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ECELA Spanish School

About

This is the ideal school to learn Spanish and be immersed in Argentinian culture. Because of its location, there are many restaurants, cafes, shops, museums, bars, and theaters. You are in a metropolitan area so there is always something to do. We have many activities in addition to the classes which makes learning Spanish more like a vacation then a course you are taking in school.

Reviews

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Julie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A good experience

I attended ECELA's Cusco school for six weeks in 2013. It was an amazing experience! When I arrived, I was the only student and the woman who owned the apartments I was staying at invited me to spend time with her family while I was alone. Soon after, though, a large group of medical Spanish students arrived and we had a lot of fun together.

The school is in a reasonable neighborhood and the instructors were friendly and knowledgeable. I took advanced classes and the dialect was rather straightforward; the accent there is not strong. Each week, the school organizes fun activities you can choose to participate in, including trips to other parts of the country. Meanwhile, I had plenty of time to explore the rest of the area, including Machu Picchu! I also visited many museums, went to an endangered animal sanctuary, went on horseback to some beautiful ruins, and went paragliding (with paragliding being on my own, not through ECELA).

I was not prepared for the Peruvian weather in May. Homes there are not heated, nor did our shower's water heater work well at all. I was very cold the entire time. However, the apartment was otherwise comfortable.

What would you improve about this program?
They could let people know what to expect from the housing. Depending on the time of year, anyways, make sure you bundle up!
Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish and Counseling

I participated in a 6 week Spanish and Counseling program. This was my first time spending 6 weeks abroad by myself. I had anxiety attacks and broke out into hives, but it was still one of the most valuable and incredible experiences I have ever had in my life. Despite my anxiety, I wandered alone in a new, large city and made friends with people from other states and countries. I also managed to speak only Spanish most of the day, every day, and by the time I left people could actually understand me!

Overall, I felt supported by the school staff, other students and my host family. I felt safe and welcome. My Spanish greatly improved and I gained valuable experience that I have brought back to my job as a social worker in the United States.

What would you improve about this program?
I was very tired at the end of each day, so it might help to make the days less busy. We had Spanish classes in the morning and counseling classes or a field trip in the afternoon. Then we did cultural and social activities in the evening.

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