Want to go to the end of the world? You might explore the Antarctic with its glaciers, the botanic wonderland of the Juan Fernandez Islands, or Easter Island with its famous giant statues, the Moais. Learn more about Chile.
Summer Volunteer Program
YFU is excited to announce a new summer volunteer opportunity for students ages 18-23! Travel to Chile for a three month stay with an indigenous family in Chile's southern region, referred to as the 9th Region. Participate in agricultural volunteer activities such as animal husbandry, beekeeping, and other activities. You'll also have the chance to take part in community cultural classes, where you will learn about and practice Chilean traditions such as Mapundugan dance, Chilean cooking techniques, and music. Basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not required. This program is a great way to gain valuable volunteer experience, all while immersing yourself in the beauty and tradition of Chilean culture!
During your time in Chile, you will live with a host family and attend a local school. Part of your exchange experience will be:
School: Most students attend private schools and are placed in the third year of high school studies. Courses at any type of schools are generally compulsory so you will not have the option of choosing classes. Students will study Spanish, math, history, science, music, art and physical education.
Orientations: Students on the year and semester program are required to attend a National Pre-Departure Orientation prior to departure. This is a mandatory orientation that is included in the program tuition. You will have an arrival, a mid-year, and a re-entry orientation during your time in Chile. During these orientations you will meet with other students from all over the world who have chosen to study abroad in Chile with YFU!
Optional Excursions: There may be educational excursions and sightseeing trips during your stay in Chile, including a 10 day trip in April and a trip to the South of Chile. These are optional and involve an additional fee to be paid upon arrival on program.
Additional Costs: YFU will pay for registration and tuition fees for enrollment in school, but students must cover the costs of books, uniforms and activities fees (approx. $200), and transportation (approx. $100 per month). Personal spending money of approximately $200 per month is recommended. If you struggle with the language, you may be asked to participate in an intensive Spanish language course at an additional cost of $500.
Visa Information: The visa process for students going to Chile is complicated and may involve multiple trips to a consulate. While students are on the exchange program in Chile, their parents may be required to visit the consulate again to obtain additional visa documents. Students requiring a visa may need to initiate an FBI background check as part of the visa application process. This background check can take 12 weeks or more to complete, so it is recommended that students initiate this process as soon as possible. Please visit the Embassy of Chile webpage and find the consulate that has jurisdiction over your state for more information. Beginning in July 2014, the Chilean Government now requires that all foreign students under the age of 18 bring a copy of their birth certificate translated to Spanish and legalized in the Chilean consulate. This document is in addition to the natural parent authorization to leave Chile which also must be legalized at the Chilean Consulate.
Important Information: Students who do not meet the language requirement of basic knowledge of Spanish must take an intensive Spanish language course upon arrival at an additional cost of around $500. Motivation and willingness to learn the language is essential.
The application deadline for all 2015 winter/spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1, 2014. The deadline for all 2015 summer/fall departure programs (June-September) is April 1, 2015. All students applying for scholarships can find scholarship deadline information on individual scholarship pages. Due to the large volume of applications, programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!