Fundación Chol-Chol

Business Development Support

Temuco, Chile show on map

Non-profit | Fundación Chol-Chol

We are a NGO ho support Mapuche artisans on the commercialization of their projects and the conservation of their indigenious culture. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Chol-Chol Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental, fair trade organization, with no religious or political affiliations, dedicated to serving the Mapuche, rural population of the Araucanía Region in Chile, thus improving their lives and the future of their families. We accomplish this through training and workshops, human development projects, and commercialization of their artisan products. We work in order to the 10 principles of fair trade.

You will be working with our team members and directly with the artisans. You don't need to bring some special equipment.

You can help us with profound experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • communication/marketing
  • web and graphic
  • education/human development
  • culture/anthropology
  • Fair Trade
  • product and textile designers
  • photography

 Usually you would develop your own project which you think would support the work of the organization. This project can include a range of activities in the above described fields. Past projects included artisan communication and outreach, photography, website development and maintenance, grant application, optimization of operational processes, obtaining increased market access and workshops with artisans. Besides your own projects you have the possibility to take over tasks, which are part of our daily business such as reception of tourists at our premises and sale of the artisans products, attendance at the artisans reunions or visits to the artisans houses.  

We expect from volunteers to come with the motivation to be the change this people need, to use their different abilities and knowledge to help us to develop good projects to promote fair trade in Mapuche's crafts.

Typical day

You will work with us from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 1 hour of lunch.

We can't describe how a typical day here is, because every day is different, one day you'll be working directly with Mapuche artisans, the other you'll be helping us in our store at the Regional Museum, and some other days working on different projects.

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can join our program at any ime in the year.

Free-time activities

As a large university town, Temuco has much to offer to its guests. At night, there are plenty of restaurants and bars to explore and enjoy. On the weekends, museums and outdoor markets provide opportunities to learn more about the history and culture of the area. Temuco is also located within a few hours of mountains, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, hot springs, and much more, which provide endless weekend activities for the outdoor enthusiast.


Program 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 Spanish (fluently)
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 from 10:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Fundación Chol-Chol.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Fundación Chol-Chol (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Temuco Airport (ZCO) in Temuco. 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.
  Americas South America Chile  Temuco, Camino Labranza - Nva. Imperial KM3
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