About The School

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About Santiago

Resting on an inland plain, with the Andes glimmering in the distance, Santiago, the capital of Chile, is the fifth largest city in South America. It is one of the most modern cities on the continent, home to nearly 5 million inhabitants.   Santiago is also the central point of a region filled with attractive sites and activities. Only miles away are the main South American ski centers, and the beautiful beaches of the Pacific are only an hour's drive to the northwest. Just south of Santiago lie the rich and beautiful vineyards of the Maipo Valley, one of the world's most esteemed wine producing regions.

Chile’s capital is a dynamic, modern city where colonial mansions sit among soaring skyscrapers, folk art becomes fashion and Latin and European cultures intertwine. The city is reinventing itself, with arts, nightlife, and restaurant scenes that have never been better, making this thriving and sophisticated metropolis into the civic, cultural, and historical nucleus of the country. Enjoy it all while gazing up at the peaks of the snow-dusted Andes range surrounding the city’s extremities.

Santiago has a mild, Mediterranean climate which reminds many travelers of California. This region is the breadbasket of Chile, with fertile valleys and an idyllic countryside dotted with vineyards. While practicing your Spanish you can dine on a rich assortment of seafood while savoring some of the best wines of the continent.

TRAVEL Fly into Santiago’s international airport.  Airport pickup is available.

OTHER LOCATIONS  The school has a branch in Viña del Mar, a beautiful resort city on a Chilean beach.  Fly into Santiago and bus to Viña del Mar in 1.5 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 a converted mansion in very safe Providencia, one of the best neighborhoods in the city, close to parks, restaurants, bars, museums, and clubs. The school's facilities include numerous classrooms, wireless internet and computers, a library, and a large patio.

Style of teaching – Communicative method of instruction.  ECELA is the only Spanish language school in Chile 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 9:000 am to 6:00pm

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

Academic Credit – Available for this program.

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. 
2018 Holidays:  School will be closed on these dates and with no makeups or discounted tuition: January 1; March 30; May 1, September 18; December 25

2018 partial holidays (conversation club will be held instead of regular classes): May 21; July 2, 16; August 15; September 19; October 11; November 1, 2.

Activities – Available for a nominal fee. Most popular activities are:

  • Santiago City Tour
  • Wine Tasting
  • Cooking Class
  • Dance Class.  

Weekend excursions at reasonable cost include:

  • Cabalgatas – horseback riding in the Andes following by a Chilean asado
  • Viña del Mar and Valparaíso with boat tour and Chilean seafood lunch, Pomaire artisan area and Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s house.