Cuenca, Ecuador

Live 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.

What's Involved

  • 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

$2,950 USD

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

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