With our countless choices, it can be hard to make decisions! Our mission is to simplify this process for you.
We created a few packages that combine different services but of course length, activities and luxury levels can be changed according to your needs.
- Our unique adventure package: the Travelling Spanish Classroom.
- Combinations of Spanish classes & activities like surfing, diving and yoga.
- Packages for special-interest groups, like families, teens and interns.
Obtain study credits, help a local community, give your CV a boost, have a unique experience abroad and learn a new language and culture!
Internships, minor programs and thesis investigations. Fields of interest: psychology, tourism, sports, social work, education, nature, marketing, business, finances and healthcare. Onstage Latijnsamerika is our sister organization that mediates and guarantees a tailor made internship abroad for you! We offer different packages with Spanish classes & Internships.
This package focuses on the needs of people that finished school quite a while ago and are no longer accustomed to the rigors of study.
If you are a beginner, you are probably interested in learning Spanish for real conversations (for example ordering food in a restaurant) but if you already have a foundation, you might want to focus on grammar, improve you pronunciation, expand your vocabulary to use in different situations and learn about the culture. Fewer class hours per day, more relaxed learning atmosphere, upscale lodging accommodations and tours designed to meet your specific interests are some of the characteristics of this package.
Learn Spanish & enjoy nature in Costa Rica which this package.
Best places and activities of Turrialba (mountains) and Puerto Viejo (ocean) are included. At both locations you can add other activities for an extra cost or do volunteer work. You can also arrive before or stay afterwards, paying $14 per night for a shared room at our hostel.
Wow! Learn Spanish & enjoy nature in Panama which this package.
Best places and activities of Boquete (mountains) and Bocas del Toro (island) are included. At both locations you can add other activities for an extra cost or volunteer work. You can also arrive before or stay afterwards, paying $12 per night for a shared room at our hostel.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for birdwatching!
Wether you like to walk and chat or to search for that one special bird, we´ll make birdwatching a personal experience for you. Your specific interests are important to us. Two afternoon hikes with a specialized guide is included.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for diving!
In this program you will take any of the PADI dive courses in combination with learning Spanish. What a perfect combination for an educational holiday. The dive schools organize the courses in many different languages, not just Spanish.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for hiking!
Learning Spanish and going on relaxing hikes make the perfect combination for a stress-free, educational experience. You can dedicate part of the day to learn Spanish and the other part to participate in two half day hikes in the surroundings of our fascinating locations.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for mountain biking!
Depending on your level of mountain biking, we will select for you two interesting half day mountain bike trips. We will also show you some variation of scenery. For example you might do one trip in the countryside and one on a nature trail.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for whitewater rafting!
You’ll enjoy one full and one half day of whitewater rafting on two different rivers in the surroundings of our location. Of course we take your rafting experience into account to make sure you have a safe, enjoyable and memorable river journey!
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for river adventures!
Rafting & Camping on the banks of the Pacuare River, listed in the top 5 of the most scenic rivers in the world, is an experience that you should not miss! In this package you will have an overnight trip included. From there you return to Turrialba or continue to San Jose or our Location in Puerto Viejo.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for river kayaking!
This program includes two sessions of kayak instruction on the Pejivalle River (class I –II). You will be introduced to and practice “reading the water”, the “eskimo-roll” and also crossing the river by making “ferries”.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for rock climbing!
Climbing is very much a physical and mental challenge. The rock is like a puzzle that you solve through body movements and different techniques in order to reach the top. Rock climbing is an extreme sport that involves gymnastic maneuvers using the body’s energy in the most efficient way. Two afternoons of climbing are included in this attractive package.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for sea kayaking!
Bocas del Toro is the perfect place to combine learning Spanish and enjoy some sea kayaking in your free time! In this package deal you receive instructions on how to paddle and manouver your kayak as you visit different locations on two afternoons.
Combine Learning Spanish with your passion for surfing!
