I came to southern Chile back in March of 2007, Puerto Montt to be exact, fell in love with the beautiful country and its wonderful people, and decided to stay. I am a retired electronics technician living on a small Social Security pension but I managed to buy a small lot in the country near Puerto Montt and build a small cabin on it. When I arrived in the country, I basically knew no Spanish and in Puerto Montt, there are very few who speak English. However, I took a 5 day crash course in basic Spanish from a retired English teacher who, along with his wife, ran the hospedaje I stayed in. (The Chilean version of Spanish is very different from the Mexican.) With that basic course, a somewhat useful dictionary and the wonderfully patient Chilean people, I soon felt quite comfortable navigating in my new country.
Puerto Montt, Calbuco, Ancud & Valdivia