Chile’s striking natural wonders, its rich cultural history, friendly people and stable government make it an ideal place to visit and volunteer! Although Chile boasts one of the most stable economies in South America, Chile suffers from one of the most uneven distributions of wealth in the world. There are estimates that almost 60% of Chileans live near or below poverty levels, with almost 3 million living in extreme poverty. ABV Volunteer project focus on supporting the children of Chile, at a very large orphanage and in several schools in La Serena.
La Serena is Chile’s second-oldest town and maintains its Spanish neo-colonial style seen throughout the neighborhoods and downtown. The city is dotted with beautiful green gardens, 30 churches, a romantic avenue of replica classical Italian statues and elegant colonial buildings. La Serena is a located about 250 miles north of the Chilean capital of Santiago (an hour flight or 6 hour overnight bus journey) From here you can reach the Elqui Valley, famous for producing “Pisco”, (the traditional drink of choice in the Andes), and for being one of the world’s major astronomical centers due to its clear skies (Tololo, Campanas and Silla Observatories)
Year round, customized programs, you choose the arrival day. Local coordinator and safe/reliable host families.
OVERVIEW Project length: From 1 week to 8 weeks Arrival airport: La Serena (LSC) Work schedule: Monday to Friday 7 to 8 hours per day Requirements: intermediate/basic Spanish or Spanish Immersion Lessons while in country and Police Check/Clearance report Age limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers. Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents. Airlines: Lan Chile, American, United, Delta, Iberia, Avianca Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov INCLUSIONS Accommodation: Host Family Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff Orientation: Project Overview and City Tour/Orientation Support: Pre-departure helpdesk, Local Coordinator and 24hr emergency support Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer NOT INCLUDED: Flights to Chile. Visas and/or entry-exit fees. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet
What We Will Do
Teaching Education Spanish Immersion Lessons Orphanages Assistance Elderly Care Center