Volunteer Chile La Serena Spanish Immersion

Published

10/25/2018

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

la serena
La Serena
CO

Chile

Description

Spanish Immersion

Delve into a new language! We provide you the chance to fully immerse into Chilean culture; learn Spanish, volunteer in La Serena and have the chance to discover the Elqui Valley. The Spanish classes offer a perfect balance between teamwork and the personalized work, creating a climate of concentration and simultaneous fun that will make easy the leaning. The classes are limited to small groups, and focus in conversation practice, grammar, readings and the vocabulary. The lessons are provided 4 hours per day, total of 20 hours per week Monday to Friday. You attend classes in the morning, and the remainder of your day you will volunteer at children's center helping children learn English, while you practice your Spanish.

  • Arrival transportation with meet and greet in La Serena
  • Host Family accomodation with private bedroom, sometimes shared with other volunteer.
  • 3 meals a day 7 days a week
  • 20 hours Spanish language classes (4hrs per day) with professional instructors + 4 hours volunteering
  • Learning materials provided including learning material
  • 20 hours of volunteering in a local community center (4hrs per day)
  • Orientation and sightseeing day in La Serena
  • Project Director available 24/7 for support and guidance
  • Departure transfer at the end of the program

Program Includes:

Host family Accommodation. All meals included daily. Airport transfers on arrival and departure. Our local Project Coordinators will provide orientation, introduction and placement in a volunteer work project. Spanish classes can be arranged for you locally, if you need it.

The project coordinator is available 24/7 in case of emergency, health-related or otherwise. They can assist in arranging sightseeing excursion before, during or after the volunteer program.

La Serena, in northern Chile, is the country's second-oldest town. La Serena maintains a Spanish neo-colonial style according to the "Plan Serena" implemented by the Chilean government, which allowed the city to grow yet keep its own unique style. The heritage of the city includes over 30 churches, a romantic avenue of replica classical Italian statues, elegant colonial buildings and numerous gardens and parks. La Serena is a pretty colonial town with a population of about 120,000. It is the capital city of Coquimbo Province, located about 250 miles north of the Chilean capital of Santiago.

From here you can reach the Elqui Valley, famous for producing "Pisco", (the traditional drink of choice in the Andes), and for being one of the world's major astronomical centers due to its clear skies (Tololo, Campanas and Silla Observatories). The surrounding area has the greatest concentration of astronomical observatories in the world.

We offer the following programs in La Serena:

  • Program Length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
  • Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
  • Accommodations: Local guesthouse or homestay
  • Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
  • Requirements:18 years +
  • Basic Spanish knowledge,
  • Caring spirit.
  • Arrival Airport: La Serena (Code: LSC)

Fee Required

Benefits

  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please watch our Reservation video

Inclusions

  • Prompt customer service answering your call and emails.
  • Pre-departure Orientation Guide. Includes detailed travel, safety & cultural information and many tips that will make your trip planning easier.
  • Detailed Fundraising Guide that will help you raise the funds needed to travel, as well as provide donations to the project.
  • Accommodations: Home stay, shared volunteer residence, guesthouses. Safe, clean, comfortable local housing, inspected by our local coordinators.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Special meals at request.
  • Airport meet and greet by our ABV project coordinator (At any time, any day!)
  • First night hotel accommodation *some programs
  • Guidance and support of a local project coordinator, 24/7 in case of emergency
  • Orientation/city briefing on arrival by our ABV project coordinator.
  • Placement in a quality project, allowing you to maximize your time and efforts in a good cause.
  • Transportation to project site only the first day with our ABV project coordinator. Includes introduction to local staff and community members with whom you will be working with.
  • Volunteer Program: Half day (4 hours only) Spanish refresher Lesson. Part of volunteer orientation on arrival. (*Some countries)
  • Departure transfer by our ABV project coordinator.
  • A Feedback page on our ABV website with pictures of your trip.
  • The Presidents Volunteer Service Award lapel pin (Bronze, Silver or Gold)
  • Personalized Presidents Volunteer Service Award certificate of achievement.
  • Letter of completion from A Broader View Volunteers Corp·· ··By request, A Letter of Recommendation provided by the local organization detailing the activities developed by the volunteer during his or her stay.

Fro more Questions and answers visit: https://www.abroaderview.org/faq

During the Program

You should be:

  • PROACTIVE - Jump in and maintain a positive attitude.
  • PATIENT - Life in your host country moves slower than one might be used to. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember, not everything is as organized and predictable as life in the US or UK.
  • FLEXIBLE - Plans change, roads get flooded, and electricity goes out. Realize that not everything goes as planned, but good intention is always there.
  • CONSIDERATE – Respect those around you and be a reliable worker at the program site. Tell your host familyif you will be late. Advise the Project Coordinator if you are sick and can not work.
  • RESPECTFUL - Remember that the local people you are working with, side by side, do so with little or no salary. They do this work because they believe in it. There are times when you may not agree with or understand the organizations decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are always welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for their long term work and commitment is appreciated.
  • FRIENDLY - In order to truly help someone you must get to know them. Do not be afraid to make friends with the local people. Smile, wave and see how fast you are welcomed into the community.
  • TOLERANT - The food, the culture, the smells and the sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you dive in and experience life head-on. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.

Please email your inquiries to us at: volunteers[at]abroaderview.org or form

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

236 Glen Place Elkins Park, PA 19027

Toll Free: (866) 423 3258

International Phone:

215 780 1845 215 253 4512 (020) 812 397 81 (02) 800 368 07

https:www.abroaderview.org

A Broader View office is open 10am-4pm (ET) Monday to Friday.


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