Volunteering, Internship and Spanish Study in Chile

Location: Chile

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Summer: Jun 16 - Aug 15/Jun 23 - Aug 22/Jun 30 - Aug 29. Autumn: Sept 22 - Nov 21/Sept 29 - Nov 28/Oct 6 - Dec 5. Spring: Mar 23 - May 22/Mar 30 - May 29/Apr 6 - Jun 5.



Avenida Vitacura 3355 Depto 113 Santiago, Chile

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Phone: 1-720-221-3831

Fax: 1-720-226-9231


Since 2005, TeachingChile's mainline business has been to recruit and place native English speaking teachers into Chilean schools and universities to teach English for five-, ten- or 12-month terms. However, given the academic calendar in Chile does not perfectly coincide with that of schools in the northern hemisphere, many candidate applicants have asked if TeachingChile could arrange a program with a shorter duration.

In 2008, we piloted a shortened, nine-week program, and with its success, we are now offering it as an established program in the TeachingChile portfolio. The Study Spanish and Work Practicum Nine-Week Program ("Study and Work") provides accepted participants 65 hours of intensive Spanish-language courses in Santiago Chile, plus over 150 hours of volunteer work service in order to obtain real-world conversational Spanish practice skills and to help young Chileans in their local Santiago school and community at large.

Aside from gaining an unforgettable cross-cultural experience, participants will also receive a certificate of completion both valuable and enriching for the participant's resume.

* The "Study Spanish" Component

Escuela Bellavista is Santiago's most highly reputable Spanish-language institute, located in Santiago's prized bohemian district of Bellavista. Group classes are provided at eight different levels, depending on the participant's knowledge of Spanish. Accepted applicants in our program will receive via email from TeachingChile an evaluation test to help the experienced staff at Escuela Bellavista place them in the appropriate level of instruction.

At Escuela Bellavista, you will receive 60 hours of intensive classes during the first three weeks. Also, given you will be working in Santiago for the remaining five weeks, five additional hours (one hour per week) of localized "colloquial" Chilean Spanish courses will be provided to assist you in your work practicum.

* The "Work Practicum" Component

Participants will work in one of two "colegios" (the Chilean word for schools with students from kindergarten through 12th grade). The schools are Ciudad Educativa and Ciudad de Caracas, located in the Santiago comunas of Pudahuel and Lo Prado, respectively. Work responsibilities will include creatively providing recreational activities such as arts and crafts, sports, informal English classes, and more.

The students that you will be working with have recently been integrated into the school, as "kids from the street" having suffered from neglect from their parents, society in general, and in some cases recovered from drug or alcohol problems. Your assignment will be to act as a "big brother" or "big sister" to these young Chileans. The non-profit organization that helps manage this volunteer program is Genesis.


Summary of Program Offerings

Accepted participants will receive the following, prepaid and pre-arranged:

* 60 hours of intensive Spanish-language classes to be taken over the course of the first three weeks in Chile, plus five additional hours of local Chilean Spanish coaching,
* A comprehensive "Chilenismos" dictionary, defining in English all of the unique colloquial Spanish words used in Chile,
* 250 hours of pre-arranged volunteer work, providing participants an opportunity to practice their Spanish-language skills and offer teaching and role model assistance to Chilean youth through the non-profit organization, GĂ©nesis,
* welcome lunch and orientation with program managers,
* housing for the duration of the stay in a centralized location in Santiago, WiFi enabled, computers available for internet access, cable TV, shared kitchen,
* breakfast provided seven days per week,
* evening dinner meals (five per week, Monday through Friday),
* three Santiago excursions, guided by a local Chilean host,
* airport transfer from Santiago airport to the prepaid lodging location,
* experienced and bi-lingual coordinators to provide 24-hour support and services during your stay,
* bi-lingual medical assistance that you might need during your stay, which includes assistance in reserving the doctor's appointment, accompanying you to the doctor's office and subsequent pharmacy visit to purchase any necessary medication, and
* a one-year subscription to an online English-language Chilean news service to help orient you to the mainline news topics prior to arrival and during your stay,
* pre-departure information to ensure you are prepared for your trip including visa advice and other recommendations to be sure you are properly equipped,
* a 20% discount for a two-month health club membership, Pacific Gym.


All accepted Study and Work program participants will be required to meet the following criteria:

* Intermediate conversational Spanish
* At least three years of university completed
* Minimum age of 20 years at time of entry into Chile
* Strong passion to assist, teach and be a role model for Chilean youth

  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • Spanish
  • English

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Emergency Medical Coverage and Non-Emergency Medical Assistance
- Visa
- Housing
- 3 prepaid meals
- Chilean cell phone for each participant
- Internet

In addition to the program placement fee, participants will be expected to pay for roundtrip air travel from country of origin to Chile, all transportation costs within Chile, two evening meals per week, lunch every day per week, and other incidental expenses, proof of medical insurance, and a visa (if applicable).

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Culture
  • English Teaching
  • Street Children
  • Teaching
  • Youth
  • Youth Development
Age Range
20 and above
This Program is open to

American, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African Participant.

Application Process Involves
  • Resume
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Written Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
2-4 weeks
TeachingChile's Mission Statement

TeachingChile is a U.S. company that is managed, staffed and operated from an office in Santiago, Chile. The company's charter is to help advance English in Chile by recruiting native English speakers. It promotes English as the medium of instruction for students in kindergarten throughout the 12th grade, universities, and adult-learner language institutions.

Year Founded