Argentina

Why choose Argentina?

As the largest Spanish speaking country in Latin America, Argentina offers a vast area to explore. From the Andes in the west to the 3, 180 miles of eastern coast, the salt flats in the north to the spectacular southern region of Patagonia and everything in between, there is much to discover about this exciting country.

What will I do?

In Argentina, there is an opportunity to work in a range of institutions from primary schools to universities. This location is best suited to undergraduates on their year abroad. 

How does it all work?

  • All posts in Argentina are for six months: from mid-March until September 2017.
  • Assistants will work 12-18 hours per week.
  • Priority will be given to undergraduates on their compulsory year abroad.
  • Assistants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture as they tend to be widely dispersed across the country.

Where can I go?

Most posts in Argentina tend to be in towns or cities Applicants should be aware that there are often no posts available in Buenos Aires.

Due to the size of the country, successful applicants may not be posted in close proximity to each other, however this offers an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. We do not expect to find out the location of the posts prior to interviews, so flexibility is encouraged. 

We offer you a unique experience in Argentina by varying the post locations from year to year. As a result, it is not possible to select a specific regional preference, however this allows you to create your own individual journey while in Argentina. Candidates are able to indicate which criteria are most important to them when it comes to the location of their post and, following assessment, will be asked to rank the following criteria from 1 to 12 (in order of preference):

  • Near an indigenous community
  • Coastal region
  • Tourist area
  • Mild temperature
  • Lack of other foreigners
  • Close to other Language Assistants
  • Historical area
  • Industral area
  • Good transport links
  • Humid temperature
  • Near to other foreigners
  • Other (please specify in the 'reasons for preferences section of your application)

Please note that, although we will take preferences into account, this is not always possible and applicants should be prepared to accept a post wherever they are allocated. We also encourage you to do some research into the area that is the best fit for you. 

 

Will I be interviewed?

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

Our assessment days are normally held in London, Manchester or Edinburgh and we always try to invite candidates to the assessment day nearest to them.

Will there be an induction course?

Pre-departure briefing

Successful applicants will be invited to a one-day pre-departure briefing in London in late June or early July. Please note that you will be responsible for covering your own travel costs to and from the briefing. 

Induction course

Successful applicants will also attend an induction courses held at the local British Council office in Buenos Aires or at the employing institution. Specific details regarding the induction course will be provided by our overseas partner organisation prior to departure.

How much will I be paid?

For  2014-15 the monthly allowance was approximately ARS 4,600 gross per month and we expect it to be similar for 2015-16. 

Assistants allocated to the Patagonian Region (including the provinces of La Pampa, Río Negro, Neuquén, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego) should expect to receive a slightly higher allowance due to the higher cost of living in the area; in 2014-15 this was approximately ARS 6,900.

When will I hear back?

Email confirmation - You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your online application once this has been submitted. 

February to March 2016 - Assessment days will be held at British Council offices in the UK. 

April 2016 - Candidates will find out if they have passed the assessment stage by mid-April, 

June 2016 - You will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or placed on a waiting list. 

Successful applicants will begin their posts in March 2017.