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English Open Doors Program

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The 2016 Volunteer Service Application Process Has Closed

The National Volunteer Center would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who applied and who showed interest in the English Opens Doors Program this application cycle. We are blown away by the volume of applications we have received and the passion shown in the essays written. This year was our most diverse in program history as we received applications from a huge variety of nationalities, educational backgrounds, and professions. The level of interest in dedicating one or two semesters to support the development of the public education system in Chile means more than what we can express in words.

At this point in time, we are no longer accepting applications, but please don’t be discouraged! We plan to re-open applications for 2017 in September of this year (2016), as we continue in our mission to provide Chilean public school students and teacher with the opportunity to work with native English speakers. Please check back for updates and sign up for our mailing list for those updates to arrive straight to your inbox!

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Dear Volunteer Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the English Opens Doors Program with the Chilean Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme-Chile.

While this is a volunteer opportunity, we would like to emphasize that a volunteer position with the English Opens Doors Program requires a high level of dedication and a minimum commitment of 35 hours per week. Becoming a volunteer through our program means committing to a partnership focused on improving and expanding English language opportunities for Chilean public school students from 10-18 years old.

With this responsibility, volunteers will also benefit from their experience both personally and professionally. Although volunteers will inevitably learn Spanish while living with host families, travel on holidays, and travel after the program, volunteers should first and foremost be focused on their work in their schools. We encourage volunteers to fully explore our website and research the opportunity before applying.


The Fundamental Responsibilities of each EODP volunteer:

  • Act as an ambassador of his or her home country and for the Chilean Ministry of Education. As such, volunteers are responsible for their personal conduct and behavior as well as their level of professionalism at all times
  • Supports and facilitates his or her students’ learning by:
    • creating an atmosphere and class style that allows students to feel comfortable and expressive in an all-English environment
    • making the subject of English entertaining by planning and carrying out didactic classes and activities focused on stimulating students’ “speaking and listening” abilities
    • providing his or her students with the opportunity to learn about his or her culture, thereby promoting the English language as a gateway to other cultures
  • Is proactive and independent, and takes initiative in regards to personal health, safety, and well-being
  • Regard his or her students, colleagues, host family, and fellow volunteers with an attitude of mutual learning, cooperation, and respect
  • Generally maintain their volunteer work and role in their school community as their primary focus and priority, over travel and recreation.


Applicants must:

  • Be a native or near-native English speaker
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by the program start date
  • Be between 21 and 35 years old (applicants over 35 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • Be mentally and physically capable of teaching children
  • Be willing to dedicate their energy and time to teaching, and making 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


English Opens Doors Program Volunteers have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of their students, motivating them to improve their English, participate in cross cultural exchange, and succeed in an increasingly globalized world. Therefore, given the enormous task at hand, all applicants must keep in mind these fundamental responsibilities as they begin the application process for the English Opens Doors Program.

We look forward to reviewing your application.

The National Volunteer Center Team.