Latin America

Why choose Latin America?

  • It presents the chance to experience Spanish, one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, in a different, non-European context
  • You can get out of your comfort zone and experience a completely different way of life to that in the UK
  • You’ll get to experience first hand some of the world’s most dynamic and emerging economies and cultures
  • It’s an incredibly diverse region, boasting rainforests, mountains and beaches
  • You could work in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Mexico and experience the cultural diversity within this fascinating region.

Read about past Language Assistants' experiences in Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico.

Also read Hannah Pearson's blog post on the Seven dos and don'ts for learning a foreign language abroad, Hannah is currently in Mexico. 

Posts are mainly in universities, teacher training institutions and language schools with a few posts in secondary schools.

Terms and conditions vary in the different countries of Latin America. Teaching experience or an interest in teaching as a career are required for some posts. Assistants are usually responsible for whole classes in Latin America.

The salary you will be paid is sufficient for one person to live on but posts in Latin America require a larger financial commitment than posts in Europe. Before you leave the UK you can expect to pay around £1,000-£1,200 for flights, visas and immunisations. You will also need access to around £1,000 (depending on the country you working in) once you arrive in Latin America for initial expenses, including a mobile phone and deposits for accommodation and rent.

Where can I go in Latin America?

Posts are available in five Latin American countries:

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico

If you wish to express an area preference, you may choose a maximum of three of the countries mentioned above.

You should be aware of the following before making your country choices:

  • Flexibility regarding location is encouraged to improve your chances of being posted
  • Undergraduates applying for Argentina will take priority over graduates. If you're a graduate you should be prepared to consider a placement in your second or third-choice country.
  • There is no British Council office in Ecuador. Assistants will be placed directly at the Catholic University of Ambato with other assistants.
  • You'll be informed of the exact starting date around two months before departure. It is not possible to be accepted for any country unless you are available for the full duration of the appointment.
  • You must be in the UK two weeks prior to departure in order to obtain your visa in London.

You will need to be open-minded, adaptable and tolerant for posts in Latin America. You will find that the living conditions and cultures differ significantly from those in Europe. You should research the region thoroughly before applying.

Dates of appointment:

Argentina: Mid-March 2016 for six months

Chile: Late July or late August 2015 – Late June 2016

Colombia: Late July 2015 - late May 2016

Ecuador: Early August 2015 – late May 2016

Mexico: Early September 2015 - late June 2016



Will I be interviewed?

All shortlisted candidates will be requested to attend an assessment day at our offices in the UK in January, February or March.

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to a one-day briefing in London in late June or early July. Induction courses are held in each country, usually at the local British Council office and at the employing institution.

When will I hear back?

You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application by early January. 

Between January and March, assessment days will be held at British Council offices in the UK. Candidates will find out if they have passed the assessment stage in mid-April.

By June, you will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or are held on a waiting list.

By July, you will be told the location of your post from the British Council in the UK and/or from your host country. Assistants going to Argentina will find out the location of their posts in January or February, preceding the start of their posts in March.