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

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

Applications for the 2019-20 English Language Assistants programme are open now.

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 may be 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 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

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria
  • have B1 level Spanish
  • be available to work between the end of July/August until late June/July.

Although visa costs for Chile vary year-on-year, they can be very high (around £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 June or July 2019.

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

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.

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

Unfortunately, it is not possible to stay for a consecutive year in Chile. Current language assistants in Chile are welcome to apply for an assistantship in any other country for which they meet the eligibility criteria. Please submit a new application using the online form.

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