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  • Spanish Classes and Medical Volunteering in Cuenca, Ecuador
    so that is when volunteering generally takes place Following this you will have 3 hours of classes each day in the afternoon We offer a variety of volunteer projects in Cuenca with grass roots local organizations that are carrying out important work and are well organized and well run We will be happy to discuss your volunteer expectations with you to ensure that you are well suited to the volunteer placement of your choice You can read about the volunteer options we offer below Volunteering is not only a good way to immerse yourself in speaking and listening to Spanish but it is also a good way to give something back to the community in general Many students who volunteer say afterwards that the volunteering was what made most impact on them and leaves them with their best memories of their time in Ecuador My time volunteering in Cuenca at a daycare centre was well worth it The kids were great and I was sad to leave them I would like to go on supporting the centre in the future and hope to come back one day with more resources as they definitely need a lot Well done Yanapuma keep up the good work Click on the Volunteer Placements link on the right to learn about the exciting volunteer opportunities that we can offer our students here in Quito or Cuenca as well as in other projects around the country once you have finished your Spanish lessons Learn About the Volunteer Quito Spanish Program the volunteer cuenca program The Volunteer Cuenca and Spanish program combines volunteering in the mornings with 3 hours of Spanish classes each day in the afternoon the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Spanish langauge our volunteer projects in cuenca Mensajeros de la Paz Children

    Original URL path: http://www.yanapumaspanish.org/cuenca-volunteer.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Spanish Classes While You Explore Ecuador!, YanapumaSpanish.org
    to last you a lifetime Our Travel partners Yanapuma partners with only qualified and trusted travel agencies tour operators activity providers accommodations and lodges to provide safe and reliable experiences to its Spanish students We are happy to make recommendations to students and offer support to arrange additional journeys and exploration around Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Each program combines formal Spanish classes with travel and activities for 5 days While some programs spend the week in the same location others involve more travel With this in mind classes are taken on the fly on some days and may include more informal Spanish than sit down classes We endeavor to maintain an adequate balance on each program offering an immersion experience with a great deal of the learning taking place outside of a formal class type setting Traveling around Ecuador with my teacher JC was the perfect experience for someone like me who was a little nervous about traveling on her own He was a great teacher a great guide and the perfect companion for the 2 weeks that I spent in the Andes and the lodge Not only did I learn and practice a lot of Spanish during the two weeks but I got to see so much of the country in a relatively short time Please email us for more information on any of the Study and Travel Spanish programs listed on the right We can email you a pdf document with more details and a typical itinerary for the week For more travel options in Ecuador please visit our dedicated travel agency True Ecuador Travel About our Study and travel programs Each of our Study and Travel programs has been designed to create a memorable week of adventure and exploration of a different part of Ecuador s

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  • Spanish Classes While You Explore The Volcanos of The Andes!
    stunning sierra environment and Kichwa culture you will travel by bus to Baños to enjoy the hot springs and varied activities of this lively cloud forest town beneath the active volcano Tungurahua Here you can go white water rafting canyoning or by bicycle to explore the waterfalls and other attractions of the area From there you will travel south to explore the picturesque sierra town of Riobamba from where you will take a guided tour of the national park at the volcano Chimborazo climbing up above the snowline to the refuge and cycling down hill around the volcano for 35 kilometers The course finishes on Friday after classes and you can either return to Quito with your teacher or stay on to go on the famous Devil s Nose train ride on Saturday Click here to email us for more details This program exceeded my expectations with so many activities during the week I loved exploring Quilotoa Chimborazo Tungurahua and spotting so many other snow capped volcanic peaks as we went Definitely to be recommended The Andes mountains represent the western terrestrial edge of the South American tectonic plate being constantly pushed upwards as it rides over the Nazca plate underneath the Pacific Ocean It is an area of constant volcanic activity with a string of volcanic peaks stretching all the way down South America It has created stunning Andean scenery and students spend a week exploring this high altitude terrain Register Now Sign up now to reserve your place on our exciting Study and Travel program of your choice For more travel options in Ecuador please visit our dedicated travel agency True Ecuador Travel About this program A hgh octane adventure week that includes kayaking on a crater lake climbing above the snowline of a volcano white water rafting

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  • Spanish Classes While You Explore The Pacific Coast Of Ecuador!
    to the village of Agua Blanca in the Machalilla National Park a dry forest reserve and home to an important archaeological site and museum as well as a picturesque sulphur lagoon for swimming and also the spectacular Los Frailes beach Pueto Lopez itself is a sleepy fishing village where you can watch them bring in the catch each morning and enjoy the juice and cocktail bars on the sea front You will also visit other small towns along the coast including Montañita a small village best known as a surfer s paradise and party town From July to September there is the added bonus of being able to go on a whale watching tour as thousands of humpback whales migrate along the coast The program finishes on Friday after classes in the morning and you can either return to Quito by overnight bus or stay on to enjoy other options like an all day visit to the Isla de la Plata known as the poor man s Galapagos as some of the same species also live there or Salango island for snorkeling Click here to email us for more details This was a great week Thank you Yanapuma I loved the laid back ambience of the villages along this stretch of coast and especially the fresh fruit juice bars along the sea front in Puerto Lopez Another highlight was Agua Blanca and its beautiful forests and sulphur lagoon for swimming in The stretch of coast in Manabi and Santa Elena has a long history of settlement dating back thousands of years to the early Valdivian culture Agua Blanca is the site of archeological remains and a small museum devoted to this culture Register Now Sign up now to reserve your place on our exciting Study and Travel program of your

