The Quito Spanish school is located in the heart of the "New City". Quito, Ecuador 's capital, is nestled in an Andean valley at 2800 meters above sea level, and has a pleasant spring-like climate all year around. With a population of 1.5 million people, Quito is a rich metropolis filled with museums, theaters, music, and dance.
"New Quito", with its modern office buildings, night clubs, shopping centers, and parks, is in stark contrast to "Old Quito", which is noted for its magnificent colonial architecture, old churches and open plazas. The spirit and colors of our friendly city are the result of both our Spanish roots and an ancient Incan culture which continues to thrive in Ecuador.
Our school address is Darquea Terán 1650 one block away from the 10 de Agosto, the main form of North-South travel through Quito on the Trolley Bus. This system connects us to the historic Old Town, just ten minutes to the South and to the Quito Mariscal Sucre airport, 15 minutes to the North.
We take great pride in our teaching standards and employ only the highest caliber staff, holding university degrees in linguistics and Latin American literature and most with several years of experience teaching Spanish to foreigners. We would like to emphasis that with the Instituto Superior de Español you will receive the very best of Spanish language tuition, from the best teachers Ecuador has to offer. Furthermore, all of our teachers are native Ecuadorians, which allows our students to gain invaluable insights into Latin American history, culture, and traditions.
Free-time activities are numerous in Quito whether hiking up Guagua Pichincha, or taking the easy route on the cable car, there is something for everyone. The Old Town boasts some exciting cultural activities during the week-ends and with numerous museums to visit, from Pre-Incan gold collections to Guayasamin's world renowned artwork, there is never a dull moment. We haven't even mentioned the numerous bars and restaurants at your finger tips!
* During the week we organize cooking classes, free salsa lessons, and other mini trips, including going to the cinema to see Spanish films, visiting local museums in the new city or touring the cathedrals and culture of the old city. Students pay the costs for these activities, which range between just US$1 and US$5 per student, per activity.
* We love to explore and to show others this magnificent country so we provide weekend excursions (every week) to the rain forest, volcanoes, cloud forests, beach, and many more sites of outstanding beauty or interest. We pride ourselves in finding locations away from the usual "tourist traps". In the past these trips have included, hiking in the Cotopaxi Reserve, trekking and horseback riding in the Andes and rafting in the cloud forests of Mindo. Students pay at cost, between US$25 and US$80 per student, per excursion. The trips are typically all weekend and so hotels, food, transportation and activities are included in these prices.
Our neighborhood is home to a vibrant food and artisan market and is filled with a variety of small restaurants and stores serving local delicacies and selling a random collection of merchandise.
The Spanish school is located within a renovated colonial-style house and is equipped with barbecue, video room, fireplace, library, laundry, storage room, and a common room for breaks. There is also a patio with garden to enjoy the sunny weather of Quito.
Accommodation Details: We offer our students the choice of living with an Ecuadorian family or in a hostel/hotel:
* Host Families: Many students choose to live with local families; it's a good way to immerse yourself into the culture and have a friendly environment to practice the Spanish learnt during the day. All of our host families are located in safe and quiet neighborhoods close to our school (within 15 minutes walking distance). Each student has a private bedroom, receives three high quality Ecuadorian meals per day (and there is no need to worry about hygiene, all food and drinks are prepared to the highest standard) and will have keys to come and go from the house as he/she pleases. Most of the families we work with have been hosting our students for many years and some families host more than one student at a time.
* Hotel and Hostel: If you prefer to stay in a hotel or hostel, we are happy to offer suggestions or help you make reservations. All three of our recommended locations offer a variety of accommodation, variable prices, something for everyone, and are within easy reach of the school.
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The core of our teaching is in the form of personalised one-to-one teaching. However, group lessons of a maximum of 4 students per teacher are also offered, as well as combined classes (4 hours individual + up to 3 hours in group).
In Quito and in Otavalo the price per week is $89 per person in group classes and $130 in individual classes. In the Amazon Jungle, the Galapagos and for our Travelling options the price increases due to the organizational costs.
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We are an independently run school in Ecuador teaching Spanish to foreigners. Established in 1988, we are recognized as being among the pioneers of teaching Spanish in Ecuador and over the years have developed and refined a highly effective and fun learning program. Our mission is to ensure that students learn the...
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