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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 5:57 pm    Post subject: Heading to Chile very soon Reply with quote

I'm planning to head to Chile in a few weeks and want to teach. I have my BA in English and a CELTA. What are my chances of landing something? From what I've read, I feel like I want to live in Valparaiso. Has anyone been there, and if so what did they think. Also, my Spanish is basic at best (though I can speak Italian) and I'm wondering if this will hinder my ability to get a job. Also any general tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you in advance, Kristoff
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in Santiago, not Valpo, but I know it is possible to find work there, as Weona (posts here sometimes) has done it. Your qualifications will find you a job if there is a need, but jobs go first to people with teaching experience, and/or a Masterīs in TESOL or something similar.

The problem youīre going to come up on is hours. Teaching really slows down in December, and in Jan and Feb most people are on vacation, so thereīs not a lot of teaching. In March youīll be busier than you want to be, but people say itīs a little dead in the summer. However, you can always teach independently, or so they say.

Valparaiso is lovely in the hills, very picturesque and all that. Most students live between there and another town because of the housing prices, but the bus takes you everywhere quickly. Lots of Valparaiso, like any other city, is poblaciones and lower-income communities. The porteņos are pretty relaxed and interesting, and very proud of their city.

I donīt think your Spanish will be a problem for finding a job, but it might make finding housing more challenging.

good luck!
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Location: santiago de chile

PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost all companies discontinue or greatly cut down on their English programs in summer so itīs REALLY tough to get work here. My advice is to wait until March. I have met a lot of new teachers here lately, doing the rounds, and they are all frustrated. I help them when I can with some names and contacts but none of them will survive and what theyīll make in summer - almost no one does. Not to be discouraging but thatīs how it is in Chile - no one much interested in learning in summer.
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