In this Package you will receive two afternoons of surf classes on Panama’s or Costa Rica’s top surf locations. This will provide you a kickstart to continue practicing surfing on your own, giving you a new life changing hobby.
In order for families to study Spanish in Costa Rica & Panama, we can provide complete customized family packages for you.
We can arrange everything for you, including transportation from the airport to the school. We secure a nanny for your very young children (under 6 years old) and Spanish classes for your older children. We provide family homes to rent, plan adventurous activities and volunteer oppportunities for you and your children. We can make recommendations for your travel in other parts of the country.
Moving to Panama or Costa Rica? You must learn Spanish to be able to communicate and get things done.
If you are retiring to Costa Rica or Panama or simply starting a new life, you will want to make friends and feel part of the community. You will need to ask lots of questions about insurances, car rentals, schools for your children, shipping and moving companies, immigration and visa rules. Just contact us with your questions and we’ll answer them with the knowledge we have aquired.
This package is for teachers of Spanish as a second language who want to brush up and practice the language as they travel abroad to Costa Rica or Panama.
Sign up together as a small group for a cross-cultural experience at one of our locations and work out customized Spanish immersion with us. Transfer from the airport to the location of your choice, accommodations, social activities (cooking class, latin dance class), authentic community service projects and networking with a local school are possibilities in this package.
Some people just want to learn as much Spanish & Culture as possible in a short period of time!
In this package you receive two weeks of intensive Spanish (6 hours in group or 3 hours private), your stay with a host family will include breakfast & dinner. Along with the free activities from sunday till friday, you’ll have two memorable weekend excursions included. You’ll learn about the local culture from a local guide and this way as you have time to relax your mind.
Hey teens! in June & July we offer camps just for you. Combine Spanish classes, activities and volunteer work in Turrialba & Puerto Viejo – Costa Rica! For teens only.
Teens we know you are at an exciting, confusing and challenging time in your life. To meet your needs, we have specialized, less structured classes, fun activities, as well as some adventurous excursions. You will have opportunities to practice Spanish, do volunteer work and meet local young people of a similar age.
Amazing Spanish Learning Adventure
4 weeks, each week exploring a different exciting location
This program is designed for you that want to learn Spanish but also want to travel. As you travel, you will share daily activities like shopping and cooking with a Spanish speaking instructor. You will be immersed in a fun and inspiring atmosphere for learning Spanish. To round out the total package, we include our most popular adventures in each location to ensure that you do not miss these unforgettable experiences.
TRAVELLING SPANISH CLASSROOM | PANAMA & COSTA RICA
- Pick-up in Tocumen – Panama City airport & transfer to Hostel
- Three and and 3 days of Spanish lessons
- The company of an instructor
- Transportation between locations
- Daily breakfast
- Weekly introduction to the new location
- 4 Latin dance classes (Panama City, Boquete, Bocas, Turrialba)
- 3 local food cooking classes (Boquete, Bocas, Turrialba)
- 3 Friday’s Happy Hour (Boquete, Bocas, Turrialba)
- Panama City Adventures: Walking tour Casco Viejo + Panama Canal Tour
- Panama City Adventure: San Blas Islands two nights stay
- Boquete Adventure: Canopy Tour (zip lining in the treetops)
- Bocas Adventure: Catamaran Sailing
- Turrialba Adventure: Rafting on the Pacuare River & overnight stay at River Camp
- Flight ticket
- Lunch and dinner (in San Blas and on the River camp this ís included)
- Snacks and drinks on outings
- Additional activities & excursions
- Additional (bus or flight) tickets out of Panama or into Costa Rica as a prerequisite to enter one of these countries
- Upgrades on rooms (from shared to private)
- Upgrades on classes (private instead of group classes or extra private classes besides the included group classes)
- Extra nights before or after the Travelling Classroom that starts on Sunday 5 pm and finishes on Sunday around 3 pm in Siquirres.
