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Living & Legal Advice

Dear Trainee!

Our team is glad to know that you have decided to live this experience
with us. We have prepared this material to help you learn a bit about
Chilean culture, living costs and what documentation you need to
have a great time in our country.

Our teams motivation is to deliver successful experiences and

generate a positive impact for all of you, change agents, and Chilean

Do not forget to check the attached documents, the Exchange

Program Policy (XPP) and the Memorandum of Understanding in
order to be fully prepared to get the best out of this opportunity!

We have no doubt that you will love Chile, our culture, food, and
traditions. Enjoy to the utmost your experience!

If you need any help, were here!


Beln Fras
President AIESEC Chile
Ana Barillas
Vice President Incoming Global
Internship Programme AIESEC
Jason Seplveda
Delivery Manager AIESEC Chile
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Chile is a country that lies between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, southwest
of South America. Its capital is Santiago.

Some interesting facts about our country:

In Chile there are more than 1,300 volcanoes, 500 of which are active.
The southernmost town in the world is Chilean and is called Puerto
Almost 80% of Chile is covered by mountains.
Chile is the largest producer and exporter of copper in the world.
Chile is one of only two South American countries that do not border Brazil;
the other one is Ecuador.
The most popular Chilean food: La empanada!
The national dance of Chile is la cueca.
Here in Chile we have the oldest mummies in the world: from the
Chinchorro culture, who lived near the desert of Atacama. This settlement is
7,000 years old.

Below is a short review of the options available to move to and from Santiago:

The Santiago Metro is fast, clean, and safe, and is equal to other similar systems around
the world. The network currently has five lines and two more are under construction. Its
hours of operation are from 06:00 to 23:00. (varies on weekends).

Depending on the time of day, the ticket has a value that goes between 610 and 720
pesos (USD 0.95 - 1.10). We recommend purchasing a prepaid card called Bip!

Buses in the city

City buses are called "micros". The standard rate is 640-720 pesos (0.95 -. 1.10 USD
approx.) and allows the transfer to other buses or the metro. You can only pay with the
prepaid Bip card!. After paying the first time, you have up to 120 minutes to take a
different bus with no extra charge.

Taking a taxi in Chile is safe and not that expensive. They are black with yellow rooves
and can take passengers anywhere. In Santiago, there is a base fee of 300 pesos (USD
0.50) plus around 130 pesos for every 200 meters (or per minute wait).
Do not count on the sense of direction of a taxi driver, they often do not know how to get
to the place requested. The more instructions you know about the place, the better.
Living costs
in Chile
The official currency is the Chilean peso. Foreign currencies are not accepted as payment
for purchases or services, except in hotels. The use of credit cards is widespread and it is
possible to get cash at ATMs installed in banks, shopping centers, etc. Traveler's checks
can be cashed in the capital and big cities, but are less likely to be accepted in small and
remote towns.

Local currency
The currency is el Peso Chileno CLP, where 694* CLP correspond to 1 USD.

As for the bills used, you can find the following: $1 000 CLP, $2 000 CLP, $5 000 CLP, $10
000 CLP and $20 000.

*Price of dollar on 28 august 2015

Monthly budget
for Santiago

In the following chart you can observe an estimate for students in Santiago de Chile. Only
basic expenses such as rent, food and transportation were taken into consideration.
Prices are based on the current exchange rate.


