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1. Posted by edcheetham (Budding Member 14 posts) 6y

Hola!

I'm sure there is a previous thread on this subject so I do apoligise but I'm at work and sneaking a peek at this lovely site as often as possible.

I just wanted to ask anyone who has previous experience of teaching english in S.A mainly Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. I have a TEFL certificate and previous experience teaching english but just wanted an idea from people who have done this already out there.

What kind of money can be expected? Any particular English schools that you would reccomend? Any tips/advice?

I'm flying into Rio June 6th and will be mooching around S.A for as long as my budget will allow so hoepfully there will be oppurtunity to teach to subsidise my budget and/or take advantage of free accomodation and as always miz with the locals.

Cheers
Ed

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

My experience is in Chile. There are a number of schools in Santiago. Go to the Tobabalaba Metro station, get out and walk south past the McDonald. There are five there abouts. There are also two neat Bilbao Metro Station, three blocks east of that on Tobalaba.

Some will take TESOL some won't...But after you hit a couple, dive on some of the teachers that are coming to and from the place and they will give you the lowdown.

I was making 1200 a month where I was. Enough to live decently.

Santiago sucks balls as a city though.

Good luck.

D

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting Piecar

Some will take TESOL some won't...But after you hit a couple, dive on some of the teachers that are coming to and from the place and they will give you the lowdown.

D

Is it as simple as walking-in, get lucky by beating a dozen blondes armed with Celta or Tesol certificates. I mean there are places where travellers just walk-in and they get hired. What about small towns? My German friend assumes that South America would have a surplus of American teachers, so non native speakers, especially the ones that would pass as locals would need a four leaf clover to get employed.

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

It's true... If you are not a native speaker, but learned somewhere, you're gonna lose to the native speaker. If I somehow intimated otherwise, I'm sorry. EdCheetham sounded British to me.

Yes, you have virtually no chance of teaching English unless you are a native to the language...The one place that may consider you MORE enticing is Berltiz. If you speak German, and can follow their method in English, they can sell you a little more.

5. Posted by edcheetham (Budding Member 14 posts) 6y

You guessed right Piecar I am English ;)

Thanks for all the info, I've been browsing Dave's ESL Cafe which is a fantastic source of info for TEFL jobs, advice etc. ( http://www.eslcafe.com/ - for anyone that dosen't already know the website)

Anyway 83 days and counting and I'm back out of this shitty country, so putting in the hours at work (where I am right now obviously working extremely hard!!! )

Hasta luego

Ed