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  • Spanish Classes and Adventure in Baños!, YanapumaSpanish.org
    Quito by bus on Monday morning about 4 hours where your teacher will meet you and escort you to your accommodation In the afternoon you will have classes and in the evening you will take a ride by jeep to view the nearby Tungurahua volcano which is often smoking and active During the rest of the week there are a variety of activities and sports on offer horseback riding white water rafting bicycling bungee jumping and a visit to nearby Puyo and an indigenous community in the jungle The program ends on Friday after classes in the mornings In the afternoon you can visit a local spa and return to Quito that evening or stay until Saturday to enjoy extra activities or local tours Click here to email us for more details I love adventure stuff but not travelling around too much so this program was ideal for me The rivers here are first class My teacher was a great guide as well and turned me on to all the interesting stuff that was going on The town of Baños de Agua Santa sits directly below Tungurahua volcano nestled in an enclosed valley In recent years it has been billowing smoke and ash and spitting out lava with the threat several times that the town would have to be evacuated Its location gives it a mild sub tropical climate and it is surrounded by spectacular forests There are many restaurants and cafés where Spanish students can relax when they are not taking Spanish classes or enjoying the activities on offer Register Now Sign up now to reserve your place on our exciting Study and Travel program of your choice For more travel options in Ecuador please visit our dedicated travel agency True Ecuador Travel About this program A week of

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  • Spanish Classes in the rainforest at Gaia Amazon Spanish
    These include taking a motorized canoe across to Anaconda Island and visiting a local Kichwan family in their jungle home to learn about their way of life Students will also get an opportunity to drift down the river in an inflated inner tube tubing and watch the Amazon rainforest passing by on both sides There are also hikes into primary rainforest with expert guides who can identify the medicinal plants and other useful species as well as pointing out the birds monkeys and other animals that call the Amazon home Other options include visiting a butterfly farm in the nearby village Staff prepare delicious and balanced meals using local products as far as possible Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for Meals are served in the dining area which looks out towards the river and the rainforest beyond The Gaia Amazon Spanish center is dedicated to providing excellent professional Spanish language tuition along with education about the Amazon and its people The team is largely comprised of local people who are proud to show off their surroundings and who are dedicated to promoting the sustainability of this region The staff of Gaia regard Earth as a living multi faceted being and hope to encourage the integral relationship between our planet s natural resources and its inhabitants Their objective is to promote a sustainable balance between indigenous communities traditional cultural values and the natural environment with a primary focus is conservation in this Amazon area which is already under so much ecological pressure They strive to make sustainable use of local natural resources that will improve the living conditions of its inhabitants Each of the comfortable cabins provides a cool and spacious retreat for the night with an en suite bathroom with hot water and screens on the windows

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  • Our Exciting Study and Travel program, YanapumaSpanish.org
    of fun and adventure tubing rapelling ziplining etc The week is spent in the Bio Hostal and includes breakfast and lunch In the evening you will be free to eat in any of the restaurants in Mindo where you can enjoy fresh trout and other local recipes and vegetarian fare Students leave on Monday morning with their teacher for the 3 hour bus ride to Mindo The program ends on Friday after classes in the morning and you are free to either return to Quito with your teacher or continue to explore the area on your own There are various trips and tours available on the weekend Click here to email us for more details I spent a week in Mindo studying Spanish with my teacher from Yanapuma and I thoroughly enjoyed it We hiked rapelled tubed on the river bathed in pools beneath waterfalls ate freshly caught fish and relaxed in the evening with a cold beer listening to the chorus of the insects and frogs in the dark The spectacular cloud forests around Mindo are home to an immense biodiversity They are characterized as an area of evergreen forests on the sides of high altitude hillsides often draped with mosses due to the consistent condensation of water from the atmosphere In contrast to the regular downpours of rain in the rainforest of the Amazon in the cloud forest there is a more constand dampness resulting from settling clouds that drift through the area The resulting environment is ideal for a wide variety of bird species including hummingbirds and frogs and other anphibians In addition there are many varieties of ferns and orchids Register Now Sign up now to reserve your place on our exciting Study and Travel program of your choice About this program A week of exploration

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  • Spanish Classes and Cultural Excursions, Volunteering in Otavalo
    About Quito About Cuenca About Ecuador Galapagos Tours Volunteer Prices Current Prices Last Minute Offers Register Contact Us Register Otavalo Cultural Spanish classes and cultural excursions in Otavalo Otavalo is a vibrant indigenous town located about two hours north of Quito It is particularly famous for its Saturday market the largest indigenous market in Latin America that showcases the range and quality of crafts produced in the region Yanapuma has partnered with a Spanish school in Otavalo that is also a member of the same association of Spanish schools the AECEE to offer a program of Spanish classes and cultural excursions and activities that explore the history culture and geography of the region Afternoon excursions take students with a teacher to a variety of locations such as Peguche waterfall Cuicocha Lake Chilcapamba indigenous community and any of the many villages around about that are dedicated to crafts production After studying in Quito I thoroughly enjoyed the quieter ambience of Otavalo especially its strongly indigneous character The transition between teachers was seamless as I carried my school folder there with me and the excursions filled the rest of the day with insights into this Quichua culture At the end of the week students may elect to stay overnight on Friday to visit the famous market on Saturday This starts at 5 00 am with the animal market with the crafts market opening around 9 00 am There is plenty of opportunity to shop for souvenirs of your visit to Ecuador as well as to enjoy tasting local foods About this program This package combines 4 hours of classes per day in our partner school with visits to some of the many places of cultural and historical interest in and around Otavalo Some of the sites we visit Peguche Waterfall Cuicocha Lake

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