School Reviews

I wouldn’t hesitate one second to come back if I had the chance.

Wow, it was an amazing and unforgettable time at ECELA Santiago!

I came with only a few words of Spanish and left with so much more than expected: not only that I learned so quickly and easily the language because of the very good and friendly teachers who make learning Spanish fun and interesting and the good concept of teaching that combines class lessons and private lessons if you take an intensive course, but I also met some absolutely great people from all over the world and found some new friends.

I enjoyed my time at ECELA so much that I spontaneously decided to stay 2 weeks longer than originally planned and I wouldn’t hesitate one second to come back if I had the chance to.

It was definitively one of the best times of my life! Thank you ECELA amigos for everything, I’m still missing you all!

by Mara Frei from Switzerland


It’s by far the best school I’ve attended…it’s like a home to me!!!

Hola, :)
This is my second time at Ecela because it’s a really good school where you learn a lot. The instructors are really attentive, it’s a great environment. It’s really pleasant, and the people are very friendly.

All week there are different activities, it’s really entertaining.

I recommend this school to those who want to learn Spanish and have a good time! It’s by far the best school I’ve attended.

I feel really good at Ecela, it’s like a home to me!!!

by Valentine Diebold from France


After retiring, I decided to try and learn Spanish.

After retiring, I decided to try and learn Spanish. I researched the available programs in Central and South America and found that Ecela was uniformly rated as excellent.

I decided to attend Ecela’s school in Cusco because I wanted to combine a spectacular vacation with my language studies. I took introductory Spanish for three weeks in Cusco, combining my classes with tours of the city and the area’s many Incan archeological sites.

It was incredible! I received one-on-one instruction from Erik, who is the most patient, kind, supportive, and excellent teacher I can imagine. Every morning with Erik was a delight, and in the afternoons, Ecela arranged great adventures for me: horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and touring.

My accommodations at an apartment with other students were great, and I got to practice my nascent Spanish with my fellow students and our neighbors. All this at a very, very reasonable price.

by Kenneth Hipp from Hawaii


Many thanks to all my teachers and the whole staff for their patience.

I’m a 55 year old Woman which decided to learn ‘Espanol’. I took private lessons and after 4 Weeks I was able to communicate and Spanish whatever was needed on my trip around Peru. Many thanks to all my teachers and the whole staff for their patience. I can strongly recommend Ecela in Lima. Thanks a lot to all.

by Priska Maeder from Switzerland


This experience was I-N-O-L-V-I-D-A-B-L-E!! I really love Buenos Aires and I’ll miss it a lot.

When I arrived in Buenos Aires, I only knew how to say a few words in Spanish. Now, I’m practically a porteña! I’ve eaten like five cows, a ton of empanadas, medialunas, and I’ve drunk a little mate.

I’ve had class with nearly all of the ECELA BA instructors: Juan Manuel, Leila, Rocío, Victoria, Elizabeth, Sonia, Florencia, Paola, Ignacio, Guillermo.

Thank you all for your patience with me. I had a ton of classmates and a bunch of roommates at the best house in Billinghurst.

This experience was I-N-O-L-V-I-D-A-B-L-E!! I really love Buenos Aires and I’ll miss it a lot.
Don’t forget, I’m not from Brazil, or England, or the USA… I’M FROM BARBADOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Keisha Jordan from Barbados


I asked for specific, personal lessons directed at improving my business vocabulary in Spanish

My experience at ECELA was great! I asked for specific, personal lessons directed at improving my business vocabulary in Spanish. Gabriel Bayona did just that. He had lessons planned for each day and he adjusted them to my level.

He utilized his teaching method to great effect by identifying new words as they came up in conversation and highlighting the reasons for the different verb conjugations. He also answered the many questions I had from reading the local newspapers everyday.

The building is in a good location and the staff is very friendly and helpful. They took us on field trips showing us historical centers, like the National Museum, and explained how to get around on the Metropolitano. The facility was clean and the coffee always ready.

by Ken Davis from Arizona


With all the tourists mixed in with the locals, you meet a lot of interesting people who are all looking to have some fun.

I studied in Cusco a little over 2 months and fell in love with the place. Starting with my host family, they were so sweet. My ‘mom’ always made the best food and after dinner we’d often play cards with my ‘brothers’ and ‘dad.’ I quickly felt like I was part of the family.

The city itself is extremely fun! There are so many outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, zip-lining, bungee jumping, all types of cool things to do. You’re surrounded by history in Cusco so there are also many fascinating museums to learn more about the Incan and pre-Incan cultures.

On top of all that, the nightlife is awesome. People really know how to party in Peru! With all the tourists mixed in with the locals, you meet a lot of interesting people who are all looking to have some fun.

