BOLIVIA – Spanish Course in Sucre
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 330 USD
SchoolThe Spanish school in Bolivia is located in the heart of Sucre, just one block away from the city center and close to virtually everything of interest within the city. Classes are held in a 2 story building with 15 classrooms, a kitchen, a lounge, a video room, 2 terraces, an indoor patio and much more.
The Spanish school in Sucre offers one of the finest Spanish language programs in Bolivia. It is an excellent program for those who wish to quickly develop or improve Spanish skills. In addition to the language classes taught by native Spanish speakers, students may participate in cultural workshops, field trips, and grammar and conversation classes.
The teaching program has been designed under the guidelines of the Instituto Cervantes of Spain and has 9 levels of proficiency. The beginner to superior levels all use highly structured grammar lessons, interactive activities, and conversation and written exercises with daily homework assignments. The school focuses on communication using a natural approach to the language with language exercises including reading and writing activities to reinforce vocabulary.
CourseThe Spanish courses in Bolivia focus on the correct use of grammar while communicating. The teaching method is based on four language skills: listening, using correct grammar, speaking and writing. No English is allowed in class. Classes are taught in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free for cultural activities, or half day excursions. Upon arrival, students take a placement test to identify their educational needs. If, after the first few classes, a student thinks that he or she has been misplaced, a course change may be requested.
The Spanish classes are divided into nine levels of proficiency. Students enroll for 4 hours a day with each class 55 minutes long. You may enroll for as many weeks as you want. The maximum number of students per class is 4. Groups are organized for students at the same level of Spanish to ensure quick learning and a pleasant environment for everyone. Classes begin on Monday, and start all year round. At the conclusion of your studies, you will receive a Spanish Language Course diploma indicating your Spanish level.
The teachers at the school in Sucre have been carefully selected because of their qualifications and experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. All of them know how to motivate and support students while facilitating the development of curiosity and interest for the Spanish language and Bolivian culture and society. Teachers also promote continual learning outside the classroom.
All books and materials are provided by the school. Textbooks and guidebooks with an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary, are published by the school used by other universities around the world.
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Group course: One Spanish class lasts 55 minutes and students enroll in 4 hours each day, or 20 hours per week. You may enroll for as many weeks as you want. The groups are small and consist of 4 students maximum all possessing the same level of Spanish.
Intensive course: The intensive course consists of the group course and 2 additional private classes per day. This makes 6 hours of intense Spanish lessons each day. You will be surprised how fast you progress and how quickly you will be able to improve your Spanish.
Private course: The attention of your teacher will be focused 100% on you! Classes are customized to your needs and are an excellent way to adjust the learning schedule to your desires. You may learn vocabulary for specific situations or work on topics of personal interest. The private course consists in 20 hours per week with the option to book additional classes.
Non-academic activities: As part of the language program, we offer 2 or 3 organized activities every week. Additionally, students will find a daily schedule of cultural events in Sucre and surrounding areas, locations of theaters, museums, festivals, etc. Activities include visits to local areas of interest, dance classes, cooking classes, parties and fiestas, Spanish videos and movies, seminars and group discussions. (Please note: you are responsible for your own "out-of-pocket" expenses like bus fare, entrance fees, etc.).
AccommodationWe want to remind you of the special hospitality and warmth of a loving Latin family. It is impossible to describe until you have experienced it! We place you in carefully selected host families where you can immerse yourself into real Bolivian family life. You will live in a private room and your host family provides you with breakfast, lunch and laundry service. You will get to know firsthand their traditions, cuisine and culture. Family homes are located in neighborhoods usually not more than a 20 to 30 minute walk to school or a short bus ride.
You can also live in the school residence if you want to live a little bit more independent. You will also be provided with a single room and will have access to a kitchen where you can store and prepare your food. Double rooms are available upon request.
VolunteeringIf you would like to learn Spanish through a unique experience, volunteer work will give you an opportunity that lies beyond the ordinary traveler’s reach, living other realities within a country! Anyone who wishes to gain personal experience while getting to know people and new cultures from different social backgrounds is kindly invited to volunteer. Over the years, students, professionals and retirees have experienced the enrichment of volunteer work.
In addition to our Spanish courses in Sucre we provide volunteer work positions. You can combine your Spanish course with half-day volunteer work or you can schedule the volunteer experience after the Spanish course is completed. While helping people in need, volunteering allows you to practice your Spanish in real life situations and train your newly acquired skills. In cooperation with different social institutions and non-profit organizations we offer various volunteer work projects in Bolivia. You will meet people in special situations who will be very thankful for your help, and will enjoy your company while learning about your home country. This learning and cultural experience will be unforgettable.
