Help at a hostal in the Elqui Valley and enjoy nature, stars, and great cultural experiences

  • Chile
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  • Last activity: 27 Oct 2022



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    My name is Daniel and I am a hostess at the yaras hostel in the Elqui Valley in the IV region of Chile.
    The hostel is an 8-room hostel with capacity for 26 people, located 10 km from the city of Vicuña in the famous Elqui Valley, known for its mysticism, its magic sky and positive energy.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers will learn hostel operation, customer service, cooking, and gardening through their help. During their stay they will improve their spanish proficiency as a second language and learn a lot about the chilean and traveler culture.

  • Help


    The hostel now running for 3 years, is a multi-cultural space, any cultural interactions with the guests and locals are always welcome and appreciated. Besides putting our customer service and satisfaction as our number one priority, there are plenty that a volunteer can help with such as:
    *️️️Maintain and improve the 200 sq meters garden area
    *️️️Assisting guests when needed
    *️️️Cleaning the main lobby area and main kitchen
    *️️️Reordering and cleaning the rooms after guests have checked out
    *️️️Painting murals/wall art around the hostel
    *️️️Computer administration and data entry/social media presence

    The list above is to give you an idea of what we might need help with, any suggestions of projects (art work, cooking, photography, video, construction, gardening etc..) are always welcome and appreciated!

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Three meals per day during the length of stay
    A single bed in a shared 6 bed dormitory room

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The region is known for its energy and sunshine. There are over 350 days a year of sunny days. Star gazing is a main attraction in the area. The hostal is located in a small village at 8Km from the small town of Vicuna, yet accessible by public transportation.

    Here is a list of all that can be done around the hostel within a 30km range:
    *️️️Cervecera guayacan - 2 km away
    *️️️River swimming - 1 km away
    *️️️ Trekking/Mountaineering of Cerro Nariz - 1km away
    *️️️Trek to the heart of the valley to petroglyphs left by the diaguitas - 5km away
    *️️️Visit pisquera artesanal "loco Pisquero" - 2.5 km away
    *️️️Visit pisco elqui, a town know for pisco, great empanadas, cycling, and horseback riding - 30 km away
    *️️️Vicuña (museum, supermarket, bars, church, restaurants, markets) - 8km away

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours per week

Host ref number: 912226466397

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