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  • Spanish F.A.Q., Spanish and Volunteering, Internship Ecuador
    so we aim to cover the costs and keep our prices as low as possible Costs for weeknight get togethers vary depending on the cost of the activity top How long will it take for me to gain the ability to communicate in Spanish This varies according to the student but normally our students can learn basic Spanish communication skills in three to four weeks The minimum requirement to receive a diploma from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education is 240 hours or 12 weeks of regular Spanish classes After this time most people can expect a high level of proficiency in the language top What types of Spanish classes does Yanapuma offer Our basic classes are 4 hours per day of one on one instruction We can provide group lessons of between 2 and 4 students on request We offer several customized options detailed on this website for those wanting a bit more or less than our standard offerings such as our Quito Cultural package We try to be as flexible as possible tailoring our offerings to the needs and wishes of the student We also offer a wide variety of Study and Travel options that include adventure culture and nature in various forms See our Study and Travel page for details And if you are interested in volunteering we have our Volunteer Quito package top What is your teaching philosophy in class We have developed a methodology based on the best theories in language acquisition with communication as a base This means less focus on drilling grammar and more time devoted to the different modalities through which a language is learned and expressed reading writing listening and talking The mix of activities that this generates during class keeps things fresh and interesting and results in a much more natural learning process than the old fashioned grammar drill top Do you offer classes outside of Quito Yes You can study in small Ecuadorian communities or choose one of our packages to study at the Coast in the Sierra or in the Amazon regions of Ecuador We can also arrange customized programs of study in other areas of Ecuador with one of our professors See the Spanish Study and Travel page for details top What class materials are included Do I need to buy any materials All basic materials for your Spanish classes are included including a series of workbooks that we have developed that reflect our methodology and a free notebook You only need to purchase pen or pencil for notes top What are the schedules for classes Are they flexible Our normal class schedule is from 9 00 AM to 1 00 PM and from 2 00 to 6 00 PM We can arrange different customized schedules according to the needs of the student top How can I pay for my classes You can pay by electronic transfer in cash or with credit card See our Payment Options document for more details You can either pay us before you

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  • Discover Ecuador While You Take Spanish Classes!, Volunteer in Ecuador
    mountain biking to rafting swimming and just relaxing in the great outdoors Ecuador s history began 15 to 20 thousand years ago with the rise of indigenous societies in the region These populations were well developed and archeological sites throughout the country provide evidence of their existence Prior to the Spanish conquest Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire Today Ecuador has a wide diversity of indigenous populations descended from these early inhabitants Today Ecuador has a population of close to 13 million people Most of these live in the Sierra or the Coastal regions The country has more than 14 indigenous groups with most maintaining their traditions and way of life Spanish is the primary language but there are several indigenous languages still spoken in some areas of the country The predominant religion is Catholicism but in some areas traditional worship of the earth sun and mountains is still preserved Ecuador is one of the top 17 nations of the world with respect to biodiversity This relatively small country has over 1600 species of birds 4500 species of butterflies about 350 species of both reptiles and amphibians and over 350 species of mammals Nearly 25 000 species of trees and 10 000 species of plants live in the Amazon There are 24 national parks and reserves and although protection of these areas is weak nearly all offer amazing landscapes unlike others to be found anywhere Some of these protected areas are very difficult to access allowing serious hikers access to places that are nearly pristine Ecuador also includes the Galapagos Islands a small area with about 600 native species famous for its unique biodiversity and its remarkable marine life Further the variation in terrain and climates of the country means that each area is unique offering the visitor plenty to explore Altitudes range from sea level to 6 310 meters at the peak of Chimborazo the point on the globe furthest away from the center of the earth There are several peaks of 5 000 meters or more in the country Climate varies as much as the terrain ranging to the generally dry climate of Quito to the rainforests of the Amazon Rainy seasons vary from one area to another the coast has its wet season from December to May and the Amazon from January to September The highlands including Quito receive the most rain between November and April Temperatures at the coast range from 23 to 26 degrees with the warmest temperatures during the wet season In the Amazon temperatures range from 23 to 36 degrees The highlands have a moderately cool climate with temperatures between 13 and 18 degrees although this can vary greatly with altitude Ecuador is a relatively poor country economically but has vast riches in its resources Currently Ecuador s economy is sustained by exports of these resources including oil and timber The country also exports bananas coffee cocoa shrimp tuna and flowers Other exports include some fruits and vegetables as well as

