Once you’ve read through the website, please complete the following application carefully and thoroughly, ensuring that you pay close attention to the instructions and help text. We recommend filling out the application only when you have all information available (including your responses to the essay questions), as partial applications will not be accepted.
To that effect, it may be helpful to complete the essay questions in a Word document, and then when ready to complete the application, simply copy and paste them into the answer prompts.
Please be aware that if your essays do not meet the minimum word requirement, you will be asked to re-submit them via e-mail, and your application will be considered incomplete until such time.
Any essays found to have been plagiarized will not be considered and will result in the candidate's removal from the application process.
In the questions below, please indicate your geographic and demographic preferences, marking the order of priority of your preferences. (The "first choice" is what you want most, and the "sixth choice" is what you want least.)
Do NOT repeat answers (i.e. do not put "urban" as your preference for each choice).
A volunteer who lists their preferences as "Urban, Central, North, South, Midsized, Rural" is indicating that if possible, they would prefer to be in a city, no matter the region. (This volunteer should also be open to living in a rural setting, if necessary.)
Similarly, a volunteer who lists their preferences as "North, Urban, Midsized, Rural, Central, South" is indicating that if possible, they would prefer to be in the north, no matter the size of the placement city. (This volunteer should also be open to living in the south of Chile, if necessary.)
A volunteer who lists their preferences as "South, Rural, Central, Midsized, Urban, North" is indicating that if possible, they would prefer to be in a rural-to-midsized placement, in either the south or central parts of Chile. (This volunteer should also be open to living in an urban center in the north, if necessary.)
Please be aware that if you choose to live independently (in an apartment or pension, etc.) and receive the living allowance designated for the host family, you will be responsible for assuming any expenses not covered by the living allowance. It is important to note that volunteers in the past who chose to live independently have reported that using their own funds to offset the costs of their accommodations was unavoidable. Having additional savings is a necessity, especially in covering any initial deposits and the first few months of rent. The EODP will provide minimal advice/assistance in finding housing. It will ultimately be the volunteer’s responsibility to finalize their independent living arrangements. Volunteers living independently will not receive advance notice regarding their placement.
Please keep in mind that it is more difficult to place volunteers who are vegetarians, have allergies to pets, and other needs, than volunteers who have few restrictions.
If you indicated that you would prefer to live "independently" in the question above, we ask that you please fill out the host family information anyway in the event that your housing preferences/needs change.
Please be aware that the information provided in this section will not be used to evaluate your application in any way. It is simply a request for information that will allow us to place you with a family whose lifestyle and preferences will coincide well with yours, should you be accepted into the Program.
The EODP will not inform host families about your selections in this section, however the EODP will ensure that that the family that you are placed with is compatible in these regards.