Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes

Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes

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Ingrid H
5 contributions
Aug 2022
Had the best week ever!! I recommend this spanish school so so much! If you are in doubt, please go here, you will not regret it! The teachers are amazing and makes spanish superfun and easy to learn. The classes are small and divided by level so you get classes that are well fitted for your level to optimize learning. But this spanish school is so much more than just a school - they arrange different activites almost every day, so there are so many fun things to do, and you will get to know so many great people. I really made friends for life after only a week! Examples of the activites (organized by the amazing Tessa): welcome dinner, volleyball, beer pong tournament, day trip with whalewatching, snorkeling and visiting Isla de la Plata in Puerto Lopez, paella night, football matches, game night +++ And every day you can sign up for yoga- or salsa- and surfclasses. And the surf instructors are also amazing! Superfun and actually the best surf teachers I have ever had. You should know that Montanita is not supersunny, it is more cloudy and it can rain, but the vibe of the place is so amazing that you will not want to leave! Me and my friend had to leave after a week because we had booked another school in Manta the next week, but we ended up coming back to Montanita because we loved it so much there! I recommend staying at the Cabañas, since you then are staying with the other students and it is easy and fun to hang out (and there is a pool and a jacuzzi;))
Written September 10, 2022
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Hola Amanda & Ingrid! Thank you so much for your comment! We really enjoyed your energy and motivation and wish you the best luck with your journey in Quito. We will definitely miss having you here! Muchas gracias por todo. Saludos, Tessa
Written September 16, 2022
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_Mythe38_
Montreal, Canada1 contribution
Feb 2020
I did the travelling class trip organized by a few schools in Ecuador. The Montanita Spanish School was our last stop. It was awesome. Their teachers are interesting, easy going, fun and motivated. The classes are often outside (if you are lucky, you will get to study on their roof with a view of the ocean). The school offers other classes... I very much enjoyed surfing every day and really improved during the week I was there.

The cabanas where you can choose to live are only a few minutes away (but there is a bit of a hill to climb on the way to school) and are a very nice place to stay. There are always people hanging around, there is a nice kitchen with tons of ustensils, a pool, hamacs and it feels very safe...
Written February 28, 2020
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Hola! Thank you for your positive review! Our teachers are very good profesionals and their goal is to make the learning of Spanish interesting and fun, so the students can enjoy being in class. Some of our classes take place on our rooftop or in our gardens. We offer additional activities besides the classes like surfing, yoga and salsa and we are very glad that you improved your surfing skills significantly only for a week. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in the Montañita Cabañas as well, where most of our students stay when they are here. Thank you for being our student! Saludos, El equipo del Montañita Spanish School
Written March 3, 2020
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Øyvind H
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Solo
An amazing way to learn spanish, make friends and experience Montanita. The teachers were so nice and they prepared the lesson for your needs. The other activities arranged by the school was also super cool. The surf lessons were great and I felt I became a solid surfer even after one week. I recommend you to stay at the cabanas with the other students, cause that’s an awesome place to make friends and there’s always a good vibe.
Written November 1, 2021
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Hola , Thank you for your comment! At Montañita Spanish School we want our students to learn Spanish in the best conditions. Our staff of teachers are very friendly and try to be the best for you stay We hope to see you again in Montañita :) Saludos, Montañita Spanish School
Written March 30, 2022
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Evan v
1 contribution
Jan 2021
I spent 12 weeks in Montanita and all of those weeks I spent taking lessons in Spanish. I was hesitant at first at how I would progress through the classes as Spanish is not a language I have ever spoke before. Afterwards, I am absolutely amazed at the progress I have made. The lessons are very well organized, structured, and engaging. This school ranks in the Top 10 Spanish schools in the world and I completely understand why. As a post-secondary educator in Canada, I was very pleasantly surprised at how well this school did in providing a tough curriculum.

As a bonus to the first class education, the staff and teachers at the school are fantastic. They were so friendly to all the students, joining them after class to socialize or on the weekend to meet up. Some of my best memories from my visit were spending time with the teachers and other students. The warm and welcoming vibe of this school really set it apart for me!

5 Stars and I highly recommend you do at least a week if not longer!
Written April 22, 2021
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Hi Evan! :) Thank you very much for your comment, we are very happy that you have been part of our school. our staff always look for our students to have the best experience learning Spanish in montañita! We hope you come back soon Evan: D
Written September 29, 2021
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Lindsay F
3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We had the most amazing time at this school. Everything about Montanita Spanish school exceeded our expectations. We are a family of 4 (kids 8 and 10). We felt so welcomed and learned so much. Both the Spanish and surf instructors were incredible. They made things fun and really knew how to teach kids. The atmosphere of the school as a whole was wonderful. They organized many events and activities which we enjoyed. We would totally recommend this school to anyone looking for a great place to learn Spanish and we hope to return in the future.
Written July 26, 2022
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Hola Lindsay, Muchas Gracias for your comment! We were really happy to have you here and it is really nice to hear that you guys had such a fun time learning Spanish. We are going to miss having you here. We wish you an amazing time with the rest of your travels and hopefully we will see you again somewhere in the future. Saludos, Lionel, Montanita Spanish School
Written August 5, 2022
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Dan S
Brooklyn, NY4 contributions
Aug 2020
Great spanish school with awesome views of the town. Connects the students with lots of activities and information about what to do in the local area while providing top notch Spanish courses. Pricing model is fair and offer flexible class schedule for those that may have other commitments during their stay in Montanita. Would highly recommend friends and family here and will likely take more classes in the future.
Written April 19, 2021
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Hi! muchas Thank you for your comment! Our staff of teachers are very friendly and will always be there to help their students in whatever they need. : D We hope to see you again in Montañita :)
Written October 20, 2021
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kocallaghan79
Darlinghurst, Australia17 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My boyfriend and I spent 3 weeks at this school. We enjoyed the amazing teachers, the layout of the courses and content, the atmosphere as well as the activities offered by the school! The surf classes and yoga classes were both amazing! All the staff and people at the school are very welcoming and friendly.

