Hourly Paid Teacher

Date: 24 Jun 2024

Location: Santiago, Americas, CL

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.


Pay Band: Hourly Paid

Contract Type: Fixed term (1 year), external contract
Location: Santiago

Right to Work Requirements: Candidates must have the legal right to work in Chile. The British Council is not able to support or sponsor work visa applications from non-Chileans.

Closing Date: Ongoing post.


Role Purpose
To contribute to the development of the British Council’s cultural relations work in English and education through an exciting global initiative that develops the English ability of:

  • Young children between the ages of 2 and 5.
  • Primary aged 6 to 10 (400+ hours)
  • Lower Secondary aged 11 to 14 (400+ hours) 
  • Upper Secondary aged 15 to 17 (400+ hours) 
  • Adults General English 18+ (800+ hours)
  • Adults IELTS Preparation 18+ (800+ hours)


The Hourly Paid Teacher is responsible for delivering quality teaching and supporting effective learning, for providing engaging learning experiences beyond the classroom, and for supporting the wider aims of the British Council and its cultural relations mission.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following

Support British Council’s global English strategy by:

  • Delivering English Language Teaching to the highest standards
  • Enhancing the British Council's reputation as a world authority in English Language Teaching
  • Ensuring all core standards around customer service, health and safety and child protection are met.
  • Optimising the British Council customer experience.
  • Preparing and deliver high quality teaching that motivates and engages young children to have fun and learn on face to face and online context
  • Monitoring children’s learning progress and provide feedback to parents.
  • Providing overall and primary care to children assigned, ensuring general well-being.
  • Contributing to the development, evaluation and improvement of the Learning Centre in order to meet students’ and customer needs by actively working as a member of the teaching team.
  • Completing teaching related administrative tasks to specified standards.
  • Actively engaging in professional development and performance management to ensure quality and high standards in teaching and learning, and maintain the British Council's position at the forefront of best ELT practices.
  • Supporting local marketing and promotional strategy, and assist the learning centre team in delivering excellent customer service.
  • Ensuring that the well-being of every child is safeguarded through the strict application of corporate child-protection measures.
  • Ensuring that the environment remains at all times free from health and safety risks that could harm all users and visitors – in particular children.


Requirements of the role

This role could cover one or various age groups from the ones stated in the role purpose. The following requirements can be independant from each other, meaning not every single age group experience is mandatory, it'll depend on the position to fill in, so please make sure to highlight in your CV the specific experience you have teaching English and the groups you have managed.

  • Experience with young children: at least 2 years’ experience working with young children in an institutional setting in at least one of the following age categories: 2-5 years
  • At least 2 years’ experience teaching English as a foreign language to
    • young children between 6-12 years old
    • young children between 13-17 years old
    • adults
    • IELTS prepatarion course
  • Demonstrates a proven ability of lesson preparation, time-planning, managing different technology abilities and classroom management
  • A teaching qualification from a Chilean or international university, ideally with a focus on primary education
  • A teaching qualification (Licenciatura en educación or a PGCE or equivalent), ideally with a focus on educación parvularia, pedagogia infantil, pre-primary or primary. A TEFL qualification equivalent to CELTA level, or a licenciatura de pedagogia de inglés
  • High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C1) IELTS Band 7/8 in each of 4 sections of the academic module
  • Cambridge CELTA, DELTA, TYLEC, Trinity Diploma or CertTESOL


Additional information

  • The teaching centre is delivering classes on weekdays Tuesdays to Fridays. and on Saturdays (09:15 – 17:15). 
  • The specific teaching schedule will be agreed on with the line manager. Additional work may also be required, either to teach own groups, apply placement tests to students, assist other teachers, have the role of floating teacher or to cover classes for another teacher. 
  • The post holder is expected to work delivering face-to-face classes on our off site premises in Providencia and/or Santiago centre.
  • This role may require mornings and/or evenings, and Saturday work.


A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.  We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org


Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.