But I wouldn’t have discovered all that this city has to offer without the help of the amazing ECELA staff. Right off the bat Ygor was very friendly and offered many ideas of places to go and things to see as activities with the school and on your own time. He was always only a phone call away whenever you needed anything, which is very comforting when you’re in a foreign country.

Erik, a great professor and friend, always made classes very engaging with jokes, city tours and discussions on real life situations. My entire experience with ECELA was beyond amazing and I highly recommend the program to anyone looking to really learn Spanish and experience life in South America.

by Sara Mokhtari-Fox from California


I learned so much from the doctors, my classmates, the Ecela staff, locals, travelers, and the kids we volunteered with.

The Spanish and Medical shadowing program was really an amazing experience. I didn’t have any Spanish experience at all before I arrived and by the time I left, I could understand and speak a significant amount!

I decided to go during my gap year between undergrad and medical school, and it really provided an incredible opportunity to learn the language, see medicine at practice in another country, and fall in love with Peru. Even though my Spanish skills were very basic, I still absorbed a lot in our shadowing sessions and got to observe big and subtle differences between hospitals there and the US.

Also, one of the best parts was the people I met. I learned so much from the doctors, my classmates, the Ecela staff, locals, travelers, and the kids we volunteered with. I will remember them all for a long, long time.

by Lisa Wang from Northwestern University


I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

I studied on my own a little bit, never in a school, but I took a short Berlitz language class in the US. They [ECELA and Berlitz] are not even comparable.

ECELA is far better. Berlitz is world-renowned, but there is no comparison at all. The teachers at ECELA are trained in linguistics and how to teach language. I’m just blown away by how good all of the teachers are.

by Gerald Lucas from New Jersey


At some point I decided: I’m going to Buenos Aires, to Ecela! And that was one of the best decisions of my life.

Five months ago, I had a lot of questions. Should I go to Buenos Aires? Or Spain? And which school should I attend?

At some point I decided: I’m going to Buenos Aires, to Ecela! And that was one of the best decisions of my life.

I arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday, November 20, and I was planning to stay for four months. I lived with other Ecela students in an apartment that was just a five minute walk from the school. On my first day, I met my roommate, a girl from the US, and we became friends immediately.

On Monday I went to the school for the first time and took a placement exam so that the teachers could decide which level I should start out in. After that test, I met a ton of other new students from different countries, like Germany, the United States, Switzerland, Norway, and Australia.

During the first week I went around the whole city. Buenos Aires is a fantastic city. What I liked the most is that there are so many different places: huge parks, the microcentro business district, historic neighborhoods, and Palermo with its many clubs, bars, and restaurants. The city is so beautiful, and the porteños are kind and courteous in my opinion.

I loved my time in Buenos Aires! After just two or three weeks I felt like I was at home, like it was my country. The school became a second home, and the people there are extremely nice! They helped me whenever I had any concerns, questions, or complaints. Also, the teachers are fantastic. I had 8 (!) different professors while I was there, and every single one was buenísimo! Classes are fun, and the classroom activities have enough variety. Every teacher explained things clearly, was patient, recommended restaurants and things to do, and gave a lot of other good advice.

I loved that it was such a different experience. I met people from many different countries, made so many strong friendships, and always had a splendid time with all of the students.

Of course it’s challenging at times, and of course I sometimes missed my friends and family. But I had a family here too, and everyone feels that way sometimes. In the end, I honestly didn’t want to return home!

If you’re not sure, I recommend that you come to Buenos Aires. The city is amazing, and the school is a great choice for studying Spanish, meeting people, and enjoying life!

I’d like to thank everyone at the school. I had a fantastic time and I’ll miss you all. If at any point I travel to Buenos Aires, I’ll be sure to visit you!

by Anne-Sophie van Gruijthuijsen from the Netherlands


The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture.

I’ve been to four of ECELA’s schools, and as a Spanish teacher I applaud their efforts in creating an enjoyable atmosphere for learning Spanish at all levels from beginner to advanced.

ECELA’s schools are more than just language schools, they are learning communities that support the sometimes challenging process of learning another language. The teachers and support staff are the key to the success.

The schools in Peru have been a very special experience for me. Through my experiences in Cusco and Lima, they have introduced me to a country that I’m sure I will return to.

I was pleasantly surprised by my experience in Lima. It exceeded my expectations in all ways. The city is exciting, the views in Miraflores are beautiful and the school was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m so glad I chose to complete my studies at ECELA here in the capital.

