Be an Environmentalist to protect untouched forest

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Coordinator | Marion
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Explore Chile, one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the world
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Grow as a person by broadening your intercultural skills
Make new friends from around the world while sharing with other international volunteers
Make memories you will never forget during excursions
Help protect unspoilt nature and native animals in Patagonia. You will work in an amazing eco-lodge and will explore breathtaking landscapes. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The nonprofit organization that runs this volunteer project in Chile has been founded in 2004. Its main objective is to fight for the conservation of the forests of Patagonia. The integration of the surrounding communities is very important. The communities shalld learn to live by and with nature instead of destroying it. It also aims to improve the quality of life of the community members, as they have secure jobs and income through work in the organization. The organization runs various projects to protect nature and especially its inhabitants.

Of particular importance in this project is the Huemul, a native rare deer species that was formerly widespread in Chile. The organization has launched a huemul conservation program (resettlement and reproduction), and in the nearly ten years that this program exists, the stock of only a few huuls has been increased to just under 20 animals. This may sound little, but is a great success for the project. Guanacos have recently been protected, bred and reintroduced into their natural habitat.

In addition, the organization runs an ecotourism project, with which it operates not only an exceptional and very successful boutique hotel but also guesthouses and a campsite. Sustainable tourism is an important source of income for permanently employing the 40 or so employees aged 19 to 45 years.

The work of recent years has borne fruit. This has also been recognized by National Geographic, and in 2015 the organization ranked first in the "World Legacy Award" (under the heading "Conserving the Natural World"). According to the organizers, 150 participants from 56 countries from six different continents participated. So a really remarkable award! This award confirms how important the project is and how unique is the opportunity to volunteer in Chile.

​​​​​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, where this volunteer project takes place, is characterized by its snow-capped volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, agricultural landscapes and evergreen forests. It is one of the most amazing regions for nature lovers due to the lush vegetations that you can enjoy her.

There are a variety of different activities to choose from in your spare time, such as outdoor sports like hiking, trekking, rafting, kayak, horseback riding, swimming, relaxing at the lake, etc. You can also take excursions to neighboring Argentina.

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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Motivation Letter and Skype Interview
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, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation


Volunteers will live in a volunteer house close to the natural reserve. The volunteer house has dormitories and is equipped with a kitchen and bathrooms. There is WIFI, but it is not always reliable. This accommodation is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

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

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
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$126 /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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Be an Environmentalist to protect untouched forest

Help protect unspoilt nature and native animals in Patagonia. You will work in an amazing eco-lodge and will explore breathtaking landscapes.


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