Join API for an exciting and immersive international gap experience in Valparaíso, Chile!
Participants can contribute to the local community through service projects with green initiatives and environmental awareness in the city, working with local non-profits, and teaching English through local community groups. 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 Valparaíso, 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||Mid-July - Mid-August, 2018||$3,990|
|Fall 2||Mid-July - Mid-September, 2018||$6,360|
|Fall 3||Mid-July - Mid-October, 2018||$8,525|
|Spring 1||Late January - Late February, 2019||$3,990|
|Spring 2||Late January - Late March, 2019||$6,360|
|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.
Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a UNESCO world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. Founded in 1536, Valparaíso is not only one of Chile’s most important port cities, it is also its third largest city. Valparaíso remains a source of inspiration for artists of all types, including the well-known Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Students can visit Neruda’s seaside home in Valparaíso, as well as the Chilean Congress. Offering strikingly beautiful views from the top of its numerous hills, it is reminiscent of San Francisco. Valparaíso, or Valpo for short, is a city where students can amble away an afternoon exploring its steep and winding streets, peppered with colored houses and electric lines, and admire the sparkling Pacific Ocean below. It is also only a two-hour bus ride away from Chile’s capital city, Santiago.