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Working and volunteering


Experienced outdoor guides may be able to exchange labor for accommodations during the busy high season, if you can stick out the entire season. Language schools often place students in volunteer work as well. At Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, volunteers can help with trail maintenance, biological studies or an animal census. Spanish-language skills are always a plus.


It's increasingly difficult to obtain residence and work permits for Chile. Consequently, many foreigners do not bother to do so, but the most reputable employers will insist on the proper visa. If you need one, go to the Departamento de Extranjería.

In Santiago, many youth hostels offer work, an offer usually stated on their websites. Contact Chile lists internship opportunities online; they are mainly in the service sector. It is not unusual for visiting travelers to work as English-language instructors in Santiago and other cities. In general, pay is hourly and full-time employment is hard to come by without a commitment to stay for some time.

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