Quito, Ecuador (Cont’d)-Part 7-Language School at Academia de Espanol begins
On Monday a.m. it was time to start Spanish Language School at The Academia de Espanol. I had asked my family if we could eat breakfast at 7 a.m. each day so that I would have plenty of time to walk the 16-18 blocks to school. The Latin American cities are always a hustle-bustle of activity. To really enjoy them you need to take the time to walk the streets.
I arrived at school at the appointed time-8:15 a.m. The director, Virginia, remembered meeting me from 3 years ago when I stopped by the school on my return from their jungle immersion program in Tena, Ecuador.
The school gave me a brief 10 minute oral interview to test my level of skill and assigned me to Laura who would be my teacher for the week. Laura and I bonded quickly.
The school is located in a very busy part of the city. The building has six floors, but is very narrow design. My class was on the 6th floor and we always walked the stairs
The instruction is one on one for 4 hours every morning. They make every effort to make you feel relaxed whatever your skill level.
I had opted in for a special program called the “Activa Program” that extends the study day with a 3 hour tour to different parts of the city every afternoon with one of the school’s teachers. It is all done in Spanish and is done in a teaching manner that helps you to continue to develop your language skills. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
There is a rooftop patio on top of the school building where you can enjoy coffee and snacks at the break each morning. Here are some views from the top:
My first day, I met the other 6 students in the school. All nice people from varying walks of life. Several were there on Rotarian scholarships.
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Next-my first tour of Quito and a Guinea Pig for dinner.
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