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"Go out and meet the people from the city. Meet locals...that's how you practice your Spanish."
"I was a little nervous because I had never left Texas before, but I'm really happy I decided to do this." 
"I don't have similar opportunities in the States, but here I've watched surgeries and shadowed doctors."
"I was here for the Medicine program, which I loved. The doctors have been really friendly."
"It's been interesting to speak with patients and see what is different and similar to the United States." 
"I decided to come back because I wanted to improve my Spanish and I loved going to Ecela."
"Come with an open mind and be eager to make friends and just enjoy Chile!"
"It's been good to see how the doctors interact with their patients, very different from the U.S." 
"I came without a word of Spanish, but now I know enough to tell some bad jokes."
"The dynamics between the doctors and the patients is so different than in the States."
"I can now speak Spanish without embarrassment, which is so important if you want to learn fast." 
"I have absolutely loved it here.  The teachers take the time to get to know you personally."
"I've had a really good experience. You get to meet a lot of people from different countries."
"I'm excited because I'm learning a lot of Spanish and love the Latin American scenery." 
"It's been an awesome experience.  I've seen plenty of surgeries. Today I'm going to see a C-section."
"It's very much like a family. You get to live with the people around here and understand the culture."
"I came here knowing zero Spanish.  Now I can actually listen and understand about 50 percent." 
"My experience at Ecela has been great. I like the teachers, they are really professional."
"I've learned a lot of Spanish and, most importantly, about a culture I originally knew nothing about."
"It's been wonderful getting to know the Chilean patients and talking to them about their lives." 
"It's nice to meet students from all over the world...It's going to be a very unforgettable experience"
"The people here are like family. We go out together, we learn Spanish together, everything. Best friends."
"This is the longest time I've been away from home, and now I can't imagine being anywhere else." 
"I love the classes because you talk all the time, which is something I've never had before in the classroom."
"It's really good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. I've changed a lot personally."
"My Spanish improved more than any class in school. The teachers are enthusiastic and engaged." 
"I was there looking inside someone's body...I couldn't believe that was actually happening."
"We get to study in small groups with everyone that's on a similar level so it's not a struggle."
"All the instructors are awesome, really nice. The excursions went smoothly and were very beautiful." 
"What I like most about the classes is they are very small so you feel very comfortable asking questions."
"It's like my other home now. I wish I could be here forever. I love it here. It's the best ever."
"I basically didn't know anything before, now I feel like I can hold a conversation and get around." 
"My Spanish has improved immensely and I've gotten to see three surgeries already."
"After classes we always have different things to do, like going to the outskirts of the city."
"I came here to get to the point where I could speak Spanish more rapidly and more comfortably." 
"Classes are very small and comfortable, an experience you never get in a big university."
"I have loved every minute here in Chile. All the doctors have been super welcoming and helpful."
"I couldn't speak any Spanish when I got here, and I can now do all the tenses... it's a fantastic experience." 
"I highly recommend a homestay so you can get the culture as well as learn Spanish."
"I was so nervous.  It was my first time out of the country,..when I got here everyone was so supportive."
"I have never met, here or elsewhere, so many amazing people. I wish I could take you all back to Mississippi with me." 
"People are absolutely professional... the staff and teachers treated us perfectly, taught us well."
"I want to learn Spanish to be able to help more people in the United States, where a lot of people speak Spanish."
"I learned lots of medical terminology and in the future will be able to speak with my patients in Spanish." 
"I talked to a bunch of doctors and nurses and the medical shadowing was really helpful."
"The [Spanish] classes are awesome, but my favorite part of the program has been shadowing doctors here."
"I'm a global health student and want to learn Spanish for my career. So far I've met many patients in the clinic for diabetes."
"I've seen how different it is from the United States and I realized how lucky we are to have what we do."
"When I'm here I learn a lot of Spanish...many new words...and things about the culture of Latin America.."
"One of the best things is I've become friends with the staff and they've been very supportive the entire time." 
"I highly recommend the trip. I've had a great time seeing what the healthcare system is like."
"As a premed student, this program was really unique in that it offered Spanish classes and shadowing opportunities."
"It's very important...in the United States a lot of patients have an easier time speaking Spanish than English." 
"I've had an amazing time here and I'd do it again one hundred percent. It's been fantastic."
"I had no idea what to expect and was nervous, but the people were so welcoming and so nice."
"I thought it was going to be so bad, but it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life." 
"I have taken lots of Spanish before, and I am here to improve my hearing and speaking."
"I came here with essentially no Spanish, and I'm leaving a lot more confident in my language skills."
"It really helped me understand how medicine works in countries other than the United States." 
"It's been an amazing experience to be here and learn Spanish and make such great friends."
"I got to see some surgeries and consultations with Dr. Safron who was very helpful."
"I was pleasantly surprised to find such a warm community. I've made some lifelong friends." 
"There are tons of opportunities for shadowing nurses and doctors in different fields."
"I saw a lot off really cool things like surgeries with a gastroenterologist. I wish I could stay longer."
"It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of becoming a Spanish-speaking doctor." 
"I came to Chile not knowing anything about the country, but I've had a phenomenal time here."
Student Interviews
Interviews with students who have learned Spanish and/or shadowed healthcare professionals with us in Latin America
Derek (New York)
1:15 – Sibling rivalry Spanish 
 
