Language School

Study Spanish in Bolivia 
The Sustainable Bolivia Language School provides high quality instruction for students of all levels and ages. All of the profits from our language school are reinvested to help support the work of our organization. According to our philosophy of promoting sustainable practices in rural and urban communities throughout Bolivia, our teachers receive a sustainable salary, over twice the going hourly wage, yet our prices are still lower than most language schools in Bolivia. Our philosophy facilitates a positive studying and working environment while allowing us to employ the most qualified teachers in Cochabamba.

Our goal is to create an optimal learning environment allowing our students to learn and fully enjoy their experience. All of our instruction is private one-to-one lessons with tailor-made curriculum to meet the needs of each student. Teaching is balanced between the areas of writing, reading, and grammar, but we place special emphasis on developing conversation skills. Our focus is not only on learning Spanish from a textbook but also on the real world experiences of our teachers. Topics include Bolivian history, culture and religion, and current social and political issues. In addition to time spent in class, students have the opportunity to explore Cochabamba and its surroundings accompanied by their teacher.

Intensive Language Program
Our intensive language program provides 20 hours per week (4 hours per day) of one-to-one instruction. Classes take place during our office hours of 9:00 AM to 7.00 PM. We can arrange group lessons with advance notice, but most students find that private instruction is the most effective method to learn the language. If you would like to arrange a different class schedule, we can almost always accommodate your needs (see below). The price for our intensive Spanish or Quechua classes is set at 50 Bolivianos, or approximately $7.00 an hour.

Individualized Program
SB also offers students the opportunity to personally construct their own language study program. The same office hours apply but you can choose which days and times fit your personal schedule. The price for our individualized Spanish program is set at 60 Bolivianos or approximately $8.50 an hour.

Other Languages
Most students choose to take Spanish classes but we also provide instruction in Quechua, the most commonly spoken indigenous language in Bolivia. Regardless of what language you choose to concentrate on, all of our professors are highly qualified with university degrees in linguistics.


Some of the advantages of studying with Sustainable Bolivia include:

  • A professionally developed Spanish or Quechua curriculum taught by highly experienced and motivated teachers.
  • One-to-one classes tailor-made to correspond to each student’s level.
  • All materials, books, notes and photocopies provided free of charge.
  • Free additional materials for learning and practicing Spanish pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary.
  • Volunteering/ internship and cultural exchange opportunities through Sustainable Bolivia and other affiliate organizations.
  • Experienced travel advice.
  • Reasonably priced furnished apartments and rooms or family homestays (ask for prices).
  • A positive and socially engaging atmosphere.
  • Free wireless internet access.
  • Free telephone calls to over 60 countries worldwide.

Sustainable Bolivia Nondiscriminatory Policy

Sustainable Bolivia admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships, admissions policies and other school-administered programs.

Frequently Asked Auestions (FAQs)