Chile: from the Mapuche word chilli, which may mean “where the land ends”


Program Details:

  • 10 or 5 month program starts at the end of February
  • 1 month program starts in January or June
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 17
  • 2 years of high school Spanish recommended, but not required
  • 2 week intensive language course available for those with less Spanish experience
  • School year starts in March
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 11/1 for March,
    4/1 for July

Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $14,500
  • Semester – $12,500
  • 1 month – $5,660

Plus health/liability insurance – $80/month

$1000 deposit due with application

**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance
  • Volunteer host family placement in Marga Marga County
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Domestic transportation to host family
  • Local orientation after arrival
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Chile
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Public transportation to and from school
  • School textbooks, school lunches, and school uniforms
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Optional group excursions
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

General Information:

Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. The northern Atacama Desert contains great mineral wealth, primarily copper and nitrates. The relatively small Central Valley, which includes Santiago, dominates the country in terms of population and agricultural resources. This area is also the historical center from which Chile expanded in the late 19th century, when it integrated the northern and southern regions. Southern Chile is rich in forests, grazing lands, and features a string of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands. The Andes Mountains are located on the eastern border.

High School System:

Secondary school (enseñanza media) provides students with more specialized training than their basic education and prepares them for university or vocational training. The four years of required secondary school are divided into two, two-year cycles, the curriculum containing required and optional subjects.

During secondary school, the required subjects are:

  • Language and communication
  • Mathematics
  • Science (physics, chemistry and biology)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Social science
  • English
  • Physical education
  • Visual or musical arts
  • Technology, the first two years
  • Philosophy and psychology, the last two years

Upon completion of secondary school, students who have achieved passing grades are awarded a graduate of secondary education (Licenciado en Enseñanza Media) certificate enabling them access to higher education or to undergo specialized vocational training.

*Video courtesy of Chile Travel Channel

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