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    Yanapuma Foundation and Spanish School!

    Two Professional Spanish Schools in Ecuador - Quito and Cuenca

  • Learn Spanish in Quito with classes for seniors, courses for children, and all language levels
    Spanish for Children in Quito and Cuenca!

    Spanish for kids and adults at all levels

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    Spanish language Courses for Older Students

    With cultural programs and excursions

  • Study and travel Spanish and culture programs in Ecuador
    "Study and Travel" Spanish Programs

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

  • Spanish for kids in Quito and Cuenca, volunteer and take Spanish classes - communicative language teaching
    Learn Spanish in Quito or Cuenca!

    Professional Spanish classes for all ages at Yanapuma

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

    Our travel agency can make all your local arrangements!

Learn Spanish in Quito and Cuenca (Ecuador) with courses for students of all ages and levels. Spanish classes
and cultural programs and "Study and Travel" programs. Volunteer while you learn the Spanish language.

Spanish in Ecuador - Quito & Cuenca!

Yanapuma is the only professional Spanish school in Ecuador using "Communicative Language Teaching" (CLT). We teach you relevant Spanish communication in classes that are engaging and productive!

  • Professional Spanish teachers - courses for students and volunteers at all levels and ages in elegant and comfortable historic buildings in our accredited Spanish schools in Quito and Cuenca.
  • Homestay accommodation for our language students with welcoming local host families, as well as with hostels and hotels, from backpacker to luxury style.
  • A secure and friendly base - explore these vibrant and historic, colonial cities. And our in-house travel agency True Ecuador Travel will help you make all your travel plans in Ecuador, Peru and beyond.
  • Explore the rich cultural and natural heritage of Ecuador, including 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 in Ecuador.
Take advantage of our Fall Specials to take your Spanish skills to the next level!
Spanish courses in Quito or Cuenca from the best Spanish school in Ecuador, with weekday and weekend excursions

Two Professional Spanish Schools!

Since 2006 we have taught thousands of students using the highest standards and materials, offering the very best in Spanish language tuition based on the recommendations of Spain's "Instituto Cervantes."

Our focus on teaching students to communicate in Spanish will get you confident in using your new language skills in everyday situations as you learn relevant vocabulary and usage, at whatever level you are at.

Find out more: Learns Spanish in Quito.

Find out more: Learn Spanish in Cuenca.


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Study & Travel and More!

Our "Study and Travel" programs offer the perfect way to take Spanish classes while you explore Ecuador 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.
In addition we offer Spanish and volunteer programs in Quito and Cuenca to combine service work with your language classes.


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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 older adventurers looking to learn or improve their Spanish.
Our methods adapt to any age of learner and we have programs and materials for children from as young as 5-years-old to learn Spanish with our well-prepared teachers.

Spanish Courses Overview - Click to view our language courses.

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 volunteering 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

Yanapuma has partnered with OUINO Language App to use their engaging and professional Spanish language materials in our classes.

Students can also purchase the app as part of their course to continue studying on their own. You get lifetime access to all the materials on the app, so you can continue to learn Spanish even after finishing your classes in Ecuador!

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 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. We can also book activities throughouth Peru - Inca Trail, visits to indigenous communities, Lake Titicaca, adn more.

Visit the True Ecuador Travel website

Just like the Spanish schools, True Ecuador Travel helps 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 Spanish lessons in Quito. 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, while you learn the Spanish language in Quito or Cuenca, before volunteering in any of the 25 or so projects that we collaborate with around the country. So whether you want to work with children in a daycare or school, street 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 language 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 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 while they are learning Spanish. 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 all three cities, and we will be glad to help you organize a homestay while you take your Spanish lessons or volunteer with us.

In addition we can offer hotel and hostel options according to your budget and preferences. Through our travel agency we can most often beat the prices for hotels that you can find online!

To learn more, please go to our accommodation page.

Yanapuma is one of the professional Spanish language Schools in Ecuador. You can see our professional education affiliations below. We are the ONLY school in Ecuador that uses the "Communicative Teaching Methodology". Our classes use material from every day life and encourage students to communicate in Spanish from the start. Grammar is introduced as a support for these activities rather than as an end in itself. This makes our classes relevant to your learning goals, and much more engaging and productive.
We strive for continual improvement in order to offer the best experience - academically and socially - to our students. Our Spanish tutors undergo ongoing academic training. Our prices are among the lowest for professional Spanish schools 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 Spanish language tuition - A welcoming home-from-home environment in Ecuador - A wealth of social activities and opportunities to meet other students - Qualified Spanish teachers with university titles - Your support helps the work of our non-profit foundation - You can study in both language schools and our teachers will pass your lesson plan and notes on to the next teacher

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.

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