Spanish school in Bocas del Toro: Habla Ya

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approx 236.- EUR
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Key points

  • Explore Panama’s culture in a magical location
  • Learn Spanish at a well-recognised school
  • Choose from a variety of nearby accommodation to suit all budgets
  • Enjoy a wide range of activities and things to do

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
M
Accommodations
Host family
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
18 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
United States, Germany, Canada, etc..
ratings
61 authentic opinions

This language school is based in a large hacienda-style house in the centre of Bocas de Toro. Located just 20 minutes’ walk from the beach and 5 minutes from local restaurants, bars and shops, the school has 12 air-conditioned classrooms and offers the ideal conditions for learning Spanish, with a maximum of 6 students per class. The teachers are supportive and use a communicative approach to learning.

Students may buy food from the supermarket next door and prepare their meals in the school’s kitchen. The school has a reception, teachers' area, student lounge and garden with hammocks and chairs. Relax and chat with the other international students on the large balcony or in the bright, spacious and colourful rooms. This school really is a gem!

Arrival package: 1st night in Panama City and transfer to Bocas del Toro: Upon arrival in Panama City, you will be picked up from the airport and driven to the hotel in town where you will spend your first night and relax after your flight. Make the most of your free time the next day to visit Panama City! You will then be driven to the airport for a regional flight to Bocas del Toro.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Use of study centre
  • Diploma or Certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 275.-
(about EUR 234.-)
Lessons
20 of 55 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
08:00-12:00 or 13:00-17:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
275
625
2
495
1120
3
725
1625
4
950
2125
6
1350
3075
8
1650
3925
12
2200
5575
16
2900
7375
24
4300
10975
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 13.02 / 30.03 / 01.05 / 05.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Combined course 20+5

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 375.-
(about EUR 319.-)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
08:00-12:00 or 13:00-17:00 + one-to-one lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
375
725
2
695
1320
3
1025
1925
4
1325
2500
6
1925
3650
8
2395
4670
12
3275
6650
16
4375
8850
24
6575
13250
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 13.02 / 30.03 / 01.05 / 05.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Combined course 20+10

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 475.-
(about EUR 404.-)
Lessons
30 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 10 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
08:00-12:00 or 13:00-17:00 + one-to-one lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
475
825
2
895
1520
3
1325
2225
4
1695
2870
6
2450
4175
8
3075
5350
12
4305
7680
16
5725
10200
24
8565
15240
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 13.02 / 30.03 / 01.05 / 05.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Spanish + Surf

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 6 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 516.-
(about EUR 439.-)
Lessons
20 of 55 minutes
+ 5 afternoons of Surf (1x)
Course duration
1 - 6 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
08:00-12:00 or 13:00-17:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
516
866
2
736
1361
3
966
1866
4
1191
2366
6
1591
3316
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 13.02 / 30.03 / 01.05 / 05.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

Spanish + Diving

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 6 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 575.-
(about EUR 489.-)
Lessons
20 of 55 minutes
+ 6 afternoons of diving (1x)
Course duration
1 - 6 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
08:00-12:15 or 13:00-17:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
1
575
925
2
795
1420
3
1025
1925
4
1250
2425
6
1650
3375
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 13.02 / 30.03 / 01.05 / 05.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday/Sunday following course end

DELE exam dates: on request

Options/Extras

Laundry service (host family) (per week) (to be paid on site) 5 USD
Extra night with host family 40 USD
Supplement (per wk.) (Yoga)
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50 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Panama City. Package: Night in Hotel + one-way flight Panama City - Bocas del Toro) 295 USD
Airport drop-off (One-way flight Bocas del Toro - Panama City + Night in Hotel ) 295 USD
Airport drop-off (One-way flight Bocas del Toro - Panama City + transfer Albrook - Tocumen International Airport ) 195 USD

Luggage weight allowance for Panama City-Bocas flight: 14kg (excess at your expense)

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Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.2/5
Overall rating

95% of students recommending this school

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61 students gave their opinion about this school

