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Volunteer Program

Session dates and applications for the 2016-2017 season (November through March) will be posted in April 2016. The deadline for the 2015-2016 volunteer season has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for the current season. Please follow us on Facebook for reminders and updates.

Want to lend a hand in the creation of a new national park? Interested in the restoration of an overgrazed estancia into a wild protected area? Conservacion Patagonica’s volunteer program provides interested, hardy conservationists with the opportunity to get involved in the future Patagonia National Park Project. It’s a wild new experience, but a life-changing one for those up to the challenge.

Since 2006, our volunteer program has received hundreds of volunteers from around the world. With their help, we’ve dismantled hundreds of kilometers of old ranch fences, built dozens of kilometers of trail, collected kilos of native seeds, and controlled numerous invasive plant species. But there’s plenty of work left to go! More fences to come down, more trails to build, more habitat to restore. We look forward to meeting more volunteers in the seasons to come, and working alongside them toward the completion of this project.

Volunteers from all over the World

Volunteers doing field work

In recent years, we’ve organized the program into three- week sessions, from November through March. We limit group size to eight to ten participants, usually a mix of Chileans and foreigners, of all ages. Our volunteer leader directs and supervises fieldwork and camp life, with the help of a volunteer cook. Since most of the work of the volunteers lies in remote areas of the park, participants spend the majority of their time camping at backcountry base camps near work sites. Out in the field, volunteers have minimal access to fresh foods, showers, communication—but enjoy spectacular views, abundant wildlife, and good camaraderie.

As a recent volunteer puts it:

“The weeks flew by faster than I could have imagined. When it came time to leave the estancia, I realized how unique an experience I had enjoyed. I was able to help with the formation of a national park that will contribute significantly to the conservation of vital ecosystems. I was lucky enough to work in stunningly beautiful landscapes every day. I made friends and practiced a foreign language. Most meaningfully, I formed a connection to the land, the people, and the culture of Patagonia.”

If you think the program might be for you, please read the following pages:

Read more from volunteers

Volunteer Profile: Carolina Pavón
(4/18/12) Carolina Pavón, from Quillota in Chile’s Fifth Region, joined our volunteer program at the Patagonia National Park project this January.
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The Life of a Conservacion Patagonica Volunteer: Some Reflections
(4/18/11) Katie Heineman, from Los Angeles, joined our volunteer program for six weeks in February and March. She shared some of her impressions on living and working in the Chacabuco Valley.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Pierce and Ann Mond Johnson
(2/28/11) Our volunteer program attracts many interesting and enthusiastic participants, but at the end of February, everyone got lucky when Pierce and Ann Mond Johnson, from Chicago, returned to lend a hand for the second year in a row.
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