Professional Spanish classes for all ages at Yanapuma
Professional Spanish classes for all ages at Yanapuma
. . . Amazon, Andes, Pacific coast & the Galapagos Islands.
Professional Spanish classes for all ages at Yanapuma
Professional Spanish classes for all ages at Yanapuma
Professional Spanish classes for all ages at Yanapuma
. . . Amazon, Andes, Pacific coast & the Galapagos Islands.
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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! Two great locations to learn Spanish while you are in Ecuador!

Our courses and programs

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.


Small Group Spanish Classes

We offer small group classes for basic and low intermediate students with a maximum of 5 students per class and an average of 3. There are two options:

Standard Immersion Spanish – 3 hours per day in the morning or in the afternoon.  It depends on our schedule.

Intensive Immersion Spanish – 4 hours per day in the morning or in the afternoon.

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.

Study and Travel Programs

These exciting programs combine Spanish classes with exploration of some of the incredible diversity of Ecuador. Each of our programs explores a different part of the country. While some involve spending a week in an Amazon rainforest or cloud forest lodge, others move along a pre-determined route.

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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: Standard & Immersion Spanish Courses

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.

In addition we offer Spanish and volunteer programs in Quito and Cuenca to combine service work with your language classes.

From Children to Seniors!

Students of all ages study Spanish with us - from 5 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 for Children

Why choose us?

  • 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.
  • More About Yanapuma Spanish Schools

    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.

    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 Galápagos 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, Lake Titicaca, and 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.

    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. 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 both 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 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!

    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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