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Farming Experience in Chile

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    Overview

    In this program, you will work alongside local farmers and help them with their daily routine. Your tasks might include planting and watering the crops, cleaning the farm, picking fruits and vegetables depending on what is needed at the time. Many farms have a wide variety crops, and several projects ongoing at any time, so be ready and willing to get your hands dirty!

    In Coihueco, for example, they grow fruits like strawberries, raspberries, plums, apples, and vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce and cabbage. Others may focus on crops like potatoes, corn or flowers. Most villagers in this region of Chile have devoted their lives to farming, as it is a practice which has been passed down from generation to generation. Local villagers have learned to sustain themselves and even thrive, by living off the land, eating from what they have grown and supplementing with other basic items.

    Objectives

    • Help the local villagers work their farms and promote cultural exchange
    • Increase your knowledge of local Chilean-life and farming methods
    • Assist the local farming effort with an “extra hands” on approach

    Impact

    Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.

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    25 trees will be planted on your behalf for every experience purchased, via our partnership with One Tree Planted.

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    1% of gross sales will be donated to 1% for the Planet-approved charities via our partnership with 1% for the Planet.

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    Location

    Coihueco, Chile

    You will be located in the outskirts of Coihueco, an interesting town 400 km South of Chile’s capital, Santiago. Coihueco is both a Chilean commune, and a city, in Ñuble Province, Biobío Region. The commune borders Argentina on the east and the provincial capital, Chillán, on the west.

    Coihueco is known for their wood carvings and loom weaving, as well as their Festival of Creole Roots, which revives many folkloric traditions!

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    Itinerary

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      Saturday/Sunday - Arrival
      Arrive on Saturday or Sunday well before a meeting point time. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.
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      Monday to Friday

      Breakfast Working on the farm Lunch Working on the farm Dinner

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      Saturday - Departure

      Leave the accommodation Saturday morning. Buses depart close by every 1-2 hours to Concepción bus station. Change here for bus to the Airport - Total 3.5 hours with the earliest flight departures on Saturday evening.

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    Inclusions

    • Shared Accomodation
    • All meals included
    • Free beverages
    • Wifi in public areas
    • Arrival Transfer
    • Departure Transfer
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    Options

    • Extra night accomodation (before experience)$60
    • Extra night accomodation (after experience)$60
    • Pick-ups outside of the regular pickup window$60
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    More Information

    Requirements

    • minimum age18
    • minimum english levelBasic
    • CRB RequiredOn signup
    • passport copy requiredNo
    • resume copy requiredNo
    Other Requirements
    • Modest clothing for farm work

    Food

    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.

    Accommodation

    Your new home will be in a dormitory at a local school in Coihueco, central Chile. The accommodation has a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants and use the free Wifi. During the school holidays December - March) and (Jun - Jul), the school dormitory will be closed so your new accommodation will be at a nearby home having access to the same amenities and food arrangements.

    Cancellation Policy

    Bookings can be amended and cancelled 30 days before the program start date without any costs. Bookings that are cancelled less than 30 days before the program start date will be charged the first week of the booking.

Farming Experience

CategoryVolunteering
Stylebackpacker
AvailabilityOpen
Price per person$470/week
Minimum Duration1 week

Contact us for availability and further information.

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