South America- teaching and border crossings

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1. Posted by c-chan (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Im travelling around South America for a year from this coming April, however i have a few concerns.....I want to teach english, in which country, i dont mind. I have experience of teaching after living in Asia however I have no TEFL/CELTA. My second problem is border crossings, i want to travel over land and avoid flying at all costs. I am a bit nervous as i have read that to enter several countries in south america you need to show a ticket out of there and/or a credit card as evidence of sufficient funds- I have neither....please help!!

Thanks :)

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I didnt have any trouble with border crossings. I crossed Argentina to Brazil, Brazil to Paraguay, Paraguay back to Argentina, Argentina to Uruguay (and back again), Then Argentina to Chile and back again. They only need to see a ticket out of the country when you arrive at an airport.

Although my visas were only tourist ones - i didnt work.

3. Posted by edros1607 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was teaching in Brazil but only as a volunteer. I was originally intending to work as a teacher but changed my plans because obtaining a visa which allowed me to work proved to be almost impossible. I can't vouch for the rest of South America but I imagine a working visa would be just as difficult. Again I can only advise on Volunteer programs when I say that TEFL and CELTA qualifications are not really necessary In Brazil, however if you intend to teach in a language school they would normally require something.

I hope you have a great trip!!

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi C-Chan

I taught English in Santiago, Chile - the money is better there than in most other major SA cities, but at the same time so is the cost of living.

Check out for schools to apply to. :)

As for border crossings, I had no problems. But just a word of advice, keep your exit slip that you get when you arrive in the country. You will have problems leaving without it. :)

Myself and my friend Ringo ended up having to bribe the Argentinian border police for him to get across without it.

IF you keep it in the pages of your passport you're less likely to lose it. :)
Other than that, you shouldnt have any worries. I was never asked for proof of onward tickets and I must have done about 20 border crossings in SA.

Hope that helps :)

5. Posted by c-chan (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Phew!....:)Thanks for your help every one! The 4gringo's website looks especially heplful.....cheers :)