2:00 – Immersion in Spain vs. immersion in Peru
 
3:27 – How to ensure college credit
 
5:49 – His friend family thinks he’s crazy
 
6:55 – Conversation & grammar courses
 
8:55 – Varied Spanish students – Medical Spanish program and general immersion
 
10:17 – Keeping in touch with peers
 
11:27 – Infectious disease, pediatrics, and other medical shadowing opportunities
 
14:24 – Breakdown of six-week program
 
15:19 – Safety & accessibility of ECELA Cusco
 
17:12 – Why Derek chooses a homestay in every country
 
19:44 – ¡Tío Derek!
 
20:00 – Derek recommends his top two (well, maybe three) weekend trips
 
23:18 – Cusco’s friendliness
 
23:35 – Derek’s language-learning plans summarized: ambitious
 
25:13 – Calling card as a future physician
 
25:28 – Finals week & medical school early acceptance
 
26:23 – Otorrinolaringólogo
 
27:33 – Estafar (Spanish humor!)
 
28:25 – Parting words of encouragement
Elise (Belgium)
0:23 – From Level 0 to speaking in six weeks: Impossible?  
 
0:54 – Sources of initial frustration
 
1:20 – Eliminating frustration in a week
 
1:32 – Why Spanish? Why Santiago?
  
2:35 – Why ECELA was an easy choice
 
3:22 – Challenging Chilean vocabulary
 
4:46 – Exposing Chile-specific vocabulary
 
6:29 – Typical after-school activities
 
7:34 – Seeing classmates in a new setting
 
10:04 – Safety first in Santiago
 
10:26 – Rubia celebrities
 
10:56 – Recommended trips north of Chile
 
11:42 – Friends for life?
 
13:34 – Chile’s “chill” culture
 
15:02 – Ideal immersion program for those well-versed in languages
 
16:09 – How learning multiple languages speeds along the process
 
17:14 – How native language factors in to learning
 
17:50 – Don’t keep to yourself
 
18:38 – Learn the language in the country where it’s spoken
Emma (Ohio)
1:27 – How will I survive in a foreign country without knowing anyone? 
 
2:31 – Fitting Spanish into a university program without it
 
3:48 – Family noticed a different
 
4:15 – Class breakdown
 
5:26 – Emma’s classmates
 
6:15 – Time in a children’s sanatorium
 
9:42 – Party times with . . . professors?
 
11:17 – Dancing depends on your partner
 
12:04 – It’s going to be hard, but it’s going to be beneficial
 
13:19 – Fregadero
Britney (California)
0:34 – Brittney’s travel order
 
0:54 – Family’s influence on Spanish
 
1:51 – A parent’s concerns for Spanish immersion
 
2:24 – iPhone in South America
 
3:01 – Super-planning overwhelm
 
4:17 – Spanish language differences in Peru, Chile and Argentina
 
5:33 – Grammar foundation vs. conversation flexibility
 
6:18 – On-the-fly conjugation
 
6:51 – Professors who help with passion
 
7:45 – Worldwide view in class
 
8:29 – Friends via activities
 
9:06 – After-school activities (even museums)
 
9:54 – Brittney’s favorite activities
10:44 – Would you fit in with Ecela students?
   
13:18 – Iguazu Falls, Argentina 
  
14:26 – Getting familiar with public transportation
 
15:14 – Fully immersed with host families
 
15:55 – Safety & helpful host moms
 
17:17 – Careful with “coger”!
 
18:56 – Open your eyes to the good in other worlds
Eunice (New York)
0:14 – Psychology student goals 
 
0:52 – “I applied blindly!”
 
1:50 – Homestay family at the heart of her program
 
3:06 – Logistics of life with a host family
 
5:03 – Out of Spanish practice
 
6:24 – Volunteer and shadowing experiences
 
9:24 – What type of student attends the program?
 
10:12 – Practicing occupational therapy-type tasks
  
11:12 – Working at Remar in Lima
 
11:51 – Feeling of preparedness
 
12:36 – Sandboarding & pisco tour
 
13:44 – Machu Picchu regret
 
14:05 – Aware of Peru’s issues & the US’s issues
 
15:15 – Take a chance!
Justine (Nevada)
0:12 – Justine’s background
 
0:55 – Spanish & Medicine program after high school Spanish
 
1:32 – Measure of Spanish learning & experiencing different diseases
 
2:02 – Accommodations in a rough area?
 
3:00 – Staying with classmates
 
3:17 – New teacher & new topics each week
 
4:20 – Hospital & clinic experiences
 
5:12 – No more shiny hospitals & care quality disparities
 
6:01 – Forcing herself out of her comfort zone
 
6:51 – New close friend, even post-program
 
7:14 – Brief assimilation into Peruvian culture
 
8:06 – Peruvian pilgrimage
 
9:10 – Smaller excursions & activities around Cusco
 
10:20 – Difficulties with pronunciation
 
11:18 – What is better for those who are scared & uncomfortable?
 
12:00 – Vale la pena
NYU Student Takes the Trip of a Lifetime
By Abigail Weinburg , Editor-In-Chief, NYU Washington Square News
Charlie You went to Chile confident in his Spanish skills and full of expectations. He left with medical experience, real-world cultural knowledge and a series of volunteer accomplishments — not to mention an improved Spanish-speaking ability and a humbler worldview. And that’s just the beginning of it.
You, a sophomore studying Global Public Health with a concentration in Biology and Pre-med at New York University, spent nine weeks in Chile this past summer as part of an Ecela summer immersion program.
 
You aspires to become a trauma surgeon and obtained valuable experience in the medical field while abroad by shadowing a dermatologist, potentially advancing his career while exposing him to a completely new culture. Some of his peers, he said, got to observe gastric bypasses and other surgeries.
You spent six weeks in Santiago and three weeks in Viña del Mar, but the full scope of his activities extends far beyond travel. In addition to attending morning classes and shadowing a doctor, You, who started learning Spanish in the sixth grade, lived with a host family, an experience he called “advantageous” and which challenged his Spanish skills and forced him to speak the language round-the-clock.
In Chile, You honed his ability to speak and understand some of the toughest Spanish out there while gaining familiarity with local terms, known as “Chileanismos.”
“I’m glad I went to Chile because they have some of the most difficult Spanish,” You said with confidence. “If you can understand Chilean Spanish, you can understand any Spanish.”
The Ecela experience, though, was about more than just learning the language and extended to every aspect of his life abroad. Through the program, he was able to go hiking and biking in the sand dunes in northern Chile.
He was also further immersed in the Chilean community by volunteering: he gained volunteer experiences at an orphanage, a rehabilitation center and a home for children with disabilities whose parents had abandoned them.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” You said of the program. “You’re challenged academically and you get to see the country.”
As for culture shock, You didn’t experience much of it. Although the trip forced him out of his comfort zone, he felt at home in Santiago, especially because it’s such a modernized city with an accessible public transport system.
 
He wasn’t alone, either: with nearly 50 students from all over the country traveling with him, You said it was hard to be homesick.
“Everyone in the program was with each other a lot,” he said. “Being with the program made being away from home for nine weeks a lot easier.”Chileans, for their part, tended to be warm and welcoming to You.
“They’re really nice people. In an elevator in the U.S., you don’t spark a conversation or say goodbye or hello, but those are things Chileans do,” You said. “They’re very hospitable.”
For You, the overall experience was a humbling one, and one he would recommend to other students. It also inspired him to want to travel more: through his university, he hopes to spend a semester abroad either in Madrid or in Buenos Aires.
“Being able to go to Chile was eye-opening and made me realize that there’s a lot for me to learn,” You said in summary. “It was definitely a challenging and new experience.”
Lindsay (Florida)

0:13 – Learn Spanish, teach English
 
0:31 – Why a gap year?
 
