This program is designed to offer you a holistic experience of the Amazon Rainforest and to maximize your exposure to the surrounding environment and communities. It combines formal Kichwa language instruction with daily guided activities and excursions.

Monday through Friday will consist of half day small group language lessons, while the other half of each day will be spent exploring the beautiful Amazonia and its treasures. Weekends are free, giving you the option of exploring on your own, joining organized activities, or just relaxing. (check the activity itinerary)

This program includes:
• Info package
• Study materials
• Kichwa lessons 180 minutes per day in group basis, four hours of 45 min.
• Kichwa certificate
• Shared accommodation and full board in lodge-cabanas.
• Coffee and purified water
• Tours and activities from Monday to Friday (as listed in the itinerary)
• Extra weekend tours and activities offered at reduced rates
• Galapagos tours with special rates for our students

Note:
If we do not meet the minimum number of students per class for your ability group, your lessons may be replaced by 120 minutes per day of private one-on-one lessons ( at no extra cost).

Program Cost

Kichwa programs info

  • Starting dates +

    We welcome new students to join us every Monday, all year round. If you need to start on a different day of the week, please contact us.
  • Group lessons +

    Our lessons are taught in small groups, with a maximum of six students. Private lessons are available on request.Group lessons consist of 20 academic hours. These are divided into four daily lessons ( 45 min. each) from Monday to Friday. If we do not meet the minimum number of students per class for your ability group, your lessons may be replaced by 120 minutes per day of private one-on-one lessons ( at no extra cost).
  • Private lessons +

    Private lessons, available upon request, consist of 20 academic hours. These are divided into four daily lessons ( 45 min. each) Monday through Friday.There is an additional charge of US $120 per week.
  • Schedules +

    Spanish lessons could be done in the morning or in the afternoon as well as in mix schedules, all depending of the school necessities and availability.
  • Methodology +

    Our teachers combine theory and practice, addressing all of the linguistic and functional aspects of the spoken language, along with socio-cultural information essential for gaining proficiency. Grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary are integrated in order to prepare students for an authentic communicative environment.
  • Study Materials +

    All study materials are provided by the school. We recommend bringing your own dictionary, pen and any additional reference or text books ( optional) of your choice.
  • National Holidays +

    Lessons and/or activities may be canceled and non-refundable on holidays. If two days of holiday occur within one week, only one day is subject to be canceled.Volunteer work is generally subject to national holidays. National Holidays 2015: December, Friday 25 - Christmas. National Holidays 2016: January, Friday 1 - New Year`s day; February, Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 - Carnival; March, Friday 25 – Good Friday; May, Sunday 1 – Labor Day; May, Tuesday 24 – Battle of Pichincha Day; August, Wednesday 10 – National Day; November, Wednesday 2 – All Souls´ Day; November, Thursday 3 – Cuenca Independence Day; December, Sunday 25 – Christmas
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  • ALLISON LYSER

    I loved being here; it was one of the best experiences of my life! It was full of amazing excursions, guides, lessons, staff, and the lodge was truly lovely and comfortable! I can’t wait to come back!
  • ANDY WHITE

    Gaia gave me the most amazing experience of my life. It introduced me to the Amazon as if I were an insider, and I loved being a part of it! The lessons and the voluntary work in the local school were incredible and all the kids were so lovely!
  • THOMAS ANDERSEN

    I felt like I was truly in paradise! I had never imagined how unique and amazing a place could be! I enjoyed every daily excursion and above that, I learned so much from the Amazon culture!
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