If you want to do a placement in a Latin American country you must state it as your first country choice. If you do not you will not be considered for a post in Latin America.
If you would like to go to Ecuador, you should state this as your first choice and understand that a withdrawal from this post would seriously damage our relationship with the university in Ambato
You should only list countries where you have a genuine intention of accepting a post, if offered. Candidates who are not offered a place in Latin America will be placed on a waiting list, or offered a transfer to another country in Europe such as Spain, where there are more places available.
The following examples may help you when selecting your country preferences:
A maths graduate makes the following choices:
This candidate is unlikely to be allocated to Argentina as they are not an undergraduate. All places to Ecuador may have already been allocated to other candidates listing it as their first choice. They are ineligible for a post in Colombia as they have not studied languages, literature or Latin American studies at university level. They may wish to consider listing Mexico or Spain where they are more likely to be allocated a post.
An undergraduate needs to secure a full year placement for their compulsory year abroad and wants to go to Latin America. They make the following choices:
This candidate’s priority is to be placed in Latin America, and therefore chooses the three countries with the highest number of posts available. They may not be allocated to Mexico as there are fewer places available and it is typically very popular, but would be happy to accept a post in either Chile or Colombia. If they did not score highly enough on the video interview, and there were no available posts remaining for Ecuador, they may be offered a post in Spain, therefore securing a place for their year abroad.
An undergraduate with some teaching experience is attracted by the option of Ecuador, but no other country in Latin America. They list their choices as:
- No preference.
This candidate is likely to be placed in Ecuador if they have proven examples of independence and teaching experience. If posts in Ecuador were oversubscribed, they would be considered for a placement in Spain.