High School Year in Chile - Program details
The host family that you will live with during your academic year or semester in Chile, is carefully selected by us. These are friendly, open families that will treat you like a family member. The host family can be a single parent, a couple with or without children, or a retired couple, with no restriction as to race, color, religion, economic status, or geographical location. We place our participants in small villages as well as in major cities including Santiago.
Regardless of where you stay, you will be fully integrated into the family life, immersed into a new language and culture, and become part of a school community, giving you the chance to experience your very own Chilean adventure.
As a foreign exchange student you can choose to attend a public or private school, where you may want to consider that private schools get better results academically and have better infrastructure. The choice will be made in agreement with your family and your host family.
The academic year starts in March and ends in December before Christmas; there are two weeks of vacation in July. The academic semester starts in July and ends in December.
The Chilean school system has obligatory courses as well as electives. The subjects taught sometimes do not coincide with the credits you might need for your school in your home country.
Local English speaking mentors will be on hand to offer you advice and help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most of them have lived abroad and know what you may need help with.
You will be picked up at the airport by your local coordinator and/or your host family. You will have an orientation meeting to facilitate your integration in Chile and get familiar with the country's characteristics and its people's idiosyncrasies and help you identify and understand the differences between your home country and the Chilean culture. We will also explain the program rules, which you will need to follow during your stay.
If you wish, you will start Spanish class the following Monday in order to be well prepared for the coming school days.