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Environmental Protection Helper

Forest protection with Park Rangers, work in bio-gardens, assistance with excursions, help in the local cafeteria

The project

This organization was founded in 2004 with the main objective being to protect and maintain the forests and integrate local communities into the project. The organization continues to develop many different protection programs of plants and animals, with one of its major projects being to protect the Chilean Huemel which is a rare species of deer. In the last 10 years the number of huemels has growen from 2 to 15 in the area. 

The project also runs a very successful eco hotel which attracts a host of tourists from all over the world. There are around 40 employees in the organization between 19 and 45 years old with mainly local people working there. 

The project has also been given international recognation from the famous World Legacy Awards of the National Geographic rewarded the project’s achievements with the first place in 2015 among 150 destinations in 56 countries.

Your work

Volunteers are very important to this project because they are needed to assist in guiding tourists, to educate local people on the importance of conservation and to help with the endangerd deers. 

There are many different tasks for workers to be involved in, on a typical day you will be: helping in the organic gardens, reforestation work, educational program with guests and local people, helping the staff at the breeding station (just possible for maleparticipants who stay at least 2 month).

For people with less strength there are tasks such as: helping in the cafeteria, assisting as tour guides, marketing and developing international relations tasks. 

Suitable for


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
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, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

There are a variety of different activities to choose from in your spare time such as sports with the local community, while a lot of volunteers go and hike the reserve and surrounding areas taking in its great views.


Included Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accomodation | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Airport pick up | Certificate of participation | Application fee
Airport Pickup at Arturo Merino Benitez

Airport pick up in Santiago and transfer to our office or accomodation in Santiago, before you continue your travel to the project.


Volunteers will live in the volunteer house close to the village Neltume. The volunteer house has dormitories and is equipped with a kitchen and bathrooms, there is wifi but it can sometimes go off. This is a great experience to meet new people and friends

Dorm Room Guesthouse
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Neltume/Chile between 4 weeks and 25 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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Chile

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Chile. Please check the visa regulations for Chile.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Chile and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Chile.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Chile.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.
What can you do in leisure-time in Chile while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Region de Los Ríos, Neltume, Chile

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