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If you are in the field of architecture/urbanism, you can volunteer to develop projects that provide sustainable solutions to the living conditions of these camps.

If you are in the field of architecture/urbanism, you can volunteer to develop projects that provide sustainable solutions to the living conditions of these camps. TECHO has been working with these communities for many years, developing solutions for issues in basic & community infrastructure, environment and public spaces, depending on their most urgent needs.

The NGO’s goal is to improve the living conditions and perspectives for the future of these families by building a proper infrastructure, mediating between the different cultures and educating the people of these camps. Over 127 TECHO volunteers permanently work in these camps, for example addressing the infrastructural problems by building solid houses and installing electricity and water. More than 80 adults and 59 children are participating in education programs provided by the volunteers, just to name a few of the concrete projects that are being put into place.  

TECHO is working in close cooperation with the elected directors of the camps. Collectively, they organize monthly meetings with all the inhabitants to discuss the most urgent needs that have to be addressed. The NGO then finds the funds, volunteers and experts required to put concrete projects and processes into place. In Villa Constancia, the camp Share A Dream worked with, TECHO is additionally fulfulling an important role to act as mediator between the Chileans and all the other nationalities living in this camp. Together they have constructed 20 houses and installed electricity and water in all of them. They also collaborate to organise weekly educational workshops for the camp’s children and adults.  

So if you are working or studying in the field of environment, construction, architecture or urbanism, you can volunteer at TECHO in order to help TECHO develop projects that for example provide solutions to address problems such as waste management, water problems & rain, healthcare & potable water or lack of green and community areas.

During a project, you would first visit the camps to analyse the current situation and then together with your colleagues and depending on your experience, design a project that can increase the standard of living of the people in these camps. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have an idea of how to help us, the possibilities are infinite!

This project was covered by SHARE A DREAM

For any additional information on TECHO - Antofagasta and to discover how you can contribute this project by helping from home as an expert or by donating, please visit their website. To apply for a volunteer position at TECHO -Antofagasta, please start your application on Volunteer World.

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Typical day

The offices of TECHO are in the center of Antofagasta and we are about 5-8 full-time employees that work there. You would get a workspace in our offices and participate in the daily activities of our NGO. You would assist meetings and have interesting discussions about all the other projects happening through TECHO. You would be assigned to one or more camps and visit them regularly with other TECHO volunteers to get to know the social context and analyse the current living conditions. Depending on the project you are working on, you would thus typically come to the office every week day and work with your colleagues on the project, visiting the camps (15 min drive) when needed. 

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 (basic level)
Education Requirements
Architecture, Engineering, Urbanism, Social, etc at University 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 09:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at TECHO are happy to help you.

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Free-time activities

Antofagasta is a beautiful city, situated right next to the ocean and very close to the mountain range and the desert. This exceptional location makes it a great place to do different outdoor activities such as: Surfing, Climbing, Rafting, Treks and many more.

Water Sports
Contact & Reservation
Free of charge
Free of charge
4 - 50
4 - 50
Airport Pickup

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The nearest airport is Cerro Moreno (ANF) in Antofagasta. We assist you to find cheap flights to Chile.
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