Chile Program Details

Volunteer Project Area

Please see the projects in Chile here. Prior to departure, you will work with a Program Coordinator to determine the project which best matches your skills and interests with the needs of the host community.

Accommodation and Food

You will stay with a family in Santiago where you will receive 3 delicious Chilean meals per day. The families are always very friendly and excited to teach you about the culture of Chile! You will receive more details about your host family prior to departure.

Insurance, Health and Safety

United Planet provides emergency medical insurance for all of its Short Term volunteers. You receive policy information by email prior to departure, and also the emergency number to call if you are treated for any medical issues.  Insurance also covers baggage loss up to $500 and trip interruption due to extraordinary circumstances.* Upon sign up you will also receive a full guide to health and safety in your country. We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment a few months out to update your vaccinations, etc. or visiting a travel health clinic. Your doctor can recommend the appropriate vaccinations and travel medicine. Please see the Health and Safety page for more information.

Transportation and Flights

United Planet arranges all airport transfers and will ensure that you arrive safely to your host family in Santiago. Public transportation to/from your project is cheap and easy with Santiago’s public transportation system. Daily commuting costs are covered by volunteers.

Start Dates

Programs start each Sunday of the month.

Please note that programs will be closed for arrivals on January 11th and 18th, 2015. Programs will re-open on January 25, 2015.

It’s not all about hard work in Chile! Soak up some culture and history as well: While you’ll be volunteering on average between 20 and 30 hours a week, we also think it’s important that our volunteers relax and learn about their host community. All Short-Term Chile Quests include a walking tour of historic downtown Santiago as well as a tour to Viña del Mar and the  Port of Valparaiso. You may even get the chance to go up into  the Andes Mountains, or  take a wine tour and sample Chilean Wines.

What’s Included:

  • Pre-departure training
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation with host families
  • Meals
  • Tour of Santiago and port towns of Vina del Mar and Valpariso
  • Cultural Activities such as salsa and cooking classes
  • Excursions such as vineyard tour or hiking in the Andes Mountains (depending on length of stay)
  • Full Coordination while in Santiago
  • English speaking guides on excursions
  • Orientation to local culture and programs with Welcome lunch
  • Basic materials needed for your volunteer activities

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Vaccination fees
  • Local transportation
  • Visa fees 

Dependent children under age 18 (including the children of divorced parents) who are traveling alone, with one parent, or in someone else's custody, may need to present a notarized document certifying that both parents agree to their travel before the child will be allowed to exit Chile. This document must be notarized before a Chilean consular officer in the United States. Please discuss this process with your nearest Chilean Consulate or Embassy. For more information you can also contact the US State Department.

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Couples: receive 10% off of 1 full Quest fee
Referrals: Introduce someone who signs up for a Quest program and you will receive a 10% discount!

Optional Spanish Language Classes

Rusty on your Spanish? You can add 10 private Spanish Language sessions to your Quest.  This is a great way to enhance your Spanish conversation skills and it will allow you to communicate better with your host family and project.

Includes: Ten 90-minute private sessions at a Language Institute in Santiago.  You can schedule these sessions at your convenience, usually in the afternoons after work at your volunteer project.
There is an additional charge for the Spanish Language Classes on top of the Program Fee for your Quest:  $320

Why Pay to Volunteer

Learn how your program fee is spent.

Still have Questions?

Please call one of our friendly Quest Coordinators at 1-800.292.2316 or Request Info here!