The English Opens Doors Program is recruiting volunteers for the 2012 school year!

The English Opens Doors Program is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2012 school year!

We are pleased to announce that as of 2012, volunteer services are fee-free. All volunteers will be provided with health insurance.

Please take a look at our Volunteer Service initiatives:

Volunteer Service Initiative Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Spanish in Chile + VS1 January 5 2012 November 30 Closed
Volunteer Service 1 (VS1) February 27 2012 July 27/November 30* Closed
Volunteer Service 2 (VS2) March 12 2012 July 27/November 30* Closed
Volunteer Service 3 (VS3) March 26 2012 July 27/November 30* Closed
Volunteer Service 4 (VS4) April 10 2012 July 27/November 30* Closed
Volunteer Service 5 (VS5) June 4 2012 November 30 Closed
Volunteer Service 6 (VS6) June 18 2012 November 30 Closed
Volunteer Service 7 (VS7) July 23 2012 November 30 June 15 2012 *waiting list
*Applicants who are accepted for VS7 will be placed on a waiting list until more school placements become available.

NOTE: The Spanish in Chile course is only offered as part of Volunteer Service 1, once a year, in January.

Start Date signifies the day that the mandatory volunteer orientation begins in Santiago. We recommend that volunteers arrive to Santiago either one or two days prior, and we will provide airport transfers, meals and accommodations for those that do. Volunteers will be provided with transportation from Santiago to their placement region at the end of the weeklong orientation in Santiago.

Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Placements are limited, so early application is strongly encouraged. Please view our application below.

About English Opens Doors Program Volunteers

English Opens Doors Program volunteers make a lasting impact on the lives of their students, motivating them to improve their English and participate in cross cultural exchange.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers teach alongside a Chilean head teacher in either municipal (public) or particular subvencionado (semi-private) schools. Volunteers are placed all throughout Chile, and work with students ranging from quinto básico (5th grade, approximately 10-11 years) to cuarto medio (12th grade, approximately 17-18 years). The volunteer’s main responsibilities are:

To focus on improving the students’ speaking and listening skills
To motivate the students to take an interest in learning English
To share their culture with the students, thus broadening their worldview
Volunteers should expect to spend 25 hours a week in the classroom and another 10 hours each week leading an extracurricular activity. Each volunteer has the flexibility to determine what specific extracurricular activity they’d like to lead with their students.

Who are we looking for?

The English Opens Doors Volunteer Program would like to emphasize the personal responsibilities and professional etiquette that each volunteer must uphold during their participation in the Program. We believe that prior to participating in the Program, it is essential that all volunteers are aware of what is expected of them.

The Fundamental Responsibilities of each EODP volunteer:

Act as an ambassador for their home country and for the Chilean Ministry of Education. As such, to be responsible for their personal conduct and behaviour as well as their level of professionalism at all times.
Be proactive in exercising their judgement in regards to their personal health, safety and well-being.
Regard their students, colleagues, host family and fellow volunteers with an attitude of mutual learning, cooperation and respect.

All volunteers 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.
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.

Volunteers will receive:

A program completion bonus of CLP 60,000 per month served.
Accommodations and meals with a host family.
Pre-departure information and support.
Airport transfers to designated accommodations upon arrival for volunteers who arrive on official program start dates.
Assistance obtaining a Temporary Residence Visa and Chilean I.D. card (this does NOT include Visa costs).
Round-trip transportation from Santiago to the regional placement site.
Program certification by the Chilean Ministry of Education

Volunteer Service Application

Source: Centro de Voluntarios

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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