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ESI was initially started as a Spanish school for church planting missionaries joining Extreme Nazarene Ministries. Complete immersion was the only way to adequately prepare missionaries for their work. Today, ESI’s strategy for immersion hasn’t changed for students wishing to truly experience Peruvian life. The immersion strategy includes:
All Study Abroad students will be housed and eat meals with a national Peruvian family exposing them to authentic daily Peruvian life
Spanish classes are taught by Peruvians who are professionally trained and certified to teach Spanish to fluency
The ESI course curriculum is not only designed to teach grammar but uses Latin American and Peruvian history and culture throughout the course to strengthen cultural understanding
Periodic ministry outreach projects will compel students to not only observe, but to reach out and serve the local people
Optional Study Application Excursions expose students to interesting and informative places and history outside of class that makes the Peruvian culture and language come alive
ESI’s teaching program includes professor rotation so that every student will hear distinct tones, speaking styles and word usage from several teachers better preparing the student to speak fluently
Students must enroll online at www.extremespanish.com at least 30 days prior to arrival in Peru.
Pricing (in USD)
*Weekly Tuition Rate Per Student (two-week minimum)
Orientation & Registration
Class study (2-5 students)
Study materials and aids
Text books, workbooks, etc
Three meals per day
One ministry day per month
Transportation to/from home/class & other school sponsored activities
Testing and grading
Accident & Illness Medical Insurance
WiFi access on campus
Payment will be made through your University.
Classes run for four hours each day, Monday through Friday. Students can elect to take morning or afternoon classes.
ESI teaches a Spanish instruction curriculum utilizing four textbooks, each with an accompanying workbook. Each textbook is designed to be completed in one month on average. The textbooks are:
Español Pre-Basico (Pre-basic Spanish)
Español Basico (Basic Spanish)
Español Intermedio (Intermediate Spanish)
Español Avanzado (Advanced Spanish)
Each Spanish textbook establishes the foundations needed to proceed to the next. Students are tested at the beginning of class to determine if they have sufficient Spanish to skip any of the textbook courses. The workbooks compliment class work completed in the textbooks and in personal study time.
Out-of-class instruction such as ministry days and occasional field trips to open air markets, town squares, hospitals and schools is also a tool used by ESI’s professors to expand the student’s knowledge and application of the classroom material.
For students completing the Advanced (Avanzado) textbook, additional accredited theology and missiology courses are also available at no additional cost through the Larry and Addie Garman Center for Missionary Formation. The following is a list of the courses that may become available during a student’s course work:
Formación Espiritual del Misionero/doctrina de santidad (Spiritual Missionary Formation & Holiness Doctrine)
Bases Bíblicas e Históricas de la Misión (Foundations and History of the Mission)
Bases Bíblicas de un Discipulado Integral (Integral Biblical Discipleship)
Métodos de Estudio Bíblico (Bible Study Methods)
Sectas y Nuevos Movimientos Religiosos (Sects and New Religious Movements)
Antropología Cultural (Cultural Anthropology)
Relaciones Interpersonales en un Contexto Transcultural (Interpersonal Relations in Transcultural Context)
Predicación Bíblica (Biblical Preaching)
Métodos Contextuales de Evangelismo (Contextualized Evangelism Methods)
Fundamentos de la plantación de iglesias (Fundamentals of Church Planting)
Housing & Meals
ESI has interviewed, screened and contracted with Christian families throughout the city of Arequipa, Peru to host ESI’s students. Security for ESI’s students is always paramount and safety comes first when placing students with host families.
When possible, two or three students of the same gender are housed in each host home. The students are housed together in a room but share the living and dining space with the host family.
The host family provides three meals a day featuring truly authentic fares. Students are encouraged to engage with their host family especially at meal times to get the most out of the immersion experience.
The housing, meals, bedding and utilities are included in the cost of the program. ESI makes all the compensation arrangements with the host families on behalf of the university and the students.
ESI has partnered with Extreme Nazarene Ministries and its 40/40 church planting program to engage students in reaching out to the local people. 40/40 is a program that is recruiting and deploying 40 Peruvian singles paired up with 40 N. American singles to plant churches all over South Peru. Most 40/40s are between 18 and 28 years old and work full time planting three churches. The everyday life of a 40/40 facilitates excellent opportunities for students to see ministry up close and personal. Experiences and personal connections made during outreach opportunities have the potential to impact and shape students in dynamic ways.
Through the ministry engagements, not only are students exposed to culture and ministry in action, but they will have unmatched opportunities to practice Spanish with the 40/40 missionaries and the local people they encounter.
ESI’s course offers one ministry day in each calendar month. Each ministry day takes the place of one four-hour classroom session.
Pertinent Professional Affiliations
Global Church of the Nazarene
- The parent company of ESI is the non-profit Peruvian association that officially handles in-country operations for Extreme Nazarene, Corp. (dba: Extreme Nazarene Ministries). Extreme Nazarene, Corp. is an organization registered as a non-profit in the state of Idaho and recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 Para-church Non-profit Organization. The recorded bylaws list the Global Church of the Nazarene as the organization’s services beneficiary. All Extreme projects are reviewed and approved by the Director of Nazarene World Mission (currently Dr. Louie Bustle) and the South America Regional Director (currently Dr. Christian Sarmiento). The Director of Extreme Nazarene, Corp., Brian Tibbs, is a contracted Missionary with the Church of the Nazarene.
Northwest Nazarene University
- Extreme Nazarene Ministries has received accreditation through Northwest Nazarene University in coordination with Dr. Sam Dunn for courses taught in the Larry and Addie Garman Missionary Formation School that is run by Extreme Nazarene Ministries in Arequipa, Peru. To date, seven one-credit courses taught in the missionary school are transferrable to NNU.
Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo
- Extreme Nazarene Ministries is recognized by the federal Ministry of Education through the Historical Social Sciences School of UNPRG for its courses taught in the Larry and Addie Garman Missionary Formation School that is run by Extreme Nazarene Ministries in Arequipa, Peru.
Seminario Teológico Nazareno de Chiclayo, Peru
- Extreme Nazarene Ministries is entering into a partnership with the Nazarene Seminary in Peru as of May 2011 to share faculty, technology and resources between the seminary and the Larry and Addie Garman Missionary Formation School. Upon enactment of the partnership, Extreme’s courses/credit hours will be recognized by the Seminary and apply toward undergraduate requirements for religion and theology students of the Seminary and vice versa for students of Extreme’s missionary programs.
Optional Study Application Excursions
Each of the Study Application Excursions below are offered three times per year (spring, summer & fall) and carry an additional cost to the student to participate.
Machu Picchu Ruins Tour
- Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 8000 ft. above sea level. Archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). The Incas started building the "estate" around AD 1400 but abandoned it as an official site for the Incan rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Since the site was never known to the Spanish during their conquest, it is a relatively intact cultural site. As of 2007, Machu Picchu is listed as one of the seven manmade wonders of the world. 4 Days. (
Colca Canyon Tour
- Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon at 13,600 feet deep and is promoted as the "world's deepest canyon". The canyon is home to the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has seen worldwide effort to preserve it. The condors can be seen at fairly close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are an increasingly popular attraction. 'Cruz del Condor' is a popular tourist stop to view the condors, an overlook where condors soar gracefully on thermals of warm air rising from the canyon. The condors are best seen in the early morning, and late afternoon when they are hunting. Various hiking and backpacking trails, horseback riding and other outdoor activities are also available.
Students will stay in a Spanish colonial town near the canyon and experience the slower pace of Peruvian provincial life. 3 Days. (
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