1:09 – South America travel plans
 
2:32 – Visitors
 
2:48 – Ecela class format
 
4:04 – Medical Spanish
 
4:19 – Lindsay’s classmates
 
5:23 – Delicious food choices
 
5:53 – Apartment shopping via craigslist and airbnb
 
6:51 – Awkward cheek kisses
 
7:30 – Don’t come if you don’t want to learn Spanish
 
7:43 – Ecela support system (even for breakups)
 
9:42 – Menú del día
 
10:17 – Transportation
 
10:31 – Medical aspirations
 
10:42 –¿Todo bien?
 
11:16 – Some travel precautions
Shelley (Maryland)
0:35 – Doubting her aptitude to learn Spanish 
 
1:09 – Legitimate concern?
 
2:00 – Spanish + MBA
 
2:29 – Speaking to friends in their native tongue
 
3:17 – New language, new thought process
 
4:07 – conversation, friends, on track with grammar
 
5:51 – No “typical” day
 
6:58 – Fast friends!
 
7:05 – Typical weekday post-classes
 
12:20 – Laid back, relaxed time
 
13:29 – “¡Es la vida!”
 
14:20 – From “imposible” to “posible
 
15:35 – Shelley’s next destination
Dominic (Scotland)
0:25 – Once per week to 8 full weeks 
 
0:57 – Choosing a business language
 
2:04 – Money concerns
 
2:53 – 6 ECELA schools, a 55-hour bus ride, Spanish Harry Potter
 
4:52 – Changing your Spanish program to see 3 countries
 
7:37 – Spanish hang-up: subjunctive
 
8:56 – Afternoon activities by school
 
10:39 – Learning attitude at school vs. hostels
 
12:19 – A favorite school?
 
14:02 – Inca Jungle Trail: not just a hike!
 
15:37 – Hostels &ECELA apartment
 
16:55 – Cultural changes
 
19:09 – 7 weeks of progress
Gary (Illlinois)
0:13 – Undergrad with an affinity for cooking 
 
1:03 – Spanish & Medicine program goal
 
2:11 – Stay stateside or go abroad?
 
2:30 – Pre-program concerns & program changes
 
4:50 – Group size and added shadowing
 
5:50 – Classes at Ecela
 
7:19 – Taking Spanish back to the States
 
7:56 – Translating medical experience elsewhere
 
8:54 – La Sirena weekend trip
 
9:48 – Cachai
 
10:36 – Prepare yourself!
Stephanie (Belgium)
0:27 – Peru as a first South American stop

0:55 – Forgetting the bad Spanish 

1:36 – Peru’s forgiving accent 

2:37 – Not lonely with a homestay family 

3:19 – Local Peruvians as friends and tour guides 

3:54 – Typical Ecela classes 

5:06 – Making mistakes in class 

5:56 – Challenging verb tenses and irregular verbs 

7:17 – Activities after class 

8:06 – Weekend Trips: Ica, Huaraz, Cusco 

9:30 – Ecela: Who doesn’t fit in? 

10:40 – Safety in Lima 

10:56 – Lima transportation options 

11:18 – Bus system ease 

11:35 – Live the Peruvian life in a homestay 

12:47 – Favorite foods 

13:39 – Lima night life 

14:19 – Too many favorite Spanish words 

15:13 – Stephanie’s future travel 

16:07 – Fast time in Peru!
Lucy (Illinois)
0:19 – Ecela vs. other immersion programs 
 
1:20 – High Spanish ambitions
 
1:56 – Path to being an interpreter
 
3:08 – Branching out amongst friends
 
3:50 – Great friends and faces, poor lunch choices
 
5:16 – Ecela classes vs. university classes
 
6:04 – Professors’ helpful natures
 
6:33 – Language-learning initiation
 
7:52 – Lucy’s classmates
 
8:20 – Ecela students are independent
 
9:25 – Long list of activity recommendations
 
10:57 – School location details
 
11:42 – Transportation & accommodation choices
 
12:57 – Favorite foods
 
13:36 – Night life in Lima
 
14:27 – Lima’s culture
 
15:19 – “Siga tu flecha”
 
15:54 – Lucy’s recommendation
Tabea (Switzerland)
0:26 – Spanish in Germany & Switzerland 
 
0:57 – Moving to Mexico
 
1:28 – Grammar and conversation Level A2
2:12 – Why face the Spanish challenge?
 
