Teach children in Patagonia, Chile
Program duration is 12 weeks, extra 4 weeks cost £310.
Longer and shorter stays possible.
Description of Teach children in Patagonia, Chile
This is the perfect project for people who are looking for a trip with a difference. Join a group and experience Chilean culture first-hand. Live with a local family and volunteer, teaching English to local children in Patagonia.
Your base will be Coyhaique at the heart of Patagonia, surrounded by pristine mountains and lakes.
What will I be doing?
We arrange a 3 day cultural orientation course and induction program on arrival. This includes a rafting trip, treks and cooking classes, plus much more.
After this, you will be placed with a friendly Chilean family. Families are fully vetted and love hosting volunteers. The experience of living with a host family is fantastic for your Spanish.
You will then start work as a volunteer in one of our selected primary and secondary schools, where you will help teach English. Don’t worry if you haven’t taught before, as we’ll give you plenty of tips before you depart. If you’re enthusiastic, resourceful and passionate about working with children - you will be fantastic!
You will work alongside a local teacher so even when you are leading lessons you will never be left unsupervised. It doesn’t stop with the classroom. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in extra curricular clubs, such as sport, drama or dance. Take the initiative and see what you can contribute. You’ll get to know the kids better and have lots more fun.
Every week, you will receive a Spanish lesson to help you to improve your language.
You will live within easy reach of the other volunteers and can all meet up during your time off. There’s plenty to do in town, or you can go mountain biking, kayaking and horse riding. Our local rep has years of experience running expeditions and will provide you with more information.
Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Group trips available in March and September each year.
We have strict policies in place when it comes to working with children overseas. We thoroughly check out the projects that we work with to make sure that there are clear policies in place. We also assess the suitability of our volunteers through a phone interview to make sure they are motivated but also up to the challenge physically and mentally. All volunteers must volunteer for a minimum of 4 weeks. A police check will be required.
Our company takes an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products.
Responsible tourism is in action on this trip. This program employs locals host families and ensures them a fair wage. All representatives and guides have excellent indigenous knowledge and treat the area with respect. They will teach the volunteers about their local traditions, food and culture.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleMeeting local needs
The whole project is geared towards helping the local community. Teaching English to children will significantly improve their job prospects. In addition, past volunteers have helped build classrooms and educate local street children. The project also helps the local economy. Participants stay with host families, boosting their income, as well as spending money locally. We have been running this project for 10 years and have long-standing relationships with local people. This means we can ensure volunteers make a real contribution.
Our programs are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this challenge – a sense of achievement, broader horizons and some wonderful memories. But we make sure that local people benefit too.
Our pre-departure advice on My Oyster includes a dedicated entitled ‘Responsible Tourism’ where we discuss cultural differences and sensitivities as well as advising volunteers on appropriate conduct. There is also a full induction course on arrival, including a cultural orientation, so that participants can become part of the community.