National Volunteer Center

National Volunteer Center

English Open 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

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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

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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.


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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


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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


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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


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Madeline Quick is an International Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. She is originally from New Hampshire and studied Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Hartwick College. In 2013, she was a two semester-long volunteer in Chiguayante, Bío Bío. Madeline returned to Chile in 2015 and has been working with the National Volunteer Center since August of 2015.

Email: madeline.quick@mineduc.cl
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7193


 

HSK_7081Harry Kawanda is an International Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. He is originally from Indonesia and studied Information Technology while in university. He was a volunteer with the National Volunteer Center for 2 semesters: in Punta Arenas, Magallanes in 2012 and on Easter Island in 2013. He has been working with the National Volunteer Center of the English Opens Doors Program since September, 2015.

Email: harry.kawanda@mineduc.cl
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7215


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