National Volunteer Center

National Volunteer Center

English Opens Doors Program

Volunteer Services & Dates

The 2017 Application Process is Closed!

Thank you for all those who have applied for your interest! Please stay tuned for information regarding the 2018 school year volunteer services. 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

Volunteer Service Start Date End Date Application Deadline

(1 Semester)

March 20th, 2017 July 23rd, 2017 Closed

(2 Semesters)

April 3rd, 2017 November 25th, 2017 Closed

(1 Semester)

July 24th, 2017 November 25th, 2017 Closed

(1 Semester)

August 7th, 2017 November 26th, 2017 Closed


Update: February 22nd, 2017

Due to budgetary constraints, the Ministry of Education has unexpectedly reduced funding for the English Opens Doors Program initiatives to be implemented in the 2017 school year. This means that we are no longer able to offer two separate one-semester long services in July and August. As a result, VS4 (August 7th-November 26th) will be merged with VS3 (July 24th-November 26th). To be clear, this means that we will no longer be offering the VS4 service that began on August 7th. Instead, we are only offering one service, VS3, which begins on July 24th and ends on November 26th.

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.