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:
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.
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.
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7170
Stephanie Hairgrove is the Coordinator for International Volunteer Recruitment, Selection, Training and Support in the National Volunteer Center and for English Camps. She has a CELTA certification and a Master’s Degree of Science in College Student Personnel. Stephanie 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.
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7226
Bryony Kayes is an International Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. Originally from New Zealand, Bryony studied French at the University of Auckland before moving to France to teach English and complete a Master’s degree in language teaching. She was a volunteer in Temuco, Araucanía in 2016. She has been working with the National Volunteer Center since November 2018.
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7193
Franco Vira is a National Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. He is a certified teacher of English from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. He was the Coordinator of Education at Fundación Selenna, a NGO focused on rising awareness regarding trans* youth’s rights. He has experience teaching English at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and in public schools in Chile. He was an EODP English Camp facilitator and monitor in 2017 and 2018 respectively. He has been working in the National Volunteer Center of the English Opens Doors Program since May, 2019.
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7243
Citlali Hernández is an International Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. Originally from Mexico, she studied International Relations at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus, where she eventually worked at the International Programs Office. Later, Citlali worked for the British Council Mexico as the Teaching Centre Operations Coordinator where she parallelly got her CELTA certification, after having taught English as a part-time teacher for several years. In 2017, Citlali went to France to teach Spanish in secondary schools. She volunteered with the NVC for 2 semesters: in Santo Domingo, Valparaíso, in 2018, and in Melipilla, Región Metropolitana, in 2019. She has been working with the NVC since August 2019.
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7339
Margot Sherman Jollis is an International Assistant in the National Volunteer Center. From North Carolina in the United States, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Denison University in May 2018 before volunteering with the EODP. Margot completed two semesters of volunteer service–first in Melipilla, Región Metropolitana in 2018 and then in Puerto Montt, Los Lagos in 2019. She has been working with the National Volunteer Center since August 2019.
Phone: 56/2 2 406 7232