Volunteer Teach in Chile - (past program)

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WorldTeach has been working in Chile since 2003. Currently, we partner with Fundacion Educacional Oportunidad, who funds the majority of our yearlong program in Chile. Our volunteers are placed in the remote Elqui Valley, where they serve as teachers and co-teachers teaching English in Chilean elementary and middle school classrooms. Volunteers live with host families or in a group house with other volunteers.

With our year-long program, you can also become TEFL certified to earn credibility and give you an edge in the ESL teaching job market. While certification usually costs about $1,899, with WorldTeach you can become certified for only $350 while also gaining priceless in-country teaching experience.

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Reviews

9.27 Rating
based on 15 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 9.4
  • Safety 9.3
  • Instruction 9
  • Support 8
  • Value 7
  • Academic Rigor 8
  • Job Assistance 6
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Delaney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chile - WorldTeach - Ministry of Education - English Opens Doors

Time of my life and great experience to live and work abroad! Would highly recommend this type of program for anyone looking to take-off and start in a new country. If you take advantage of all the programs have to offer, like optional Summer/Winter programs you will ensure a better experience by seeing more of the country, volunteering with other groups and learning different dialects/slang from different regions.

What would you improve about this program?
This program is not currently active, but I think English Opens Doors still exists.
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Kate
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime in Chile!

I attended the English Opens Doors Program with WorldTeach and the Ministry of Education in Chile during the 2007-2008 academic year. Teaching in Chile was a wonderful experience! The guidance, support and structure of the WorldTeach program was extremely helpful, and the organization is very professional. I have recommended teaching abroad with WorldTeach to many of my friends and colleagues. I would recommend this organization over and over again! It was truly a wonderful experience to volunteer abroad, and were I to do it again I would most definitely go with WorldTeach!

What would you improve about this program?
The program could include more pre-travel in-person training. Training could include language instruction, as well as cultural competency training.
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Heather
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Year with Lasting Effects

My decision to join WorldTeach Chile was to see if I wanted to continue on the teaching track and do so in a part of the world I had yet to visit. However, I got so so much more out of the experience than I could have ever expected. South America was a relatively "scary" place in my mind before I arrived and having WorldTeach as a support and structure really made diving into it much a much less nerve racking feat. My year as a volunteer teacher in a suburban public K-8 school and living with a host family was one of growth, reflection, and learning. The most valuable part of the experience were the deep connections with other humans I made whose influences continue to resonate with me today.

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B
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good program

Different classroom culture that I didn't feel prepared for - but I think that's part of the culture shock. It's also difficult finding a host family that you're a good fit with. However, the experience overall was great. Difficult, but great overall.

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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

WorldTeach is amazing

The training is top-notch, the in-country support (via a Field Director who knows the country better) is priceless. They took a dozen of us from zero to Competent Teaching in 2 weeks. I can't imagine having done it any other way.

(Actually, I can, because we worked alongside volunteers from other programs who didn't have WorldTeach support, and they had a really hard time.)

A+++++

What would you improve about this program?
For WorldTeach itself, I really can't think of anything.
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Abby
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

WorldTeach

I would recommend teaching abroad as a volunteer if you already have successful work experiences to build on. You will need to already know how to take initiative and make plans with little guidance. You will also need to know how to prioritize tasks, and be able to build positive interpersonal relationships. I would give this advice of already being prepared probably for any program.

What would you improve about this program?
I think I could probably have used some training in receiving feedback. But there were a lot of really great people and everybody was doing their best.
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Stephen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chile Program a Gem

The Worldteach program in Chile was a very good choice. Worldteach provides effective in-country support and the experience of living with a host family and working in a public school was well designed and very important for my professional career.

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Gretchen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

WorldTeach Chile is fantastic!

WorldTeach Chile prepared me well for my assignment with a month of in country training that included leveled Spanish classes, cultural lessons, and preparation to teach in a student centered classroom. Once with my host family, I was living in Concepcion which was six hours away from our program director in Santiago. However, I was well supported by other teachers at my school and my family took good care of me. My program director checked in every few weeks, visited to make sure all was well, and was readily available when I needed help. Overall, the program was well run and I gained valuable skills in Spanish, teaching, and living abroad that I still use today. I was eager to live in another country, but appreciated the structure and support of this program from correspondence before we left to prepping us for reentry into the US. I highly recommend this program!

What would you improve about this program?
It might have been nice to have the option of switching family or living situations in the middle of the year.
Response from WorldTeach

Thank you so much for leaving this review. In regards to your comment about switching living situations, WorldTeach only moves volunteers if they do not feel comfortable or safe in their housing. Sometimes it is very easy for the volunteer to form a strong connection with the host family, but other times the volunteer must put themselves out there to surpass the simple landlord/boarder situation.

Once the volunteer is placed, the in-country partner or the WorldTeach Field Director maintains communication with the host family to ensure they are comfortable with the volunteer, and the Field Director does the same with the volunteer to ensure he/she feels comfortable and safe with the host family. Most often times, all parties are content, but if the host or the volunteer is not comfortable with the living situation, the volunteer can be moved. This process is taken seriously by WorldTeach, as we expect our volunteers to be conscientious housemates, and the hosts to provide a safe living environment. If the Field Director finds that either the host is not fulfilling their requirements, the volunteer will be moved.

Thank you again for bringing attention to this very important topic.