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Work & Travel in Chile


Tourism & Hospitality sector

Work Places

Hostels, small hotels, surf schools, ski centers, tour operation agencies, holiday facilities, etc.

Work Tasks

Depends on the area. Usually simple work/assistant jobs. 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 a week).


None, but free accommodation and food is provided. In some cases, tips may be earned, but we cannot guarantee this.


Everywhere in Chile, mainly in touristic places or big cities like Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso


At any time during the year


4 weeks up to 6 months



Previous Experience

Not necessary.


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


Single or dorm-style room




Depends on location. Often available, but cannot be guaranteed.


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.


Detailed CV, photo, completed registration form

Special Details

Please indicate any prior knowledge or experience that could be relevant for this 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

Work & Travel in Chile!

Want to stay abroad, but have a low travel budget? Need a break from your daily routine and looking to seek out new adventures? Do a "Working Holiday" in Chile!

Our Working Holiday programs make a temporary job in Chile possible! The programs are for participants of all ages and backgrounds from recent high school graduates to university students and even professionals. A Working Holiday program with Chile Inside offers you the opportunity to explore a country and get to know the people while also deepening your knowledge of the language and paying for your stay by working.

You won’t receive a salary, but all Working Holiday programs provide full board (all of your meals) and lodging, and in some cases, compensation money too.

These unique programs take place within the tourism industry and give you the chance to help with the preparation and organization of tours while actively assisting guests from all over the world. Chile has so much to offer tourists through its wide variety of natural and cultural attractions. From the world's driest desert in the north of Chile, to impressive glaciers and ancient trees in the southern Patagonia region, there is something for everyone. The abundance of national parks that span the entire country attract nature lovers seeking the beauty that exists in the country’s 4,500 km (2,800 miles) of coast, majestic lakes, rivers, and mountains.

To ensure that your trip to Chile exceeds all expectations, you can choose your preferred natural setting for your Working Holiday program.

Spaces are limited, so don’t hesitate any longer. Send us your application today!

Working Holiday programs take place in popular tourist destinations. The program sites are located in naturally scenic areas, which allows participants to explore the beauty of Chile. In addition to placements in natural areas, programs also take place in Santiago and other large cities. 

Click on the different programs to find out more. 


Working Holiday in a Hostel or Hotel 




Working Holiday in a Ski Resort 



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Working Holiday in a Surf School 




Working Holiday at a Tour Operator 



The tasks are extremely diverse and vary depending on both the type of program and time of year. Be sure to mention your personal preferences in your application so that we can consider them while organizing your program.

We provide our program placements through two different packages, the Working Holiday VIP-Package and the Working Holiday Standard-Package. The VIP-Package includes your accommodation and full-board (3 meals per day), while the Standard-Package covers your accommodation and breakfast. Another important difference is the amount of work hours. Participants of the VIP-Package usually work between 40 and 45 hours per week while the weekly work hours for participants of the Standard-Package are between 30 and 40 hours.

Typically, participants stay in a staff house or in an accommodation on the program site. Participants will live in either a single or shared room, and typically have contact with the owners and/or other staff as well as their families. This way, participants will get to know the Chilean way of life in addition to deepening their knowledge of Spanish. For programs that take place in a hotel or the hospitality industry, participants will always live directly on-site. In these locations, participants will always have an opportunity to meet and interact with new guests and employees, who tend to come and go quite frequently. Making friends and sharing perspectives is always possible no matter the location.

We are now offering a Single-VIP-Package that guarantees you an accommodation in a single room.  Since the number of Work & Travel  projects that offer this feature are limited, you can´t select the project location with this package.

The payment of the program fee is due when booking the program. It is a one-time fee and includes accommodation and 3 meals/breakfast per day for the duration of your stay (e.g. 3 months of Working Holiday costs 575 USD).

