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1. Posted by sirwhale (Full Member 84 posts) 9y

Hi guys i was just wondering if there is anyone here that has doen this before and has any tips on how to organise this etc eg should i just turn up and search for work? or organise before? is TEFL work out there easy? what do you generally need to be a teacher? i have a weeks TEFL course, a degree in medical microbiology and by the time i set off (june/july) i'll have lived in spain for a year and so my spanish should be at a decent level, although with an andaluz accent haha.

Thanks guys


2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Christian,

I found work easily in Santiago without a TEFL qualification, they are more interested in the fact that you are a native speaker really.

The bulk of the language schools are in the Providencia district of Santiago.

Check out, specifically this link

It's a great resource if you are thinking about teaching there. Reviews of various schools, indications about pay, etc.

Hope that helps

Ev :)

3. Posted by sirwhale (Full Member 84 posts) 9y

thats great mate, i'll get looking into it. Did you just fly out there and then sort it out or did you email and organise before your flight etc? cheers

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I had no plans at all to teach ENglish in Chile. I just ended up liking it a lot there and decided to stay for a while. There was such a demand for English teachers that I thought I might as do some work for a while to make my money stretch.

It was pretty easy to sort out over there. In fact, I dont imagine there's much you could do before leaving home. Just pick a few schools (as I say, most of them are around the same area), go along and hand in your CV to them and then they usually get back to you within a few days for an interview.

If you decide to go ahead with it, you have to sit in on a few classes to see how another teacher does it, before they throw you in at the deep end

Do a bit of research on rates of pay though because they can vary a lot between schools. Getting your tax back can be a bit of a complicated issue too - one school wanted me to "ask a Chilean friend for their social security number", so they could register me for tax. So, basically you are working illegally but it's possible to get tax back on someone else number - bit dodge really. In the end I found a school to pay me upfront.

Anyway, hope all the helps a bit. Good luck :)