What we didn’t like was it seemed like a lot of the activities were a bit overpriced or advertised before arriving like they would have more free stuff than they did. Also, if you do not stay at the cabanas you will feel separated from the group. This is not on the fault of the Spanish school as the cabanas are separately owned but it was disappointing.

I also was in a group of six people which was pretty big and slowed down the learning a lot for two weeks. I got lucky the last week and was in a group class but was the only one in it. They cut my class times almost instantly which I was pretty disappointed by
Written January 15, 2020
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Hola! Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are really happy that you enjoyed the staff and the course program. And it is good to hear that you liked our yoga and surf lessons since this is a good way to diversify your stay here. We try to balance the activities we offer so that there are always free activities. Unfortunately, not all activities can be free, such as cooking classes or BBQs. However, all of our activities organised or at cost price as we would like to give all the students the possibility to join the activities. We indeed recommend staying at the cabañas or homestay while studying with us to get the 100% Montañita Spanish School experience. When there are school activities organized at the cabañas the students are of course welcome at Montañita Cabañas. But the great facilities (swimming pool, hammock areas, etc) are only for the students that stay as well at Montañita cabañas. It is possible to be a student and stay somewhere else, but in that case, the facilities of the cabañas are not included. We hope you understand this. Thank you for being here with us! Saludos, el equipo del Montañita Spanish School
Written February 5, 2020
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Scott C
7 contributions
Jan 2021
I came because I wanted to brush up on my Spanish before traveling around Ecuador a bit, but I extended my stay after being here for a week. The teachers are absolute professionals with years of experience and training; my Spanish improved faster than I could have imagined. When I wanted to take a break from the books there were plenty of beautiful activities around town - surfing, yoga, hiking, salsa classes - and all set up through the school. They've really got everything thought out, I would recommend it as either the beginning of your trip or as your whole trip :) Safe travels!
Written March 17, 2021
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bookangel08
Waterloo, Canada44 contributions
Feb 2020
I enjoyed a week of private Spanish lessons (4 hours per day) at the Montanita School in February 2020. I wished I could have stayed longer as these classes helped me improve my confidence, pronunciation, and grammar. The teachers I had were knowledgeable, engaged, and consistent. I appreciated the structure of the lessons and the conversations. I had a good time.
I had started out at a home stay to max out the opportunity for speaking Spanish but found I was not suited to the experience (too shy). It was just a bit out of my comfort zone. Gijs, the school manager, went out of his way to help me find a situation that suited me better. I enjoyed my stay at the Cabanas with a number of the other students. Also enjoyed the group dinner out and the cooking class.
Written March 3, 2020
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Hola Angela, Thank you for the good review! We are really glad that our classes helped you improve your Spanish skills that much! Our teachers are great professionals in their job, and we are not surprised you noticed that in the structure of the lessons. We understand that when a person does not feel comfortable in a certain accommodation, changes should be made. This is why our manager did everything possible to move you to the Cabañas, the place we were sure would fit you the best. We are very happy you enjoyed our activities after the classes! We always try to make the stay of our students as fun and enjoyable as possible! Thank you for being our student! Saludos, El equipo del Montañita Spanish School
Written March 4, 2020
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cristinamaior
Frankfurt, Germany1 contribution
Jan 2020
I spent 2 weeks in Montanita and learned Spanish at the Montanita Spanish School. I had 6 hours per day (4h group class and 2h private). I must say that my level of Spanish boosted after this time. I was before also able to understand 70-80% of Spanish, but speaking was really hard, since I never had a proper grammar class and didn't know the rules. After this time, things changed and now I feel confident in speaking the language :)

All the teachers and staff were super nice and professional. With some of them I'm friends on Insta and FB and hope to keep in touch. I also took part at the yoga (only 1 because my schedule was so full) and salsa classes (8 times). The salsa instructor, Andres, is amazing! (he has a loot of patience even if you are a completely beginner and makes the class fun) I really enjoyed the classes and improved a lot my salsa as well (I knew the basic step when starting) :D

I can only recommend the MSS experience. Sad I didn't have time to spend more than 2 weeks there :)
Written February 5, 2020
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Hola Cristiana! Muchas gracias for your positive review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your Spanish at our school and that you feel confident to speak it now as well! We are flexible with the hours for the classes and the combination of private and groups lessons, which apparently worked out for you. Great to hear that the lessons made you improve your knowledge and confidence and we hope you keep enjoying and improving it! Besides the Spanish lessons, we try to create a nice and good atmosphere between the students and staff members. We try to make it easy to talk with the staff and ask for everything you need or just practice your Spanish a little bit outside of class. We are happy to hear that you had a great time in our school and thank you for being here with us! Saludos, el equipo del Montañita Spanish School
Written February 5, 2020
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