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  • About Quito, Spanish Classes Quito, YanapumaSpanish.org
    hands Eight years later with just 200 colonists Quito was re founded by the Spanish In the two hundred and fifty years that followed the city grew and religious orders and wealthy settlers constructed beautiful churches and palaces many of which still stand today In 1809 the Quiteños issued their first declaration of independence Spain put down the rebellion but Quito and later Ecuador won its freedom when the Spanish soldiers were defeated on the slopes of Volcán Pichincha overlooking the city The date of the battle May 24th 1822 is still celebrated throughout the country Independence did not bring stability or peace however As part of Gran Colombia and later as part of an independent Ecuador Quito fought with the coastal city of Guayaquil for dominance before emerging early in the twentieth century as the undisputed capital In the 1940 s the city spread north from its historic center and new districts like La Mariscal began to grow Booms in the agriculture and petroleum industries funded construction of new infrastructure and modern neighborhoods complete with shopping malls and the other comforts found in Europe and North America Excursions and Day Trips from Quito There is a wide selection of exciting excursions that you can choose from when you are in Quito We offer one or two each weekend that students can sign up for These are run by a professional local agency and offer the chance to explore from the snow line of a volcano hiking with incredible views relaxing in hot springs to the exploring the biodiversity of the cloud forests Click on the links to the right to learn about each one Today Quito stands as one of the most diverse and beautiful cities in the Americas It is a place where indigenous women in traditional clothing share the sidewalk with dark suited businesspeople bohemian students and tourists The old colonial heart is still intact its narrow streets abuzz with activity as vendors from the highlands ply their goods in traditional markets Visitors can admire the opulent gilded interior of the La Compañía church climb high atop the steeple of the Basilica del Voto Nacional see re creations of the city s major events at the Museo de la Ciudad and admire scores of other well preserved colonial buildings Downtown La Mariscal is Ecuador s cultural capital Here you ll find the Museo del Banco Central containing the nation s most treasured possessions priceless ceramics and metalwork from all of Ecuador s pre Colombian peoples masterpieces of colonial art especially from the famed Quito School and works from Ecuador s justifiably lauded modern artists La Mariscal also houses all the banks restaurants hotels laundries and bookstores that a visitor could need North of La Mariscal lies the gigantic leafy Parque La Carolina and several American style shopping malls Framing all of this are the hills that surround Quito the most prominent of which is Rucu Pichincha an emerald green extinct volcano that looms over La Mariscal at

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  • Discover Cuenca While You Take Spanish Classes!, YanapumaSpanish.org
    with a vibrant mix of ice cream parlors cafés restaurants and bars that are open until late all the amenities that the international traveler expects to enjoy These exist alongside the more traditional and cultural daily life of this Andean city with its indigenous presence markets and bazars Excursions and Day Trips from Cuenca Around Cuenca there are many interesting places to visit for the tourist interested in cultural or natural history From the Inca ruins of Inga Pirca to the indigenous crafts producing villages of Chordeleg nearby thermal springs and spas and the Cajas national park there is plenty to do and see on day trips from Cuenca We offer a regular calendar of activities and excursions through reliable local operators that students are encouraged to sign up for Click on the links to the right to learn about each one Four rivers wind through Cuenca with many beautiful homes lining the rivers Yanucay Tomebama Machangara and Tarqui On the outskirts of the town it is still common to see women washing their clothes in the river as they have done for generations There are eight universities in Cuenca including the prestigious Universidad de Cuenca University of Cuenca with around 12 000 students Thus there is a strong intellectual tradition in Cuenca which is the home to many poets writers artists and philosophers The first settlers of the area around Cuenca were the Canaris indigenous group They named the settlement Guapondelig which translates as the poetic title land as big as the sky After the Inca conquest Cuenca was renamed Tumipamba which translates as plain of the ridge perhaps reflecting the Incas more pragmatic world view Subsequently the Spanish explorer Gil Ramirez Davalos founded the first colonial settlement in 1557 and called it Tomebamba Later on the Spanish renamed

