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What to Know Before Coming to Chile to Work as an ESL Teacher

April 5, 2019


1. The Best Time to Search for a Job


Be aware of the peak hiring seasons in Chile. Since it is in the southern hemisphere, they could very well be different from what you’re used to. If you plan to apply in Chile, the best times to apply are in February and July as they come right before the “busy months,” which are from March to December.

If you plan to apply in your home country, you should begin the job search and application process at least two months before your arrival.

At Smooth Talkers, we hire in-person and online. Be sure to take our teacher quiz: http://my.questbase.com/take.aspx?pin=8000-7138-4588 and to send your CV and cover letter to us by filling out the form at the bottom of our “Work with Us” page: http://www.smoothtalkers.cl/work-with-us.



2. Visa Details


- Cost: Be aware of the price of the professional visa for your country. You can check the prices on this map posted by Extranjería. 

- Diploma Apostille: Obtain an Apostille seal for your diploma. This will give your degree international validation and is necessary in order to send it to apply for the professional visa. This step cannot be done in Chile. Because we only sponsor the professional visa, you need to have any bachelor’s degree of at least 4 years. Contact your university to ask for information on how to obtain an Apostille as it can vary depending on the state and the school. You can find more information here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/internl- judicial-asst/authentications-and-apostilles/apostille-requirements.html

- You can work for a year here if your country offers a working holiday visa in Chile. These countries include: Germany, Australia, Austria, Canada, Korea, Denmark, France, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, and Sweden. Check with the nearest Chilean consulate