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Ready to teach English in Chile and make a big difference in the lives of others?
Bridge Abroad has been chosen by the Chilean Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the United Nations Development Program to recruit a select group of English teachers for the esteemed "English Opens Doors" program. In 2011, Bridge Abroad will be placing volunteers in all 12 regions of Chile. From stargazing in the deserts of the north to trekking the pristine glaciers of the south, you’ll find a region to love in Chile.
As a teacher in Chile’s prestigious “English Opens Doors” program, you’ll teach English to elementary or high school students and live in a Chilean community with a local host family. You’ll work alongside a local English teacher, planning lessons and activities and providing students with their rare chance to communicate and connect to a native English speaker.
Response from BridgeAbroad
Tammy, we're sorry to hear that you left English Opens Doors with a negative perception of your experience in Chile. We understand how and why you feel the educational system in Chile lacks the organization and professionalism that education systems in other countries enjoy, and we're sorry that you felt that you were not well-prepared for this.
The English Opens Doors program is intended to help the Chilean Ministry of Education boost its educational system and give its students, many of whom do not have a high level of fluency in English, get the opportunity to learn from a native speaker. While it can be frustrating as a volunteer to see little improvement in your students from day to day, Bridge feels that every volunteer's contribution is valuable. Change is always incremental and slow but with each individual life that is touched and changed by this program, whether the students' lives or the volunteers', we feel that we are making a positive impact. Many volunteers do have great experiences in Chile; we find that those that accept the limitations of their role and are content to do the best that they can often leave with the most positive opinion of the program.
We apologize that you felt that you were taken advantage of and unprepared for your role. We do our best to fully explain the program on our website and again in-person during the advising sessions and interviews. We would welcome your suggestions for improving our communication and better preparing our volunteers for their time abroad. We encourage you to write to us at email@example.com with any further comments you have.