Working Holiday in Chile
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You dream of living and working abroad for a while, but you do not know exactly how to tackle it? Or maybe you just want to take a break and "unsubscribe from everyday life" for a while? Then you should read on here in any case!
Our Working Holiday or Work & Travel programs are suitable for participants of all ages and professional backgrounds. It does not matter if you have just graduated from high school, are in the middle of college, or are already at work and need time off. Due to the short minimum duration of only four weeks, it is even possible to accommodate a Work & Travel stay in Chile on a regular holiday.
Working Holiday with Chile Inside offers you the opportunity to get to know the country and its people first hand, to deepen your knowledge of Spanish and work for your stay. Although you get no salary, free food and lodging (breakfast or half-board or full-board) are provided by your program place.
Many of our Work & Travel jobs in Chile are organized in the tourism industry, so you also have the opportunity to explore great landscapes from a different perspective and to get first-hand insider tips. Many tourism agencies we work with give our work & travelers the opportunity to participate in the preparation and execution of tours or to give service to tourists. You will have the chance to discover some of the most beautiful regions of Chile for free!
In terms of tourism, Chile is truly an incredibly diverse and multifaceted country. From the driest desert on earth in the north to the eternal ice and millennia-old trees in the south, you will find a wide range of different landscapes and climates, all with unique attractions. Particularly popular with travelers to Chile are the many national parks and the approximately 2,800 miles long coastline.
Our Working Holiday jobs are spread all over the country, from the extreme north to deep Patagonia. Program places are available in the mountains, at the seaside, in major cities, on idyllic lakes and in the desert.
Work & Travel in Chile is also a great way to refresh your Spanish. Even Spanish beginners can take part, but they must start the program with a Spanish course at one of our 4 language school locations in Chile to ensure good communication in Spanish at the workplace.
Choose among all Working Holiday places:
The Working Holiday Program includes:
- Accommodation (single or shared room, depending on program place)
- Either only breakfast, breakfast & dinner, or all meals (depending on program place)
- Advice from our experienced staff
- On-going support via WhatsApp, phone or mail
- Elaboration of your application profile in Spanish
- Your Working Holiday placement
- Pre-departure information
- Packing list
- Country handbook
- Intercultural guide
- On-site volunteer coordinator
- 24/7 emergency number
- Advice on travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
minimum stay 4 weeks
Each additional month
Additionally you can book:
Choose among all Working Holiday places: ➡️ Working Holiday in Chile
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Get your Travel Health Insurance here:
Why organize Working Holidays through an agency and not yourself?
Sure, do it yourself and save costs sounds very tempting. However, there are reasons to have your Working Holiday in Chile organized by professionals like Chile Inside:
- Finding a reliable Working Holiday place can be very time-consuming. Chile Inside takes the enormous amount of time, stress and language barriers off your shoulders. When you give us the task of organizing your Working Holiday program, we will take care of all the details!
- Chile Inside gives you a placement guarantee. Before you leave for Chile you will have all the information about your Working Holiday program in hand. On arrival in Chile you can start right away, your accommodation will be readily available and your expenses (partial) for food are covered. When self-organizing on site, you would definitively need some time to set everything up. During this time, you would have high cost of accommodation and food until you have found a suitable job.
- Replacement in case of problems. We experience it again and again: Work & Travelers, who organize everything themselves, are on their own when there are problems with their Working Holiday place and/or accommodation. There is no one on the ground who gives support or, if necessary, arranges a replacement. With Chile Inside, you can rest assured that we will assist you with unexpected problems and replace you to a new Working Holiday program if your current position does not meet your expectations or if problems of a different nature occur.
- Help in case of an emergency. If you have an emergency, such as illness or accident, or need any other kind of help, you can reach Chile Inside 24 hours a day 7 days a week through our emergency number. Our English-speaking staff will not let you down.
What is the difference between Working Holiday and Work & Travel in Chile?
The term Working Holiday and Work & Travel are used for the same program type. Because there is no official use of the terms in Chile (unlike, for example, Australia or New Zealand), we point out that we use both terms synonymously. Therefore you will find on our homepage also a small mixture of naming and we speak of both Working Holiday and Work & Travel. The difference to an internship lies in the fact that working holiday does not focus on the professional aspect, it rather is a kind of "summer job abroad" with fun factor. The goal is to travel on a low budget, get to know the country and its people, have fun and to get involed more than a mere tourist in everyday life. At the same time you can broaden your horizon and develop personally.
Working Holiday does not fulfill the requirements for a faculty-led internship. The program takes place in the areas of tourism, hotel industry, leisure and sports. Working Holiday in Chile is an unpaid job, but the program place will be responsible for your accommodation and meals (partial or full-board). Upgrading your resume with international experience is a very welcome side effect, but not the primary goal of this kind of stay abroad in Chile.
Where do the Working Holiday programs take place?
