Simon Bolivar Spanish School

Simon Bolivar Spanish School, Quito: Hours, Address, Simon Bolivar Spanish School Reviews: 5/5

Simon Bolivar Spanish School

Simon Bolivar Spanish School
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Simon Bolivar is the ideal place to learn Spanish in Ecuador. Break your language barriers with our experienced professors who take on students from beginner to advanced levels. Take part in the many activities our school also offers like cooking, dancing, and cultural lessons. On the weekends, feel free to join a fun trip to one of Ecuador's four regions, Galapagos, Andes, Amazon and Coast!
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Edward C
2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
owner is not honest. i bought in the school in cuenca and can't retrieve my money..
For awhile, all was good then he evidently became disinterested.
Now I can’t get an answer from him
Written October 10, 2020
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Chicago, Illinois, United States4 contributions
Feb 2020
I took a 2 week course comprising 1:1 classes for 4 hours in the mornings and 2 hours of group cultural excursions in the afternoon with 2 of my friends and one teacher. We all had a great time and learned huge amount of Spanish. This school has a long tradition of teaching Spanish to students from US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. My teachers had 15-20 years of teaching experience. The entire day was spent speaking Spanish, which I was very surprised to be able to do. Our culture excursions included local markets, fruit tasting, the Old City, parks, museums and various neighborhoods around Quito. The school also offered free activities in the evenings like Salsa lessons! Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn Spanish in Quito.
Written March 4, 2020
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Skúli M
2 contributions
Jan 2020
I signed up for a program of two weeks at the outset but decided (having the opportunity) almost right away to add two more weeks. I did supplement that with learing a trip to the Amazon which was a true adventure. The SB offers afordable face-to-face private lessons which are focused and adapted to each and every student. This means coasting is impossible and your brain will be put on overdrive - something that you will not get in a class of 5-25. I (at the age of 50) found four hours pr day of lessons ample and would recommend supplementing it with the generious cultural program on offer. The people at the school are both professional, sympathetic and helpful. Muchas gracias a Monica, Marta, Julio, Sandra, Alexandra, Daniela, Cecilia y Daniela. I hope to be back one day!
Written February 17, 2020
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Louisville, KY155 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I took classes so that I might be able to brush up my Spanish which had become very rusty. The teacher I had was extraordinary. We spent some time at the very beginning with her seeing what my strengths and weaknesses were, so that we could work on them during the classes. I think that's a very good approach rather than a one size fits all this is what we do.
I talked to several other people and noticed that their programs also had been designed to meet their needs as well as levels of Spanish comprehension and knowledge.
They also offer after class activities like salsa dancing class and a cooking class with something almost every day on a rotating schedule so as to provide more activities over like a 2 week period. Weekend tours and activities were also available but at I thought very reasonable costs.
Written December 10, 2019
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Rochdale, UK43 contributions
Aug 2019
My wife and I took 50 hours of classes over 2 weeks. We had 4 hours each day with Julio, who was an exceptional teacher. Our previous teacher (in Cusco) had decided there was nothing more left to teach us after we had a very basic understanding of how each tense worked and the conjugations as they only had the ability to teach from a book..... Julio managed to help us to better understand the differences between the past tenses and the uses of conditional and the subjunctives. He also taught us plenty of new sentence structures, vocabulary and corrected our mistakes. The classes were also a good mix of grammar and conversation, transitioning freely between both rather than allocating 2 hours to each (as in some other schools). We would have stayed and taken a few more weeks of classes if time permitted. We both found Julio to be a very good teacher for intermediate students. In the afternoons of the first week, we took 2-hour cultural classes with German. They involved going to different locations around Quito and having a little tour and chat about what we saw. He did a good job of engaging us and gauged our level fairly quickly. The locations were well chosen and we both practiced talking and learnt plenty of new vocab. Other students in the school seemed happy with their teachers too.

