"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
NRCSA Medical Program in Quito, Ecuador
the Franciscan capital of Ecuador, Luz de Amιrica, ancient capital of the northern realm of the Incan empire, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, lies at 2,800 meters above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha about 15 miles south of the equator. Its full and formal name is "San Francisco de Quito", reflecting both its Spanish and Incan origins. Franciscan monks accompanied the Spanish conquistadors and founded one of America's first Catholic churches (begun in 1584), in what is now called the Plaza de San Francisco, in the heart of colonial Quito. Furthermore, the word Franciscan as an adjective in the Spanish language denotes peacefulness, a quality for which Quito was known for many years. The name "Quito" is derived from the name of the indigenous group, the Quitus, which dominated that region of the Andes before their conquest by the Incas. In the early 1980s, Quito was designated by UNESCO of the United Nations as a World Heritage Site in recognition of the preservation of its colonial center, essentially expressed in the architecture of the old city.
Slightly over a million people live in present-day Quito. As is typical of Latin American cities, the population density is high, relative to U.S. standards. But, somehow, Quito retains a small city atmosphere -probably because you can still walk to many places you need to go. Ownership of a car is not a must. Distances are short and the bus system is quite extensive. It has a daily average temperature of about 65° F, with daytime highs around 75° F and early morning lows around 45° F. Absolute highs reach 85° F and lows about 40° F on rare occasions.
Group Medical Spanish & Volunteer
This specially designed four week program includes 20 hours per week of Group Spanish classes that focus on language skills used in a medical setting. The Volunteer component includes observational learning and structured interaction in local hospitals and other health care facilities. This allows students a chance to practice the Spanish they have learned while viewing practices utilized by doctors and nurses everyday. All of this is woven into a cultural activities & excursions program that lets students experience the sights & sounds of the Quito area. Weekly components:
1st week - Orientaion, Spanish classes & cultural activities. 2nd week - Morning volunteer service in hospital, afternoon Spanish classes. 3rd week - Morning volunteer service in hospital, afternoon Spanish classes. 4th week - Morning free time, afternoon Spanish classes.
The students host family is a wonderful support network. When the details of daily living are out of the way it frees the mind to learn Spanish, which is an accessible language to learn. They provide breakfast and dinner, and do laundry.
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.
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. Arrival details need to be communicated to NRCSA in advance.
Cultural activities and excursions are woven into the program. This includes city tour of Quito, visit to Cotopaxi National Park, hiking in Cloud Forest, visit to Indian Market, Folkloric Ballet concert, visit & hike around volcano, among other examples. Every weekend there is an excursion planned to one of the many cultural sights in Ecuador, from beautiful national parks to Andean volcanos to historic haciendas.
- 20 hrs/week Group Medical Spanish - Homestay lodging in single room. - Two meals daily. (Breakfast & Dinner) - Orientation (covering attractions, how to, health safety, entertainment) - Academic Assessment (placement-exit tests, achievement certificate) - International Emergency & Medical Insurance - Emergency Hotline Staffed 24/hrs day (call collect anywhere in the world) - Arrival transfer from airport to lodging address. - Laundry once per week. - Mail and Email services.
Spanish Medical Programl Regular Group 20 hours per week , 2-4 students/class, plus volunteer and visit in a Local Hospital.
The NRCSA Center in Midtown Quito is situated in a lovely residential area. One of our goals is to provide excellence in education and we emphasise grammar and vocabulary. To ensure each student's success we use high quality teaching materials and methodology.
Professors have university degrees and have experience in teaching Spanish to foreigners. Each professor brings with them a expertises including: Economics, Business Administration, History, Marketing, and Literature.
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 Freie Und Hansestandt Hamburg, Hessen and Berlin.
Housed in a beautiful new mansion, we are surrounded by gardens and situated in a quiet residential neighborhood. There is complementary e-mail available to 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 18. 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 main meal. In homestays, meal times and content will vary. Lodging ends day after last day of class. Begins Sunday prior to start of class.
Cultural Program & 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.