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Learn Spanish in Santiago de Chile

Learn Spanish in Santiago de Chile

Improve your Spanish language skills, and engage fully in the Latin American culture, by living and studying in Chile’s capital city.

Prices from $945

At 4,270km long and only 177km wide, Chile stretches along South America, running continuously from the centre of the continent down to its southern most tip. The thin strip of land covers around the same distance as from London to Baghdad and boasts an incredible diversity of landscapes, with the world’s driest desert in the North and ice plains in the South. Additionally an extraordinarily endemic temperate rainforest can be found in central Chile bordered by the snow-capped Andes to the east and stunning Pacific Ocean beaches to the West. 

Situated in central Chile is the cosmopolitan capital city, Santiago. It is a destination of choice for many travellers as its mild climate allows easy enjoyment of everything the city has to offer all year round, and you certainly won’t be short of options. The capital is filled with hillside parks, museums, rooftop bars, small markets and beautiful old colonial style buildings. You can also experience the city’s buzzing nightlife and vibrant arts scene, not to mention the exploding food scene in Santiago, earning the capital city the title of ‘The next great food city’ in The Good Taste Awards. 

You will have the opportunity to improve your Spanish language skills, and engage fully in the Latin American culture, by living and studying in Chile’s capital city. Whilst there, you’ll be immersed in an enjoyable and effective language programme, catered to your level of proficiency and taught by university educated professionals. You’ll also have lots of opportunities to engage in cultural activities and attend excursions to local beaches, coastal cities or even ski slopes during your afternoons and weekends. 

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn one of the world’s most popular languages 
  • Experience the culture & community life of Chile
  • Explore Chile whilst learning to speak Spanish like a local
  • Make lifelong friends from around the world

FAST FACTS

Location Bellavista, Santiago de Chile
Activities Learn Spanish in small classes tailored to your level of proficiency
Free cultural afternoon activities
Options for weekend day trips in Santiago and its neighbouring cities
Transport Airport pickup on arrival
Accommodation Local home stay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
 

In-country

Airport pickup
Accommodation
2 meals a day
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
WiFi in school
24-hour international HQ back-up

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The main purpose of the course is to allow you to develop your Spanish language skills whilst interacting with the locals, experiencing the cuisine and admiring the beautiful landscape of Chile, for a full cultural experience. The lessons you take at the language school are just one element of the experience you will have whilst studying abroad. Immersed in the centre of South America you will gain invaluable Spanish practice as you communicate in everyday scenarios whilst exploring and experiencing all that Latin America has to offer. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

On your first day you will take a short test and be allocated into a class appropriate to your current language level. There are courses suitable for all levels from complete beginner to advanced speakers, with each of these levels sub-divided into smaller groups. Each class has a maximum of nine students and is taught by an experienced university educated teacher. It is a friendly and informal setting to learn Spanish and activities such as karaoke are offered to break the ice among students!

You will have 20 classes per week, 45 minutes in length, with refreshment breaks between. Classes run from 10.00 to 13.30 allowing you the afternoons to explore or enjoy free cultural activities offered by the language school. You may watch a movie, learn Chilean dances or help prepare a traditional Chilean dish. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

A member of staff from our local partner organisation in Santiago will meet you on arrival at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and take you to your home stay accommodation. 

Please arrive on the Sunday to allow you time to relax and settle in before your course starts on the Monday. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying with a local Chilean host family, giving you the opportunity to practice your newly improved Spanish skills. You will have a private bedroom, with access to shared facilities, including the kitchen where you can employ your new Chilean cooking skills.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Breakfast and dinner will be provided by your host family, which will give you the chance to taste traditional Chilean cuisine, which has a strong European influence. Be sure to try Pastel de Choclo (a corn casserole with meat stuffing), Empanadas (pastry filled with meat, cheese or mussels) and Cazuela (a homemade stew with beef, chicken, corn, rice and potatoes). You might also like to impress your hosts with some classic recipes from home. 

You can take a packed lunch to the language school, return to your accommodation and prepare food, or enjoy a meal in a local restaurant with fellow students. 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Weekends are free for you to explore Santiago and its beautiful surroundings. The language school regularly organises extracurricular activities for a small additional cost. You will have the opportunity to attend a day trip to the beach or a tour round a vineyard to sample some famous Chilean wine. Other optional day trips include visits to museums, vineyards and coastal cities such as Viña del Mar, Valparaíso and Isla Negra. There is also the chance to get involved in activities such as trekking, horse riding, white water rafting and even ski trips to the mountains in the winter months. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

You will receive an Attendance Certificate upon graduation, confirming your participation in the course and your current level of Spanish. 

COSTS

1 week $945

Extra week $695

Minimum of 1 week

DEPARTURE DATES

Courses start every Monday. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday to be ready to start your project the next day.

The project is not available during public holidays

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez (SCL)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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