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1. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 11y

OKay...the good news is I found a program that does not charge an excessive amount for placing me with a volunteer organization in South America. I will be receiving room and board and a small stipend in exchange for teaching English in Argentina and CHile. Does anyone know what the VISA requirements would be for an American? I know that you can be there for 90 days with a 30day extension with a tourist visa, but Iam not sure if I will be classified as a tourist or a worker. I think that I will be cassified as a tourist, because they carefully worded the payment as "stipend" which I hink legally makes all the difference in the world. Anyway, if anyone has ever taught english before and knows if you need a work visa let me know.

2. Posted by donlee23 (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Contact the nearest Argentinian and Chilean consulates find one nearest to you on:

3. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 11y

Thanks for your suggestion, but I have already contacted the consulates on numerous occassions. I think they are special circumstances with certain programs...that is why I was seeking someone who had done any programs similar to the one I was looking at. But thanks for your help...I am going to keep on trying

4. Posted by donlee23 (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Your program director should arrange your visa then..the foreign hire Teachers brought into El Salvador and Guatemala by the American, British and International Schools on 1 year contract are given RT Air Fare, Housing, utilities, local phone calls and work permit and visa 1 year arranged in advance by the school. The salary is about $600 month US..if this is an NGO and are using volunteers in their school programs you should check them out, do a Google on them. I am allied with several international language institutes, Argentina and Chile are fairly developed countries with European influence, unlike here in Central America where many small projects rely on volunteers to help disadvantaged students, we ran into several cases of schools in Argentina using naive native speakers in this way to teach upper and middle class tuition paying students.

If they don't at least pay your room and board and RT ticket and get you the visa and work permits forget it.

5. Posted by test08 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y


unfortunately I cannot help you with anything but maybe you could help me. What is the name of the organisation that organises this for you and do you know about the possibilities of teaching English for non-native speakers?