Community Work with Smallholders

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Explore Chile, one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the world
Improve your Spanish skills while giving back to society
Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
Grow as a person by broadening your intercultural skills
Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, mountains and forests
Work with local communities in remote areas in the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia. Get involved in their daily life and help on their small farms and households. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

You like being outdoors, you like animals and do not matter physical work? If so, then this volunteer project in Patagonia is right for you. South of the city of Puerto Montt in the Chilean Lake Region you can give back to society and get involved in community work. The project is carried out on one or more farms in the middle of the mountains of Patagonia. You will be surrounded by virgin nature, breathtaking landscapes and friendly people. Here you will learn a lot about working on a typical small Chilean farm. Most of the farm life a self-sufficient life and only buy a couple of things in far away supermarkts from time to time. In addition, you will get unadulterated insights into the Chilean culture and mentality as you live and work with locals. You too can share your own culture with them so that intercultural exchange takes place and you can learn a lot from each other.

Life in Patagonia can be rough and tough, especially in the long winter months. So the purpose of the community is to help each other and to benefit from each other. This concept is not rare in Chile and a great way to be independent of external products and goods.

Typical day

During your volunteer work in Chile, you'll be able to move among different farms and spend some time one family and then the next (depending on the length of your stay). So you get insights into different work areas and family life and can gain new experiences and meet nice people. Your tasks will include:

• Farming
• Animal care
• Harvest
• Planting
• Help older people with physically demanding work
• Other outdoor tasks and on the farms

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 region is famous for its unspoiled nature and the many possibilities for outdoor sports. Nature lovers enjoy hiking, climbing, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding or simply relaxing at the banks of one of the beautiful mountain rivers. The different ways to get in contact with the locals to learn more about their life, their traditions and their culture is also particularly interesting.



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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV 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
•  Accommodation
•  Full-board (3 meals/day)
  Professional consultation prior to your travel to Chile
  Translation of your application documents and elaboration of your profile
  Elaboration of the volunteer work offer
  Organization of your volunteer placement in Chile
  English-speaking local support
  Useful information about Chile
  Certificate of participation
  24/7 emergency number

During your volunteer work, you will have the opportunity to stay with a local host family in a single or shared room.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided

Internet Access
Limited 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.
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

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year, however is not recommended during the strong winters between May and August. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$176 /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 Work with Smallholders

Work with local communities in remote areas in the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia. Get involved in their daily life and help on their small farms and households.


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