Pichilemu is Chile's surf capital located only 3.5 hours by bus from Santiago on Chile's rural coast. Pichilemu is in the 6th region of Chile, known for it's deep huaso (cowboy) culture. Pichilemu is most famous for its spectacular beaches with beginner to advanced surfing waves. In addition to surfing, students can spend time mountain biking, kayaking, learning to kite surf, doing yoga, horseback riding, and visiting near by farms, artisans, and wineries. Pichilemu is a small town with many restaurants, internet cafes, pubs, and discos. Everything in Pichilemu is within walking distance.
In June 2010 we moved to a new location aka "Penthouse PILS!" We are now located on the third floor of a brand new building in the town center. The new location has modern classrooms, an amazing 270 degree view of the ocean, headlands, and town, and a comfortable reception area for studying, watching movies, exchanging books, drinking coffee, and socializing. Our school also functions as an English language learning facility and we like to promote cross-cultural exchanges between students. The locals in Pichilemu are friendly and interested in helping students practice Spanish. Students can choose to stay with home stay families, in cabins with kitchens, at hotels, or hostels.
Our Teachers and Teaching Philosophy:
At PILS we use a variety of US college texts combined with many other activities and workbooks to make a complete, customized course for each group or person. Our teachers are college educated and have backgrounds in either teaching English, teaching Spanish, Spanish literature or translation. We hire creative, patient people who will work with the needs of their students. While our instructors speak English, we prefer that they don't speak English (or anything besides Spanish) during class. The quickest and most effective way to learn a language is immersion - inside and outside the classroom.
Read about us in the
May 2011 Issue of LTM
Language Travel Magazine
OLAS: Outdoor and Language Adventures