Paid TEFL Santiago Internship

What Chile lacks in global influence, it makes up for in pure geographical wonder.

This long Latin nation boasts mountains to the east and the ocean to the west, as well as breathtaking valleys, highlands, and desert—all collectively fostering an unforgettable backdrop to a TEFL internship in Chile.

Here, humanitarian TEFL teachers find their stride, as opportunities to work with the less-privileged are abundant.

If you’re an adventurer at heart, but also want to do some good in the world with your TEFL skills, look no further than English teaching opportunities in Santiago for your next fix!

Chile Internship

Start: Year-round

5 - 12 months

Offers End: November 29


What’s up for grabs?

Monthly allowance of 625,000 Chilean Pesos (CLP) (US$985/€840/£740)

120 Hour TEFL Course

70+ page Grammar eBook

In-depth Lesson Planning Guide

Arrivals & transfer advice

Full welcome orientation

Accommodation advice

Subsidized transport

Ongoing professional teacher development

Weekends off

All public holidays off (and paid!)

Cultural excursions

Visa assistance

Chilean health insurance

Ongoing in-country support

Apply if you are:

  • Aged 21+
  • A native English speaker
  • A passport holder from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
  • Bachelor’s degree holder
  • TEFL qualified (included)
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Culturally sensitive, respectful, adaptable, patient and flexible
  • Highly developed in intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent with organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, efficiency and a positive attitude in an environment that demands flexibility and patience

Accredited Courses

Hear from our past interns

Rolling up nine must-try things on your TEFL internship in Chile, past interns put you on track to experience the most incredible adventure.

How it works

  • Apply

  • Interview

  • Documents

  • Go to Santiago!

Before you go, you’ll have an application form to fill out and documents to submit, a video chat and then you’ll be on your way.
Before you go
You’ll have an application form to fill out and documents to submit, a video chat and then you’ll be on your way.

Your Teaching Experience

Whether you plan to TEFL in Chile for five months or 12, your first two weeks will be roughly the same—eating hoards of humitas, getting to know Chilean cultural norms for inside and outside the classroom, and preparing for class with teaching workshops and practice sessions. You’ll feel at home in no time!

From Monday-Friday, you’ll spend ~25 hours teaching and ~20 hours commuting and lesson planning. Using a set syllabus to teach English one-on-one or to small groups, you’ll enjoy a varied, fun schedule.

This combo of teaching scenarios allows you to gain experience in multiple roles across Santiago—a great way to get to know the city!

More than helping kiddos memorize vocab, you’ll be working at an English language company with a social initiative, teaching professionals business English in their office settings.

For every corporate class taught, one is donated to underprivileged children.

Cultural Excursions

Wondering what you’re going to do with your precious free time? We’re glad you asked! We know your adventure bucket list is long, but make sure you tack these recommendations from past TEFL interns in Chile towards the top!


Valparaiso, the Cultural Capital, is where the artists, poets, & romantics go. It's colorful, covered in murals, & was home to Pablo Neruda. Need we say more?


Your life in Chile is incomplete without a completo—a local hotdog variation (up to twice the size of it’s American cousins) covered in avocado, mayo, & more.


See the moai, giant head statues of Easter Island, for yourself. Uncover this mystery island as you unpack its distinct culture and enjoy its pristine beaches.



Chile has much lower living costs compared to Western standards. Your monthly salary of 625,000 Chilean Pesos (US$985/€840/£740) is plenty to support your living expenses. After state mandated taxes and deductions, you’ll typically pocket about $530,000 CLP.

When budgeting your money, living with fellow teachers or local Chileans in a shared apartment will bring benefits, plus transport between classes will be subsidized, however teachers should expect to get themselves to their first class and home from their last class.

625,000 Chilean Pesos Per Month

Getting there

All qualified applicants will fly into Santiago International Airport (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez). You’ll have all the information you need to make the transfer downtown; you can drop luggage to your accommodation and make your way to the office.

Get the Guide

After you settle in, you will spend the semester either teaching in Chile’s capital, Santiago or the northern regions of Vicuña and Pisco Elqui.

  • Santiago
  • Vicuña & Pisco Elqui


Practice a few Spanish phrases, learn about food and culture, plus get tips for moving to Chile as an English teacher that you won’t find in any guide book.
Join Today’s Tour

What do you need to organize?

  • International flights: You’ll need return flights

  • Police check: Need to have police clearance

  • Health check: You may be requested to pass a medical

  • Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice

  • Budget: You’ll need to budget for your first eight weeks in Chile, around US$1300 (€1,100/£1,000)

  • Visa: While you’ll have full support and guidance you should budget around US$800 (varies per nationality)

  • Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health before you go!

Find everything you need to know about the Chile internship inside our free guide!

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