Yanapuma is one of the professional language Schools in Ecuador, and a member of the AECEE (Ecuadorian Association of Spanish Language Centers) You can see our other professional education affiliations below. We strive for continual improvement in order to offer the best experience - academically and socially - to our students. Our teachers undergo ongoing academic training. Our prices are among the lowest for professional language lessons in Ecuador. Our methods are based on the renowned Cervantes Institute of Spain, and we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and ACTFL standards for US students.
The Yanapuma Advantage:
- Extensive multi-media and computer materials in all classes - Comprehensive personalized course planning and revision for the individual student
- Competitive prices for professional language tuition
- A welcoming home-from-home environment in Ecuador
- A wealth of social activities and opportunities to meet other students
- Qualified teachers with university titles
- Your support helps the work of our foundation
Volunteering is a great way to practice the Spanish that you are learning in your classes. It is also a great way to connect with the people and culture of Ecuador.
Our volunteer coordinators will be happy to recommend suitable projects for you, either in Quito or Cuenca while you study, or in any of the 25 or so projects that we collaborate with around Ecuador. So whether you want to work with children in a daycare or school, stret children, animal rescue, environmental or reforestation projects, clinics and health centers, community development, or organic farming, we will have something right for you.
For more information, go to our volunteer page.
Profits from our School in Quito help fund the work of Yanapuma Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable practices in marginalized communities throughout Ecuador. To find out more please read our latest newsletter. We have been carrying out sustainable development projects with indigenous and marginalized communities in Ecuador since 2006, funding scholarships for disadvantaged children to study at high school, ecological sanitation, sustainable cacao production, health and nutrition initiatives, reforestation and environmental protection, and more.
Your support as a student contributes directly to improving the lives of marginal communities in Ecuador! You can read more about all these activities on our foundation website.
Yanapuma offers a variety of accommodation options for our students in Quito and Cuenca. We recommend a homestay with a local host family as the best way to immerse yourself in the Spanish language. We work with a number of welcoming and sociable families in both cities, and we will be glad to help you organize a homestay while you take your Spanish course or volunteer with us.
In addition we can offer hotel and hostel options according to your budget and preferences.
To learn more, please go to our accommodation page.
Events at Yanapuma Spanish School in Quito and Cuenca: 28 July- 02 Aug, 2014
Both our schools, in Quito and in Cuenca, are busy now that the summer is upon us. As usual, we have a full calendar of activities and excursions both in locations and encourage our students and volunteers to sign up so that they can experience more of the culture, history, and environment of Ecuador.
The school in Quito is currently full, with international students and visitors from all parts of the world, and of all ages. Some of these are spending the first month here learning Spanish before going off to explore the rest of South America, while others are here just to learn the Spanish language. Our Spanish school in Cuenca is also full with a mix of students of all ages, enjoying the laid back and tranquil air of this very traditional Andean city. For up to date information on what is happening in Cuenca you can check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yanapumacuenca?fref=ts
Our "Study-&-Travel " programs are very popular in the summer and we have a good number of students enjoying traveling with a teacher to various parts of the country - Amazon rainforest lodges, cloudforest lodges and hotels, along the Pacific coast or down the spine of the Andes for an adventure week.
On Tuesday in Quito there will be an afternoon trip to the "Teleferico," the cable car that rises up to 4,000 meters above the city with spectacular views of the surrounding volcanos and mountaions. On Wednesday the school in Quito is offering a screening of a documentary about the process of dolarization which was a traumatic event for the country in 1999/2000. On Thursday in both schools we are offering our usual free salsa class for our Quito Spanish students and volunteers. The salsa class is a great opportunity to try out salsa dancing, and it is also a great physical work out, especially considering Quito's elevated altitude of 2800 meters (Cuenca is a couple of hundred meters lower!) If you are interested in learning to dance salsa and other latin rythms then we will be happy to put together a program for you that combines salsa classes with Spanish classes in Quito.
Our weekend excursion for Spanish students in Quito this weekend is to Cotopaxi volcano. . This is a great opportunity to climb up above the snowline and then cycle down around the volcano, with great views of the Andes mountains.
In Cuenca, the weekend excursion is to the Parque Nacional Cajas, a national park in the Andes that features some spectacular scenery on a variety of signposted hikes.
Also popular during the summer months are our Medical Spanish programs for doctors, nurses, medical students and other health professionals who want to learn Spanish for use in a health-related setting. There are two programs - the "Professional Medical Spanish Program" and the "Introductory Medical Spanish Program." Each comes with a wealth of interactive material, reference charts, readings and exercises for students to use in their classes and to keep for future reference.