Environmental Protection on Easter Island

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Program Facts
CL-WN105
Chile
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

CL-WN105

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Nature Protection

Place

Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. Approximately a 5 hour flight from Santiago de Chile

Volunteer Responsibilities

Collection, treatment and recording of plant seeds, Work with germs and seedlings, Preservation of local seeds and plants, Reforestation, Supervision and recording of forest and plant stocks, Support in the environmental education, Supervision of tourists, Organization and realization of events about reforestation for students and tourists
Please note: these tasks can vary and depend on the age, knowledges, and skills of the participant

Work Hours

The working hours will be set flexibly. Usually volunteers work 5 days per week

Program Start Date

All year through, on every weekday

Duration

Minimum 2 months, maximum 6 months

Minimum Age

Minimum 20 years, maximum 50 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Also book your Spanish course in Chile with us.

Skills

Besides language requirements, there are no other special skills necessary. If you are interested in reforestation and want to discover the world of plants and trees more in detail, this project is perfect for you!

Accommodation

The project does not have a volunteer house. South America Inside will help you with the reservation of an accommodation on the Easter Island.

Food

Not included

Location

The volunteer project is located at the edge of the island capital, Hanga Roa.

Climate

Subtropical climate (average temperature 21° Celsius, 70° Fahrenheit)

Vaccinations

No special vaccinations required. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

Depends on the accommodation but in general there is internet connection available. Additionally, there are internet cafés in Hanga Roa.

Additional Information

The Easter Island is located approximately 3.500 km away from the Chilean mainland and can only be reached by plane from Santiago de Chile.

In-country Support

The introduction and supervision is organized by local employees, which mostly are local island residents.

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Packing List

Comfortable work clothes, solid shoes, sandals, insect spray, sun, and rain protection.

Application

Application possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice
(Download Registration Form)

Insurance

Travel Health Insurance mandatory


*We would like to point out that in Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

Easter Island (Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is one of the most remote places on earth. It is approximately a 5-hour flight away from Santiago de Chile, the same distance as Tahiti on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. In between mainland Chile and the island, there is nothing but the ocean! Easter Island is a place of magical attraction because of its mysterious history. Until today, the origin of the Moai, the massive stone sculptures that are spread all over the island, is still not clear. Although residents of the island have their own native language and are called Rapa Nui in their local language, the official language of the island is Spanish since it belongs to Chile. The island has less than 6,000 residents and encompasses an area of 160 square kilometers (62 square miles). In addition, UNESCO realized the uniqueness of the Easter Island and declared it part of the world cultural heritage.

This volunteer program takes place on a 1,100 square meter (12,000 square foot) territory, which is located close to the island’s capital of Hanga Roa. The national forestry authorities, which are a part of the environmental ministry, supervise the volunteer program on Easter Island. Over the past centuries, Easter Island has suffered from massive logging and destruction of local plants. The primary goal of the forestry authorities is to concentrate on the reforestation and reintroduction of endemic plants. Through the lost protection of trees, there are vast territories that have been left infertile, since wind, water, and sun affect them daily. This means that simply planting new plants is not enough and is why the authorities concentrate on the research and breeding of local flora. Diverse local flowers, plants, and seeds are being grown under controlled conditions in a laboratory and on a plantation, which also contribute to the reforestation process on Easter Island. These bred seeds will be planted in the affected territories in order to boost the growth of a new forest. In the laboratories, there is proper research being conducted in order to examine the difficulties of germination and procreation of endangered local plants in order to ensure their survival. This is very important because Easter Island has less than 30 local plants, making it the least species rich island in the South Pacific.

Where there is healthy flora, there is also a better chance of animal survival. The project is also interested in the reintroduction and protection of local animals. Educating the population and tourists is also among the important tasks carried out in order to foster sustainable togetherness.

As a volunteer for this public project, you will dive into the everyday work, which aims to support the preservation and reforestation of Easter Island. You will also have the chance to gain knowledge about the history, culture, nature, and people around you. You will support local employees with the development and accomplishment of daily tasks. Depending on your skills and the duration of your stay, you can actively participate in environmental workshops, supervision of tourists, surveillance of the flora, reforestation, the administration of the territory, and other interesting tasks.

Volunteer work in this project gives you the chance to stay in one of the world’s most mystical places and understand the environmental problems of Easter Island. Further, you can contribute to giving the island its identity back regarding cultural and natural heritage.

There are no accommodation facilities for volunteers on the project site. Volunteers live in the capital of Easter Island, Hanga Roa, which is not far away from the project. This enables you to dive into the island’s lifestyle and experience how the Rapa Nui live. Thanks to the very open and friendly behavior of the island’s residents, it will be easy for you to make new acquaintances and form lasting friendships. You also have the chance to get to know the very traditional cuisine, which is dominated by fresh seafood. Outside of your working hours, you will have enough time to explore the treasures of the island. As a volunteer on Easter Island, you have the unique opportunity to get to know the island in a manner that most tourists will not experience.

Volunteer work on Easter Island includes:
  Professional consultations prior to your travel to Chile
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  English-speaking in-country support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Accommodation placement (rent not included)
  Informative manual about your stay in Chile
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels

Our Prices:

Program / duration

up to
2 months

up to
3 months

up to
4 months

up to
5 months

up to
6 months

Volunteer Placement

395 USD

435 USD

475 USD

515 USD

555 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added.

 

Optional:

Travel health    insurance 

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