ISA Service-Learning in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile

Location: Chile: Valparaiso, Vina del Mar

Term: Throughout the year, Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall, May Term

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

5301 Southwest Parkway Suite 200 Austin, TX 78735 United States

Call Us

Phone: 800.580.8826

Fax: 512.480.8866


Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are coastal sister cities 68 miles northwest of Santiago. A city of seafaring traditions and grand hilltop views. Valparaíso is known as “the Jewel of the Pacific.” Valparaíso functions as the primary commercial harbor, naval base, and seat of political power for the country and offers something for everyone, including spectacular beaches, exotic cuisine, and fine architecture.

Throughout your program, you will participate in an academic program aimed at helping you critically reflect on your experiences in Chile. Through service at a local organization and guided reflection activities, our goal is to help you gain a better understanding of the local language, culture and community.

Each service-learning placement is unique, so visit the ISA Service-Learning website to learn more about the specific program options available in Chile. We especially recommend our Chilean sites to those interested in working with people who have special needs or in education.


1. Receive personalized advising on service opportunities and program options that are the best fit for you. You will receive confirmation of the community-based organization you have been matched with before departure.

2. Begin your transition to daily life in your new country and culture on the Bridging Cultures Program, our in-country orientation.

3. Benefit from the ISA office, located directly across from the Pontificial Catholic University. Enjoy the company of your fellow service-learning participants and ISA students, staff, Wi-Fi internet, and a short walk to the ocean.

4. Have the opportunity to earn academic credit.

5. Demonstrate the professional, cultural, and personal competencies you acquired while on the program through reflection-based assignments and activities that make up the ISA Service-Learning Portfolio.


ISA Service-Learning programs are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Must have graduated high school by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must be at least 17 years old by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

• When applicable, participants must meet the minimum language requirement of the host country

Eligibility for specific community-based organizations is determined by your resume, cover letter, and interview upon application.

  • Theater, Drama, & Dance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sports
  • Public Administration & Government
  • Political Science & Politics
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Hospitality
  • History
  • Forestry
  • Ecology
  • Dentistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Creative Writing
  • Computer Science
  • Art & Fine Arts
  • Art History
  • Anthropology
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Spanish
  • Human Rights
  • Development
  • Medicine
  • Women's Studies
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nursing
  • Marketing, Advertising, & PR
  • Linguistics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Kinesiology & Exercise Science
  • International Relations
  • Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Finance
  • Environmental Studies
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Counseling
  • Communications
  • Chemistry
  • Business
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Health Administration
Type of Programs
  • Community Service & Volunteering

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

• Comprehensive advising and support
• Visa support
• Bridging Cultures Program, the on-site cultural and academic orientation
• Housing
• Meals and laundry service
• Guaranteed placement with community based organization
• Full-time resident staff with a maximum 20:1 student to staff ratio
• On-site ISA office, computer and internet access (WiFi)
• Airport reception
• Cultural activities

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Writing
  • Women
  • Tourism
  • Small Business Development
  • Recreation
  • Nutrition
  • Music
  • Medicine
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Gender Issues
  • Environment
  • Economic Development
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Drama
  • Cooking
  • Conservation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Computer Training
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Biological Research
  • Arts
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Tutor
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Human Rights
  • Hospital
  • Health Education
  • Health Care
  • Health
  • English Teaching
  • Education
  • Special Needs
  • Culture
  • Counseling
  • Public Health
  • Community Development
  • Community Centers
  • Childcare & Children
  • Business
  • Anthropology
This Program is open to

American, Canadian, Worldwide, European, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Asian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Phone/Video Interview
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded