Volunteer – Chiloé Silvestre

CHILOE

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?

We will be developing a great variety of activities at the Centre and we need help to carry them out. Some activities include wild animal rehabilitation (handling, cleaning, feeding, monitoring and medicine (if it applies); building and repairing of enclosures, taking part in pre released or released, animal watching and more); educations (design diverse audiovisual materials and to take part in journal work) and investigation (field work, animal tracking and sampling according to the investigation running at that moment)

The timetable will be from 09:00 to 13:00 approximately, and then we will take a break where there will be time to have lunch and share with other volunteers. After that we will return to work at 14:30 and finish at 19:00.

However and according to the needs we have, you may have to spend more time helping us to build and preserve this beautiful project. The timetable will be flexible according to the Centre’s needs and the weather! We will give prior notice to all volunteers, but we insist on punctuality and respect towards the other volunteers and staff.

HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?

The minimum stay is 2 weeks and 2 month as maximum. It is also probably stay longer , but need to complete the first 2 month and then apply for longer. Subject to availability also.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?

No special qualification are needed because training will be delivered, although for short stay it is preferable previous experience in management, handling and/or medicine in wild animals, as well as constructions, educational and agricultural skills, etc.  We always ask volunteers to want to learn and help, ability to work in a team, to be responsible above all. It is essential to have a good sense of humor.

Once you make contact with us, we will send you a form to fill in and send back. This will be analyzed and then we will send a reply as soon as possible with all the information necessary.

WILL I NEED TO KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE?

The working language is Spanish; however, as we will have worldwide volunteers, Spanish is not essential, because some of us speak some of English! Therefore, If not Spanish spoken, English will be needed.  We will always encourage volunteers to learn Spanish while they are with us, but as we said, Spanish is not crucial to become a volunteer.

HOW DO I GET TO CHILOE SILVESTRE?

Chiloe’s big Island is located 1188 km south from Santiago (Chile capital) and 90 km southeast from Puerto Montt. This city is the capital of Los Lagos Region, which belongs to Chiloe District.

BY BUS: There are some buses company which go directly from Santiago de Chile to Ancud (Queilen bus, ETM, Cruz del Sur, ask for the bus station where the buses depart).Or you can take a bus to Puerto Montt (more companies) and then another bus to Ancud.

BY PLANE: This is the fastest way to reach Puerto Montt from Santiago. The flight lasts approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, and there are at least four daily flights. In Puerto Montt it is possible to take a bus to Ancud (buses are frequent) it takes 2 hours from Puerto Montt. Soon there will be direct flight from Santiago to Chiloé.  So, when you are in Ancud, we will take you to the Centre.

ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER AT CHILOE SILVESTRE?

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WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?

Volunteers will lodge in house equipped with the minimum necessary items. It is important to be aware, that some of the Chiloé-Silvestre staff will lodge in this house as well. Volunteers must share a room, they are for 4 people. The lodging will be in litters and we will expect everyone to help with domestic tasks. We want this to create a friendly atmosphere and besides it is a good experience of community life.  The rooms have blankets for all volunteers, however we recommend bring a sleeping bag with you.

WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?

Pudú, Darwin fox, Sea lions, penguins, nocturnal and diurnal raptors, another marine birds.

WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?

Chiloé-Silvestre is in the north of Chiloe Island, in a peninsula called Huapilacuy in the country side. In the Centre, volunteers will be able to enjoy beautiful views and go for nice walks. They will have time to organize sport activities, if they want, or simply relax in the surroundings. It is also possible to go for a walk at nightfall and to sit under the cover of a starry sky, weather permitting! Feel the fresh air or just enjoy at home. There are some beaches and natural forest near the Centre, volunteers can go by walk o by bike, and if they have lucky, can ask for a horse. In some beaches is frequently see dolphins and marine birds.  In the Island there are beautiful natural parks, typical towns, and typical churches which are human patrimony.

As we are in the south of Chile, the weather is usually wet. Some say that we can have four seasons in one day (cold, warm, wind, rain, sun) so bring proper footwear and clothing for outdoors!

IN CONCLUSION

Working in Chiloé-Silvestre is a unique experience because we are located on the Big Chiloe Island, the large island at the beginning of Patagonia, which has one of the most beautiful forests in southern Chile, the Valdivian forests, home of very particular wildlife. In Chiloé-Silvestre you can work in wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education and research, three fundamental for biodiversity conservation in a sustainable way.

Furthermore, Chiloé has a unique culture full of myths and ancient customs, whose inhabitants are known for the kindness and sympathy. It will certainly be an unforgettable experience where you will not only help and learn, but also win friends.

PLEASE NOTE! – Because we are moving to another property, the first volunteer activities will be building animal enclosures, repairing volunteer´s house and veterinary clinic, cleaning and organize field.

For more information on CHILOE SILVESTRE, please visit www.chiloesilvestre.cl

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