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Farm Stay in Chile

Work Places

Generic farms, animal farms, cattle breeding, sheep farming, horse stud farms, horse breeding, riding centers, touristic farms, small family farms

Work Tasks

Depends on the farm. Usually simple work/assistant jobs/manual labor. Work can be exhausting. Work takes place mainly outdoors. Not appropriate for university internships.

Working Hours

Between 30 and 45 hours per week; shift work may be required (the legal working hours in Chile are 45 hours per week)

Salary

None, but free accommodation and food is provided.

Location

Mainly in the central region of Chile, the south and Patagonia

Start

At any time during the year

Duration

4 weeks up to 6 months, longer duration can be arranged upon special request

Age

18+ years

Previous Experiences

Not necessary. Only if the request is working with horses do we need a detailed description of riding experience.

Language

Functional Spanish skills (book your Spanish Course with us!)

Accommodation

Single room or dorm style room

Food

Included

Internet

Depends on Farm site. Often not available!

Support

By the Chile Inside office in Santiago de Chile (English, German and Spanish speaking)

24/7 Emergency Number

Yes! A Chile Inside representative will always be available in case of an emergency.

Application

Detailed CV, photo, completed registration form

Special Details

If Farm Stay with horses is requested, a detailed description about riding skills has to be provided. Please add photos of the participant working with or riding on horses.

Application Time

No deadlines. We recommend sending the application as early as possible, at least 8 weeks before the program start date. Short-notice registration is possible upon special request.

Health Insurance

Participant must show proof of health insurance coverage for Chile

Farm Stay in Chile - Work on a typical Farm in Chile!

Would you like to work on a farm or a horse ranch and learn about the rural life in a beautiful Chilean setting?

For anyone who would like to take a break from the busy city life, Chile Inside offers a special work abroad option on Chileans Farms. Our Farm Stay programs are for participants of all ages and professional backgrounds. It doesn’t matter if you have just finished high school, if you are in the middle of your university studies or if you are working full time and need to take a sabbatical.

The Farms or Ranches are across the whole country, but mainly in the central region the south and Patagonia. A Farm Stay in Chile gives you the unique opportunity to explore Chile and get to know the people and their culture, to strengthen your Spanish language skills and to pay for your stay abroad by working.

In your Farm Stay abroad you live the Chilean rural life while learning to take care of animals, cultivating and processing agricultural products as well as carrying out daily tasks on a farm or a ranch.


Length of program
You will decide how long you will escape from the busy life, depending on your own schedule. A request a minimum duration of 4 weeks for your farm stay experience in Chile, so that you can adjust to farm life and will really experience the Chilean rural life.


Stay Abroad in Chile
Want to work on a Farm in Chile? Read more about Chile and its people, and see why it is the right country for a stay in South America.

The Farm Stay programs primarily take place on horse farms, farms with other animals (husky dogs, goats, sheep, cows, etc.), touristy farms, agricultural plantations, etc. The program sites are usually located in beautiful areas allowing the participants to explore the scenic nature of Chile. Some of the farms are dedicated to tourism and offer horseback rides lasting from a few hours to several days as well as accommodations for guests in local style and cozy guest houses.

When participating in a Farm Stay in Chile, you should be aware that the farms are typically located in remote areas far from large cities or towns. Only some are located near tourist destinations allowing participants access to the infrastructure and activities during free time. If you are ready to renounce your routine, we assure you that an unforgettable experience is waiting for you in the Chilean countryside.

Tasks
The tasks for Farm Stay participants are diverse and vary depending on the type of each project and farm. Of course, participants can inform us of their preferences concerning the placement and we will use those as guidelines while organizing the program. The exact program and mission statements will be handed over to each participant after successful registration in the program, but before booking.

Possible tasks include:

Multi-Functional Farms:
weissCaring for all animals
weissRiding and taking care of horses and other animals
weissFeeding the animals
weissWorking in the stables and the fields
weissCultivating and processing agricultural products
weissHelping with daily chores
weissGardening
weissAssisting with housework

Tourist Ranches (includes the tasks mentioned above in addition to the following):
weissAttending to tourists
weissReceiving and assisting guests
weissOrganizing and accompanying horseback rides for one to several days
weissEntertaining and accommodating guests

Animal Farms, Zoos, Animal Rehabilitation Centers:
weissCaring for the animals
weissFeeding the animals
weissCleaning cages, stables and enclosures
weissResearching about the animals
weissAttending to tourists

Horse Farms, Horse Training Centers etc.:*
weissTaking care of the horses
weissTraining the horses
weissFeeding and cleaning the horses
weissWork with the horses

*Farm Stays with horses are among our most demanded programs. We kindly ask to understand that these farms prefer participants who have experience with horses and who are good riders. Although we try hard we cannot guarantee to place participants without any previous experience working with horses and these farms.

