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Volunteer in Chile

Chile’s recent history has been dominated with extremes of political and economic upheaval. Though it now appears to be one of the fastest growing economies in the region, there are still more than three million Chileans living in poverty.

Volunteer opportunities are available in different fields and geographical areas of the country. Work with abandoned and abused children in Malloco town (1 hr. west of Santiago city) or in Temuco city in Chile’s South. Help develop CONAF’s ( TheNational Forest Conservancy) goals to promote and implement environmental awareness policies at a national park - a world biosphere reserve - in central Chile. Teach in rural schools around Mapuche communities in southern Chile.

Volunteering in Chile is an open invitation to rediscover and get to know yourself while learning from local culture and people. Improve your Spanish language skills and admire a country of breathtaking natural beauties and extremes.

What one volunteer from Germany stated after her stay in Chile:

"The time in Chile impacts my life a lot. I decided to study Geography to learn more about other countries, cultures and world problems. Besides my study I am participating in workshops of Experiment e.V. to prepare future volunteers for their stay abroad. By telling others about my experiences, feels that my project 'weltwarts' did not stop in the moment when I came back to Germany. I see myself as a multiplier, who has the chance to share experiences, doubts and gratitude about staying in a volunteer program."-Gerda, from Germany (2013)

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Chile

Requirements

Arrival

Before your arrival in Chile, you will get a detailed account of your arrival procedure that includes transfer details and code, where to go and what to do in Santiago airport, who you should meet, host family information and your schedule for the first days after arrival

Where you'll be staying

During your program you will have 2 home-stays, with different Chilean Families. Living with a Chilean family might be the highlight of your VIP program. Families are easy to please and love caring for their family members and guests. Also, family gatherings are common every day of the week. We have developed relationships with families who will try to make your home-stay meaningful. We only ask for your openness to allow bonding and mutual learning. Getting involved in daily life will help you to experience and appreciate family life in Chile.

First Part of the Program — First Home-stay

During the first 2 weeks you will live with a Chilean family in Santiago, Chile's Capital City. You will be attending an intensive 32-hour Spanish Course with indoor and outdoor Spanish lessons and assignments (4 hours a day / Monday - Thursday). You will also have volunteer project orientation sessions to talk about project related issues, culture, economy, education and travel tips. During these two weeks in Santiago, you will also have a 1 day excursion where you will probably meet other volunteers.

NOTE: If you need more time to become familiarized or fluent in Spanish, you could extend this first part of the program up to 4 weeks at an additional cost.

Second Part of the Program — Second Home-stay

For 10 weeks you will live with another family in the town/city you have chosen for your VIP project and you will begin working at the project site. Staff and all those involved will expect your best. You will also be an ambassador of your country. The impression people have of you will help the project and others who will come later. Experiment Chile - your host office - and local reps will remain in touch during the length of the program.

 

Orientation

Downtown Santiago, Chile

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred directly to your host family and will get a welcome call from a VIP Chile representative. To facilitate adjustment to a new country and to answer all your questions related to your program, you will have to attend an orientation session at EIL-VIP Chile office on the day and time set in your schedule. We will also provide you with a site orientation so you learn where you are, where your Spanish classes will take place and how to move back and forth using the local public transportation.

Program Fees 2016*

8 weeks US$ 2,495
12 weeks US$ 3,267
16 weeks US$ 3,885
24 weeks US$ 5,018

A six month program is available on request. Special VISA requirements may apply. Contact the VIP representative in your country for further information.

*Note: Published prices remain subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations. Contact your sending office.

What the program includes:

Extras (at additional cost):

What the program doesn't include:

Payment Schedule

A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee.

The balance of the program fee is required 30 days before departure.

Cancellation Policy

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