Teaching English in Argentina-Paid Internship
Teaching English Abroad programs offer participants a unique opportunity to gain experience in TEFL, dive head-first into Latin American culture, and practice Spanish skills in natural environments.
Connecting Worlds has contacts with schools/educational institutes all across Argentina, Colombia, Perú and Uruguay. We find places where native English teachers are needed most.
What does Connecting Worlds do?
We offer you:
-3 to 12 month teaching placement at a local school, participation in English Immersion
-7 day orientation and welcome in Mercedes-this includes full board accommodation in Mercedes, an intensive 2 day TEFL workshop, activity program related to Argentina culture and customs, and a transfer from the Buenos Aires airport to Mercedes.
-a monthly stipend $1.800 Argentine pesos to cover small, personal expenses throughout the program.
-120 hour On-Line TEFL Certificate
-accommodation with a local family in your host town/city
-breakfast-lunch-dinner provided every day
-Free transfer from orientation venue to host town / city
-4 hours of Spanish classes every week throughout the program
-Camps and weekly English tutorials for up to 3 hours with your Host Family
-a certificate of completion at the end of the program
-Lonely Planet E-guide
How long does the program last?
You can choose to teach from 3 to 12 months. You will be given full classroom responsibilities, including the creation of lesson plans, assessment of students’ work, and the development of curriculum ideas.
We can organise placements in both public or private schools, English language schools, secondary schools, primary schools and bilingual colleges.
Help us to positively influence the lives and communities of Latin Americans, both young and old. Find out more by contacting us today.
We accept people onto the teaching program in Argentina twice a year: in March and in July.
The first cohort begins in mid March and finishes in mid July OR stays for the entire academic year until early December. The second cohort begins in late July and finishes in early December
10th March 2.017-Application deadline for the March in-take is mid November
28th July 2.017-Application deadline for the July in-take is mid April
You must meet the following requirements to be able to apply:
-A bachelors degree (this can be majoring in any subject)
-Native English speaker
-You must be between 21 and 40 years old
-You must be ready to adapt to life in Argentina
-You must be culturally sensitive and respectful of Latin American customs
-You must have international travel insurance against sickness, accidents and 3rd party liabilities. The plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation.
-You must be in excellent health, both physically and mentally
YOU DON’T NEED TO SPEAK OR UNDERSTAND SPANISH TO APPLY. The Teaching English Abroad program includes 4 hours of Spanish classes every week and the opportunity to immerse yourself completely in Argentinean culture by living on the continent and spending lots of time with natives.
The placements that we organise are varied. Popular locations include, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, La Plata, Tucuman, Santa Fe, San Juan, Resistencia, Neuquen, Jujuy, Corrientes, La Pampa & many more! The idea is to place participants where their native English teaching skills will be needed most.
1) Is this program right for me?
Ideal participants for this program will have a sincere interest in teaching and integrating into the local Argentinean community. This is not the ideal program for applicants whose main priority is to travel or to make money.
Teach in Argentina applicants must be proactive, flexible, responsible, mature, adventurous and highly committed. Participants should be comfortable with simple and basic accommodations. Due to the challenges of the Teaching English program, mental and physical health is very important. Successful participants should also have access to sufficient funds in order to cover personal expenditures throughout the duration of their stay.
2) What is the process to apply to be an English Teacher?
-Read through the details of the program and make sure that it is a good fit for you! This program is very rewarding, but certainly has its challenges.
-Fill out the application form and submit the following required documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org:
IMPORTANT: Make sure you have collected all the items before you submit your application. CW can only submit your application if the information is completed. If you have any doubts about how to complete your application, feel free to ask us at: email@example.com for assistance.
-CW will send a confirmation email upon reception of your complete application
-Application processing usually takes a week, after which we will contact you to provide feedback. If you qualify for the program, we will schedule a video Skype interview with you.
-You will be notified of our decision regarding your participation in the program within three working days following the interview.
-Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive instructions regarding fees.
-Once you have complied with all the requirements CW will begin the search for an appropriate internship by matching your profile with suitable schools.
-You will make insurance and flight arrangements.
-Most placement details are sent 14 days before program start date so as to allow contact with your coordinator and host family. In the case of placements finalized during our summer months these details may not be available until later.
-Connecting Worlds manages a wide network of schools across the country and only accepts the number of applicants for whom there are openings.
If you have any doubts regarding your eligibility for the program, or whether this is the right program for you, do not hesitate to contact us explaining your case.
3) Where will be placed?
Participants will have the opportunity to be placed throughout all regions of Argentina. Applicants placement references, such as an urban vs. rural setting for example, will be taken into account when making placement assignments, however no placement preferences can be guaranteed and it is important that applicants keep this in mind throughout the process.
Depending on the demand during a particular semester, most participants will be placed in Mar del Plata, Bariloche, Tandil, Puerto Madryn, San Martín de los Andes, El Calafate, San Luis, Rosario and others.
We encourage you to research all parts of Argentina, to be familiar with the weather in the areas that you are requesting, and to give this part of the application serious consideration.
4) Do I need to have a college/university degree?
Yes, our network of schools requires that all applicants must have completed a degree prior to entering the country. Note, if you are still completing your degree, you can still apply, as long as your graduation date will be prior to your planned arrival/teaching date.
Our network of schools requires that all teachers must be native speakers of English.
5) Will my monthly allowance be enough to live on?
You will receive an internship allowance of $1.200 argentine pesos (~$130 USD) per month. It is important that participants view this as a bonus, and not as their primary form of income. Participants should come to Argentina with their own finances readily available, especially in the case of unexpected expenses such as doctors’ visits, misplaced personal belongings, and other unforeseen events that often occur during travel abroad.
The internship allowance offered for each month of completed service is meant to offset the costs incurred in day-to-day living (toiletries, public transportation and bottled water, for example). If participants plan on going out to dinner, travelling around their area or buying souvenirs, they must have access to their own personal finances. Although you will be covered by your health insurance while participating in the program, given the nature of the health insurance policy it is wise to have personal finances available if an emergency situation does occur.
Statistics based on feedback from former participants indicate that most spent approximately $1000 / $1500 argentine pesos per month, but this is subject to the individual preferences and lifestyles of each participant.
7) Can I combine the ESL Argentina program with another CW program?
It may be difficult - sometimes it is possible to combine this English teaching program with other programs, but you should arrange this in advance to make sure that there are no scheduling conflicts and that there is space available. Please inquire for more details.
8) Is medical insurance included in the Teaching English Argentina program price?
No, medical insurance is not included and it is REQUIRED to participate in this English teaching volunteer program. We strongly encourage students to get insurance against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and Connecting Worlds will not be responsible for any cost incurred by the participant relating to medical illness, accidents or any reason that will result in the participant's early return.
9) How does the visa process work?
The Teach Argentina program is a cultural exchange program and as such, only a tourist visa is required. The tourist visa is issued automatically upon arrival and is valid for 90 days. Please note that for candidates with US, Canadian or Australian nationality, there is a reciprocity fee of USD 140. The tourist visa needs to be renewed every three months and this can be done by crossing to Uruguay for a weekend by ferry in order to get immediate visa renewal.
10) Do I have training?
Yes, you will attend a full orientation in Mercedes upon arrival in Argentina along with the other native English teachers who will be starting the program with you at the same time. You will then transfer to your assigned host city / town upon completion of the orientation in Mercedes. Generally, teachers are also trained by the school for a short period. *Please note that full board accommodation is provided throughout the duration of the orientation.
11) Will there be other foreign teachers at my school?
This depends on the school but in most cases, there is one foreign teacher per school.
12) How will my teaching schedule work?
In most schools, participants can expect to teach a 5-day week of about 20-25hours. (This does not include the lesson prep time). So the typical teaching schedule would be 4 or 5 classes per day. The school day might run from 7.45 am to 12.45 pm OR from 2 pm to 6 pm. The teaching hours depend on the type of school.
13) Would I have a local co-teacher?
In most cases, there would be a local co-teacher to assist you while teaching.
14) How big are the classes?
Class size varies and would typically be around 30-35 students at a public school /20-25 at a private school and 15-20 at an English Institute. In some cases, candidates may work with private and smaller groups (1 to 6 students). Most placements will involve teaching groups of adults, adolescents and/or younger learners.
15) Can I apply as a joint applicant with friends or my partner?
In some cases, couples and friends can be accommodated in the same city /town but not always at the same school.
16) Will the school have a curriculum?
Yes, schools have a curriculum for the foreign teachers to follow. Your role will be to teach the students conversational English and help them to improve their pronunciation and confidence when communicating in English.
17) Are meals provided by the program?
Yes, applicants will receive three meals daily throughout the duration of the teaching program (after arrival in host city / town).
18) What would my living arrangements be?
All program participants will be provided with shared guesthouse or home-stay accommodation with a local host family that includes three meals daily. The majority of host families are from the school community. Also, host families are carefully screened by the program to ensure a positive cultural experience for participants.
One program participant will be assigned to each host family. Once the host families have been identified by the host school, a designated coordinator visits and evaluates the situation based on home conditions, safety, and accessibility. Program participants are assigned to home-stays based on their request, taking into consideration allergies, dietary restrictions, and preferences for a smoking or non-smoking household.
We will do our best to meet all participant requests but requests cannot be guaranteed. In some cases, special dietary restrictions may require participants to purchase some of their own food. Participants are expected to live with their host family for the program duration.
19) When does the Argentine school term start?
Argentine school term starts in late February and late July.
20) Will my family and friends in my home country be able to contact me?
Yes, with today’s Internet technology, your family and friends will have very easy and low-cost communication options available. Aside from free email and Facebook connectivity, Skype’s voice and video communication from your laptop or from most cyber cafés in Argentina have been a great source for our participants.
• Spanish is Argentina’s official national language
• The Argentine peso is the official currency in Argentina
• The capital city is Buenos Aires
• The country is home to approximately 41,09 million people
• Argentina is famous for its contribution to the world of football, with a large proportion of its players heading success all over the world
• Argentina is one of the few countries in which two people of the same sex can be married by law
• Argentina spans across 2,766,890 square kilometers and is the second largest nation in South America, coming in only behind Brazil.
Reasons to visit Argentina
• To eat lots and lots of very tasty meat.
• To stare out across the pampas region for as far as the eyes can see.
• To ski or hike up incredible mountain landscapes in the country’s Patagonia region.
For more information about Argentina please visit this LINK
-Applications are accepted up to 3 months prior to the program start date
Locations: Lujan, Rosario, Mendoza, La Plata, Tucuman, Santa Fe, San Juan, Neuquen, Resistencia, Puerto Madryn, Mar del Plata, Huinca Renancó, Rafaela, Córdoba and more!
*Please note: When you secure a spot, you will be required to submit a deposit of USD 250. You will be able to start working on your 120 Hour Professional TEFL immediately. The remainder of the program fee will be due 60 days before the departure date.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, 120 hour On-Line TEFL Certificate, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants.
Program Fee: 7 day orientation and welcome in Mercedes where you will meet other native English speakers on the program, full board accommodation during the orientation, a monthly stipend $1.600 argentine pesos for small, personal expenses, a transfer when you arrive to Buenos Aires’ airport, the accommodation with a host family in your host town city, the 3 meals are provided every day when you are in your host location, camps and weekly English tutorials for up to 3 hours with your host family, program supervision, 4 hours of Spanish classes every week through the program and in-country 24/7 support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets,Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program,Local travels, Personal expenses, and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Argentina generally find USD 80 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.
Applying for a Teaching English program in Argentina is very easy! Please follow these steps to apply to our Internship program:
1) Complete our application form and submit the following required documents to:firstname.lastname@example.org your Resume, a Letter of Introduction, your University Transcript, a copy of your TEFL certification, Two reference letters (One at least must be written by a teacher) Additional reference letters are encouraged and a Copy of the details page of your passport including your name, birth date, photograph, etc. Before applying we suggest you to read our Term & Conditions.
2) After we have evaluated your documents, we will then contact you to discuss the information you provided us, your expectations and objectives, our recommendations and answer all your questions.
3) Once you've been accepted into the program, you should pay the refundable fee of USD 249
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information. We will be pleased to assist you. Contact us at:email@example.com or call us at:
ARG : +54 11 5199 5458
UK : +44 020 3290 6238
USA : +1 917 267 8828