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Farm Stay and Ranch Stay in Chile

Spend a few weeks or more than a month at a ranch stay in Chile -  live like a local not a tourist. 

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We have some amazing horse focused ranches as well as more agricultural ones. It's a great way to learn some Spanish, immerse yourself in the culture like a local and not pay a fortune for accomodation and meals. 

The farms or ranches are located all over Chile, but mainly in the central region, the southern region, and Patagonia. 

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Length of Program

A minimum duration of 4 weeks is requested when taking part in a farm stay experience in Chile so that you have time to adjust to farm life and truly experience rural Chile. There is no maximum stay but most people stay 8-12 weeks. The program is available all year round and can be started at any time. To allow for sufficient time for training and settling-in, it is required that you stay for a minimum of 4 weeks, but no more than 6 months.

Farm Stay programs mainly are on;

  • horse farms
  • farms with other animals (goats, sheep, cows)
  • agricultural farms

These are usually located in beautiful areas, allowing you to explore the local sites of Chile. Some of the farms host tourists and offer horseback rides lasting from a few hours to several days. When participating in a Farm Stay in Chile, you should be aware that the farms are typically located in remote areas, far from large cities or towns. 

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If you are ready to take a break from your daily routine, we assure you that staying on a farm in the Chilean countryside will be an unforgettable experience. 

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Tasks

The tasks on a Farm Stay Program are diverse and will vary depending on the type of farm. You can let us know if you have any farm type preferences at the time of your online application. Then we work on finding you the perfect placement.

Tasks may include:


Multi-Functional Farms:

  • Caring for all animals
  • Riding and taking care of horses and other animals
  • Feeding the animals
  • Working in the stables and the fields
  • Cultivating and processing agricultural products
  • Helping with daily chores
  • Gardening
  • Assisting with housework

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Tourist Ranches 

(includes the tasks mentioned above as well as the following):
  • Attending to tourists
  • Receiving and assisting guests
  • Organising and accompanying horseback rides for one to several days
  • Entertaining and accommodating guests

Animal Farms

  • Caring for the animals
  • Feeding the animals
  • Cleaning cages, stables, and enclosures
  • Animal research
  • Attending to tourists

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Horse Ranches, Horse Training Centres*


Horse lovers will find this program a perfect fit! 

It is suited to all ages as long as you are a competent rider and have and experience working with horses. 

Working with horses in Chile is a one-time opportunity to get to know the country and its people up close and personal, improve your Spanish while having your accommodation sorted. 

Most farms are located in the central region of Chile, in the beautiful Lake District or in the south in Patagonia. 
Placements are based on your experience and availablity but include:

  • horse and stud farms
  • riding schools
  • equestrian clubs
  • stud farms with professional horses (show jumpers, race horses, polo horses, etc.)

Responsibilities may include:

  • Caring for the horses (feeding, grooming, bathing, tacking up, caring for tack, etc.)
  • Training horses and getting them in from the pasture and turning them out again
  • Cleaning and maintain the stables (mucking out includes horse manure!)
  • Maintenance work on the farm
  • Preparing and supporting riding classes or competitions

 

*Farm Stays with horses are the most popular placements. Please understand that these farms usually prefer participants who have previous experience working with horses and those who are good riders. Although we will try our best, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to place participants without previous horse experience on farms that involve working with horses.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation and food is provided by the farm. Food may be served meals, groceries or a payment to cover food expenses. As each farm is different we can't say yet if you will sleep in a single room or shared, dorm-style room. 

Usually, you live with the family of the farm’s owner either in a guest house with other workers, or directly with the family. Typically, you'll stay in the farm’s residences so that you can integrate yourself into life of the owners or workers and their families. This arrangement immerses you into the authentic Chilean family life and improves both your linguistic and cultural knowledge. 

Not all farms are able to incorporate farm stays into their family life - some have areas for the volunteers to stay and not be part of the family - please let us know at the time of booking which you prefer to be placed in.

Chileans love meat and being a vegetarian or having allergies etc. might mean that you have to buy your own specific diet food yourself – especially in the countryside. Modern food trends (incl. vegetarianism/veganism) has not really reached Chile yet.

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    What's included?

    The screening & placement fee includes:

    • Professional consultations with our NZ Staff prior to your arrival in Chile
    • Individual matching from your contact person in Chile
    • Translation of your application documents and preparation of your profile
    • Matching process and an offer of placement of your Farm Stay location
    • Informative manual about your stay in Chile
    • Santiago City Map 
    • Santiago City Guide (130 pages)
    • Welcome orientation with the staff in the Santiago office
    • Accommodations (single or shared room)
    • Full board (all meals provided)
    • Certificate of participation 
    • 24/7 emergency number
    • We will also help you sort flights and insurance that suits - for no extra cost

     
     
     
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