Environmental Education Teacher

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Experience the Chilean way of life and learn about the local culture
Boost your CV with international work experience
Gain Spanish fluency by living in a local homestay
Visit amazing cultural and historic sites and explore breathtaking landscapes
Make memories you will never forget during your stay abroad
You will support kids in the ages of 3 to 18 and teach them about environmental issues, so that they become responsible ambassadors of our nature and society. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This volunteer project takes place at a cultural and environmental organization that was founded back in 2011 in the town of Pisco Elqui, which is part of the beautiful Coquimbo region in the north of Chile.

The organization aims to develop values and mindsets regarding social and ecological responsibility among young children. This to make sure the new generation grows up with a high level of environmental and social consciousness, striving to protect our fragile planet.

The mission of the organization is to support children and teenagers between the ages of 3 and 18 and to teach them about environmental issues, so that they become responsible ambassadors of our nature and society.

The role of the organization plays into the development of concepts, techniques, and values regarding the environment that the children and teenagers can implement into their normal family lives. 

Typical day

Environmental education has gained tremendous importance in Chile in recent years and has now become an integral part of the curricula of many schools and even kindergartens, especially in the big cities. Due to the exceptional geography, there are many regions in Chile that are particularly sensitive to environmental damage and climate change. Droughts are increasing in the northern and central regions of the country.

It is therefore very important to educate future generations to use the environment and natural resources responsibly. This is very important, especially in these sensitive regions and especially in the countryside, where formal education is often not as good as in the metropolitan areas.

Here you can make a valuable contribution to making children from a rural area fit for the future with a lot of fun, so that they are not left behind and may even become multipliers in their region later.

Your tasks can include:

  • Supporting different program areas (sports activities, nature trips, workshops, vegetable garden, environmental education, etc.)
  • Supervising the children
  • Helping with planting the orchards and greenhouses with the children
  • Art projects (music, dance, painting, theater, etc.)
  • Promoting local crafts
  • Assistance in the areas of "eating and healthy living" and "environmental awareness" (sports activities, waste separation, recycling, etc.)
  • Project designs for the further development of the organization
  • Developping your own ideas to keep the children busy
  • English lessons (not always offered)
  • Ecotourism (not always offered)

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 small town of Pisco Elqui, where the project takes place, is a village in the idyllic Elqui Valley, in the Coquimbo region approx. 450 km north of Chile's capital Santiago and approx. 100 km east of the beautiful coastal town of La Serena.

Thanks to the irrigation management with water from the Rio Elqui, papayas, figs, chirimoyas, apricots, peaches and grapes grow here.

Pisco Elqui is a popular travel destination for Chilean tourists due to its beautiful location in an Andean valley, the many Pisco distilleries, the extremely clear starry sky and year-round sunny weather, as well as the former home to Gabriela Mistral, Nobel Laureate in Literature.

The beaches of La Serena and Coquimbo can be reached in one and a half to two hours and are therefore ideal for a weekend trip.

The climate is semi-desert-like, so it hardly rains and if so, in the winter months (June-August). The temperatures are pleasant during the day and hot in summer (December to February), it cools down noticeably at night, so you should plan for suitable clothing and lots of sun protection.



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) or English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, volunteer questionnaire and Criminal Record check
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

Our Volunteer Work in Environmental Education with Children in Chile includes:

  • Single room in Homestay
  • Full board
  • 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

During your time in the volunteer project, you will live in a local Pisco Elqui household and thus be part of the village community. Your hosts will also take care of your meals so that you can try Chilean home cooking and also have the opportunity to exchange culture and train your Spanish skills every day. You will be amazed how quickly you will start picking up "Chilean"!

The houses in Pisco Elqui are mostly one-story, plastered and brightly painted brick buildings. They are picturesque on the outside, rather simple on the inside for European standards, but equipped with everything you need for life. You get a single room and have access to all common areas such as living room, kitchen, garden, etc. The bathroom is most likely shared with the hosts.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Full-board is included.

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.
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 all 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
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$201 /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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Environmental Education Teacher

You will support kids in the ages of 3 to 18 and teach them about environmental issues, so that they become responsible ambassadors of our nature and society.


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