Duration
The duration of the program is flexible allowing you to decide how long you want to stay on a farm according to your personal schedule. The programs are available all year round and can be started at any time. To allow for sufficient time for training and settling-in it is required that you stay a minimum of four weeks but no more than 6 months.

The accommodation is provided by the farm. We have no influence over whether the participant sleeps in a single room or shared dorm style room. Usually the participants live with the family of the farm owner, in a guest house with other workers, or with the family of the administrator of the farm. Participants most often stay directly in the farm’s residences to become integrated in the life of the owners or the workers and their families. This arrangement immerses you into the authentic Chilean family life improving your linguistic and cultural knowledge. In any case, please note that we cannot guarantee nor influence whether the participant has access to family life.

The payment of the program fee is due when booking the program. It is a one-time fee and includes the accommodation and 3 meals per day during the lengths of your stay (e.g. 3 months of Farm Stay cost 530 USD).

The placement fee includes:
  Professional consultations prior to your arrival in Chile
  Individual attention from your contact person in Chile
  Translation of your application documents and preparation of your profile
  Farm Stay Placement
  Elaboration of the program description of your Farm Stay place
  Informative manual about your stay in Chile
  Santiago City Map (copyright by Chile Inside)
  Santiago City Guide (130 pages, copyright by Chile Inside)
  Informative welcome meeting with the staff in our office
  Accommodations (single or shared room)
  Full board (all meals provided)
  Certificate of participation from Chile Inside
  24/7 emergency number

Our Prices:

Program costs for up to
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Guesthouse
(Full board)
505 USD 530 USD 555 USD 580 USD 605 USD

Prices are subject to change. Registration fee 100 USD.

Are you ready to take advantage of this amazing and unique opportunity?

  If so, please download our registration form and complete it accurately. It is very important for us to have as much detailed information as possible to arrange a suitable Farm Stay program for you.

  Send the completed form to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly to your contact person in Chile Inside. Please, don’t forget to attach your updated resume with a recent photo.

  To get started with creating your personal application profile and organizing your stay in Chile, we request that you pay the registration fee of USD 100. This payment assures you the placement on a farm according to your application.

To organize the program placement we require between 4 and 12 weeks of preparation time. During this period we will update you with the organization progress and answer any questions you may have. In urgent cases we can speed up the organization, so contact us for further information!

What exactly is a farm stay?
When we talk about farm stays at Chile Inside we refer to exchange programs in Chile that involve a stay in the country side. Participants work on small or big farms, on ranches, in horse stables, in equestrian centers, and on horse breeding farms, etc. A farm stay can be described most easily as a stay during which you do farm work, as it’s not about going on holiday, but more about working and spending time on a farm. Instead of paying a salary you receive free board and accommodation through which your costs of living in Chile are covered.

Where do the placements take place?
It is possible to take part in a farm stay anywhere in the country. Geographically speaking, the assignments take place in the central region of Chile as well as in the regions south of Santiago, from the lake region to Patagonia. These parts of the country are characterized by lush nature and agriculture. Positions are available close to big cities as well as in (very) remote areas (for example Patagonia).

Where will I be sleeping?
Accommodation is provided directly by the hosts. A general answer to this question can therefore not be given. In most cases, accommodation is located directly on the farm premises, either in the house of the estate owners, in staff quarters or in the house of the property caretaker and his family. Generally, the accommodation will allow you to fully integrate into the Chilean culture.

How far in advance should I sign up?
Generally, the organization of a Farm Stay program in Chile requires between four to 12 weeks. The application processing time depend on workload, the desired area of work and the availability of positions. In some cases, Farm Stays may be organized in a shorter time-span, and in others it may take longer. Please send us your application at least three to eight months before the desired start date. This way, there is enough time to plan your stay carefully and according to your preferences.

What happens after I send in the application?
After receipt of your complete application and registration fee, we create an internal profile in Spanish, which is used to introduce your profile to suitable farms. The placement process takes between four to 12 weeks, depending on program preferences, previous knowledge, duration of stay, etc. During this time, we will of course be in constant contact with you. Once your Farm Stay has been confirmed, we prepare and send you the offer. If you decide to accept it, we start the booking process and send you the program agreement by mail.

When do I have to pay the program fee?
The program fee is due after you bindingly accept the offer and decide to book your stay abroad.

Is there a required minimum stay?
As it takes time to become accustomed to the new work environment, culture, life style and tasks, you should consider staying for at least six weeks. As our vast experience has shown, the ideal duration of a Farm Stay in Chile is between two to six months.

Do I need to have relevant experience in order to participate?
To participate in one of our farm stay programs in Chile no specific experience is required. Anyone who would like to spend some time abroad and who is nature-loving as well as willing to spend a longer period of time without the leisure facilities offered in big cities can take part.

