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Help the Elderly

Santiago de Chile, Chile show on map
Support the elderly in Chile by assisting the nursing staff, cooking, and organizing projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
50+

Many older people in Chile can’t afford to live independently and don’t have other family members to help with the rising cost of living. As a result, many elderly people end up having to live in a care center. The centers aim to offer elderly people a pleasant life and keep them busy. Some of these centers are funded by religious charities, while others are simply funded by donations. Volunteers are always needed at the centers so that they can support the needs of the elderly and improve the program. 

Being a volunteer at one of these centers means you care about the wellbeing of senior citizens, most of which come from humble backgrounds. The centers strive to create a family type atmosphere for the elderly that is focused on demonstrating helpfulness, warmth, and appreciation. Christianity is practiced openly by most of the institutions. 

For this role, you should be a very dedicated individual and be able to take on responsibilities. You should be a team player, but also be able to work independently. Each senior has unique needs that need to be cared for. Some seniors are very independent, while others need help all day long. 

 

Typical day

On a day-to-day basis, you can expect to: 

  • Support nursing staff with daily tasks
  • Organize projects for seniors
  • Cook and distribute food
  • Offer support with games and music
  • Accompany residents on walks
  • Talk to residents
  • Visit patients in hospitals

Free-time activities

The city of Santiago offers a wide range of activities for volunteers to enjoy, such as different shopping malls with both international and national chains. There are also many mountain ranges where you can go hiking, horseback riding, climbing, rafting and many other outdoor sports.

Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
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 and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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

Travel Consultation | Translation of application documents | Organization of your volunteer program in Chile | Delivery of necessary documents for visa application (if required) | Individual attention from your contact person in Chile | Informative manual about your stay in Chile | Santiago City Guide (130 pages) | Informative welcome talk with the staff in our office | Escort by a staff member on your first day | 24-hr Emergency Number | Certificate of Participation


The organization of your accommodation is included in the program fee. However, the monthly rental has to be paid directly on site to the landlord.

Airport Pickup at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport
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. Please arrange your own accommodation. 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)
$505.00
8 weeks
$550.00
12 weeks
$595.00
16 weeks
$640.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$730.00
Average fees
$78.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago de Chile/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.
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