English Opens Doors Program

Basic Information

Phone Number: 56-2-2406-7170
Director: Karina PiƱa

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Additional Information

Subject/Position: Volunteer to Teach English in Chile
School: Placements available throughout all regions in Chile
School Type: elementary, middle school, and high school placements available
Program Dates: We are accepting applications for our four different 2017 Volunteer Services: March 20, 2017 - July 23, 2017 April 3, 2017 - November 25, 2017 July 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017 August 7, 2017 - November 26, 2017

The English Opens Doors Program is an entity of the Ministry of Education in Chile and is supported by the United Nations Development Program. Our Program seeks native or near-native English speakers to assistant teach in vulnerable, Chilean public schools.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
Degree Level: Teaching degree not required but preferred
Job Types: Volunteer teaching assistant
Languages: English
Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching: Volunteers teach English in an English immersion classroom
Cost: Volunteers must purchase their international flight to/from Chile, costs associated with obtaining a visa (doctor's appointment, travel to consulate, document copies, etc..) however the administrative visa fee is waived, and personal expences while volunteering.
Salary/Benefits: Volunteers receive a $70,000 CLP stipend for every 30 days of volunteer service, room and board with a Chilean host family, their visa fee is waived, and in-country health insurance as well as in-country transportation are provided. Volunteers also receive a comprehensive volunteer orientation and in-country volunteer support throughout their volunteer service.
Program Fees: This is a FEE-FREE program
Experience Required:

No teaching experience is required but it is preferred.

Programs Open To: All international native or near-native English speakers, between the ages of 21-35 years old, with a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
Travel Arrangements:

Volunteers must purchase their international travel, however, in-country transportation to and from the volunteer's placement is provided.

Participants Work: 35 hours a week. 24 pedagogical teaching hours and 11 hours of class preparation and facilitating extra-curricular activities for students.
Application Process:

Candidates are invited to apply through our online application. The application form as well as more information about our volunteer initiative can be found on our website at: http://www.centrodevoluntarios.cl/

Teaching Level: Teaching is not a requirement for volunteers
Hours: Volunteers work 35 hours per week.
Visa Requirements:

Volunteers are required to obtain a Temporary Residence Visa, which the English Opens Doors Program will provide information and email support/assistance in the obtainment process. Also, the administrative fee is waived for English Opens Doors Program volunteers.

Program Highlights:

A typical week for a full-time volunteer includes 24 hours of English teaching and 11 hours of extra-curricular activities. Volunteers teach alongside a Chilean head teacher and work with students ranging from 5th grade (10-11 years old) to 12th grade (17-18 years old).

-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. Applicants under 21 will not be accepted. Applicants over 35 are still encouraged to apply, and 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 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 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.

Volunteers receive:
-TEFL training during week-long orientation.
-Online Spanish course.
-A volunteer allowance of CLP 70,000 per 30 days of service to reimburse local transportation or other costs related to teaching.
-Accommodations and meals with a host family.
-In-country health insurance.
-Pre-departure information and support.
-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 basic bank account.
-Round-trip transportation from Santiago to the regional placement site.

Curriculum Highlights:

Volunteers design interactive, communicative classes which focus specifically on listening and speaking skills.

Program Information:

For more information about our program, please visit our website at http://www.centrodevoluntarios.cl/
If you have specific questions about our volunteer initiative or if you would like to request to speak to a former English Opens Doors Program volunteer, please email us at voluntarios@mineduc.cl

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