Chile

Basic Facts

 

La Roja - is the national football team

Chile is internationally renowned for owning one of Latin America’s most stable economies

Spanish is the country’s national language

Mapuche is the only indigenous language and community still alive in Chile today — the Mapuche community is sadly incredibly ostracised and represents only 4 percent of the population

The national currency is the Chilean peso

The capital city is Santiago

Religion — Roman Catholic 70%, Evangelical 15.1%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.1%, other Christian 1%, other 4.6%, none 8.3%

Approximately 16,634,603 people live in Chile

It spans across a total of 756,950 square kilometers — making it the 38th largest country in the world.



Reasons to visit Chile

 

• It’s one of the best countries in Latin America to go skiing

• Its independent, organic wine industry is growing by the day

• It serves up some of the best seafood snacks on the planet.


Life in Chile

 

From 1973, and for an unbelievable 17 years, Chile was governed by the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet and on the 11th September 1980, it became a United Democratic and Presidential State. However, many Chileans would fiercely debate the notion that Chile operates as a democracy.

Chile is fast becoming an aging society — fertility rates are below replacement level, mortality figures are low, and the average life expectancy is 78.27 years, which matches that of most developed countries. There are public systems in place which offer state-provided Education and Health Care in Chile, but they quality of these provisions is very poor. Anyone wanting even half-decent Health Care and Education in Chile are forced to go private. The educational system is also very classist. Current President, Michelle Bachelet, is in the process of implementing an ambitious educational reform which she hopes will reduce educational segregation and provide free, quality education for all.

 

Top Destinations

 

Papudo — a small, coastal town, just a couple of hours from Santiago

The Torres del Paine National Park — where you’ll find a, once threatened, and now thriving puma population

San Pedro de Atacama — for star-gazing, geysers and sand-boarding, amongst other activities.

Valparaíso — a colonial port, just 127 kilometers outside of Santiago — is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to an incredible system of no less than 16 lifts which transport people to the various summits of the many hilltops which encloak the city.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Passport/ Visa Requirements

 

 • Is a visa required?: Depending on your country of origin. For more information, please check this websites: http://www.projectvisa.com

• Allocation of Tourist Visa: Tourist Visa is received at the airport of Santiago de Chile
 Duration of Tourist visa: Lasts up to 90 days
 Tourist Visa Extension: It is possible to extend by leaving the country and flying in again or by paying an extension fee
 Cost of Tourist Visa Extension: Around 100 USD
• Passport validation: Should be valid for the proposed duration of stay
• Return/onward flight ticket: Generally not required upon entering the country
• Confirmation of Funds: Declaration of sufficient funds will not be required

 

Money/Currency

 

Currency: Chilenean Peso
Inform Banks: Give the dates of travel and destinations to prevent security blocks on your bank and credit cards
Cash: Always take enough cash to cover your expenses for the first week in case there is a problem with your bank cards or access to ATM’s is limited.
Credit Options: Good idea to have at least two different credit/debit card options i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, or Cirrus.
Travellers Cheques: Will only be able to exchange in major cities and best to take them in Dollars
Western Union: If at any time you have any problems in accessing money you can use Western Union transfer. Money can be sent from your home country and received in Chile the same day.

 

Healthcare

 

Vaccinations: No vaccination required, but Typhoid and Hepatitis A&B recommended
Malaria medication: Not necessary
• See local GP: If vaccinations or medication is required see the doctor 4-6 weeks before your departure
Less than 4 weeks before you leave: You should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while travelling.
Check the following for up to date information: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TESTIMONIALS

''Many thanks for an extraordinary cultural, grammatical, historical and social experience! I passed a wonderful month in Chile and got the chance to make a lot of valuable new experiences!'' Spanish course. Ori Sokola, Israel

 

''Now that I am back in Germany I would love to come back to Chile! The Spanish course I took there has improved my Spanish a lot and was also much fun! Thanks to the whole staff! I will definitely come back one day!'' Spanish course.Max Duerr, Germany

 

''Many thanks to everyone for the adventures, the Spanish classes, the cultural exchange and everything else! It was an incredible experience for me that I will never forget! '' Spanish course. Gustavo Cavaliere, Brazil

 

''I definitely recommend this language school to everyone! The staff consists of young and qualified professionals that are really enthusiastic and fun while presenting wonderfully structured classes. I am really thankful for being able to experience wonderful moments in this language school!'' Marcia Tavares, Brazil