Events at Yanapuma Spanish School in Quito and Cuenca: 16 Feb- 22 Feb, 2014
Our new Spanish school in Cuenca is very busy for this time of year, with a good number of students booked up for the next 3 months at least, thanks to the untiring work of Joy, our student and volunteer coordinator there. The school continues to receive students who are totally charmed with the tranquil rhythm of this traditional Andean city. Several students from Quito have chosen to spend a week or two in Cuenca aftern having studied for a week or two in Quito, often commenting on how safe and relaxed it feels being there. Meanwhile, the school in Quito is getting busy as the New Year kicks off. The "Study and Travel" programs are very popular in January with several of our teachers on the road with their students exploring the Amazon jungle, the Ruta de los Volcanes and the cloud forests. We are gradually settling in to our new location in the historic center of Quito. The new space is a suite of offices that sits around a courtyard on the top floor of a historic, colonial-style building in old Quito. With 9 rooms, including an audio-visual suite, a kitchen/café, offices for the school, volunteer department and foundation, and separate classrooms for classes at each level, it feels both spacious and comfortable.
On Tuesday 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! 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.
On Wednesday the school in Quito has organized a tour of the city with an open-topped double-decker bus. This is a great way for students who have recently arrived to get a feel for the city - old town and new town, passing by several of the most important parks as well as the favorite sites of the city.
On Thursday our activity for the Spanish school students in Quito is a cooking class. A teacher will help students to prepare a local dish. This is a great way to practice Spanish as well as to socialize with other students.
Our weekend excursion for Spanish students this weekend is to the Andean town of Otavalo, famous for its Saturday market, the biggest in South America. It starts at around 5.00 am with the animal market, but the crafts produced locally are sold all day long. Students and volunteers will also get the opportunity to visit local natural beauty spots such as the Peguche Waterfall and Cuicocha Lake.
Yanapuma Foundation: Our work in Ecuador
In Yanapuma Foundation, we are busy on a 3-year project with the Tsa'chila culture - creating vegetable gardens for families in 4 communities and teaching them to grow vegetables, and giving cooking and nutrition classes. In addition we have planted 26,000 cacao trees this year of an improved variety and are teaching local farmers to care for them, as well as sowing companion crops. We are also continuing our work sponsoring 13 children in the small coastal community of Estero de Plátano to study at high school to improve the educational level of the community so that they can be active in their own community development.
The registration fee for each Spanish student goes directly to form a fund for this project.
You can read more about all these activities on our foundation website: