Nature Conservation Assistant

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Live and work in one of the most prestine landscapes of the world
Get to know the interesting traditions and culture of Patagonia
Explore untouched nature and discover wildlife
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Broaden your horizon while immersing yourself into a new culture
Help to protect prestine landscapes in the Patagonian wilderness. Support this conservation efforts to secure our planet for future generations. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+
Patagonia always manages to enchant its visitors. Patagonia is simply a fascinating place on earth. It awaits its visitors with pristine landscapes, stunning mountains, boundless sky, and thrilling animals.

The joint nature protection and tourism initiative is located on a land that very few people have ever visited. Ancient evergreen woods, crystal clear rivers and lagoons, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and incredible fauna define this region. Volunteering in this environment conservation project will transport you thousands of years back to a time when nature was still wild in the fullest sense.

The creators of the nature reserve were so taken aback by the beauty of this area that they resolved to make it their life's work to preserve it for future generations. They've been buying properties along the Escondido River and surrounding the lake of the same name since 2010.

The Quelat National Park is connected to this area. With the Chilean Forestry Authority, agreements have been reached on how the region can be maintained and made available for sustainable and controlled tourism. Hiking routes, small bridges, stairs, viewing platforms, and a camp with renewable energy for up to 6 tourists have all been developed in recent years with minimal environmental damage.

Typical day

The endeavor to protect the environment is still in its early stages. Volunteers assist in the long-term development and maintenance of the nature park. As a volunteer, you should not be frightened of spending your days outdoors, working hard, and living in a secluded but breathtaking location. Volunteers who want to work hands-on and don't mind getting messy are needed for this project.

On-site, your specific work schedule will be determined based on current needs, the amount of volunteers, and your personal talents.

The volunteers work approximately 5 hours per day, 5 days a week. The work schedule is dependend on weather and number of volunteers. Usually work is done for a couple of hours during the morning with a long break and than again a couple of hours in the afternoon.
Volunteers can spend their leisure time exploring the beautiful scenery that surrounds them and participating in outdoor activities.

The tasks can include:
  • Field and forest work
  • Building hiking trails
  • Creating signs
  • Working in the vegetable garden
  • Clearing fields
  • Feeding and caring for animals (horses, sheep)
  • Assisting guests and tourists (January and February)

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 nature reserve is surrounded by a dream setting with a distinctive alpine environment, making it an ideal location for anyone enjoying nature. Hiking routes, lakes, rivers, glaciers, and outdoor sports including kayaking, horseback riding, and sport fishing are all available.

The conservation project is located on the border with Argentina, and the next village, Lago Verde, in the province of Coyhaique, has a population of only 300 people. Patagonia is also known for its isolation, ancient traditions, and diverse cultural history. It's as if you've traveled back in time; the clocks in Patagonia appear to have stopped ticking.

The volunteer project allows participants to live and work in a extraordinary location in the Patagonian wilderness for a period of time.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 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
  • Accommodation in 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
  • Intercultural guideline
  • Insider tips Chile
  • 24/7 Emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
Volunteers are accommodated in two-person cottages or domo-shaped tents (domos). Showers with hot water and solar power, as well as limited internet connection, are provided. 

The nature project is only accessible by a 30-minute boat journey across the lake or a 3-hour hike along the shores. The nearest village has a population of roughly 300 people and provides basic services. The spectacular scenery and gorgeous environment more than compensate for the remoteness.

The number of times you can leave the park will be limited to 1 per week. Free time can be spent in the park, taking in the breathtaking scenery. Volunteers can use horses, boats, and other equipment.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Everyone collaborating on the project will help prepare meals. The project will deliver groceries.
After the gardens and greenhouses are completed, a large portion of the food will be grown on-site.
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 Ten. Vidal (GXQ) in Coyhaique. 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 between October and April.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
6 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$71 /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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Nature Conservation Assistant

Help to protect prestine landscapes in the Patagonian wilderness. Support this conservation efforts to secure our planet for future generations.


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