Una semana en la selva

A few months ago, I signed up for the travelling classroom including the new option of a week in the jungle. I thought it was going to be good, but I couldn´t imagine it would be this good. First of all, the cabañas are beautiful : they are brand new, made out of organic wood and you basically sleep outside because the biggest part of the walls are made of netting. There are barrely other tourists, what really gives you the feeling of ´being away´. The classes are good and the excursions, which take place after class, are just amazing. In only one week I have made two trekkings through the jungle, I have seen an animal rescue center, I learned how to use Quichea weapons and got to know their traditions, I went intertubing and jumped out of a huge tree into River Napo. It was probably the best week of my life and that is why I´m going back to the jungle for a month! I highly recommend this to every other student who would like to be ´away´ for once and who appreciates nature. No doubt that you will have the time of your life as well!

Merel Luijendijk

Nicole Maddox:

"I loved my time here. I had a very enriching learning experience at the hospital. Everyone wanted to make sure I was comfortable and they taught me a lot of things..."

"My sisters and I spent 4 weeks at the Academia de Espanol Surpacifico, in Ecuador. It was a lovely experience! The teachers were wonderful: well-prepared, organized, and patient. The school provided good host families for all of the students and had many fun activities. The director, Manuel, is kind and caring and takes a real interest in providing for all the students."

- Marin Tollefson

I have been living in Manta for more than four months and have seen various schools. Therefore I can assure you that this one is definitely the best one in Manta! People are more than friendly, very well organized and all of the teachers have experience in teaching languages - which is definitely not the case in any other school I have seen. Furthermore school organizes weekendtrips and parties in order to bring their students a bit closer to real ecuadorian live. Besides all that, Manta is really a cool place to be! So don't hesitate and get to know beautiful Ecuador!

Daniela Hauser

"I spent two weeks at surpacifico and i would highly recomment it. Our teaching was very good and at a good pace! Everyone here is really friendly and will help you with anything and there are lots of extra activities organised so you can get the most out of your stay ? I really enjoyed the salsa! The apartment has everything you need and manta provides everything else to keep you busy! Thank you to everyone at surpacifico."

"Hallo, I am Christine from Munich, Germany! I have visited the Academia Surpacifico in Manta, Ecuador, to learn Spanish. This trip was fantastic! I met a lot of super friendly people, the teachers are excellent and Ecuador is a fascinating and beautiful country...."

"I loved my time here. I had a very enriching learning experience at the hospital. Everyone wanted to make sure I was comfortable and they taught me a lot of things. Manuel helped me out with any problems I came across. I truly learned a lot in my classes and I was able to apply those skills in the hospital. Thanks so much for such a wonderful time!

Nicole Maddox (medical student)
email: nicki_track@hotmail.com"

"In 1998, I learned Spanish at the Academia de Español Surpacifico. I made very good experiences at this School. All teachers and the owner, Manuel Bucheli, were very friendly. There have been only one to one classes. I could decide what I want to learn - if I prefer grammar or spoken language - for example. There have been activities in the evenings and during the weekends. I learned a lot of the Spanish language and the culture during my stay in Ecuador. People of Ecuador are generally very open and friendly. I lived in a family, which was arranged by the school. The family was nice as well and they all have been good friends. It is the easiest way to learn a foreign language if you live together with native people. I highly recommend the Academia de Español Surpacifico.

Thomas Schmid, Switzerland"

Spanish and Kite Surfing / Kite Boarding

Students discover Spanish culture and learn kite boarding in one of the best places for practicing this amazing sport: Santa Marianita (just 15 minutes by car from Manta). The program includes 20 hours of Spanish lessons (individual or group) + kite boarding Basic course (8 to 10 hours - Level 1)

  • Individual or group lessons
  • Personalized kite boarding instruction
  • Full gear provided
  • Transportation every day to Santa Marianita (we arrange transportation to the surf spot)
  • Lodging with host family or in a student apartment
  • Kite boarding level II and III also possible to arrange (for an extra cost)
  • Kite boarding courses available only from May to December


Spanish and Surfing

Students learn Spanish (individual or group lessons) and enjoy surfing classes in different beaches in Manta: Murcielago Beach, San Lorenzo, Las Piñas and more. The program includes 20 hours per week of Individual/Group Spanish lessons + 10 hours of surfing classes per week (qualified instructor and surf board provided).

