Program Fee Deposit: $200
Prior to confirming the placement, a $200 deposit must be submitted. This deposit will be credited towards the overall program fee. If the program is cancelled after the placement has been accepted by the participant, the deposit will not be reimbursed.
Optional Spanish Classes:
*20 academic hours of Spanish Classes per week (45 minutes each)
*3 levels offered (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)
*Class size : Maximum of 7 students
ELI arranges for participants to stay with local host families or in shared apartments with Chilean and international roommates.
ELI truly believes that this is the best way to fully immerse in another culture and get the most from an international experience. All families are carefully screened and are well-respected members of the community. Most host families do not speak English, creating a full immersion environment to help participants improve their Spanish language skills. Participants will have either a private or shared bedroom with secure storage (volunteer must provide own padlock). Bathrooms are shared with the host family. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.
The shared apartment option provides you with your own room in an apartment with Chileans and people from around the world. This housing option is a great way to make friends and contacts your own age while providing the opportunity to optimize your Spanish speaking practice. Participants staying in the shared apartment will have a private, furnished room.
Arrival dates are flexible. Remember that you will need some time to rest after your trip (Most flights are overnight!) Placements begin Monday morning.
Functional Spanish skills are required for all programs. You will need to be able to communicate in past and present tense. We recommend taking Spanish classes at your arrival if you think your language skills need improvement before starting your program.
Airport pick-up is only available in Santiago. If you are traveling to a project in a different city, we will provide transport from the airport to the bus station in Santiago to continue your trip to your final destination.
Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need. Please see our FAQ page for information on travel insurance.
All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.
Notes & Helpful Links
Read up on Chile before arriving. Having some background information on the culture, history, politics will make your adjustment easier. You are going to be in a 100% Spanish speaking environment so practice your Spanish as much as you can before arriving. Duolingo is a great FREE option! Participants will fly into SCL Aeropuerto de Santiago. Many of the internships will require a brief phone/Skype interview before offering you a position. Here's a handy tool to see what time it is in Santiago: Time Conversion Tool. If you live in the northern hemisphere, remember that seasons are the opposite! Check the Weather in Santiago. There is so much to see and do in Chile.
After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.