The homestays are an additional aspect that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great way to integrate immediately into the language and culture. I highly recommend ECELA for its excellent program.

by Rich Hance from USA

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We had an excellent time at ECELA Cusco

Hola, amigos! It’s Ina and Mima from Slovakia.  We had an excellent time at ECELA Spanish School in Cusco, Pero.  Before we arrived, Mima and I didn’t speak Spanish, but after two weeks we feel like we know more…We enjoyed the activities with Ygor and the classes with Alexis (Spanish Instructor at the School).

Mima will never forget her first pisco sour (haha) and I’ll never forget the first time I rode a horse!! Thanks for everything!! Besos, Ina and Mima, the Slovak girls.

by Ina & Mima from Slovakia


The city and people were wonderful.

¡Que divertido!
My time here at ECELA in Mendoza flew by. I´ve met some wonderful people and learned a lot about Argentina.
I´ve learned a lot of Spanish and improved my previous skills.
I ‘recommend ECELA in Mendoza to anyone interested in learning from great teachers in a comfortable environment. The city and people were wonderful.

by Josh G from USA


It’s like a big family full of student and staff :-)

What’s a GREAT time in ECELA Santiago!!! I stayed 10 weeks in the school, and I already miss it. My level increased a lot, more that I expected.

The classes are very interesting, the teachers very friendly and ready to explain again if you didn’t understand We laughed a lot, but always learning, big thanks to my teachers.

During all my stay, I met a lot of people from everywhere, and this was perfect to practice Spanish outside of the class.

I felt so good in this school, it’s like a big family full of student and staff :-) You, who read this message, go to ECELA. You will really enjoy, have fun, learn about Chile, Santiago, and of course Spanish.

by Mattieu LaCoste from France


The quality and caliber of instruction and curriculum is unparalleled.

The quality and caliber of instruction and curriculum is unparalleled. I have been a high school English and ESL teacher for the past eight years in California and I stand in awe of the natural talent, insight and mastery of the ECELA teachers.

I truly believe that teaching a language to a non-native speaker is one of the most challenging callings on earth. My two teachers, Ricardo and Francisco, were unbelievably talented, patient and engaging in their instructional strategies and classroom management. As a teacher myself, I know the challenges of language instruction. I can truly say that in my career as an educator, these two teachers are the two most talented and effective in their classroom practice.

by Wendy Savinar from California


There are people from all over the world, from different cultures, and everything works so well.

When I walked into Ecela the first time, I was impressed by how friendly the people were.  I could participate in all of the activities even without being enrolled.  After a while, they convinced me to take classes, and it was worth it.

What goes on in this school is an unforgettable experience.  There are people from all over the world, from different cultures, and everything works so well.  I thought it was good that we used what we learned in class in the activities during the afternoon and at night.  That way, you learned things much more quickly. Especially those who were new to Ecela.  The school is truly a wonderful thing.

by David Komatzki from Switzerland


Seriously, I speak Spanish much better than I did three weeks ago.

First of all, thank you so much for everything!

I had a great time during the 3 weeks I spent here: I met a ton of people, went to many interesting restaurants, had a lot of parties (and drank too much!), visited several different places in Buenos Aires, learned to dance tango (I love my teacher Pablo!)…and I think/hope I learned a little Spanish!

Seriously, I speak Spanish much better than I did three weeks ago. Maybe now I speak Spanish better than I speak French…that might be a problem when I return to Geneva!

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, but it’s also freezing! Just like London!
Thanks to all of my excellent professors! I love Leila…but she’s completely crazy!!
I’m going to miss Buenos Aires and everyone.

Unfortunately, it’s time for me to go, but I hope to come back soon.
I’d especially like to thank Pilar.

by Angela Canmer from United Kingdom


Peru is a very beautiful country, with history and important traditions.

Amigos:
Thank you so much for this week. We studied a lot of Spanish grammar. Our conversations with the instructors and the other students helped us a lot.

Peru is a very beautiful country, with history and important traditions. We’re going to keep studying Spanish!! Thanks for everything!!

by Uwe & Petra from Germany


I liked the school and the city a lot. I recommend it.

As you all should already know, Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina.  Of course there are really great wines, but there are also many interesting things to do.

Mendoza is close to the famous Aconcagua.  You can practice different sports, eat great foot, meet nice people, and go to bars, as well as other things.  The city is safe and great for walking.

ECELA has really good instructors and a good structure.  I liked the school and the city a lot.  I recommend it.

by Joao Victor Araujo from Brazil


I will without doubt recommend the school to anyone!

My summer in Cusco was one of my most memorable vacations ever. I enjoyed staying in the beautiful city, getting to know both Peruvians and other international students. The teachers and staff in Ecela were very good and fun at the same time.

