Community Developer in Fair Trade

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Get interesting cultural insights into rural life in Chile
Gain Spanish fluency by living and working with the locals
Boost your resume with international volunteer experience
Visit amazing places in the beautiful South of Chile
Broaden your horizon while immersing yourself into a new culture
This volunteer work program takes place in the beautiful South of Chile. You will be supporting a local cooperation for fair and responsible trade and consumption. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The volunteer work takes place in a cooperative that was founded in 2009. The mission of the cooperative is supporting local smallholders with a business model for fair and responsible trade and consumption. The cooperative consists of about 200 members, most of them private individuals. Members also include local restaurants, hostels, the University of Valdivia and others. Members pay an annual contribution in order to get access to fresh, local and organically grown products at lower prices. On the other side, the cooperative works like a platform for local smallholders to sell their fresh agricultural products. In the beautiful city of Valdivia in the South of Chile, there is also a shop where non-members can buy the produce of local agriculteurs. 

As a result of the Covid pandemic, the goods are also sold through an online platform since 2020, so that a wider audience can be reached and to further support local farmers even better.

The cooperative is non-profit-orientated! Their aim is to make locally produced products easily accessible to the local population while on the other side helping small farmers of the region to market their products.

Typical day

Full cultural integration is given in this volunteer project. You will get an idea of different work areas of the cooperative. You will learn a lot about the local culture, language and society.

Depending on the project’s needs, own strengths and interests, the volunteers support the following areas:

  • Working in the local store
  • Advising customers in the store
  • Doing inventory
  • Updating the online platform
  • Helping with marketing
  • Updating Social Media channels
  • Visiting local farmers to pick-up fresh goods
  • Helping with the organization of trips and events for members
  • Working in the vegetable garden of the local store
  • Helping with administration work

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

The volunteer project is located in the idyllic city of Valdivia in southern Chile, in the Los Ríos region. The city is characterized by the beautiful river Valdivia with its wonderful river promenade. The shape of Valdivia strongly reminds us of European cities. Thanks to the evergreen vegetation, the proximity to the water, the old city center and the good fresh air, Valdivia is one of the most beautiful cities in Chile.

Validivia is sourrounded by rivers, hot springs, inland lakes, mountains, volcanoes and evergreen vegetation. There is plenty to do and explore for nature lovers and outdoor fans. Adventure seekers also get their money's worth here.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Application Form and Volunteer Questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  • Single room in Homestay
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Chile
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • On-site introduction
  • Country handbook Chile
  • Insider tips Chile
  • 24/7 Emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
Volunteers will live in a homestay in a Chilean private household. Volunteers will have a single room, the bathroom is usually shared. Internet is included. All accommodations are located in a safe neighborhood with good connection to local transport. 

Upon request half-board can be added for an extra cost.
Guest Family
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL) in Santiago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Chile.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Chile provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Flexible start and end dates year round

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$218 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Community Developer in Fair Trade

This volunteer work program takes place in the beautiful South of Chile. You will be supporting a local cooperation for fair and responsible trade and consumption.


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