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The Valpo Surf Project seeks motivated interns looking to learn from new experiences and challenges abroad. We are a youth mentorship organization that uses surfing to instill positive values and life skills in our students during their most formative years. Interns are an integral part of the day-to-day operations of our organization.

An internship with the VSP provides an invaluable opportunity to:

  • Live and work abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, a unique city in South America.

  • Make meaningful connections with our students, families, communities, volunteers, and staff.

  • Experience working with a growing, youth focused non-profit.

  • Participate in a team that includes members with experience in surfing, social work, and non-profit development.

  • Improve Spanish speaking skills in a bilingual work environment.

  • Gain valuable skills in youth mentorship, communication, leadership, and creative problem solving. 

  • Work in a dynamic environment; splitting your time between the beach and the office.

  • Explore the coast of Chile while learning how to surf with access to the VSP's surf equipment. 


Responsibilities as an intern include:

  • Working closely with our student populations and communities to form strong relationships and expand impact.

  • Support staff in organizing and leading programming activities including surf sessions, academic workshops, English classes and environmental education.

  • Directing and assisting in daily administrative and operational related activities. 

  • Proposing activities and projects that support the mission of VSP and can be completed within the time of their internship. 

  • Participating in orientations and feedback sessions.

  • Keeping the VSP office and intern housing clean and well-maintained.


We are looking for team members who:

  • Are reliable, proactive, and have a strong ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment. 

  • Have strong problem solving, organizational, and communication skills. 

  • Are able to work with a team and independently. 

  • Speak conversational Spanish or are willing to learn. 

  • Have experience working with children (ex: camp counselor, babysitter, day care employee, social work, tutoring, or teaching experience). 

  • Bachelor's or associate's degree encouraged.


Accommodation Information:

  • Interns live and work at our HQ in Valparaíso, the French-Alamos Center.

  • Each intern is provided with their own private room on the second floor of the French-Alamos Center with shared bathrooms. Bed linens and towels are provided.

  • Interns have access to a comunal kitchen that they share with other interns and VSP staff during working hours. 

  • The French-Alamos Center has a large outdoor patio, where interns can enjoy the shade from our two avocado trees (they make great avocados!) and an incredible roofdeck with expansive views of the city. 


Applications and internship timelines:

  • Interns are expected to complete a 1-year internship. 

  • We are currently accepting applications for interns who can begin their internship in September 2024 and December 2024.

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Compensation Information:

  • VSP does not pay interns directly. 

  • Housing and certain work-related expenses are covered.

  • We suggest interns arrive with $5,000 USD for 1 year with VSP, which includes:

    • All living expenses ​

    • Travel Health Insurance

    • International Driver's License

    • FBI Background Check

  • Not included:

    • Airfare​

      • Airfare is variable and depends on where you are flying from. In general, roundtrip flights from the United States to Santiago, Chile (SCL) can range from $600-$1,800. 

Additional Information:

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