A popular destination for surfers from all around the world and with a reputation for being safe and relaxed, the charming town of Montañita is a small, tropical coastal town with a lot to offer! Translated as “little hill” the town is also home to one of Ecuador’s best beaches and also boasts excellent food, plenty of local craft stores and strong, consistent waves, welcoming all competent surfers! The streets of the town are mostly pedestrian and are filled with cafes and restaurants catering for every taste and for every budget! Montañita is also host to many music festivals on the beach and has become a top party destination! There is simply never a dull moment in this part of Ecuador! Our Language School in Montañita was the first professional school of Spanish in the town, offering high quality Spanish courses and top quality accommodation, in addition to an exciting programme of activities to help you meet the local people, as well as your fellow students and to thoroughly enjoy your stay.
Our Spanish school is situated just a couple of minutes’ walk from the centre of Montañita and on the beach with the waves that have made the town famous! We offer a small and friendly school in a perfect location, where you can study Spanish and relax at the beach, or where you can take classes in surfing, salsa, yoga or go scuba diving in one of the most stunning spots in the world. There is a view to the beach right from your classroom! In addition to various specialized Spanish courses, we also offer you the chance to have fun and to explore Ecuador at the same time! The group classes are small, with a maximum of just 6 students per class meaning that you receive a lot of personal attention during your course.
The Intensive Spanish course is a general group course consisting of 20 classes per week, in very small groups of 3-5 students per class and a maximum of just 6! The classes are made up of 2 hours focused mostly on grammar and 2 hours of more conversational activities to practice all aspects of the language. In the conversation classes you will often take trips in and around the town to test your Spanish in real-life situations, offering an effective and practical approach to learning!
We offer Private Spanish Classes in which you are able to set the pace of your lessons and there is also a specialized Medical Spanish Course for students who are working in the healthcare industry, who are looking for professional development in this area. This course opens up opportunities for students to take an invaluable Medical Volunteering Programme and to work with medical organizations in Ecuador.
Of course an ideal way to spend your time in Ecuador is to hit the waves and so we offer a Spanish and Surf Course consisting of 5 hours of surfing per week in addition to the group Spanish course. Similarly you could choose a Spanish course with Diving, Kitesurfing, Yoga or with Latino Dance Classes – please contact us for further details and a price quotation.
Our school also has several Spanish and Volunteering programmes available, for all students who like to combine a language course with experience and involvement in helping the local community.
For a true experience of Ecuadorian daily life you can stay with a native Spanish host family! Your host will welcome you to the town and give you the best opportunity to practice your Spanish on a day to day basis, not to mention the delicious home cooked food and connection to the local community. All of the host families are located in the centre of Montañita within walking distance from the school and offer a safe, clean and friendly environment for a wonderful stay.
Alternatively, you can choose to stay in a student cabana which are spacious and well equipped with private bathrooms, large beds, hammocks and a fan. These Eco Cabanas are all designed to help the environment and are located only 5 minutes’ walk from the school and 3 minutes from the centre of the town. Just outside the cabana you will find a communal kitchen, a large lounge area with TV and DVD and a swimming pool with Jacuzzi!
With so many exciting extra-curricular activities and possibilities nearby, you will need plenty of energy to get the most out of your stay in Ecuador! Our students can book yoga classes or salsa classes and try out all types of watersports on the beaches of Montañita. There are regular outings and trips to practice your Spanish in real situations in and around the town and with the local people, as well as cooking classes, horse riding and even whale watching from the nearby port of Puerto Lopez! Montañita is of course the best spot in Ecuador for surfing and the dive sites nearby are also world-class. If you are not a sports person then you can relax on the beach in your spare time, or in many of the nearby cafes and bars.
Fly into Guayaquil Airport. On arrival, we can arrange your transfer from the airport to your accommodation, however this is not included in the course price.