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Language School

Study Spanish or Quechua in Bolivia
Sustainable Bolivia provides high-quality training for students of all levels and ages. Standard instruction is private, allowing for a tailor-made curriculum to meet the needs of each student. Teaching is balanced between the areas of writing, reading, and grammar; however we place special emphasis on developing conversation skills. In addition to learning Spanish from a textbook, we incorporate topics such as Bolivian history, religion, and current social/political issues into the curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to explore Cochabamba accompanied by their language professor.

As a registered non-profit all the proceeds from our language school are reinvested to help support the work of our organization. Our professors receive a sustainable living salary, allowing us to employ the most qualified teachers in Cochabamba (all SB professors have university degrees in linguistics).

We offer two types of study programs, allowing the student to do classes suiting to their availability and needs; Intensive Language Program or our Individualized Program.

Intensive Language Program
Our intensive language program provides 16 hours per week (4 hours per day) of one-to-one instruction. Classes take place between 8:00 AM to 12.00 PM, as well as 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM, allowing students to choose between classes in the mornings or afternoons.  The price for intensive Spanish or Quechua classes is 55 Bolivianos, approximately $7.90 an hour.

We can organize group classes, however, most students choose private classes as they are seen as the most effective way to learn the language. If you wish to do classes outside the stated itineraries, let us know, and we will try our best to create a schedule that works for you.

Individualized Program
SB students can also determine their own language study program.  The same schedule applies, you can choose to do classes between 8:00 AM to 12.00 PM, as well as 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The minimum requirement is two hours per day, however many days you wish to study per week. We’ll work around busy personal schedules to provide language instruction at your convenience. The price for our individualized Spanish or Quechua classes is 65 Bolivianos, approximately $9.30 an hour.

Other Languages
In additional to Spanish, Sustainable Bolivia provides high-quality instruction in Quechua. All SB Quechua professors are native speakers with university degrees in linguistics.  SB works alongside professors, graduate students, volunteers, and anyone else interested in learning the most commonly spoken indigenous language of the Americas.

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Some of the advantages of studying with Sustainable Bolivia include:

  • Spanish or Quechua lessons taught by highly experienced and motivated teachers.
  • One-to-one classes tailor-made to correspond to each student’s level.
  • 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 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.