We have developed our schools in Quito and Cuenca since 2006 with the highest standards 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.
Find out more about Cuenca.
Our school in Cusco, Peru, is situated in the very heart of this spectacular, historic city, offering the same professional standards and programs. For students seeking to explore the wonders of Peru, Cusco is the ideal destination.
Find out more about Cusco.
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.
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, Cuenca and Cusco either with or without Spanish classes, and all around Ecuador.
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. We can also book activities throughouth Peru - Inca Trail, visits to indigenous communities, Lake Titicaca, adn more.
Visit the True Ecuador Travel website
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.
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 or Cusco while you study the Spanish language, or in any of the 25 or so projects that we collaborate with around Ecuador, or projects in Cusco. So whether you want to work with children in a daycare or school, street 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, Cuenca and Cusco. 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 all three 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.
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. Likewise in Cusco, our school promotes learning to communicate as the primary focus of the classes, with grammar being taught as a support for your ability to communicate effectively.
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 and Peru
- A wealth of social activities and opportunities to meet other students
- Qualified teachers with university titles
- Your support helps the work of our foundation
- You can study in all three schools and our teachers will pass your lesson plan and notes on to the next teacher
See how our students rate us in their evaluation forms!
Here are some of the latest reports by students of their experiences studying with Yanapuma.
"Yanapuma is an excellent organization and turned out to be the best choice possible for my trip to Ecuador. My Spanish lessons were excellent and I'm learning with high quality materials for further study. My teacher, Fernanda, was outstanding. We had many interesting conversations: I only wish I had time to continue for a few more weeks. If you want to explore while learning, choose Yanapuma. You won't be disappointed." - JH
"Well planned out and organized classes, great teachers, learned a lot and would definitely recommend. I had a great experience at Yanapuma and learned a lot of Spanish, both in the classroom and activities led by Yanapuma outside the classroom. The teachers were organized, helpful, and aware of what non-native speakers find difficult about Spanish."
"Very easy organization: appreciated accommodation and transfer arranged. Classes were fun! Accommodating to mixed levels. I only stayed one week at Yanapuma and I wish I had been here for longer. Classes were fun, with teachers accommodating to each students' needs and interests. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, I especially enjoyed the food presentations and learning about Ecuadorian culture."