The School

Ayni Spanish Institute is a school run by Bolivian linguists. They will introduce you to the Bolivian lifestyle as well as customs and traditions of the Spanish speakers of South America.

Our purpose is to familiarize learners with the language's every day use. That is to say, introduce the different varieties of Spanish that exist while guiding learning through the indispensable framework of grammar.

These courses are all adaptable to any plans you may have while you're in Bolivia. Taking Spanish classes will help you to enjoy and take advantage of your time here. Your increased knowledge of the language and South American cultures will make your trip an unforgettable experience.

The Team
Our teachers are experts in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. And although all have a good handle on the English language, we try to use it only when necessary in order to enhance the student's learning experience.

Celia Maldonado
SPANISH TEACHER

Hello everybody! My name's Celia and I live in La Paz, Bolivia. I studied linguistics and languages at the University Mayor de San Andres. In my time off I love to go out to the countryside and care of alpacas and llamas. And you may ask, look after alpacas and llamas? Well, yes. My family is indigenous Aymara which traditionally raises llamas and alpacas in a high mountain region of Bolivia. Of course I also love to teach Spanish and I think it's important to include in my teaching a focus on the history and culture of Bolivia and South America.

Zulma V. Parra A.
SPANISH TEACHER

Hello! My name is Zulma, I'm Bolivian and a graduate of linguistics at the University Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz. Some important courses from university that have aided me greatly in teaching are: "Fonetics," "Group Management," "Difficulties in Learning," and "Special Education."

In my short time working at Ayni Spanish Institute I've had some wonderful educational experiences. Of course I've had the once in a lifetime opportunity of meeting a variety of people from all over the world and I've also had the privilege of witnessing their progress in Spanish. It's so exciting to hear more and more complex phrases, a wider array of vocabulary, and all while their speech becoming quicker and more natural when you know that in addition to their class time they've devoted their energy to studying after hours. Learning languages is an amazing journey and if one decides to push on they are able to achieve anything they desire. I can't wait to meet you at Ayni and start you on your journey!

Nilda Inés Mamani
SPANISH TEACHER

Hi, my name is Nilda Inés. I'm Bolivian and I have an advanced degree in linguistics and languages, specializing in Spanish, from the University Mayor de San Andrés. I have three years experience teaching Spanish at all levels, from beginner to advanced.

I have been working at the Ayni Spanish Institute two years. It's been a wonderful experience meeting great people from all over the world and getting them started on the path to learning Spanish or improving their abilities. It's my belief that as a teacher, one must recognize the individual needs and interests of their students to create an effective and fun personalized class experience. For me, it's a joy to come to work and I look forward to seeing you in my next class!

Claudia Espejo
SPANISH TEACHER

Hi, my name is Claudia Alejandra Espejo Choque. I've completed a Bachelor's Degree in linguists and languages from the University Mayor de San Andrés and I'm currently working as a primary teacher in the public school system.

For two years I've given Spanish classes on call at Ayni Spanish Institute and I've thoroughly enjoyed myself. I find that while I'm teaching them Spanish I also learn a lot about their countries and their cultures and I find this cultural exchange enlightening and inspiring. With each class the student learns a bit more of our language and customs and I learn a little bit about them and where they're from in return, which I believe is a part of weaving the cloth of intercultural understanding.

Loida Orellana
RECEPTIONIST

Hi! My name's Loida and I'm from La Paz, Bolivia. I'm the receptionist at Ayni Institute and I also am studying linguistics and languages at the University Mayor de San Andres.

For two years I've been working at the institute and I've enjoyed them immensely for the wonderful people I've had the chance to meet. The greatest part of my job here is being able to speak Spanish with the students after their course, who, upon starting, knew very little indeed. It's a lot of fun! Come and study with us at Ayni! I can't wait to speak to you in Spanish!

Nancy Maldonado
HISTORIAN

My name is Nancy and I'm indigenous Aymara, and like my sister Celia, I belong to a family that raises llamas and alpacas in the mountains of Bolivia. I'm also history student at the local university where I've focussed my research on local history and folklore. I'm currently working for the federal government as an archivist.

Learning about the traditions and history of Bolivia is a great way to enhance your language and cultural experience and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you on line or in person.

Juan Marcelo Ticona
PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY

My name is Juan Marcelo. I'm Bolivian and I have an advanced degree in archaeology and a BA in history. I've studied in depth a number of aspects of our society, culture, and art in Bolivia dating from the prehispanic period until the present. I'm a professor at the University Mayor de San Andres and researcher of the Institute of Bolivian Studies (Instituto de Estudios Bolivianos).

I'm the author of four books on local history and various articles on diverse subject matter including social movements, natural resources and intercultural health. In addition, I work in making documentaries and press articles on historical themes. In these projects as well as on multidisciplinary development projects development I have ten years experience working and studying in many different contexts and on a variety of subjects.

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