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Work & Travel in Chile


Tourism & Hospitality sector

Work Places

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

Work Tasks

Depends on the area. Usually simple work/assistant jobs. 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 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


18+ years

Previous Experiences

Not necessary.


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


Single room 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 case of an emergency.


Detailed CV, photo, completed registration form

Special Details

Please indicate if participant has prior relevant knowledge 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!

Wanting to stay abroad but traveling on a low budget? You dream of working abroad? Need a break from your daily routine 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. The Working Holiday programs with Chile Inside offer you the opportunity to explore a country and get to know the people while 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. In some cases, even compensation money.

These unique programs take place in the tourism industry, giving you the chance to help with the preparation and organization of tours as well as actively assisting guests from all over the world. Chile has much to offer for tourists through its natural and cultural attractions. There is something for everyone - from the world's driest desert in the north of Chile to impressive glaciers and ancient trees in the southern Patagonia region. The abundance of National Parks that span the whole country attract many nature lovers seeking the beauty in the 4,500 km of coast, majestic lakes, rivers and mountains.

To make your trip exceed all expectations, you get to choose your preferred natural setting for your Working Holiday program.

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

The Working Holiday programs take place in popular tourist destinations. The program sites are located in naturally scenic areas allowing participants to explore the beauty of Chile. In addition to the natural settings, programs also take place in Santiago and other larger cities. We place the participants in small hostels, hotels, travel agencies, tourist resorts, surf schools (during Chilean summer), ski resorts (between May and August), etc.

The tasks are very diverse and vary depending on the type of program and the time of year. Of course, you should mention your preferences in your application so that we can consider them while organizing your program.

We provide our program places into two different areas. We offer the Working Holiday VIP-Package as well as the Working Holiday Standard-Package. The VIP-Paket includes your accommodation and full-board (3 meals / day), while the Standard-Package covers your accommodation and breakfast. Another important difference are the working hours. Participants of the VIP-Package usually work between 40 and 45 hours / week; the weekly working hours for participants of the Standard-Package is between 30 and 40 hours.

Normally, the participants stay in the staff house or in accommodations on the program site. Participants will live 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 come to understand the Chilean way of life as well as deepen their knowledge of Spanish. In programs that take place in the hotel or hostel industry, participants will always live directly on site. In these locations, participant never bore with the fast turnover of guests and employees. Making friends and sharing perspectives is always possible no matter the location.

We are now offering the Single-VIP-Package which guarantees you an accommodation in a single room.  The number of Work & Travel  projects which are able to offer this service are limited, for this reason you can´t select the project place.

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 Working Holiday cost 530 USD).

The VIP-Package 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
  Working Holiday Placement
  Elaboration of the program description of your Working Holiday place
  Working hours: 40-45 hours a 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 place
  Accommodations (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 hour number

The differences in the Standard-Package are:
  Just breakfast
  Less working hours: 35 hours a week

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

Our Prices:

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430 USD 455 USD 480 USD 505 USD 530 USD
505 USD 530 USD 555 USD 580 USD 605 USD
555 USD 580 USD 605 USD 640 USD 655 USD

Prices are subject to change. Registration fee 100 USD.

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 us 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 of you to your email.

  To get started with the creation of your personal application profile adapted to Chilean standards and the organization of your Working Holiday program, a registration fee of USD 100 will be due. Once we have these elements, we are ready to begin arranging your Working Holiday program. The payment of the registration fee guarantees you the 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. Please contact us for further information if you have any doubts.

What is the difference between an Internship in Chile, a Working Holiday in Chile and a Work & Travel Program in Chile?
We have given all our programs different names as they differ in respect to organization, content and requirements. Internships give participants a chance to apply the knowledge gained at university in a work environment, to gain international work experience and to specialize in a certain business area. We offer internships in all industries and professional fields and can meet certain requirements given by universities since we know that often completing an internship abroad is required by universities to finish academic studies.

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 on 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 we refer to the program as Working Holiday as well as Work & Travel.

Contrary to our internship program in Chile, the Work 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 work.

Where do the Work & Travel programs take place?
The Work & Travel programs in Chile can take place anywhere in the country. As the program placements are always in the tourism sector and the North as well as the South of Chile is worth visiting, we can offer attractive Work & Travel programs in the whole country. The employers are mainly travel agencies, small hotels, hostels, surf schools, other outdoor sports providers, ski centers, etc.

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

Does taking part in a Working Holiday program require previous experience?
You don’t need to have specific knowledge in order 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 take part.

Is there an age limit for the participation in Work & Travel program in Chile?
The minimum age requirement is 18 years. The maximum age limit is not fixed. However, the majority of participants are between 18 to 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 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 language requirements.

Can I participate together with a friend?
Of course! We also organize Working Holidays for friends and couples who are travelling together. However, please be aware that most Working Holiday / Work & Travel placements only provide room and work for one participant or you need 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 another. Two separate placements have the advantage that you’ll have many things to talk about when you meet up and that you will be able to exchange experiences.

What is the application / placement process?
Our application and placement process is easy and uncomplicated. As soon as you pay the registration fee of USD 100 we start the placement process. We need you to send us your CV and a photo. In addition, we ask you to fill in the registration form carefully and hand 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 look at calmly and we are at your disposal for questions. If you decide to book the program, we prepare the booking documents and issue the participation agreement for you to sign, as well as the payment order.

How far in advance should I sign up?
The organization of Working Holiday / Work & Travel program in Chile requires between four to 12 weeks. The application processing times depend on our workload and the availability of positions. In some cases, placements can be organized in a shorter time-span, and in other more exceptional cases it may take longer. However, we always aim for the requested start date in order to present you with a suitable offer in a timely manner. Please send us your application at least three to eight months before the 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 USD 100. The program fee on the other hand is only due once the application process has been completed successfully, i.e. when you have received a personal offer and wish to accept it bindingly.

Is the air fare 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 on after finishing the program and therefore want to choose the exact dates themselves. The price for flights between Europe and Chile can vary between 800 EUR to 1.400 EUR. It is therefore worth comparing prices before booking a ticket.

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

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 stay is between three to four months.

Do I have an obligation towards my host company?
Host companies invest a lot of time in going through applications. They prepare themselves for the participants’ arrival and usually determine a fixed work schedule. They count on your help for the booked period and make plans for your time with them. To make sure the program is carried out without problems and that you as well as the host companies enjoy it, it is important that you respect company rules and regulations as well as working hours, and complete your tasks diligently.

What are the working hours?
Working hours are established by the individual host companies. Furthermore, they depend on the time of year and seasonal factors. In tourism people often work in shifts and on the 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 and responsibilities as well as your 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 take out 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 the Work & Travel program?
As long as your work activities in Chile are unpaid, you don’t need to apply for a special visa, unless it is 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?
The decision whether 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 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.

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 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 reachable also outside office hours.

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