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Volunteer Work in Chile

Industry Sectors

Social work, community work, health, child care, animal care, environmental protection

Work Places

Foundations, social organizations, children's homes, animal shelters, social projects, NGOs, state-owned organizations, kindergartens (private, state-owned), etc.

Work Hours

Between 30 and 45 hours per week. Part time work available.

Payment

None

Location

Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, other cities upon request

Start

Anytime during the year

Duration

4 weeks up to 6 months, 2 weeks at animal shelters

Age

17+ years (some projects 18+ only)

Previous Experience

Not necessary

Language

Spanish skills required (book your Spanish course with us!)

Accommodation

Single room with a host family or shared apartment (if VIP-Package booked)

Food

Half-board available when living with a host family

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

Please indicate if you have previous knowledge that is relevant for the program

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

Volunteer Work in Chile- Give back to society and help make the world a better place!

Give up your time for a good cause and show your commitment to help others by participating in a Volunteer Work project in Chile!

Unfortunately, social disparities in Latin America are very prevalent, and as a result, many social institutions are often left without adequate volunteers and funds to help all of those in need. You can help alleviate this problem by participating in one of our volunteer work projects in Chile where you can work alongside local institutions and foundations that provide direct assistance to those who need it most. With Chile Inside, you can choose among different projects to find the one that best suits your interests. As a volunteer, you will have an authentic cultural experience that stretches far beyond mere tourism.

Through our partnerships with different social institutions and non-profit organizations, Chile Inside offers various volunteer work projects throughout Chile. In most cases, you will work directly with the needy and take on responsibilities, such as caring for sick or abandoned children, helping handicapped children or elderly adults, and supporting the homeless population. There are also opportunities to work in animal rescue centers with street dogs and cats or to take part in projects centered on environmental sustainability.

The best way to get to know the language, people, and culture of a foreign country is to become a part of the society, and volunteering allows you to do just that. As a volunteer, you will explore and appreciate Chile from a perspective that is entirely different than that of a typical tourist.

Volunteering not only benefits others, but it is also a very rewarding experience for yourself as well. In addition to knowing that you made a positive impact, having international volunteer work experience on your resume will demonstrate your generosity, adaptability, optimism, and tolerance to any future employer. You will also rapidly acquire Spanish skills while volunteering, which makes you even more marketable. Spanish is an increasingly essential to learn because it is now one of the most spoken languages in the world due to Latin America’s growing economic relations with the industrial countries. Overall, gaining volunteer experience will make you stand out from the crowd and give you a significant advantage when applying for a job.

We offer a wide range of different volunteer projects throughout Chile. Our partners include prestigious domestic and international institutions, foundations, Chilean companies of various sizes, private and public institutions, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and animal shelters.

Due to the nature of these programs, volunteer work is not paid. Depending on the location, small benefits may be given to volunteers (accommodation, lunch, etc.), but are not guaranteed in any of the projects.

In the following, you will find an overview with several possible volunteer placements:

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Volunteering with Children

 

 

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Volunteering in Equine Therapy

 

 

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Volunteer Work with Disabled People

 

 

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Volunteer Work in an Elderly Care Home

 

 

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Volunteering with Homeless People

 

 

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Environmental Education with Children

 

 

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Volunteer Work in a Dog Shelter

 

 

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Volunteer Work with Stray Dogs and Cats

 

 

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Volunteering in a Shelter for Street Cats

 

 

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Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

 

 

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Nature Conservation in Patagonia

 

 

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Eco-Tourism and Environmental Protection

 

 

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Environmental Protection on Easter Island

 

 

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Volunteer Work in a National Park in Chile

 

 

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Volunteering in Wildlife Protection on Chiloé Island

 

 

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Volunteering at a Monkey Rescue Center

 

 

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Community Work in Eco-Tourism Project in Patagonia

 

 

 

Spanish Course + Volunteer Work in Chile
In addition to full-time volunteer work positions, we also offer the option to volunteer on a part-time basis. Full-time volunteer work requires between 30 and 45 hours (Monday-Friday) of volunteering per week, where as part-time volunteer work only requires a time commitment of 2-4 afternoons per week. Part-time volunteer work is carried out in combination with a Spanish course in the morning. This combination program is available in:

•  Santiago de Chile
•  Valparaíso
•  Viña del Mar

Regardless of the volunteer schedule, we recommend that all volunteers participate in a Spanish course prior to, or while simultaneously doing, volunteer work (part-time). This will allow you to combine what you have learned in class and apply it in real-life situations so that you can get the most out of your stay abroad in Chile.

