International Language Institute (NILI) is a study-abroad,
total immersion Spanish language program in Ecuador, which exists to
proficiency in the Spanish language, provide experience in missions, and
challenge students to live out their Christian faith in a global world.
overwhelmingly prove total immersion is crucial for complete language
acquisition. Here at NILI we offer a quality Spanish language program on
the campus of the Nazarene Theological Seminary of South America
located in the capital city of Quito, Ecuador. Here you will find
yourself immersed in the language and culture through studies, ministry
Experience of a Lifetime
Ecuadorian faculty offers a variety of Spanish courses which include
conversation, grammar, composition and literature. Our faculty has many
years of education and teaching experience and is equipped to provide
intercultural experiences and integration.
The country's wealth is in its people, language, and environment. The
great multiplicity in Ecuador provides a rich environment for students
to make great progress in Spanish apprehension while experiencing the
wide-ranging people groups which include the Quechuan Indians of the
Sierra Mountains, the Shuar Indians in the Amazon jungles, and the
people of the modern cities of Quito and Guayaquil.
third of the population is indigenous, belonging to 12 distinct ethnic
groups that speak 18 distinct languages, while 10 percent of the
country's population is descended from African slaves. There are 4
eco-regions (the Amazon basin, the Andes Mountains, the coastal plain,
and the Galápagos Islands) which offer more diversity per square inch
than any other country the size of Ecuador.
Living with students on our campus, you will make life-long friends with
Latin students from Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and other South
American countries. Because of the great sacrifices necessary by most
of our national students, you’ll find their passion for serving God is
inspirational and contagious.
Because the focus of our cross-cultural program is hands-on Christian
ministry, you will attend weekly chapel services, participate in the
life of local churches, contribute to street-evangelism events and
accomplish a ministry project while living in the homes of people from
You will find yourself peering over the edge of a crater of an active
volcano, canoeing down a river in the Amazon jungle, traveling to the
Galapagos Islands, and experiencing an open market which sells exotic
fruits and vegetables, every part of a pig you can imagine, and
beautiful handmade tapestries, blankets, and clothing items from llama
wool and leather.
put, you cannot go anywhere in Ecuador without finding a new place to
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