halfdeserted (halfdeserted) wrote in intl_volunteer,


Hi everyone,

I've been a member for a few months now, but haven't posted yet. I'm a 23-year-old female from Arkansas.

I'm planning to go to Santiago, Chile from August of this year through next May. I'll be volunteering in an orphanage for that time, but I plan to travel a bit on weekends. Then, after my volunteer commitment is up, my boyfriend will meet up with me and we'll travel around South America for two months.

I already have living arrangements in Santiago, but I will be responsible for buying my own food. Any idea how much I should allot per week/month for eating?

I plan to travel to Bolivia and Argentina as well. How much should I plan on spending? Does anyone have experience with busses/ trains/ whatever to get between these countries? How much do they cost? Any sights I shouldn't miss?

For my eight-month trip, I have about $4000 to spend, not including housing, which I'll pay separately. Do you think this is enough to live reasonably comfortably, with the ability to go out and take up opportunities as they come?

I've been all over Europe and Israel, but this will be my first time in South America. I need your advice! Thanks so much!

(x-posted a bit)
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