Spanish School and Family Homestay in Quito before or after your Oasis trip
Stay with a local family for a week in Quito while you learn a little of the lingo. South America is mostly Spanish speaking and knowing a few words will help you to mingle with local people and gain a greater insight into the Latin American lifestyle. Our Spanish school includes up to 20 hours tuition per week and there are cultural days out so you can practise what youve learned.
Please note that Spanish School takes place before or after your Oasis Overland trip!
We can also arrange a variety of lengths of Spanish School duration, please contact us for more details.
Quito - Is the home of many language schools and an ideal location to spend one or more weeks learning Spanish. At 2850m, it offers a mild and dry climate. This beautiful city is surrounded by mountains and white volcanoes and was declared a world heritage site of culture by UNESCO in 1978. The city is divided into the old town with many magnificent colonial buildings, and modern Quito, with its new buildings, comfortable residential areas, shopping centres, restaurants and bars. People living in the old part of the city have to get by with much less. Social differences are visible and cannot be ignored. Nevertheless, each one of these two different worlds offers something special to the visitor.
About the School
Situated in the heart of Modern Quito, close to the main Avenue where Quitos most important shops, travel agencies and restaurants can be found, Atahualpa Spanish Institute offers a pleasant and familiar atmosphere. It is a small school where students are the centre of attention and individual expectations of each student can be met. Each teacher has a minimum of five years experience and a University degree. Experience has shown that one-to-one tuition is the most effective way to learn a foreign language.
About the Courses & Levels
Courses are available from beginners to advanced students and teachers will evaluate your level and devise a personal learning programme to suit your needs. Besides grammar, emphasis is placed on pronunciation, conversation and words, building your confidence to communicate with native speakers or your local family.
Classes are held in the morning from 8.30-12.30 from Monday to Friday. Every afternoon from 2.00-4.00pm there is a cultural program, when the school organises an excursion accompanied by teachers (bus fares and entrance fees are not included).
The length of stay and time of tuition required is entirely up to you, however, a guideline is that with 20 hours tuition per week, you should be able to have a basic dialog within 2 weeks. You can start the course any day of the week, to suit your travel arrangements!
While you are studying you will be staying with a host family. This is an excellent opportunity to practice communicating in Spanish and learn more about the local lifestyle as well as providing local families with an extra income.
Host families are selected carefully for their comfort and location. You will have a private bedroom, 3 meals per day as well as your laundry done.
The address of your family will be sent to you once you have confirmed your booking and sent us your arrival details.
Arrangements can be made for students to be picked up at Quito airport by their host families at NO extra charge, please advise us if you would like this and provide us your flight / arrival details as soon as you know them.
Most nationalities do not require a visa for enter Ecuador for up to 90 days - please check with your nearest Ecuador embassy for the most up-to-date information.
How to book
All you need to do is add this trip on to your booking. Please inform us with the dates youd like to attend school and your flight arrival details plus the full payment. We will confirm your booking and send you the name and address of your host family.
Your first day at school
Make your way to the Escuela de Espanol Atahualpa for 8.30am. All you need to take is paper and pen and you may find a pocket dictionary helpful too.
Just add this on to your trip when booking! Once requested your Add On cannot be refunded or exchanged.
Please be aware that up to 2 months before your departure, the cost of your Spanish School may change, due to currency fluctuations and/or price increases by local operator