See our volunteer work positions in Bolivia: Volunteering in Bolivia
Work as a volunteer with handicapped children, elderly people, people with medical conditions, or with children that lack the care and attention of their families!
Work as a volunteer in a local community in Bolivia! Support the indigenous Tacana Indians and learn about their culture!
Madidi National Park
Work as a volunteer with children in Bolivia! Support teachers and caretakers by organizing educational activities and games and help the children to strengthen their self-confidence!
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- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Laundry service (when homestay booked)
- Free internet access at school
- Airport pick-up
- Quality Spanish Course
- Homestay with 2 meals/day
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Refreshments, coffee and tea at school
- Activity calendar
- Language Certificate
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Visa (if necesary)
- Local Travels
LocationSucre is the beautiful colonial judicial capital located in the Andean highlands of Bolivia. The city is known as the "White City of the Americas" due to its numerous white colonial buildings topped with shiny red tile roofs. Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains with about 200,000 inhabitants, the small city is very easy to explore by foot.
Sucre was designated by UNESCO in 1987 as a "World Cultural Heritage Site”. The city has a university and is known as the center of learning and progressive thinking within Bolivia. Sucre has many museums, a lively central plaza, shops and restaurants. The city has a youthful, energetic feel despite its old-fashioned appearance created by numerous ancient mansions and colonial churches. This charming colonial city and its nearby villages have a significant Indigenous population who has maintained their customs and colorful apparel. Locals and visitors are attracted to the markets where food, textiles and other products are sold in barter fashion. Nearby is Potosi where, in the seventeenth century, the most important silver mine in the world attracted the largest and richest population in Latin America. It is an integral part of Bolivian history.
Because of its beauty and many sites of interest, especially the well-conserved downtown area with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, the city attracts thousands of tourists every year.
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Country Information Bolivia
|Sandwiched between Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile while straddling the Andes Mountains, stands Bolivia, the “Tibet of the Americas”. Bolivia earns this title by being the highest and most isolated of all the Andean nations. About twice the size of Spain, Bolivia holds over 42,000 square miles and is home to over 9 million people. The capital city of La Paz embraces over 800,000 Bolivians and rests at an elevation of 11,800 feet.
This unique country possesses nearly every possible climate and terrain from the snow capped peaks of over 21,000 ft., semi-tropical lowlands and steaming jungles of the Bolivian Amazon Basin. The famous Lake Titicaca, which shares a Peruvian border, is the highest navigable inland sea in the world. Furthermore, the boasting crystal blue waters, reed boats and islands known for pre-Columbian ruins make Bolivia a must-see destination!
Though Bolivia stands as the poorest land in South America, the cultural landscape of this country is one of a kind. The religious and native practices of both Indigenous people and ¨hybrid¨ Christians, an influence from the Spanish conquistador Simon Bolivar, categorize Bolivia as truly prosperous in culture. As Bolivar claimed independence for Bolivia from Spain in 1825, the absence of clergy in rural areas led to the development of a hybrid Christian/Indigenous way of life. Today, overlapping cultures exist where 95% Bolivians profess faith to Roman Catholicism, however over 50% of the population maintains traditional indigenous values and beliefs as well. Visitors are exposed to these wonderful people and their lifestyle full of intriguing doctrines, rites and superstitions.
In addition to rich culture, the breathtaking terrain and wildlife of Bolivia will surely stand as the clincher to discover this country. One has the opportunity to see various exotic birds, plants, insects and animals due to Bolivia's relatively sparse population, lack of development and diverse geography. In fact, Bolivia is one of the best places to see South American wildlife, including the jaguar, llama, anteater, chinchilla, condor, and the rare spectacled bear!
Climatic consideration should be taken when planning your visit to the ¨Tibet of the America’s.¨ Remembering the high altitude of Bolivia, the weather here deserves respect. Though unpredictable, the weather more or less follows certain trends. Summer months of November to April entail heavy rains with washed-out roads making a buzzing river community of boats and vibrant colors. The winter months of May to October typically offer a more gentle travel experience with dry temperate weather during the day, breathtaking alpine glow and freezing nighttime temperatures. The most popular months, due to festivals and mostly temperate weather, range between June and September. During these months, you’ll find lots of activity and smiling faces. Remember the impact altitude has on irregular weather so investing in a hardy raincoat, sunscreen, and an insulated jacket are highly recommended!
Vast amounts of Bolivia continue to remain undiscovered and unknown. The country’s phenomenal landscapes, colonial architecture, indigenous cultures and the legacy of its ancient mysterious civilizations combined with a quiet political climate offer an extraordinary travel experience!