3:12 – Tabea’s Ecela friends
 
3:34 – For whom is Ecela?
 
3:59 – School location in Buenos Aires
 
4:19 – Bored after class?
 
4:50 – Tabea’s favorite activities in & around Buenos Aires
 
5:47 – Typical transportation
 
6:40 – Host family experience
 
7:24 – Empanadas & meat!
 
7:49 – Buenos Aires night life & finding a group
 
8:33 – Communication with home
 
9:17 – Buenos Aires vs. Güttingen
 
10:01 – Advice when debating the decision to study abroad
Matthew (South Africa)
0:27 – Spanish in Canada for two phrases

1:01 – Older brother’s influence 

1:58 – Was South America the right choice? 

2:54 – Month 1 Spanish ability update 

4:04 – A gap year: What? Why? 

5:20 – Matthew’s gap year details 

6:12 – Relaxed conversation class topics 

7:44 – Vacated holiday in Buenos Aires 

8:51 – Por y para, a thorn in one’s side 

10:04 – Who attends Ecela? 

10:59 – Fast friends 

11:44 – Advice for very shy people 

12:37 – Lunch, walks, activities, friends, homework 

14:05 – Buenos Aires & Mendoza safety 

15:28 – Shared apartment or homestay 

17:59 – Sobering visit to Recoleta Cemetary 

20:07 – Nightlife in Buenos Aires & Mendoza 

23:13 – How speaking bolstered confidence 

24:00 – Argentinean vs. South African cultures 

26:12 – “Ice Cream German”
Will (North Carolina)
0:18 – 8th grade Spanish to a college minor: Was Will prepared?
 
1:32 – Choosing Spanish & career Spanish plans
 
3:10 – Concern of the unknown, large Santiago
 
4:06 – Learning to manage a large city
 
4:24 – Vast array of Ecela students
 
5:24 – Common characteristics of Spanish classes
 
6:44 – More to learn after graduating from C2 class?
 
7:35 – After-class for introverted students
 
8:14 – Favorite Activities: Valpo & Viña/Pucón/hiking near Santiago
 
9:39 – Ecela’s comfortable neighborhood
   
10:56 – Homestay experience 
 
11:44 – Must eat: Chorrillana
 
12:40 – Talking to friends & family
 
13:27 – Big city Santiago vs. Raleigh
 
14:29 – Use of “po” in Santiago
 
15:37 – Going alone to a Spanish immersion program
Jessica (Massachusetts)
0:14 – Boston University dual degree Master’s program student & sexual health educator (and free time?!) 
 
1:40 – A few days post-program
 
2:14 – Host family love
 
3:16 – Goals fulfilled?
 
4:07 – So many shadowing and volunteer opportunities
 
5:39 – Peru’s history & stories of challenges
 
6:20 – Peru’s social welfare program verses that of the USA
 
7:31 – School day at Ecela
 
8:20 – Getting in one’s own head
 
9:11 – Professors’ patience
 
10:02 – Evening activities & most meaningful trip
 
13:01 – Journaling & its endless benefits
 
14:21 – Step into the intimidating
 
15:38 -- ¿En serio? ¡Ojala!
Matt (Canada)
0:18 – Skype lessons to full immersion
 
0:59 – Making an ECELA choice
 
1:24 – Conversation & Grammar Class Run-through
 
2:16 – Local attitudes toward non-native Spanish speakers
 
2:45 – Class makeup
 
3:18 – Be ready to “live Spanish”
 
3:57 – School Location
 
4:38 – Working with the subjunctive
 
5:37 – Viña’s nightlife, food, short trips
 
7:04 – Crazy nightlife!
 
7:59 – Everyone wants friends
 
9:39 – Viña vs. Toronto
 
10:16 – The Clinic (for the hungry)
 
10:51 – Be Chilean with “cachai”
 
11:30 – How to get the most out of the program
Matthew (Illinois)
0:17 – Sophomore, future dentist
 
0:42 – Fitting in a study abroad program
 
1:50 – Intermediate Spanish level
 
2:32 – Is an intermediate Spanish level necessary?
 
