Help Stray Dogs

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High­lights

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 improving your intercultural skills
Make new friends from around the world by sharing with other international volunteers
Enjoy Santiago de Chile, a modern metropolis with countless of attractions
Street dogs shape the image of Chile's capital - a sad reality! Help rescue dogs from the streets, care for them in the shelter and rehabilitate them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Combine your passion for animals with a good deed by helping to improve the suffering of street dogs and cats in Santiago and finding a new home for these stray animals.

Unfortunately, the streetscape of Chile's capital Santiago is characterized by stray dogs and cats. The health of these animals is often pathetic since they mostly eat bad foods from the garbage. Diseases and wounds that they have suffered in fighting with other animals or that have been inflicted on them by humans often remain untreated.

Fortunately, in big cities like Santiago, there are people with a big heart for animals who are committed to saving and protecting the vagabonds. Volunteers from all over the world work to help improve the situation of animals on the streets in charitable institutions in Chile's capital city. The goal is always to care for the dogs and cats so far that they find a new home with loving owners.

Typical day

No prior knowledge of animal care is needed for this type of volunteer work, but you should be patient and have a great sense of responsibility. Likewise, you must not be afraid of dogs and / or cats, because these are absolutely in the focus of this volunteer project.

Your tasks include:

  • Bathing, feeding, and walking the animals 
  • Cleaning cages and equipment
  • Drug administration and support with sterilization procedures
  • Help with rescue operations where animals are brought in from the street 
  • Food distribution for animals that live on the street
  • Help with public relations and educational work (not all volunteers are involved)
  • Support in the adoption process (not all volunteers are involved)
  • Fundraising (not all volunteers are involved)

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

Chile is a country that unites many different climates and landscapes. Due to its remarkable length of 4,300 kilometers you can discover extremes such as deserts, salt lakes, volcanoes, temperate rainforest, mountains over 6,000 meters high and eternal ice fjords. With its indescribably large variety of landscape, vegetation and climate, Chile is a popular destination all year round.

The capital of Santiago de Chile never sleeps and in recent decades has developed into a very popular and modern metropolis. There are activities that your heart desires! There is something for everyne; for art lovers, nature fans, culture enthusiasts and party people. Santiago’s location is just perfect since within about an hour can either be in the mountains or at the beach. You can find outdoor adventure sports, like hiking, rafting, climbing, horseback riding, and so on, or just relax at the beach during the weekend.

In Santiago you can:
- Hiking/walking in the hills and parks
- Sightseeing
- Visiting museums and art galleries
- Exploring beautiful neigborhoods
- Strolling through local markets
- Shopping
- Enjoying restaurants and bars / nightlife
- Meeting up with other volunteers
- Doing sports
- Going on day excursions to the amazing surroundings

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Winter Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) or English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School 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
  1. Single room in Homestay
  2. Airport pick-up (in Santiago de Chile)
  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Orientation session upon arrival
  8. Orientation kit
  9. Country handbook
  10. Local support
  11. 24/7 Emergency Number
  12. Certificate of Participation
  13. Note: A donation of CLP 50.000 (about 55 USD) has to be paid on-site directly to the project.
      Airport Pickup at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport


      Accommodation

      We provide single rooms in local homestays. Food is not included but you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen where you can store and prepare your meals.

      Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
      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. 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.
      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

      The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. 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.


      This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens October 2020. Apply Now!

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

      Program fees

      Costs: Prices in USD
      2 weeks (min. stay)
      $615
      3 weeks
      $765
      4 weeks
      $915
      5 weeks
      $1,062
      6 weeks
      $1,209
      24 weeks (max. stay)
      $3,855
      Average fees
      $234 /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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      Help Stray Dogs

      Street dogs shape the image of Chile's capital - a sad reality! Help rescue dogs from the streets, care for them in the shelter and rehabilitate them.

      $234/week

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