A little bit of history

The English-Speaking Union was launched at the end of the First World War with the aim of promoting closer ties between English-speaking people. Since then it has grown into a world-wide organisation operating in more than 50 countries, creating international understanding through the ever increasing use of the English language. Today, many of its members use English as their second or third language or their language of preferred choice. 

It was founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench and one of its first Chairmen was Sir Winston Churchill, whose own command of English changed the course of history. Today the ESU reaches out to young people across the world and from every social background, encouraging them to use English well in order to realize their own potential. To achieve its aims ESU offers a wide variety of activities and is supported by many of the world's most famous companies.

The English-Speaking Union Chile (ESU Chile) was legally established as a non-governmental, non-profit-making corporation under the terms of decree Nº 1322 on March 21st, 2005. 

Our Patron is Her Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom and our Honorary President is Mrs Lucía Santa Cruz.

ESU Chile was officially launched at a ceremony in the British Ambassador’s residence, Santiago, on October 23rd, 2006. This took place in the presence of the then British Ambassador, Mr Richard Wilkinson, the previous Chairman of the English-Speaking Union, The Lord Watson of Richmond, and the Director-General of the ESU, Mrs Valerie Mitchell, together with 35 delegates from ESU branches in several countries.