• The Spanish school in Quito with classes for seniors, courses for children, and all language levels
    Yanapuma Foundation and Spanish School!

    Two Professional Language Schools - Quito and Cuenca!

  • Students in a small group Cuenca Spanish class with PC and multi-media technology to create the perfect environment for learning Spanish
    Individual and Small Group Classes

    Cultural Programs and Excursions

  • Study and travel Spanish language and culture programs exploring Ecuador with your own teacher - a mix of tourism and language tuition
    "Study and Travel" Programs

    . . . Amazon, Andes, Pacific coast & the Galapagos Islands.

  • Spanish for kids in Quito and Cuenca, volunteer and take Spanish classes - learning by practice- perfect for study abroad and service learning projects
    Spanish for Children

    Special classes for students of all ages at Yanapuma!

  • Travel Ecuador with True Ecuador Travel agency - educational tours in addition to Spanish courses
    Explore the Wonders of Ecuador!

    Our travel agency can make all your local arrangements!

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 Spanish language schools in Quito and Cuenca.
  • We offer accommodation for our language 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 our in-house travel agency will help you make all your travel plans.
  • 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!
  • Help to support the work of Yanapuma Foundation in promoting sustainable development among indigenous and marginalized communities.

Two Spanish Schools!

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 & Travel and More!

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 or Cuenca either with or without Spanish classes, and all around Ecuador.

From Children to Seniors!

Students of all ages study Spanish with us - from 6 to 76! Our Cuenca school has many retired students regularly taking classes, and our Quito school also receives retired and near-retirement adventurers looking to learn or improve their Spanish.
Our methods adapt to any age of learner and we have programs and materials for children as well as for retired persons.


Spanish Courses Overview

Small Group Spanish Classes

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.

Individual Spanish Classes

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

Quito or Cuenca Cultural programs

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.

Volunteer Quito or Cuenca program

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.

Study and Travel Programs

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

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.

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 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.

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!

Our Affiliations

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:

Our Valued Partners

In addition, we welcome partnerships with professional organizations, universities, high schools and other educational institutions. Here are some that we work with.

A professional Spanish school association in Quito for the best Spanish school in Ecuador
American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages - member in Ecuador for Spanish language education
Ministry of Education for Ecuador recognizes 'Yanapuma Spanish School' as a professional language institute that complies with the necessary requirements for language tuition
International Association of Community Development - Yanapuma is a member, using language school profits to fund our own commmunity projects around Ecuador
Ministerio de Turismo Ecuador - yanapuma spanish courses in Quito and Cuenca, with opportunities to travel and explore Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Municipio de Quito - Spanish language classes from Yanapuma in Quito and Cuenca - with the support of the municipio of Quito
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