Dollars Pesos

Rent for bedroom (location: Centro) $ 256,41 $ 170.000,00

Transport (2 buses/metro daily, Mon-Sun) $ 63,35 $ 42.000,00

Daily breakfast (2,000) $ 90,50 $ 60.000,00

Daily lunch (3,000) $ 135,75 $ 90.000,00

Daily dinner (3,000) $ 135,75 $ 90.000,00

TOTAL PER MONTH $ 681,75 $ 452.000,00

Monthly budget
for Santiago


Dollars Pesos

Rent for room with better location (e.g. Manquehue) $ 331,83 $ 220.000,00

Transport (2 buses/metro daily, Mon-Sun) $ 63,35 $ 42.000,00

Daily breakfast (2,000) $ 90,50 $ 60.000,00

Daily lunch (3,000) $ 135,75 $ 90.000,00

Daily dinner (3,000) $ 135,75 $ 90.000,00

Entertainment (leisure : 4 monthly) $ 37,71 $ 25.000,00

TOTAL PER MONTH $ 794,87 $ 527.000,00

How is the

In order to come to Chile, you must acquire a visa. The visas are a temporary
permission to reside in the country and to take part in activities expressly provided by
law, which are granted by the country to a foreign person. The categories include the
Visas Sujeta a Contrato (Subject to Contract Visa), de Estudiante (Student visa) and
Temporaria (Temporary visa).

The types of visa that you can apply for, while on an internship with AIESEC in Chile,
are: Visa sujeta a Contrato or Visas Temporarias.

We would like to remind you that the trainee is not hired directly by the company,
and the responsibility of the professional experience is the committee that receives
them. Therefore, communication and contractual issues of the intern are coordinated
with AIESEC (civil contract, not labor contract).

According to established rules (XPP: Exchange Program Policy), AIESEC will

support the trainee throughout the visa process. It is preferable to process it
from the country of origin.
How is the visa process
from the country of origin?

Enter the following link: and locate the nearest consulate.

Here are the most common requirements, although it is not the same for all countries:
1) Copy of valid passport.
2) Cover letter: Addressed to the Director of Consular Policy, it should indicate the
reason for your request and the specific activity to be undertaken abroad. Also indicate
how long you will be hired and clarify in which Chilean Consulate you will get your visa
stamped. IMPORTANT: State in the letter that you are coming to Chile to take an
international internship to learn about the Chilean culture and develop professionally
in a company, coordinated by AIESEC.
3) Invitation letter from AIESEC: Confirming that you have been accepted to the
program and must be sent by mail (not email). For this we need the following
information: Name, passport details, national identity number, nationality and address
to send the letter. (The Trainee undertakes the costs of sending the letter)
4) International valid insurance for the entire duration of the internship.
5) Bachelor degree, if applicable.
6) Photos
For further information about tariffs on visas, check:
How is the visa process
from the country of origin?


1) Keep in mind that, when applying for a Temporary Visa, the

Consulate could request medical examinations.

2) You do not apply for a working visa because you would not have a
labor contract but a civil one with AIESEC. However, with the
temporary visa it is legal to work in Chile for a year, and is
How is the visa process
from CHILE?


1) Boarding pass: Once the trainee arrives to Chile, they will receive this at
the airport.
2) Invitation letter: When selected by the company, AIESEC will provide this
letter. This is necessary to start the process of obtaining a visa.
3) Photos: 4 recent photos, ID size (3x2 cm.), in color, including full name and
passport number.
4) Passport: Must contain the relevant stamps obtained upon arrival.
5) Temporary residence form: The local committee that receives the trainee,
will hand over the form to those trainees who arrive to Chile as tourists in
order to formalize their legal status in the country.
6) Background check: Foreigners from Colombia, Peru and Dominican
Republic must present a valid certificate of no criminal record for any
7) Copy of degree certificate: Duly legalized by the Chilean Consulate of the
respective country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. (Original or
Notarized copy).

For further information about the visa process, check: :

For further information about tariffs on visas, check:
How is the visa process
from CHILE?


Documentation issued abroad: Any document issued abroad must be

legalized by the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin and in Chile by the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Agustinas 1320, Santiago), to apply for a visa in

REMEMBER that if you come to Chile and you have not obtained your visa,
you must clear immigration by saying that you are coming as a tourist to
visit the country. AIESEC will help you with the visa process afterwards.
Other Procedures in Chile:
RUN (Identity document)

Once you arrive to Chile or when you obtain your visa, you should get your
RUN (Identity Document). We recommend that you do this as soon as
possible because you will need it for a lot of things, such as opening a bank
account or signing rent or labor contracts.

