Join API for an exciting and immersive international gap experience in Santiago, Chile!
Participants can contribute to the local community through service projects at local non-profits, teaching English through local community groups, or participating in youth empowerment programs through tutoring and surfing. Participants can also improve their Spanish language skills through the completion of a Spanish language and conversation course at a local language institute. One-month, two-month, and three-month placements are available.
This is a perfect opportunity to earn service hours between high school and the start of college!
|PROGRAM TITLE:||apply nowCommunity Service Program
|MINIMUM AGE:||18 or high school graduate|
|LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION:||Spanish and English|
|LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:||Minimum of one year of high school Spanish|
In Santiago, students live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Chilean culture, and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two to three meals per day (except on weekends), as well as, laundry service once per week.
|ACCEPTANCE TO U.S. UNIVERSITY REQUIRED:||No|
|DATES & PRICES:||Fall 1||Late July - Late August, 2018||$3,950|
|Fall 2||Late July - Late September, 2018||$6,325|
|Fall 3||Late July - Late October, 2018||$8,525|
|Spring 1||Late January - Late February, 2019||$3,950|
|Spring 2||Late January - Late March, 2019||$6,325|
|Spring 3||Late January - Late April, 2019||$8,525|
Chile’s tremendous range covers a hugely diverse array of landscapes, from the desolate moonscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert, to the fertile vineyards of the Central Valley, to the lush rainforests of the Lake District, down to the magnificent glaciers and peaks of Patagonia — not to mention more than 3,000 miles of coastline and Easter Island. It’s truly mind-boggling to think of how many different experiences one can have in this diverse South American nation.
Santiago, the capital and the largest city in Chile, was founded in 1541. It is home to over a third of Chileans and is the commercial and political center of Chile. With a vast public transportation system, a growing economy, top universities, it is one of South American most modern, safe, and thriving cities.
Santiago offers a diverse range of cultural attractions, including eclectic neighborhoods, museums, shopping, restaurants, and cafes. European influences can be seen in the neoclassical architecture, city parks, and cuisine. Museo de Historia National, Museo National de Bellas Artes, Cerro de San Cristobal, and barrio Bella Vista are just a few of the sights to see.
Centrally located in Chile, Santiago makes a great starting point for visiting other parts of Chile. On the weekends, you can find yourself hiking in Patagonia, walking beautiful coastal beach areas, skiing in the Andes, or touring world-class vineyards in Mendoza.