Joined: 09 Jul 2013
Location: United States
|Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:42 am Post subject: English Opens Doors/Teaching - funds/location/reources?
I am applying to English Opens Doors for 2014 from March 14th until July 27th. However, I am not entirely sure how much money I should plan on bringing with me. I would be living with a host family, so I figured I wouldn't need to bring a crazy amount, but I would like to travel around Chile a bit in my free time (go to some wineries/visit some national parks, go out occasionally for dinner, etc ... ). From everyone's experience, what would be a reasonable amount to bring? I was going to bring around $2500 with me ... does that sound sufficient? How far could that get me? Sorry if that seems a bit vague/ignorant.
I have also been looking into the popular (at least from what I can tell) cities for teaching English in Chile. I like the idea of living in southern Chile, like Puerto Montt or even Punta Arenas. I'd appreciate hearing anyone's experiences living or traveling in these places (especially your opinion of what it's like to live in the south in the winter months). If anyone knows of any good blogs, resources, and/or especially where I can see PICTURES from these areas, let me know! I've been on flickr and google images but most of these pictures are a bit artsy/scenic ... I guess I want to get a look at what daily life would look like, not just the most photogenic/touristy locations.
I was also toying with the idea of trying to find employment teaching English in Chile after the volunteer program ends (I will have my CELTA before I leave to volunteer) - if anyone has actually found employment after volunteering there I'd appreciate any advice you can think to give.
I know that's a lot, but if you can answer any part of my post I'd appreciate it.