How teaching English in Chile can open doors

The volunteer program that is sending young foreigners around Chile and helping make them make the most of an opportunity for personal and professional growth. 

Are you thinking about living in a foreign country, learning a new language, traveling ethically and growing both your character and resume?
The Chilean government’s English Opens Doors program offers access to one of the world’s great natural playgrounds, while staying and eating with a Chilean family, learning to teach English, learning Chile’s unique and colorful Spanish  – and getting paid for your efforts.
The initiative – which is supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme Chile – is aimed at improving English-language education throughout the Chilean public and state subsidized school system.
Its only requirements are that applicants be native to near-native English speakers, hold a degree from an accredited institution and are aged between 21 and 35 years.
The selected applicants work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms, helping to improve students’ listening and speaking skills and giving their pupils a chance to converse in a real life situation.
Meanwhile the teachers will experience Chilean culture first hand, by living with host families and interacting with members of the local community.
You could be placed anywhere along this stretch of land at the bottom of South America, that encompasses the Atacama Desert, Patagonia, the Andes mountains and the Pacific coast.
And though it is technically a volunteer position, teachers are given a participation bonus of US$115 (60,000 CLP) for each month of completed service, in addition to house and board, health insurance, TEFL training, and access to an online Spanish course.
Unlike many similar programs, English Opens Doors does not charge volunteers a fee for participation, and would-be-teachers only have to arrange their transportation to and from Santiago, Chile.
Organizers are currently looking for qualified individuals in 2012. For more information visit the official website.