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OPEN ENROLLMENT 2014
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OPEN ENROLLMENT 2014
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OPEN ENROLLMENT 2014
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OPEN ENROLLMENT 2014

SEMESTER

 

13 WEEK SEMESTER PROGRAM

Semester program will focus on the intensive language study and the history, culture and socioeconomic institutions of Ecuador.

SPANISH INSTRUCTION:

150 hours of Spanish instruction.  The number of Spanish levels/groups is determined according to the number of students.

  • 1 week: Quito orientation, Cuenca tour and placement exam and city tour
  • 4 weeks of Spanish instruction: including many activities
  • 1 week of group trip including conferences, hotels, meals, transportation, guide
  • 2 weeks of Spanish instruction: including many activities
  • 1 week of independent travel
  • 4 weeks of Spanish instruction

ACADEMIC COURSES:

 

The semester program includes the same activities as summer programs and two academic courses may be included in the afternoon: Anthropology, History or Ecology.

Anthropology: 30 hours Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Ecology or History: 30 hours Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

These courses will be taught in English.

SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

This is a description of the Spanish Program offered by Fundación Amauta, which is for adult students.  Readings may vary according to students’ interests.

Levels:

If the college/university requires minimum proficiency in Spanish, such as a year or two of Spanish instruction, then we can divide the group into different levels based on ability, starting with:
  • Intermediate
  • Upper intermediate
  • Advanced

If it does not, then:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Upper intermediate
  • Advanced

Each level includes:

  • Grammar
  • Listening comprehension
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Conversation
  • Vocabulary

A placement exam will be given the first day of class.

READINGS:

Beginners: Short stories

Intermediate: South American and Ecuadorian legends

Upper Intermediate: Spanish and Latin American authors, stories

Advanced: Latin American literature, various authors

THE SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM INCLUDES A SPECIAL ACTIVITY EACH WEEK

These are some of the activities that take place during the semester program:

1.A special gathering with local university students. The purpose of this activity is to give our students the opportunity to meet new people and to make friends with whom to share activities during the remaining three weeks and to practice Spanish. This activity is carried out on Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm, and it includes a snack.

2.In this activity students go to the local market and buy ingredients to prepare a typical Ecuadorian dish at home with the family and bring it the next day to share with the rest of students and explain how it was prepared.

3.Lecture: topic according to the students’ interests

4.Community service

5.Photography contest

6.Bulletin board

7.Local Interview project

8.“Cuenca: Cultura y tradición” Project 

HOMESTAY

We arrange home stays with carefully selected families. Home stays include meals, laundry, and private bedroom. The student will be a member of the family while sharing activities.

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES: OPTIONAL

Tuesday and Thursday: Salsa lessons: 20 lessons

Schedule: 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: OPTIONAL

1.Ingapirca trip, Transportation, Guide and entrance; families will provide lunch.

2.Chorro waterfalls and Yunguilla

3.Cajas National Park: (ONE DAY) or Cajas National Park plus Manglares Churutes (TWO DAYS)

4.Family party at the end of the program.

 

TRIPS DESCRIPTION

GROUP TRIP TO THE COAST

Day 1 Departure from Cuenca to Guayaquil
Day 2 Breakfast
Departure to Playas
Visit to the Cerro Blanco natural forest
Lunch in Playas and free afternoon
Day 3 Breakfast
Departure to Puerto del Morro for bird watching and to observe the mangroves
Lunch
Departure to Alandaluz Ecological Center
Dinner at Alandaluz
Day4 Breakfast
Departure to the Isla de la Plata
Full day
Dinner at Alandaluz
Day 5 Breakfast
Visit Agua Blanca nd Salando Communities
Dinner at Alandaluz
Day 6 Breakfast
Visit to the communities, handicrafts
Free afternoon
Dinner at alandaluz
Day 7 Morning 8:15 - Return to Cuenca

GROUP TRIP TO THE ORIENTE / JUNGLE

Day 1 Departure from Cuenca
Visit to the Incan Ruins of Ingapirca and to Balbanera the first catholic church in Ecuador
Arrival at Baños, the entrance to the jungle
Day 2 Breakfast
Departure to the waterfalls
Two groups: bike and bus
Lun at Mirame Lindo
Spend the night at Puyo
Day 3 Breakfast
Departure to Misahualli
Lunch at El Paisano
Afternoon: Visit the Jumandry caves
Dinner at El Paisano
Day4 Breakfast
Departure to the jungle
Canoe trip
Stay at cabins
Dinner at the camp
Day 5 Breakfast
Trekking in the jungle
Dinner at the camp
Day 6 Breakfast
Visit the Indian village
Afternoon
Swimming in the Puni river
Dinner at the camp
Day 7 Departure to Baños - lunch and return to Cuenca

FIND US

Hermano Miguel 7-48
entre Sucre y Presidente Córdova
Cuenca - Azuay - Ecuador
Phone: +593 7 284 6206

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