National Volunteer Center

National Volunteer Center

English Opens Doors Program

Central Valley



The Central Valley includes the south of Valparaíso (V), Metropolitan (XIII), O’Higgins (VI), Maule (VII), and the north of Bio-Bio (VIII) Regions.

The climate in the Central Valley is generally classified as Mediterranean-continental with a wet, cool winter and long, dry summer. In the interior of the Central Valley, temperatures vary greatly from day to night. During summer, temperatures can drop to as low as 5°C (40°F) at night with daytime highs around 29°C (84°F). Winters are typified by very cold mornings and nights, although afternoons are often much warmer. Dressing in layers is highly recommended for this time of year. Recommended clothing is a jacket or sweatshirt, sweaters, long underwear and warm socks. It is also recommended to wear a jacket if going out at night, even during the summer months.

In the coastal regions, such a Valparaiso, temperatures may be more consistent from day to night and season to season. Summertime highs along the coast are about 22°C (73°F) and wintertime lows reach around 9°C (50°F). A warm jacket is recommended for wintertime and it is good idea to wear a jacket or sweatshirt at night even during the summer months.

Photos of regions submitted by current and former volunteers:


Viña del Mar


Cerro Provincia


Rengo Rainbow


Bío Bío:

Parque Nacional Laguna del Laja