Project Description

Welcome to our Spanish school in Quito! A colonial city in Los Andes

Quito is well-known for being the best place to learn Spanish because of the pronunciation and use of Spanish diction. This fact, combined with the spring-like year-round temperatures, definitely make Quito the perfect place for booking a Spanish program.

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and is located about 15 miles (25 km) south of the equator. It is a place where you will find a fantastic combination of beautiful mountains, valleys, cultural and historic attractions, charming streets and plazas, historical monuments, and parks; that along with the warmth of its people and hundreds of locations to travel around, make visiting Quito a breathtaking experience.

Quito was declared the first Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. Our capital is a mix of modern and historical sites; the Old Town is the most visited for its colonial past. To the north, we find a modern city with high-rise buildings, malls, financial and business centers. All the tourism services that you can imagine; such as shops, cafeterias, restaurants, hotels, galleries, museums, photo labs, bars, craft markets, among many others are concentrated in, or near the Mariscal district, located close to Colonial Quito.

Simon Bolivar Spanish School is located just 3 blocks from the center of the La Mariscal district: Plaza del Quinde or Plaza Foch, making it calm enough to study but close to all you could need!

Having space for more than 40 students, the School offers mostly individual Spanish lessons both in the morning and afternoons. Group lessons are available for beginner levels about two times per month in the afternoon session. After classes, varied activities are offered, such as salsa dancing, cooking or cocktail lessons as well as lectures about Ecuadorian culture, history, idiomatic expressions, etc. in the evening.

Simon Bolivar Spanish School is located just 3 blocks from the center of the La Mariscal district: Plaza del Quinde or Plaza Foch, making it calm enough to study but close to all you could need!

Having space for more than 40 students, the School offers mostly individual Spanish lessons both in the morning and afternoons. Group lessons are available for beginner levels about two times per month in the afternoon session. After classes, varied activities are offered, such as salsa dancing, cooking or cocktail lessons as well as lectures about Ecuadorian culture, history, idiomatic expressions, etc. in the evening.

We offer 4 very good options: our carefully selected host families or recommended partner hostels.

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Homestay

Our families are carefully selected and all have experience with receiving foreign students at their homes. All families are located within walking distance from the school.

Students choose to live with a host family since it’s a very enriching experience. What could be best than sharing with your Ecuadorian home and practice more Spanish, while tasting local food and learning local traditions? Our families are carefully selected and all have much experience with receiving foreign students. Living standards are middle to upper-middle class, and all families are located within walking distance from the school.

Accommodation includes:

  • Private room
  • Laundry once per week
  • Boiled/bottled water always available
  • Extra blanket if necessary
  • Linen and towel change once per week
  • An excellent atmosphere that makes you feel welcome from the very first minute
  • Almost all homes have Internet access and/or WiFi
*private bathroom upon request (depends on availability)

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Shared apartments for Students in Quito

The apartments are located in a quiet area in the middle of the entertainment district “La Mariscal”. Bed linen change and cleaning are free. The apartments can be rented every month.

Hostels & Hotels for Students in Quito

Quito, and especially the area surrounding our school, offers a wide variety of Hostels. We recommend 3 different options from budget to first class. We will help you with reservations:

Hotel Andino

We always recommend to our students the option of this Hotel, very close to the School, just 3 minutes walking!

Address: Leonidas Plaza N24-395 between Luis Cordero and Baquerizo Moreno.
www.andinohotel.com

Includes taxes, American breakfast, WiFi service, free storage, cable tv, desk. kitchen facilities, safety deposit box.

We offer a range of different activities for each day, so you can combine them with your Spanish program. Weekday activities are included in your price for lessons. 

You will be able to join group lessons in the afternoons: dancing, cooking, cocktail, Ecuadorian culture, soccer games, and we also organize cultural events, parties, special topic lessons, among many others! You will have fun.

Weekend Trips 

You can have the opportunity to participate in weekend excursions out of Quito; depending on the weekend these can either be a day-trip or last two days (Sat.-Sun.) We will guide you to the best options. 

