Working Holiday, Hostel Work
Pucón, Southern Chile
Flexible start and end dates between beginning of September and end of March
Those who like to get to know other cultures, who want to be in the midst of spectacular nature, who like adventure and still don't want to be “off the beaten track”, have come to the right place on this working holiday in the popular southern Chilean resort of Pucón. Chilean and international tourists come here all year round, but especially in the Chilean summer.
Our Working Holiday program in Pucón consists of a cozy hostel with a cafeteria in the center of the town, a few holiday homes ("Cabañas") approx. 3 km outside of Pucón, and a rustic-modern fishing lodge around 10 minutes' drive away, as well as an online agency for excursions such as fishing, rafting, volcano climbing, mountain biking, trekking, etc.
The hostel can sleep 40 guests, the cabañas have beds for 20 visitors and the fishing lodge for 25 people. The nice team consists of Pilar, the owner, four other Chilean staff members and participants in the Working Holiday program.
With this program, you work where others go on vacation- You don't have to travel for adventure and relaxation on your days off, because countless of great options are waiting for you right on your doorstep!
Your responsibilities are diverse and can vary, depending on where you are needed and what are your strengths. Most of the work takes place in the hostel, but you can also be assigned to work temporarily in the lodge or at the cabañas.
The working hours are around eight hours a day, five days a week. The two days off are not necessarily on the weekend. The work is divided into two shifts: the early shift from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the late shift from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Your tasks may include:
- Working at the hostel reception (check-in, check-out, answering phone calls, looking after guests and advising on excursions)
- Online and direct sales of excursions
- Cleaning and maintain equipment for the excursions
- Breakfast service
- Everything to do with cleanliness and order of the hostel
- Other activities in the hostel
You will either be accommodated in the hostel or in a cabaña. In both cases, you share the room and a bathroom belonging to the room with other Working Holidaylers (depending on the number of participants).
Internet is available, you are welcome to use it in your free time.
Pucón is located about 780 km south of the capital Santiago and is THE place to be in the Chilean lake region, popular with Chilean and international tourists alike. From the airport of the regional capital Temuco it is a little more than 100 km to the southeast. Almost 29,000 people live in Pucón, a number that increases significantly in summer. The pretty little town offers an excellent infrastructure, a wide range of restaurants, shopping opportunities, countless excursion options and also nightlife.
Pucón is so popular because the place has an incomparable location and is a wonderful place to combine relaxation with culture, adventure, action and sport. Have you ever climbed a volcano, looked into the seething crater and then slid down on the snow? No problem in Pucón. The resort is located directly at the foot of the Villarrica volcano and also directly on the beach of the lake of the same name. The Villarrica lake offers relaxation, bathing fun and water sports, the volcano attracts mountaineers in summer and skiers in winter and even offers a large cave system that you can explore.
But that's not all: Pucón is surrounded by other small lakes, other volcanoes, countless thermal springs and raging rivers that invite you to go kayaking and rafting. In addition, there are beautiful waterfalls and deep green forests everywhere.
Several national parks and nature reserves offer endless hiking trails through untouched nature and the typical araucaria forests that give the region its name. These majestic endemic trees have existed since the times of the dinosaurs. The fruits of the araucarias are edible and are an integral part of the menu of the Mapuche, who have their core area here. Many Mapuche families have opened up to tourism and offer tourists an introduction to their culture, cooking, horse riding trips, overnight stays in a ruka and much more.
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 a Hostel in Pucón includes:
- Accommodation, shared room
- Board (food served or groceries)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Working Holiday Placement
- English-speaking in-country support
- Handbook Chile
- Interkultureller Leitfaden
- 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
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