Spanish ranks as number two when it comes to how many people speak it as their first language, approximately 329 million people! Geographically, it is the 4th most widely spoken language, with native speakers in over 44 countries! (Source: Ethnologue).
If Spanish is top of your list, then you have a wealth of options when it comes to choosing a destination in which to learn. Although Spain itself is an obvious choice, Latin America makes for an incredible destination in which to take a Spanish course. For example, Ecuadorians and Bolivians are renowned for their slow pronunciation, which facilitates the learning process, particularly for students who are new to a language. The cost of living is also much lower in Latin America in comparison to Europe, so if finances are a consideration, we guarantee you will be able to get more for your money in Latin America - more time and more classes means you will be fluent in no time! Likewise, in much of Latin America, even in the touristy destinations, English is not spoken as widely as it is throughout Spain, giving you the need and the opportunity to put into practice your newly acquired language skills – and it’s true what they say, practice does make perfect!
Latin America also offers the most incredible opportunities for a real cultural immersion. The traditional lifestyle and customs live on today, particularly amongst the indigenous communities, and in the big cities you will still witness a life totally different to that of much of the western world. It’s fascinating to watch as the modern world lives alongside the traditional – with bankers and skyscrapers jostling for space amongst hawkers and markets.
The travel opportunities throughout Latin America are world renowned - with sites such as Peru’s Machu Picchu, the world’s biggest salt flats of Uyuni in Bolivia and Ecuador’s true gem, the Galapagos Islands, you are thoroughly spoilt for choice!
Latin America’s leading language school provider, Academia Latinoamericana de Español offers language courses in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. With language schools located in three of the most incredible cities in the Andean World, Quito, Cusco and Sucre, students are promised to gain competent language skills in some of the most fascinating environments. Group classes take place with small numbers of students in each, or individual lessons are available. The expert teachers have years of experience and offer first-class teaching methods, often including extra curricular activities such as trips to markets and cafes to practice language skills in real situations.
Academia Latinoamericana de Español is excitied to announce the forthcoming opening of a brand new facility at their Cusco Campus. In partnership with the National Bank of Peru, the Academia is soon to open ‘The Museum of Andean Culture’ within one of our school campuses! The museum will host permanent exhibitions of paintings from the region of Cusco and bone sculptures by Jesus Venero, which have been declared Cultural Hertiage of Peru. In addition to Spanish classes, students will be able to get involved in cultural events such as expositions, preparation of traditional meals and traditional musical concerts. A cultural immersion like no other!
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Academia Latinoamericana de Español was established in 1990. The Academia offers Spanish language courses, volunteer projects, internships and travel options in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. University status was gained in 2007 - Equatorialis University.