Chile is one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America, known for its natural wonders and distinguished universities. Every adventurer's dream, Chile's diverse topography will allow you to explore breathtaking beaches, dreamy mountain ranges, and picturesque desert lands.
The sister cities affectionately known as Valpo and Viña are located halfway down Chile's endless coastline and will serve as your home base. Each city offers a unique and different experience. Viña is known for its modernity and beautiful beaches, which attract tourists from all over the world. Valpo is a historic port city and UNESCO World Heritage site known for its winding hills full of colorful buildings and breathtaking graffiti art.
Service-Learning in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar will immerse you in the culture of a country with deep values and pride. Serve with one of our host organizations for the opportunity to learn from local professionals about healthcare, social services, education, and other essential areas of the community. Whether spending a semester abroad and adding service-learning or participating in a full-time Service-Learning program, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience in Chile.
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Chilean lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Chile. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodation; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once a week. You will typically have your own bedroom but will likely have another ISA student of the same gender as a housemate.
While similar to a homestay, pensiones are larger homes that provide housing to multiple students, international and local students alike. This option includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once per week. This is a great option should you be seeking a more independent experience and would prefer not to live with a nuclear family.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
This program is unique in the sense that it has the ability to transcend cultural differences and connect with people so different from one another thanks to one common passion: serving others. If you want the opportunity to really dive into a culture and connect with people of the host community, service-learning is the best way to do it.
(Granada, Spring 2018)
I loved my service-learning experience abroad and would recommend it to anyone! For me, it was a great opportunity to integrate my Spanish language skills with my area of study (nursing), which is a really unique opportunity. It gave me the chance to have more purposeful interaction with the host community during my time abroad, which I think it a key aspect to the study abroad experience.
(Valparaiso, Fall 2017)
I learned so much participating in service-learning. This experience allows you to open your mind to so many different ways of life, social issues happening in other countries, and ways you can help. The skills you develop are endless because you learn to work alongside diverse groups and not only share your knowledge but also learn from them as well. This experience really helped me grow as a person.
(Lima, Summer 2018)