The VIP-Package includes:
  Professional consultations prior to your arrival in Chile
  Individual assistance from your contact person at Chile Inside
  Translation of your application documents and preparation of your profile
  Working Holiday Placement
  Elaboration of the program description of your Working Holiday location
  Work Hours: 40-45 hours per week (legal working hours in Chile)
  Help with necessary documents for visa application (if required)
  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
  Organization of the trip to your program location 
  Accommodation (single or shared room) - Single-VIP-Package guarantees single room accommodation
  Full board (all meals provided)
  Certificate of participation from Chile Inside
  Regular gatherings in a bar to socialize with our staff and other program participants (in Santiago)
  24/7 emergency number

The differences in the Standard-Package are:
  Breakfast only
  Less working hours: 35 hours per week

The differences in the Single-VIP-Package are:
  Single room accommodation guaranteed
  Only available in hostels and hotels
  Selection of project location not available 


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Application fee of 100 USD to be added.

Is Work & Travel exactly what you have been looking for? If so, we look forward to receiving your application and arranging your stay. There are no application deadlines and no set dates to begin the program. Everything is up to you!

  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 / CV with a recent photo of yourself to your email.

  In order to begin creating your personal application profile, adapt it to Chilean standards, and the start the organization of your Working Holiday program, a registration fee of USD 100 will be due. Once we have these items, we can officially start arranging your Working Holiday program. The payment of the registration fee guarantees you a placement!

To organize a suitable Work & Travel program, we need between 4 to 12 weeks. In urgent cases, it is possible to speed up the organization process. Please contact us for further information if you have any questions or concerns.

What is the difference between an Internship in Chile, a Working Holiday in Chile, and a Work & Travel Program in Chile?
We have given our programs different names because they differ in terms of organization, content, and requirements. Internships give participants a chance to apply knowledge gained at university in a work environment, gain international work experience, and specialize in a certain industry sector. We offer internships in all industries and professional fields that meet the specific requirements given by universities. We understand that completing an internship abroad is sometimes required by universities to graduate, and we do our best to accommodate the specific needs of each student.

The terms Working Holiday and Work & Travel refer to the same type of program. Chile Inside was the first agency in Chile to offer this type of program back in 2004. Thanks to us, Working Holiday / Work & Travel programs were introduced to the market! As there is no official use of the terms Working Holiday or Work & Travel in Chile (contrary to Australia and New Zealand), we would like to point out explicitly that we use both terms synonymously. This is why you will find a mixture of both terms on our homepage, and the reason we refer to the program as both Working Holiday and Work & Travel.

Contrary to our internship program in Chile, the Working Holiday program is not about gaining experience in your field of work or study, but rather about doing a “holiday job” abroad. The Working Holiday / Work & Travel placements do not qualify as internships. The program offers work abroad in tourism, the hotel and catering industry, the leisure sector, and sports. Work & Travel and Working Holiday in Chile are unpaid activities, however, the host company will provide accommodation and board in exchange for your work.

Where do the Work & Travel programs take place?
The Work & Travel programs in Chile can take place anywhere in the country. Due to the fact that program placements are always in the tourism sector, we can offer attractive Work & Travel programs throughout the whole country, including central, northern, and southern regions. The employers are typically travel agencies, small hotels, hostels, surf schools, other outdoor sports providers, ski centers, etc.

Where will I stay during the Working Holiday program?
Accommodation is provided directly by the host companies. Therefore, a general answer to this question cannot be given. In most cases, accommodation is located directly on the premises (hotel or hostel) or in nearby staff housing. If working at a small family enterprise, it is also possible to stay with a host family. You will be informed about your accommodation when you receive your program description, after the placement process is completed.

Does taking part in a Working Holiday program require previous experience?
You don’t need to have specific knowledge or previous experience to take part in a Working Holiday program. Everyone who would like to spend some time abroad and would like to cover the costs by working can participate.

Is there an age limit for participation in a Work & Travel program in Chile?
The minimum age requirement is 18 years. The maximum age is not fixed, however, the majority of participants are typically 18-38 years old.

What language skills are required?
In order to participate in a Work & Travel program in Chile, you need to have functional Spanish skills. Additional language skills, such as German and English, are greatly appreciated by your hosts. If you do not know 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 minimum language requirements.

