Why El Camino Spanish School is your best choice?
El Camino Spanish School is a community language school located in one of the most beautiful and nice cities in the heart of South America. We are now the only school in Bolivia that offers you a complete real Spanish and culture immersion. We can welcome up to 25 students in a week, also we have the best companies that work with us in the historic old city of Sucre to bring you the best experience possible. Finally, the perfect location of the school allows you to explore the beautiful town of Sucre.
El Camino Spanish School provides professional Spanish classes that are both practical and useful from day one using our own in-house developed curriculum. To complement classes and promote the Bolivian immersion we organize more cultural and social activities than any other school.
What level are the classes?
We have classes for all levels from total beginner, intermediate and to advanced according to your needs.
When do classes start?
Classes start every Monday, every week of the year. When Monday is a public holiday classes will start on Tuesday. The school is not open on public holidays, during these weeks the 20 hours of group classes will be spread over 4 days instead of 5.
How will I know what level I will be in?
If you are a total beginner you will start in the beginner’s classes. Otherwise if you have studied some Spanish before then you will be asked to fill a placement test provided to you on the first day “Monday” or the previous week. By determining everyone's level in advance we can ensure all the classes start smoothly on Mondays, we have the obligation to be very organize for you in every detail. If for any reason you want to change to a different level class because is to easy or difficult, we can always see others options at that time.
What is better group or private classes?
It is really a personal choice. Some people prefer the social aspect of a group class while others prefer to learn at their own pace with more personal attention. Many students start with group classes and then change to private classes. If you are not sure we recommend you start with group classes, you can always change later on, after the completion of any week. Please note that if you decide to change from group to private classes you will forfeit any discount given for group classes.
What happens if there are not enough students for my level?
Group classes go ahead with 3 students or more. If you booked group classes and are the only student that week you will be offered private classes at half the number of hours, 10 hours instead of 20. If there are two students you'll be offered a private closed group of 15 hours. In all options you will still cover the same course content.
Do I need to buy a book or any materials for class?
The last thing you need is a heavy Spanish grammar book to carry in your luggage. That is why we have developed our own Spanish curriculum and you will also be given handouts in the class included in the price of the course. On your first day you will receive a complementary welcome kit which includes a notebook and two pens.
What kind of activities are organized by the school?
At El Camino Spanish School, we organize optional activities almost every day of the week. Usually there are a welcome meeting, salsa classes, wally ball (local sport), cooking classes, language exchanges, night outs with locals, BBQs and volunteering. The schedule varies from week to week. We will send the activities schedule every Friday along with the class schedule. On the first days of class we will explain the week's events. Activities are generally scheduled in the evening in such a way that they are accessible to everyone.
(The activities always depend of the available cultural activities of month or week)
All classes generally have one or two classes outside of the school in order to promote the Bolivian immersion and allow students to practice Spanish in real environments.
Does the school have wifi or computers I can use?
The school has a high-speed WIFI, free to use all the time. You also can work at the school while enjoying our patio outside of your class time, our house is your house.
How do I pay?
We accept cash (Bolivian currency). Also, you can make a bank transfer (Bolivian currency) using the SWIFT CODE (international). Please note that the additional cost of the bank transfer is not included in the total price of the class plan.
Reservation secures your classes. We will always do our best to schedule classes however priority will always be given to the students who have a reservation.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes, we give discounts for a reservation of at least two weeks with us.
Can I pay on a weekly basis?
Yes, you can, however remember we give discounts for the people who book at least two weeks of classes.
Do you offer a long-term visa to stay in Bolivia?
We do not at this stage however it is something that we are looking into. If you want to stay in Sucre or Bolivia for more than three months, our lawyer who is specialized in this topic could help you.
What about accommodation?
Regarding the Homestay, it gives you possibility to practice and improve your Spanish while staying with a local Bolivian family. Local families live no more than 25 minutes walking from the main plaza.
What is the price of a homestay?
It costs (90 BOB) per night, this price includes breakfast, lunch, free kitchen to prepare your dinner, private bedroom, shared bathroom with one or two other students, and internet access.
Do you have an airport or bus terminal pick up?
From the airport to central Sucre it is a scenic 45 to 50-minute drive. At the airport are plenty of taxis and the fee to the main plaza is 70 BOB. We recommend you check the rate before entering the taxi. Airport taxis are regulated and so it is very safe to take a taxi from the airport, although they do tend to drive pretty fast. You always can share the taxi with 3 other persons, which will divide the total price by 4. If you need us to pick you up from the airport or the bus terminal, just let us know and we will find the best solution directly with you.
Is Sucre safe?
Sucre is probably de safest city in Bolivia such that it is totally safe to enjoy a walk all over the day and night. Sucre is one of the newest destinations for tourism in South America.
If you have any questions you can email us at [email protected] or why not add us on facebook El Camino Spanish School or on whatsapp +59168511326. It will be a pleasure to have a brief chat and answer all your questions at the same time.