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Getting here

We are in the Cardenal Caro Province and O’Higgins Region (also known as the 6th region) and on the central coast. Pichilemu is located 3.5 hours by bus southeast from the international airport Arturo Merino Benitez and the capital Santiago.

When you enter Pichilemu by bus, you will be able to see the building. We are located at Anibal Pinto 21 (Anibal Pinto and Ortuzar). We are on the third floor right in the heart of downtown Pichilemu. We are across the street from COPEC, a gas station and a reference when asking local public transportation colectivos for your stop.

From the airport you can take an airport shuttle bus (cheap). There are two options, a blue bus (metro company) or the green bus (Turbus). We recommend the green Turbus since its last stop is inside Terminal Alameda. They leave every 20 minutes from the airport. You pay your ticket before getting on the bus.

There are also two companies that offer van shuttle services and private taxis: Transvip or Delfos. They accept all mayor credit cards and you can pay for your trip inside the airport before getting into the van or taxi. The trip from the airport to Terminal Alameda costs around $7,000 CLP for a shared van vs a private taxi which is $19,500 CLP. If you are carrying a lot of luggage or surf boards, a private van might be the best option. Approximate cost is $26,500 CLP.

Yes. There is website called recorrido.cl that allows passengers to purchase trip in advance to Pichilemu. Make sure to check the duration of the trip so you know it is taking you through the direct route Melipilla (3.5 hours) vs the longer route San Fernando (5 hours).

You need to print your ticket before boarding the bus. They are working on an app but it hasn’t been released yet.

You can take a bus, taxi, or the metro to Terminal Alameda. The metro stop is Universidad de Santiago (red line). Get off here and you will walk right up into the Terminal Alameda. Choose from companies Nilahue or Pullman del Sur which have direct routes through Melipilla (3.5 hours trip). They leave ever couple of hours. Alternatively, you can get to Pichilemu through San Fernando (around 5 hour trip).

There is a second option, Terminal San Borja. There is only bus company leaving from there: Transantin. Make sure to purchase a ticket through  Melipilla.

If you are far south we recommend a comfortable overnight bus back to Santiago, then to Pichilemu via Melipilla. If you are only coming from el Maule Region or Bio Bio Region you can take a bus to San Fernando first. From San Fernando the bus companies Nilahue or Pullman del Sur leave every hour and takes around 2.5 to 3 hours to get to Pichilemu.

Bookings

Learning a language is not an easy accomplishment but an extremely rewarding one. Much of it depends on the student: Do you want to learn enough to get by or to live and work in a Spanish speaking environment? Do you already know a second language? Do you enjoy practicing with others?

All the classes you take add to your total knowledge so you will never regret even a few classes to help clear some doubts.

During the high season months finding a group is generally no problem due to the amount of students who join the school. Our main priority is that you are group wit students with a similar level. If we can not find you a group, we will offer you private classes (less hours) for the same price of a group. 

Yes. You can register for less classes if we have availability.

Yes. You can register for more classes if we have availability.

Yes. During high season it is recommended to register online to secure a place, but we often accommodate walk-in students.

You can read testimonials on our website, Facebook page or TripAdvisor. At PILS our students have the small school advantage – each group and private class is specifically designed for those students. We do our best to accommodate our students, from helping them with future travel plans to finding the best place to stay in town.

 

Yes. We offer US college credit for 9 different Spanish courses with transfer credits from Brookhaven Community College in Texas. The classes are usually a mix of group and private, depending on your elected courses and require a significant amount of work. All tests and evaluations are faxed to and approved by Brookhaven faculty.

Students need to pay for the registration fee prior to their arrival in Pichilemu. It ensures you have a space in the schedule and we can organize our teacher’s time in advance.

 

No. The registration fee is not refundable.

The registration fee books a space in the schedule and gives access to all the photocopies and materials students receive during class, notebook and pen, access to the student lounge with Wi-Fi, coffee and tea. Free access to the English language book exchange and school events.

Spanish Classes

About Pichilemu

Pichilemu is sleepy fishing community with a thriving developing scenery. It is a country town known for its world class surf culture. 

It’s mostly slow-paced except for the summer months. It has beautiful landscapes and a loyal following of surfers and windsurfers from Chile and abroad.

The weather is agreeable all year, the accommodation prices are affordable outside high season and the beaches and surf are truly representative of the wild Pacific.

Low season starts in March and lasts until November. Tourists start to arrive in December and stay for the summer. There are a few busy holidays where it is recommended to book accommodation in advance.

Dry, mediterranean climate. Never very hot nor very cold.

Rainy season lasts 3 – 4 months (usually May – August).

Summer is December to February with average  temperatures of 15°- 27°Celsius / 60°- 80° degrees Fahrenheit.

Winter is June to August with average temperatures of 5°C -17°C / 40°-65° Fahrenheit.

Pichilemu has many activities to do all year round. There is horseback riding, kayaking, kite-surfing, yoga classes, cultural activities and tours. There are many different restaurants and bars in town.

Some of Chile’s best wineries are in the nearby Colchagua Valley. They are located about 1-1.5 hours drive from Pichilemu, a little longer by bus. PILS can organize transportation for students who are interested.

About the School

PILS is short for Pichilemu Institute of Language Studies. It works for both English and Spanish speakers.

We are in the heart of downtown Pichilemu. When you enter Pichilemu by bus or car, you will see the red building.

The building is usually open, but it sometimes closes during lunchtime (around noon). Call us if you are in Pichilemu and can’t find your way.

Learning a language is not an easy accomplishment but an extremely rewarding one. Much of it depends on the student: Do you want to learn enough to get by or to live and work in a Spanish speaking environment? Do you already know a second language? Do you enjoy practicing with others?

All the classes you take add to your total knowledge so you will never regret even a few classes to help clear some doubts.

During the high season months finding a group is generally no problem due to the amount of students who join the school. Our main priority is that you are group wit students with a similar level. If we can not find you a group, we will offer you private classes (less hours) for the same price of a group. 

Yes. You can register for less classes if we have availability.

Yes. You can register for more classes if we have availability.

Yes. During high season it is recommended to register online to secure a place, but we often accommodate walk-in students.

You can read testimonials on our website, Facebook page or TripAdvisor. At PILS our students have the small school advantage – each group and private class is specifically designed for those students. We do our best to accommodate our students, from helping them with future travel plans to finding the best place to stay in town.

 

Yes. We offer US college credit for 9 different Spanish courses with transfer credits from Brookhaven Community College in Texas. The classes are usually a mix of group and private, depending on your elected courses and require a significant amount of work. All tests and evaluations are faxed to and approved by Brookhaven faculty.

Students need to pay for the registration fee prior to their arrival in Pichilemu. It ensures you have a space in the schedule and we can organize our teacher’s time in advance.

 

No. The registration fee is not refundable.

The registration fee books a space in the schedule and gives access to all the photocopies and materials students receive during class, notebook and pen, access to the student lounge with Wi-Fi, coffee and tea. Free access to the English language book exchange and school events.

Surfing

The surf in Pichilemu is very consistent all year.

The water temperature is 55-60 F / 12-15 C.

Yes, there are easy beach breaks for very beginners. The point break in town has a sand bottom, but the currents and size generally make it an intermediate wave.

Yes. There are several surf schools with classes and equipment rentals offered all year. We are partners with a local surf school and can help book classes before your arrival.

Accomodation

Pichilemu has cabins with kitchens (from very basic to very nice), rooms in hostels and hotels (with and without breakfast), or homestay accommodation through PILS for full immersion experiences.

Careers

We usually have a couple different volunteer options. Contact us for current availability.

We look for Spanish teachers before the beginning of our high season (summer). Please contact us for details regarding the role.

We are currently not hiring full time ESL teachers. However, we may open positions for ESL volunteers. Contact us to find out.

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