Chile is an amazing and diverse country. In the north lies the driest desert in the world: The Atacama as well as the gorgeous beaches of Bahia Inglesa. The heart of Chile holds Valparaiso, a beautiful and vibrant city filled with beautiful architecture, it is considered the artistic hub of Chile. Finally in the South, all the way down to the tip of South America itself, is Patagonia. Stunning mountains and breathtaking glaciers, it is a nature lover’s paradise. With the diversity, the beauty, the amazing volunteer programs, Chile is a place I could come for a month, and stay for a year.
Save The Wild Chinchillas
“Save the Wild Chinchillas is a conservation organization, aiming to restore essential habitat for endangered Chilean chinchillas while deterring further habitat degradation. Our main objectives are to educate and involve people worldwide in conservation, promote habitat regeneration, and create (a) knowledge base.”
Volunteers with Save the Wild Chinchillas will focus on habit restoration and observation of the chinchillas. Daily activities will include walks through the mountains to plant seedlings and observe tracks, growing plants in the nursery and camping out at night to observe the chinchillas. This is a FREE program! Accommodations are provided in a small cabin with gas stove and primitive bathroom facilities. Volunteers must buy their own food in town as well as visit the restaurants on weekends.
A mountain farm near Pucon, Chile, Campo Antilco grows their own fruits and vegetables as well as raising pigs, chicken, geese, ducks and running horse guided tours. Volunteers at Campo Antilco should be hardworking, have experience with horses and at least a basic knowledge of Spanish. The responsibilities include guiding tours, catching, grooming, saddling and caring for the horses as well as assisting with guests. Volunteers work eight hours, six days a week. Accommodation and meals are provided with the family. There are no volunteering fees but space is limited.
Ama Torres Del Paine
A conservation program centered in Torres del Paine county, Chile. Ama Torres Del Paine focuses on the Torres del Paine national park, it’s ecosystems and wildlife as well as building sustainable tourism and to contribute to scientific research relating to the park. Volunteers will help to maintain trails in the park, participate in environmental education and assist in scientifc study projects in the park such as tracking and observing pumas and condors.
Chile Inside Farm Stay
This program offers volunteers the chance to stay at a variety of farms through out Chile. Farms range from tourist ranches to plantations and everything in between. The work will vary with location but typically includes: caring for animals, riding horses/guiding tours, gardening, working in stables, and assisting with house work and daily chores. Accommodation is often in a home stay directly on the farm with meals included. Volunteers are asked to stay for a minimum of four weeks and no more than six months. A 2 month stay costs 570 dollars with 30 additional dollars for each extra month.
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