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those schools our students have attended. We want you to have some unbiased information about some options if you
choose to travel to another Spanish-speaking country to improve your language skills. If you are a student and would like
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"I went to Dominican last year for one month immersion class. This area is not very touristic. I think it is one
of those "best-kept-secret" destinations. We loved it there. I went with my husband and we rented a house near the
beach. We were able to rent a nice size house for $800/month. We had a wonderful time there. There were a lot of other
Europeans mainly French. I was surprised to see many good French restaurants in this area. We were eating lobster almost
every day for incredible low prices!. We were there obviously to learn Spanish but having the French cuisine was an
added plus. Also, we were "forced" to speak Spanish at all times since everybody around us didn't speak much
English and we definitely don't speak French. The school was very good and the teachers were excellent. We took 3 sessions
daily while we were there. We are definitely going back soon."
"I attended a 4 week session of Spanish Immersion Language Training in Guatemala. I have one-on-one
instruction and also in small groups. I lived with a family and I would recommend you to do so because you are "forced"
to speak Spanish. My host family didn't speak any English. When I came back I was thinking and talking in Spanish and I am
now able to carry on a conversation. I am not fluent yet but I am planning on going back some time soon. I enjoyed my
time there and I would recommend it to other students."
San Juan del Sur, www.sjdsspanish.com
review: "I went to San Juan del Sur Spanish School in Nicaragua on May 2008, for 2 weeks. I stayed
with a family. The cost of the school was $120 per week for 4 hrs. per day of one on one instruction and also included
an afternoon activity four days of the week. Lodging and 3 meals per day with a host family was $80 per week. There
was also a $30 school registration fee. For $60 each way, one of the school employees will provide airport shuttle
in his car to the airport in Managua two hours away, well worth it. I found it an over all pleasant experience.
I went alone and felt safe. Managua, the big city, I've heard is not so safe so I was happy I chose
to use the school's airport shuttle service. San Juan del Sur is a small Pacific coast town, popular with
surfers. The school, which is a restaurant at night, is in an open thatched roof building right on the beach, so you
have a view of the ocean and the sound of the surf during your lessons. Being next to the ocean is relaxing and always
a big plus for me. The people were friendly. My instructor was the only male and a temp hired due to the
high number of students the first week. He was very serious and knowledgeable and so I requested him for my
second week, also. I got the feeling if I had requested him that second week that he would not have returned as
he was a temp from another town. Most of the other instructors were young women who some didn't seem quite so dedicated
to teaching as my teacher, but then the students were also mostly young males there to enjoy the cheap beer
and accommodations, the surf and learn some Spanish with equal priority. Nicaragua was very hot and humid
and the home accommodations have fans, no A.C. The director had standards that each student's quarters was to have
its own shower, toilet and sink. The first house I stayed at had two rooms like this with those private facilities,
but then the third room, mine, had none and shared those things with the host family. I didn't know this and
really didn't mind sharing until 4 additional extended family guests from the USA arrived. Then it became too much
noise and too much traffic. The family had been kind and I felt bad asking to be moved, as saving face seems to
be a big cultural thing there, but I did. The director immediately relocated me to a quieter more removed
location with a very nice family and I was happier, though. Ear plugs are a good idea for sleeping at night because
of all the roosters crowing and dogs barking. Make sure to see a travel clinic and get your immunizations in order,
preventative malaria pills in the rainy season, and medical insurance for emergency evacuation if necessary. The public
hospitals are not good. Gifts for the host family or the children are a nice gesture such as dish towels,
notebooks, colored ink pens, small toys, books or magazines in Spanish, magnifying reading glasses, etc. all
those things are expensive over there. The food is good and the rum is good and cheap.
Student's review: "My daughter and I attended this school for two weeks in the summer of 2005.
We had spent a month at this school several summers previously and encouraged me to go back with her. We stayed with
the same host family she had been with on her first trip. It was a great, positive experience and I would recommend
it. Someday I hope I can return. Their website has all the information about cost and accommodations. The entire
staff was wonderful and I had great instructors. They do have agreements with NMSU and some other universities for students
to earn college credits."
Student's review: "I attended this school in 2008 and returned again in 2009. I really liked
the teaching format. If you are interested in more information, contact SpanishABQ and I can talk to you about my experience."
HABLA YA PANAMA, Boquete, Panama. HablaYaPanama
Student's review: "I attended the language school "Habla Ya" located
in the mountains on the eastern side of Panama, close to the border of Costa Rica, in March of 2012. My main concern
when searching for a school was safety of the area, and Boquete was a very quiet, peaceful town. I felt safe walking,
even at night. The downtown area is pretty small and many things are within walking distance. We stayed
at a hotel called "Isla Verde" which was just a few blocks from town and from the school. I would highly recommend
this hotel if you don't want to do a homestay. The rooms are equipped with kitchens and hot water in the shower
(but not at the sinks). Some of my classmates complained about not having hot water at their homestays. If you
like nature, it is easy to be distracted from studying for your Spanish classes by all of the available activities in the
area. There is a zipline (highly recommended), nearby tours of the rain forest, tours of coffee farms and gardens, and
an outstanding tour of a orchid farm called "Finca Dracula" named after a type of orchid that resembles Dracula.
They have over 2000 specimens of orchids on display.
The school itself is very professional, and everyone at the school was very helpful with any questions
I had in making the arrangements to stay in Boquete. The teachers all seemed to be excellent and there were many scheduled
activities outside of class hours, some of which were free. They did assign quite a bit of homework every night.
The school is in a very nice building. There is no air conditioning, but the weather is Boquete ranges from around 60
to 80 degrees so it wasn't necessary. Sometimes at night it would be very chilly, but the weather was perfect for sleeping.
It does tend to rain almost every day and can be quite windy at times, but there are beautiful rainbows over the city very
often. There are some good restaurants in Boquete, especially if you eat fish and seafood. Vegetables and fruits
can be more difficult to find. There is a mercado called Romero's which carries a wide variety of food, some American
items, which seem to be mostly for the many retired Americans who live there.
Overall, we really enjoyed our trip to Boquete.
I would like to go back and study at the school longer. When we traveled there, we stayed in San Jose, Costa Rica and
from there took a flight to David, Panama and then a half-hour cab ride to Boquete. The other option was to fly to Panama
City and then to David, Panama. I am told that they are opening an international airport in David, Panama, so maybe
a one-day trip may be possible in the future.