- Extension week in Puerto Viejo
PANAMA CITY – SAN BLAS ISLANDS
This educational adventure trip starts in Panama City where the you will be received at the airport and taken to the hostel. This can be on Sunday or day(s) before. On Sunday 5 pm we do intake evaluation in order to place all of you participants in the correct level or teach you individually if there are no others with the same level. At 6 pm there is an introduction talk with some drinks and snacks in which you will get to know the other students and receive a detailed itinerary. This is also the moment to address all questions. Monday, the first four hours of Spanish classes we will get the beginner students speaking their first Spanish words or get the advanced student “back on track”. Monday afternoon, after a break for shopping and/or having lunch, we walk to Casco Viejo where we provide a tour with a teacher that talks about the most important history marks of Panama and points out some interesting places. Most of the time this evening ends with a drink on one of the rooftop bars in town and a dinner in one of the local restaurants. Tuesday we visit Miraflores Visitor center to learn about the famous Panama Canal and actually see the huge ships pass through the locks. Both Tuesday and Wednesday are good days to study and Wednesday night salsa, bachata and merengue can be practiced during the first Latin dance classes that we organize in the hostel with a local dance instructor. On Thursday and Friday, you will be amazed by the Kuna indigenous people and the idyllic tropical beauty of the San Blas Islands. A tour to another island where you can snorkel along a sunken ship is included. Here we don’t organize formal classes but the teacher accompanying the trip will be as much as possible giving information in Spanish and, if the group wants, organizes some games or tutoring sessions when that is appreciated. Saturday morning we travel back from the Kuna land to the city and Saturday afternoon is for journaling, sharing pictures, get in touch with friends and family back home (cause in Kuna land there is no good Wifi) and Saturday night can be used for the party animals to check out Panama City’s nightlife or spend at the hostel for a more quite time.
On Sunday we travel from Panama City to Boquete on local buses. In the evening, there will be a welcome drink and introduction to the Boquete school, surroundings and history of the area. The fresh climate in Boquete is great for studying, lots of progress can be made here. Options are to stay at the school or go and live for a week with a local host family. The zip lining experience is a high-speed adrenaline tour to discover Panama’s rainforest from up above and admire its magnificent beauty from 13 different canopy stations. Hiking, waterfalls, hot springs, a coffee tour, volcano Barú are attractions worth to explore.
BOCAS DEL TORO
The following Saturday, we will travel six hours by bus and boat from the highland town of Boquete to the Caribbean island of Bocas del Toro. On Sunday, the catamaran tour with snorkelling will ease everybody into the Caribbean lifestyle. During the week, exploring the many beaches and other attractions around the islands in kayaks, bicycles or water taxis is very popular. There are many beautiful beaches to be explored throughout the islands. Some require a bit of effort and an adventurous spirit while others are just a few minutes from the school. The Dive school, a few steps away from our Spanish school offers all PADI courses in a way that they can be smoothly combined with the Spanish classes. The town is full of restaurants and bars, many built out over the water, providing endless night-time entertainment. Classes in Bocas end on Friday with another Happy Hour during the barbecue.
Once again on Saturday, we make a trip by boat and bus, this time to a different country: Costa Rica. In Turrialba, Costa Rica, the non-touristy feel of town can be enjoyed and all the Spanish that have been learned so far can be practised with the local “ticos”, a nickname for Costa Ricans. Daily life activities like shopping at the fruit and vegetable market or sitting in the park to chat with the locals are typical things to do in Turrialba. During the last day of classes on Friday, the possibility is offered to do a level test (levels A1 till C2) and at the final Happy Hour during the barbecue, certificates will be handed to all the participants, the effort realized will be celebrated and together, we get ready for the last spectacular excursion: the rafting trip on the Pacuare. This excursion provides a thrilling ride down the river filled with stunning natural beauty and exciting rapids. The campsite, located in the heart of the jungle, will provide an opportunity to learn about the rainforest and will give us some time to relax in a hammock, check out the toucans and sloths, and realize what a smart decision it was to participate in this unique and wonderful experience!
