Our Spanish School in Santiago de Chile

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The school is situated in one of the best boroughs of the city: Barrio Brasil, downtown Santiago, only 5 blocks from the Presidential Palace called La Moneda. The building of our partner school is a historic house dating from the early 20th century. The location is perfect: the centre of the city, surrounded by all cafes, restaurants, bars, agencies, museums, ATMs, etc.

In this borough the old and the new Santiago coexist; a mix of colonial houses, lofts, small and large stores, banks and beautiful squares… In short, it’s a very special place for both Santiago residents and visitors. It is a place of possibilities for encounters and rich exchanges between our students and young Chileans alike.

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The school in Chile is certified according to international quality standards (isO 9001:2008) and national Chilean standards (2728:2003). Also, the school is a member of the Chilean Association of Spanish Schools.

Facilities:
-Comfortable classrooms
-Large, open reception area
-Small school library
-Free high speed internet access in our new computer lab, plus wireless connectivity if you wish to bring your own laptop
-Coffee maker, water cooler
-Student snack area
-Dedicated teacher's room
-Student eating area for snacks
-Full bathroom facilities

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Our students come from around the world and we have a good mix of nationalities, some students are just taking a learning holiday and looking to improve their Spanish skills whilst enjoying the company of other international students, of the same age.

Others come to study Spanish for educational or business related reasons and are looking to prepare for language examinations or even study to become a language teacher. Whatever the reason, our students enjoy a truly international community.

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School´s Area

From here there are buses towards many different points of Santiago, and the area is conveniently close to metro stations (Cumming, Santa Ana, República and Los Héroes), the national and international bus terminals, the Estación Central Railway Station and the shuttle bus to and from the airport.


How to reach the school?
Metro Los Héroes and República are on the main road, Bernardo O'Higgins, informally known as Alameda. Avda. Brasil intersects Bernardo O'Higgins directly between the two metro stops.

Metro
There are 3 Metro options: Cumming (L5 green line), Los Héroes (L1 red line) and República (L1 red line). The closest Metro is Cumming, located northwest of Plaza Brasil.
- From the north (Quinta Normal, Bellas Artes):
Get off at Cumming (no pun intended). Walk one block south on Avda. Ricardo Cumming, then take a left on Compañia and Plaza Brazil will be one block on your right.
- If coming from east (Baquedano, Providencia):
Get off at Los Héroes (north exit). Walk three blocks west with the traffic on Bernardo O'Higgins until you hit Avda. Brasil. Take a right on Avda. Brasil and the bar/restaurant scene is a 7 minute walk up the road.
- If coming from west (Estación Central):
Get off at República (north exit). Walk two blocks east against traffic until you hit Avda. Brasil. Take a left on Avda. Brasil and the bar/restaurant scene is a 7 minute walk up the road.

Bus
Buses that access Barrio Brasil run east/west along Bernardo O' Higgins, east on Compañia, and west on Catedral. At night, buses on Catedral are infrequent; try buses running west on Santo Domingo instead, one block north of Catedral.
- If taking bus west on Bernardo O'Higgins:
Push the buzzer when you see Los Héroes metro on your right. The bus should stop almost directly at Avda. Brasil. Take a right on Avda. Brasil and walk 7 minutes up the road.
- If taking bus east on Bernardo O'Higgins:
Push the buzzer when your see República metro on your right. Cross Bernardo O'Higgins (the main road) and walk up Avda. Brasil for 7 minutes.
- If taking bus west on Catedral or Santo Domingo:
Get off at Avda. Brasil. Walk one or two blocks south (respectively) to reach Plaza Brasil.
- If taking bus east on Compañia:
Get off at Avda. Brasil. You will be on the northeast corner of Plaza Brasil.

 

BARRIO BRASIL in SANTIAGO DE CHILE:

The Barrio Brasil remains quaint and romantic in its cobbled streets and seigniorial mansions. A great number of bars, designer restaurants and boutique hotels have surfaced in recent years without altering the ambiance of hip that is so innate to this beautiful area.

