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Help Protect Forests in Chile

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Protect forests with park rangers, work in bio-gardens, and assist with excursions in Chile! Help preserve the precious environment!

The Project

The organization that this project works through was founded in 2004. Its main objective is to protect and maintain the forests while integrating local communities into the project. The organization continues to develop many different programs that aim to protect plants and animals. One of its major projects works to protect Chilean Huemel, which is a rare species of deer. Over the past 10 years, the number of Huemels has grown from 2 to 15 in the area. 

The organization also runs a very successful ecohotel, which attracts a host of tourists from all over the world. There are around 40 employees at the organization, between the ages of 19 and 45. Most of the employees are locals.  

The organization has been given international recognition through the famous World Legacy Awards by National Geographic. They were given an award due to their project’s achievements, and came in first place in 2015 out of 150 destinations in 56 countries.

 

Your Tasks 

Volunteers are very important to this project because they are needed to assist with guiding tourists, educating local people on the importance of conservation, and helping with the endangered deer. 

As a volunteer, there is a wide variety of tasks where you can offer your assistance. On a typical day, you might: help in the organic gardens, carry out reforestation work, help provide educational programs for guests and locals, help the staff at the breeding station (only possible for male participants who stay at least 2 months).

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

Free-time activities

There are a variety of different activities to choose from in your spare time, such as sports with the local community. Many volunteers go for a hike in the reserve and surrounding areas to see magnificent views and do different types outdoor sports.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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)
Health Declaration
required
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24-hr Emergency Number | Accommodation | Advice regarding travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Airport pick-up | Certificate of Participation | Application fee  

Airport Pickup at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport

Airport pick-up in Santiago and transfer to our office or accommodation in Santiago, before you travel to the site of the project. 

Accommodation

Volunteers will live in a volunteer house close to the nature reserve. The volunteer house has dormitories and is equipped with a kitchen and bathrooms. There is WIFI, but it is not always reliable. This accommodation is the perfect opportunity 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.
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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$580.00
5 weeks
$625.00
6 weeks
$670.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$1,525.00
Average fees
$103.00/week

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.
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 Neltume, Region de Los Ríos
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