Can I participate in a program together with a friend?
Of course! We also organize Working Holidays for friends and couples who are traveling together. However, please be aware that most Working Holiday / Work & Travel placements only provide room and work for one participant or you might have to work in two different shifts (e.g. early and late shift). If you request a “double placement”, we will try to find you a Work & Travel program in the same place, however, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. What we can ensure is that you will be placed in the same region, so that you are at least close to each other. Two separate placements are great too because you’ll have many things to talk about when you meet up, and you will be able to exchange personal experiences.

What is the application / placement process?
Our application and placement process is easy and simple. As soon as you pay the registration fee of 100 USD, we will start the placement process. As part of the application, we need you to send us your CV and a photo. In addition, we ask you to please fill out the registration form carefully and turn it in. Based on this information, we create your internal profile in Spanish, which is used to suggest you for suitable positions. As soon as a company agrees to take you, we put together an individual program offer which provides detailed information about the position. We give you enough time to process and think about accepting the placement, and we are always available to answer any of your questions. If you decide to book the program, we prepare the booking documents and issue the participation agreement for you to sign in addition to the payment invoice.

How far in advance should I sign up?
The organization of a Working Holiday / Work & Travel program in Chile takes around 4-12 weeks. The application processing time depends on both our workload and the availability of positions. In some cases, placements can be organized within a shorter time-span, while in others, it may take longer. We do, however, always aim to find a placement for the requested start date and present you with a suitable offer in a timely manner. Please send us your application at least 3-8 months prior to your desired start date, depending on how soon you want to embark on your trip.

When do I have to pay the program fee?
When you send in your application documents, we charge a registration fee of 100 USD. The program fee, on the other hand, is only due once the application process has been completed successfully, i.e. when you receive a personal offer and wish to accept it bindingly.

Is airfare included in the program fee?
The price for the flight is not included in the program fee. Our participants always buy their flight tickets on their own and appreciate having this flexibility, especially if they plan to travel more after finishing their program and want to choose the exact dates themselves. The price for flights between Europe and Chile can range from 800-1,400 EUR (700-1,500+ USD from US). Therefore, it is worth comparing prices before booking a ticket.

Will I be picked up at the airport?
We will be happy to organize a pick-up at the airport for you. This service is usually not included in the program fee, but you can easily book it as an add-on.

Is there a minimum or maximum stay requirement?
To take part in one of the programs, we require a minimum stay of four weeks, and the maximum amount of time that can be spent is six months. The average time of a stay is between three to four months.

Do I have an obligation towards my host company?
Host companies invest a lot of time when going through applications. They prepare themselves for the arrival of participants and usually work them into their fixed work schedule. They count on your help for the booked period and make plans for your time with them. To ensure the program is carried out without problems and that the stay is beneficial for both parties, it is important that you respect company rules, regulations, and working hours in addition to completing your tasks diligently.

What are the work hours like?
Work hours are established by the individual host companies. Furthermore, they depend on the time of year and seasonal factors. In the tourism industry, people often work shifts either during the day or night and on weekends. Please be aware that your days off may not always fall on the weekends and that you will have to take on shifts before lunch, after lunch and/or in the evenings/at night.

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.

What kind of insurance do I need for my stay in Chile?
In order to take part in a Work & Travel program, you need to purchase travel health insurance. It is important that you are insured against illness and accidents in Chile. 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.

Do I need a special visa to take part in a Work & Travel program?
As long as your work activities in Chile are unpaid, you don’t need to apply for a special visa, unless otherwise required by the host company. With the so-called tourist visa (tarjeta de turismo), which you receive upon entering Chile, you are allowed to carry out unpaid activities. Further information concerning visa requirements can be obtained directly from us.

Will child benefit continue to be paid during my stay abroad (Germany)?
The decision of whether or not the child benefit will continue to be paid is made by the family allowances fund (Kindergeldkasse). Unfortunately, we cannot influence this decision. However, we will gladly help you and your parents submit your application for continued payment, and will issue the required program confirmation at no additional cost to you.

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.

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

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 problems in your Work & Travel program, 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 also reachable outside of office hours.

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