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

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

Applications for the English Language Assistants programme will re-open in the autumn of 2018.

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.

  • Most of the posts in Chile are in universities. However, there are a few positions available in primary schools.
  • Posts in Chile are either from late July until late June, or from late August until late July.
  • Assistants will normally work a maximum of 18 hours per week (occasionally they will be asked to work extra hours, which will be paid on a pro-rata basis).

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Chile, you must

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria (EU citizenship, native-level English, etc.)
  • have Spanish language skills equivalent to B1.

Although visa costs for Chile vary year-on-year, applicants should be aware that these can be very high (around £600) and 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?

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 prefered town/area. Be prepared therefore to accept a post wherever you are allocated.

How much will I be paid?

The monthly 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 398.000 Chilean Pesos, and we expect this to be similar for 2018-19. 

Will I be interviewed?

Candidates who pass the first stage of selection for posts in Chile will be invited to take part in a video interview before being offered a post. These interviews will take place on a rolling basis before April 2018.

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.
  • You may be required to undergo further assessment, which would take place between February and March. 
  • April: You will find out whether you have passed the assessment days by mid-April.
  • June: You will find out whether you have been offered a post or placed on a waiting list. 
  • July: The British Council or host country institution will confirm the host location.

Will there be an induction course?

Successful candidates will be invited to a one-day pre-departure briefing in London in late June or early July. 

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

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