Volunteer in the Chilean capital city of Santiago. Choose to work on projects supporting children, care for animal or help preserve the environment. Participate in an invaluable cultural exchange and take away unexpected insights and lessons learned. Enjoy seeing the city of Santiago on a bike tour and the picturesque coastal town of Valparaiso on a walking tour.
Arrive into Chile`s captial Santiago
Airport Pick-Up (Thursday)
Today you will be picked up at the Santiago airport and transferred to your accommodation in Santiago. Get settled in and then enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
Overnight in Santiago.
Santiago Bike Tour (B)
Peddle through Santiago`s distinctive and vibrant neighborhoods with a local guide today on a fun bicycle city tour. Choose to take the morning or afternoon bike tours to learn about the country`s history through the eyes and ears of a local. Fully experience Santiago`s vivid personality on bicycle by riding through the lively streets, markets and plazas of the city center.
MORNING BIKE TOUR - The Local Way of Life & La Chimba Tour (9:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Join us for a hands-on exploration of Santiago`s bustling personality by riding through the city center, fresh fruit, vegetable and seafood markets and learning about the history of the country through the eyes and ears of a local. Visit the Patronato neighborhood and make stops in the Korean and Middle Eastern districts. Continue to La Vega fruit and vegetable market where you can buy a refreshing snack, then continue on to the seafood market for great photo opportunities of freshly caught salmon and shrimp. Learn about Chile`s rich cultural and religious history from the graffiti murals in town and explore the city center of Santiago by touring the Mapocho Train Terminal, Plaza de Armas Square and the Museum of Fine Arts. Take a peek into historical Chilean monuments at San Cristobal Hill, the Metropolitan Park and Pablo Neruda`s house.
AFTERNOON BIKE TOUR - Parks & Politics Tour (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm)
We begin with a gentle ride through Santiago´s parks chatting about Chilean culture, education and immigration before diving into the hustle and bustle of downtown to explore General Pinochet´s notorious 1973 political coup and its repercussions. Using Santiago’s beautiful green spaces and lively city center, this tour will show you what an important regional and international political player Chile has been since its independence in 1810. Explore the Providencia neighborhood with stops at Balmaceda Park, Bustamante Park and an early 20th century aristocratic neighborhood. Continue to discover the Santiago city center by making stops at Plaza Italia, the former United States Embassy, the Diego Portales building, the Lastarria Neighborhood, the Presidential Palace and the Paris-London neighborhood. This intriguing city tour is a spectacular way to get to know the history of the city and ride through some of the most picturesque neighborhoods in town.
Then return to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Santiago.
Santiago Free Day (B)
Enjoy a free day to see the sites around town on your own. Go out for a delicious Chilean lunch and do some souvenir shopping at the market. Make the most of your day as you wish! Overnight in Santiago.
Santiago Accommodation to Volunteer Homestay (B/D)
Today you will be transferred to the Volunteer Homestay where you will be welcomed by your hosts and get settled in. Make yourself at home and get acquainted with your new family. Overnight on project.
Volunteer Project (5B/5D)
(Monday to Friday)
After having breakfast at your homestay accommodation, make your own way to the volunteer office today by public transportation at 9:00 am to receive a briefing about the volunteer project. Then you will be taken to your project to begin the volunteer work that you will undertake for the next 5 days.
A typical day of volunteering will be as follows, but timing of the activities might change depending on the project chosen and other needs:
• 8:30 - Breakfast at homestay accommodation
• 9:00 - Travel to the volunteer project by public transportation (travel time can be in between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on homestay and project location)
• 10:00 - Volunteering
• 13:30 - Lunch (not included)
• 14:30 - Volunteering
• 17:30 - Return to homestay
• 19:30 - Dinner at homestay accommodation
Volunteer Projects (Depending on time of year and needs):
Help Children in Need: You will be doing activities with local children from poor areas of Santiago, from playing, to painting, singing, teaching basic things, feeding, doing sports, analysing behaviours, supervising activities, and simple and basic caring and spending time with them.
Street Cats & Dogs Rescue: You will be working in an animal rescue centre in Santiago. Your duties will be walking, playing, feeding and caring for animals, helping the veterinary staff, helping in adopting campaigns, cleaning cages and enclosures, and also helping in case of emergency animal rescue.
Environment (September to April Only): You will be working in the Santiago area, helping in activities such as planting, watering, cleaning parks and forests, collecting garbage, and working in greenhouses.
Please be advised that you need to present an up to date Background / Police Check before arrival in order to participate in this volunteering project!
Transfer to Santiago Bus Station & Bus Santiago - Valparaiso (B)
Enjoy one last breakfast at your homestay, before packing up your belongings and saying goodbye to your host family. Take a transfer to the Santiago bus station where you will connect with your bus to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Valparaiso. Get settled in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Valparaiso.
Valparaiso City Walking Tour (B)
Take a walking tour of the Valparaiso today with a knowledgeable local guide to learn the history and intriguing stories about this picturesque town, famous for its bohemian culture, brightly coloured houses, street art, and beautiful seaside views. Relax in the evening with free time to go out for dinner on your own or explore some of the city’s nightlife. Overnight in Valparaiso.
Valparaiso Free Day (B)
Enjoy a day of relaxing or optional activities and sightseeing in Valparaiso on your own.
Overnight in Valparaiso.
Bus Valparaiso - Santiago (B)
Say goodbye to the pretty town of Valparaiso today as you take a bus back to Santiago for your last night on tour. Go out to a Santiago nightclub and party until the wee hours on your own if you’re keen.
Overnight in Santiago.
End of Trip (B)
Today your trip will come to an end as you check out of your accommodation. If you are flying out of Santiago on this day, you can book an optional Airport Drop-off (not included). We wish you safe travels!
* Please Note: During your volunteering you will likely be grouped with other volunteers, but the rest of the trip will be self-guided, joining with small groups for tours.
13 Nights Accommodation: 4N in Santiago Hostel, 6N in Santiago Homestay & 3N in Valparaiso Hostel
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Trip Name: Chile Voluntour
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: $1,995
Supplier Tour ID: SCLVOL/208729
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