3:18 – Shadowing in the USA vs. Peru
 
4:58 – Volunteer & shadowing opportunities
 
6:29 – New medicine perspective
 
7:35 – Meeting fellow classmates
 
8:29 – Ecela classes
 
9:50 – Classroom methods abroad vs. in the USA
 
11:35 – Amazon jungle expedition
 
12:21 – Matthew’s deadliest catch
 
13:39 – Making errors in Spanish
 
14:33 – Get out of the bubble
 
15:53 – Is the Spanish & Medicine program for me?
 
16:30 – Benefits of the program
 
17:00 – Vale la pena
Lex (Australia)
0:33 – Missing Cusco
 
0:55 – Spanish for work as a geologist
 
2:03 – A difficult first immersion plunge
 
2:46 – Grammar classes bordering boredom?
 
4:39 – Ser & estar. . . ¡dificil!
 
5:31 – Understanding boost
 
6:11 – Vocabulary to work with local people
 
7:15 – Peru’s mining industry
 
8:53 – It’s a small world after all . . .
 
10:10 – Who would not be an ideal ECELA student?
 
11:27 – Getting to know director & teachers better
  
12:56 – Best bundle for Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
 
15:12 – Transportation
 
16:30 – Homestay impressions 
 
17:12 – Bundle up for Cusco!
 
18:14 – Favorite restaurants & new cuisine options
 
19:13 – No pushy markets
 
21:00 – Cusco: Do it
Karla (Pennsylvania)
0:11 – PreMed student a long way from home at small liberal arts college 
 
1:43 – Impressive future aspirations
 
3:14 – Shadowing plus Spanish every day
 
4:10 – Fitting studying abroad into a graduation plan
 
5:52 – Classes balanced with hands-on experiences
 
 
7:34 – Spanish in the home but lacking grammar
 
8:36 – Understanding medical terms
 
9:23 – Personal safety in the medical field
 
10:12 – Stay out of the way!
 
11:37 – Homestay family experience
 
13:21 - Unintentionally challenging hikes & bus rides
 
15:02 – Try even the cute foods
 
16:11 – Lake Titicaca personalized village party
 
17:26 – Gatitos gorditos
 
18:17 – Don’t let your fear stop you
Shivani (California)
0:10 – California undergrad
 
0:42 – A program just for premed students
 
1:23 – High school Spanish helps with immersion program?
 
2:58 – Going with a friend
 
3:13 – Host family experience over shared apartment
 
4:17 – Icebreaking days
 
4:38 – Medical terminology class & standard Ecela classes
 
5:21 – Changes in medical shadowing comfortability
 
6:03 – Impact of medicine abroad
 
6:59 – Sightseeing in and around Cusco
 
8:43 – A more laid-back culture
 
9:16 – Positive personal changes post-program
 
9:37 – Life-changing program in many ways
Audrey (Colorado)
0:11– Birthday, surfing, move to Chile 
 
0:49– Goal: complete Spanish mastery
 
1:38– Spanish changes
 
2:16– Time needed to work proficiently in Spanish
 
3:20– Tour guides in Spanish
 
3:50 – Interactive classes with same goal
 
4:44– Special preposition lesson
 
6:15– Classmates at Ecela
 
7:06– Nicest apartment ever & new family member
 
8:11– Night life experiences
 
9:43–Español en la casa and plentiful pisco
 
10:31–Buena onda
Haley (Montana)
0:13 – Montana student inspired by brother to switch program
 
1:01 – Gain Spanish and work with kids
 
1:43 – No Spanish the last 8 years then a Spanish standstill?
 
2:42 – Ideal program length
 
2:59 – Relying on friends to communicate: bad idea
 
3:38 – Volunteer and shadowing work
 
5:04 – Presentation to Peruvian parents
 
6:09 – Comfortability in shadowing and volunteering
 
6:45 – Solidifying a career choice
 
7:06 – Alone in Lima
 
7:43 – Typical school day & professors’ qualities
 
8:56 – Paracas, Ica, hiking
 
9:57 – Keeping an open world view
 
10:36 – Cultural tips
 
12:05 – Get away while you can
 
12:24 – Going back to college after a Spanish immersion program
 
13:15 — ¿En serio?
Joseph (Texas)
0:00 – A Brief Background 
 
02:11 – Why Share?
 
