SPANISH SCHOOL IN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
If you are looking forward to getting to know Colombia and at the same time learning Spanish, we encourage you to take the course at our school in Bogotá. We offer Spanish courses for students, executives and families from all over the world, as well as Spanish with purpose (business, medicine, etc.) courses and volunteer work.
The school in Bogotá is located in the neighborhood of Quinta Camacho, one of the most traditional places in Bogotá. The school is surrounded by beautiful English style houses, part of the city´s cultural heritage. From Quinta Camacho you have excellent access of transportation. The school is close to the financial centre, 4 minutes to the Las Flores station, 15 minutes to city centre and 10 minutes to “Parque de la 93”, a commercial and recreation park and one of the most popular shopping areas in South America. It is also very close to the “G-Zone”, named for “Gourmet” and “Gastronomy”. This part of town is home to smart shops and cutting-edge restaurants
We teach Spanish through intensive courses that are focused on the students interests (e.g. on professional, familiar or cultural interests). The courses are ruled both by the Common European Framework of references for languages (CEF) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines.
The standard group course includes 20 hours per week: 15 hours of Spanish lessons and 5 hours of cultural activities to get to know Colombia, its history and its culture. Twice a week there are cultural activities in the afternoon. The intensive group course offers the same activities with extra hours of Spanish (25 hours in total). There is a maximum of 8 students per group (average: 3 or 4). It is also possible to have an individual program, totally adapted to your personal needs and goals.
We offer six levels of learning, which is the number of levels required for a language study program to be considered professional, efficient and accredited. It is very important to locate you in the adequate level so you can take the maximum of advantage of your staying at the school. Therefore the first day you will be evaluated in order to set a learning plan that fits your needs. Furthermore, your teacher will evaluate you every two weeks so you can frequently see your improvements and keep improving your Spanish.
The teachers offer a wide variety of educational materials including exercises for grammar, pronunciation, writing, talking and reading. These materials are included in the course price. It is also possible to buy the book that the teachers use as a guideline for the course.
Our teachers have an excellent preparation and a long experience in the Spanish teaching field. There all have a service vocation and love for teaching.
Spanish and volunteering is a Spanish course plus a volunteer job at an orphanage, hospital, Charity or at the University. This course is for (mainly) professional people who want not only to learn Spanish and know our country, but also to help people in need. This program includes 32 hour weekly including 15 hours of Spanish, 5 hours of activities and others and 12 hours of volunteering at a social institution.
In order to fully enjoy the experience of learning Spanish abroad, it is necessary to get adequate accommodation in the right place. It is clear that people have different tastes, and this is why we offer different types of accommodation to our students:
Home stay accommodation
Living with a host family means sharing your daily life with Spanish speaking people. Breakfast and dinner are included and there is washing machine available or your clothes will be washed once a week. Families are chosen carefully. During your stay you will be another member of the family. We visit the families regularly and we permanently assess their human qualities and the location of their house. The first day or classes all students get picked up from their accommodation.
We have a program of interesting cultural and recreational activities that will help practicing your Spanish as well as visit interesting places and have fun with friends. Social, cultural and sports activities include visits to museums, natural parks, beaches, concerts, sightseeing tours, walks through nature, restaurants, etc. These activities are organized on a weekly basis (at least two activities per week). They are ideal to practice the language and attain a better understanding of the culture.
Colombia is situated on the northwest corner of South America and had been used as a travelling route by ancient cultures migrating between the Americas. For culture enthusiasts, the country has a rich historical legacy which includes many pre-Hispanic ruins, many of which lie within easy reach of the capital, Bogotá. Bogota also has some fine examples of colonial architecture. Colombia has thirty-four national parks as well as a growing number of nature reserves which provide opportunities to pursue a wide range of activities ranging from climbing or mountain biking in the Andes to bird-watching and fishing in the Amazon. The northern Caribbean coast offers idyllic conditions for exciting water sports and is characterized by a host of modern beach resorts.
Bogotá is a city that keeps growing and has a population (including the surroundings) of 8 million people coming from different places of Colombia and from all over the world. In the city you will find beautiful colonial and republican houses and also modern buildings. There are more than 50 museums like the gold museum, the National museum, the Botero museum, The Silva poetry house, the Quinta de Bolivar, Maloka, The Modern Art Museum, The Colon Theater and the Luis Angel Arango Library within others.
It’s a city loved by its inhabitants that are very friendly. In the country side you will find the Guatavita lagoon where the “Dorado” is located (Dorado is the name the Spaniards had for the place where indigenous people used to store the gold), the salt cathedral of Zipaquira, the Neusa Lake and thousands of country restaurants that are weekend gateways for Bogotá citizens.
Visit to the enchanted Guatavita Lake:
This beautiful lake is located in the Andes, just thirty minutes away from the school. In this lake, ritual ceremonies of worship to the sun used to take place and were preformed by the native original inhabitants. The famous legend of El Dorado originated in there.
Visit to Ráquira.
Ráquira is a small town located in the Andes. There you will find some of the best and most beautiful handicrafts. The neighbouring landscape is beautiful and it is quite close to a desert full of marine-life fossils.
Cycle tour of the entire city.
Many years ago, it was decided by local authorities that on Monday mornings the city’s main streets would be used exclusively as cycle ways. The custom prevails today and due to the initial success of the project many cycle ways were built into a network covering all the city, to be used on a permanent basis for this ecological and cheap form of transport. Also some years ago, the inhabitants of Bogotá got a commitment with the environment. Eight million inhabitants voted on public election supporting the “automobile-free” day, which takes place once a year. On that day, it is common to see all kinds of people going on bicycle or on foot to their place of work or study.
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