading and writing English in the university and/or a professional environment. Most students are in their thirties or older. This type of student is fairly typical at other language schools in Santiago, as well.
Most of the students will take 2 or 3 classes each week, and the typical class is 90 minutes. A teacher at Bridge in Chile can expect to teach five or six groups (teaching a total of about 12 classes) each week. The average group class size is 3 or 4 students and you'll also teach private, one-on-one lessons. Most classes are taught outside of normal office times (morning, lunch time and early evening) giving teachers free time in the mid-mornings and mid-afternoons to relax, take Spanish classes, or do other fun things!
About 75% of our classes are at the clients' workplace, so there is quite a bit of commuting involved in the job. The subway and the bus system are fairly extensive in Santiago so public transport is the best way to get around. Most of the clients' offices are concentrated fairly close to the Bridge center (within 30 minutes).
You definitely can! If you would like to take advantage of the bundled savings of this program (which includes tuition + host family accommodations and other add-ons) but teach at another school in Chile or anywhere around the world after the program, that's great! You'll have earned an internationally-recognized TEFL certificate that is accepted worldwide.
Sure! Space permitting, if you both apply and are accepted, you can definitely take part together. It's possible you could both work together at the same school after your TEFL course, too, since you'll both be guaranteed an interview for any open positions at Bridge in Chile, and also given assistance connecting with other local English schools, as well.