Cuenca, EcuadorLive and learn in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Cuenca.
It's a perfect balance between a bustling city and small, country town.
June 11- July 11, 2018 (4 weeks)*
Flexible Dates. Contact Us for Details.
- Curriculum developed upon theories of experiential learning. We balance classroom time with academically-guided cultural activities
- Local hand-picked homestay families with three traditional meals per day
- Interlacing intensive Spanish language with exclusively local experiences
- Weekly cultural immersion activities (cultural workshops, market exploration, cooking classes, bailoterapia and more)
- Weekend excursions to ancient Incan ruins and untouched national parks
- Opportunity to pair classes with sustainable community development projects, volunteer work and professional internships
Where Your Money Goes
Your program with El Nomad contributes holistically to the local community and economy of Cuenca, Ecuador. Here’s what’s included in your program:
- Airport pickup and transportation from Guayaquil or Quito to Cuenca upon arrival and prior to departure (either flight or van, depending on where you fly in to)
- Full day on-site orientation with city tour (Yes, there will be a red double-decker bus) and welcome meal (psst – we might bully you into trying some freshly roasted Guinea Pig – “cuy” in Spanish)
- 90 hours of Latin American Literature and Intensive Spanish Grammar, Conversation, and Composition
- Prepaid bus pass with credit to start you out
- A cell phone rental with credit to start you out
- Weekly cultural activities and weekend excursions out to Cajas National Park and Ingapirca Ruins
- 24-hour emergency number in-country and bilingual on-site staff
- Access to the El Nomad Center with sporting equipment rentals, movies, lounge area for students, travel resources, bilingual book exchange, etc.
- Travel booking assistance
- Re-entry workshop
- Program fees and taxes
Through an experiential learning model and a focus on local immersion experiences, you will leave with hard skills and valuable connections, including:
- 90 contact hours in Latin American Literature and Spanish Grammar, Conversation, and Composition (roughly the equivalent of 6 credit points) that can be put towards your degree
- Home away from home. Local Ecuadorian friends and a second family in Ecuador
- Intermediate - high level language fluency skills
- Comprehensive understanding of Ecuador’s historical, political and social landscape