"I loved nearly everything about my foreign experience. I appreciated the fact that the school considers everything the student does to be part of the learning experience. They have excellent classes, but also encouraged us to participate in many extracurricular activities as well, and they provided many opportunities for those activities through the school. I loved the Ecuadorian people. They were very warm and friendly and very tolerant of my language errors. The colors, the foods, the geography, and the variety of cultures in Ecuador are just wonderful."
Physical Therapist. University of Alabama at Birmingham
"As a student I think it is more affective to learn Spanish abroad. In the future I may be working with Spanish speakers and this gave me a strong foundation to communicate. "
Student at St Edwards University.
NRCSA Medical Program in Ecuador
is a beautiful country in the Andean mountain range which has a large indigenous population.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador and 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 cold, requiring a sweater or jacket, but the daytime temperatures, year round, rarely vary from the upper 60s to the low 70s F.
Group Spanish Lessons & Medical Vocabulary Tutorial
PROGRAM - 20 hrs/week Group & 10 hrs/week Medical Vocabulary Tutorial
The Group Spanish instruction is offered in levels from elementary to advanced. Students are given an evaluation exam upon arrival and are placed in the appropriate group. A team of teachers, working in rotation, will personally guide you in your studies. They will teach you in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. With the assistance of audio cassettes, overhead projectors, video and other visual aids, your team will instruct you in grammar, correct pronunciation and the use of everyday idiomatic language. Classes are small with a maximum of 4 students. The small group size assures you individual participation and attention from the teacher. Specific homework assignments are given daily and every student is evaluated and tested on a weekly basis. Each lesson has a duration of 55 minutes.
The Medical Vocabulary Tutorial classes will focus on the words and phrases you use in your daily interaction with patients or will need in your area of work. These are private lessons that progress ot your level and abilities. It provides a chance to work on your personal strengths and weaknesses. You are encouraged to submit a list of vocabulary in advance for use in the class.
Homestays with Ecuadorean families are arranged by the school. Homestay lodging includes a single room, private bath, breakfast & dinner and laundry service. The students host family becomes a wonderful support network.
Some families have more than one bedroom for couples and parents with children. All students have a private bath. Most families live within walking distance.
Tea, coffee and pure water are provided at the school all day. Daily money exchange, mail service, safety box, storage room, travel and tour information are also provided.
Hotel recommendations are available upon request and at additional cost.
Children, Family & Non-Student lodging is also possible to arrange.
Students are met at the Quito airport and transferred to their lodging at no additional cost. Lodging information is sent 7-14 days prior to departure. Information of where to go and how to get there will be sent to students prior to departure.
As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to learn about the country, its history, and the people. In addition to lectures, the school offers trips to places of interest such as museums, and a night at the folkloric ballet. Students can participate in as many activities as they like.
Organized trips or group activities are offered 1- 4 times per week. These provide a great opportunity to find out about the country and its culture. Trips are also organized to exciting destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Cotopaxi and the rainforest.
- 20 hrs/week Group Spanish - 10 hrs/week Medical Vocabulary Tutorial - Homestay lodging in single room. - Two meals daily. - Arrival transfer from airport to lodging address. - Insurance - Laundry once per week. - Entry and exit placement exams. - Certificate of achievement. - Mail and Email services.
Spanish & Medical Vocabulary Tutorial Regular Group 20 hours per week , 2-4 students/class, plus 10 hours per week of tutorial clases.
The NRCSA school is situated in a lovely residential area of Quito, known as "El Batan". The aim of the programs is to provide excellence in education, with an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary. To ensure each students success, high quality teaching materials are authored by the teaching staff, and are provided to each student as part of the course.
Professors have university degrees with experience in teaching Spanish to foreigners. Their wide variety of expertise includes Economics, Business Administration, Medicine, History, Marketing, Literature, etc.
A Certificate which is recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education is awarded for all students who complete their program. In Germany, Latin American Academy is recognized as Bildungsurlaub with lessons of 25 hours or more per week by the Frei Und Hansestadt Hamburg, Hessen and Berlin.
Students from around the world study here, and break down ruffly as follows: United States (39%), Germany (30%), Switzerland (8%), Austria (7%), Canada (5%), Brazil (4%), England (2%), France (2%), Belgium (2%), Denmark (1%) Finland (0,16%), Norway (0,16%), Sweden (0,16%), Italy (0,16%), and Singapore (0,16%). These students have included business persons, university students, airline employees, teachers, retirees, ecologists, engineers, doctors, nurses, secretaries, travel agents, bankers, lawyers, and others.
Housed in a beautiful new mansion, the NRCSA Center is surrounded by gardens in a quiet residential area. There is complementary e-mail service provided for the students (no access to the internet). However, there are several reasonably priced internet cafes close to the school and all over the city. Mail service, money exchange, safety box, luggage storage, and use of sports facilities are also included.
• No maximum age. Minimum age is 17 for Adult Programs (often waived if accompanied by an adult) and 14 for Summer Teen Program. • Location: Downtown • Size: varies considerably by season. The 'average' is under 25 foreign students. • Medical: school refers students if needed (medical costs additional). See below for information regarding insurance. • Arrival airport transfers are included if flights advised 30 days prior arrival. • Vacations: no class make-up on National, Regional & local holidays.
• Foreign language classes are taught entirely in the foreign language (immersion method). • All levels are welcome (beginner to advanced) unless otherwise specified above. • Levels: placement tests are used. If there is no full group at your level, smaller group or tutor may be given with fewer hours per week. • Tutor means one-on-one class (private teacher). Shared tutor means two-on-one. • Students/class is maximum people per class ... which may be exceeded by 1-2 persons due to level placement. • School is popular with business and medical professionals seeking accelerated and special vocabulary classes. • Texts and materials are over $15 per level. • Class-hour is 55 minutes (Most universities use a 50 minute hour).
Lodging & Meals
• Accommodation address sent 7-14 days prior to start of session. • Meals: See 'cost includes' above for which meals included. (2 meals means breakfast and • In homestays, meal times and content will vary. • Lodging ends day after last day of class. Begins Sunday prior to start of class.
Cultural Programs & Activities
• Excursions average 1-2 weekly. • Weekly cultural lectures or activities (included). • Some entrance fees/bus fares may be additional.
• Lodging/daycare available at additional cost. • School favored by families traveling with children.
Insurance --- for study dates prepaid through NRCSA
• 24 Hour Emergency Multilingual Hotline (call collect from anywhere in the world) • $25,000 Emergency Medical Evacuation • $10,000 Accident or Sickness ($100 deductible per claim) • $5,000 Emergency Reunion • See policy for definitions and exclusions • Increased insurance coverages available on request and at additional cost. Please inquire with NRCSA at least 3 weeks prior to departure.