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Spanish Course in Valparaíso

Located right on the Pacific Coast, Valparaíso is about a 90-minute car ride from Chile’s capital, Santiago de Chile. With around 300,000 inhabitants, it is much smaller than Santiago, which has almost 7 million residents. However, Chileans know Valparaíso as being the “cultural capital” of Chile. Valparaíso, which is also referred to simply as “Valpo”, impresses visitors with its architecture and location. Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003 due to its historical relevance, picturesque harbor, and the many hills that are covered with countless colorful houses and small buildings. It is also one of the most well-known cities in the world for beautiful street art, which can be seen throughout the city. The unique architecture is a mix of 19th century style and modern art. From almost every hill, you have an amazing view over the Pacific Coast and the bay of Valparaíso. Every year, Valpo attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.

During the 19th century, the picturesque city was home to the most important port in Latin America. After the completion of the Panama Canal, however, Valparaíso lost a lot of its significance for trading, but the city’s port is still used by cargo ships and international cruises today. Up until today, the city’s charm still remains and reminds visitors of its former glory and wealth through its many high-incline cable cars and old buildings, such as the oldest stock exchange in Latin America.

Our Spanish school in Valparaiso is located near the Plaza de Justicia in downtown. A short distance from the school, you will find the picturesque harbor and the famous Plaza Sotomayor, which is the central reference point of Valparaíso. The school is small but has a friendly and international atmosphere with more than 25 years of experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language. The familiar atmosphere facilitates the concentration and the immersion into Chilean culture and language. The students between the ages of 20 and 40 years old come from around the world forming a multicultural mixture.

Key figures of our Spanish Courses in Valparaiso

Course Start Date

Year round, always on Mondays for all Spanish levels

Minimum Stay

2 weeks

Spanish Levels

6 proficiency levels according to CEFR (Common European Framework of References for Languages)

Class Duration

45 minutes

Teacher

Native Spanish speaker

Group Size

Maximum 5 students (average size 3 students)

Placement Test

Online placement test to be completed before the course starts

Group Course

20 hours/week

Intensive Course

30 hours/week (20 group + 10 private)

Private Course

15 hours/week

Language Diploma

Will be issued at the end of the course, stating your acquired proficiency level.

Spare Time Activities

Are offered from time to time, depending on the number of students enrolled and their interests.

Internet

WIFI Internet at the school

Accommodation

Single room in local homestays

 

In order to maintain its reputation among the top language schools in Valparaíso, the school strives to offer high-quality lessons and friendly costumer service. The lessons emphasize learning grammar and expanding vocabulary. Many conversational exercises are carried out during the classes to strengthen speaking and listening comprehension. All classes are well structured using the school’s own teaching material and additional audio, visual and print materials.

Students can choose between three different types of course:

•  Group Course:
Consists of 20 lessons per week. Each group has a maximum of 5 students, usually groups are small with only 3 students. Classes take place in the morning from 9am to 12 pm. The classes may be in the afternoons as well if the morning classes reach capacity.

•  Intensive Course:
A combination of the Group Course and the Individual Course consisting of 20 group lessons and 10 individual lessons per week. The Intensive Course is ideal for students who want to improve their language skills as quickly as possible. The individual lessons can be arranged flexibly in the afternoons Monday through Friday.

•  Private Course:
For students who prefer individual attention and need a flexible schedule. The lessons are adapted to the student’s Spanish level and learning abilities. The student can also request to emphasize studying certain material or themes. The Private Course consists of 15 lessons per week.

•  Spanish Course & Volunteer Work (part-time):
Many participants of our Spanish courses in Valparaiso are interested in integrating into Chilean society. Especially for these students, we have created a special program that gives you the opportunity to combine your theoretical Spanish studies with the practical application of your knowledge through volunteering. By participating in volunteer work you will learn about the Chilean society while assisting those in need. The volunteer work takes place in children's homes, day care centers, homes for the elderly, homeless shelters, animal shelters and other similar social institutions. This program consists of a Spanish course in the morning and volunteer work on two to four afternoons per week. You will practice your newly acquired Spanish grammar in real life situations allowing you to rapidly improve your skills.

The charm of Valparaíso will capture you immediately. For our language students, we offer carefully selected rooms in Chilean homestays. You will have your own single room and access to the common areas.

Living in a local homestay allows you to learn about the Chilean traditions and culture. The Chileans are very warm people making it easy for you to get settled and to enjoy your stay. You can bookd your room with half-board (breakfast and dinner) or self-catering with access to the kitchen in order to prepare your meals.

All our homestays in Valparaíso are located in safe neigborhoods with good connection to public transportation. You will have also access to Internet (WIFI) at your homestay. 

