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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Chile

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Chile


We have a handful more projects to check out and add here but whether you want to work with children or rodent like things Chile already has the volunteering bases covered.


Grassroots Volunteering in Chile

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

English Open Doors Program

The English Opens Doors Program is supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme - Chile. The Programme works to improve English language education throughout the Chilean public school system by providing teacher training, instructional materials, language competitions, English immersion camps, and study abroad scholarships for university students.

The National Volunteer Center recruits native English speakers to come to Chile and work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms. Volunteers teach and encourage the study of English while living with Chilean host families and interacting with members of the local community. Visit the sites for application deadlines and start dates.

Volunteer requirements are as follows:
* Be a native or near-native English speaker.
* Have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and be between 21 and 35 years old.
* Be mentally and physically capable of teaching children.
* Have experience living or travelling in another country.
* Have an interest in Chilean culture and living in a developing country.
* Be highly committed, responsible, and flexible.
* Have access to sufficient funds in order to cover personal expenditures throughout the duration of the programme.

Where: Volunteers are placed in locations throughout Chile.
Accommodation & Costs: The English Opens Doors Program both is fee free and comes with numerous benefits for participating including accommodations and meals with a host family, incountry health insurance and transport, and a monthly stipend.

Volunteering in Chile


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Save the Wild Chinchillas

Cute big eared rodent like things are in need of your help. Save the Wild Chinchillas is trying to prevent these endangered animals becoming extinct through a mixture of education and promoting awareness, protecting the land and creating sustainable preserves.

Where: The field station is in Aucó, Choapa Province, Coquimbo Region.
Accommodation & Costs: The field station in Aucó is a wooden cabin 6 x 3 meters with a roof. A small two burner gas stove, an old teakettle, other miscellaneous kitchen wear, candles, odd field equipment are available in the cabin. A small stream outside provides water. Bring a water filter pump, if you like. Volunteers should be self funding but otherwise are not expected to pay any fees.


Help Exchange Networks in Chile

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Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Chile

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Volunteer Experiences*

Volunteering! Putting the Santa in Santiago - The Flying Gypset volunteered over Christmas at a home for the homeless.
Wwoofing in Olmué, Chile - Rosie and Jon spent two weeks volunteering on a small farm in the mountain village outside of Santiago.


* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

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