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  • Spanish and Volunteering, Volunteer Projects Galapagos, Ecuador
    the chance to experience and learn about a new culture as well as give something back to the people and places you are visiting Below you will find links to information about the grass roots organizations and communities that we collaborate with in Ecuador on our mission to promote sustainable development You can volunteer in Quito or Cuenca while you study Spanish and volunteer in projects all around Ecuador afterwards including on the Galapapgos Islands Children With Disabilities Quito School for handicapped children Low Income Health Services Health services in Cuenca Botanical Conservation Coast Botanical gardens and reforestation Teach English in the Amazon Social and educational work Amazon Animal Rescue Animal rescue in the Amazon Traditional Western Medicine Holistic clinic in the Andes Child Care Quito Daycare and Pre School children in Quito Bee Farm and Organics Reforestation organic farming Andes Kichwa Women s Project Community tourism Amazon Tourism Agency Cuenca Tourism in Cuenca Galapagos Conservation Conservation in the Galapagos Eldery in Need Care Quito Center for homeless old people in Quito Boys Orphanage Cuenca An orphanage for boys in Cuenca Medical Center Quito Medical internships and volunteering Amazon Special Education Special needs children English Teaching Quito Teach English in elementary schools Orphanage Cuenca An orphanage for boys in Cuenca Amazon Horse Therapy Special needs children Cloud Forest Conservation Cloud forest conservation near Quito Jungle Animal Rescue Animal rescue center in the Amazon Amazon Public Health Medical clinic Amazon Street Children Quito Center for street children in Quito Organic Farming Andes Agroforestry sustainability in the Andes Amazon Sustainable Development Social enterprise and community dev Family Planning Quito Health and social work clinic in Quito Reforestation Pacific Coast Reforestation and Education Teaching Childcare Quito Pre school and elementary children in Quito Pacific Marine Research Education and whale monitoring Andes Community Development

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  • prices2016
    0 1 2 Suchipacari Lodge 1x1 738 00 0 1 2 Suchipacari Lodge 2x1 646 00 0 1 2 Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Dorm room 1x1 698 00 0 1 2 Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Dorm room 2x1 632 00 0 1 2 Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Private room 1x1 919 00 0 1 2 Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Private room 2x1 859 00 0 1 2 Mindo Adventure 1x1 599 00 0 1 2 Mindo Adventure 2x1 529 00 0 1 2 Otavalo Cultural Program per person 462 00 0 1 2 Chilcapamba Community Andes 1x1 454 00 0 1 2 Chilcapamba Community Andes 2x1 428 00 0 1 2 Estero de Plátano Tsa chila Communities 2x1 432 00 0 1 2 Estero de Plátano Tsa chila Communities 1x1 366 00 0 1 2 Gaia Amazon Spanish School 567 00 0 1 2 Galapagos Spanish click here 0 1 2 3 4 Subtotal Total Click here for payment options Click here for our policies Homestay US Nights Total Homestay 22 00 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 14 21 28 35 42 49 56 63 70 Homestay with private bathroom 26 00 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 14 21 28 35 42 49 56 63 70 Hostels Hotels Room Nights Total Hostal Guayunga Choose Dorm Single with private bath 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Hostal Quito Cultural Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Hotel San Francisco Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Hotel Catedral Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Hotel Boutique Plaza Sucre Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Hotel Gardenia Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Hotel El Eden Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Hotel NuHouse Choose Single Double 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 28 35 42 49 Suites are available in some hotels email us for prices Apartments Months Rooms and apartments are available at various prices per month For prices and availability please email us Subtotal Total The above prices are a guide as prices for different rooms may vary as well as the

