Take a look at a Worldpacker’s Experience at Chile and inspire yourself to travel by exchanging your skills

Don’t you wish you could travel to Chile, live in Santiago and visit spectacular places, like the Atacama Desert and Patagonia, spending no more than USD$1000?


This is exactly what Caio Firmino, a Brazilian student of Architecture, did. Gathering a bit of planning and organization, he signed in at Worldpackers in August of 2014 looking for an opportunity to be a volunteer – exchanging his skills for accommodation – by mid December. After completing his profile with the skills he was willing to share and the travel experiences he’d had so far, Caio received an offer to be a receptionist in one of the most awesome hostels in Santiago, Dominica Hostel.

“Through the Worldpackers platform, we both agreed that my activities there would be attending the reception for 6 hours a day with 2 days off per week and also helping out with minor tasks, like buying groceries and being a tour guide”, says Caio.

“The most important thing to me was that the hostel crew was incredibly excited, careful and flexible! Not surprisingly, I’ve already made some plans to go back. Living like a Worldpacker in Chile truly opened my mind to see many things. Meeting these people who were willing to receive me, teach me some new skills and get my help was a lifetime experience! I brought in my backpack all the joy of staying there, specially because I was the first Worldpacker in Dominica. Uhul!”


Traveling like a volunteer gave Caio the opportunity to explore other awesome places, like Patagonia and the Atacama Desert. He says that the money he saved on accommodation was used to visit these spots, try the delicious local food and make other sick tours.

“To me, traveling is a chance of learning and teaching, sharing and collaborating, growing and evolving, discovering and living”.


Amem, Caio.

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