What level of riding skills is required?
We work with a wide range of farms. However, many of the farm stay programs take place in horse stables, equestrian centers, horse-riding centers and horse breeding farms, or similar institutions. Riding skills, or experience with horses is often a requirement. Participants with no such experience are not turned down, but the placement process can take a bit longer. In addition, we also offer interesting placements on farms (sheep and cow farms, milk production, traditional agriculture, fruit production, etc.)

Is there an age limit for the participation in a farm stay in Chile?
The minimum age requirement is 18 years. The maximum age limit is not fixed, which means we are flexible. However, the majority of participants are between 18 to 38 years old.

What level of Spanish is required?
In order to participate in a farm stay in Chile, functional Spanish skills are required. It is important that you can fully integrate into everyday (work) life on the farm and that there are no communication difficulties. If you do not speak Spanish, it does not mean that you cannot participate. Our Spanish courses in Chile prepare you for our programs and allow you to meet the language requirements.

Can I participate together with a friend?
Of course! We also organize farm stays for friends and couples who are travelling together. However, please be aware that most placements only have accommodation and work for one participant. We will try and find you a placement in the same place; however, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. What we can ensure is that your work places will be in the same region, so that you are at least close to one another. Two separate placements have the advantage that you’ll have many things to talk about when you meet and that you will be able to exchange experiences.

What are the working hours?
The working hours vary according to the work place. Furthermore, they depend on seasonal factors. On (animal breeding) farms people generally work seven days a week, as crops need to be brought in and animals fed also on weekends. The same applies for touristy places (horseback excursions, hotels, etc.) since weekends are the busiest time in this field of work. Thus, you may be required to work on weekends and take your days off during the week instead. The weekly working hours will not exceed 45 hours (in line with official working hours in Chile). Participants are given one to two days off.

What kind of insurance do I need for my stay abroad?
In order to do a Farm Stay in Chile, you need at least to take out travel health insurance. This is important as it will cover you against every possible case of illness or accident. For this purpose, we cooperate with STA Travel, with whom we have negotiated special rates. Chile Inside and STA Travel offer various advantages, the biggest of which is overall insurance coverage (illness, accident, third party liability, and baggage) for a reduced monthly fee. For more information read here.

Will I be picked up at the airport?
We will be happy to organize the airport pick-up in Santiago for you. This way, you don’t need to worry about looking for transport at the airport and negotiating the fare price with taxi drivers in Spanish, nor do you need to explain him where to go. If you have booked a Spanish course before your Farm Stay begins, you will be taken directly to your accommodation in Santiago after arrival. In case you want to continue your trip directly to your farm you will be taken from the airport to the bus terminal. At your destination bus stop (depending on your farm) you will be picked up from an employee of your farm.

What should I do if I have a problem?
In the unlikely event that you experience problems during your stay in Chile, we are available to provide assistance. No matter whether you encounter these problems in your internship or whether they are of a different nature, we are always happy to help. You will find our 24-hour emergency number on your reservation confirmation. It ensures that we are reachable for you also outside office hours.

Will there be an English-speaking contact person in Chile?
Our office staff in Santiago is friendly and multilingual. Almost all of us speak at least three languages, amongst others English, and are available to answer any questions you may have, or give you further information in your mother tongue.

Do I have an obligation towards my Farm Stay host?
We organize all Farm Stays in Chile thoroughly and diligently. Likewise, the farms invest time and effort to welcome their foreign workers and to provide a work introduction. Often, our participants are part of the farm’s staff planning. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of you responsibilities and duties. Working hours as well as rules and regulations need to be respected and work tasks are to be completed properly. Also, the requested time of stay should be completed to avoid possible complications in the company’s personnel planning.

Do I need a special visa for my Farm Stay in Chile?
Since a Farm Stay in Chile is an unpaid work experience abroad, you don’t need a special visa, unless it is required by the host farm. With the so-called tourist visa (tarjeta de turismo), which you receive upon entering Chile, you are allowed to carry out unpaid activities and can stay up to 90 days. Further information concerning visa requirements or longer stays can be obtained directly from us.

Will there be an English-speaking contact person in Chile?
Our office staff in Santiago is friendly and multilingual. Almost all of us speak at least three languages, amongst others English, and are available to answer any questions you may have, or give you further information in your mother tongue.

How safe is it to travel in Chile?
Chile is considered a safe country for travelers, also for woman travelling on their own. Violent attacks on tourists are very rare. However, like anywhere else in the world, there are pickpockets who are after your valuables. You can protect yourself from these kinds of incidents by being careful and cautious.

Do I need to get vaccines before my trip to Chile?
No vaccines are required for Chile. Tropical illnesses such as malaria, yellow fever or dengue fever, etc. do not exist in Chile. To get personal medical advice, we recommend getting in touch with your family doctor as they best know your state of health.

Will I get a certificate of participation for my stay abroad?
Yes, we will give you a certificate upon request. Likewise, all our host companies are willing to issue a work reference which provides more details about your tasks and responsibilities as well as your performance.

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