For example: Enjoy the beauty of the Iliniza Mountains, by going mountain biking at a height of 5,126 meters. Go rafting or horseback riding in Baños, near the active Tungurahua Volcano. Camping in Pasochoa. Dive off the top of a waterfall in Pita. Relax in thermal hot-springs in Papallacta. Or have fun learning about the Ecuadorean culture by attending the local and national “fiestas”.

Salsa Lessons

Learn some new dance steps to teach your loved ones back home! Music and dancing, particularly salsa and merengue, are the essence of the Latino culture. For this reason, the school offers dance lessons twice a week. 

It´s no problem at all if you have never danced to these rhythms before. Eddie, the dance teacher, is a professional dancer and is prepared to teach all students in a fun and practical way. View more activities for students available at our school: Weekend Trips History and Culture lessons Cooking lessons Other fun activities

History, Literature & Culture Lessons

It always makes a trip more interesting if you know some about the background of the country you are visiting.

To allow students to practice Spanish and learn more interesting information about our country, we organize varied activities in the afternoons; Different topics about Ecuador are presented: History, Literature, National Parks, idiomatic expressions, Shamanism; economy and politics, biographies of famous authors and artists, among others. 

Lessons are more like an informal forum in which students can ask questions and give their points of view. 

Cooking lessons 

Learning to cook a meal from the region you are visiting is a great way to learn more about the culture of a country.

It all begins with finding the perfect ingredients to prepare each dish. Students are always involved in the entire process, from going to the market to find the ingredients, to tasting and enjoying what has been prepared. 

During the cooking class, students not only learn how to prepare typical dishes, but they also receive information about Ecuadorian culinary arts and the country’s wide and diverse selection of fruits, vegetables, herbs, cereals, etc.

Cocktail lessons

¡Salud! Explore and learn the fine craft of mixing cocktails… Ever dreamt of getting behind the bar and mixing drinks or savoring some of the finest liquors? This time the bartender is…you! Come learn how to recreate your favorite Latin cocktails during a friendly and fun happy hour! Learn how to prepare cocktails that will look and taste delicious! This cool cocktail mixing class gives participants a basic knowledge of ingredients, equipment used for mixing them and an introduction to the liquors as well. 

Soccer games

In Ecuador, we´re suckers for SOCCER!! Join us in the Ecuadorian passion for soccer… Like most of Central and South America, Ecuador is soccer-crazy and it can be said that soccer, popularly known as “futbol”, is the national sport of Ecuador. 

Once a month, the teachers organize a Teachers vs. Students soccer game. Everyone enjoys being able to relax, hang out, and bond through playing this internationally loved sport. 

Latin Movie Night 

Learn while relaxing… A great way for students to learn more about the Spanish Language and the Latin cultures is through being able to hear the accents, slang, pronunciation, and sayings used in the country the film is from. 

We pop popcorn (canguil) and turn on the subtitles so that as well as hearing the Spanish Language if students haven´t heard or don´t know a word, they can read the subtitles in English to understand what is being said. It is a great way for students to learn while relaxing. 

Simon Bolivar School in Quito is ideally located in the famous La Mariscal Area, which is by far the most popular place for visitors and boasts a great selection of restaurants, internet cafes, craft markets, bars, hostels, hotels, travel agencies, and cultural events. 

Plaza Foch, the center of La Mariscal, is just 3 blocks far from the school. The importance of social interaction, the variety of activities for learning and the well-being of our students is never overlooked. Our 3-story house has many private rooms with bathrooms where you can be very comfortable while studying. 

We also have two kitchens available, one in the cafeteria and the bigger one is used for cooking and cocktail lessons. The school offers free coffee and freshly baked bread – you can enjoy them while sharing time with other students in our patio – We also have a computer room with free Internet access (plus WiFi) and an area for dancing lessons.

About Quito

  • Name: San Francisco de Quito

  • Nickname(s): Luz de América (Light of America), Carita de Dios (God’s Face), Ciudad de los Cielos (City of the heavens)

  • Foundation: December 6, 1534

  • Urban parishes: 32 urban parishes

  • Elevation: 2,850 m (9,350 ft)

  • Time zone: UTC−5 (ECT)

  • Weather: min 10°C max 22°C

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