The English Opens Doors Program
The English Opens Doors Program of the Chilean Ministry of Education aims to increase the English proficiency of Chilean students to aid in Chile’s continued development in our globalizing world. Part of this initiative includes bringing native and near-native English speakers into Chilean public schools to develop young Chileans' listening and speaking skills as well as to encourage cultural exchange. These native and near-native English speakers are recruited, selected, and trained through the National Volunteer Center.
What We Need
Each EODP volunteer is expected to:
1. Act as an ambassador for their home country and the Chilean Ministry of Education. Volunteers are responsible for their behavior, personal conduct, and level of professionalism at all times.
2. Support and facilitate their students' learning by:
• Creating an atmosphere that allows students to feel more comfortable in an all-English environment
• Making learning English entertaining by planning and carrying out didactic classes and activities focused on stimulating students' "speaking and listening" abilities
• Providing the opportunity for students to learn about their culture thereby promoting the English language as a gateway to other cultures
• Being proactive and independent about their personal health, safety, and well-being
• Regarding their students, colleagues, host family, and fellow volunteers with an attitude of mutual learning, cooperation, and respect
• Reading, understanding, and abiding by the 2016 Terms of Participation
• Maintaining a superior level of communication with the National Volunteer Center and Regional Representatives
When & Who
What we Provide
Provided by your host family - volunteers have the opportunity to express their personal preferences (non-smoker, vegetarian, etc.) on the application form. Program staff will do their best to match these preferences, although in some cases it may not be possible.
The volunteer allowance is CLP 70,000 (about $108) per 30 days of service to reimburse local transportation or other costs related to teaching.
We are 100% FEE-FREE! Visas fees are also waived!
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More Services we Offer
- TEFL training during week-long orientation
- Online Spanish course
- In-country health insurance
- Airport transfers to designated accommodations upon arrival for volunteers who arrive on official program start dates
- Assistance obtaining a Chilean I.D. card and a bank account
- Round-trip transportation from Santiago to the regional placement site
Additional Info about Us
- Be a native or near-native English speaker
- Have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
- Aged 21 to 35 years old (upper age limit is flexible)
- Be mentally and physically capable of teaching children.
- Have an interest in Chilean culture and a desire to live in Chile.
- Be highly committed, responsible, and flexible.
- Have access to sufficient funds to cover personal expenditures throughout the duration of the program.
- Assume the associated costs (transportation to the consulate, cost of obtaining documents) of obtaining a Temporary Residence Visa before arriving in Chile. Direct visa fees from the consulate will be waived.
- Assume the cost of international transportation to Santiago according to the program start date.
The Program was created in 2003 with the mission of improving the level of English for students between 5th and 12th grade throughout the Chilean public school system by providing teacher training, instructional materials, language competitions, English immersion camps, and semester abroad scholarships for university students. The English Opens Doors Program seeks to foster a new generation of Chilean students equipped with the tools and abilities they will need to succeed in an increasingly globalized world.
The Program includes:
- Professional development courses
- Resources for English teaching in rural schools
- English teacher networks
- Scholarships for future English teachers
- Summer and winter English camps
- Public speaking, debates, and spelling bee competitions
- National Volunteer Center
The National Volunteer Center, which is a branch of the English Opens Doors Program and is supported by the United Nations Development Programme-Chile, recruits native and near-native English speakers to come to Chile and work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms to improve students’ listening and speaking skills. Volunteers also assist with other initiatives of the English Opens Doors Program, such as debates, public speaking, spelling bee, and English camps.
Volunteers teach and encourage the study of English while living with Chilean host families and interacting with members of the local community.