Dont be put off travelling to South America - it's totally doable on your own and you'll have an amazing time. Brazil is a wonderul country and somewhere I wished I had had more time.
I travelled solo for 7 months there and I taught Business English in Santiago, Chile for a couple of months. If you have any specific questions just let me know.
thats great thanks jsherw im gonna have a look at those sites now, thought about Miami because I have a friend there who always invites me over to see her and i thought if i was over that side of the country i should really go and say hello!! samsara2, how did you get your job in chile? that sounds like something id be interested in doing, i speak spanish so that would probably help
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This is a great site if you are looking for TEFL work in Chile.
I bascially applied to a whole bunch of schools and I got call backs from a LOT of them. You would have no problem getting teaching work in Chile, and you dont necessarily need a TEFL qualification. They really just want native speakers.
I would recommend the Fischer Institute in Providencia as a good place to start.
Only thing is the pay isn't amazing - you're looking at about $9-12 a hour depending on where you are.
Hope that helps!