Already falling in love with the country? You can help to preserve its diverse nature and wildlife by volunteering to protect the environment. If you enjoy working with people more, volunteering in a local community might be right for you. The Chileans are friendly and appreciate a relaxed lifestyle. Although Chile has one of the strongest economies in Latin America, there are still regions suffering from extreme poverty. Volunteer in Chile to support the ongoing efforts to end poverty while experiencing the Chilean culture at close range.
Another way you can help is by volunteering in animal care or by working in environmental protection. Regarding the country's diversity in nature and wildlife, it's even more unfortunate that Chile faces many environmental issues. Those include air and water pollution, deforestation and the resulting soil erosion. As a volunteer in Chile you can help to address those issues and also protect the animals that are affected by them.
Tipping: Before you volunteer in Chile it's good to familiarize yourself a little with the customs in the country. When eating in a restaurant, it's normal to tip 10% of the bill. The bill might already include that under "servicio". You don't need to tip your cab driver, but you may round off the cost.
You need to submit the following documents when applying:
Find the Chilean embassy closest to you on this website and get in touch to start the application process.Long-Term Visa: If you're planning to live and work in Chile for more than one year, you need a work contract to apply for the regular work visa. This might apply if you find work during your volunteer stay in Chile or start working for the organization as a regular employee. You'll need the same documents as listed above as well as a copy of your work contract to apply.