Ecological Reserve Supporter

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founded in 2003
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High­lights

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
Broaden your horizon while immersing yourself into a new culture
Get to know the amazing landscapes of Chile
Become a volunteer in Chile and support this fantastic ecologial reserve at the Pacific Coast. On the reserve there is a small sustainable farm that cares for Alpacas. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
The volunteer project takes place in an ecological reserve, located about 2,5 hours north of the country's capital Santiago de Chile. The reserve manages a protected area of approx. 370 hectares of dry coastal land. It is embedded in a lovely hilly landscape, which forms a wonderful mosaic of different landscapes. Characteristic of this region is a high diversity of flora and fauna. 

Further, the reserve is also home to a sustainable farm. Among other things, honey and care products derived from it are produced, alpacas are bred, a gardening center is operated, and seedlings are raised in a nursery. In the closeby seaside resort of Los Molles, the reserve operates a small store where products from its own production are sold.

The activities of the ecological reserve started in 2010 when frist efforts in sustainable forestry work were made. The aim of this development was to create added value for the local forest through sustainable activities such as beekeeping, South American camel breeding, and the reintroduction of native plants. During the first years, roads needed to be built, and renewable energy as well as sustainable water sources were created. Gradually, the reserve began soil restoration and reforestation projects to preserve biodiversity and to create the right conditions for the continued existence of natural flora and thus food sources for native animals.

Conservation of nature and species is what local staff drives. Respect and love for nature and wildlife is the motor of the reserve's operations.

For day visitors, the ecological reserve offers guided tours to spread awareness about the natural wealth, the forests, the flora and fauna of the reserve as well as sustainable farming.

Typical day

Volunteers will take part in various activities in the ecological reserve and the sustainable farm. These include e.g., feeding alpacas, checking beehives, making compost, weeding, cleaning stables, collecting seeds, working in the tree nursery, watering, shearing alpacas, planting trees, maintaining hiking trails, as well as contributing to the protection and preservation of the sensitive ecosystem. 

The tasks are wonderful learning opportunities to learn more about nature conservation, sustainability and the local flora and fauna.
The exact work schedule will be set on site, taking into account current needs, the number of volunteers and your own strengths and abilities.

The tasks may include:
  • Supporting beekeeping activities
  • Cleaning the beekeeping equipment
  • Harvesting honey and other honeycomb products
  • Feeding the animals (alpacas, horses, etc.)
  • Cleaning the stables and enclosures
  • Helping in the vegetable garden
  • Harvesting vegetables and fruits
  • Supporting reforestation projects
  • Planting and transplanting small trees and plants
  • Collecting seeds and forest fruits
  • General cleaning and maintenance work
  • Labeling products from the own production
  • Helping in the shop
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 ecological reserve is located near the pretty little seaside resort of Los Molles, about 190 kilometers north of Santiago de Chile. Los Molles used to be an idyllic little fishing village. Even today, Los Molles has not lost its charm, although it has blossomed into an insider tip for local tourists. At the beautiful beach you can watch the fishermen work. 

One of the main attraction of this region is the "Bioparque". The park hosts a geological phenomenon that resembles a geyser. Thundering sea water shoots through the rocks and then rises in a vertical gap. The park has a semi-desert ecosystem and its flora and fauna has unique biological properties. Many birds can be observed, but also huge sea lions and with a little luck even penguins.

The area around Los Molles is characterized by beautiful cliff landscapes, geological formations, beaches with natural pools, petrified shells and plants, as well as the beautiful flowers, especially during spring. The hilly landscape in the backland invites for trekking and hiking as well as horseback-riding.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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 (basic 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
  • Shared room
  • Full board
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Chile
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • Country handbook Chile
  • Insider tips Chile
  • 24/7 Emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
Accommodation
Volunteers will live in the middle of nature under a starry sky. At night you can listen to the sounds of the animals and recharge your batteries for a new eventful day in the nature reserve. The volunteer house is located in the ecological reserve at the grounds of the sustainable farm. The house is shared with other volunteers and / or employees. Shared bathroom, a kitchen and a common area are available. Groceries are provided for cooking. The house uses sustainable electricity and water sources. Volunteers are encouraged to use natural resources respectful and consciously.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Groceries are provided for self-cooking. Volunteers and employees usually take shifts with kitchen work.

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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Flexible start and end dates between August and April
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$620
5 weeks
$635
6 weeks
$650
7 weeks
$665
9 weeks
$695
11 weeks
$725
24 weeks (max. stay)
$920
Average fees
$97 /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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Ecological Reserve Supporter

Become a volunteer in Chile and support this fantastic ecologial reserve at the Pacific Coast. On the reserve there is a small sustainable farm that cares for Alpacas.

$97/week

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