|Working In Sam Marsalli
The Sam Marsalli Institute
is one of the few Institutes authorized by the local authorities to
process a residency visa for its teachers. The teacher's work visa
is processed in Chile upon arrival . This permits you to start
working immediately. The duration of visa in Chile is 6 months to 1
year and it is renewable.
Although some people in
Chile work "illegally" in our field, it is not recommended. Getting
caught can certainly affect your profile with international police
The typical work schedule
is usually 5-7 hours per day. Teachers must be available during the
peak hours of 8-12 A.M. and 7-10 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Teachers must also be available two Saturday mornings a month from 9
A.M.-1:30 P.M., as we give make-up classes on these mornings. Your
work commitment must cover the time period of 6 months to 1 year.
Excellent Training - We do Not Charge
No Experience is
An Excellent Training
Program Especially is Designed For People With No Experience. (We do
not charge any fees)
A 2 week Training Program
in our methodology backed up by a platform of continuous daily
support after your initial training, assures you results in teaching
your students. You start working part time and earning an income
while you complete your second week of training which makes this
"Hands on Training" very successful.
are provided with backup support and professional guidance on a
daily basis with a trainer. Our new teachers appreciate this
constant backup system
(not available in other schools) so they "feel prepared" when they
go into the classroom.
Sam Marsalli Teachers are
the Most Prepared in the Market
Qualifications - Requirements
only hire native English speakers as teachers. We prefer people who
are not teachers and who have very little or no teaching experience.
We look for communication
skills in the applicants' background that would demonstrate the
ability to effectively communicate with people. We want to be sure
this person would be "thrilled" when his (her) students are
successful and have compassion and ability to motivate them when
necessary. We look for some work experience, regardless of the
field, which can indicate acceptance of job responsibilities.
Teachers must be prepared
to be placed in either Santiago, Concepcion or Antofagasta.
The placement will be
determined at the end of the training program depending on the
Institutes current needs. All our contracts are from 6 months to 1
full calendar year.
Teachers must be prepared
to work split shifts plus 2 Saturday mornings per month.
At the end of your term
with Sam Marsalli a certificate is given confirming the number of
classroom hours taught and training hours (or study hours) of the
methodology during your academic year. This is an excellent image
for your resume no matter what field or profession you enter later
People receive their pay
once a month in Chile. In Sam Marsalli employees are paid during the
first 5 week days of each month. Teachers salaries are paid on an
hourly basis based on their schedules (hours worked,) with a normal
schedule being 5 to 7 hours daily, depending on each teacher's
ability and desire to work. A teacher's income should be
approximately 350.000 - 400.000 pesos net per month with a 35 hour
work week which is the average income in Chile..)
This income will permit a
teacher to maintain a typical middle class standard of living in
HOUSING & LIVING EXPENSES
Sam Marsalli has special
"hosts" available to help arrange your housing when you arrive. Over
the years a "network" of housing experiences permits us to arrange
initial housing for the teacher with proven references. Temporary
Housing is arranged for the teacher for their first month here at a
reasonable cost to the teacher. This is usually shared housing. This
allows a teacher time to arrange for more permanent quarters, in
accordance with their specific needs and budget.
Guidance and suggestions are readily
available from co-workers, staff members and our "host in charge",
who have been very successful in obtaining housing in the past. You
can calculate about 80,000 - 100,000 pesos a month for shared,
furnished housing. Another alternative is renting a room in a
Chilean household. Renting your own individual apartment is usually
not recommended, due to the high cost of such accommodations. You
will need an additional 80,000 pesos a month for food and
transportation. We would recommend you bring approximately $1,500 as
"startup" money to permit you to get settled in and begin working.
(This covers such things as first month's rent and 1 month deposit,
as well as living expenses during the two week training period.) We
also recommend that animals do not accompany you, due to the
difficulty in finding living accommodations that will accept pets.
is the type of city where practically every vicinity is nearby. You
can live close to the Institute without difficulty (within 20-30
minutes) on the salary you will be making. Public transportation is
excellent in Santiago with frequent buses (every 5-10 minutes) and
an advanced subway system. The complete network is very good and
easy to get around on.
Our Institute in
the capital of the 8° region is approximately 500 kilometers or 300
miles south of Santiago. It is a smaller city, together with
neighboring Talcahuano, forms part of one of Chile´s major
industrial centers. Located at the mouth of the famous Biobio River,
it is a good springboard for exploring one of the most beautiful
areas in the world between the Coastal Range and the Pacific.
Although the Concepción city bus system is excellent, this is a "walkable
Our new Institute in
in the 2nd region is close to different regional attractions and
beaches. The transportation in Antofagasta is also excellent and
this city is also walkable.
Currency and Banking
The Chilean currency is
the peso. There is no problem exchanging money in Santiago or most
other large cities in Chile. This also applies to changing pesos to
dollars if you need to pay bills in North America. There are a
number of American banks operating in Chile such as Citibank, Bank
of Boston, etc. which can also help in the transfer of funds. The
banking system here is quite sophisticated and you may access your
account in the United States through ATM machines. Credit cards such
as VISA and MASTERCARD are readily accepted.
Internet Access is
available through WIFI or 3G in the Institute..
Working in Sam Marsalli - A Complete
As you can see, everything
has been thought of to help you "easily break into" to Chilean life,
from the residency visa, housing, job income security, a most
complete concept carefully designed by Sam Marsalli to permit you to
easily integrate into a whole new and dynamic experience in the
If you are interested in being part of
this experience we invite you to continue on this site and send in
Tanner • Cibolo, TX, USA
Teacher (03/02- 03/04)
Sam Marsalli was an integral part of my Chilean experience. It
provided me with the unique opportunity to work abroad legally, with
health insurance. The most important things that I gained were
working with some great people and the lifelong friendships that I
Kim B •
I had a
great experience. Granted there were some challenges, but you find
that in any work place. The experience is what you make it. If you
want to find the negative, you will. I applied to the institute
because I wanted to teach ESL in South America and travel. I went
into the experience with an open mind and with minimal expectations,
meaning I didn't expect to make lots of money or expect the same
type of organizational/business standards one can find in the United
States. I also had the attitude that if I didn't like it, I could
bail. It worked out that I was able to stay a second year. The
methodology was easy to pick up and after I felt comfortable with
the material, it was fun. After a short time and familiarity with
the lessons, I became a better instructor because I could anticipate
common problem or difficult areas for the students. I also adhered
to the 'no Spanish' in class rule. I enjoyed the teaching aspects.
This job opportunity is not for everyone. I know several that didn't
appreciate the experience at the institute. For me it was rewarding
and it enhanced my marketability and job prospects when I returned
to the United States. If I had a few years to play, I would return.
Higgins • Huntsville, Alabama
(March 2004- March 2005)
enjoyed my year in Chile, teaching with Sam Marsalli Institute. The
teaching method is easy and requires little to no preparation,
allowing plenty of time to enjoy Chilean culture outside of work. I
made friends with my students and other teachers, some of which I
still maintain contact. I had the privilege of teaching in both
Santiago and Concepcion, each location being a very distinct and
rewarding experience. The pay was suffice and the staff very
Intensive English Track (September 2002)
result of my teaching experience at Sam Marsalli, I decided to make
a career out of ESL/EFL teaching. I taught at Sam Marsalli English
Language Institute for six months, then I moved to Chicago and have
been here ever since. I just completed my Master's degree in Applied
Linguistics/ TESOL, and it was due to my time in Chile, learning a
foreign language while teaching one, that really cemented my
interest in this field. It was a wonderful opportunity and I look
forward to teaching abroad once again.