CHILE - Spanish Course in Valparaíso
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 440 USD
The Spanish school was established in 1987 in the town of Puerto Natales in the very south of Chile. Hence it has a long and successful track record and a longstanding experience in teaching Spanish to foreigners. In 2006 the school opened a new branch in the heart of Valparaíso, very close to the harbor. The school offers personalized and group lessons, and the DELE training. Students are scheduled in special programs according to their level and requirements. Students are assigned to beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes.
The school works with a special methodology that allows the student to see progress from the very beginning. It is amazing to see how beginners start to use the language within the first two hours of schooling. The teachers are native Spanish speakers and have university degrees.
The Spanish courses in Valparaíso take place from Monday to Friday and can be started any Monday throughout the year. The school offers three different levels –beginner, intermediate and advanced. Every student has special programs according to their level and requirements. The teachers are native speakers with university degrees as well as experience teaching Spanish to foreigners. Most have learned a second language themselves and understand the learning process from a student’s perspective. Each level will be divided into four sections covering grammar, conversation, vocabulary and some essential survival skills! Throughout the course students are taught using a unique technique of color coordinated flashcards which allow conversation and memory to be stimulated within the first five minutes!
During the Spanish lessons, games are used to create an enjoyable way to develop language skills. Newspaper, magazine articles and accompanying tasks provide authentic up to date exercises. Comprehension is trained through reading, watching videos and listening to cassettes of related text materials. Besides the Spanish courses itself you have plenty of opportunities to practice your Spanish language skills during free tutorial lessons and workshops that take place in the afternoons.
The school offers standard and intensive group courses and individual classes. One class lasts 45 minutes.
Standard group course: The standard course consists in 20 hours of classes per week: 4 hours per day. It is composed of a maximum of 5 students to ensure uniform groups and effective teaching.
Intensive group course: The intensive course includes 30 classes per week, with 4 hours in a group course and 2 hours private class per day. This is a very intensive way to learn Spanish and gives you the opportunity to enhance your skills faster. During the private classes, which usually take place in the afternoon you can work on weaknesses and focus on topics of personal interest.
Individual classes: If you prefer to study Spanish according to your personal needs and requirements, we recommend booking the individual classes. The schedule is set flexibly and you decide the contents you wish to focus on.
Non-academic activities: Learning a language does not always have to take place in the classroom. At our Spanish school in Valparaíso you will have the chance to participate in excursions and afternoon workshops. All excursions are Spanish-spoken. You are also more than welcome to join the day and weekend trips or the popular dance classes – all excellent opportunities to practice your newly acquired Spanish language skills and to learn more about Chilean culture and history!
To make you feel as much at home as possible while staying in Chile we will do everything we can to find the perfect place for you to live. If you want to meet other international students or young professionals, we gladly arrange your room in a shared apartment. Bathroom and kitchen are usually shared with your flat mates and living together is definitely a lot of fun!
However, if you feel like being part of a typical Chilean family, we will place you with one of our carefully chosen host families. This is an excellent way to immerse you even more into the Chilean culture and get to know their life style!
Whichever option you choose we make sure that you are provided with a nice single room and access to a bathroom, the kitchen and common areas.
If you would like to learn Spanish through a unique experience, volunteer work will give you an opportunity that lies beyond the ordinary traveler’s reach. Get to know other realities within Chile! Anyone who wishes to experience getting to know people and new cultures from different social backgrounds is kindly invited to volunteer. Over the years, students, professionals and retirees have been inspired by volunteer work.
Additionally to our Spanish courses in Valparaíso we provide volunteer work positions. You can combine your Spanish course with volunteer work and participate for half of the day or you can schedule your volunteer experience for after you complete the Spanish course.
While helping people in need, volunteering allows you to practice your Spanish in real life situations and train your newly acquired skills.
In co-operation with different social institutions and non-profit organizations we offer various volunteer work projects in Chile. You will meet people in special situations who will be very thankful for your help, while enjoying your company and learning about your home country.
This learning and cultural experience will be unforgettable.
Social commitment is in great demand! Experience a different side of life in Latin America and help giving hope to some people!
Help to care for abandoned dogs and cats that have been rescued from the streets of Santiago. Volunteers are urgently needed!
