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Spanish language lessons in Cochabamba, indigenous languages

In Cochabamba we cooperate with the language school Runawasi. In the indigenous language of Quechua, Runawasi means “House of Man” – meaning that the school sees itself as a place of encounter. The school is located in the area of Juan XXIII about 5 km outside of Cochabamba’s city centre. Language students from many countries, of various age groups and various levels attend this school.

For more than 20 years, the school has been making use of the communicative method. From the beginning, the focus is on communication, employing techniques such as dialoguing, phrasing, conversation, exercises, pictures, radio, television and other media. The teaching is direct, active and requires intensive student participation.

All levels from beginner to intermediate, advanced to high level are being taught. In the beginning all participants will meet the school’s director who will evaluate the respective student’s language skills by doing a little chat about various topics. This first evaluation will be further defined during the following two days. The director is a linguist who has studied in Zurich/Switzerland.

During the following course of the program you will have a private teacher. Only in rare cases, small groups are being taught together. There is permanent rotation of the teacher, which means your teacher will change almost every day. The school has made good experiences with this approach, because every teacher has his or her own teaching style and tools, besides varying professional backgrounds and life experiences. In this way, you have to adapt to a variety of speakers and methods, which the school found to be very useful. For beginners, teachers are chosen who also speak another foreign language that the student is familiar with, such as English or German, to be able to give instructions and explanations to people who don’t speak any Spanish.

Most of the teaching materials have been developed by the school itself. The director has been developing teaching methods for Spanish and Quechua for more than 30 years. The material provides insights into the life in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Latin America. Sources are texts written by the director, history books, oral traditions, Bolivian and Latin-American literature, ethnology books and various publications.

Following the specific interest of the student, special topics can be included into the teaching material, for instance ecology, western and traditional medicine, Bolivian, Latin-American and Spanish history and literature, technology, religion, geography, local culture, social, political or economic questions.

The school also offers language lessons in the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara. These languages are very useful if you volunteer or do an internship with indigenous communities in rural Bolivia.

Typically, lessons are taught 20 hours per week, 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday (8:15-12:15 a.m. or 1:30-5:30 p.m. including a half an hour break).

Alternatively it is possible to do only ten hours per week and be flexible about the times, allowing for language lessons besides your internship or volunteer work. There are also super-intensive courses of more than 20 hours per week.

The school is open throughout the year and lessons can start on every weekday including Saturday. It is closed on official holidays, but lessons are given at alternative days in this case.

Info box:

For our participants in Cochabamba who have booked trouble-free package, we offer language lessons only at the following rate: 

40 hours 340 €

You can do the 40 hours within a time frame of 2-4 weeks.

If you travel to Cochabamba just to learn Spanish/Quechua/Aymara, you additionally book accommodation:

* Host family including meals 75 € per week. 

The rate for host families does not include internet, phone calls and laundry service.

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