This Study & Internship program in Santiago combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Spanish Study program followed up with a minimum 8 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.
All opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects.
This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and enriching language program.
After participating in this Study & Internship Program in Santiago, students will gain unique cross-cultural professional experience, greatly improved foreign language abilities, personal and professional growth and confidence both nationally and internationally, and culturally sensitive yet sound communication skills.
The study portion of the program includes 20 hours per week of Group Spanish classes with a 4 week minimum prior to internship. Maximum number of students per class is 5, with the average being 2 students. Groups are organized in a way that each will always consist of students possessing the same level of Spanish.
All of our teachers are native speakers with university educations and are very experienced teaching Spanish to foreigners. Most have learned a second language themselves and understand the student's perspective.
The method is based on the 4 language skills: listening, grammar, oral and written comprehension. No English will be used in class. Classes are 55 minutes in length. Classes are either from 9 until 1 or 2 until 6 with two short snack breaks.
Our program is divided into 6 levels of study. The first 4 are concentrated on grammar, vocabulary, practical situations, and conversation. The next 2 levels, advanced and superior, focus mainly on conversation and advanced reading and writing topics.
Levels & Course Content
Our program is divided into 6 levels of study. The first eight are concentrated on grammar, vocabulary, practical situations, and conversation. The next levels, advanced and superior, focus mainly on conversation and advanced reading and writing topics.
NOTE: Content descriptions are examples of topics covered. Discussion topics and themes vary.
- Beginner 1: (No Spanish) pronunciation, identifying people and things, present tense, family members, "ser" and "estar", interrogative pronouns, indefinite/definite articles, greetings, demonstative adjectives, present progressive tense, "hay" and "tener", days and months, possessive adjectives.
- Beginner 2: reflexive verbs and pronouns, sports and activities, future informal ("ir" + ), preferences and desires, "nunca"/"siempre", imperative tense, ordinal numbers, "tener que", "haber", and "deber", prepositions of time and place, imperfect tense.
- Intermediate 1: relative pronouns, interrogative pronouns, "para" and "por", past perfect irregulars, future imperfect, conditional tense, present subjunctive, uses of subjunctive verbs, "seguir" and "quedar", preterite perfect "estar" + gerund, irregular subjunctive verbs.
- Intermediate 2: preterite perfect subjunctive, passive voice, uses of "se", verbs with prepositions, adverbial expressions, diminutives and augmentatives, idomatic expressions, preterite imperfect subjunctive, prepositional phrases, synonyms and antonyms.
- Advanced: advanced writing, reading, and conversation. Topics vary.
Teachers use our own course book, developed by a team of our teachers, for about half of the class, while the other half of the class is devoted to special class needs and supplements, such as selected audios, videos, and current readings.
Teachers All of our teachers are native speakers with university educations and are very experienced teaching Spanish to foreigners. Most have learned a second language themselves and understand the student's perspective.
After the minimum 4 week study program, there is an 8 week minimum internship placement in a business or organization in one of the following fields:
Marketing Tourism & Hotel Management Economy International business Language Teacher (English, French and German) News reporter Other fields may be available upon request
Internship Placement Location
Placements are location 15- 20 minutes from the institute in Santiago.
Homestay We recommend students take advantage of staying in a homestay to practice their Spanish and be exposed to local culture. Middle class families are carefully selected and provide each student with a private room. Do not assume that you are too old for a homestay as many of our students are older than their host "parents". For many of our students, their homestay is one of the most rewarding experiences.
The accommodations coordinator of each school, always at the students' disposal, can change your family accommodation if the need arises. Most families are within 20-25 minutes walking distance to school.
Shared Apartment Our most popular housing option is the shared apartment, where you will live with other students. No meal plan is available with the shared apartments, however you have kitchen access to prepare your own meals. Furthermore, cooperation with other students is necessary as the common areas are maintained only once per week. The student apartment is the best option for everyone who wants to combine the Spanish experience with meeting new friends. All apartments are fully furnished and equipped.
Undergraduate, graduate students and adults with an undergraduate degree or higher. * Prior experience in the area & Spanish background (Spanish Intermediate level normally is required)
Internship positions on a space available basis. These are unpaid positions.
Minimum Work Commitment
A minimum of 4 weeks preparatory Immersion language study at the school plus a minimum of 8 weeks commitment to the internship is required
U.S. citizens traveling on regular passports for tourism or business do not need a visa for a stay of 90 days or less. Those planning a longer visit must obtain a visa in advance of arrival.
Group - 20 Hours per Week in Group of 2-5 Students per class. 50 min class hour Internship Placement in local Business or Organization Shared Apartment - Single Room, no meals. Arrival Transfer from the airport Placement Testing 1-2 Organized Activities Weekly* Access to E-mail Access to Multimedia Learning Center Certificate of Completion Pre-Departure Information Planning Guide Medical, Accident and Sickness Coverage ** Medivac Coverage Other Travel Coverage (repatriation, baggage, personal effects, accidental death and dismemberment , etc.) 24 Hour Emergency Multilingual Hotline (call collect from anywhere in the world)
* Entrance fees, transportation, etc. may be at additional cost. ** See policy for definitions and exclusions.
Group Program & Internship: 20 hours per week. The Group Program consists of 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday, of Spanish language study in a group setting with a maximum of 5 students per class. Internship will start start after the 4 weeks Spanish Classes.
The capital of Chile, Santiago, is a bustling cosmopolitan city. At 1,800 feet above sea level and bordered by the Andes to the east, few world capitals have a more dramatic setting. First settled in 1541 by the Spanish, Santiago has grown into a prosperous metropolis with an interesting blend of Colonial and Modern architecture.
Visitors to this city should be sure to go to the San Cristobal and Santa Lucia hills for exceptional views of Santiago. Forestal and O'Higgins parks provide relaxing breaks from the bustle of the city and there are many museums, churches, plazas and shops for those interested.
Located in the extreme southwest of South America, Chile is a country of great beauty and diversity. From the Atacama Desert in the north to the lush fertile valley of central Chile, the natural wonders of this country welcome visitors from the world over. The snowcapped Andes mountains attract skiers between June and September and Vina del Mar is crowded with beachgoers during the Chilean summers.
Cultural and Social Activities
During the week Santiago offers many possibilities to go out, everybody likes to meet after work, to meet new friends and enjoy live music, a theater play or dancing. During the weekends you can do some outdoor activities or go on a trip outside the city.
We invite you to our weekly activities: city tours, salsa and merengue lessons, museum tours, visit vineyards, parks and bars are part of our program!
At the weekend we go on trips to Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, La Serena or to other places to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. For adventure loving people we organize horse trekking, rafting and trekking!
To apply for the Internship Program, fill out the Registration Form by clicking the register link and submit on-line or mail including the deposit of $140 US.
Also, you will have to send your Curriculum Vitae/Resume in Spanish OR English, typewritten by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 414-271-8884.