Surfing program only available from December to April!


Traveling Classroom Program

Traveling Classroom Program (learn Spanish and explore Ecuador)

4 weeks program: This special traveling classroom program combines 4 different locations in Ecuador: The coast side of Ecuador in Manta, the surf paradise in Montañita, the rural environment in the capital Quito surrounded by a mountain scenery and the historical Cuenca or the unique and biodiverseAmazon in Ecuador. Students explore a wonderful tropical country and learn Spanish at the same time. This program can start every Monday.

Links to documentos: Itineary 2016 – Calendar TC 2016


Medical Spanish

We believe it is extremely important not only to learn Medical Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country but also to practice Spanish in a professional environment. Both concerns will help reinforce the student’s learning, and also enhance the effectiveness of his/her new knowledge.

1. Learn Medical Spanish and rotation in a local hospital: half-day Spanish lessons and half-day observational rotations for students and professionals in the medical field.

Participate a 4 to 12 weeks Spanish Course focused particularly on medical vocabulary. Students get their experience in periodic rotations in a local hospital/clinic (Clinica de la Fae, Hospital del IESS, Hospital Rodriguez Zambrano) in Manta accompanied by a medical resident.

2. Learn Medical Spanish and volunteering at Reneup (Centro de RehabilitacionNeurologicaPediatrica): The courses last a minimum of 4 weeks, and a maximum of 12 weeks. Students learn Medical Spanish in the morning and in the afternoon practice it as they volunteer at "RENEUP" a nationally recognized institution dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of infantile development disorders as well as neurological cognitive and sensory disorders.


Spanish and Volunteer Programs

Option 1: Ecological Volunteer program

Volunteering is a great way to give back, learn about the world and about oneself. We provide this volunteer opportunity in an organic farm combined with a full immersion language learning experience.

Duration: 6 to 8 weeks: 2 to 4 weeks of Individual Spanish classes / 30 hours per week + 4 weeks working as a volunteer in an ecological farm with full immersion in the Manabí culture; farming community doing reforestation, nursery work, sowing seeds, fruit-picking, creation and maintenance of vegetable gardens, compost making and giving classes or working in an environmental school (optional).

This is a great opportunity to experience life with a rural Ecuadorian family and learn ecological farming practices.

Option 2: Volunteering at Fundacion Shekinah (min. 4 weeks) Learn Spanish half the day and help in a local center for street children and children with domestic violence.


Spanish and Yoga

Yoga means union and proceeds from the Sanskrit root Yugit. The objective of yoga is to reunite the 3 facets of the human being: spirit, mind and body. Our yoga instructor, Jefferson, specialized in Kundalini Yoga in Barcelona Spain, collaborates with Surpacifico Spanish School offering our students the unique opportunity to practice Kundalini yoga in the relaxing beaches of Manta.

You could say that every form of yoga is like a diamond tip. The Entire diamond would be Kundalini Yoga, the mother of all yoga forms.
Classes are conducted in a cabaña right in front of the sea in “Murcielago” beach, Monday to Friday from 7:00 am until 7:50 am or 5:00 to 5:50 pm


Spanish and Diving

Students get the unique possibility to combine Spanish classes (individual or group lessons) with PADI Open Water courses. They can explore the wonderful submarine world accompanied by professional instructors. There are different PADI Open Water courses available for both beginners and advanced divers. Even a course to become a rescue diver is possible. The program includes 20 hours per week of Individual / Group Spanish lessons.