Argentina, Buenos Aires, ECELA

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About Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina with more than 13 million residents.  It has the best quality of life in Latin America.  It is the first most visited city in South America and is a sophisticated place which boasts a huge variety of cultural and social activities. Its European feel has earned Buenos Aires the name “the Paris of the Americas.”   Palatial mansions, townhouses, and wide boulevards lend a gracious and old-fashioned air to many areas of the city. Porteños, as residents of Buenos Aires are known, enjoy a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Music seems to be in the Argentine soul, and the city’s music, theater, and dance scenes are unsurpassed in Latin America. The tango is king in Buenos Aires and is performed in clubs and on the street.  The city is an elegant, seductive place, laced with old world charm and yet full of contemporary attitude.  Buenos Aires is unlike any other city in the world.

Summer starts in December and extends to the end of February. Buenos Aires can be very warm during these months with an average temperature of 86 degrees F. Winters (June, July, August) are not very cold. The average temperatures vary from 40 - 50 degrees F. In spring, temperatures averages 68 F., and in fall, 59 F.

TRAVEL Fly into the Buenos Aires International Airport.  Airport pickup is available.
TRAVEL to Mendoza.  Fly from Buenos Aires or Santiago to Mendoza.  Airport pickup available.  Bus from Buenos Aires to Mendoza is 10 - 12 hours.

About The School

ECELA - Español y Cultura en LatinoAmérica.  As the name implies, it is dedicated to teaching Spanish and helping you experience the cultures of Latin America.  It was started in 2000 and now operates in three countries.  It is easy to combine your study in Chile, Argentina and Peru, all the while staying with the same system and picking up in classes just where you left off.  It may be only slightly more expensive than other language schools, as the manner of teaching (communicative conversation rather than grammar intensive) simply requires more human resources, but it produces the results you want!

ECELA (Escuela y Centro de Español en Latino América) was founded in 2000. The school is located in the middle of Monserrat. This area is close to the shopping, cafes, and restaurants and the school is located just one block away from Palacio Baralo.  The building is comfortable, spacious and peaceful and contains 8 classrooms.  

Style of teaching – Communicative method of instruction.  ECELA is the only Spanish language school in Argentina to receive the IALC membership (International Association of Language Centres), which ensures an internationally qualified education. All instructors are university educated and have experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Levels offered – All levels accommodated. If there are no other students at your level, you will be upgraded to private lessons for half the number of group lessons.

Class size and hours – Maximum group size 8

M – F Hours 9:00am to 6:00pm

Materials – Provided by the school and included in your course fees.

Students - Minimum age for independent study 16 or completion of high school. Younger students may study if they are accompanied by a family member, but they must be in private classes.

Calendar – You can start classes any Monday year round for any number of weeks. 

School is open during Christmas holidays. You can start classes any Monday year round for any number of weeks. 

2018 School Holidays:  School will be closed on these dates and with no makeups or discounted tuition: January 1;  February 12; March 30; May 1;  December 25.

There are conversation clubs held in place of regular classes on the following 2018 School Holidays: February 13; March 29; April 2; May 25; June 20; October 15; November 19.

Activities – Most popular activities are: Cooking Class– Learn to prepare typical Argentine foods such as empanadas, alfajores, and choco-torta. City Tour – Photo opportunities at the most important historical and political sites of Buenos Aires. Tango Show – Dinner and drinks while watching some of Argentina’s most skilled Tango dancers. La Cholita – Typical Argentina steak “parrilla”, located only a few blocks from ECELA Buenos Aires. Cine Argentino – Watch and discuss some of Argentina’s most famous and important films.
Weekend excursions are offered at reasonable cost:
Feria Mataderos – traditional music, food, and dance - Estancia – Spend a day at a traditional Argentine ranch, complete with a folklore show and salsa dancing. La Boca / San Telmo – Tour the neighborhood where tango was born and visit the famous football stadium of Boca Juniors. Mataderos – Artisan fair that features traditional Argentine food, dancing, and live shows.

Academic Credit – Available for this program.

Mendoza (population 115,000)  is a bustling city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes.  You’re bound to be captivated by the laid-back pace while surrounded by every possible comfort. Lively during the day, the city really comes into its own at night, when the bars, restaurants and cafes along Av. Arístides fill up and overflow onto the sidewalks with all the bright young things, out to see and be seen.

All over the country (and in much of the world), the name Mendoza is synonymous with wine, and this is the place to base yourself if you’re up for touring the vineyards, taking a few dozen bottles home or just looking for a good vintage to accompany the evening’s pizza.  It is also a great place to organize rafting, skiing and other adventures in the nearby Andes. Mendoza is 1050 km west of Buenos Aires and 340 km northwest of Santiago (Chile)

Another (separate smaller school) which Language Link represents is in San Carlos de Bariloche – In incredibly beautiful Northern Patagonia, located in the southern most part of Argentina, Bariloche is synonymous with winter, snow and skiing.  But it is more.  Known as the “American Switzerland”, the city and its surroundings are attractions all year long.  This location can be added to your Buenos Aires study or stand alone.  Please request information.