Special Programs


Spanish and Volunteer

Make a contribution to the local community while practicing your Spanish skills.

Most volunteer placements require at least a two-month commitment. If you’re able to carve out that time, volunteering can be invaluable opportunity to contribute to the community while using your new language skills.

Each school is associated with a specific cause (see below).  If you cannot find a match, contact us for other opportunities.  We can usually find a match.

Buenos Aires, Argentina     Positive Aging

Mendoza, Argentina     Single Mothers and Children

Santiago, Chile     Neglected Infants

Viña del Mar, Chile     Animal Protection

Lima, Peru     Build Homes

Cusco, Peru     Empower Youth

Contact Us for more details on specific volunteer options.

Medical Spanish

Study Spanish with Medical Shadowing

The Medical Spanish program helps future health care professionals prepare for an ever-increasing need for Spanish skills.

Appropriate for pre-med, nursing, medical students and health care professionals. All Spanish levels are welcome, but we recommend at least an intermediate level for those interested in clinical shadowing.

Contact us or visit our Spanish & Medicine site for more information.


You can add surf lessons when you study Spanish in Lima, Peru.

Whether you are a complete beginner or you are looking to improve your intermediate skills, you’ll have great instructors right in Lima.  Advanced surfers might head further away to rougher waters.

Program Includes:

• Two group lessons (2 hours each)
• Wetsuit and surf board


Spanish language course plus Snowboarding

The Andes ski resorts are close enough to Santiago for a convenient day trip!

Experience the Andes Mountains skiing when you study Spanish in Santiago, Chile. The snow-capped peaks frame the city and regular ski shuttles take you straight from the metro area to the nearby resorts.

Contact us or visit our Spanish & Ski/Snowboard site for more details.

DELE Exam Preparation

The DELE certificate is the most widely accepted international certificate of Spanish language proficiency.  Each of our Spanish schools offer preparation courses for the exam and our school in Santiago, Chile is an official test center.

See our DELE page for more information.

6 Week University Group Programs

Each group program is limited to 30 students and includes six weeks of Spanish study (equal to two college semesters), plus a focused seminar and/or shadowing opportunity.  Programs include:  anthropology, education, environmental sciences,  human services, journalism, law, medical, and psychology.  Request a catalog and application information here.  You may also download a digital version of the brochure.


Study Spanish in Buenos Aires and learn to dance Tango, a central feature of Buenos Aires’ unique culture. Dare to learn the tango with talented instructors and practice at night in the city! Adding Tango to your Spanish course gives you one private and two group tango lessons per week.


Become an international intern and experience different worldviews.

ECELA works together with different companies in Santiago, Chile to provide our students with internships.

Internships are ideal for students who want to gain practical experience and language proficiency at the same time. Placements are available only in Santiago and have a duration of two to nine months. All internships are unpaid. They are evaluated and supervised throughout the placement. Students may arrange for credit through their home university. Contact us to let us know what you’re looking for. Internships are only available to students studying with ECELA at least four weeks.