Farming Volunteer Experience in Chile
Farming Volunteer Experience in Chile
For the green-fingered volunteer, our farming experience in Chile is the perfect way to experience the rural side of this beautiful country! Here you will be helping local farmers with planting, picking, cleaning and harvesting on their farm. Learn how to grow strawberries, raspberries, as well as tomatoes, lettuce and cabbage as you immerse yourself in traditional Chilean culture. This is the perfect programme to get in touch with nature in one of the most picturesque countries on the planet!
Find your Roots in Chile’s Farming Community!
During your volunteering project, you may work on a small or a large farm – and the tasks will vary according to the season and what’s needed. However, small or large, you will undoubtedly get your hands dirty! Most villagers in Chile have devoted their lives to farming, and it’s a practice that has been passed down from generation to generation. So this is a very special programme which allows a rare insight into what it’s like to live in a rural Chilean community.
Explore Chile’s Culture, Cuisine and Friendly Communities
Chile is known for its vibrant culture and fascinating traditions, and you could easily spend your volunteering week simply getting to learn about the people here. However, there is much more to see, from the majestic mountains of the Andes, to breathtaking waterfalls and bustling cities. Of course, if you’re tired after a day of farming, you can always enjoy exploring the local area, or catching up with friends in one of our comfortable communal areas at our accommodation. The choice is all yours!
Why book our Farming Volunteer Experience in Chile?
- Work with local farmers and learn about traditional farming methods
- Immerse yourself in Chilean culture and way of life
- Plan adventures through Chile’s varied landscapes with new friends
- Learn how to cook some authentic Chilean dishes with our project cook
- Stay in our comfortable accommodation with meals and beverages* included
*tea, coffee and drinking water
The day will start with a good breakfast then you’ll be working on the farm until lunch. You’ll then return to the farm and work through until dinner. After this, your time will be your own to socialise, relax or investigate your surroundings etc.
You can expect to be working between four to five hours a day in the morning and afternoons. Each day your tasks will vary according to what needs done on your project, but you will not be asked to do anything outwith your ability. Support and guidance are provided by our project coordinator, so if you have any questions, just ask!
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to get used to your new surroundings and local culture. Your programme will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Chilean Do’s and Don’ts, Chilean Culture Lessons and Spanish language Classes.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Village Walking Tour.
Monday to Friday
- Farming Volunteer Experience 2-3 hours
- Farming Volunteer Experience 2-3 hours
Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings and Weekends
Your free time is yours to do as you wish. Freel free to head off exploring further afield, or simply hang back with other volunteers at our accommodation.
Places to Visit
There are a lot of things for you to do over the weekends or on your free days. You can explore some amazing waterfalls, or even make your way to the Andes, hire some skis and hit the snow. Since the Andean Mountains are not that far away from Coihueco, it’s also the perfect trip to take over the weekend.
If you don’t feel like skiing, there are plenty of great trekking routes to take in the beautiful scenery around you. Further, you’ll find national parks and hot springs close to Coihueco for you to explore.
And if you want to travel further afield, why not visit Santiago, Chile’s capital, over the weekend? It usually takes about 6 hours by mini-van or bus from Coihueco and is a great way to see the country!
You will be located in the outskirts of Coihueco, an interesting town 400 km South of Chile’s capital, and known for its wood carvings and loom weaving as well as their Festival of Creole Roots, which revives many folkloric traditions!
About the Accommodation
Your new home will be in a dormitory (1-4 people per room) at a local school in Coihueco, central Chile. Here you will find great communal areas where you can hang out with fellow volunteers, or call home with the free Wifi.
Please note that during the school holidays December – March) and (Jun – Jul), the school dormitory will be closed. Therefore, your accommodation will be at a nearby home having access to the same amenities and food arrangements.
All the meals served inside the accommodation will be typically Chilean, including rice dishes, potatoes, beans, meat, sandwiches and vegetables. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long, so if you’re a coffee fiend, don’t panic!
There are ATMs, a bank, restaurants and even a mini-mall in the local village all located 10 minutes away by foot.
Trip Country Info
Currency: Peso (CLP)
Time zone: UTC -3 & -5
Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge with more than 6000 kilometre of Pacific Ocean coastline. Bordered by Peru in the north, Bolivia in the north-east and Argentina in the east. Today, Chile is one of South America’s most stable and healthy nations.
Chile has something for everyone. Go skiing in the Andes, surf big waves in the Pacific Ocean or go on a nice trek to one of the world’s largest volcanoes. In this diverse country you can also find, Algarobbo City, the biggest pool in the world and the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, where it has never rained before. Here you will also find amazingly cute penguins and other wildlife.
Chile’s climate varies from region to region due to the country’s long and narrow shape. Hot temperatures are rare except for in the north-central, at a certain distance from the sea. Best time to go here would be in the summer. Summer runs from December to January and winter from June to August. There’s a dry desert climate in the north with a maximum temperature of 32°C during the summer, and that can easily drop just below 0°C in the winter.
The central region of Chile has a Mediterranean feel with with it’s warm, dry summers, cool, wet winter and a wet season between May and August. However the influence of the sea makes the summer a bit cool, with temperatures around 20°C. The sea heats up Chile here during the winter, with an average temperature of 12°C.
Southern Chile has a cool climate that is highly affected by the ocean. The winter is rainy, as well as the summer. Westerly facing winds here, blow constantly and the temperature is colder than the rest of the country. Temperatures usually vary between 16°C to 20°C during summer and 5°C to 10°C in the winter.
The Chilean culture is a mix between elements from the spanish colonial time and the indigenous people, mostly Mapuche, which were the first people in Chile. Today they make up about 9 % of the total population. The national flag and the national anthem are today the most important symbols for the country, The national holiday on the 18th of September, celebrates their declaration of independence from Spain, in 1810. During this day they visit fondas (traditional palm-roofed shelters, dance their national dance “Cueca”, drink Chilean red wine and eat empanadas, which are meat pastries.
Chile is the most modern country in Latin America and has a relatively low level of poverty. However, they still constantly think and act in terms of traditional class divisions. Upper, middle and lower classes, living largely isolated from each other in their own neighbourhoods. Entrance to university is based on the points obtained after a single national academic test. Getting an academical degree or a good job does not automatically guarantee social acceptance among the middle and upper classes.
Football is the most famous sport in the country, no matter the status of your socioeconomic background. Rodeo is the second most famous sport here, with two riders and horses on each team, the goal is to stop the calf and pin him up against gigantic cushions. However skiing in the Andean Mountains or surfing in the Pacific Ocean is pretty common as well. In the south basketball is a common sport as it can be played all year around.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance