conjunction with a national environmental NGO, SAC offers the chance
to work on short-term environmental projects during the Chilean summer
months of January and February.
The work varies from year to year but it is always in teams of about
a dozen Chilean volunteers, mainly university students, and consists
of short-term (10 days to two weeks) projects. SamConnects sends volunteers
to work on a series of such projects back-to-back, giving you the
opportunity to see different parts of the country and to complete
a 6-week to 2-month stay.
Past projects have included, for example, monitoring the population
of native Chilean species, restoring the banks of a river, carpentry
and painting at a Research Center, repairing paths in national park,
etc. Lodging is usually in a tent (provided), and volunteers pay only
a minimal sum for their transportation and food costs.