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The best places to learn Spanish in Latin America

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The benefits of learning Spanish in Latin America

If you want to learn Spanish, there is no better way than to travel to the places where it is spoken natively. Latin America is a diverse and vibrant region that offers many opportunities for language learners to practice their skills, explore new cultures, and have fun. Whether you prefer the urban life of Buenos Aires, the colonial charm of Quito, or the natural beauty of Costa Rica, you will find a place that suits your interests and goals. In this blog post, we'll share some of the best places to learn Spanish in Latin America, and give you some tips on how to make the most of your experience. ¡Vamos!

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Why a little Spanish can go a long way in Latin America

Spanish courses in Latin America can significantly enhance your travel experience, providing you with the tools to immerse yourself fully in the local culture. By dedicating time to learning the language, you not only gain practical communication skills but also a deeper understanding of the nuances of Latin American life.

Language courses offer opportunities to engage with native speakers, practice conversational skills, and explore cultural topics. Beyond the classroom, interacting with locals becomes more enriching as you're able to engage in meaningful conversations and connect on a deeper level. From exploring hidden gems to gaining a better understanding of the rich histories of Latin American countries, speaking Spanish opens doors to experiences that may otherwise be impossible to find.

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Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

Nestled in the middle of the lush rainforests and pristine beaches of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica, Jakera offers a language-learning experience unlike any other. Their Learn Spanish and Volunteer programme combines the excitement of learning a new language with the personal fulfillment of giving back to local communities. Students not only have the opportunity to enhance their Spanish skills through regular classes taught by native speakers but also engage in meaningful volunteer work, ranging from conservation efforts to community development projects.

Whether teaching English to local children or participating in wildlife rehabilitation initiatives, participants gain a better understanding of Costa Rican culture while making a positive impact. With Jakera's dedication to sustainable travel and authentic cultural exchanges, this program offers a truly enriching experience for those seeking to upskill themselves while helping the local environment.

In case you'd rather learn Spanish without volunteering, we've got several other language programmes in Costa Rica as well.

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Learn Spanish in Cartagena, Colombia

If you want to learn Spanish in a city that combines history, culture, and beauty, Cartagena is a great choice. Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves the colonial architecture and fortifications of the Spanish colonial era. You can explore the picturesque streets, admire the colourful balconies and churches, and enjoy the lively nightlife and cuisine of this Caribbean gem. With your new language skills, you'll learn about the rich and turbulent past of the city, from the discovery of gold and pirate attacks to the independence movements and literary legends.

Cartagena offers a variety of Spanish courses for all levels. You can study in a modern and comfortable school, located in a restored colonial building in the heart of the old city. You'll get the best Spanish education from qualified and friendly teachers, who will help you improve your Spanish skills and introduce you to the Colombian culture. You can practice your Spanish with the locals, who are known for their warmth and hospitality. If you want to, you can stay with a host family, who will welcome you into their home and share their daily life with you while you improve your Spanish. And you can also try your hand at one of the many cultural and social activities, like salsa dancing, cooking classes, city exploration and visiting some of the nearby islands and beaches.


Join the travelling classroom in Panama

While Panama City might not be the #1 on your list of cities to visit in Latin America, it's a great place to be! Both historical and ultra modern, it's a great blend of eras and cultures. Our Spanish school in Panama City is located in the heart of the metropolis and offers group courses catering to all language levels.

Your home in Panama will be Casa Areka. Located in the heart of Panama City, Hostel Casa Areka provides a comfortable haven for language learners. Just steps away from the vibrant Calle Uruguay with a nearby bus that takes you to iconic sites like the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo. When you're not studying, you can unwind in the lovely pool area, shaded by palm trees and the perfect spot to lounge on sun chairs or sway in a hammock - maybe even with a Spanish book?

Serious language learners thrive in Panama, but there is so much more to discover. The city is filled with cultural exhibitions, museums, and historical landmarks, but we definitely recommend seeing all that Panama has to offer. Just beyond the skyscrapers lies the tropical rainforest with lots of nature to explore, and a short boat ride off the coast you'll find the San Blas archipelago - a true tropical paradise - all within reach of Panama City.

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Learn Spanish in Ecuador while backpacking in South America

If you are looking for a fun and adventurous way to learn Spanish, Baños is a perfect destination. Baños is a small town surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and hot springs, where you can try a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, rafting, and zip-lining. But there's more! Be sure to also visit the nearby thermal baths, visit the local markets, and taste the delicious cuisine and sweets of the region.

Our Spanish classes in Baños are for all levels and ages, taught by professional and enthusiastic teachers, who will help you master the language and discover the Ecuadorian culture. You will study in a cozy and comfortable hostel, where you will feel at home and meet other travellers from different countries. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer in a local project, where you will practise your Spanish and make a positive impact on the community.

Learning Spanish in Baños is not only a language experience, but also a life experience. You will find yourself in a diverse environment, where you will challenge yourself and have fun every day. Studying here will allow you to connect with the friendly and hospitable people, who will share their customs and stories with you - giving you not only improved Spanish skills but also a new perspective on the world. 


Improve your Spanish in Granada, the capital of Nicaragua

If you are looking for a meaningful and rewarding way to learn Spanish, Granada in Nicaragua is a great choice. Granada is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Latin America, with a rich history and culture. It's also home to lots of colonial architecture and monuments, a very lively atmosphere and enjoys a great location nearby the Masaya and Mombacho volcanoes and lakes. 

In Granada we work with Casa Xalteva, a non-profit organisation that offers high-quality Spanish courses and volunteer opportunities. You can study in a friendly and supportive environment, with small and personalised classes that suit your needs and interests. Your efforts contribute to a noble cause, as the profits generated by the Spanish courses all go to a project that helps disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the local community. By taking a Spanish course in Granada, you'll help to provide them with education, nutrition, and recreation, and make a positive difference in their lives.

Learning Spanish in Granada is not only a language experience, but also a cultural one. You will really get to know this fascinating and diverse city, while connecting with the locals, who will welcome you with open arms and share their stories with you - all in Spanish, of course. Without your new and improved language skills, you wouldn't have the same experience, and it's a great example of slow travel. Stay a little longer in one place, improve yourself, and give back a little to your host country. 


Take Spanish lessons while enjoying Buenos Aires in Argentina

Last but not least, we need to talk about the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires. What better way to kick off your South American journey than by learning Spanish, the key to many locked doors on the continent? Join our Spanish school in the heart of Buenos Aires, complemented by accommodation at one of the super social Milhouse hostels. Here, in the middle of the lively atmosphere and diverse backpackers' community, you'll have many opportunities to practise your Spanish skills while building friendships with people from around the globe.

Our group courses cater to travellers looking for a dynamic and engaging learning experience. Through the interactive teaching methods, you'll quickly find yourself having actual conversations in Spanish with confidence, whether you're just starting out or you've already picked up some Spanish and are aiming to become fluent. Choose from flexible 1 to 4-week courses tailored to your learning goals. And you're welcome to stay as long as you like. We do suggest you travel beyond Buenos Aires, as you'll find the Argentinians to be so welcoming - especially if you speak a little of their language. Our courses are designed so you're ready to make the most of your adventures in South America, and help you experience the true Latin culture.


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