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Farm Stay in Chile

Work Places

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

Work Tasks

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

Work 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

Anytime during the year

Duration

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

Age

18+

Previous Experience

Not necessary. If working with horses, we need a detailed description of riding experience.

Language

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

Accommodation

Single 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 the 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 must be provided. Please add photos of yourself working with or riding 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 Traditional Chilean Farm!

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

For anyone who would like to take a break from the busy city life, Chile Inside offers a special work abroad option on Chilean 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, are in the middle of your university studies, or if you are working fulltime and need to take a sabbatical.

The farms or ranches are across the whole country, but mainly in the central region, the southern region, and Patagonia. A Farm Stay in Chile gives you the unique opportunity to explore Chile and get to know the people and culture while also strengthening your Spanish language skills and paying for your stay abroad by working.

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


Length of Program
You can decide how long you want to escape the busy life and live on a farm based on your own schedule. A minimum duration of 4 weeks is requested when taking part in a farm stay experience in Chile so that you have time to adjust to farm life and truly experience rural Chile.


Stay Abroad in Chile
Want to work on a farm in Chile? Read more about Chile and its people, and see why it’s the perfect country for a stay in South America.

Farm Stay programs primarily take place on horse farms, farms with other animals (husky dogs, goats, sheep, cows, etc.), touristic 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. Touristic farms also offer accommodations that allow guests to stay in locally inspired rooms and cozy guest houses.

In general, there are three different kinds of farm stay programs that you can choose from:

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Farm Stay on a Touristic Farm

 

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Farm Stay in Agriculture and Livestock

 

Farm Stay Pferde

 

Farm Stay with Horses

 

 

*Farm Stays with horses are among our most demanded programs. Please understand that these farms usually prefer participants who have previous experience working with horses and those who are good riders. Although we will try our best, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to place participants without previous horse experience on farms that involve working with horses.

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, participants live with the family of the farm’s owner either in a guest house with other workers, or directly with the family. Typically, participants stay directly in the farm’s residences so that they can integrate themselves into life of the owners or workers and their families. This arrangement immerses you into the authentic Chilean family life and improves both your linguistic and cultural knowledge. Please note that we cannot guarantee nor influence whether the participant will be directly incorporated into a family’s life while staying on a farm.

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 for the duration of your stay (e.g. 3 months of Farm Stay costs 575 USD).

The placement fee includes:
  Professional consultations prior to your arrival in Chile
  Individual attention from your contact person at Chile Inside
  Translation of your application documents and preparation of your profile
  Farm Stay Placement
  Elaboration of the program description of your Farm Stay location
  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

Prices:

Program / duration  up to
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550 USD 575 USD 600 USD 625 USD 650 USD

Application fee of 100 USD to be added.

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 you to provide as much detailed information as possible so that we can arrange a suitable Farm Stay program for you.

  Send the completed form to 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 / CV with a recent photo.

  In order for us to begin creating your personal application profile and organizing your stay in Chile, you must pay a registration fee of 100 USD. This payment guarantees you a placement on a farm based on your application.

To organize the program placement, we require between 4 and 12 weeks of preparation time. During this period, we will update you on the status of the organization progress and answer any questions that 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 reference "Farm Stays" at Chile Inside, we refer to our exchange programs in Chile that involve a stay in the countryside. There, participants typically work on small or large farms, ranches, horse breeding farms, horse stables, or in equestrian centers. A Farm Stay can be best described as a stay where participants carry out farm work while being immersed in a rual lifestyle. It’s not a vacation, but rather about working and spending time on a farm. Instead of receiving a salary, you will receive free board and accommodation so that all of your living expenses in Chile are covered.

Where do the placements take place?
It is possible to take part in a Farm Stay program anywhere in the country. Geographically speaking, the assignments typically take place in the central region of Chile as well as in the regions south of Santiago, from the lake region all the way 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 sleep?
Accommodation is provided directly by the farm’s hosts. Therefore, a general answer to this question cannot be given. In most cases, the accommodation is located directly on the site of the farm in the house of the estate owners, staff quarters, or in the house of the property's 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 takes around 4-12 weeks. The application processing time depends on our current workload, the desired area of work, and the availability of positions. In some cases, Farm Stays may be organized in a shorter time-span, while in others, it may take longer. Please send us your application at least three to eight months prior to your desired start date so that we have enough time to plan your stay carefully and according to your personal preferences.

What happens after I send in the application?
After the receipt of your completed application and registration fee, we will create an internal profile for you in Spanish, which will be used to introduce you to suitable farms. The placement process takes between 4-12 weeks, depending on program preferences, previous knowledge, duration of stay, etc. During this time, we will 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 will 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?
Due to the fact that it takes time to become accustomed to the new work environment, culture, lifestyle, and tasks, you should consider staying for at least six weeks. Through our years of experience, we have found that 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?
No specific experience is required to participate in one of our Farm Stay programs in Chile. Anyone who would like to spend some time abroad, loves nature, and is willing to give up some daily modern luxuries can participate.

Do I really need horseback riding skills or experience working with horses to work on a farm that has horses?
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, horse breeding farms, or similar facilities. Riding skills, or experience working with horses, is often a requirement. Participants that don’t have this experience are not always necessarily turned away, but the placement process could take a bit longer. In addition, we also offer other fantastic placements on farms that don’t center on horses including sheep and cow farms, dairy farms, traditional agriculture, fruit production, and more.

Is there an age limit for participation in a Farm Stay program in Chile?
The minimum age requirement is 18 years old. The maximum age limit is not fixed, and we are flexible. However, the majority of participants are typically 18-38 years old.

What level of Spanish is required?
In order to participate in a Farm Stay program in Chile, functional Spanish skills are required. It is important that you can fully integrate into everyday (work) life on the farm and effectively communicate with others. If you don’t speak Spanish, it does not mean that you can’t participate. Our Spanish courses that we offer 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 Stay programs for friends and couples who are traveling together. However, please be aware that most placements only have accommodation and work for one participant. We will try our best to 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 each other. Two separate placements are beneficial as well because you’ll have many things to talk about when you meetup and will be able to exchange experiences.

What are the work hours like?
The work hours vary according to each different placement. Furthermore, they depend on seasonal factors. On (animal breeding) farms, people generally work 7 days per week, as crops need to be brought in and animals fed on weekends too. 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. Your weekly work hours will not exceed 45 hours (this is the legal limit in Chile). Participants are usually given one or two days off.

What kind of insurance do I need for my stay abroad?
In order to do a Farm Stay in Chile, you are required to purchase at least 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 an airport pick-up in Santiago for you. This way, you don’t have to worry about looking for transportation at the airport and negotiating the fare price with taxi drivers in Spanish, nor do you need to explain to the driver 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 the event that you want to continue your trip directly to your farm, you will be taken from the airport to the bus terminal. At your destination’s bus stop (depending on your farm), you will be picked up by one of the farm’s employees.

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 if 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 always reachable even outside of office hours.

Will I have 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, including English, and are available to answer any questions you may have or give you further information in your native language.

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 provide them with a work introduction. Often, our participants are worked into the farm’s staff planning. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of your responsibilities and duties because the farm is relying on you. Work hours, rules, and regulations need to be respected, and work tasks are to be completed diligently. In addition, your original requested time of stay should be completed to avoid possible complications with farm staffing.

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) that you receive upon entering Chile, you are legally allowed to carry out unpaid activities and can stay for up to 90 days. Further information concerning visa requirements or longer stays can be obtained directly from us.

How safe is it to travel in Chile?
Chile is considered the safest country in Latin America and is deemed safe for travelers and even women who want to travel alone. Violent attacks on tourists are very rare. However, like anywhere else in the world, you have to pay close attention to your valuables as pickpockets can occur. You can protect yourself from these kinds of incidents by being careful and cautious, such as not walking around on your phone that someone could grab, or keeping your money in your front pockets / hidden fanny packs. Just like every other big city in the world, it is always best to walk around with at least one other person if possible, and you should try to avoid walking alone at night. Taxis are widely used in Chile and offer a safe way to get home if it’s dark or you are in an unfamiliar area.

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 because the climate here not tropical. To get personal medical advice, we recommend getting in touch with your family doctor, as they know your state of health the best.

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, responsibilities, and performance.

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