I will without doubt recommend the school to anyone! Ecela put me together with a host family who was loving and caring. They helped me improve my spanish by talking with me every night. Going to Ecela in Cusco is really the best way to study Spanish!

by Marianne Nerland from Norway


All of the teachers used the most up to date L2 techniques

Newly arrived in a big city, from a diverse range of countries, ages, backgrounds, staying for varying periods of time to gel and get along? Most people would find this a nearly impossible task but they seem to manage it at ECELA Buenos Aires with the fantastic range of activities on offer and the care they take to attend to students needs.

Having taught English as a foreign language myself I can appreciate the quality of the Spanish teaching at ECELA BA. All of the teachers used the most up to date L2 techniques and as well as having a passion for their native language the general atmosphere was one that seemed to be designed to foster active communication wherever possible. Many of the teachers speak 3 or 4 languages themselves and have a fervent interest in linguistics.

I would recommend ECELA Spanish School in Buenos Aires to anyone, of any age, from any background who has a passion for new experiences.

by Andrew Newell from UK


Peru was a time in my life that I’ll never forget

I’ve been an ECELA student for three weeks.  These 3 weeks have been fantastic.  I’ve met so many nice people from all around the world.  The teachers are really nice, and they make the classes really fun.  You learn so much in the classes! The school also offers a wide variety of activities every week.  You can learn to cook or make pisco. 

If you have the chance to volunteer for a day, I highly recommend it.  It’s a beautiful, unique experience.  Seeing the poor children smile brightens up your day.  Volunteering doesn’t feel like work, it’s more like having the opportunity to do something good for someone else.  In the end, the kids are as happy as the volunteers.

Peruvian food is delicious.  There are so many tasty fresh fruits and vegetables.  Some of the dishes you should try are ceviche, tamal, and definitely chicharrón!

And obviously Peruvian people are so friendly.  I always felt safe.  You do have to get used to the traffic; you could say it’s a bit wild and crazy, but honestly I miss it now.  There’s always something going on in the streets; it’s never boring!

Peru was a time in my life that I’ll never forget.  Everyone should go and spend a vacation as wonderful as mine was.

I LOVE LIMA!

by Angela Nadia Graca from Switzerland


Lima is famous for its fine restaurants and I took advantage of this (too many times, according to the scales).

I have attended classes in three Ecela locations (and counting): Lima, Cusco, and Viña del Mar. All three have been positive experiences and I would not hesitate to recommend any of these fine schools. I gained more weight in Lima than in the other two locations because Lima is famous for its fine restaurants and I took advantage of this (too many times, according to the scales).

Get thee hence.

Denny (age unknown, but older than you)

by Denny Robinson from USA


Once again I learned that the most important and necessary thing for learning is being motivated to work with other people.

I have so many things to be thankful for.  I’m so happy that I spent two weeks with kind, dedicated, and well-prepared instructors.  They taught me with patience and a lot of enthusiasm.  I had fun with the other students in my class.  Pilar organized the activities really well, and Emmanuel helped out when necessary.  Thank you, Romina, for your help.  Thank you everyone!!!

Once again I learned that the most important and necessary thing for learning is being motivated to work with other people.  We can take on this work with our hearts.  Being a teacher isn’t just a job, it’s a vocation!

Many thanks to Gabriel, to Nadia García, to Florencia, to Guillermo, and to Susana for being my instructors with that gift of teaching!

I’ll see you soon, I’m coming back!

by Stephanie Bender from Germany


Thank you for making me feel that I was more than just a language student.

I spent one month in ECELA Viña del Mar and could not have been more pleased with my progress in Spanish, and happy with my experience in general. Both the excellent staff and instructors were professional, kind, and helpful.

The feeling they were able to convey was that they not only wanted to help with the advancement of the language, but that students felt comfortable and confident navigating a new city, language and culture.

Thank you again for this experience. Thank you for making me feel that I was more than just a language student.

by Heather Yevseyev from Michigan


For me the only thing I didn’t like about the school was leaving!!!!

My time at Ecela, Buenos Aires was wonderful – in fact so good I came back the following year!

Buenos Aires is a fantastic city to visit and the school is in one of the nicest neighborhoods. But best of all the staff at the school really make you feel at home and the atmosphere is friendly and fun.

From knowing no Spanish at all when I first joined the school I have reached a level in Spanish that I am delighted with and in all honesty never thought I’d reach!

The professionalism of the teachers is outstanding and the classes are interesting and fun and you can really tell the teachers enjoy their jobs.

For me the only thing I didn’t like about the school was leaving!!!!

by Stuart Tancred from England


The professors were brilliant and beautiful souls.

