The English Opens Doors Program (Programa Inglés Abre Puertas) is an initiative supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education ( Protected content ).
The Program was created in Protected content the mission to improve the level of English for students between 5th grade 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 is a branch of the English Opens Doors Program and is supported by the United Nations Development Programme-Chile. The National Volunteer Center recruits native and near-native English speakers to work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms, specifically to improve students’ listening and speaking skills. Volunteers also assist with other initiatives of the English Opens Doors Program, such as debates 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.
BENEFITS VOLUNTEERING WITH ENGLISH OPEN DOORS PROGRAM :
TEFL training specific to the volunteer context during a week-long orientation (food and accommodations provided).
Online Spanish course.
A volunteer allowance of CLP 70,000 per month served (equivalent to CLP 2,333 per day) to reimburse local transportation or other costs related to teaching.
Facilitation of a basic Chilean bank account.
Accommodations and meals with a host family.
Health insurance (in-country).
Pre-departure information and support.
Airport transfers to accommodations upon arrival for volunteers who arrive on designated dates.
Assistance registering the visa and obtaining a Chilean I.D. card.
Round-trip transportation from Santiago to the regional placement site.
In-country support from the National Volunteer Center as well as the Regional English Opens Doors Representative.
Year-long volunteers receive a week of paid vacation, in addition to regular holidays.
Important: EODP does not charge volunteers a fee for participation. In addition, temporary residence visa fees are waived for EODP volunteers.
APPLICANTS MUST ;
Be a native or near-native English speaker.
Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and be between 21 and 35 years old.
Be mentally and physically capable of teaching children.
Be willing to dedicate their energy and time to teaching and to make students their priority.
Have experience living or travelling in another country.
Have an interest in Chilean culture and living in a developing country.
Be highly committed, responsible, and flexible.
Have access to sufficient funds in order to cover personal expenditures throughout the duration of the program.
Assume the associated costs (transportation to 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.