Expat Experiences in Chile

When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real life stories and experiences from other expats who have lived there. We'd love to hear about your expat experiences. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Chile and would like to share your story. 


Nina grew up in the UK and has lived in many countries before moving to Chile. She's mother to three young children and writes about expat life for magazines and on her blog. Read her interview for more information on safety and what schools are like in Santiago.

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Karim Coumine is a British expat living in Santiago, Chile. He has been living in the city since 2012, and shares his insights into how best to adapt to expat life in Chile. Read his interview for more information on the local business culture and how best to meet people and make friends in Santiago.

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A native of Brittany, France, Jérémie quickly realized that working abroad could bring him a lot more opportunities. He's been living and working in cities like Stockholm, Belfast, London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai, to name a few. Right now he's in Santiago, Chile, where Expat Arrivals caught up with him for an interview about expat life in Chile.

Sarah is from New Jersey, USA, and was a volunteer English teacher when she first arrived in Chile. Now she teaches English at a language school in La Serena. She loves yoga and cats and writes about coming to terms with Chile on her blog. Read about her experiences as an expat in Chile.

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Anna Nowak is a psychologist and avid traveller originally from Poland and currently living in Chile. Having lived as an expat in various countries over the last 12 years, she is a true global citizen. Read more about her expat life in Chile.

Vanessa Munro followed her boyfriend to his home country of Chile and has only been there for a few months. She tells us about the challenges of adjusting to a new country, especially when you don't really know the language. Read more about her expat life in Chile.

Noëlle has lived in Santiago with her Chilean husband for more than a decade. She loves her expat life in Chile, and busies herself with teaching private English classes and doing market research on a freelance basis. Noëlle says that the job market in Chile is tough for foreigners to break into, and adds that a crucial part of enjoying living in the country is to learn the language. Read more about her expat life in Santiago.

Jenny is an American expat living in Chile’s capital, Santiago. Originally from Minnesota, she moved to Chile to take up a position as an ESL/EFL instructor in 2010. Besides the long work hours and the absence of family, Jenny is enjoying her expat experience in Chile and offers some great advice to other expats considering a move to this South American country. Read more about her expat life in Santiago.

Phoenix Zerin is an American expat living in Chile. He initially moved to Santiago as part of a five-year plan to experience life abroad. For now, he calls this South American county his home, but over the next few years, he also plans to explore life in Asia and Eastern Europe. Read more about his expat experience in Chile.

Sarai is an American expat who is married to a Chilean man and living in Puente Alto, at the foot of the Andes, with their five children. Sarai absolutely loves Chile, is excited about the future, and believes she has found her heart and home here. Read about her expat experience in Chile.

Annje, an American expat living in Chile, left home with her husband to resettle in the slender land of sea and mountains. Having spent four years in Santiago prior to this relocation, she shares some valuable insight based on her expat experience in Chile.

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