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Safe Towns in Chile with Inexpensive Private Schools

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expatDad
6/24/2020 14:59 EST

Greetings. We would like to move to Latin America, possibly Chile, so our children can learn Spanish. We have six children that range in age from 12 to 2. Our main criteria are:
1. Very safe
2. Inexpensive private schools (less than $400 per month per child)

We will also take other things into account, such as the climate, but that is secondary.
3. Climate

My wife and I speak Spanish and we are not concerned about touristy things or night life or having access to an English-speaking community. Nor are we concerned with living in a large city (though internet access will be important since I work remotely). When I have searched online for safe places to live in Latin America, it seems like the bloggers are focused on a lot of those things mentioned above that we do not care about.

I would love to hear your recommendations for cities or towns that meet our criteria.

Thank you!

drmicrochp
10/20/2020 09:55 EST

The one thing not mentioned so far is internet access. Good fiber optic connections are a must. So before picking a house or parcela or apartment be sure that fast internet (100 kbps or better) is available. Living in Puerto Varas I was able to have it installed. Now living in Victoria the same (near Temuco). Although most cities have it, one area or another might be saturated and they won’t add another node. Since a lot of the private schools have poor English instruction, I have found a lot of work teaching English online using Zoom. With the pandemic Zoom or online teaching is becoming the norm for all of the schools. Obviously not everyone has a PC or fast internet and so this is a problem for many families. Also, you need to bring your own PC with a webcam if possible. Webcams aren’t available for purchase because of high demand. In any event, think about the likelihood of online learning and your internet resources as well as how nice the area is or how well the schools are regarded.

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drmicrochp
10/20/2020 09:55 EST

The one thing not mentioned so far is internet access. Good fiber optic connections are a must. So before picking a house or parcela or apartment be sure that fast internet (100 kbps or better) is available. Living in Puerto Varas I was able to have it installed. Now living in Victoria the same (near Temuco). Although most cities have it, one area or another might be saturated and they won’t add another node. Since a lot of the private schools have poor English instruction, I have found a lot of work teaching English online using Zoom. With the pandemic Zoom or online teaching is becoming the norm for all of the schools. Obviously not everyone has a PC or fast internet and so this is a problem for many families. Also, you need to bring your own PC with a webcam if possible. Webcams aren’t available for purchase because of high demand. In any event, think about the likelihood of online learning and your internet resources as well as how nice the area is or how well the schools are regarded.

liewald
6/24/2020 22:37 EST

Hey another Expat DAD :)

Similar thoughts when moved to Chile, I have only one, now 10 learning both Spanish (mom) and English (me) at the same time, we found that "Escuela de Lenguaje" (3 to 6 y/o) was great to help with our bilingual kid. Plus it was private and free. 400 USD Month is considered expensive in Chile. A private Montessori would cost 250 - 300 fluctuating with x-rate.
Chile is one of the safest (still despite all craziness) Countries in the region.

Weather in the Viña del Mar to Quillota area is year round one of the best bets. Check the statistics.

To be even safer I would live ( I live) more on the country side than on the beach side, still beach is 30 minutes away and schools could be 10 to 45.

Santiago still has nice / safe areas, but I avoid it, and prices are 2 or 3X this area.

Southern Chile is breathtakingly beautiful, Concepción could be another city area to explore.

After Escuela de Lenguaje, our son entered a free Private but government supervised school and now he is on Homeschool, he still constructs some spanish phrases the English way but he aced Spanish and we think is cute :)

If you are thinking to move early next year, classes are likely to start in March and the new immigration law would still be in congress.

If you also need advice on Visa applications PM me.

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