Classes take place at Equinox Spanish School in the city of Quito, Ecuador (http://www.ecuadorspanish.com/)
Mornings, three or four hours of Spanish language classes including grammar, conversation and culture with local instructors. Classes have an average of three students with a maximum of five per teacher. Students develop reading and writing skills with an emphasis on oral production and listening comprehension. Additionally, students obtain a general understanding of the history, geography, politics, and economics of Ecuador.
In the afternoons, students participate in dance and cooking workshops with local instructors. We will also visit important heritage sites, interact with locals and get a firsthand view of Ecuadorian culture. Students visit indigenous open markets, the presidential palace, the archaeological museum, the main cathedral, and the old city, among other places, while practicing language in context.
Weekends, students go on day/ overnight trips to get a general view of the history, geography and ecology of Ecuador. The group will travel to sites of interest such as the Equator, Otavalo, Cuicocha volcano, Baños, and Mindo, near the cloud forest. On these excursions we will have the chance to take part in outdoor activities such as rafting, puenting, ziplining, and horseback riding.
Housing: Students live with a host family to maximize the interaction with locals and the use of the language. ideally, one student per household gives the student more opportunities to speak only in Spanish. Sometimes student would rather have a Clemson roommate. The host families have been doing this for years and understand the needs of their student, like bottled water, etc. They provide a private bedroom and bath, three meals a day, seven days a week, and laundry services. Houses are typically located within walking distance or a short bus ride to school and city amenities.