National Volunteer Center

National Volunteer Center

English Opens Doors Program

The English Opens Doors Program

The English Opens Doors Program (Programa Inglés Abre Puertas) is an initiative supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education. For more information about the organization of the Ministry of Education and where our program falls within the hierarchy, please click here.

The Program was created in 2003 with the mission to improve the level of English for students between 5th grade and 12th grade throughout the Chilean public school system by providing teacher training, instructional materials, language competitions, English immersion camps, and semester abroad scholarships for university students. The English Opens Doors Program seeks to foster a new generation of Chilean students equipped with the tools and abilities they will need to succeed in an increasingly globalized world. The Program includes:

  • Professional development courses
  • Resources for English teaching in rural schools
  • English teacher networks
  • Scholarships for future English teachers
  • Summer and Winter English Camps
  • Public Speaking, Debates, and Spelling Bee competitions
  • National Volunteer Center

EODP Chart

The National Volunteer Center is a branch of the English Opens Doors Program and is supported by the United Nations Development Programme-Chile. The National Volunteer Center recruits native and near-native English speakers to work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms, specifically to improve students’ listening and speaking skills. Volunteers also assist with other initiatives of the English Opens Doors Program, such as debates and English Camps.

Volunteers teach and encourage the study of English while living with Chilean host families and interacting with members of the local community.

The National Volunteer Center Team

The National Volunteer Center Team


Marcela Salgado

 

Marcela Salgado Muñoz is the Coordinator of Student Development of the English Opens Doors Program in Santiago, Chile. She has been working for the English Opens Doors Program since 2012 and is a certified English as a Foreign Language teacher.

 

 


Jeremy Gould is the Coordinator of the National Volunteer Center. He is originally from Maryland and studied Sociology and Spanish while in the University. He was a volunteer with the National Volunteer Center for 2 years: in Las Ventanas, Valparaíso in 2010 and in Río Bueno, Los Ríos in 2011. He has been working with the National Volunteer Center of the English Opens Doors Program since March, 2012.

 

Email: jeremy.gould@mineduc.cl
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7170

 

 


 

Stephanie Hairgrove is an International Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. She has her Master’s Degree of Science in College Student Personnel. She was a professional Residence Director at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Honolulu, HI before coming to Chile as an EODP volunteer in March, 2013. Stephanie volunteered for 1.5 years: Ovalle, Coquimbo in 2013 and Punta Arenas, Magallanes in 2014. She has been working in the National Volunteer Center of the English Opens Doors Program since July, 2014.

Email: stephanie.hairgrove@mineduc.cl
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7226

 


sandra_pina

Sandra Pina is an International Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. Originally from Massachusetts, Sandra studied Economics and Spanish Literature at Tufts University. In 2010, she was a volunteer with the National Volunteer Center for 8 months in Río Bueno in the Los Ríos region. She has been working with the National Volunteer Center since December 2014.

Email: sandra.pina@mineduc.cl
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7243


HSK_7055Paula Soca is the online Spanish course tutor and Part-time volunteers program coordinator at the National Volunteer Center. She was born and currently lives in Santiago de Chile and studied English-Portuguese Translation at Universidad de Santiago de Chile. She has been working with the National Volunteer Center of the English Opens Doors Program since July, 2016.

 

Email: paula.soca@mineduc.cl
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7339

 


Sheetall Bhardwaj is an International Intern at the National Volunteer Center. Originally from India, Sheetall studied in India and the United Kingdom, specializing in Corporate tax planning and Financial management. She was an Associate Vice President at a global multinational corporation in New Delhi, India before coming to Chile as an EODP volunteer in July, 2017. She is a professionally certified Lean-Six Sigma Black
Belt and a Design thinking co-instructor. Sheetall volunteered with the National Volunteer Center for a semester in Vicuña in the Coquimbo region. She has been working with the National Volunteer Center since January 2017.


 

Melissa Cobb is an International Intern in the National Volunteer Center. Originally from Chicago, Melissa studied International Studies and Political Science at the University of Dayton. She has experience in social work and teaching ESL to adults. Melissa was a volunteer in Temuco, Araucanía in 2015. She has been working with the National Volunteer Center since January 2017.

.