ECELA Opens New Spanish Language School in Coastal Chile

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Beginning this year, students who learn Spanish in Chile through ECELA will have the option to study at the coastal city of Vina del Mar. Classes at this new location can be combined with ECELA Santiago for a multi-location program.

ECELA Viña del Mar is ECELA's second Spanish school in Chile and sixth overall.

So many students looking to learn Spanish in Chile have requested a school on the coast. We’re glad we can finally make it happen. We wanted to add this new school earlier, but the recent earthquake set us back.

ECELA has announced the establishment of a new Spanish language school in Chile, located at Calle Errazuriz 631 in Viña del Mar. This Chilean coastal city has beautiful beaches, and a wide variety of entertainment options for students to enjoy. Currently, ECELA Spanish schools are in 6 locations in Latin America, which now include Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Santiago, Viña del Mar, Lima and Cusco.

The opening of this new location in Viña del Mar completes the institution’s strategy to have at least two schools per country. To provide the optimal experience for students looking to study Spanish abroad, ECELA currently has a school in the cultural capital and a popular tourist area in each of Peru, Chile and Argentina.

Viña del Mar is considered to be one of the most vital tourist cities in all of Chile. This location hosts a variety of cultural activities including theatre, dance, carnivals as well as an active nightlife scene. Cecilia Quezada, Regional Director of ECELA stated, “So many students looking to learn Spanish in Chile have requested a school on the coast. We’re glad we can finally make it happen. We wanted to add this new school earlier, but the recent earthquake set us back.”

Those students looking to attend the Spanish school in Chile now can take classes at both the ECELA school at Viña del Mar as well as the Santiago location. A comfortable bus, which departs every 10-15 minutes, is available to transport students between the two locations in just two hours. Those looking to travel from Viña del Mar to Santiago need only take Santiago's modern subway to a small bus terminal called “Pajaritos” and can take either the Pullman or Turbus tourist options (about $15 round-trip).

Additionally, Cecilia Quezada commented on ECELA’s decision to opt for Viña del Mar, rather than adding a Spanish school in Valparaiso. “We opted for Viña del Mar as we found that this city is safer and more comfortable for students. Besides, Valparaiso is only a few metro stops away.”

Valparaiso and Viña del Mar are twin cities that are located only a few minutes apart. Valparaiso is rich in history and has received UNESCO world heritage status. Yet, as it is a working class port city, it also has the reputation of being quite gritty. Viña del Mar, on the other hand, is Chile’s best-known beach resort known for its middle and upper middle class residents. Valpairaiso is more famous, but Viña del Mar is more suitable for longer stays.

About ECELA
ECELA operates Spanish schools in the South American countries of Argentina, Chile and Peru. ECELA instructs over 2100 students per year and the program’s students originate from over 35 countries. With 20 hours of small group classes per week, cultural activities and excursions, and the advantages of living in a Spanish-speaking environment, immersion students advance very rapidly. To learn more about ECELA’s programs visit http://www.ecela.com.

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