Trip Details

Renovation and Construction Experience Coihueco

Are you a hard-working handy person? Then you are just what we need on this Renovation and Construction Experience in Coihueco, Chili! Work with the TRU team as you help with renovation and light construction for communal areas such as schools, churches, clinics, healthcare and community centres. This programme is the perfect way to give something back to the community, whilst enjoying exploring Chile’s wonderful natural landmarks and fascinating history!

Work with a great Team to Improve Coihueco’s Community!

During your project, you will be kept busy! Work may include repairing chairs, tables, toilets, building walls, repairing roofs, tiling, painting or even gardening. What many of our volunteers love about this project is the total immersion in the local culture as you work directly with the Coiheuco community, helping them to create a better environment for generations to come. Importantly, we have to say, this can be a challenging project and is not for the faint-hearted! However, you will have plenty of free time and breaks and you will simply be expected to do what you can, so you will always be working at a level that you can handle!

Mountains, Waterfalls and Cities await You in Chile!

Once you’ve finished helping the community, you will want to see more of what Chile has to offer! Quite aside from the fascinating cultural spots, you can also find some amazing waterfalls, or hire some skis and enjoy the snow. Since the Andean Mountains are not too far from Coihueco, it’s a perfect place to visit over the weekend and is often the final trip that many of our volunteers make before they head back home! Of course, you can also choose to hang back through the week and relax with friends in our comfortable accommodation, sharing your stories of the day!

Why book our Renovation and Construction Experience Coihueco

  • Work with a local team, rebuilding important facilities for the community
  • Learn new techniques in construction and renovation – great skills to take home!
  • Enjoy being part of the Chilean culture, and get to know fellow volunteers
  • Stay in our comfortable accommodation with communal areas and free Wifi
  • Discover Chilean cuisine and enjoy free meals and beverages* included

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

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.
  • Lunch
  • Village Walking Tour.

Daily Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Renovation and Construction Experience 2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Renovation and Construction Experience 2-3 hours
  • Dinner

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!

Trip Accommodation

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.

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

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18, Parental Consent
Sturdy Boots/Shoes
Work Gloves

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Departures/ drop offs
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa