"I enjoyed living with a family and one-on-one spanish instruction the most. The weekends were a wonderful time to travel, and left me with many highlights."
Student at University of Michigan
"I enjoyed all aspects of the experience. The most outstanding points were the other foreign students and the ability to interact with a wide range of people from different countries and different occupations. Everyone there has a spirit of adventure which made the weekend travel very exciting and interesting."
Student. Alberta, Canada
"I am much better equipped now to communicate with my Spanish-speaking patients."
Physical Therapist. Springville, AL
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.
Medical Vocabulary Tutorial & Medical Facility Visits
PROGRAM - 20 hrs/week Tutorial & 15 hrs/week Medical & Cultural Visits
This program is for students who wish to combine learning classroom Spanish, looking at some of the local health care facilities and experiencing the flavorful culture of Quito. The morning hours each weekday are allocated to intensive classroom instruction. The student and professor then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring sites in or near Quito such as: the city, museums, hospitals and clinics, cathedrals and markets. This program is designed to equip a student with Spanish and allows her or him to integrate that knowledge with day to day cultural experiences.
One-on-one classes, emphasizing grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, discussion and background information needed for a good understanding of the cultural activities organized for the afternoon, are offered in the morning from 8.30 to 12.30. You are encouraged to submit a list of medical vocabulary in advance for use in the class.
The student and teacher then embark on their daily trips from 13.30(1:30PM) to 16.30(4:30PM). On these visits the teacher acts as a guide. All entrance fees to museums, art galleries, beverages/snacks (afternoon) and public transportation necessary for all excursions are included in the program cost.
A typical two week schedule for the daily trips follows:
Day 1: Quito Colonial Day 2: Visit to 'Santa LuceDa' orphanage Day 3: El Panecillo Day 4: Visit to a State health care center Day 5: State Hospital Eugenio Espejo
Day 1: Fundaci Guayasamin Day 2: Visit to Coraz de Mareda elderly home Day 3: Museo de la Ciudad Day 4: Children Hospital Baca Ortiz Day 5: Mitad del Mundo
Another important component of this program is the opportunity to enjoy all the comforts and advantages of living with an Ecuadorian host family in one of South America's most beautiful cities. These "Homestay" families are carefully chosen by the school. The student gets a private bedroom, 2 meals daily and laundry service.
Some of the families are located close to the school in the central part of Quito. Others are located a little further away, but public transportation is available and convenient. Students may request a family with special characteristics if they wish and should include this in their registration form.
The school places only one student per host family, in order to guarantee each student unlimited opportunities of practicing Spanish. This allows a total immersion and enables students to participate in the dynamics of family life.
Hotels - Optional hotel lodging is available but must be coordinated in advance. This option is on request and at additional cost.
An arrival transfer from the Quito airport to the lodging address is included in the price of the program. Arrival details need to be communicated to NRCSA in advance.
The school's methodology frequently involves "external activities" to enhance the learning of the language and to expand the student's Spanish vocabulary. These activities include cultural events: visit to museums, art galleries, churches in colonial Quito, Indian markets and video films.
- 20 hrs/week Tutorial classes - 15 hrs/week Cultural visits and Medical facilities visits. - 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. - Insurance - Laundry once per week. - Transportation & entrance fees during cultural/medical visits. - Mail and Email services.
Medical Vocabulary Tutorial & Medical Facility Visits
Medical Vocabulary Tutorial & Medical Facility Visits 20 hrs/week Tutorial & 15 hrs/week Medical & Cultural Visits
MORE DETAILS ...
The NRCSA school in Quito specializes in teaching Spanish as a second language in a private tutorial environment to foreign students. The school is located in the commercial section of modern Quito, an area with many tourist attractions, surrounded by first class hotels, restaurants, cafes, banks, travel agencies, airline offices, libraries, universities, museums, craft shops, shopping centers and embassies.
The school was established and registered in the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and Culture in 1982. In addition, the school's courses are recognized as a Bildungsurlaub program in the region of Hamburg, Germany.
All instructors have advanced university degrees in Spanish Grammar and Literature or a related field. All have received special training and have a great deal of experience teaching Spanish to foreign students.
• No maximum age. Minimum age is 18 (often waived if accompanied by an adult). • Location: Downtown • Size: varies considerably by season. The 'average' is 26-80 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, or 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 45 to 60 minutes (Most universities use a 50 minute hour).
Lodging & Meals
• Accommodation address sent 7-14 days prior to start of session. • Lodging ends day after last day of class. Begins the day prior to start of class. • Meals: See 'cost includes' above for which meals included. (2 meals means breakfast and dinner) • In homestays, meal times and content will vary.
Cultural Program & Activities
• Excursions average 1-2 weekly. • Weekly cultural lectures or activities (included). • Theater/enrichment activities (at additional cost). • Weekly cultural lectures or activities (included). • Weekly art, craft, or cooking (materials extra). • Some entrance fees/bus fares may be additional
• Lodging, daycare and tutor classes available. • 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.