26 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Sehr freundliche Familie. Zimmer eher klein aber völlig ausreichend. Das Bad ist sauber aber hat nur eine kalte Dusche. Es gibt Wifi.
1 week, May 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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« Ja. Sehr viel vokabular gelernt und allgemein die Sprache zu veestehen viel immer leichter. Es war sicherlich hilfreich, dass die Klasse kleim war. »
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
11 weeks, February – May 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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« Die kleinen Gruppen mit höchstens 6 Leuten. »
21 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, February 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja sehr, durch den Aufenthalt in einem spanischsprachigen Land Auch persönlich »
School highlights
« Sehr nette Lehrer »
28 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, February 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
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20 years old - Germany
/ 5
4 weeks, November – December 2017
Value for money (3 / 5)
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38 years old - United Kingdom
/ 5
I learned a lot in a short time thanks to good teaching and small class sizes. Students get a lot of attention here, and the student services staff are also really helpful. It felt important to them that students enjoy their lessons and their time in Bocas del Toro. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Thank you Carlos, Cesar and Ludo!
2 weeks, September 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Definitely. Immersion is really the way to go. At first, I could understand Spanish but say very little. By the end of my stay I could comfortably conduct restaurant, shop, bank and travel transactions and could even make smalltalk sometimes. It helps that people in Panama seem to speak more slowly than in Spain! »
18 years old - Germany
/ 5
5 weeks, July – August 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
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« Durch die kleinen Klassen kam man sehr schnell mit den anderen in Kontakt und wurde nie vernachlässigt. Besonders gut fand ich die lehrer, da man am abend und auch nachmittags immer mal wieder was zusammen unternommen hat. »
Top tips
« Auf der Insel Bastimientos gibt es fast jeden Montag in der Bubba's bar ein Reggae live Konzert. Wer das verpasst hat bocas nicht gesehen. »
23 years old - Austria
/ 5
3 weeks, July – August 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
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« Ja. Vor allem in den zwei Wochen, in denen ich allein in einer Gruppe in Boquete war, habe ich sehr viel gelernt »
School highlights
« Man knüpft leicht Kontakte zu anderen Leuten. Lehrer sehr jung »
35 years old - Germany
/ 5
4 weeks, April – May 2017
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33 years old - Germany
/ 5
1 week, February – March 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
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Testimonials

Michaela Mühlbauer
Michaela Mühlbauer

I don’t think my linguistic stay in Santo Domingo de Heredia and Bocas del Toro could have been any better. At the beginning, it was a bit chaotic because I could not speak Spanish very well. But the people were all very open and helpful and I quickly felt at ease. At both schools, Academia Columbus in Santo Domingo and Habla Ya at Bocas del Toro, I had excellent experiences. The teaching as well as the kindness and the openness of the teachers and the students are to be recommended. I particularly enjoyed the excursions to the beaches and to the national parks that we organized ourselves.

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Host family
This is the best way to fully immerse yourself in the language and culture of Bocas del Toro. Living in a Panamanian household is a unique experience where you will be given a warm welcome and become part of the family. This is a golden opportunity to speak Spanish all day long and learn more about local customs. Our partner school’s host families are carefully chosen and live between 10 and 20 minutes from the school on foot. You will stay in a single room (or a double if you are travelling with another person) and share communal areas with your hosts. You have two daily food options to choose from: breakfast or half-board.

Palma Royale Hotel
Just a 15-minute stroll from the school, this charming, waterfront hotel offers air conditioning and free Wi-Fi in a fantastic area of Bocas del Toro. You choose your level of luxury: studios with private patios, suites with kitchens and more affordable rooms are all available. Each includes a private bathroom with a rain shower, a flat-screen TV, mini fridge, coffee maker, free daily cleaning service and laundry service for an extra charge. The hotel restaurant is open for breakfast (included), lunch and dinner.
Price on request.

Tropical Suites Boutique Hotel
This elegant establishment has 16 modern suites, a presidential suite and a top-floor penthouse. This boutique hotel is right on the Caribbean Sea and just minutes from the centre of Bocas del Toro. Each suite has a private balcony, two double beds, a bathroom with a Jacuzzi, flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen. If you don’t feel like cooking, why not have your breakfast or sample Caribbean specialities in one of the hotel’s two neighbouring restaurants? Spend a little extra and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and unrivalled comfort!
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Bed & Breakfast
The school has a selection of small bed and breakfasts nestled in gardens near the course centre. This accommodation is ideal for those who enjoy peace and quiet and their independence. Several room types are available (single/double bedrooms).
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Apartments/houses to rent
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This Caribbean paradise is the place to stay for unspoiled nature and deep seas with a colourful abundance of sea life. Every weekday there is an activity or trip for international students. Enjoy Panamanian dinners, movie nights, salsa lessons, conversation classes, yoga classes and so much more! Many people come here to surf, as this beautiful area is renowned for its superb swells, which lends the town a relaxed, surfer vibe. The school also gives daily nature tours either before or after lessons: hiking, trekking, zip-lining in the rainforest and diving are just a few examples. Why not explore the town at your own pace by bike (day hire)? The local culture and traditions come to life on themed trips and visits to indigenous villages.

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