#Chile – English Opens Doors Program: 2019 Volunteer Application Process is Now Open!

The English Opens Doors Program (Programa Inglés Abre Puertas) is an initiative supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education. For more information about the organization of the Ministry of Education and where our program falls within the hierarchy, please click here.

The Program was created in 2003 with 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.

Apply Now: The 2019 Application Process!

The 2019 application process is now open! Before filling out an application, please read the “Applicant Requirements” section and the information pertaining to the volunteer’s role and benefits which is provided on the “Volunteer Roles and Benefits” page, linked here.

Please note that the application process is a rolling process so candidates will be accepted on that basis (first come, first served). So, apply as soon as possible!

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining information on our website or the process outlined below, please feel free to write the center at: voluntarios@mineduc.cl.

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Applicant Requirements:
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.

Please look through the program website to learn more about the volunteer role and benefits, placement opportunities, and previous volunteer experiences.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us directly at: voluntarios@mineduc.cl.


The 2019 English Opens Doors Program Application! ==> (Click Here)

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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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