Working Holiday, Leisure sector / surfing / water sports
Pacific coast between Arica and Chiloé Island
between November and April with flexible start and end dates
Chile has 4,000 miles of coastline! There are many spots with perfect waves at the Pacific coast, which are popular in both the national and international surf scene. Inland, there are also countless of beautiful lakes and rivers, that offer best conditions for excellent water sports almost everywhere in the country.
In the last two decades, water sports, especially surfing, both as a leisure activity, and for competitions, have boomed in Chile. Surf schools and water sports operators have been set up on more and more beaches and the hype about surfing is steadily increasing. In addition to Chileans, international surfers have also discovered the Pacific coast of Chile. Internationally renowned surfing competitions take place here regularly.
Some of our partners also run other businesses in addition to the surf school. These include cafés and restaurants, small hostels, guest houses and tour agencies.
Detailed information regarding your program placement will be sent to you after the placement process has been completed. So, before your adventure starts, you will know exactly where you will work and live.
What could be nicer than working with the sound of the Pacific waves in your ear and wind in your hair? Our partners, surf schools between Arica and the island of Chiloé, offer exactly that. You assist people how want to learn how to surf from all over Chile and ensure that they have a great time. In your free time, it's your turn to surf or relax on the beach.
Working Hours are between 30 - 40 hours/week (depending on the program place).
Depending on the program place, possible tasks can be:
- Surf equipment sale/rental
- Selling surf lessons
- Preparing/maintaining equipment
- Helping with cleaning and repair
- Assisting with surf lessons and coordination training
- Assisting in administration and marketing
- Customer Service
- Working in the cafeteria (if available)
- Hotel work (if placed in a surf hotel)
You will be living in a single or shared room. The accommodation is provided by the program place and is usually located directly at the work place or close to it. Breakfast or half board or full board is included, depending on the program.
Meals are provided either as ready meals, food for self-cooking or money for grocery shopping. Once the placement process has finished we will send you your personal placement offer with information about your accommodation, among other details.
Chile is one of the most diverse travel destinations in the world. You find can most of the world's climate zones and landscapes in just this one country - there is something for everyone! Chile offers an amazing range from desert to ice, from beach to pampas, from pristine rain forest to high mountains, that extends over 4,300 kilometers north-south (without Antarctica) between the Andes and the Pacific – including volcanoes, geysers and hot springs.
Many travelers, especially the younger ones, have to save money for a good while in order to make their dream of a journey through the magical landscapes of Chile come true. So, doing a Working Holiday at a Chilean tourism hot spot is a really good idea: You save a fair bit of your travel budget, and live right on the spot.
Our partners for Working Holiday in a surf school are located on the most beautiful beaches in Chile, between Arica in the far north and the island of Chiloé, on the threshold of Patagonia.
Northern Chile attracts with guaranteed sunshine, enchanting desert and semi-desert landscapes in the hinterland, starry nights and archaeological treasures. In the central region, the seaside resorts are clustered and therefore there is a vivid beach life and nightlife. The capital Santiago is not far away from the central coast and easy to reach for a weekend trip.
Pichilemu is the absolute surf hotspot in Chile, international competitions often take place here. In our Pichilemu language school you can improve your Spanish skills, before you start working.
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 Surf School in Chile includes:
- Accommodation (single or shared room)
- Board (breakfast only, half board or full board)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Elaboration of your internal application profile
- Working Holiday Placement
- Program confirmation for the visa application (if necessary)
- English-speaking in-country support
- Useful information about your stay in Chile
- Handbook Chile
- Certificate of participation
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel health insurance
Additionally, you can book:
Application fee: US$ 120
Placement fee: US$ 530 (minimum stay 1 month)
Each additional month: US$ 25
Combination: Experience more, Save more!
You want to know more than just one place in Chile, but you do not have enough budget to travel around? With our Working Holiday combination programs, you can easily connect multiple program places and even save money! So, you can see more of the country, experience more, get to know more people and make your stay abroad even more exiting!
Application fee: US$ 120 (per each program place)
2 x Working Holiday: US$ 720 (you save US$ 390!)
3 x Working Holiday: US$ 975 (you save US$ 690!)
4 x Working Holiday: US$ 1,160 (you save US$ 1,060!)
The duration of participation per program is at least 6 weeks, maximum 3 months.
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.
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