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Join API for an exciting and immersive international gap experience in Santiago, Chile!

Participants can contribute to the local community through service projects at local non-profits, teaching English through local community groups, or participating in youth empowerment programs through tutoring and surfing. Participants can also improve their Spanish language skills through the completion of a Spanish language and conversation course at a local language institute. One-month, two-month, and three-month placements are available.

This is a perfect opportunity to earn service hours between high school and the start of college!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Advising and Support

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Tutoring

Quality Housing (including meals and laundry)

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Full-Time, On-site Resident Directors/Coordinators

Community Service Placements

Welcome and Farewell Group Events

Certificate Documenting Community Service Hours

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

Reflection Sessions

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Application Requirements

  • Some placements may require participants to be 18 years old or older
  • High school graduates only
  • Must have completed a minimum of one year of high school Spanish (or the equivalent)
  • Not required to have proof of university acceptance

What You’ll Study

Join API for an exciting and immersive international gap experience in Santiago, Chile!

Participants can contribute to the local community through service projects at local non-profits, teaching English through local community groups, or participating in youth empowerment programs through tutoring and surfing. Participants can also improve their Spanish language skills through the completion of a Spanish language and conversation course at a local language institute. One-month, two-month, and three-month placements are available.

On average, participants should expect to complete 25-30 hours of service each week, which equates to 5-6 hours per day. As a reminder, the programs will begin with a 2-3 day API orientation followed by one full week of language courses (20 hours total). Participants will be introduced to the service organization during this first week as well and will begin working in their volunteer placement the second week of the program. API staff will also facilitate weekly reflection lunches.

Cultural events are included, and participants can choose to participate in any excursions that overlap with their program for an additional fee. Participants may elect to add additional Spanish language and conversation for an extra fee as well ($350/20 hour week).

This is a perfect opportunity to earn service hours between high school and the start of college!

Courses

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Week 1

  • Arrive in Santiago
  • City tour welcome lunch
  • Spanish language and conversation course (20 hours)*
  • Orientation with local service organization

Week 2

  • Participate in community service project
  • Reflection session over lunch or dinner
  • API cultural activity

Week 3

  • Participate in community service project
  • Reflection session over lunch or dinner
  • API cultural activity

Week 4

  • Participate in community service project
  • Reflection session over lunch or dinner
  • API cultural activity

Week 5

  • Participate in community service project
  • Reflection session over lunch or dinner
  • API farewell meal

Itinerary is subject to change

*Participants may elect to add additional Spanish language and conversation for an extra fee as well ($240/20 hour week or $165/10 hour week).

Highlights
  • Perfect opportunity to earn service hours between high school and the start of college

Faculty

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    Claudia Aliaga

    Claudia Aliaga will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Claire Hero

    Claire will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - claire.hero@apiabroad.com

**API cultural activities may include cooking classes, historic and civic tours, an opportunity to experience Chilean Once, and more!

***Both day and overnight excursions are available for an additional fee. Potential trips include visits to Isla Negra, San Pedro de Atacama, Valparaíso or a local Chilean vineyard or aromatic farm. An international excursion to Mendoza, Argentina, is offered once a year.

Community service participants in Santiago will live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction to Chilean culture. Participants will have a private bedroom and receive two meals per day, as well as laundry service once a week.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 22, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019 $4,780 Nov 1, 2018 Nov 15, 2018
Spring Feb 22, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 $5,870 Nov 1, 2018 Nov 15, 2018
Spring Feb 22, 2019 - May 25, 2019 $6,960 Nov 1, 2018 Nov 15, 2018
Fall Jun 26, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019 $4,780 May 1, 2019 May 15, 2019
Fall Jun 26, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 $5,870 May 1, 2019 May 15, 2019
Fall Jun 26, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019 $6,960 May 1, 2019 May 15, 2019