School Reviews (7)


Before I came to Chile, I was really afraid

Dear Friends,

Before I came to Chile, I was really afraid. Afraid of this new experience, afraid of being far from my family, friends, and all of my loved ones. But life always surprises us, and I met people here who became family. They’re friends now, and I’ll keep them in my heart my whole life.

I love them so much that it now makes me sad to think that I’ll be far away. Without a doubt, this was the best experience of my life. All that I experienced, all those I met, and all that I learned will stay in my memory forever.

Ecela is a family, and the people there are really kind, loving, and charming. Thank you for everything and I’m so grateful for this experience.

I love you guys so much, I’ll miss you.

by Jaqueline Santana from Brazil


the entire Ecela staff has consistently demonstrated an interest in each student

Before I arrived at Ecela, Buenos Aires, I had never studied Spanish except for a short period of working with a tutor and a small amount of self-teaching. Basically, I knew nothing.

I have been here for three weeks and am astonished by how much I have learned and know. I have a very large vocabulary and understand the structure of the Spanish language, including four basic verb tenses and many idioms. Of course, I am not fluent, but I am able to engage in simple conversations and can make myself understood in more complex situations.

In addition to the formal program, the entire Ecela staff has consistently demonstrated an interest in each student, including their safety and comfort as well as their learning. As an older woman traveling alone, I appreciate knowing that Ecela goes above and beyond the call of duty. I am sad that I must leave now, and wish I could stay longer.

by Sondra Hirsh from Florida


5 weeks with group and private classes really did the trick!

I chose to study Spanish at Ecela because I needed to improve my spanish before my semester at a university here started. And 5 weeks with group and private classes really did the trick! In the group lessons you learn everything you need about grammatics, Peruvian culture, everyday life in Lima etc. In the private classes you do whatever is best for you and this was for me the perfect combination. Outside the classes you hang out with other students, the teachers, doing activities together all organized by the two sweetest; Ruth and Vicky.

Muchas gracias a todos en ECELA. Las cinco semanas pasaron super rápido! Voy a extrañar muchissimo a todos! Buena suerte a todos los nuevos estudiantes y espero que tengan la mejor experiencia como yo!

by Ingvild Nautvik from Norway


It’s a really friendly and relaxed environment. I enjoyed all of the conversations we had.

Finding this school online before I got to Cusco was wonderful. I think I learned more than I expected to, because the teachers Alexis and Eric let me speak even though I made a lot of mistakes.

It’s a really friendly and relaxed environment. I enjoyed all of the conversations we had.

I’ll never forget this opportunity to study Spanish in a city as beautiful and interesting as Cusco!!

I want to thank Ygor for all the different activities during the time I spent at the school. I hope you keep finding new ways to ride horses because that activity is INCREDIBLE!!

Thanks for everything!!

by Mike Reed from USA


Now I can speak Spanish almost perfectly, but when I arrived I didn’t speak a word of Spanish.

Multi-Location Spanish Program, Chile, Argentina.

I started my South American adventure 9 months ago, and my first contact was with ECELA Santiago and its “dream team.” That was the beginning of my incredible six-month-long Latin adventure with Ecela. I did a ton of things in Santiago, because the city is in a perfect location. It’s close to everything, close to the ocean, close to the mountains, close to rivers. Also, it’s the city of carretes. I don’t think there was a single night without a party! It’s impossible to feel lonely in Santiago; there’s always someone to talk to, go out with, and drink a pisco sour. Also, I lived with a very, very warmhearted family, and, they’re like my Chilean family, and now I’m a part of their life. There’s only one word to describe Santiago, life there, and the school: ¡ BAKAN !

I also had an amazing time in Bariloche, Argentina. Mountains, lakes, glaciers, incredibly kind people, a humane little school because of its size and its teachers. Class in the morning, but in the afternoon: trekking, horse-back riding, rafting, kayak,…well, time to relax. 😉 It was a different type of enjoyment: nature and relaxation. The combination of the two countries is great, since it shows us two very different places. As for the quality of the teachers at Ecela Chile and Ecela Argentina: they’re very good at their jobs. They taught me not just Spanish but also Latin American culture, traditions, customs, and Chilean and Argentine history. And they did so with so much enthusiasm.

Lastly, now I can speak Spanish almost perfectly, but when I arrived I didn’t speak a word of Spanish. Now I’m travelling through Latin America, and, thanks to Ecela, I can talk to people from each country and learn from them. Thanks everyone, and best of luck.

by Caroline Verba from France


For me, staying with a family was the best and fastest way to learn Spanish.

Hereby my some words about my homestay.

My homestay in Santiago was really great. I stayed with a nice family; dad, mom and 2 kids, who made me feel like a part of the family. They really made sure that I had a great time in Santiago and that I never felt alone. They helped me find my way in the city and the dad even did a ´practice´ walk to school with me the night before my first day!

For me, staying with a family was the best and fastest way to learn Spanish. Everyday you wake up with Spanish (my hostmom got me breakfast in bed everyday!) and if you came home after school there is always somebody to practice with. My family was always patient and helped me when i was struggling with spanish. Without this family, my experience in Santiago would have been good, but not so great as it has been!

Regards,
Florentine Naar

by Florentine Naar from Netherlands

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