This program is based in Merida - a vibrant and safe university city in the foothills of the Venezuelan Andes. The program features 20 structured lessons per week tailored to your ability. Each morning Monday-Friday you will receive 4 hours intensive general Spanish tuition comprising four 45 minute sessions with 15 minute breaks. Our teachers have been carefully selected after considering their qualifications, experience and enthusiasm - and an ability to create a friendly atmosphere where the students have the confidence to communicate, express themselves and learn. Classes focus on developing communication skills so that students are able to put their knowledge to practical use as soon as they step outside the classroom. Our teaching method enables students to develop four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The idea is to learn Spanish in a natural and spontaneous way, just as students have learned their mother tongue. Outside the classroom the learning process continues as you are immersed in Spanish language and culture. All study materials, accomodation, breakfast and dinner are included in the course fee.
From our Andean base in MERIDA our students speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real life situations. The basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercise, such as role play, situational dialogues and project work. There are 20 structured lessons per week tailored to your ability. Each morning Monday-Friday you will receive 4 hours intensive general Spanish tuition comprising four 45 minute sessions with 15 minute breaks. Merida is perfectly situated for exploring the Venezuelan Andes, so during your free time as well as enjoying the sights and sounds of the city, you will have plenty of opportunity for adventure sports such as hiking, horse riding, rafting, climbing, paragliding and mountain biking. The most popular areas for mountain trekking and rock climbing are the Sierra Nevada de Merida, where several of the country's highest peaks including the technical Pico Bolivar (5,007m), or glaciated Pico Humboldt are located. We also have the longest cable car ride in the world on our doorstep!