You can do Work & Travel all over Chile. Chile has a great variety of tourist attractions and activities to offer, from the highest north to the deepest South. So, as the programs are mainly in the tourism sector you have many options when booking a Work & Travel program in Chile. Program places for Work & Travel are primarily local travel agencies, small hotels, hostels, surf schools, tour operators, outdoor sports providers, ski resorts, or similar.
Where will I live during the Working Holiday Program?
The accommodation is provided directly by the program place. A general answer to this question is therefore not possible. In most cases, accommodation takes place directly on the grounds of your work place (hotel or hostel) or in nearby staff housing. In exceptional cases, the participants may be accommodated in a host family, e.g. if it is a family business. You will be informed about your accommodation when you receive your program description, after the placement process is completed.
Do I need previous knowledge in order to participate in a Working Holiday?
No previous knowledge is required for participation in our Working Holiday programs in Chile. Anyone who wants to live and work abroad for a while can take part. However, skills such as proactivity, adaptability and a high sense of responsibility are very important.
Are there any age limits for participation in Work & Travel in Chile?
We require a minimum age of 18 years. There is no maximum age. The majority of our participants are between the ages of 18 and 40 years.
Is there a minimum or maximum participation time?
The minimum participation period is 4 weeks and participation in a Working Holiday program is limited to 6 months. The average duration is 3 to 4 months.
Which language skills are required?
In order to participate in a Work & Travel in Chile, basic Spanish skills are required. It is important that you are able to understand work instructions in Spanish and have basic conversations in Spanish. If your current Spanish skills are not enough, do not worry! Our Spanish courses in Chile are perfect to improve your Spanish in order to meet the language requirements.
Can I join the Working Holiday program together with a friend?
Of course! We receive many friends or couples traveling together in our programs. However, you should keep in mind that some program places only have one spot available. If you are interested in a "double placement" we try to find a suitable program place, but there is no guarantee for availability. Many friends therefore choose to participate in two different program places in the same location. So you can both make your own experience abroad and still be close to each other to share experiences or to plan free time activities together.
How does the application process work?
The application process at Chile Inside is simple and straightforward. The starting signal to find the right program for you, falls with the payment of the registration fee. In addition, we need your CV and a current photo, as well as the fully completed registration form. On the basis of these documents, we will create your personal application profile in Spanish and introduce you to the program places. As soon as we have received the confirmation for you, we will send you booking documents. The payment of the program costs will become due to finalize booking.
How long in advance do I have to submit my application?
To organize a Working Holiday program in Chile we need between 1 and 3 weeks. The processing time depends on the availability of places, the applicant profile and our current workload. Please send us your application documents at least 3 months before your desired start date.
When do I have to pay the program costs?
When submitting your application, we will charge a registration fee (see registration form). We will create your application profile in Spanish and initiate the placement process. The program costs themselves are only due when the placement process has been completed successfully.
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 not included in the program fee, but you can easily book it as an add-on.
Do I have an obligation towards my host company?
Host companies invest a lot of time when going through applications. Likewise, they prepare for the arrival of participants and usually establish a work schedule. They count on your help for the booked participation period and make plans for your time with them. The careful execution of the activities, the observance of the code of conduct and working hours is therefore very important.
What are my working hours?
The working hours depend on the program location and are between 30 and 40 hours / week. Furthermore, they are influenced by seasonal factors. The tourism industry often works in shifts and on weekends. Please be aware that your free days are not necessarily on a weekend and you may have to take on shifts in the morning, afternoon or evening / at night.
Will I get a certificate of participation for my stay abroad?
We will send you a certificate of participation 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?
To participate in a stay abroad in Chile you need at least a travel health insurance. This is a prerequisite for participation so that you are covered in the event of illness or an accident.
You can conclude this insurance directly via us, at a reasonable price, under the following weblink: Travel Health Insurance
Do I need a work visa?
As long as you are not in paid employment in Chile, you do not need a work visa - unless the program requires a working holiday visa for your stay. With the so-called "tarjeta de turismo" (tourist card), that you receive when entering Chile, you can stay in the country for up to 90 days. This period can be extended. You can get further information regarding the visa requirement directly from us.
Will I have English-speaking in-country support?
Chile Inside is based in Santiago de Chile and employes a multilingual team. Our friendly staff will be there for you to assist and help with any question or problem that may occur during your stay in Chile.
Is it safe to travel in Chile?
Chile is considered a safe travel destination, even for women traveling alone. Violent attacks on tourists are extremely unlikely. But there are pickpockets in Chile, as everywhere else in the world. With mindfulness and a great deal of mistrust, you can protect yourself from it quite well.
Do I need special vaccinations?
No special vaccinations are required for entering Chile. Tropical diseases such as malaria, yellow fever or dengue fever do not exist in Chile. For further information, we recommend to consult with your doctor, as he knows your health condition best.
What can 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 here to help you. You will find our 24-hour emergency number on your reservation confirmation. It ensures that we are also availabel for you outside of our office hours.