Yanapuma Foundation & Spanish School!
Two Professional Language Schools - Quito and Cuenca!
Individual and Small Group Classes
Cultural Programs and Excursions
"Study and Travel" Programs
. . . Amazon, Andes, Pacific coast & the Galapagos Islands.

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.

  • Our qualified staff and teachers offer courses for students and volunteers at all levels and ages in elegant and comfortable historic buildings in our schools in Quito and Cuenca.
  • We offer accommodation 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 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!

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 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

Read more.

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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

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 with.

Volunteer Quito or Cuenca program

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.

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


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: 15 Sep - 21 Sep, 2014

Both our schools, in Quito and in Cuenca, are getting busier with the arrival of fresh batches of students in September. 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.

Our "Study-&-Travel " programs are very popular in the summer and we have a good number of students enjoying traveling with a teacher to various parts of the country - Amazon rainforest lodges, cloudforest lodges and hotels, along the Pacific coast or down the spine of the Andes for an adventure week.

Also popular all year around are trips to the Galapagos Islands. Although we offer these with optional Spanish classes, we always advise students to focus on getting the most out of being in these spectacular islands, rather than trying to fit in Spanish lessons too in the evenings. By the time a student has returned from a busy day hiking, snorkeling, swimming and being out in the fresh air and sun all day, they are ready to shower, eat and sleep before the next day's activities.

Also popular during the summer months are our Medical Spanish programs for doctors, nurses, medical students and other health professionals who want to learn Spanish for use in a health-related setting. There are two programs - the "Professional Medical Spanish Program" and the "Introductory Medical Spanish Program." Each comes with a wealth of interactive material, reference charts, readings and exercises for students to use in their classes and to keep for future reference.

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:

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 courses from Yanapuma in Quito and Cuenca - with the support of the municipio of Quito
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