For more information about work programs abroad that include free accommodation and food, check out our Work and Travel programs in Chile.

If you are interested in short-term-volunteering in Chile or other countries in Central-and South America, check out our volunteer projects in animal shelters that are possible for a duration starting at two weeks.

To make your stay in Chile even more excellent, leave it to us to arrange the perfect accommodation for you. We place our volunteers either in homes of carefully selected Chilean host families or in shared apartments. You will always have your own single room and access to the common areas of the house or apartment. All accommodations are cozy and located in nice, safe areas. In all cases, you will have access to public transportation, supermarkets, stores, and other facilities in the city.

You can decide whether you want to live with a Chilean host family or in a shared apartment. Living with a host family allows you to become immersed in Chilean family life, while a shared apartment lets you live with other young foreigners or Chileans. Half-board can only be offered when living with a host family.

Prices are divided into two categories and distinguished by the services included. The basic option is the Standard-Package, and the inclusive option is the VIP-Package.


The prices are related to the duration of the program. The payment is due when booking the program (ex: 4 months VIP package, one-time payment of 470 USD).


Our Standard-Package includes:
  Professional consultations prior to your trip to Chile
  Translation of your application documents and elaboration of your profile
  Organization of your volunteer program in Chile
  Elaboration of the volunteer work offer
  Individual attention from your contact person in Chile
  Help with the necessary documents for the visa application (if required)
  Chile Country Handbook 
  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
  Escort by a Chile Inside staff member to your volunteer work site on your first day (ONLY in Santiago)
  Certificate of participation from Chile Inside
  Certificate of participation from the volunteer institution
  24-hour emergency telephone number


The VIP-Package includes all services mentioned above and also includes:
  Organization of your accommodation (single room) in Chile
   [The monthly rent for the accommodation is not included and has to be paid on a monthly basis directly to the
   landlord in Chile (monthly rental price ranges from 340 to 400 USD)]
  Airport transfer to your accommodation in Santiago

Our Prices:

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335 USD

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470 USD

515 USD

560 USD

Prices are subject to change. An application fee of 100 USD is required.

Short-term volunteer work from 2 weeks+ is available at animal shelters.


Half-Day Volunteer Work:
In addition to full-time volunteer work positions, we also provide the option to volunteer on a part-time basis. Pair your morning Spanish classes with volunteer work in the afternoon to practice your newly acquired Spanish skills in real-life! More information here: Spanish Course and Volunteer Work!

  Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  Only in combination with a Spanish Course
  Available in: Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso
  Half-Day Volunteer Work requires two to four afternoons of volunteering per week
  Costs depend on the duration of the program

Our Price:

Half-Day
Volunteer Work

95 USD

Prices are subject to change. An application fee of 100 USD is required.

Are you ready to lend a helping hand?

  If so, we would love to receive your application so that we can help you organize your Volunteer Work project in Chile! The application process is very simple. Please download the registration form and complete it accurately, following the instructions on the first page.

  Once you are finished, send the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly to your personal contact person at Chile Inside. Don’t forget to attach your resume with a recent photo so that we can elaborate your profile.

  In order for us to begin creating your personal application profile (adapted to Chilean standards) and the organization of your Volunteer Work program, a registration fee of 100 USD will be due. Once we have these elements, we are ready to begin arranging your volunteer program. To organize a suitable volunteer program, we need between 3 and 8 weeks. In urgent cases, it is possible to speed up the organization. Please contact us for further information if you have any questions or concerns.

Who can sign up for voluntary work? Does it require previous experience?
Anyone who is between 18 and 65 years old and wishes to take an active part in social projects can sign up for volunteer work in Chile. We place people from all around the world in many different projects. Previous experience is not required, as in general volunteers just need to have so-called “soft skills”. It is important that you are tolerant and open to other ways of living. Patience and an understanding of voluntary work abroad is also a plus, as you will come across people and situations that require empathy.

Is there a minimum stay requirement?
To take part in voluntary work (full-time) in Chile we require a minimum stay of four weeks. Exception from this requirement is the volunteer work in animal shelters, that we also organize from 2 weeks on.It is possible to do a part-time volunteer work together with a Spanish course in Chile. There is a minimum two-week stay for this kind of placement. The maximum amount of time that can be spent in full-time or part-time placements is six months.

How far in advance do I need to send in my application to Chile Inside?
We need between three to 12 weeks to organize a voluntary work that matches the criteria stated in the application documents. Please send us your application documents between two to eight months before you wish to start. This leaves enough time to get you a placement that matches your ideas and preferences.

What happens after I send in the application?
After receipt of your complete application as well as the registration fee of USD 100, we create an internal profile in Spanish, which is used to suggest you for voluntary positions that match your interests. The placement process takes between three to 12 weeks, depending on your preferences, previous knowledge, duration of stay, etc. During this time, we will of course be in constant contact with you. As soon as a volunteer work placement has been confirmed, we send you the offer with detailed information of your work place. If you decide to accept it, we start the booking process and send you the program contract.

When do I have to pay the agency fee?
The agency fee is due once you bindingly accept the volunteer work place according to the offer we send you.

Why do I need to pay a commission?
Chile Inside is a private agency that offers services to foreigners in Chile. We don’t receive financial support from the government or from any other organization or institution. We put a lot of effort into arranging everything for our participants. The commission helps us cover all costs related to organizing your stay abroad (for example, rental of office premises, ongoing administration fees, our multilingual staff, website maintenance, marketing costs, taxes etc.) Chile Inside is also committed to supporting charitable causes! We regularly carry out clothes and money donations in order to support social and charitable institutions in Chile.

What level of Spanish is required?
You should have a good command of Spanish. Communication is particularly important in volunteer projects as it ensures that you as well as the people with whom you work profit from your stay. You should be able to communicate with children as well as disabled or elderly people (depending on the type of project) after a short introductory period. If you feel you need to improve your language skills, we are happy to book a suitable Spanish course in Chile for you.

How many hours do I need to work per week?
To a certain extent, the working hours also depend on your personal commitment. We organize full-time assignments (between 30 and 40 hours per week) as well as part-time assignments, which are completed together with a Spanish course in Chile. Most institutions or organizations are very grateful for the help of foreign volunteers and respect their wishes as long as the personnel structure and the company rules allow for this.

Do I have an obligation towards my host institution/organization?
We organize all volunteer work projects in Chile thoroughly and diligently. Likewise, the host institutions go to great lengths to welcome their voluntary helpers and to provide a work introduction. Therefore it is important that you are aware of your responsibilities. The main objective of doing voluntary work is to help others (people or animals). Working hours as well as company rules and regulations need to be respected and work tasks should be completed properly. Also, the requested time of stay should be completed to avoid possible complications in the company’s personnel planning. Particularly in projects which involve children it can be very sad for the little ones if volunteers suddenly don’t turn up anymore.

What will be my tasks during my voluntary work in Chile?
The tasks vary and depend on your placement. If working with children, everything revolves around making sure that they are happy. Activities such as playing, doing handicrafts, dancing, doing music and sports as well as looking after the children/teenagers are part of the daily routine. If working in an old people’s home or a homeless shelter, activities involve care, assistance and entertainment of its inhabitants. In animal projects it is important that you are an animal lover and are not scared to pitch in and help. Many animals don’t lead a happy life and therefore just need a cuddle once in a while. They love attention and going for walks! You will receive a detailed description of your assignment as well as your tasks together with the offer.

What kind of insurance do I need for my stay abroad?
In order to participate in one of our programs, you need to at least take out travel health insurance. This is important as it will cover you against every possible case of illness. 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?
If you book the „VIP-Package“ for your voluntary work assignment in Chile, we automatically organize pick-up at the airport and take care of the costs. The pick-up service will bring you directly to your host family or the shared accommodation.

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 voluntary work assignment 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 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.

Where will I be staying?
Participants either choose to stay with a Chilean host family or in shared accommodation. Unless requested otherwise, you will be allocated a single room (instead of a double room or dormitory style rooms). Accommodation generally does not include board since experience has shown that most participants like to be flexible when it comes to eating times. Of course, all participants have access to a kitchen where they can store and prepare food. If staying in a host family, it is possible to book half-board. Double rooms for friends or couples who travel together are available upon request.

Will I have access to internet where I’m staying?
Chile, and in particular its capital Santiago, is very modern and has a good infrastructure. Internet access (in most cases WIFI) is part of the standard equipment of 95% of the accommodation we offer. In case you unexpectedly don’t have access to the internet, there are various internet cafes in Santiago (and other cities).

Do I need a special visa for my volunteer work in Chile?
With the so-called tourist visa (tarjeta de turismo), which you receive upon entering Chile, you are allowed to carry out unpaid activities such as voluntary work in Chile. Further information concerning visa requirements can be obtained directly from us.

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