Paid TEFL Internship in Chile - Travel, Teach, Earn - Premier TEFL

TEFL Internship in Chile

Teach English and explore Chile whilst experiencing its fiesta-loving culture.

Start: Mar, Apr, July

4 / 8 months

Monthly allowance of CLP$70,000 (US$100/€90/£80)

240 hours of TEFL Training

70+ page Grammar eBook

Airport pickup & transfers

Orientation week


Spanish online lessons

Opportunity to teach in primary and secondary schools

Weekends off

All public holidays off

Visa sponsorship

Chilean health insurance

Ongoing in-country support

TIP  Apply today – this is our most popular internship! You don’t need previous teaching experience or a second language to apply.

TEFL Internship in Chile

Teach English and explore Chile whilst experiencing its fiesta-loving culture.


Sunglasses at the ready, take in the incredible vistas over Northern Chile’s Altiplanic Lagoons then visit the fascinating Atacama Salt Mines and neighbouring villages. With over 6000 km of Pacific Ocean coastline, you’ll soon feel at home amongst the palm-lined streets with buzzing Latin American culture.

A mecca for adventurous hikers keen to explore the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains not to mention wine connoisseurs. There’s no better place to experience a four (or even eight!) month TEFL internship.

You’ll have it all in Chile from bustling cities to more undiscovered locations off the beaten track, plus easy access to clear blue seas for chill-out time. Surf anyone?

On arrival in Santiago you’ll be classroom-ready and fully prepared to teach having completed the 240 hour TEFL Expert Course. This training package is our most comprehensive offering. Specialist modules including teaching young learners (TYL) will insure you’re the best teacher possible. Additionally, you’ll take part in a week-long intensive arrival training program.

Immerse yourself fully in authentic Chilean culture, dive into their rich heritage and experience one of the most welcoming and safe nations in South America.

Beginning with your week-long arrival orientation about local customs, culture and teaching English while living in Chile, you’ll feel localized in no time. During orientation you’ll have the ideal opportunity to learn how to effectively plan and deliver classes in the Chilean public school system, solve problems you’ll encounter along the way, and also to learn how to be a great house guest in homestay accommodation.

Our TEFL courses What makes this program extra special is that we’re partnered with the Ministry of Education in Chile. As a government sponsored program, all aspects of your stay in Chile are financed by Chile’s Ministry of Education.

Up to 50 students

Internship requirements

  • Aged 21+
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • TEFL qualified (included)
  • To be physically and mentally fit
  • To be culturally sensitive, respectful, professional, adaptable, patient and flexible
  • Experience living or traveling abroad is a bonus

Note: Non-native English speakers are required to have native fluency

How it works

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

Getting there

All qualified applicants will fly into Santiago International Airport (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez). You’ll be briefed on making the transfer downtown where you’ll be picked up.

What do you need to organize?

  • International flights: You’ll need return flights (can be two one-way)
  • Police check: You’ll need a clean criminal record
  • Health check: You’ll need to provide a health statement
  • Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice
  • Budget: You’ll need around $200 USD per month to cover living essentials, eating out and any excursions etc
  • Visa cost: You’ll have support to obtain your visa which is sponsored by the Ministry of Education (worth US$1,000), however the paperwork can take up to 8 weeks processing time so apply early for this internship!
  • Travel insurance: It’s really important to sort yours before you travel!

Your teaching experience

You’ll typically teach for around 24 contact hours weekly plus 4 hours for after-school clubs, as well as 7 hours for planning your lessons. During your Monday to Friday teaching schedule you’ll have a 35 hour work-week, enjoying weekends and public holidays off.

Placed in a public Chilean school, your role teaching students from 10 to 18 years old will focus on conversational English lessons. You goals will include encouraging student learning through speaking and listening activities.

You’ll be fully prepared for students as you’ll receive all the training you need during arrival orientation and through your TEFL course. With a 30 hour specialist preparation course in teaching English to young learners (TYL), you’ll master your lessons quickly.


After you settle in, you will spend the semester(s) teaching in one of our rewarding placements throughout Chile.

Placement locations range from Arica in the North to Punta Arenas in the far South.

Outside the classroom

Living with a host family will mean you’ll fully experience local Chilean life. You can expect to get the best insider hints and tips on where you should eat, places to visit and best activities to do that are off main tourist trails. Take advantage of the free Spanish online lessons included in this teaching internship and maximize your cultural soakage.

Aside from hitting the beach during leisure time you can work up an appetite mastering the nation’s favorite music and dance, ‘cueca’ (short for zamacueca). Then, sink your teeth into a ‘completo’ Chilean hotdog topped with delicious freshly-chopped avocado/GUAC.

Breathe in the air of driest desert in the world, Atacama, followed by a jeep excursion over to the neighboring Bolivian salt flats. For those teaching interns based in the South, the penguin tour of Patagonia is hugely popular, with the added bonus of whale watching too.

No trip to the countryside would be complete without donning traditional Chilean dress. Colorful striped ‘chamantos’ or ponchos with straw hats called a chupalla for the boys and elaborately decorated full-skirted dresses for the ladies.

It is important to be respectful to your host family during your stay and when you plan to do some travel on your days off, keep them informed so that they won’t worry.


Your allowance of 70,000 Chilean Pesos (around $100 USD) is typically spent covering monthly travel expenses. Bringing an extra $200-$300 USD per month will afford you a very comfortable social life.

When budgeting your money, remember you’ll be placed in a rent-free homestay with a local family. This saving means that you can budget your spending money to enjoy your surroundings.

Your Chilean visa can be expected to last for 6 months if you volunteer 1 semester, or 12 months if you volunteer for 2 semesters; previous interns often enjoy living like a local during teaching placement and then traveling to world famous and iconic tourist attractions afterwards. Also giving you the perfect chance to put into practice your new Spanish skills.

Ready to begin your adventure? We have an in-house expert waiting to guide you. Ask our Chilean advisor about living and working in Chile, we’ll call you.

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