Santiago has a population of 5 million people and is located in the Central Valley at the foot of the Andes. It is a safe and modern city with good public transportation and a warm Mediterranean climate with average summer daytime temperatures of 80-85 degrees F.
In the evening it cools off comfortably. Within a days travel of Santiago you can visit Chile best Ski - resorts near Mount Aconcagua - the highest mountain in the America - the vineyards, the beach or the picturesque harbor city of Valparaíso. The variety of cultural offerings is some of the best in all of South America.
Our Spanish language school is situated in a beautiful old mansion built in the beginning of the 20th century, in Providencia -the modern Santiago- near popular parks, and little restaurants, just a few minutes from Underground station Salvador at the entrance of the famous "Barrio Bellavista". Since 1985 a profusion of restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and small theaters have sprung up here. The neighborhood is a magnet for students, artists and craftsmen. "Violeta Parra" was founded in 1992 and has been a member of the international Tandem net since 1996. We offer full immersion language courses, lodging with families or in pensions, assuring individual service in a friendly atmosphere.
Why is it called "Violeta Parra"? Because through her art, music and poetry, this woman of many talents brought to life the true spirit of the nation. Because for us, this popular figure best represents the people of Chile.
The instruction is divided into four levels: Beginner, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. We teach for 20, 30, or 35 lessons per week. There are rarely more than four students per class, and usually less. The teachers are committed professionals speaking Spanish as their native language. The main goal is to achieve the proficiency to communicate well. In accordance with the Tandem-method, we arrange a Chilean language-exchange-partner.
In addition to the lessons, we offer a program designed to give student insight into the cultural, political, socio-economical, historical and ecological conditions existing in Chile. The students visit various organizations, memorials, museums, etc.
We organize weekend excursions to the Andes, to hot springs, to National Parks and to the coast. Our students can also choose from a wide variety of activities such as rock climbing, trekking, Rafting or skiing in the winter.
For those who are more interested in city life, we can direct them toward the "salsotecas" in Bellavista, where they can learn to dance Tango, Salsa or Merengue. We offer a program designed to accommodate individual interests, while the student is completely immersed in the Spanish language. At the same time we try to offer a true Chilean adventure that goes beyond the usual tourist experience.
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