First Aid Course Taught at Pucon Kayak Hostel

You never know when you might need basic first aid to save your or someone else’s life.  SOLO recently offered their Advanced Wilderness First Aid course taught at our Pucon Kayak Hostel location.  Local volcano, snowboarding, trekking, and river guides participated in the course.  Here are a few photos of the life saving course.

Simon from Holland and Anton from Quebec check pulse on a cpr manequin.
Simon from Holland and Anton from Quebec make a new friend.

 

First Aid class at Pucon Kayak Hostel.
Courtney works hard to keep students excited about "chest pain." Notice the roaring fire.

 

Anton owns the Olga campground at National Parque Huerquehue. Here you can see his flare for drama as he acts out the role of pain during this splint exercise.
Anton owns the Olga campground at National Parque Huerquehue. Here you can see his flare for drama as he acts out the role of pain during this splint exercise.

 

First Aid class at Pucon Kayak Hostel: splinting a broken leg.
Students pull traction on David Hughes' leg. The Pucon Kayak Hostel property provided riverside space for accident scenarios.

Why would you want to have a Chile social security number?

Guests from the Patagonia Gap Year- Dan Warner, Tamara Semehen and Allie O'Connell- program learn how to apply for a Chile RUT number.
Guests from the Patagonia Gap Year- Dan Warner, Tamara Semehen and Allie O'Connell- program learn how to apply for a Chile RUT number.

There are several reasons any adventure traveler would want a RUT #, Chile’s version of the social security number. The Rol Unico Tributario is a nationally recognized form of ID required of Chileans to have on body for any legal or business transaction. Let’s discuss the top reasons the serious adventure traveler would want their own RUT #:

Top Reasons for Adventure Travelers to Have a Chile RUT Number:

  • Reason #1- You need a RUT # to buy a vehicle. Many serious travelers want to own a vehicle versus bus or rentals.
  • Reason #2- Get a Job! OK… you’ve found a Chilean adventure company willing to sponsor you with your dream job in Chile. That means you will be working with that company to get a coveted work visa. But not before you get your RUT #.
  • Reason #3- I want to marry that gorgeous Chilena/o. Marrying that beautiful local from your late night at the disco means you can expedite some residency issues… SHORT CUT! There are other benefits too.
  • Reason #4- I want to live in Chile forever! That means you’re going to be applying for residency… and once again you’ll need to start with the RUT #.

 

It’s Easy to Get a Chilean RUT Number

That’s right. On March 17, 2011 Pucon Kayak Hostel guests from New River Academy’s Patagonia Gap Year program went to Villiarrica to get their RUT numbers. Here’s what it took.

  • A. Goto the Servicio de Impuestos Internos (Sii0 on Calle Henriquez y Valdivia. The office is upstairs.
  • B. Take a Number. At any Chilean office always take a number… it’s the Chilean way. And if you forget you’ll be waiting even longer. When you take your number go ahead and ask for the documents to complete. You can have them done by the time they call your number.
  • C. Get there early. We arrived at 10:00 am and picked out our #44 and looked at the electronic board blinking, “44.” Going later in the day might mean an hour wait vs. a 5 minute wait.
  • D. Remember your Documents. You’ll need a physical address and your passport. Complete the documents.
  • E. How much does the RUT number cost? Dan Warner, Tamara Semehen, and Allie O’Connell did not pay anything the morning they applied for their Chile RUT numbers. You can expect to pay around 5,000 to 10,000 pesos when you later receive your RUT card.
  • F. What will your receive the day you apply? Sii will give you your official RUT # on a legal paper document. I suggest carrying that in your passport. It will take about a month before your RUT card is ready.
  • G. Getting your Chile RUT card. Plan a return trip in a month and they’ll have your card filed and waiting. If you do this at the first of your trip you can have it before you leave or pick it up the following year.

What next? Next you’ll want to apply for your Carnet card.

Keep Kayaking.

Johnnie Kayaker