Working Holiday, Hotel Work
Pucón, Southern Chile, Lake District
Flexible start and end dates year round
Anyone who likes to get to know other cultures, feels comfortable being surrounded by evergreen nature, likes adventure, but still doesn't want to be "off the beaten path" is at the right place with this working holiday in the fancy southern Chilean holiday resort of Pucón. National and international Tourists come here all year round, especially in the Chilean summer months.
Our working holiday program in Pucón is offered by a relatively new River Lodge in the middle of nature, beautifully situated on a large river. The lodge consists of the main house with cozy guest rooms and small holiday homes ("cabañas"). The property offers large terraces at the Liucura River, extensive gardens with mountain views, a jacuzzi, sauna, BBQ area and riverside boat docks. The lodge accommodates 20 guests.
The Lodge is located 10 km from Pucón on the way to the scenic Lake Caburgua, very close to attractions such as Caburga Waterfall, Lake Villarrica and Lake Caburga, Villarrica National Park, Huerquehue National Park and other beautiful nature reserves. A variety of activities and guided tours such as sport fishing, trekking, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, hot springs, volcano climbing, etc. can be organized from the lodge.
With this Working Holiday, you literally work where others vacation. You don't have to travel on your days off for adventure and relaxation, because many great options are waiting for you right on your doorstep!
The tasks in this working holiday program in Pucón are in the area of hospitality and guest relations. Since the hotel is very small, everyone helps where help is needed. In the late morning and afternoon, guests are usually out, and the lodge is empty. Therefore, activities in the garden, in the area of cleanliness and order as well as maintenance are also part of the work area at these times.
Working time is approximately 8 hours a day, five days a week. The two days off are not necessarily at the weekend. The work is divided into two shifts, the morning shift and the late shift.
Your areas of responsibility include:
- Working at the lodge reception (check-in, check-out, answering phone calls, looking after guests, advising on excursions)
- Guest service, breakfast shift
- Prepare, clean and maintain equipment for excursions
- Everything to do with cleanliness and order
- Assisting in the maintenance of boats and jetties
- Other activities indoors and outdoors
You will be staying directly at the lodge in a room specially reserved for volunteers. The room has a private bathroom. The lodge offers two places for volunteers. If both places are occupied, the room and bathroom are shared. If you are the only volunteer on site, you have your own room and bathroom.
The Working Holiday site does not include meals. However, you get a meal subsidy of 80,000 pesos/month for grocery shopping (approx. US$ 95). You can store your groceries and prepare meals in the lodge's kitchen.
WiFi internet is available and can be used outside of working hours.
Pucón is about 780 km south of the capital Santiago and is THE holiday resort par excellence. This pretty idyllic town right on Lake Villarrica is popular with Chilean and international tourists alike. Almost 30,000 people live in Pucón, a number that increases significantly, especially in the months from November to March. Pucón offers an excellent infrastructure for adventure tourism, a wide range of restaurants, shops and countless excursions. Pucón even has an active nightlife to offer.
The incomparable location makes this resort so popular. Visitors can wonderfully combine relaxation with culture, adventure, action and sport. Ever climbed a volcano, peered into the bubbling crater, and then slid down the snow? You can do that in Pucón!
The wonderful location right at the foot of the Villarrica volcano and the lake of the same name offer a picture-book panorama. Pucón is surrounded by dense evergreen forests, beautiful mountains and volcanoes, rivers and lakes. There are also beautiful waterfalls and thermal springs are somehow everywhere.
Pucón offers a wide range of sports, including surfing, trekking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, mountain biking, rapel. Several national parks and nature reserves offer endless hiking trails through untouched nature and the typical araucaria forests that gave the region its name. The Villarrica Volcano attracts mountaineers in the summer and skiers in the winter and even has a large cave system to visit.
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your Working Holiday in Chile, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality and to meet like-minded people in a relaxes atmosphere.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, to reach us in case of emergency 24/7.
In Chile you will be supported by our in-country staff based in Santiago de Chile.
Costs & Services
Working Holiday in the River lodge in Pucón includes:
- Accommodation, shared or single room
- Allowance of 80.000 Chilean Pesos/month for grocery shopping (about US$ 95)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Working Holiday Placement
- English-speaking in-country support
- Handbook Chile
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about a suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 350 (minimum stay 4 weeks)
Each additional month: US$ 15
Additionally, you can book:
Our tips (experience more + see more = save $$)
Is it difficult for you to decide between the many great projects? You want to see and experience as much as possible during your stay in Latin America? Then build your own itinerary - experience more & see more! Our program combination makes it possible!
All our stay abroad programs can be combined with each other: So, you can combine different volunteer projects in the same country or in different countries, or you mix Working Holiday with volunteer work or Farm Stay with Working Holiday ...and so on …
Your creativity knows no limits. The longer your stay abroad in Latin America, the greater the discount you get from South America Inside. Below you can see how much you can save:
Note: Language courses are excluded from this promotion. These discounts can not be combined with other promotions.
If you need assistance in putting together your personal experience abroad, then please contact us. Our experienced staff will help you to set up your tailor-made stay abroad.