I absolutely loved my month here in Mendoza. Thank you all so very much for not only the excellent Spanish classes – but also- all the activities, (cooking classes, tours, bikes and wine, futbol games, etc.) but especially all the friendships made. I learned so much in classes and at my home stay. The food was delicious, the conversations were magnificent and the spirit of everyone at school and at my home stay was magnificent.
The dynamic lessons of the spanish classes ere amazing. The professors were brilliant and beautiful souls.

by Ilsa L from UK


I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined

When I decided to study at Ecela, I was looking for a school that had good classes and a comfortable environment. But when I got there, I had a better experience than I ever could have imagined.

The class structure was organized, and the small classes helped me learn quickly. The school’s staff was really kind and professional.

Also the school’s excursions are a great opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. The salsa classes and the barbecues were the most fun.

I recommend this school to everyone.

by Leslie Husbans from Barbados


The students you meet seem to come from every corner of the world, some I’ve never even heard of before!

This is my 3rd week here and I have made good friends and gone places that under normal circumstances would not have been able to. I would recommend this for anyone looking to live in Santiago and experience a slice of life in Chile.

The teachers at the school are helpful and very easy to talk to. My Spanish has improved with every day I have attended classes. The activities and location of the school provides good opportunities for exploring the city of Santiago.

The things I have learned in Chile will outlast the time I have spent here. The students you meet seem to come from every corner of the world, some I’ve never even heard of before! I am glad that I have participated in this program and know that I am a better person for doing so.

by Eric Bravo from Texas


My experience at ECELA was UNFORGETTABLE – or better yet, “inolvidable!”

My experience at ECELA was UNFORGETTABLE – or better yet, “inolvidable!” I don’t know any other word that better describes the weeks I spent in Cusco!

The Spanish course offered by ECELA Cusco is really top notch. Its professors are better than you can hope for. I felt very comfortable the whole time. Not to mention the marvelous friendships that I made during my trip and the incredible activities and excursions.

I really must thank the ECELA Cusco family for everything, for their support and their kindness. I recommend the school to anyone who wants to learn high-quality Spanish while feeling at home.

A warm thank you to my friends Carmen, Ygor, Erik, and Alexis

by Ellen Ribeiro from Brazil

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Now, Spanish is like a second native language to me

I took an intensive two month course at ECELA while I lived in Chile for six months.  I had a great time from the very first day: the teachers were nice, their classes were really entertaining, and I learned a ton of things.

I also met a lot of people (other students) from different countries at ECELA.  Also, I really liked all of the activities that ECELA offered every week: excursions, cooking classes, soccer games…I wasn’t bored for a second.

I took one of the prep courses and passed the DELE with a really good score.  Now, Spanish is like a second native language to me, thanks to ECELA and the instructors (I’m still in contact with some of them).  The months I spent at the school have been some of the best months of my life!!

by Susanne Meier from Germany


During my Spanish lessons we discussed actual topics like the farmer`s strike of last week.

During my Spanish lessons we discussed actual topics like the farmer`s strike of last week. It`s fun to discuss and improve my Spanish skills at the same time. After school nice activities are organised for us. This week I’ve been to a spectacular soccer match of Boca Juniors in the “Bombonera” Stadium.

I’ve also prepared a typical Argentine dish called “empanadas” and of course I have been going out with my fellow students.

I do recommend studying Spanish in Buenos Aires in ECELA to everyone who wants to learn Spanish and more of Argentinian culture; It`s amazing!!!!!!!!”

by Ingo Schings from Netherlands


Don’t forget to eat meat at a real Argentina restaurant.

My time at ECELA Buenos Aires was terrific. The school is nice and really clean. I took extra private classes, because I want to speak good Spanish. The teachers are friendly and good at explaining the Spanish language.

During the breaks you meet a lot of nice people. So we did a lot of nice things after school. Also the school is fantastic with organizing things, like tango lessons, cooking empanadas, dancing at a bar or disco, etc. For me personally is this very nice since I love to dance.

Don’t forget to eat meat at a real Argentina restaurant. I love this city and still have contact with my friends that I meet there.

by Colette Bourgonje from Holland


I was able to have hands-on experience that I otherwise would not have had.

My favorite part about the Spanish and Medical shadowing program with Ecela was having the opportunity to shadow local doctors in El Hospital Regional de Cusco.

I was able to have hands-on experience that I otherwise would not have had. During my time in gastroenterology, I witnessed many endoscopies and other procedures. While in the emergency room the doctors put us to work, taking information from patients and checking vital signs.

My favorite part, however, was spending time in the infectious diseases ward, where I got to see many interesting cases that aren’t commonly seen in the United States such as tuberculosis, dengue fever and even parasitic infections.

