Assistant Teacher at Montessori School

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Get interesting cultural insights into rural life in Chile
Gain Spanish fluency by living and working with the locals
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Broaden your horizon while immersing yourself into a new culture
Get to know the amazing landscapes of Chile
Work as an assistant teacher in a small Montessori school in the Chilean countryside, close to the Pacific and close to Santiago de Chile. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+
This volunteer project takes place in a small rural Montessori school. The school is idyllically located in the countryside of Chile, in the town of Curacaví. This is about halfway from Santiago towards the Pacific coast. The Montessori school does not use predetermined classrooms but children learn in rooms and areas - indoors and outdoors - that serve as study areas divided according to topics. The school building is surrounded by a natural setting and gardens. It is a great environment where children can learn, discover, explore, play, grow and develop together.

About 35 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 12 attend the school. The school staff consists of 11 motivated teachers and assistants.

The school year in Chile runs from the beginning of March to mid-December, followed by the long summer holidays, which last 2.5 months.

Typical day

The intercultural exchange with the teachers, children and the families is crucial in this volunteer program as you will be part of the local community. Volunteers are encouraged to proactively get involved.

The areas of responsibility include:

  • Assisting the English teacher
  • Tutoring for children in English
  • Support in the daily teaching program
  • Project assignments during school hours
  • Participation in permaculture, which is an important part of the school's philosophy
  • Supervising and participating in children's free play
  • Supervising and participating during mealtimes
  • Playing with the children, making music, dancing, painting and handicrafts
  • Welcoming and saying goodbye to children at school
  • Helping with homework help
  • Outdoor activities (permaculture, games)
  • Promoting the development of children with meaningful activities

The working schedule is approximately 35 hours per week from Monday to Thursday (Friday to Sunday is free). The work schedule is approx. from 7:30 am to about 3 pm (can be adjusted) and a staff meeting on Thursday afternoon.

You are expected to show a great deal of responsibility and conscientiousness when volunteering at a school in Chile. Be aware of your important role as a role model for the children and always take your volunteer work seriously. It is also important that the volunteers seek intensive contact with the teachers, parents and children so that your experience abroad is valuable and positive for everyone involved.

Free-time activities

Curacaví is a municipality nestled between hills and valleys in the Melipilla province of central Chile. It is about the same distance to the beautiful Pacific coast as to the metropolis of Santiago de Chile. Curacaví is approximately 90 minutes from Chile's capital. The climate is Mediterranean with a prolonged dry season and high temperatures in summer from October to March. In winter, temperatures drop and there is occasional rain.
Curacaví means "solid stone" from the indigenous words "cura" and "cahuín". Curacaví is known for its traditional sweets and rich chicha (ferment from apples or grapes), as well as a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and fruits, many of which are exported to the US and Europe.

About 25,000 people live in Curacaví. It is a small town - rural, lively, pintoresque! Curacavi was originally established as a small settlement on the banks of the crystal clear Puangue River when people began to travel between Santiago and Valparaíso. There the travelers rested before tackling the dreaded Zapata slope. Little by little, Curacaví developed into a small town.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and criminal background check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 07:30 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  • Single room in Homestay
  • Full board
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Chile
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • Country handbook Chile
  • Intercultural guideline
  • Insider tips Chile
  • 24/7 Emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
Intercultural exchange is very important in this volunteer project. The exchange with the local culture and community is part of it. During your volunteer work you will live in a local household, including a single room and three meals per day (typical local food, vegetarian and/or vegan can be accommodated).
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL) in Santiago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Chile.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Chile provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Flexible start and end dates between March and end of November
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
6 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks
13 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$149 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Assistant Teacher at Montessori School

Work as an assistant teacher in a small Montessori school in the Chilean countryside, close to the Pacific and close to Santiago de Chile.


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