Atacama Desert in Chile.
Atacama Desert in Chile. Photo ©

hbieser, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original.

Why choose Chile?

Chile has a rich cultural heritage and is the birthplace of literary greats Roberto Bolaño and Pablo Neruda. It stretches down the west of the southern cone and is flanked on the east by the Andes and on the west by the Pacific Ocean, giving you the chance to live and work in a remarkable and geographically diverse country.

  • All language assistants in Chile will be working in universities, often within the English departments. They will mostly be providing support to teacher training programmes. 
  • Posts in Chile are either from late July until late June, or from late August until late July.
  • Assistants normally work a maximum of 18 hours per week (occasionally they are asked to work extra hours, which are paid on a pro-rata basis).

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Chile, you must

  • hold a UK or Irish passport. Holders of other EU passports are not eligible for a post in Chile
  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria
  • have B1 level Spanish
  • be available to work between the end of July/August until late June/July.

Visa costs for Chile vary year-on-year. In some years visas are free, and in others have cost up to £600. You should take this into account before applying.

If you receive a positive trace on your International Child Protection Certificate, even for an offence expunged from your record, you are unlikely to be granted a visa for Chile. 

Where can I go?

Around 45 posts are available in Chile each year. The locations of posts in Chile vary from year to year. Examples of recent allocations are available in the 'supplementary information' document.

You may state a preference in your application. However, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your preferred town/area. Therefore be prepared to accept a post wherever you are allocated.

How much will I be paid?

The allowance for language assistants varies from institution to institution, and will be confirmed in your contract. 

The average monthly allowance in previous years has been around CLP 412,000 and we expect this to be similar for 2019-20.

What is the application timeline?

  • February-April: applicants who pass the first stage of selection are invited to participate in a video interview. Applicants who are not successful at video interview may instead be offered a post in Spain.
  • April: applicants find out whether they have passed the assessment stage.
  • June: applicants find out whether or not they have been allocated to a country. Some may be placed on a waiting list.

Successful candidates will begin their post at the end of July or August 2019.

For more information, download our English Language Assistant lifecyle (PDF 800KB).

Will there be an induction course?

There will be a one-day pre-departure briefing in London on 24 June 2019. You will be expected to cover your own travel costs to and from the briefing. 

Induction courses are normally held at the employing institution in Chile before the assistantship starts.

I'm currently a language assistant in Chile – can I apply again?

Language assistants in Chile cannot apply for a consecutive year in the same country, although they are welcome to apply to work in a different country.

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