Salary & Cost of Living
Finding part time work is usually much easier than full time work. It's also a good stepping stone or way to earn money while you look for a full time job. You should also be able to find some private jobs that will keep the money flowing in even after you find a full time job.
Some companies ask you for a fee to teach in Chile. These companies are usually genuine and safe and could be a good stepping stone for new, inexperienced teachers. But for any teachers with any experience, do not pay a fee to work in Chile! It is not necessary and also down right silly. You are a valuable commodity. Money is being made of you, but it is going to a third party. This is totally unnecessary unless you are a competently inexperienced teacher who wants the security that a guaranteed job on arrival brings.
We suggest entering the country on a tourist visa and changing your visa to a working visa once you have secured a job. Remember to bring your University and TEFL degrees with you as you may need them.
Usually the school will not foot the bill for your visa application, but they will provide you with the necessary documents to submit in order to get your visa.
Where to teach
Arrive in Santiago to hand out resumes and look for a job. But once you have arrived, also send out emails to schools nation wide stating that you are in the country and ready to interview. Have someone help you translate your email to Spanish and email any school that you can find. Even if they aren't hiring, they might forward your email on to another school who is hiring.
How to find a job
Your monthly salary will depend on how many hours you teach. Expect to earn around $15 USD an hour. That comes to about $1200 for a 20 hour week. A very liveable wage. New teachers might start on a lower salary, but you should find your salary increasing the longer you have been there.
Chile is cheaper than most Western countries, but more expensive than it's South American neighbours. Expect to spend around $950 a month. So after a year, you'll be looking at savings of around $3,000. That's more than enough to travel around the continent for a couple of months.
To supplement their income, many teachers teach private classes. The longer you are in Chile and the more contacts you have, the more privates you will come across.