On the downside, although I'd rate the classes as 5/5, the Wednesday night classes were a different story. In the first week, the cocktail class was cancelled without any notice being given. We'd travelled for 25 minutes from our apartment for this and were pretty angry about it. The class in the second week was a cooking class, which was attended by 18 people. This was about 12 people too many for the space and facilities. The teacher leading the class dealt with this very badly. She was also pretty rude in assuming that none of the students could speak any Spanish other than her own students. However, the Monday evening lectures were fairly interesting and free. The first lecture was by Monica and was on Ecuador's festivals. The second was by Luis and was on Ecuador's national parks. I enjoyed the lectures and came out of both having learnt a few new words. The dance class was also a load of rubbish (way worse than the other 3 places we've taken them). The teacher couldn't keep a rhythm without speeding up and slowing down every 30 seconds and was extremely rude to one of the girls in the class who was having a hard time with nerves (making her even more nervous).

Overall, the school was good and I'll give it 5/5 due to Julio.
Written September 30, 2019
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Palmdale, CA10 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
My husband and I have been traveling South America for months and we’d taken Spanish classes in different schools in Peru and Bolivia but our classes at Simon Bolivar Spanish School with Julio were the most valuable.

From day 1, Julio pinpointed exactly which areas my husband and I needed improvement on and he explained the concepts clearly, concisely and cuickly... a huge change from lots of other teachers we’d had in the past. We improved a lot in the week we were studying there and decided to stay for another week even though we hadn’t planned to.

5/5 for Julio and his lessons but not for other aspects of the school, namely the Wednesday extracurricular activities. The first time we attempted to go to a cocktail making class, we signed up and came back to the school in the PM to attend only to find out it had been cancelled... such a huge waste of time considering we had to take the bus there/back! The second time we attended a cooking class and it was packed full of 20 people in the tiny kitchen, poorly organized... another waste of time.

They do offer free cultural lessons (i.e. holidays and national parks of Ecuador), which were informative and great for practicing Spanish listening.
Written September 29, 2019
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Wendy O'
1 contribution
Jun 2019
In June of this year, I spent two weeks at this wonderful language school. It was my third visit since 2015. This year's visit was once again a fantastic learning experience. My teacher Monica was incredible and very accommodating. The administration are all extremely helpful, and Daniela Boada went above and beyond in her customer service. My homestay family was outstanding. I highly recommend the school, no matter what your level of Spanish is.
Written August 27, 2019
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Krysias B
Rumson, NJ43 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We chose 5 days of conversation for advanced beginners-each day started at 8:30am for 4 hours. Monica was patient, encouraging, organized, and fun! We were in the classroom for the first half of each session then out and about in the city with Monica the second half. Each day was a different experience - a food market one day -a museum the next. The staff at the school was most helpful for our needs as well. They have a branch of the school in he Amazon and on the coast also. We definitely plan to return.
Written July 7, 2019
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Minneapolis, MN26 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Fabulous Spanish School! I spent a month studying Spanish at Simon Bolivar Spanish School in Cuenca, Ecuador…taking 4 hours of class every morning Monday-Friday. The staff is super nice and helpful, always greeting people with a warm smile. My teacher, Nela, was wonderful! She was kind, very patient and had a great sense of humor!! The one on one Spanish lessons with her were so enjoyable and I dramatically improved my Spanish. I couldn't have asked for a better experience! My highest recommendation to Simon Bolivar Spanish School.
Written May 28, 2019
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Portland, OR1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Couples
I took One to One lessions for Spanish in Quito and I loved it. My teacher Monica was great, personally and professionally. I had 4 hours every day from Monday to Friday for two weeks, which was pretty effective and I also learned a lot about Ecuador.
The staff there is very friendly. And they offer activities like city tours or weekend trips. I joined the jungle trip to Cuyabeno and just loved it.
I can absolutely recommend this Spanish school in Quito.
Written November 10, 2018
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