Working Holiday, Hostel Work
Flexible start and end dates year-round
The project site is a family-run agency in the south of the island of Chiloé. The agency was founded in 2014 and consists of an aparthotel and a small travel agency for trips around the island. It is located in the center of the small town of Castro, known for its beautiful location and picturesque stilt houses. The aparthotel is located just outside the city in a beautiful setting.
The agency employs about 8 people between 20-65 years. The aparthotel has 20 rooms and can accommodate up to 70 people. Most guests come from Chile, Argentina, Europe and the USA. The rooms of the aparthotel are rustic and cozy, just like the style on Chiloé. Cozy rural with beautiful open terraces and a magnificent view of the sea.
During the Working Holiday program you will be involved in various tasks. Some of these include welcoming guests, guest services, selling tours, as well as working in the kitchen and cleaning and maintenance.
Your exact work plan will be set on site. It depends on the number of participants, hotel occupancy, season and your experience.
Working hours are approximately six hours a day, five days a week. The two days off are not necessarily at the weekend. The work is usually divided into shifts as is usual in the tourism industry.
Your areas of responsibility include:
- Helping at the reception, check in / check out
- Everything to do with cleanliness and order
- Guest Services
- Tourist Information
- Going on tour with the tour guides to help with translations
- General assistance with translations
- Other activities related to hotel and agency operations
Accommodation is in a shared room in the Apart Hotel. The bathroom is shared. The Working Holiday program includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which you either eat in the aparthotel or together with the owner family.
In the accommodation you have access to WiFi Internet.
The island of Chiloé is a popular destination for both locals and foreigners. Chiloé, the main island of the archipelago of the same name, is located in the south Chiles. It is home to wide grazing landscapes and is known for its iconic wooden churches built by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th and 18th century were built. On the northwest coast where blue whales live gather, one finds the 3 small islands and natural heritage sites "Islotes de Puñihuil” and a breeding site for Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. The island of Chiloé is said to have a certain mysticism and tourism is one of the main sources of income, alongside fishing and agriculture.
The agency and apart-hotel are located in Castro on Chiloé, the capital of the country's second largest island. Castro has approximately 42,000 inhabitants and is located 40 meters above sea level in the middle of the island of Chiloé, around 164 km south of Puerto Montt on the mainland. The famous Panamericana runs through the city.
The climate is cool and exceptionally humid. The average temperature is about 10 °C with fluctuations mostly between 0 and 20, rarely up to 24 °C. The annual precipitation is almost 1600 mm per year.
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 on Chiloé Island includes:
- Accommodation, shared room
- 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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