Social Commitment » EcoCamp Patagonia

Social Commitment

Social CommitmentEcoCamp makes a concerted effort to benefit the local community in which it operates. It is worth mentioning that in a global context Chile has a good economy and has been an OECD country since 2010, and the Magallanes region where EcoCamp is located is one of the country's more affluent regions. The local economy in Magallanes relies heavily on tourism therefore the best and most logical social support EcoCamp can give is buying locally and employing locals, guaranteeing them a good monthly income.

Local products

All food is bought from nearby farm suppliers who sell products such as eggs, meat, cheese, dried fruit, grain, marmalade and bread in addition to buying fruit & vegetables from local vendors. Horses are hired from local ranch owners and most handicrafts and decoration are purchased from local artisan markets. Many pieces of furniture are also bought locally in Punta Arenas. There is a shop at EcoCamp run by one of the founders which sells local clothing made principally from wool and leather. We ensure a fair price is paid for all goods by buying directly from the farmer or fisherman etc wherever possible.  Read more about local consuming in Torres del Paine

Local staff

90% of all staff employed are from the local region - the majority from nearest town Puerto Natales and some from the regional capital city Punta Arenas. EcoCamp’s manager is Chilean, from capital Santiago, as are EcoCamp’s owners.  Staff receive regular in-house training throughout the season, with many progressing to a higher position the following season. Many kitchen or maintenance workers have gone on to become porters and eventually guides
EcoCamp offers competitive wages (all staff receive above Chilean minimum wage and are compensated for living away from their families etc. during the season) and guarantees very good living conditions including good quality food, comfortable sleeping quarters and regularly scheduled days off. All staff have indefinite contracts, complying with legal requirements for pension funds and medical care, and seasonal staff are given a month’s notice before the termination of their contract at the season’s end.
All staff receive initial training when they start work at EcoCamp and learn in depth about EcoCamp’s philosophy and sustainable practices. There is continual training and chance of promotion at the end of each season. Many members of staff who come to work in the kitchen or bar become porters the following season and guides the season after that. EcoCamp has an equal opportunities policy with all staff rewarded with internal advancement within the company wherever possible. Adventure Jobs at EcoCamp.

Supporter of the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund

EcoCamp is proud partner of the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund. As a partner to the Fund we also ask our guests to make a contribution. 100% of your donation will be used to enhance the experience and long-term health of Torres del Paine and its surrounding communities as tourist destinations through projects that improve the environment, the community, and the tourism product of the region!

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