Wildlife Protection Supporter

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founded in 2003
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High­lights

Experience the Chilean way of life and learn about the local culture
Boost your CV with international work experience
Gain Spanish fluency by sharing with the locals
Visit amazing cultural and historic sites and explore breathtaking landscapes
Make memories you will never forget during your stay abroad
Animals that are unable to survive in their natural habitat, are cared for at the protection center. In the best-case scenario, released back into the wild again. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

This volunteer project in Chile is supervised by a non-profit organization that aims to protect and preserve the biodiversity of the Chilean island, Chiloé. This environment protection project was founded in 2009 and now consists of researchers, professors, and volunteers. Private and public institutions also support it. The project is still developing, and the facility is still growing in order to take in more animals in need.

The Chiloé National Park is made up of very diverse marine life, including the blue whale, sea whale, Chilean dolphins, Peale's dolphins, sea lions, marine otters, Magellanic penguins, and Humboldt penguins. Nevertheless, this relatively undisturbed area faces different threats, such as urban development, habitat degradation, and land / marine pollution.

Some local animals that suffer from injuries or illnesses cannot survive in their natural habitat, so they are taken in to be cared for at the protection center. Here, they are rehabilitated, and in the best-case scenario, released back into the wild again. Animals such as foxes, eagles, sea lions, sea and land birds, penguins, huemuls, pudus, beavers, small wild cats, and others live at the center (subject to changes at any time!).

The number of animals in the rehabilitation center depends on the number of animals that are in need help. Additionally, the organization seeks to educate the population about topics like environmental and animal protection.

The volunteers teach children and adults about the necessity of protecting local flora and fauna and show them examples of dangers that influence the fragile ecosystem of Chiloé. Furthermore, the organization engages in direct and concrete measurements that help to demonstrate the threats. To counteract these problems, the institution is introducing breeding programs.

Typical day

In our animal protection project on the island of Chiloé, you can get to know and protect the wildlife of southern Chile first-hand. You will move a lot in the fresh sea air and in the great outdoors and also get to know and experience the rather simple living conditions of the local population.

With your volunteer service in benefit of the protection of the Chiloés fauna, you will take on a variety of tasks, some of which are exhausting, and you will definitely be tired but happy at the end of the day.

The working time is between 30 and 40 hours / week. Shift work on the weekend is possible, but with days off during the week as compensation.

The tasks are distributed on site as required and may include:

  • Rescuing injured or sick animals
  • Caring of the animals (feeding, medical care, medicine, etc.)
  • Cleaning the cages / enclosures / facilities
  • Animal observation and data collection
  • New construction / reconstruction / repair of enclosures and buildings
  • Maintenance of the vegetable garden
  • Environmental education for children

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 main island of the Chiloé Archipelago is Chile's second largest island and is located about 1000 km south of Santiago off the mainland in the Pacific. Around 170,000 people live here in several cities and villages. Especially on the east side, there are countless small and smallest islets, some of which have villages, others are inhabited by only a few families, while others are not inhabited at all. The main island can be reached from Puerto Montt with a short flight, or by ferry in about 2 hours.

Chiloé is Chile's island of legends and myths. Many legends surround this place and if you believe them, Chiloé is home to mythical creatures and ghosts. The island's very own cuisine, music and traditions make it a popular holiday destination for Chileans from other parts of the country who want to discover something "authentic".

Chiloé is famous for its wooden churches, that were built without a single nail and are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

A diverse wildlife, partly untouched nature protected in national and private parks and many options for hiking, horse riding or kayaking tours as well as bird watching make the island attractive for nature lovers. With a portion of luck, you can even watch whales off the Pacific coast!

Many people in Chiloé live from fishing, agriculture, handicrafts and tourism. They are friendly and relaxed and like to tell visitors about their homeland.

The climate in Chiloé is, as in all of southern Chile, rather harsh and it rains often. The driest and warmest months are December to February (summer). The temperatures on Chiloé fluctuate on average between 10 and 20 degrees in summer and between 5 and 10 degrees in winter.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking
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, Volunteer Questionnaire and Online 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 and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

Our volunteer project in Wildlife Protection on Chiloé Island includes:

  • Shared room in Volunteer House
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • 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
Accommodation

Life on Chiloé is simple and very different from that of Santiago or other cities in the country. During your time as a volunteer, you will live in a shared room in the volunteer house right at the project site close to the sea.

The house is simple and functional. It is secluded, so it is not suitable for city dwellers who want to have the entertainment nearby - instead you can really immerse yourself in the world of "Chilotes" and experience how comforting a simple life can be.

The nearest town, Ancud, can be reached in about 30 minutes by car, the island's capital Castro in about 2.5 hours.

The volunteer project is self-catering, grocery shopping is usually organized together and volunteers take shifts with the cooking.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ancud (ZUD) in Ancud. 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 all year-round. Be prepared for cold and rainy weather between May and September.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$540
4 weeks
$580
5 weeks
$620
6 weeks
$660
8 weeks
$740
10 weeks
$820
24 weeks (max. stay)
$1,380
Average fees
$119 /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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Wildlife Protection Supporter

Animals that are unable to survive in their natural habitat, are cared for at the protection center. In the best-case scenario, released back into the wild again.

$119/week

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