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  • Spanish Offers for Classes in Quito or Cuenca
    starting on Sunday morning and ending on Friday afternoon in a brand new lodge with great food natural guides local teachers and plenty of nature Transport from Ahuano near Tena to lodge 20 hours of small group classes or 15 hours individual classes 6 days 5 nights accommodation in a luxury Amazon lodge All meals included Daily activities to explore the surrounding rainforest Offer applies only to courses started before 31 May 2016 Special price for spring 2016 Only 530 00 normally 567 00 Click here for more details BOOK NOW AND SAVE Promotion Code ST5 SPRING SPECIAL 15 OFF Small Group Spanish classes in April and May 2016 Plus extra savings on your homestay Book your Spanish classes in January or February to receive a 15 discount on the total price of your classes during April and May This offer applies to small group classes Explore the menus above for more information on these courses Pay only 6 80 per hour instead of 8 per hour for small group classes Add 5 discount on your homestay when booked with these classes Offer applies only to courses started in April and May 2016 Cannot be combined with other offers BOOK NOW AND SAVE Promotion Code GC15 Save on your DELE Preparation Course Save 10 on classes up to the end of May 2016 Book your DELE Preparation Course with us and save 10 15 or 20 hours per week Pay only 11 70 per hour instead of 13 per hour for your DELE course All special materials included Add 5 discount on your homestay when booked with your DELE course Offer applies only to courses started in February March April and May of 2016 Cannot be combined with other offers BOOK NOW AND SAVE Promotion Code DL10 SAVE 5 on our your Study and Travel program in April and May 2016 Book any of our Study and Travel programs for the months of April and May and receive 5 off the total price These popular programs allow you to travel the country with a teacher exploring the Andean sierra the Amazon rain forest and cloud forests and the Pacific coast You can learn Spanish with these immersion packages while you explore the fascinating cultural and ecological diversity of Ecuador Click here for more information about our Study and Travel programs Cannot be combined with other offers Offer applies only to programs during April and May 2016 BOOK NOW AND SAVE Promotion Code ST05 SAVE 5 on our Medical Spanish programs until the end of May 2016 Sign up to take either our Introductory Medical Spanish program or our Professional Medical Spanish program any time before the end of May and receive 5 off the price including your homestay accommodation in Quito or Cuenca Click here for more information on these Medical Spanish Programs Cannot be combined with any other offer Courses must be taken before the end of May 2016 BOOK NOW AND SAVE Promotion Code MS5 CURRENT MEDICAL STUDENTS

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  • SpanishRegistration
    with Choose Cash Credit Debit Card UniPay Paypal Don t know yet My current Spanish level is Choose No Spanish Beginner A1 Beginner A2 Intermediate B1 Intermediate B2 Advanced C1 Advanced C2 Choose No Spanish Beginner A1 Beginner A2 Intermediate B1 Intermediate B2 Advanced C1 Advanced C2 Classes in Quito Cuenca Start Date No Weeks Click to Choose in Quito Standard Immersion Spanish Quito Intensive Immersion Spanish Quito Exclusive group couple or friends Quito Individual Classes Quito Quito Cultural Program Quito Volunteer Quito Program Quito Professional Medical Spanish Quito Introductory Medical Spanish Quito Other program Quito 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 More Click to Choose in Cuenca Standard Immersion Spanish Cuenca Intensive Immersion Spanish Cuenca Exclusive group couple or friends Cuenca Individual Classes Cuenca Cuenca Cultural Program Cuenca Volunteer Cuenca Program Cuenca Professional Medical Spanish Cuenca Introductory Medical Spanish Cuenca Other program Cuenca 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 More Accommodation in Quito Cuenca Start Date No Weeks Click to Choose in Quito Homestay Homestay with private bathroom Own Arrangements Hostal Guayunga Hostal San Blas Hotel San Francisco Hotel Gardenia Boutique Plaza Sucre Casa el Eden NuHouse Hotel Mercure Hotel 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 More Click to Choose in Cuenca Homestay Homestay with private bathroom Hostel Hotel Own arrangements 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 More Study and Travel Programs Start Date No Weeks Click to Choose Baños Adventure Mindo Adventure Ruta de los Volcanes Ruta del Sol Otavalo Cultural Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Cotococha Lodge Suchipacari Lodge Gaia Amazon Spanish Study in Indigenous Community 0 1 Click to Choose Baños Adventure Mindo Adventure Ruta de los Volcanes Ruta

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