The knowledge and experience I gained while shadowing in Cusco were not only eye-opening but also increased my confidence both in speaking Spanish as well as working in a health-care environment.

by Tess Hansen from University of Nebraska - Lincoln


I originally signed up to go to the school for 6 weeks but liked it so much that I signed up for another 6 weeks and then again for another 8 weeks. True Story.

The staff are some of the most helpful and friendly people you will ever meet. Also the teachers are fantastic and extremely fun and interesting to learn Spanish from. One of my favorite parts of my experience was that I was always meeting new people from many different countries and walks of life.

I stayed in the student housing which was such a nice house and only 5 minutes from the school, and there I was able to truly get to know some of my fellow students and friends. Some of the people I met I now consider great friends and truly plan on seeing them again.

I originally signed up to go to the school for 6 weeks but liked it so much that I signed up for another 6 weeks and then again for another 8 weeks, true story.

by Burke Tipps from USA


I will miss our nights next to the fire, cooking, wine and going out…

Thank you so much for the great time I had here in Cusco, I wish I could spend more time here. Thank you my teachers Judy and Javier for teaching me my “favorite” – subjuntivo.

Ygor, great job with all the activities planning. It’s hard to leave Cusco when there is always something interesting going on. Carmen and the rest of school(Lourdes, Angelina, Tatiana), thank you for making the stay so enjoyable and warm.

I will miss our nights next to the fire, cooking, wine and going out…everything but the altitude (that makes a simple walk a tremendous exercise)

by Aleksandra Mayevska from Ukraine


Coming to Buenos Aires was an incredible experience for this cool small-town girl from the Swiss mountains.

Listen to me, che!

Coming to Buenos Aires was an incredible experience for this cool small-town girl from the Swiss mountains.  The city scared me and the classes at ECELA were a ton of work. 

But I met fantastic guys and girls, and at the school they taught me how to use guita (cash) and the bondi (bus), and I learned how delicious it is to gobble up medialunas.  And they taught me Spanish too. 

I had a really cool time here! Chau, che!

by Martina Amacker from Switzerland


I was in need of a smooth introduction to the culture and the language.

With plans of staying in Lima and attending the university for 5 months, I was in need of a smooth introduction to the culture and the language. ECELA Lima offered me just that.

The 4 weeks I have spent here has been very enriching, both linguistically and socially! I have learned a lot of Spanish, and met a lot of new people, which was exactly what I wanted, so my experience at ECELA has been great!

The professors are very helpful and patient, and they teach not only language, but about Peruvian culture as well. Socially the school is well organized with daily activities and weekend-trips, and of course plenty of fiestas!

by Vidar Lien Amundsen from Norway


I really liked all of the school trips, meet-ups, and parties that I went to while I was there. 

My experience in Chile with ECELA was the best experience of my life.  The school is very good, and the staff is very friendly, kind, and professional.  I really liked all of the school trips, meet-ups, and parties that I went to while I was there. 

I studied at Ecela for six weeks, and I learned quite a bit of Spanish with all of the instructors, who were really good.  Another thing that I liked a lot was meeting people from different countries and cultures. 

And I liked Chile a lot because the people there are “LA RAJAAAAA!”  They’re awesome, and this is such a beauuutiful country!!!

by Brenda Melo from Brazil


ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I think I’m living proof that ECELA is useful for everyone, no matter how old you are. I’m 75, and I’ve learned a lot in such a short time.

I’ve had a great time. My wife and I had an exceptional homestay. The woman we stayed with is an extraordinary cook. She was really generous with the food and with her time speaking with us in Spanish.

by Tom Heath from Maryland


every detail makes me dream of Buenos Aires every day and of returning there.

It’s been a year since I went to ECELA Buenos Aires, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I remember the friendships I made there with people from all over the world, the wonderful staff there, and all of the amazing porteños that crossed my path.

The energy of the people, the magnificent meals, and the landscapes there…every detail makes me dream of Buenos Aires every day and of returning there.

I just have to say, GRACIAS, ECELA, for the wonderful time you gave me in the land of the tango.

by Elida Mota from Brazil


I’ve learned a lot of Spanish, and made many new friends.

Today is my last day at Ecela.  I’m a little sad because I don’t like saying goodbye.  I spent two very educational and fun weeks here.  I’ve learned a lot of Spanish, and made many new friends.  I really love Buenos Aires.  Fortunately I can stay in the city for another two weeks before returning to the dark winter in Sweden.  A huge thank you to everyone at Ecela and above all to Pablo, my class’s excellent instructor!!

by Inger Söderqvist from Sweden


The classes are small, what leads to an almost individual approach.

