Professional Spanish courses in Quito and Cuenca, in the heart of the Andes, for students of all levels . . . Spanish classes and cultural programs around Ecuador . . . Travel with a teacher, or volunteer while you learn the language!
Share our Passion for Spanish in Ecuador!
Yanapuma is one of the few professional Spanish schools in Ecuador - dedicated to delivering the very best in Spanish language classes to international students from all over the world.
- Our qualified staff and teachers offer courses for students and volunteers at all levels and ages in elegant and comfortable historic buildings in our language schools in Quito and Cuenca.
- We offer accommodation for our Spanish students with welcoming local host families, as well as with hostels and hotels, from backpacker to luxury style.
- We provide a secure and friendly base from where you can explore these vibrant and historic, colonial cities and all wonders they have to offer.
- Explore the rich cultural and natural heritage of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on our "Study and Travel" programs while you learn to speak the Spanish language!
We have developed our school in Quito since 2006 with the highest academic standards, methods and materials, to offer the very best in Spanish language tuition based on the recommendations of Spain's "Instituto Cervantes."
Find out more about Quito.
We opened our school in Cuenca in March 2013. Situated in the very heart of this historic city we offer the same professional standards and programs. For students seeking a tranquil atmosphere in which to learn the language, Cuenca is the ideal destination.
Find out more about Cuenca.
Study and Travel Programs
Our "Study and Travel" programs in Ecuador are a popular way of combining Spanish classes with more touristic pursuits, traveling through different parts of the country with a teacher. Visit the Amazon rainforest, the Andean sierra, the Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands.
Go to "Study Travel" programs.
Each of the ten "Study and Travel" programs is a one-week adventure. They can be combined together and with our Quito and Cuenca cultural programs to create a memorable experience of Ecuador while you continue to take Spanish classes with Yanapuma
Spanish Courses Overview
We offer small group classes for basic and low intermediate students with a maximum of 6 students per class and an average of 3. There are two options:
Standard Immersion Spanish - 3 hours per day in the afternoon, from 3 to 6 pm. Volunteers often take these classes as most voluntering takes place in the mornings.
Intensive Immersion Spanish - 4 hours per day in the morning from 9 am to 1 pm.
Couples or Friends - Classes for a couple or friends traveling together, at any language level, 4 hours in the morning or irregular hours in the afternoon.
We offer individual Spanish classes at all levels and for all ages. Students take 4 hours in the morning, or irregular hours in the afternoons. There are 3 forms of individual classes:
Individual classes that follow our curriculum and academic plan using our standard materials
Individualized classes that follow the specific needs and requirements of a particular student with an individualized class plan and materials
Specialized courses such as the 'Professional Medical Spanish' program and the 'Introductory Medical Spanish' program
These programs include 20 hours (4 hours per day) of small group classes in the mornings, plus excursions to places of cultural and historical interest around these cities in the afternoons with a teacher. This is a great way to combine learning Spanish with tourism and culture. You can elect individual classes instead of small-group classes if you wish.
Combine your Spanish language classes with volunteering in a local project in the mornings. Classes are 3 hours in the afternoons from 3 to 6 pm, leaving you plenty of time to return from volunteering to the school and have lunch before starting class.
These exciting programs combine Spanish classes with exploration of some of the incredible diversity of Ecuador. Each of the 10 programs explores a different part of the country. While some involve spending a week in an Amazon rainforest or cloudforest lodge, others move along a pre-determined route.
More About Yanapuma Spanish Schools
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
See how our students rate us in their evaluation forms!
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.
True Ecuador Travel - Yanapuma's brand new travel agency for all your Ecuador adventure!
At Yanapuma Foundation and Spanish School we have become increasingly involved over the past few years with organizing a variety of extra activities for our students and volunteers, from Amazon and Galapagos tours, climbing volcanos, exploring Ecuador by train, staying in luxury haciendas and lodges, white-water rafting and other sports, and more. So we decided to launch our own travel agency as a limited company in Ecuador to be able to offer all the security and guarantees that our students and volunteers would expect. An additional advantage is that we can negotiate better deals for flights, tours, and other events. So whatever your plans for your time in Ecuador, let us know and we will be happy to offer our guidance and help through True Ecuador Travel.
Just like the Spanish schools, True Ecuador Travel will help to further our mission as an NGO by providing resources for our development projects and seeking ways to connect persons from developed and developing countries for mutual learning and benefit.
We continually strive for improvement as a professional Spanish school. Here are some of the organizations that we are linked with and whose standards we subscribe to: