Volunteer Teaching English in Chile
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Volunteer Teaching English in Chile

Fancy being a volunteer teacher in Chile? We recruit fluent English speaking volunteers to work in Chilean public schools. Here, we tell you how to volunteer teaching English in Chile.

Consider ‘the English Opens Doors Program’! There is no application fee and placements are available throughout Chile.

‘The English Opens Doors Program’ is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme-Chile and the Chilean Ministry of Education. The English Opens Doors Program seeks highly motivated individuals to work as English teaching assistants in public schools throughout Chile.

A typical week for a full-time volunteer includes 24 hours of English teaching and 11 hours of extra-curricular activities. Volunteers teach under the supervision of a Chilean head teacher and work with students ranging from 10 years old to 18 years old!

Volunteer teaching English in Chile, tasks & roles:

When you volunteer teaching English in Chile, you’ll teach independent classes under the supervision of a Chilean head teacher in public schools. Volunteers are placed 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 pedagogical 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, Public Speaking and Spelling Bee activities, and other initiatives of the English Opens Doors Program.

Volunteer teaching English in Chile, you’ll receive:

  • A volunteer allowance 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.
  • Teacher training during orientation.
  • 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.

What else? Applicants must:

  • Be a fluent English speaker.
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and be between 21 and 35 years old. Applicants over the age of 35 are 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.
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