Farming Experience

Coihueco - Chile

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Work with local farmers in Coihueco! You will be in helping local farmers with planting, picking, cleaning and harvesting on their farm.

Most villagers in Coihueco are farmers growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Some farms are big and others are small, so your efforts will be directed where they’re needed most. By spending time working with the local farmers and helping out on their farms, you will be part of a rewarding experience that not many people get the chance to have!

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

Program Description

In this program, you will work alongside local farmers and help them with their daily routine. Your tasks might include planting and watering the crops, cleaning the farm, picking fruits and vegetables depending on what is needed at the time. Many farms have a wide variety crops, and several projects ongoing at any time, so be ready and willing to get your hands dirty!

In Coihueco, for example, they grow fruits like strawberries, raspberries, plums, apples, and vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce and cabbage. Others may focus on crops like potatoes, corn or flowers. Most villagers in this region of Chile have devoted their lives to farming, as it is a practice which has been passed down from generation to generation. Local villagers have learned to sustain themselves and even thrive, by living off the land, eating from what they have grown and supplementing with other basic items.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help the local villagers work their farms and promote cultural exchange
  • Increase your knowledge of local Chilean-life and farming methods
  • Assist the local farming effort with an “extra hands” on approach

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Working on the farm
  • Lunch
  • Working on the farm
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: No

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing for farm work.

Location

You will be located in the outskirts of Coihueco, an interesting town 400 km South of Chile’s capital, Santiago. Coihueco is both a Chilean commune, and a city, in Ñuble Province, Biobío Region. The commune borders Argentina on the east and the provincial capital, Chillán, on  the west.

Coihueco is known for their wood carvings and loom weaving, as well as their Festival of Creole Roots, which revives many folkloric traditions!

About the Accommodation

Your new home will be in a dormitory at a local school in Coihueco, central Chile. The accommodation has a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants and use the free Wifi.

Food Arrangements

All the meals served inside the accommodation will be typically Chilean, including rice dishes, potatoes, beans, meat, sandwiches and vegetables. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long.

Facilities

There are ATMs, a bank, restaurants and even a mini-mall in the local village all located 10 minutes away by foot.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are a lot of things for you to do over the weekends or on your free days. You can explore some amazing waterfalls, or even make your way to the Andes, hire some skis and enjoy the snow. Since the Andean Mountains are not that far away from Coihueco, it's a perfect trip to take over the weekend.

If you don’t feel like jumping on the the skis, you can trek and enjoy the beautiful environment around you. There are also national parks and hot springs close to Coihueco for you to explore.

You can also choose to travel to Santiago, Chile’s capital, over the weekend. It usually takes about 6 hours by mini-van or bus from Coihueco.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Chile

Population: 18 million

Capital: Santiago

Language: Spanish

Currency: Peso (CLP)

Time zone: UTC -3 & -5

Country Information

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge with more than 6000 kilometer of Pacific Ocean coastline. Bordered by Peru in the north, Bolivia in the north-east and Argentina in the east. Today, Chile is one of South America’s most stable and healthy nations.

Chile has something for everyone. Go skiing in the Andes, surf big waves in the Pacific Ocean or go on a nice trek to one of the world's largest volcanoes. In this diverse country you can also find, Algarobbo City, the biggest pool in the world and the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, where it has never rained before. Here you will also find amazingly cute penguins and other wildlife.

Climate

Argentina’s climate varies from region to region due to the country’s long and narrow shape. Hot temperatures are rare except for in the north-central, at a certain distance from the sea. Best time to go here would be in the summer. Summer runs from December to January and winter from June to August. There’s a dry desert climate in the north with a maximum temperature of 32°C during the summer, and that can easily drop just below 0°C in the winter.

The central region of Chile has a Mediterranean feel with with it’s warm, dry summers, cool, wet winter and a wet season between May and August. However the influence of the sea makes the summer a bit cool, with temperatures around 20°C. The sea heats up Chile here during the winter, with an average temperature of 12°C.

Southern Chile has a cool climate that is highly affected by the ocean. The winter is rainy, as well as the summer. Westerly facing winds here, blow constantly and the temperature is colder than the rest of the country. Temperatures usually vary between 16°C to 20°C during summer and 5°C to 10°C in the winter.

Culture

The Chilean culture is a mix between elements from the spanish colonial time and the indigenous people, mostly Mapuche, which were the first people in Chile. Today they make up about 9 % of the total population. The national flag and the national anthem are today the most important symbols for the country, The national holiday on the 18th of September, celebrates their declaration of independence from Spain, in 1810. During this day they visit fondas (traditional palm-roofed shelters, dance their national dance “Cueca”, drink Chilean red wine and eat empanadas, which are meat pastries.

Chile is the most modern country in Latin America and has a relatively low level of poverty. However, they still constantly think and act in terms of traditional class divisions. Upper, middle and lower classes, living largely isolated from each other in their own neighbourhoods. Entrance to university is based on the points obtained after a single national academic test. Getting an academical degree or a good job does not automatically guarantee social acceptance among the middle and upper classes.

Football is the most famous sport in the country, no matter the status of your socioeconomic background. Rodeo is the second most famous sport here, with two riders and horses on each team, the goal is to stop the calf and pin him up against gigantic cushions. However skiing in the Andean Mountains or surfing in the Pacific Ocean is pretty common as well. In the south basketball is a common sport as it can be played all year around.

Gastronomy

Today the Chilean cuisine is a mix of many europeans countries like Spain, Italy, Germany and their very own Indigenous Mapuche culture, as well as their own local ingredients. The long coastline adds an array of seafood products to the Chilean cuisine. However, chicken and beef is still the most common meats. They also cook with lots of rice, potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetable from the fields of Central Chile. Since Chile is one of the biggest producers of wine in the world, the Chileans love to have a glass of high quality, local red wine with their dinner.

The big fast food chains exist in most countries, however Chile has their own “traditional” fast food. For example the hot dog. As well as mustard and ketchup, they like to top their hot dog with mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise or sauerkraut, finely cut cabbage.

Transportation

Bus

Taking the bus is the main vehicle for traveling long distances. Keep in mind that it’s 70 hours between Arica in the north, to Punta Arenas in the south. There are semi-deca (reclining seat) and deca (sleeper) buses for you to take for longer trips. Buses run quite cheap here, just state your destination on-boarding and the driver will tell you the fare and give you a ticket. Buses tend to be quicker than the train and cheaper, with just as much comfort, if not even more. Therefore bus travel is highly recommended.

Taxis and Collectivos

Taxis are generally a safe way to travel in Chile, provided you use your common sense, but they aren’t cheap. Typical rates are 700 pesos per kilometer. Make sure to check that the taximeter is running and that the driver isn’t going around in circles to make money on you. For longer trips you can ask for the price beforehand and try to negotiate the price. Collectivos are taxis that run on a fixed route, like the buses. You’ll pay a lot less than a regular taxi, but you should expect to be packed in with quite a few other travelers. Still, they can be a good way to get around and save some money too.

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