You can go to Chile with "English Opens Doors!"

You can teach in Chile with "English Opens Doors!"

Teaching Traveling: Get excited!

Here are the details about a program where you can volunteer for FREE (no volunteer fees to pay as there too often are!) to teach English in Chile!

Read on as I interview volunteer recruiter, Dave about this opportunity. (As background, Dave was a volunteer in the program, himself, before taking his current job.)

Dave, what is the English Opens Doors Program?

Dave: The English Opens Doors Program (Programa Inglés Abre Puertas) is an initiative supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education. The Program works to improve English-language education throughout the Chilean public school system.

The National Volunteer Center, which is a branch of the English Opens Doors Program and is supported by the United Nations Development Programme Chile, recruits native and near-native English speakers to teach.

La Cueca in Chile. Beautiful!

La Cueca in Chile. Beautiful!

TT: What do volunteers do?

D:English speakers come to Chile through our program to work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms, specifically to improve students’ listening and speaking skills. Volunteers teach and encourage the study of English while living with Chilean host families and interacting with members of the local community.

TT: Fabulous! Where can a volunteer teach?

D: Volunteers can teach anywhere from the Atacama Desert, to Patagonia, to everywhere in between! Chile is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, and volunteers are placed throughout the entire country. A majority of volunteers teach in schools outside of Santiago, which greatly enhances the ability to immerse oneself in the Chilean culture and really become a part of the community.

Happy volunteer teachers posing in Chile.

Happy volunteer teachers posing in Chile. Will this be you?

TT: Who is eligible?

D: The only requirements that the English Opens Doors Program requires of applicants is that they be native to near-native English speakers, with a degree from an accredited institution.

TT: When can interested volunteers come?

D: In 2012 there will be five different Volunteer Service Initiatives lasting between 5 and 9 months each, depending. The first begins in late February and the last begins in late July. Services run until the end of November.

TT: Does it cost anything to volunteer in Chile? What benefits do volunteers receive?

D: Unlike similar programs, the English Opens Doors Program does not charge volunteers a fee for participation! Volunteers need only arrange for their transportation to and from Santiago, Chile.

Dave with his school in Chile. He took this opportunity. Will you?

Dave with his school in Chile. He took this opportunity. Will you?

The program provides the following: home-stay with a Chilean family, meals, a participation bonus of 60,000 CLP for each month of completed service, health insurance, TEFL training, and access to an online Spanish course.

TT: What should people do if they are interested in Participating?

D: We are currently looking for qualified individuals who might be interested in coming to Chile to participate in one of our Volunteer Service Initiatives in 2012.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity please visit our website at

TT: Thanks so much, Dave! Readers, I hope some of you take advantage of this great opportunity. If you do, please report back about how it goes!


  1. nwachukwu ifelunwa February 2, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I want to know if english open doors program is still on thanks


  2. Mohammed Eissa July 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I’m Mohammed , Sudanese .I studied five years college program in Electronic Engineering major in English . So may English is good.
    I had some experiences with volunteering . I was volunteer at SOS children’s villages international organization.In the duration of [10th of January to 30th of April 2014]
    My responsibilities was co work in the field of social services.
    Also am a part-time lecturer for computer science courses and management course at [THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF POLYTECHNICS STUDIES –SUDAN]In the duration of [20TH OF FEBRUARY until today]

    Today I wanna join Teach English in Chile.So can I join and how can I apply ?
    Best Regards


  3. Hi!
    I am originally from the UK but have been living in Hamburg, Germany for the past 25 years.

    I have been teaching English to children and adults for almost 20 years.

    I have a CELTA certificate and at the moment teach Business English. I am also a qualified Sport Trainer, which I do parallel to my English teaching. It’s a good balance.

    I am now 47 years old. What do you think my chances are of becoming a volunteer?

    Thanks for your time!



  4. Hi guys,
    I have recently returned from teaching English in the Republic of Georgia for two terms. I looking to take another trip abroad. I am very interested in Chilean program. However, I don’t have a four year degree, but I do have a three year University qualification at an accredited University in South Africa. As well as various other program certification, including a program completion certification in Georgia. What can I do and which programs do you think I could participate in?


    1. What an exciting life! :) I’d contact the company directly to see what they say. Good luck!


  5. Sherez Mohamed July 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm


    Your program seems amazing. I was wondering if you accept volunteers to work for a 2-3 month period?
    Thank you!


  6. HI,
    I was wondering what is the current state of the programme?
    Is it open for volunteers at present?
    I know i’m leaving it a bit late but I would like to Volunteer july 2013.


    1. I’m not sure, but try to contact the program directly. Best of luck!


  7. Hello Ryan
    I am interested in volunteering here.
    I am a teacher and have also just completed a CELTA at International House in London.
    Would you email me?


  8. Hi all!

    I work for the English Opens Doors Program- volunteers are indeed responsible for their travel to and from Chile, as well as personal/personal travel expenses while volunteering. All other basic necessities are covered by the program.

    @ Lillie, please let me know if you would be interested in doing an updated story on the English Opens Doors Program.


    – Ryan


  9. I was wondering if that meant if you still had to pay for your flight to and from Chile if you get in the program? I teach in Asia at the moment, and our flights are reimbursed. Just needed a confirmation. Sorry, if it’s an obvious answer! haha



    1. Not obvious, but my guess is you’d need to pay for flights. Click through and contact the company and let us know!


  10. if this is free and you need teachers then please contact :)


    1. Click the link within the article to apply!


  11. Wow. That school has a lot of students and I would LOVE to teach kids how to speak English if I could.


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