Events at Yanapuma Spanish School in Quito and Cuenca: 09 Dec- 15 Dec, 2013
Our new Spanish school in Cuenca is relatively 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 experiencing the normal gradual slow down of this time of year as Christmas approaches, before things will take off again in January as people start to travel again. But this gives us a bit of space to settle 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 we have organized a tour of Quito for our Spanish students on the new bus that makes regular journeys through the old and new towns, stopping at places of historical and cultural interest. This is a great way to get an overview of the city and all it has to offer.
On Thursday our activity for the Spanish school students is a visit to the Teleférico, the cable car that rises up to 4000 meters, high above the city of Quito which itself is at 2800 meters. From the top on a clear day one can see several volcanos that stretch down the Ruta de los Volcanes, as well as great views over the city of Quito itself.
Our weekend excursion for Spanish students this Saturday is a trip to Cotopaxi volcano. Students and volunteers will get the chance to hike above the snowline and explore this unique and perpetually snowbound environment, before setting off downhill on bicycles around the side of the volcano with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
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: