Santiago de Chile is a bustling, modern capital nestled in a valley amidst the ever-present backdrop of the majestic Andes mountain range. One of Latin America’s main financial centers, the city is home to about 40% of the
country’s population. You will find the inhabitants of this very safe and comfortable city friendly and hospitable to foreigners. Santiago’s climate is mild and Mediterranean. Although winters are mild, when it rains in Santiago, it’s snowing in the Andes, and for those who like to ski, you will be glad to know that the ski areas of Valle Nevado, Colorado and La Parva are only an hour away. The coast west of Santiago is beautiful and offers numerous beaches, resorts and golf courses. In theory you could go skiing, play tennis and lie on the beach all in the same day!
Our partner school is located at the foot of San Cristobal Hill, the city’s largest park. Set in the Bellavista district Santiago’s colorful bohemian neighborhood, the area is a magnet for students and artists. You will be in walking distance from the Plaza de Armas and Pablo Neruda’s house. Since the 1980S, Bellavista has developed into the city’s hot spot, with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and theatres dispersed throughout. The school building features 7 classrooms, 2 kitchens and a beautiful garden.
You may choose between a stay with a host family, or a student residence.
At weekends the school organizes excursions into the Andes or to the Pacific Coast. Rafting, climbing courses and trekking tours are all part of the school’s extra activities. Cultural excursions include a vineyard tour followed by wine tasting, the museum-house of Pablo Neruda, visit to the “Palacio Cousiño...
Like many Latin American cities, Santiago de Chile is defined by its coexisting contrasts: colonial and modern architecture, energizing street scenes and parks, elegant shopping and earthy markets, exciting nightlife and romantic restaurants.