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Teach English in Chile – Free accommodation, food & stipend

Teach English in Chile – Free accommodation, food & stipend

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.

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 Mar 2nd, 16th, Apr 6th, 20th or Aug 3rd 2015.
  • Choice of participating as year-long or one-semester volunteers.

Volunteers receive:

  • TEFL training specific to the volunteer context during a week-long orientation (food and accommodations provided).
  • Online Spanish course.
  • A volunteer allowance of CLP 65,000 per month served (equivalent to CLP 2,167 per day) 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.

Applicants 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.
  • 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.