Learn Spanish in Ecuador
Get fluent and have fun!
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Group Size: Max 6 students
Trip code: LSIE
Duration: 1-4 weeks
Hola viajeros! Boost your Spanish skills with up to 4 weeks at our amazing language school in the laid-back beach-side surf town of Montañita. Get fluent quickly with 4 hours of daily group lessons with our experienced teachers. Surf lessons every day means that your surfing will be as strong as your Spanish skills by the time you go home! Explore epic Ecuador in your free time, from dazzling beaches to remote islands. What are you waiting for?
- Improve your language skills with intensive group Spanish classes
- Learn to hang ten with daily surf lessons
- Chill out on the golden sands of the laid-back surf town of Montañita
- Hang out with your fellow language-learners and make friends for life
- Explore epic Ecuador in your free time, from the Isla de la Plata to the pristine beaches of Manglaralto and Olón
About the programme
With 4 hours of daily (Monday to Friday) group Spanish lessons, you’re sure to see a fast improvement in your language skills. All lessons are led by our experienced teachers, with learning materials provided and a focus on speaking Spanish as much as possible. The programme is open to all levels of ability from total beginners to more experienced Spanish speakers, so no matter where you are in your language journey, this is the trip for you!
Plus you will be staying in a traditional looking shared cabaña close to the beach, with garden and swimming pool.
We’ve also included a surf lesson every weekday of your first week to make the most of the amazing surf conditions here. You’ll be hanging ten before you know it!
Benefits of joining the programme
With more than 21 countries across the world having Spanish as their official language and over 250 million people speaking Spanish as their second language, learning Spanish really does open up a world of travel and opportunity.
About the area
Montañita is a former sleepy fishing village that has become a popular destination for independent travellers, with its lovely beach and gnarly surf breaks. By day it’s all big surf, yoga classes, hair braids and fruit shakes. By night it’s a party town where anything goes!
Free time activities
You’ll have evenings, weekends and a good chunk of your weekdays free to spend as you choose. Surfing is the most popular activity in Montañita, but you can also get involved with beach volleyball, football and yoga. If you fancy a break from the bustle of Montañita, the neighbouring villages of Manglaralto and Olón share the same golden stretch of beach, but are much quieter.
A diving or snorkelling trip and the Isla de la Plata is around 2 hours away by boat and is home to hundreds of bird species.
Once your classes have finished, you can explore the rest of this beautiful country! Why not join our fantastic Explore Ecuador trip and explore the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountains, or head over to the Galapagos Islands on our Galapagos Islands Adventure?
Please note: On some start dates, class schedules may be slightly changed to accommodate national holidays. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
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The nearest international airport to the project is Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil (around 2.5 – 3 hours transfer time). You will need to arrive into Guayaquil on day 1 - most flights land into Guayaquil in the evening. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to accommodation in Guayaquil for 1 night, before being transferred to Montanita the following day.
Your programme ends on your end date and you can depart at any time. A return transfer at the end of the trip is not included, but is easy to arrange locally. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the airport, to allow for traffic and other delays.
All your accommodation is included during your stay in a traditional looking shared cabaña close to the beach, with garden and swimming pool.
Rooms at the cabaña are dorm-style with four beds, on a single sex basis. They’re large and spacious and you’ll have no problem maintaining your personal space. There’s a lovely outdoor space with hammocks, a shared pool and a Jacuzzi. There’s also a large communal kitchen and a sitting area with TV and DVD player, which is perfect for socialising with your new travel buddies. The facilities are cleaned daily and there is a security guard at night, for extra peace of mind.
Meals are not included. You can either buy food to cook in the communal kitchen, or explore the local restaurants.
The minimum age to join this experience is 18 years old. No prior Spanish speaking experience is required to do this programme - we can cater to anybody from complete beginners to advanced levels!
British nationals can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days without a visa, so long as you have six months’ validity remaining on your passport from your first day in Ecuador. Travellers must show proof of valid health insurance on entering the country. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.