03:08 – Medical Spanish classes
 
04:24 – Uncomfortable homestay recommended?!
 
06:28 – What types of people does ECELA attract?
 
06:48 – Weekend excursions near Cusco
 
08:09 – #1 destination in Peru
 
08:55 – Stay adventurous (and adrenaline-filled) at Machu Picchu
 
10:04 – Medical shadowing opportunities
William (Brazil)
0:23 – Los antecedentes con respecto al español de William y éxito en 3 semanas 
 
1:15 – ¿Cómo pudieron hacer tanto 3 semanas?
 
1:42 – Un obstáculo alimenticio
 
3:14 – Motivación para aprender español
 
3:37 – El ambiente de ECELA
 
4:11 – Tipos de estudiantes en ECELA
 
4:38 – Esos frustrantes verbos en tiempo pasado
 
6:13 – Un día normal de ECELA
 
7:28 – El talento escondido de ping pong de William
 
8:01 – Duración ideal del programa de español
 
8:43 – Palabra de español favorita
 
9:18 – Momentos memorables en Chile
 
10:15 – Comida en Brasil vs. Chile
 
10:50 – El mejor plato para llevar a casa para la familia y amigos
 
11:22 – El Biógrafo, restaurante Chileno
 
12:07 – Viajes favoritos cerca de Santiago
 
13:19 – Grandiosa familia anfitriona
 
14:08 – ¿Fueron las expectativas de William con respecto a Chile acertadas?
 
15:13 – Haciendo nuevos amigos rápidamente
 
15:50 – Amigos que cambiaron su mundo
 
16:22 – Cambiando tu visión del mundo
 
17:17 – Palabras de aliento de William
Matt (California)
0:51 – Drawn to the combo with some concerns 
 
2:13 – Totally comfortable in a foreign country
 
2:47 – Homestay Spanish practice
 
3:57 – Understanding doctors in medical shadowing
 
4:47 – Emergency Medicine Unit & notable differences
 
7:20 – Helping at Madre Teresa
 
7:58 – Most impactful experience
 
9:51 – Entering Spanish level & its implications
 
10:56 – Peaks and plateaus in Spanish
 
11:25 – Finding Spanish speaking opportunities back home
 
12:15 – Making mistakes in class instead of at the hospital
 
13:54 – Adventure in the jungle & Rainbow Mountain
 
15:30 – America night
 
16:25 – Communicating with friends and family at home
 
17:03 – Beware! Cell phone charges
 
17:59 – Chevere
 
18:30 – “I could travel anywhere and do anything…”
 
20:00 – Ecela takes care of you but teaches you to be independent
  
23:03 – Despite bad eggs, Cusco is still safe and peaceful
 
23:27 – Gaining experiences and losing naivety
Emily (Tennessee)
0:19 – Emily’s current happenings & future plans 
 
0:54 – Medical specialty unknown
 
1:27 – Why Spanish & Medicine?
 
4:35 – Ecela vs. university classes
 
5:28 – Types of volunteer and shadowing opportunities
 
7:27 – Medical shadowing environment
 
8:08 – Differences between hospitals in Peru and the USA
 
9:02 – Less medication for Peruvian patients
 
10:16 – Going solo to Ecela & new friends
 
11:47 – Use the weekends wisely
 
12:48 – Adventure in the jungle
 
14:21 – What if I don’t speak any Spanish?!
 
15:22 – Mistakes speaking Spanish
 
16:20 – Don’t overthink Spanish & Medicine in Peru
 
17:20 — ¡Qué chevere!
 
18:02 – More than the “prepackaged culture” of Cusco
Kia (Louisiana)
0:10 – Xavier student with a passion for helping others 
 
2:16 – Peru over Spain
 
3:57 – Dealing with changing plans
 
6:00 – Help from other shadowing students
 
7:30 – Squeezing in extra credits for an early graduation
 
7:57 – Spending class time joking around…and learning?
 
8:31 – Learning Spanish very quickly
 
10:02 – Exploration with locals – an insider’s view
 
12:29 – Kia’s favorite food
 
13:24 – Life-saving communication & working with children
 
17:40 – Further commitment to future career
 
18:15 – Favorite Spanish phrases
 
18:41 – You have a chance to change the world
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