Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Chile: Sustainable Farming Experience

Coihueco, Chile

Description

Location: Coihueco, Chile

Duration: Minimum 1 week

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €375 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Help local farmers maintain their farms
  • A rare hands-on experience not many people get to have
  • Learn how to sustain yourself through farming experience
  • Keywords: Farming experience, Chile farming, farming in Chile, sustainable living
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Introduction

In this unique placement, you’ll be helping local farmers in the beautiful Chile countryside. Helping them with their daily routine, this active placement is ideal for those looking to make a difference in the world.

Based in Coihueco, the farms you will be working on could be big or small, depending upon where your efforts are needed most. The majority of villagers in the area grow vegetables, flowers and fruits and you will be helping to plant, pick, clean and harvest them. It is also worth keeping in mind that some farms focus on more than just one type of produce, so you could need to help take care of numerous plants and crops.

Your tasks will vary depending upon the type of farm you’re based on. Some farms specialise in fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, apples and plums. Others focus on crops or vegetables such as potatoes, cabbages and lettuce. So, your tasks may include cleaning the farm, watering the crops and picking fruits and vegetables.

As you work alongside the local farmers, you’ll see just how well they’ve managed to develop a sustainable lifestyle. They literally live off the land, eating the foods they have grown themselves and supplementing them only with a few basic items. This gives you the opportunity to learn from your experience and develop your own sustainable lifestyle when you get back home if you desire.

As the placement is very hands-on, it would suit those who are generally fit and healthy and who aren’t afraid of hard work. You will also need to enjoy being outdoors.

Daily Life

You will be working Monday through until Friday, helping local farmers with their daily tasks. After having a delicious breakfast, you’ll start work on the farm until lunch. Then, after lunch, you will get back to work right through until dinner time.

Although the schedule is the same throughout the week, your daily tasks will differ. You may not be working on the same farm all week either; it all depends upon where your efforts are needed most during the time of the placement. This gives you a varied placement, giving you the chance to learn more about different types of farming.

Many farms have numerous types of crops, vegetables and fruits to tend to. This means you really need to be prepared to get your hands dirty. It will be hard work, but extremely rewarding.

As you finish in time for dinner, you also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. This enables you to fully immerse yourself within the local Chile community. You can spend your time making new life-long friends, or simply relaxing after a hard day’s work.

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Travel and Accommodation

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up from the airport, before being taken to your accommodation.

You will be staying in shared accommodation of  up to 4 people per room. All bed linen, mosquito nets and a fan will be provided. Your room is lockable and there is free wifi in the public areas.

All 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.

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 enjoy the snow. Since the Andean Mountains are not that far away from Coihueco, it’s a perfect trip to take over the weekend.

If you don’t feel like jumping on the the skis, you can trek and enjoy the beautiful environment around you. There are also national parks and hot springs close to Coihueco for you to explore.

You can also choose to travel to Santiago, Chile’s capital, over the weekend. It usually takes about 6 hours by mini-van or bus from Coihueco.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for farming
  • Not afraid to get your hands dirty!
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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Costs

€375 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate