To perform volunteer work in Patagonia, you need to pay 300 €. This amount includes your annual membership fee to Asociación Mapu (60€) and your one-time volunteer placement organization fee (240€).
By paying the annual membership fee, which you can decide whether or not to renew each year, and by paying to have your volunteer placement organized, you will directly contribute to financing Mapu's projects in Patagonia. At the same time this will allow you to keep volunteering in the future, as a Mapu member, without further placement payments.
Prospective volunteers sometimes question the need to pay a fee to willingly offer their resources, time and energy to performing a project in Patagonia. You need to bear in mind that while you are contributing your work with commitment and responsibility, you are also benefiting from a number of services which are fundamental for the organization of your Patagonia experience, and which are organized and sustained ad honorem by Mapu members.
More importantly, your fees contribute directly, without any intermediaries, to supporting a community radio, granting micro-credits to small community projects, revitalizing and promoting the Mapuzungun language, currently endangered in the Chubut province, and many other social and cultural development projects in Patagonia.
* upon your request
For further information on what’s included in the placement fee, please visit the Benefits section.
Please make a wire transfer of 300 € to MAPU Association's bank account. Do make sure that no bank administration costs are discounted from this amount.
Triodos Bank*c/José Echegaray 5, Parque Empresarial Las Rozas, 28230, Las Rozas, MadridBeneficiary: Asociación MapuC/ Carlos Solé nº 26, C.P. 28038, MadridCuenta Justa (Account Nº): 1491 0001 22 0010002444IBAN: ES14 1491 0001 22 0010002444SWIFT: TRIOESMM
*Why we chose Triodos Bank
You should wire your fee no later than 4 weeks before your arrival. Bear in mind that your accommodation will only be organized and your placement will be fully secured once we receive your fees.
If you enjoy horse riding, you will be able to book tours in the areas of Valle Chico and Nahuel Pan in Esquel, and you will also be able to join horseback riding tours in Trevelin, Cholila and Los Alerces National Park.
Language exchange is sharing your mother tongue with a local person who, in turn, helps with Spanish. You meet with your local language exchange partner two or three times per week and half of the time you speak only in Spanish, and the other half only in your mother tongue. Thus, you will both improve your language skills in a real communication context.
Only 5 km from Esquel you will find La Palestra, a 30 metres high natural rock climbing wall which offers challenging climbing in an amazing setting. Naturally, it is recommended to visit the place with a specialized guide. There is also an indoor climbing wall in the Club Andino Esquel. You can also join rock climbing trips through Cholila Explorers.
Usually from mid June to mid October, depending on the amount of snow, you can practice snow sports in La Hoya ski resort.
The ski centre is only 12 kilometres from Esquel and it has one snowpark with 24 trails covering 22 kilometres. You can rent your equipment in Esquel or directly at the ski resort. Find out more at the La Hoya Website.
If you would like to learn tango while you are in Esquel, you will have plenty of opportunities, with experienced teachers. Also, every Sunday evening there is a milonga, for you to practice and enjoy. For further information, visit Tango Esquel.
In Esquel and surrounding areas there are many trails which you can walk to enjoy the nature. You can go to Laguna la Z, Cerro la Cruz, and to the Cañadón de las Palomas in Arroyo Esquel without taking any means of transport. A bit further away, you will find the Curva de los Guanacos trail on the road to La Hoya ski resort. You can also find many trails in the Los Alerces National Park (50 km from Esquel) or in Trevelin (25 Km from Esquel).
The franca whale, also known as Southern right whale, arrives at the waters surrounding the Valdes Peninsula between March and May, and reach their highest number during September and October. You can take a weekend to travel to Puerto Madryn to watch the whales as well as, depending on the time of the year, penguins, seals, sea lions, elephant seals, orcas…
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