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QUITO is considered a World Heritage city. It is one of the most interesting year-round destinations in all of South America and a favored location to learn Spanish. Quito is surrounded by natural beauty, by the mountains surrounding the city (some volcanic, some with white capped peaks), by lushly forested hills and a fertile valley.
It was home to the Shyri-Quitu aboriginal culture, later became an important centre of the Incan culture and finally, during the Spanish colonization, became the Real Audience de Quito – a very important city for Spain. In the Pichincha province there are numerous possibilities to carry out walking tours and several types of excursions. The mountains surrounding the basin of the River Guayllabamba are a permanent tourist attraction for climbers and trekkers. Ecologists and nature lovers have a wide range of choices.
This opportunity started in October 2012!!!! Join an Eco Volunteer UP volunteer program in Quito Ecuador and receive FREE Spanish lessons – 2 hours a day for up to one week (10 hours) FREE!
Free Spanish lessons are taught in Quito’s “new town” and are available to all of our volunteers. The classes take place in a relaxed, group setting for two different levels – basic and intermediate (sorry, there is no advanced level).
Our Free Spanish lessons are taught by pleasant, experienced teachers who will give you an orientation on the first day followed by a brief diagnostic assessment. The diagnostic assessment is geared toward determining which of level of instruction best suits your Spanish speaking ability.
All volunteers (Cloud Forest, Amazon, Coast, Galapagos and Quito) have the option of attending these free lessons in Quito Ecuador. Volunteers can attend for one week.
Typically, participants in the Quito project take the Spanish lessons in the afternoon after their volunteer work is complete.
Those who choose the Cloud Forest, Amazon, Coast and Galapagos projects may elect to stay in Quito for the first week in order to take advantage of the free Spanish classes before they begin their volunteer work. Participants who choose this option simply need to account for one additional week in the cost of their stay (please review our Program Fee information for more details).
This is a great option for all volunteers! You’ll have the opportunity to learn Spanish and then practice during your time at the project of your choice. Moreover, these Spanish lessons are optional and participants may choose to discontinue their lessons at any time.
*If you want to continue the Spanish Lesson after completing free 10 hours course, we offer you a wonderful opportunity to continue the course at a discounted rate of $5 per hour.
We offer Spanish language programs for different levels (from beginners to advanced), private or group lessons, travel or volunteer programs. You will enjoy the full immersion experience as we offer flexibility that allows you to incorporate Spanish classes with your activities, accommodations, transportation, trips, volunteering and many other services that are needed to organize the perfect program for you or your group. The Spanish program is open all year around.
We work with an experienced Spanish school located in the new town of Quito (Mariscal), a safe and nice area. It is a perfect place for a Spanish immersion experience. Most of our lessons are one on one but you may also participate as a group of two to six students upon request.
The Spanish lessons are from 10 to 20 hours or more per week, depending on your request. The private Spanish lessons are offered to students of all ages.
During your time in Quito you can stay with a host family. Our host families are carefully selected for their hospitality, friendliness and warmth. It is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Ecuador culture and practice your Spanish. During your Spanish lessons you can visit the city’s many museums and cultural attractions, and enjoy the nightlife, landscapes and good food. On the weekends you can visit our beautiful beaches, travel north or south and find even more interesting sights where you can trek, visit lakes and hot springs, hike to the volcanoes, or go mountain biking, zip lining, tubing, rafting or any other activities that you may find interesting.
We are a nonprofit organization which is recognized legally by Ecuadorian Government. We will help and guide you along every step of the way – from the moment you register until the end of your volunteering with a certificate. You will be truly immersed, learning Latin culture, traveling around Ecuador and having the opportunity for broadening your own understanding, all the while contributing to a very worthy cause by lending a hand to the less fortunate.
We are a transparent organization, so you don´t pay anything in advance. Volunteers are asked to pay upon their arrival in Quito and unlike other organizations Eco Volunteer UP doesn´t charge any additional fee for accommodation and meals in the project. Volunteers pay a voluntary donation for registration fee to Eco Volunteer UP in Quito, while the accommodation and three meals per day are paid directly to the project (except for Galapagos project).
The Spanish lessons are also available in the Amazon and Cloud Forest.
We offer the following Spanish programs:
-ONE WEEK INTENSIVE PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS – ALL LEVELS
Includes: 4 hours of lessons per day from Monday to Friday (20 hours total), airport pick up, one week accommodation with a host family and three meals per day.
-TWO WEEKS INTENSIVE PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS – ALL LEVELS
US $ 499
Includes: 4 hours of lessons per day from Monday to Friday (40 hours total), airport pick up, two weeks accommodation with a host family and three meals per day.
-TWO WEEKS PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS – ALL LEVELS
Includes: 2 hours of lessons per day each week from Monday to Friday (20 hours total), Mitad del Mundo, Mindo and Otavalo trip, airport pick up, two weeks accommodation with a host family and three meals per day.
-TWO WEEKS SUPER INTENSIVE PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS – ALL LEVELS
Includes: 4 hours of lessons per day each week from Monday to Friday (40 hours total), Mitad del Mundo, Mindo, Otavalo, Papallacta hot springs, airport pick up, two weeks accommodation with a host family and three meals per day.
If you would like to take Spanish lessons and stay with a host family more than two weeks, and volunteering at the same time please let us know.
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