Arts, Culture and Fun
In the afternoon after classes, during breaks and sometimes for lunch or dinner there is time for extracurricular activities. Our Escape the Classroom program is part of the Spanish lessons, but the activities described below are decidedly not! By exploring arts, culture and the fun Quito and the Vida Verde family have to offer you make a step beyond learning Spanish and start learning about life in Ecuador.
The secrets of Salsa
Salsa is the fashionable dance of tropical rhythms and music. It is fast, energetic, technical and elegant and of course it can be learned by non-latinos, too! Our students often come to Ecuador with two things on top of their priority list: learn Spanish and how to dance Salsa! Vida Verde Spanish School often organizes Salsa classes together with the dance school Escuela de Baile Ache, which even is in the same building!
Some of our Spanish teachers are also fabulous chefs and have available a wide selection of delicious Ecuatorian recipees. Does Llapingachos, Cebiche de Camaron, Sancocho, Empanadas de Viento sound familiar? In Vida Verde’s kitchen our students have the opportunity to pick up grandmother’s recipee for these treats and more.
Quito’s old town
Quito’s old town is a UNESCO world heritage site and at night its iluminated colonial buildings, churches and Plazas turn back the clock to old times. From the Vista Hermosa it is a marvelous view over the colonial roofs and on Plaza Grande the free spirits of the founders of Ecuador are still perceivable. Vida Verde’s informal city tours are a great way to explore Quito’s historical center.
The South Americans and especially the Ecuadorians always find a reason to get together and celebrate! Vida Verde is no exception and students, teachers, friends and family are always invited to join and experience this part of our culture from inside. On Holy Friday for example Vida Verde’s chef Rosa cooks Fanesca for students, staff, teachers and family. During the Fiestas de Quito in December all of Quito is going wild and Vida Verde invites for a delicious Fritada and some rounds of (in-)famous cuarenta card game. During some of the past Fiestas Vida Verda even rented its own chiva, a thing comparable to an open discotheque mounted on the back of a truck.
Arts and Culture
Quito has a lot to offer but its events and productions are sometimes difficult to find. The cultural event calendar maintained by the authorities of the Metropolitan District of Quito and the Agenda Cultural maintained by the Casa de Cultura del Ecuador is our source for some of South America’s finest art and culture. We update the school’s own activity schedule on a weekly base and mix in cultural events as well.
Some ordinary fun
It doesn’t always have to be a special occasion. Sometimes the Vida Verde guys just want to go out into town and have fun. We go bowling, watch a mainstream movie in Multicine or a local documentary in the alternative cinema ocho y medio. We take advantage of a sunny afternoon and visit the Happy Hour in the tourist district La Mariscal and at night there are countless options to choose from: Be it a fiery Salsa night at the top Salsa club Seseribó or the hot latino reggaeton and more international mainstream sound in a crowded disco in La Mariscal.