It´s not easy to choose a school to learn the Spanish language if there is an abundance of them in a city like Lima. We were very happy to find Ecela, were it was possible to start immediately with no previous knowledge of Spanish. Our class had five different nationalities, and every week some new students, which was a lot of fun to compare languages and learn from each other and make friends. The classes are small, what leads to an almost individual approach. The teachers are very professional, young and funny. You don’t expect of course to speak a language in four weeks but everything depends on yourself. The harder you work the better you get.

The nice thing about the Ecela system is that you can take a break, travel a bit and continue in different schools all over South-America. It’s made for travelers and that’s also the vibe you can feel in the school between the students. With the extra activities organized by the school you get to know lots of things about the culture, the people and of course your fellow students. But because the teachers also participate in the activities you can use and improve the fresh and new knowledge.

For me it was an overall positive experience. And I will be back at Ecela wherever I can find them.

by Bob Van Buggenhout from Belgium


The activities were also very fun and there was always something to do for everyone.

I had a really great time at ECELA in santiago de Chile. The teachers are so nice and I learnt a lot. Although it’s easier to write this in english :-) Unfortunately swiss german is a little bit hard to understand…

The activities were also very fun and there was always something to do for everyone. Good idea about the cooking-evenings… Maybe more programs about the city (to get to know the city better would be great). I wish you all the best and it was AWESOME!!!

by Andrea Hofmeister from Switzerland


I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes.

The school is great all-around: classes, cleanliness, and organization. With a teacher as excellent as Carolina Villalobos, each lesson was clear and well-explained. That’s why I never left class with any unresolved questions.
I would have liked to have stayed longer, but it wasn’t possible.

Now that I have all the information, I hope to return at another time and take one-on-one classes. I’m thankful for the administration, the teacher, and my classmates. ¡¡¡Gracias!!!

by Ana Paula Santos from Brazil


When I got here, I could say: “una cerveza por favor.”

My name is Kjell and I’m from Norway. My wife Bjorg and I have been here for 3 weeks. When I got here, I could say:
“una cerveza por favor.”

Now I can say more; for example: “tres litros de Quilmes por favor”; ” Tengo dolor de cabeza”..

Many thanks to Elizabeth, Leila, and everyone at the school for three interesting and educational weeks.
Hasta la vista!!

by Kjell Haugstad from Norway


The students you meet seem to come from every corner of the world, some I’ve never even heard of before!

This is my 3rd week here and I have made good friends and gone places that under normal circumstances would not have been able to. I would recommend this for anyone looking to live in Santiago and experience a slice of life in Chile.

The teachers at the school are helpful and very easy to talk to. My Spanish has improved with every day I have attended classes. The activities and location of the school provides good opportunities for exploring the city of Santiago.

The things I have learned in Chile will outlast the time I have spent here. The students you meet seem to come from every corner of the world, some I’ve never even heard of before! I am glad that I have participated in this program and know that I am a better person for doing so.

by Eric Bravo from Texas


Without a doubt, this was the best experience of my life.

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


I will never forget this time.. Gracias ECELA! La mejor escuela de Argentina!

I was at ECELA for one month Spanish Course and to be honest, it was one of my best experiences I have ever had.

All the teachers are absolutely great, you can learn a lot in just a few weeks.

And the school organized great events everyday, like dancing lessons, city tours, weekend trips…. I will never forget this time.. Gracias ECELA! La mejor escuela de Argentina!

by Nina Degiacomi from Switzerland


Everyone is friendly and nice, and I had a really great time

I really like ECELA!!!

Everyone is friendly and nice, and I had a really great time in Cuzco. I wish I can stay longer it was too short for me. I met so many friends from different countries and we all a great time. I would recommend ECELA to all your friends.

Thank you very much
Enoch

by Enoch Chan from Hong Kong

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I immediately decided to participate. And that was the best decision I could have made.

Before I went to ECELA, I studied Spanish in the United States for a total of six years. Yet despite all that, I couldn’t speak fluently. In fact, I couldn’t even understand native Spanish speakers during higher level conversations.

Because of this I knew, without a doubt, that I had to go to abroad to learn to speak like a native. Consequently, when ECELA contacted me about their program in Buenos Aires, I immediately decided to participate. And that was the best decision I could have made.

The school offers a variety of courses with talented and friendly instructors. ECELA promises an experience of a lifetime.

by Katherine Nace from Virginia


The staff plans activities that allow you to come in contact with the nature and history of the country.

If you are interested in learning Spanish and experiencing the wonders of Peru, Cusco is the best place for you. In addition to getting personal attention in classes at ECELA and using materials designed to help you progress, the staff plans activities that allow you to come in contact with the nature and history of the country.

