Got my IDELT certification in Santiago and now I live here as an English Teacher Past Review

By (psychology, Boston University) for

BridgeAbroad: Santiago: TEFL Certification in Santiago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I am now certified to teach English in any other country. I consider these skills to be incredibly worthwhile, because I am able to travel to other countries with a marketable and in-demand skill.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The IDELT course gave a moderate amount of work, but any college student can handle it easily. The course was informative and interesting. I came in nervous that I would not be able to teach (I was not an ed major in college), but I felt super prepared after taking the course.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Bridge is very supportive. Their facilities are well-staffed, well-run, clean and AIR CONDITIONED.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I liked my host family, but due to their busy schedules they were not often around. I wish we had eaten meals together.

* Food:

Food here is expensive! Coffee is instant coffee, and milk here is rehydrated. If you're used to fresh milk and drip brew coffee, it's a rough adjustment. Other than that, you can find everything you need.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved visiting Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, which are the harbor cities a short bus trip away.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Santiago is mostly safe. Robberies are frequent, but many of these are not violent (or at least they do not involve guns). It's just like any city - don't walk around at night by yourself in the bad parts of town. Valparaiso is much more dangerous - guard you belongings closely (thieves have even been known to cut the straps of over-the-shoulder bags with scissors), don't walk around alone at night in ANY part of town, and make sure you carry small amounts of cash/break up your credit cards so that if you do get robbed your losses are minimal.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

A week of free Spanish classes was included with the price of tuition. I had a few conversation classes with native speakers, but there was no curriculum or common theme. I will have to pay for extra classes.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • resources
  • instructor
* What could be improved?
  • helping you connect with private students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Definitely do the certification course abroad vs. online or in your own country. The soft landing was super helpful - I had time to find housing, make friends, and make my experience much more enjoyable. Come down, see if you like Santiago, and then move around if you don't!