Trip Details

English Teaching Volunteer in Chile

Children in Chile are really keen to learn and all about their English Teaching Volunteers here in Chile!  On this programme, you will be working with high school students, encouraging them to speak English, and building their confidence as you go. English is hard for the local students, so your efforts will be greatly appreciated by both staff and students alike, as you get to know them through fun games and activities. 

Improve Children’s Language Skills for a better Chance in Life

Children in this part of Chile do not have great life chances, so anything that will help them to carve out careers in the future is of great value. During this programme, you will be assisting local teachers, helping out with lesson preparation and holding your own classes. Further, you will have the freedom to use your own techniques whilst you learn new skills yourself. Whether you’re looking to teach as a career, or simply want to help children be the best they can be, this programme is perfect for you!

Trek, Hike, Ski and explore all that Chile has to offer!

From national parks to cool waterfalls and hot springs, there’s no end of adventures to be had in Chile! Whilst you might like to enjoy mixing with friends at the accommodation throughout the week, the weekends are usually when our volunteers explore further afield. Transportation is available and frequent here, so your accommodation is the perfect base for your excursions! Don’t forget too, that the local area also has a lot to see, and the locals make are incredibly welcoming, with offers to help out with farming, cooking and other traditional activities.

Why be an English Teaching Volunteer in Chile?

  • Help local children to build their language skills and confidence
  • Improve your own skills and share your techniques with local teachers
  • No qualifications needed – just a creative mind and a passion for teaching
  • Explore Chile’s stunning scenery and discover its authentic cuisine
  • Stay at our comfortable accommodation, with communal areas and free Wifi
  • Enjoy free meals and beverages* included as part of this programme

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

As an English Teaching Volunteer, you will have lots of freedom to use your own skills with your students as you give them a good foundation in English. Creativity is a must here, as is the ability to have fun with these children, who are keen to learn!

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to get used to your new surroundings and local culture. Your programme will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Chilean Do’s and Don’ts, Chilean Culture Lessons and Spanish language Classes.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Village Walking Tour.

Daily Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • English Teaching Volunteer project 2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • English Teaching Volunteer project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner

Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings and Weekends

Your free time is yours to do as you wish. Freel free to head off exploring further afield,  or simply hang back with other volunteers at our accommodation.

Places to Visit

There are a lot of things for you to do over the weekends or on your free days. You can explore some amazing waterfalls, or even make your way to the Andes, hire some skis and hit the snow. Since the Andean Mountains are not that far away from Coihueco, it’s also the perfect trip to take over the weekend.

If you don’t feel like skiing, there are plenty of great trekking routes to take in the beautiful scenery around you. Further, you’ll find national parks and hot springs close to Coihueco for you to explore.

And if you want to travel further afield, why not visit Santiago, Chile’s capital, over the weekend? It usually takes about 6 hours by mini-van or bus from Coihueco and is a great way to see the country!

Trip Accommodation

You will be located in the outskirts of Coihueco, an interesting town 400 km South of Chile’s capital, and known for its wood carvings and loom weaving as well as their Festival of Creole Roots, which revives many folkloric traditions!

About the Accommodation

Your new home will be in a dormitory (1-4 people per room) at a local school in Coihueco, central Chile. Here you will find great communal areas where you can hang out with fellow volunteers, or call home with the free Wifi.

Please note that during the school holidays December – March) and (Jun – Jul), the school dormitory will be closed. Therefore, your accommodation will be at a nearby home having access to the same amenities and food arrangements.

Food Arrangements

All the meals served inside the accommodation will be typically Chilean, including rice dishes, potatoes, beans, meat, sandwiches and vegetables. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long, so if you’re a coffee fiend, don’t panic!

Facilities

There are ATMs, a bank, restaurants and even a mini-mall in the local village all located 10 minutes away by foot.

 

Trip Country Info

Chile

Capital: Santiago
Language: Spanish
Currency: Peso (CLP)
Time zone: UTC -3 & -5

Country Information
Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge with more than 6000 kilometre of Pacific Ocean coastline. Bordered by Peru in the north, Bolivia in the north-east and Argentina in the east. Today, Chile is one of South America’s most stable and healthy nations.

Chile has something for everyone. Go skiing in the Andes, surf big waves in the Pacific Ocean or go on a nice trek to one of the world’s largest volcanoes. In this diverse country you can also find, Algarobbo City, the biggest pool in the world and the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, where it has never rained before. Here you will also find amazingly cute penguins and other wildlife.

Climate
Chile’s climate varies from region to region due to the country’s long and narrow shape. Hot temperatures are rare except for in the north-central, at a certain distance from the sea. Best time to go here would be in the summer. Summer runs from December to January and winter from June to August. There’s a dry desert climate in the north with a maximum temperature of 32°C during the summer, and that can easily drop just below 0°C in the winter.

The central region of Chile has a Mediterranean feel with with it’s warm, dry summers, cool, wet winter and a wet season between May and August. However the influence of the sea makes the summer a bit cool, with temperatures around 20°C. The sea heats up Chile here during the winter, with an average temperature of 12°C.

Southern Chile has a cool climate that is highly affected by the ocean. The winter is rainy, as well as the summer. Westerly facing winds here, blow constantly and the temperature is colder than the rest of the country. Temperatures usually vary between 16°C to 20°C during summer and 5°C to 10°C in the winter.

Culture
The Chilean culture is a mix between elements from the spanish colonial time and the indigenous people, mostly Mapuche, which were the first people in Chile. Today they make up about 9 % of the total population. The national flag and the national anthem are today the most important symbols for the country, The national holiday on the 18th of September, celebrates their declaration of independence from Spain, in 1810. During this day they visit fondas (traditional palm-roofed shelters, dance their national dance “Cueca”, drink Chilean red wine and eat empanadas, which are meat pastries.

Chile is the most modern country in Latin America and has a relatively low level of poverty. However, they still constantly think and act in terms of traditional class divisions. Upper, middle and lower classes, living largely isolated from each other in their own neighbourhoods. Entrance to university is based on the points obtained after a single national academic test. Getting an academical degree or a good job does not automatically guarantee social acceptance among the middle and upper classes.

Football is the most famous sport in the country, no matter the status of your socioeconomic background. Rodeo is the second most famous sport here, with two riders and horses on each team, the goal is to stop the calf and pin him up against gigantic cushions. However skiing in the Andean Mountains or surfing in the Pacific Ocean is pretty common as well. In the south basketball is a common sport as it can be played all year around.

 

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

DBS, Criminal Background Check
Travel Insurance
Under 18, Parental Consent

Additional Requirements

Stationary
English Books
Interactive Games

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Departures/ drop offs
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa