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 :
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Health Report Form
- Short video about yourself
- Candidate Photos: These photos can be you by yourself, or with your family or friends. These photos will be sent to your host families prior to your arrival, so make sure that they are appropriate and show us a bit of your personality.
- University Transcript
- TESL, TESOL, TEFL, CELTA Degrees (if applicable)
- Two reference letters. One at least must be written by a teacher. Additional reference letters are encouraged.
- Copy of the details page of your passport including your name, birth date, photograph, etc
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the program end date.
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 1200 argentine pesos (~$130 USD) per month if you choose the option A and 600 argentine pesos (~$60 USD) per month if you choose the option B. 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.
The following is a guideline of the costs of certain basic items in Argentina:
6) Do I need any previous teaching experience?
- A cup of coffee –25 pesos
- A can of Coca Cola –15 pesos
- A meal at McDonald’s – 70 pesos
You don't need any previous teaching experience before joining our ESL Argentina program but we hope that you will take time to prepare and structure lessons. Being prepared will help to give you confidence and ensure that you and your students get the most out of the experience.
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 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 Buenos Aires. Generally, teachers are also trained by the school for a short period. *Please note that 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.