Santiago de Chile
| Private Course|
| Accommodation |
|Price and Description|
| Private Lessons
|| USD 30.- / lesson (min. 10 lessons)
|Airport pick-up||USD 35.- (Santiago Airport - Bus Terminal)|
| Volunteer Placement
|| USD 95.- (Half-day position)*
Please also read about our Volunteer work placements in Chile (full-day)...
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Free internet access at school
- Quality Spanish Course
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Free tutorial lessons
- Refreshments, coffee and tea at school
- Language Certificate
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Visa (if necesary)
Valparaíso is about one and a half hours away from the capital Santiago de Chile and has approximately 1 million inhabitants. The city is very popular because of its idyllic port, its outstanding architecture and the beautiful beaches nearby. Valparaíso – also known as
Valparaiso reached the top of its development in the nineteenth century becoming the most important harbor in the Southern Hemisphere. This city became an attractive destination for European and American immigrants, due to its natural and architectural beauty. Nevertheless, when the Panama Canal was inaugurated, Valparaíso was no longer an obligatory stop for sailors around the world. Therefore, the flow of ships and its commercial activity, which gave Valparaiso its urban magnificence, diminished.
Examples of Valparaíso’s former glory include Latin America’s oldest stock exchange and an unusual system of highly-inclined cable cars which connect the upper neighborhoods with the lower harbor and the main plaza. Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003, thanks to its historical importance, a picturesque harbor, and the many hills covered with countless colorful houses and small buildings. The unique architecture is a mix of 19th century styles and modern art. From almost every hill, you have an amazing view over the Pacific coast and the harbor of Valparaíso.
A visit to La Sebastiana, one of the three houses of the Chilean Nobel Prize Winner Pablo Neruda, is a cultural must-see while staying in Valparaíso!
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|Chile is truly a country like no other in South America. This long and narrow country embraces the Pacific Ocean on the coast to the east, squeezed by the Andes Mountains and Argentina to the west, and borders Bolivia and Peru to the northwest. Chile takes great pride in being the longest country in the world with an incredible length of 2,700 miles a width of only 115 miles. Due to the country’s vast length, a wide range of climatic zones and weather conditions exist with an average daily difference of thirty-eight degrees between northern Arica and southern Patagonia.
While the country’s total population adds up to about 16 million, almost 6 million or 40% of Chileans live in the country’s capital of Santiago. About 85% of the country's population live in urban areas, while an incredible 15% of the population are responsible for agricultural productions of oranges, avocados, flowers, melons and numerous other products. Moreover, the relatively small central valley around Santiago dominates the country in terms of agricultural resources.
If your Chilean travels take you outside the economic and cultural side of Chile, you will find landscape variety in forests, grazing lands, spectacular volcanoes, rocky and sandy coasts, and shimmering lakes. With a little extra local knowledge, you might be lucky to discover the labyrinth of fjords, beautiful inlets, remote islands and historic glaciers.
Chile’s most known attractions for adventurers and culture seekers alike are Easter Island, Robinson Crusoe Island, the southern region of Patagonia and famous Altiplano in the north. Further, within a two-hour radius from Santiago are spectacular beaches, glacial hiking, climbing, biking, surfing, wine tours and much more. From the world’s driest desert in the north, endless coastline in the west, majestic Andes in the east, smoking volcanoes, virgin forests, lakes, fjords, rivers and glaciers in the south, there is something for everybody in Chile.
The best time to travel to Chile depends greatly on what you hope to see and do. If your mission is to play hard in the southern region, the most accessible months to the backcountry of Patagonia are December through March. The months of November through February are fantastic for long days, hot, dry weather and empty city streets in central Chile. For skiers, along with rain in the city, snow begins to fill the mountains again from July through September. In northern Chile, the Atacama Desert is easily accessible all year. March is a general all around ideal month to explore Chile from north to south because this is the transition time from summer to the winter cold and rainy seasons.
We believe you’ll find Chileans are generally quiet but welcoming people. They are very proud of their amazing country and love to talk about its endless variety. The Chileans are very kind, helpful and will soon consider you to be their “amigo” so you will never feel lonely.