The Shuar are an indigenous tribe of Ecuador. They live in Amazonian tribes at the headwaters of the Napo River.
Shuar means “people”. The people who speak the Shuar language live in tropical rainforests between the upper mountains of the Andes, and the tropical rainforests and savannas of the Amazonian lowlands in Ecuador extending to Peru.
You will visit surrounding communities, learn about shamanism and survival techniques including fishing and how to trap wild animals and how to make Shuar artesania. And of course you will extend your Spanish language skills with Spanish courses while you stay at the community.
Do you want to learn Spanish in a unique environment? The chance to learn Spanish in a Shuar community, is a chance you will only get once in your lifetime. It won’t be like a 5-star resort, but it will teach you a lot about the tradition and culture of the indigenous people of Ecuador. We guarantee you an authentic and warm stay including all you need to survive in the jungle.
Take Spanish classes, go on exciting excursions, and experience the culture of this biologically diverse area.
Group & Shuar Community Group classes
You want to learn Spanish in Ecuador, without doing a classical language course? Doing just a roundtrip is boring? You are looking for an adventure? Then this program is right for you! You will learn Spanish in the wilderness, discover the culture, and put your courage to the test in outdoor activities.
Your Spanish classes take place in the morning or in the afternoon for a minimum of four hours a day. Teachers will usually set a short exercise for homework each day. We offer classes for the following levels: beginner, elementary and advanced level.
You will experience daily life in an Indigenous community. They have great knowledge of the plants and animal life in the jungle. But be aware they aren’t official guides. You will learn a lot about their vision on life too!
You will be accommodated in a wood house within the Shuar community, which consists of 7 families.
Three meals per day prepared in the typical Indigenous way of the region. Well that’s different, a lot of roots are used, but it’s absolutely tasty.
Shared Bath: you will have to share your bathroom
Meals: local, traditional, simple but delicious meals
Electricity: only several hours a day
Wifi & mobile phones: phone signal available – no wifi
Not included: personal expenses, food during transit
NOTE: an unavoidable element of any visit to the rainforest is contact with bugs and creepy crawlies and may involve insects inside your room. If this does not sound like something you would like to sign up for then a trip to the rainforest is probably not for you.
The Shuars are very proud of their culture and they are passionate in showing you the traditional survival und lifestyle they are living. These include:
Together with a local guide you will submerge deep into the Amazon jungle. You will learn a lot about the Shuar history and their survival secrets. This includes picking fruit and spotting animals
A breathtaking waterfall in the middle of the jungle is waiting for you. As the Shuars take great pride in their cleanness, there are special rituals held up which you can follow. Also the Shuars believe in the strength of Mother Nature and at this water place their come to draw energy.
When there is a party, and the Indigenous people do party a lot, you will join too, of course. For example on your last night the locals will set up a bonfire and show you traditional dances and their music custums.
Please feel free to combine our different programs.
Just within the Shuar Community there are loads of possibilities to combine your language course with a volunteering experience. We offer projects in various fields like teaching, gardening or social work.
Before you can start your Spanish classes with us you need to get here. But no worries: There are many ways to get to the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.
Students attending Spanish courses in the Shuar Community must first fly to Quito. The Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre (UIO) can be reached from many international departure cities.
We recommend our students to take the bus from Quito to the Shuar Community. Several companies offer buses. This trip takes about six to eight hours.
Included: transfer from Quito to Shuar Community by bus .
The transport from Quito to the Shuar and back is accompanied by your teacher. No worries!
About 110 000 Shuar are living in Ecuador in about 668 villages in the headwaters of the Marañón River.
Experience a different form to heal ilnesses and get to know a Shaman.
Did you know, that the Shuar shrunk the heads of their enemies as trophies? So don’t be evil!
Temperature: hot & humid throughout the year, average annual temperature of 27°C (80.7°F) Languages: Spanish and Kichwa Size: With 2,5 million square miles, it represents 54% of the total rainforests left of the planet.