National Volunteer Center

National Volunteer Center

English Opens Doors Program

Volunteer Services & Dates

The 2018 Application Process is Officially Open!

To apply, please visit our Apply Now page and click the link to access the application. For specific information regarding available volunteer service dates in 2018, see the table below. To receive the most up-to-date information regarding the application process, Program dates, and more, we recommend signing up for our newsletter, as well as checking our website and social media accounts regularly. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to write us at

Update on December 4th, 2017:

While we have definitively closed applications for our VS1 service, we have extended the deadline to apply for our VS2 volunteer service (April 2nd – November 24th) to Sunday December 17th! If you missed the first deadline, apply now and don’t miss out on this last chance to apply to volunteer with us in our only 2-semester volunteer service of 2018!

Volunteer Service Start Date End Date Application Deadline
VS1 (one semester) March 19th, 2018 July 22nd, 2018 Closed
VS2 (two semesters) April 2nd, 2018 November 24th, 2018 Closed
VS3 (one semester) July 23rd, 2018 November 24th, 2018 March 25th, 2018

Volunteer Service Information:

“Start Date” means the day that the mandatory volunteer orientation begins in Santiago. We recommend that volunteers arrive to Santiago either one or two days prior, and we will provide airport transfers, meals, and accommodations for those that do. Volunteers cannot arrive on the same day that orientation begins. Volunteers arriving more than two days before the orientation start date will risk complications in the visa registration process. Volunteers will be provided with transportation from Santiago to their placement region at the end of the week-long orientation in Santiago.

“End Date” means the final day that volunteers will receive support from the English Opens Doors Program. The final night of housing provided to volunteers will be the night before the End Date. Starting the night of the end date, volunteers will be responsible for their own accommodations and arrangements.