Steps to follow:
1) Go to Polica Internacional (International Police), address:
Morand 672. You must ask for registration of visa and pay 1.000
CLP (2 USD).
2) Here, you will get a certificate that you have to take to the
Registro civil (civil registration office), address: Hurfanos 1570.
Here is where you should obtain your RUN. REMEMBER: Once you
present the request for the RUN, it takes about a month to get the
license (ID). The cost of the procedure is $4.050 CLP

RUN request must be submitted within 30 days of the arrival of the trainee
to Chile or from the moment the corresponding visa is stamped in the
passport (If it is processed from Chile).
Other Procedures in
Chile: Bank Account

Once you get your ID (RUN), you can apply at Banco Estado for a type of
account named Cuenta RUT, perfect for foreigners.

To take into consideration when you open the account:

1) You only need your RUN. You must go directly to a branch of Banco
Estado and ask to open a new account. They will ask you for your ID
and to complete a form.
2) You can make the request to open the account trough the internet,
however you still would have to go to the bank to get your debit
card. This is the reason why we recommend to go directly to the
nearest branch and complete the entire procedure in the same day.
3) In order to make wire transfers, when you open your account, you must
make sure they give you your 2 passwords: your internet password
and your wire transfers password. They are not the same and if you
do not ask for both of them you will not be able to do wire transfers until
you go to the bank again and ask for it.
What do you need
to come to Chile?


Health Insurance: The intern must have insurance upon arrival to Chile, and
the duration should be extended throughout the internship. For example: if the
internship starts on August 1, 2015 and ends on August 1, 2016, then
insurance should extend throughout the year. This is mandatory.

Allowance for first month: The trainee must have a budget to finance their
expenses of the first month in Chile. Please, consider rent expenses (usually
people ask for 2 months in advance), visa costs, food, transport and other
expenses you may have.

Flight itinerary: Before coming to Chile the trainee must send his flight
itinerary by email to the local committee, who will receive him. This way, we
can arrange the pick up at the airport.

Flag of your country: This is optional. We would like the trainee to bring a
flag of their country to the local committee that will receive him, if possible.
Other things you
should know

Do not exchange a lot of money at

the airport: We recommend you
exchange a limited amount of around
50$. The reason is that the exchange
rate that the airport offers is less than
the rate you can find in some other
places in the city. We recommend not
to accept offers from unofficial buyers,
even if you find the offer to be
Santiago has a cool and semi-arid
climate with Mediterranean patterns: warm dry
summers (November to March) with temperatures
reaching up to 35 C (95 F). winters (June to
August) are wetter with cold mornings, typical daily
maximum temperatures of 13 C (55 F), and
minimums of a few degrees above freezing.
Santiago air is the most polluted in Chile. In the
1990s air pollution fell by about one-third, but there
has been little progress since 2000. A study by a
Chilean university found in 2010 that Santiago
pollution had doubled. Particulate matter air pollution
is a serious public health concern in Santiago, with
atmospheric concentrations regularly exceeding
standards established by the US Environmental
Protection Agency and World Health Organisation.
In the trainees own

Chile has given me a warm welcome and I hope to continue learning and growing from
this experience Within my expectations I wanted to feel satisfied with my time in the
country I feel that thanks to AIESEC and this opportunity, I am having the best time in
my professional internship
Jos Daz
Trainee from Colombia at Lemontech S.A.

Santiago is a good choice to start your professional career. It is a

great city to grow, and when it comes to cultural activities it has a
lot to offer for foreigners. So far, my experience with AIESEC has
been excellent
Omar Pulido
Trainee from Venezuela at BNamericas.

Taking a Global internship with AIESEC has been one of the best decisions
Ive ever made. Definitely the best place to start a career, it has been a
experience of personal and professional growth that I would recommend to
those looking for an adventure. Join this network!
Alejandra Gonzlez Uzctegui
Trainee from Venezuela at BNamericas.

Hey! Alex here from Costa Rica! I have just been here for three weeks
and so far my AIESEC experience has been great since day one! This is
definitely a great opportunity for both personal and professional growth. I
totally recommend this experience if you want to get out of your comfort
zone and start living a great adventure that will change your life!
Alexander Jurez
Trainee from Costa Rica at BNamericas.