Professional Spanish courses in Quito and Cuenca, in the heart of the Andes, for all levels and all ages . . . 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 tuition 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 students with welcoming local host families, as well as with hostels and hotels.
- 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
We also offer two Medical Spanish programs for doctors, students and health practitioners with an optional practicum in Quito or Cuenca.
In addition we offer volunteer programs in Quito or Cuenca either with or without Spanish classes, and all around Ecuador.
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 with.
Combine your 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
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: 20 Oct - 26 Oct, 2014
Both our schools, in Quito and in Cuenca, are relatively busy, especially in Cuenca, with students of all ages and Spanish language levels. These final months of the year are busy though administratively as we set up all the prices and programs for the following year. Twenty fifteen will see us continuing with the same Study and Travel programs, as these have been very popular in 2014.
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. We have just installed a new electronic calendar system for the weekly events that you can view by clicking on the "Upcoming Events in Quito and Cuenca" tab above. Now our events are planned for a full year in advance, although extra activities will be added for local fiestas and important events in the annual calendar.
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: