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Spanish school in Bocas del Toro: Habla Ya

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
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Accommodations
Host family
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
18 years
Average age
29 years
Nationality mix
United States, Germany, Canada, etc..
ratings
67 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 261.- EUR
(275.- USD)
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

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 USD
625 USD
2
495 USD
1120 USD
3
725 USD
1625 USD
4
950 USD
2125 USD
6
1350 USD
3075 USD
8
1650 USD
3925 USD
12
2200 USD
5575 USD
16
2900 USD
7375 USD
24
4300 USD
10975 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 04.03 / 05.03 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 04.11 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2019

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 356.- EUR
(375.- USD)
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 + 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 USD
725 USD
2
695 USD
1320 USD
3
1025 USD
1925 USD
4
1325 USD
2500 USD
6
1925 USD
3650 USD
8
2395 USD
4670 USD
12
3345 USD
6720 USD
16
4445 USD
8920 USD
24
6645 USD
13320 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 04.03 / 05.03 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 04.11 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2019

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 451.- EUR
(475.- USD)
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 + 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 USD
825 USD
2
895 USD
1520 USD
3
1325 USD
2225 USD
4
1695 USD
2870 USD
6
2450 USD
4175 USD
8
3075 USD
5350 USD
12
4305 USD
7680 USD
16
5725 USD
10200 USD
24
8565 USD
15240 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 04.03 / 05.03 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 04.11 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2019

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 490.- EUR
(516.- USD)
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

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 USD
866 USD
2
736 USD
1361 USD
3
966 USD
1866 USD
4
1191 USD
2366 USD
6
1591 USD
3316 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 04.03 / 05.03 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 04.11 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2019

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 546.- EUR
(575.- USD)
Lessons
20 of 55 minutes
+ 6 afternoons of diving (1 per week)
Course duration
1 - 6 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
08:00-12:15

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 USD
925 USD
2
795 USD
1420 USD
3
1025 USD
1925 USD
4
1250 USD
2425 USD
6
1650 USD
3375 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 09.01 / 04.03 / 05.03 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 04.11 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 28.11 / 25.12.2019

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

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, 5 lecciones) 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)

Other accommodation options

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

94% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
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/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
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/ 5

67 students gave their opinion about this school

61 years old - Austria
/ 5
2 weeks, July 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (3 / 5)
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Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Other)
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Leisure (4 / 5)
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20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
8 weeks, April – June 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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School highlights
« Kleine Schule »
Top tips
« Offenheit und viele Touren unternehmen und natürlich surfen »
54 years old - Germany
/ 5
3 weeks, March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3 / 5)
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27 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Vier schöne und gepflegte Hostel mit rundum guter betreuung, von Lehrkraft bis hin zu Reisebegleitung. Sehr kleine und angenehme Gruppe Viele tolle Aktivitäten waren beteits dabei.
4 weeks, January – February 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (3.5 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) (Other)
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Leisure (5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, habe das A1 abgeschlossen. »
School highlights
« Kleine Klasse »
Top tips
« Traveling Class Room ist ein großartiges erlebnis mit einem super Preisleistungsverhältnia »
23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Lehrerinnen waren zum Teil nicht sehr motiviert... Vielen hatten keine Englischlenntinisse, was den Unterricht positiv beeinflusste und wirklich nur spanisch gesprochen wurde. Ausflugsangebote waren vorhanden, jedoch immer überteuert...dann macht man es lieber auf eigene faust und kommt billiger.
3 weeks, September – October 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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Teaching (4 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
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Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja ich habe Fortschritte erreicht, ich denke vorallem dank meinen privat lektionen. »
School highlights
« Privatlektionen wo der lehrer gefragt hat, an welchen themen ich arbeiten möchte, was ich verbessern möchte.Abfalltrennung in der schuleGrösse der schule war ideal »
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Ana Montenegro war eine sehr angenehme Lehrerin und hat mich beim Lernprozess gut unterstützt, in dem sie alles geduldig und deutlich erklärt hat.
4 weeks, August – September 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (3.8 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
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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)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3.8 / 5)
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Teaching (3.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.8 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (3.7 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« 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)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (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)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (4.3 / 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)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (2.3 / 5) (Other)
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Leisure (4 / 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!
Contact us for further information.

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).
Contact us for further information.

Apartments/houses to rent
Please contact us for further information.

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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Special offers
Save on the course price in Panama

Save on the course price in Panama

Book a course in one of our Habla Ya partner schools in Panama City, Boquete or Bocas del Toro and take advantage of this amazing offer:

- Book 3 weeks or more and get 1extra week for free

Conditions:

- Offer valid for courses starting between 16.09.19 and 16.12.19
- Offer not valid for private courses
- Minimum stay: 3 weeks

To find out more or take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with our customer service team.

Published on 16.09.2019
Save on the course price in Panama

Save on the course price in Panama

Book a course in one of our Habla Ya partner schools in Panama CityBoquete or Bocas del Toro and take advantage of these amazing offers:

- 20% discount on the price of the course if you book by 30.09.2019
- 15% discount on the price of the course if you book by 31.10.2019
- 10% discount on the price of the course if you book by 30.11.2019

Conditions:

- Offer valid for all courses starting in 2020

To find out more or to take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with our customer service team.

Published on 16.09.2019

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