So much has happened over the weeks that I had no time to write. We are taking Spanish classes now and I am very happy with the school. We thoroughly researched our options and visited multiple schools but the best of the bunch is Amauta.
Most of the schools offer the same perks like salsa dancing, city tours, cooking classes and so on. But Amauta was best for us because 1. We wanted to take classes together. Most schools won’t allow couples classes; they will offer them on their listings but they will make you take a placement test and even if you are at the same level (which we are) they will place you separate because that means more money.
2. Amauta does not make you buy a useless text book. Most schools make you buy their text book which is usually sub-par. Amauta gears each class based on your interests, job, why you are traveling and what you want to learn. Eventually they may have a book of their own but they are very student focused and gear the class on your needs.
3. The teachers are young and down to earth. Another thing I liked was that some weeks we had a new teacher due to scheduling. This was good because each teacher brought a new style to the table. For instance we had one who was amazing and conversed with us over matters of worldly interest; she asked us questions about our personal lives and beliefs which really helped prepare us for normal discussions in the real world. We also had a teacher who was super grammar focused; she taught us much of the basics to get by. And another teacher gave us more vocabulary and continued to review any weak areas in grammar and discussion.
4. The school has some knowledge in helping you obtain a visa extension. This appealed to us because we only came into the country on a 90 tourist stamp. But we knew we would probably want to stay longer if possible. The school helped us compile what we needed for the process and brought us to the place we needed to go. The rest was up to us but it was more help than any other school would offer. Ecuador Tourist 12-IX Visa info here.
5. It is in a good location and the atmosphere of the place is very comforting and welcoming. And the people are wonderful. Also it is the best for your money, especially if you take the 4 hour classes per day for each week you get a discount.
If you are looking for a language school in Cuenca, then Amauta is the best of the best.
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