This trip ends after an included lunch in a restaurant in Siquirres. After this, you can decide to come back to Turrialba or you can continue at our location in Puerto Viejo, for more Spanish classes, relaxation at the beach, a surf course or volunteer work, for example at the Jaguar rescue center. After leaving Siquirres we will make a stop at the bus stop of this little town, from where you can take the direct bus to San José or to Limón where you need to change buses to continue to Puerto Viejo.
Will Quaile, USA
Thanks for creating a great space in a beautiful place!
Patrick Busby, USA
The school and Avelina have been a pleasure. I hope to return someday and speak fluent Spanish. This has been a great experience for me. I have learned more than I expected too. I hope to return and continue my Spanish language education. Maribel and Avelina have been so helpful.
Lars Anderson, Sweden
Beautiful place and friendly people! thanks
Matias, Peter, Simon and Sören
Thank you so much for one of the most awesome weeks of our lives! We had so much fun and we are definitely coming back when we have learned how to dance salsa! Also thanks to Gaby, Tatiana and Adriana for teaching us Spanish; it means a lot! Hasta luego!
Martin y Ingrid fueron muy serviciales. Costa Rica es el país más hermoso que he visitado. Estoy emocionado de visitar los otros hostales y escuelas en Costa Rica y Panamá!
Otty y Antonio, Spanish
Estamos muy agradecidos por la estancia y la hospitabilidad que nos habeís ofrecido tanto en Bocas del Toro como en Turrialba. Spanish at Locations es sin lugar a dudas uno de los pocos lugares donde se siente uno en casa y en el paraíso!
Maria Elena, USA
I really enjoyed my stay over "Spanish by the River"it's the greatest location and school-hostel i ever say! Good people & good vibes. Loved the Rafting! Thank you all, Pura Vida!
Edortu y Xandra, Spain
Increíble y maravilloso la estancia; tanto Ingrid como sus hijos superamables. Nos dejó un gran recuerdo, nos sentimos como en casa desde el principio!
Loved it here: the staff, accommodations and views were spectacular. Thanks Fernando for the awesome breakfasts!
If you are looking for a good school to learn Spanish and have fun to discover some new places I can really recommend spanish@locations. Cozy hostels, fantastic outdoor classrooms, great teachers and people! Ingrid and her staff are amazing, I had a wonderful time in Turrialba and Puerto Viejo...for sure will come back!
Muchas gracias y Pura Vida!
Ross, New Zealand
Had a fantastic month learning Spanish at the schools in Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo. The teachers were brilliant, they were experienced and helped pair me up with those at a similar level. My Spanish is way way better now. There were also lots of free activities organised; bikes, kayaks, bbq, salsa, etc. Made our time there even better. Thanks a lot.
Pim, The Netherlands
I had an amazing time in Turrialba and Puerto Viejo. Both beautiful locations and great teachers. I really liked the interactive classes! Thank you all once again. Pura vida!
I will never forget this amazing experience and consider it to be one of the top experiences of my life. Staff and teachers were so accommodating and took excellent care of us. They are all very kind, interesting people who encouraged us to use our Spanish while there. Turrialba was special because I was able to do bird watching right there on the terrace while waiting for my class to start. Puerto Viejo had beautiful beaches and delicious restaurants!
Masha, The Netherlands
Ingrid, thank you so much for two very good weeks at Spanish By The Sea/ River. Good people and good vibes! I really liked the rafting trip in Turrialba (beautiful trip, campsite and good food!), of course the Spanish class and the locations . Pura Vida!
Have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The Spanish lessons with Jackie were fantastic. I am really pleased with how much I have learnt even in such a short space of time. Ruby the manager has been wonderful and as friendly as can be! I would recommend this program to anyone!