South America Inside

Care for Children

Santiago de Chile, Chile show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Help take care of children in Chile by planning activities for them and assisting nurses with their daily tasks. Make a child smile! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

Social institutions in Chile, such as children’s homes, day care centers, or similar establishments, often complain about a lack of staff and financial resources. They are dependent on the help of volunteers to help underprivileged children. During this project, national and international volunteers work with the so-called "tías" to give their best for the children and help alleviate some of the challenges that they face everyday.

As a volunteer, you can help children in either Santiago or Valparaiso and give hope to them and their families.

Projects involve working with:

  • Children or teenagers
  • Children with behavioural issues or disabilities in special facilities
  • Orphans and homeless children

It is very difficult to see so many children growing up without parents because they are deceased, have disappeared, or are in prison. In some cases, children have been thrown out by their parents because they could not take care of them. Without outreach projects and organizations, these children would not have any glimpse of hope for a better future. 

Your Tasks

You don´t need any special knowledge to work with children, but you should be dedicated and able to take on responsibilities independently. You will be a role model for the children, so be aware of this great responsibility. There are many different tasks that volunteers can assist with, all of which depend on the needs of the children and the institution.

Before starting your volunteer work project, you will have an orientation from our local staff. One of our team members will accompany you to your project’s location on the first day (Santiago only).


Mediterranean climate. Warm and dry summers from October to March with about 30° C (86° F) during the day. Winter is from May to August and includes rainfall and daily temperatures between 10 and 25° C (50-77° F).

Please Note

There are no special vaccinations required, but be sure to check in with your doctor for additional advice.


Typical day

The following are examples of possible daily tasks:

  • Supporting the training and care for the staff in their daily tasks
  • Caring for and supervising the children and youth
  • Motivating them to participate in common games, singing, creative craft work, painting, and pottery
  • Planning of project work (create vegetable garden, repair of playground equipment, etc.)
  • Helping within the facilities (cooking, feeding small kids, wash dishes, etc.)
  • Organizing activities, including small excursions to the surrounding areas
  • Tutoring and assisting with homework

The exact task description will be sent to you after successful placement and before booking so that before your trip to Chile begins, you will know exactly where you will work and live.

Details on Arrival

This program starts on any day of the week and you can enroll at any time, with at least 4 weeks' notice.

Free-time activities

The city of Santiago has a wide range of activities for our volunteers to enjoy, such as a variety of different shopping malls with both national and international brands. In addition, there are many cultural actvities going on in Santiago year-round. For nature-lover, Santiago offers plenty of opportunities for day excursiones to explore the amazing Andes mountains, the countryside and the beaches at the Pacific Coast. You can enjoy activities like hiking, climbing, trekking, rafting, horseback riding, relaxing on the beach, and so on.

Water Sports
Winter Sports

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
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 08:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

    1. Homestay, Single Room
    2. Santiago City Map
    3. Santiago City Guide

    4. Consultation from our experienced staff
    5. Translation of application profile
    6. Volunteer work placement
    7. Advice regarding travel insurance
    8. Advice on local travels
    9. Orientation session upon arrival
    10. Orientation kit
    11. Country handbook
    12. Local support
    13. 24/7 Emergency Number
    14. Certificate of Participation

    Airport pick-up is NOT included in the program costs but can be added at an cost of USD 40.


    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. 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 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.
    If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.
    Costs: Prices in USD
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    $ 1,008
    5 weeks
    $ 1,155
    6 weeks
    $ 1,302
    7 weeks
    $ 1,449
    8 weeks
    $ 1,596
    24 weeks (max. stay)
    $ 3,948
    Average fees
    $ 208 /week

    You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago de Chile/Chile between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
    Crowdfunding Service
    Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Chile.
    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.
      Americas South America Chile  Santiago de Chile, Santiago Centro

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