We require native and near-native English speakers to work in public and semi-private schools throughout Chile. As a volunteer, you will teach and encourage the study of English while living with Chilean host families and interacting with members of the local community.
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Our program is supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme – Chile. The Program is a national initiative that was created in 2003 to help support the improvement of English language learning and teaching in the Chilean public school system.
Next available dates: Choice of 2015 start dates Apr 6th, 20th, May 4th, Aug 3rd
Stay duration: Choice of participating as year-long or one-semester volunteers
Places available: Enrolling now
Hours & roster: 35 hours a week
What’s included? Free TEFL training & online Spanish course, living allowance, accommodations and meals with a host family, Health insurance (in-country) & more
What’s Not Included? Flights
Volunteers teach independent classes under the supervision of a Chilean head teacher in public schools. Volunteers are placed all throughout Chile, and work with students ranging from 5th grade (10-11 years old) to 12th grade (17-18 years old). The volunteer’s main responsibilities are:
- Motivate students to learn English.
- Help students improve their speaking and listening skills.
- Share own culture with students, thus broadening their worldview.
- Spend 24 hours a week in the classroom, and another 11 hours each week leading an extra-curricular activity and lesson planning. Each volunteer has the flexibility to determine what specific extracurricular activity they’d like to lead with their students.
- Participate in English Camps, Debates, Public Speaking and Spelling Bee competitions, and other initiatives of the English Opens Doors Program.
- 2015 applications are now open.
- Choice of start dates Apr 6th, 20th, May 4th, Aug 3rd, 2015.
- Choice of participating as year-long or one-semester volunteers.
- 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 to reimburse local transportation or other costs related to teaching.
- 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 Centre as well as the Regional English Representative.
- Year-long volunteers receive a week of paid vacation, in addition to regular holidays.
Important: We do not charge volunteers a fee for participation. In addition, temporary residence visa fees are waived for volunteers.
- 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 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.