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Teach internationally in Santiago, Chile while growing as a leader and an educator.

About ChACE

About ACE in Chile

The ACE in Chile (ChACE) program is an enriching and multifaceted post-graduate teaching experience in Santiago, Chile for recent graduates of ACE and other UCCE programs.The 18-month immersive program provides “ChACErs” with the opportunity to teach and live internationally, while enhancing their capacities as leaders and educators.  ChACE teachers spend one full academic year teaching English as a foreign language at Saint George’s College in Chile’s capital city. Prior to their arrival in Santiago, these teachers participate in an intensive 6-week Spanish language program in Quito, Ecuador. 

ChACE provides an unparalleled opportunity for talented and passionate educators to engage a new cultural, linguistic, and educational context. It invites ChACErs to take on new leadership opportunities and to grow professionally by teaching English language learners, all while growing in Spanish language fluency and contributing to the vibrancy of Catholic education internationally.

Coronavirus Update

Amidst the current global health crisis, the ChACE program continues in its mission to support its participants in serving as English teachers at Saint George’s College in Santiago, Chile. 

The ChACE 19 cohort (2019-2020) remains in Chile and currently teaches remotely, until students can safely return to in-person instruction at Saint George’s College.

The ChACE 20 cohort (2020-2021) continues their preparation for teaching at Saint George’s College. Given global health considerations and in lieu of the Ecuador-based language immersion, ChACE 20 currently serves as teaching volunteers at Holy Cross School, a PK-8 Catholic school implementing a two-way Spanish immersion program. This experience pairs in-person opportunities for language practice with online language classes in preparation for teaching in Chile. 

Together with Saint George's College, the ChACE program is closely monitoring international travel advisories and the recommended precautions of the US State Department, the US Embassy of Chile, and the CDC.

ChACE Program Timeline

Late July: ChACE Orientation at Notre Dame
August-September: Spanish Language Immersion Program in Ecuador
End of September: Begin work at Saint George's College in Santiago, Chile
Early January: Mission trips and service projects with Saint George's students.
Mid-January-February: Summer vacation
March 1st-Mid-December: Teach full-time for one academic school year at Saint George's College

Interested in learning more? Check out our FAQs!

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ChACE Application

Applications for ChACE open on November 2, 2020. 

Begin an Application Recommendation Form

Application Process Timeline

Monday, November 2, 2020: Application available online

Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Application deadline

January 18 - February 1, 2021: Video conference interview
Monday, February 8, 2021: Acceptance notification

Monday, February 15, 2021: Commitment deadline


Please reach out to our program director, Michael Szopiak, if you have any additional questions: or 1-574-631-3294.

Want to learn more about the ACE in Chile (ChACE) program? Feel free to contact one of these former ChACErs!

  • Johann Qua Hiansen (ChACE 13)
  • Bridget Gartenmayer (ChACE 14)

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