Special Programs

No matter which school location you choose, Ecela Spanish provides many niche services and specialized programs to help students, families and retirees have Spanish immersion experiences that align with their unique passions. There’s more to learning the Spanish language than just understanding the basics. Through educational activities, special interest courses, volunteer opportunities and more, our Spanish language programs aim to give students the chance to fully immerse themselves in real life situations on a daily basis.

Learn more below and choose your own study abroad adventure today!

Medical Spanish Courses

Study Spanish with Medical Shadowing

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

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

Psychology Study Abroad

Our psychology study abroad programs are geared towards those seeking careers in social work, counseling and more. Spanish students interested in learning more about human services, anthropology, psychology, sociology, human ecology and other related fields will find plenty of opportunities through this special study abroad program, which is available at all Ecela Spanish locations.

Gap Year Programs Abroad

Ecela Spanish’s gap year programs abroad are great for students looking for new, enriching experiences in South America. At Ecela Spanish, high school, college and graduate students can take a break from the mundane and explore the unique cultures of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Lima, Cusco, Santiago and Viña del Mar. Our gap year program is a great way to discover newfound interests, sharpen your Spanish language skills and gain a fresh perspective on life as a whole.

International Volunteer Programs

Spanish and Volunteer

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

Our international volunteer programs provide an invaluable opportunity to make a positive impact on local South American communities and immerse yourself in the surrounding culture. Each experience gives students a chance to use their language skills and develop new skills along the way. Our Ecela Spanish schools are associated with a wide range of specific causes. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect match.

Supplementary Programs and Activities

In addition to the special programs above, Ecela Spanish also provides students with all kinds of extracurricular activities for further learning and fun! From outdoor excursions to learning more about a particular skill or practice, we encourage students to try new things and discover new passions. Our supplementary programs and activities allow you to take your Spanish skills out into the real world where you can truly immerse yourself in South American culture.

Our most popular activities, excursions and supplementary programs are detailed below. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or have a question about a specific program, please contact us today!

Surf Lessons
Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to improve your skills, surf lessons can be a fun way to spend time outside the classroom when you study Spanish with Ecela. We’ll sign you up with popular surf programs in the area that have great instruction for both beginners and more advanced athletes.

Ski/Snowboard Lessons

Spanish language course plus Snowboarding

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

There’s no better way to experience the Andes Mountains than to take the mountains head on with skis or a snowboard. When you study Spanish in Argentina, Peru or Chile, you’ll find many ski shuttles that regularly take people straight to the Andes from nearby metro areas for an excursion you’ll never forget.

Tango Lessons
Learning to tango is a very popular activity among Ecela Spanish students. Not only will it come in handy when you’re out and about in the city, but it’s also a great opportunity to meet new people and become more comfortable with the Spanish language.

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.

Internship Opportunities
Similar to our international volunteer programs, we can also help students find excellent internship experiences throughout South America. Ecela Spanish works closely with a wide range of companies to provide our students with opportunities to gain practical work experience and language proficiency at the same time.
Internship placements can last anywhere between two and nine months. All internships are unpaid but students may receive course credit through their home university.