I really enjoyed my stay in Cusco and all the opportunities I had to learn Spanish and experience the beauty and tradition that is Peru. I also recommend choosing a homestay, it’s the best!!

by Martha Kiander from USA


Though I was only at the school for 6 weeks I found the experience thoroughly rewarding

When I arrived in Chile I did not speak any Spanish, or even know much about South American culture. The basics of the language were explained to me carefully and thoroughly with full support of the teaching staff. The lessons themselves were very fulfilling as they used real life scenarios and events to teach various aspects of vocabulary. However the program did not involve simple grammar and vocabulary learning as it was combined with learning the rich and varied culture of the South American people. Every fortnight there was a test procedure so I was able to rate my performance and check my progress whilst I was there.

The school ran many social activities outside of the classroom which encouraged us to interact with our fellow classmates and local people. This allowed me to apply my knowledge to the outside world with the assistance of staff. During my time there I took part in many of these extra-curricular activities and enjoyed every single one, feeling many of them to be an important part of the learning experience.

Though I was only at the school for 6 weeks I found the experience thoroughly rewarding and I would encourage others to take part in the course to broaden their language and cultural base. At the end of my time there I felt that I had the ability and confidence to interact with Spanish speaking people.

by Jonathan Bazely from UK


I’m really glad I chose to study in Vina becuase its close to the beach and the small classes are perfect for making close friends.

I truly enjoyed my experience at ECELA in Vina Del Mar. In only three weeks, my spanish improved more than I ever expected. The professors are very kind, accommodating, professional, and fun and the classes are informative and interactive.

They even offer extracyrriculars like empanada cooking classes and salsa dancing instruction. I’m really glad I chose to study in Vina becuase its close to the beach and the small classes are perfect for making close friends.

by Mariel Gallet from Colorado


I have to thank Ecela for the unique experience I had

My experience as a volunteer with Ecela Viña was amazing. I love all animals, so there was nothing better for me than volunteering during my stay at Ecela Viña Del Mar. Helping the dogs at PAEC, rebuilding their kennel, feeding them, playing with them, grooming them, and most of all giving them love and care was more than just a job, it was an experience that helped me grow in many ways.

I have to thank Ecela for the unique experience I had, and also I’d like to thank Ernesto who helped me and taught me so much during this month of volunteering. Thank you so much for everything.

by Luiza Fassarella Cassaro from Brazil


Going on one of these trips/programs is absolutely one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

Going on one of these trips is absolutely one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It’s better than just traveling or vacation because you actually gain some skills from it.

I’ve met about 200 people, ranging from 19-65 yrs old. There were students, pilots, dean’s of universities, teachers, VPs of companies, small business owners, lawyers, etc. from all over the world.

The relationships I’ve built are lifelong and we continue to keep in touch. Let’s just say you shouldn’t have a problem meeting people at the school. As for living arrangements, I would say if you’d like to immerse yourself into the Latin culture, then go with the homestay.

by Jerry Wang from USA


I learned more Spanish that I would in a year in Amsterdam.

Dear ECELA people: Thanks for everything! I had a fantastic time during the four weeks I spent at ECELA Spanish School in Santiago, Chile. I learned more Spanish that I would in a year in Amsterdam. It was the best vacation of my life, and I loved sharing this experience with so many special people.

Paz (Paz Gatica, the school’s Activities Coordinator): ¡vamos chicos!…Gracias y besos.
(Spanish Student in Chile 2009)

by Karianne Hoenderkamp from Holland


I never thought I’d be able to communicate so well in another language.

I’ve been a student at Ecela twice (2006-07 and 2011-12), and I can say that their teachers and classes are excellent. I never thought I’d be able to communicate so well in another language.

Now, I can converse with people in their own language in so many countries.

Beyond the classes, the school’s activities are a chance to learn the unique characteristics of each country.

At this school they realize that each student learns at his own pace – there’s no pressure or stress. Learning a language is a challenge, but there’s no reason why it can’t be fun.

For those students returning to Ecela, the discounts are fantastic.

by Wayne Thompkins from Florida


I met a lot of new friends, learned a lot (about Spanish, Lima, and Peru)

Thank you, everyone from ECELA, for four amazing weeks!! I met a lot of new friends, learned a lot (about Spanish, Lima, and Peru) and had a really fun time.

I’ll miss you all so much!!!
See you soon!

xx karin xx

by Karin Adelsberger from Austria


It really was an unforgettable experience and I had a really great time

I was a student at ECELA Buenos Aires for 7 weeks so I could learn Spanish. What I can say is that it really was an unforgettable experience and I had a really great time.

The instructors are more than qualified, the staff is more than friendly, you can party with students from all over the world, and also they have a really interesting cultural program. In short, I absolutely recommend it!

by Jamil Claude from Luxemburg


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