The Spanish courses in Valparaiso include:
  Personal and professional consultation regarding your language course
  English-speaking contact person in Chile
  Useful information about your stay in Chile
  Country Handbook Chile
  Free internet access in the school
  Class material
  Language evaluation test
  Refreshments and light snacks during the breaks
  Cultural activities calendar (depending on season, not always available)
  Accommodation (if booked
  Airport pick-up (if booked)
  Language course completion certificate
  24/7 emergency number


Prices:

Program / duration 2
weeks
3
weeks
4
weeks
additional
week
Group Course
(20 hrs / week)
480 USD 720 USD 960 USD 240 USD
Intensive Course
(20+10 hrs / week)
800 USD 1,200 USD 1,600 USD 400 USD
Private Course
(15 hrs / week)
620 USD 930 USD 1,240 USD 310 USD
Homestay*
(no meals)
308 USD 462 USD 616 USD 154 USD
Homestay*
(half-board)
476 USD 714 USD 952 USD 238 USD

* High season surcharge for homestay 5 USD/day between December 1 and February 28.


Additional Services:

Volunteer Work*
(half-day)
110 USD
Airport Pick-up**
(to bus terminal)
35 USD
(one way)
Travel Insurance

*For the organization of volunteer work an application fee of 100 USD is required.
**Airport pick-up is only available from the Santiago Airport to the Bus Terminal. From there, buses to Valparaíso leave every 30 minutes.


Explanations:
  One week Spanish course lasts from Monday to Friday
  New courses always start on Mondays (all levels)
  Each lesson has 45 minutes
  The Group Course includes 20 lessons per week
  The Intensive Course consists of the Group course and 10 private lessons per week
  The Private Course includes 15 individual lessons per week
  All Group Courses are expected to have a minimum of 3 students per class. In case there are just 1 or 2
   students, class hours can be reduced by 50%.
  Accommodations are arranged in single rooms in local homestays.
  Accommodation prices consider check-in Sunday before the course starts, check-out Saturday after the
   course has ended (extra days can be booked).
  The half-day volunteer work takes place on 2 to 4 afternoons per week. It can only be booked together with
   a Spanish course during the same period of time.


Public Holidays 2018:
Jan 01, Mar 30, May 01, May 21, Jul 02, Jul 16, Aug 15, Sept 18 + 19, Oct 15, Nov 01, Nov 02, Dec 08, Dec 25. Classes will be rescheduled.


How to enroll?
To enroll for the Spanish classes in Valparaíso, please download the registration form and complete it accurately following the instructions on the first page. Send it then to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your contact person at the office of Chile Inside.

 

How are students assigned to the right language course?
Before starting a Spanish classes in Valparaíso, each new Spanish student takes a placement test. This test must either be submitted by email beforehand or be taken on the first day before the classes starts. Based on this test, students are evaluated regarding their language skills and are assigned to the right group. In case a student wishes to take private lessons, the test helps the Spanish school determine the right course material.

Where are the language students from?
The language students represent a diverse range of nationalities, typically originating from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the USA, Canada and Brazil. Every now and then the courses are attended by students of other nationalities, primarily Asians.

Can I do the DELE test in Chile?
We offer DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) preparation courses in Valparaíso. The DELE test itself will has to be taken in the Spanish institute in Santiago de Chile.

Does the language school also offer leisure activities?
The language school in Valparaiso offers leisure activities on a small-scale, which depend on the number of enrolled students. However, you can also easily discover the city by yourself. There are many ways to spend a relaxing afternoon in Valparaiso. The long beaches in neighboring Viña del Mar attract many sun seekers, especially during the summer months.

Will I be picked up at the airport?
We are happy to organize pick-up at the airport. This way you won’t have to go through the hassle of looking for a trustworthy taxi driver and won’t need to explain where exactly you’re staying. You will be picked- up at the airport in Santiago and brought directly to the bus terminal. From there you can board a bus to Valparaiso (approx. 2 hour drive). If you prefer to stay in Santiago for a night or more, we will take you to your accommodation in Santiago.

Will I receive a certificate from the school upon completion of the course?
Yes, upon completion of the course, the language school in Valparaíso will issue a certificate stating the level achieved.

What kind of insurance do I need for my stay abroad?
In order to participate in our exchange programs, you need to at least take out travel health insurance. This is important as it will cover you against any case of illness or accident. For this purpose, we cooperate with Caremed and can offer our participants special rates. For more information read here.

What should I do if I have a problem?
In the unlikely event that you experience problems during your stay in Chile, we are available to provide assistance. No matter whether you encounter these problems in your Spanish classes or whether they are of a different nature, we are always here for you to help. You will find our 24-hour emergency number on your reservation confirmation. It ensures that we are available for you 24/7.

Where will I be staying?
Our language students in Valparaíso stay in local homestays. You will be accommodated in a single room and you can use the commom areas of the house/apartment. All participants have access to a fully equipped kitchen where they can store and prepare food. Half-board (breakfast + dinner) can also be booked. Double rooms are available upon special request for friend or couples traveling together.

Will I have access to internet where I’m staying?
In particular Chile’s bigger cities have a good infrastructure. Internet access (WIFI) is part of the standard equipment of 100% of the accommodation we offer in Valparaíso.

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