Chile is located on the West coast of South America with over 2,500 miles of scenic coastline. Chile is a popular country to visit on a gap year in South America and there is a lot to see and do here, places we recommend visiting include the huge Atacama desert in the North, Strait of Magellan and Patagonia in the South. The scenery, coast, Andes, sand dunes and glaciers will live long in the memory and with One World 365 you can experience the best locations in the country.
By plannng a gap year to Chile you will get to experience the culture and spirt of Latin America, along with beaches, spectacular coastline, nature, wildlife, glaciers, bright blue ocean, scenic road routes and gorgeous landscapes. This is one of the most diverse countries on earth. It boasts incredible cities and towns and fine cuisine. Whether you’re a student, graduate or just looking to do something different, explore famous sights or just lap up the beach life, we list gap year trips in Chile to give you lots of options. View our programs and read our guide to taking a gap year in Chile below.
Most flights arrive into Santiago which has a hive of activity both throughout the day and night. If you would like to visit somewhere unique the Southern most city in the world is located in Chile or explore the remote Patagonia. We highly recommend you visit the mysterious Easter Island or travel to the world's driest desert - the Atacama. Most Nationalities are granted a tourist visa on arrival in Chile if you have a valid passport, occassionaly and very rarely you might be asked for proof of an outbound ticket. Chile is quite a small country in comparison with others in South America but this doesn't mean there are any less things to do and places you need to visit. We list tour operators who offer adventure overland tours to various destinations, you could travel throughout this continent or just visit a certain place like Easter Island for example. Public transport is very good / cheap in Chile but the distances are usually long / uncomfortable.
There are lots of placements available in Chile including helping the environment, people, wildlife, education and tourism. Spending time in Chile is a lot of fun but you might be required to pay a fee to participate, this usually include transfers, meals, accommodation and a donation. When applying you could be placed anywhere in Chile, there are projects located throughout the country in places like Santiago, Pichilemu, Molina, Pucón and in the spectacular and remote San Pedro de Atacama.
There are skilled and non-skilled placements available which will be engaging, challenging and rewarding. From building schools, educating youngsters to helping wildlife and environmental conservation - this will be an experience to remember. When helping you usually work from Monday to Friday and have weekends free, in your spare time you might want to join a sightseeing excursion, join adventure water sports like rafting, learn to surf or even join salsa classes. We highly recommend learning at least some basic Spanish words and getting a phrase book before departing, this will really enhance your experience and make traveling a lot easier. You can combine certain programs with language courses, there are classes for all levels and abilities.