Guide to Living and Teaching English in Chile

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About Chile

Chile - Culture

Isolated and rugged, the long, narrow strip of land known as Chile has a culture and identity distinct from the rest of the region.

Chile’s fascinating history extends back as far as 2000BC.

In Chile, the predominant language is Spanish. Whether you are making a serious effort to take your Spanish to the next level, or just picking up a few essential words and phrases, being able to communicate with your Chilean students, friends, and host family will make a big difference!

Stretching over 2,600 miles from north to south, Chile spans seven dramatically different climatic regions, which results in different weather patterns all over the country.

Here is a useful map of Chile and where it is in relation to other countries in South America.

Understanding Chilean culture and the ins and outs of Chilean etiquette may not be as difficult as one might think.

 Chilean cuisine presents you with a diverse array of mouth-watering dishes. Spanish influences mixed with local Chilean ingredients and regional specialties create delicious and flavorful meals.

Housing in Chile

ESL teachers in Chile can generally chose to find their own housing or work within a program that offers free room and board with a host family.

Wondering how you’re going to get around when you’re in Chile? Here are some helpful tips and advice for using various means of transportation in Chile.

Services in Chile

While you are traveling throughout Chile, you will probably want to have a local phone number to keep in touch.

Internet cafes in Chile can be found in most urban areas.

Here is some information on what you can expect from medical services in Chile.

Here is a list of foreign embassies in Chile, should you ever need their services.

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