the capital of Ecuador, has a population of approximately one and half million people. The city rises 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) above sea level, with an annual average temperature of 13C/55F. The dry season in Quito is May to October, and brief daily showers occur November through April. Nights are crisply cool, requiring a sweater or jacket, but the daytime temperatures, year round, rarely vary from the upper 60s to the low 70s F.
In addition to its gorgeous landscapes, surrounded by hills and several snowcapped volcanoes, Quito is well known for having a treasure of colonial buildings, paintings, sculptures and carvings. From Quito you can easily explore places such as the indigenous market in Otavalo, one of the largest on the continent. Another side trip might be to the hot springs gurgling from the base of a nearby volcano. Beaches are close, and the surf is great. Night life is very active, with salsa clubs and fine restaurants. The crime rate of Ecuador is lower than that of the United States. Quito is also a metropolitan city that offers almost unlimited opportunities for recreation, relaxation and learning.
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Spanish Tutorial and Volunteer
This program is 20 hours per week. The Tutor Program is held for 4 or 7 hours daily and consists of individual instruction with well-qualified teachers. It is ideal for those who want to be totally immersed and to learn faster in less time. This is the program that most students prefer. The student's schedule is generally from 08.30 to 12.30 and from 13.30(1:30PM) to 16.30(4:30PM).
The program is designed to combine grammar with conversation, reading and writing practice. Furthermore, the school's books and teaching material will introduce students to the history, geography and culture of Ecuador.
The school uses a system that is fun, self-paced and ideally requires four to six weeks for students to develop basic communication skills. If the student has studied Spanish before he/she will start with an examination (written and oral) to evaluate at which level to commence study.
The focus is on spoken Spanish and is organized into seven levels with the vocabulary of about 500 new words in each one. Approximately 45 hours are needed for each level and students are evaluated at the conclusion of every segment. Books are provided by the school, and teachers are rotated weekly to give students maximum exposure to a variety of spoken accents.
Students are assessed and receive instruction at their appropriate level. Depending on the student's ability they will spend class time in any of the following activities:
• Grammar • Pronunciation and discussion • Reading and writing skills • Listening and comprehension • Cultural awareness
The exclusive use of Spanish is absolutely required of all students at all times and class attendance is compulsory.
Program Cost Includes
• Tutor 20 hours per week • Homestay - Single Room • 2 Meals Daily (breakfast and lunch) • Arrival and Departure transfers. • Placement Testing . • Orientation. • Class Materials. • Laundry once per week • 1-2 Organized Activities Weekly* • Certificate of Completion • Pre-Departure Information • Planning Guide • Medical, Accident and Sickness Coverage ** • Medivac Coverage • Other Travel Coverage (repatriation, baggage, personal effects, accidental death and dismemberment etc.) • 24 Hour Emergency Multilingual Hotline (call collect from anywhere in the world)
Another important component of this program is the opportunity to enjoy all the comforts and advantages of living with an Ecuadorian host family. These families are carefully chosen, and the student gets a private bedroom, 2 meals daily and laundry service.
Some of the families are located close to the school in the central part of Quito. Others are located a little further away, but public transportation is available and convenient. Students may request a family with special characteristics if they wish and should include this in their registration form.
Only one student is placed per host family. This helps to guarantee each student gets an uninterrupted opportunity to practice Spanish at home, and creates a total immersion environment. Additionally, the student gets to participate in the dynamics of an Ecuadorian family's life.
The NRCSA Center
We specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language in a private tutorial environment to foreign students. Our location is in the commercial section of modern Quito. The area has many tourist attractions, and is surrounded by first class hotels, restaurants, cafes, banks, travel agencies, airline offices, libraries, universities, museums, craft shops, shopping centers and embassies.
The NRCSA Center in Quito, Ecuador was established and registered with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and Culture in 1982.
All instructors have advanced university degrees in Spanish Grammar and Literature or a related field. All have received special training and have a great deal of experience teaching Spanish to foreign students.
Cultural & Activities We believe the best methodology for learing involves "external activities" to enhance the learning of the language and to expand the student's Spanish vocabulary. These activities include cultural events: visit to museums, art galleries, churches in colonial Quito, Indian markets and films.
Social Events & Activities Christmas holidays, carnivals, celebrations of student's and teacher's birthdays, recreational activities: soccer games, hiking, walking and more.
Spanish Tutorial and Volunteer program starts any Monday in 2010.
The Volunteer Program is for people interested in learning about sustainable solutions to poverty. All volunteers will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects. This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and enriching language program.
HOW TO APPLY Send your registration with your resume and an introduction letter describing yourself, your background in the Spanish language, and the type of internship you are interested in/why you are qualified for that type of position.
Note: For Students in the beginner and elementary level, please contact NRCSA for more information.