The Barrio Brasil narrates a tale of wealth and refinement in every corner that retains a slice of its opulent past. To get the most out of this barrio one must really just wonder along its streets and explore. For a good walk around the area, kick off at Republica Metro Station and head up Calle Concha y Toro, where you’ll reach a plazoleta of cinematographic prettiness. The mansions encircling it once belonged to a selection of upper-class families, including the Concha y Toro family (now famous for their wineries). New tenants have come up with exciting redevelopment projects, such as the Zully bar & restaurant at number 34, now a leading attraction for its elaborate cocktails and stylishly decorated lounges.
East of Avenida Brasil you will find a great deal of fine buildings with quite eclectic architectural styles; from the gothic Basílica del Salvador on Calle Almirante Barroso to the Art-Nouveau maisonettes of Calle Cienfuegos. North up the tree-lined Avenida Brasil, you’ll come across the Plaza Brasil, the epicentre of the neighbourhood’s 24-hour buzz. During the day, children play hide-and-seek among the colourful sculptures by Federica Matta, daughter of the renowned Chilean painter Roberto Matta; while night-time sees the plaza morph into a youngsters' meeting point before the party moves on to one the many nearby clubs and bars.

The square stands amid some fin-de- palaces and the sight of the Iglesia de la Preciosa Sangre with its red-coloured bell towers. During early 20th century, this church and convent were known for accomodating pregnant aristocratic bachelorettes. Such was the fate of Teresa Wilms, one of the Santiago’s most prominent socialites at the time: forced into seclusion by her family in 1915, she staged a escape with Vicente Huidobro, a celebrated poet of the time.
The Barrio Brasil tells a story of wealth in every corner retaining a slice of its opulent past. One of those corners, on Compañía and Calle Libertad, is where the Peluquería Francesa (the local ‘french’ hairdresser’s) used to operate. Now a project blending the concepts of restaurant, bar and antique shop, the 'Boulevard Lavaud' offers a tapas-style menu as well as the opportunity of buying some of the unique antiques decorating it. This side of the barrio draws closer to Plaza Yungay, perhaps one of the most untouched neighbourhoods in cental Santiago. Here you'll discover some beautiful cités, like that of Calles Adriana Cousiño, Lucrecia Valdés and Hurtado Rodríguez.
On the west fringes of the district lies one of the capital’s newest cultural regeneration projects, the Biblioteca de Santiago on Avenida Matucana. Inaugurated in 2004, this library is aimed at a non-academic audience and is today a lively public space. The brilliantly redeveloped building (formerly a government storage) holds exhibitions, workshops and all sorts of activities for adults and children.

Over Avenida Matucana lies the Quinta Normal, Santiago’s oldest public park. The 'Quinta' started off in 1830 as the Botanic Gardens or Jardines de Aclimatación and was for years the capital's only public gardens. Its original purpose was to promote research in botanic sciences and that is why museums such as the Museo de Historia Natural were built inside, though regrettably at the expense of quality open spaces. In fact the Quinta Normal just doesn’t feel green enough and it’s somewhat dissapointing that not much has been done to make it an inviting place to unwind in the surrounding nature.

Just outside the northern entrance to the park lies a rather impressive Art deco structure, the Basilica de la Virgen de Lourdes - one of the capital's most remarkable churches. Packed on Sundays and not significantly quieter during weekdays, the so-called santuario is an emotive cameo of the city's religious life. At the right opposite end of the park stands what once was the Chilean pavilion at the Paris World Exposition of 1889. This remarkable structure, made of wrought iron and glass, was converted into Santiago’s interactive children museum, the Artequín, housing a screen-touching and button-pushing display of educational games for the appeal of curious kids and families.
Back to Avenida Matucana and heading south towards the Alameda you’ll come across the capital’s newest cultural asset, the Centro Cultural Matucana 100, an increasingly popular since art space since its inception in 2001. The M100 offers theatre and dance productions, gigs and various exhibitions by local and foreign artists. You shouldn’t finish a tour of the area without visiting the Estación Central, Santiago's main Railway Station, and its impressive Art Nouveau roof built in 1897 by the French company Schneider Cie. (of which Gustave Eiffel was an head designer). After the disappearance of the Northern Railway terminal at Estación Mapocho this station has absorbed all of Santiago’s rail services.

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