PKH Employment Opportunities

Once you arrive to Pucón, Chile, you may want to stay forever. Nomadic adventurists regularly request to arrive early or stay after their trips, but their primary restricting factor is cost. PKH offers work and volunteer solutions giving local families & travelers full time jobs, internships and volunteer work exchange programs. 

Check out our MULTITALENTED STAFF. 

POSITION OPPORTUNITIES
  • Administration.
  • Administrative Assistant.
  • Carpenter / Caretaker.
  • Reception management.
  • Grounds and maintenance.
  • Cleaning staff.
  • Cook staff.
  • Graphic Designer.
  • River Guide – Get in line.
  • Videographers / Photo Journalists.
  • Professional Writer.

FULL-TIME POSITIONS

Minimum Requirements: Chile work visa, 5 years experience in field of application, required municipality certifications, team player & pleasing personality. 

Adventure Guide / Instructor Requirements: work visa, Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification, Swiftwater Rescue Tech 3 certification, ACA Kayak Instructor Certification, pass skills exam, pass written exam on local flora y fauna y geography/history (in Spanish), pass safety presentation in Spanish, pass psychological exam. 

INTERNSHIPS

Minimum Requirements: University sponsored / approved program of internship. 

WHERE TO BEGIN
As a bonus to our trip guests PKH offers heavily discounted work exchange programs offering solutions to your logistics challenges.

Begin by securing your work visa and minimum requirements. Don’t have a work visa. Sorry, we can’t legally give you a job. But you may want to get your foot in the door with a Work Exchange Program (WEP). 

WHAT IS THE WORK EXCHANGE PROGRAM (WEP)

The Work Exchange Program (WEP) as a solution offers an exchange for discounted hostel services, access to rivers, and the membership of our community team. Nomads wishing to extend their stay may opt into a work exchange agreement wherein they receive discounted rates on everything from lodging to kayak rentals in return. WEP positions are designed to give work exchangers lodging at housing rental rates including utilities costs versus expensive peak-season tourism rates. The catch is that WEP’ers have to provide some daily tangible work skills to earn the benefits.  

The WEP is perhaps the most affordable way to travel and kayak in the area, and all of the gear and amenities you could possibly need are at your fingertips. It’s not free. But with WEP DISCOUNTS it’s the closest thing to it. And the WEP positions is the best way to gain proper permits and certifications to win a legal for pay position.  

Interested in joining our Work Exchange Program? Start by filling out the Work Exchange Program (WEP) application
WEP MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

WEP positions are reserved as a bonus to our trip guests and for students of our affiliate program Patagonia Study Abroad. PKH will invite select PKH trip guests to participate with the Team PKH Work Exchange Program.

  • Minimum one month WEP agreement. Three month preferential.
  • Attend a PSA program or attend a PKH trip and be approved for WEP contract.
CAN I JUST GET A JOB WITH PKH OR IN PUCON

Pucon jobs are competitive. The kayak instructor and river guide certification qualifications are stricter than any we’ve seen requiring: work visa, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue Tech, Spanish safety speech, written exam on local floral y fauna y geography y history, skills exam (easiest part), and a psychological exam. You will also need a sponsoring company like PKH to complete a legal work contract with you after you secure a work visa.

A good path is to learn the lay of Pucon work with a volunteer type Work Exchange Program. We’ve had many WEP’rs that worked hard going the extra mile illustrating their value and were promoted to for pay positions.

CAN I JOIN TEAM PKH VIA WEP AND NOT DO A PKH TRIP 

Pucon Kayak Hostel attracts kayakers from around the globe and they all have one thing in common with our staff. We all want to get to the river. Space is limited and infrastructure costs money. PKH employs fulltime Chilean staff in kitchen, cleaning, reception, management, grounds / carpentry, and whitewater kayaking. If you fulfill requirements then you should apply. Keep in mind that for the most part WEP positions are created as benefits to our trip guests.

TOP 3 REASONS KAYAKERS CHOOSE THE WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
  1. Kayak Kayak Kayak – Kayaking everyday for 2 weeks sometimes just isn’t enough. Many kayakers want more kayaking and more time to stay and explore Pucón but need the benefits of logistics solutions like transportation, community, purpose, space to live, and equipment. The WEP gives solutions to these challenges in exchange for reliable work exchange.              
  2. Save Money – Let’s face it. Traveling solo on the cheap at the minimum requires lodging costs, food, and travel. And kayakers have a bigger challenge… getting equipment to the river. Or just finding like-minded kayakers to go kayaking with. WEP is not free but it’s the closest thing to it.
  3. Gain Community / Purpose – Many travelers don’t think about it consciously but imagine showing up to a random hostel alone. Not knowing how to get to a river 40 minutes away nor knowing any kayakers. At best you walk go by a kayak shop that wants to charge you if they go at all. You try to bum rides with local guides but how do you think that will go? We’ve got your in to get on the river, have your own space, and be a part of a community. It’s awesome.

Have a special skill? Let us know! PKH is open to creating unique work exchange opportunities for kayakers wishing to go above and beyond while sharing and developing their own interests. Email David@PuconKayakHostel.com to begin a conversation about how you could develop your own work experience.

BENEFITS

Receive a 50% discount on:

  • Food or use the camp kitchen.
  • Equipment Rentals.
  • Shuttles – Sorry gas and drivers cost too.
  • Camping 75% or $US3/day to cover utility costs.
  • Dorm 50% Discount – $US20 reduced to $US10/day.
  • Other Lodging at 25% Discount*.

*Pucón Kayak Hostel offers a suite of lodging options varying in space, amenities and privacy. Most WEP’ers choose dorm or camping options. 

 

Interested in joining our Work Exchange Program? Start by filling out the Work Exchange Program (WEP) application

 KEEP KAYAKING.