Learn Spanish in Old Havana, Cuba - 1 or 2 weeks

1 to 12 weeks
Min. 18 years
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About This Program

Learn Spanish in Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with atmosphere, music and dance. Homestay with a Cuban family in a vibrant maze of neoclassical buildings. This program is based in ‘Habana Vieja’ – the heart of the historic old Havana and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is a myriad of gorgeous neo classical buildings packed with local people living cheek by jowl.

At street level there is a constant buzz with musicians plying their trade in the many fantastic bars to be found in this popular neighbourhood. The area is VERY safe, and you will quickly feel comfortably at home. There are lots of interesting shops and quirky art galleries here and most of Cuba’s cultural heritage including national museums also.


  • Intensive Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings, leaving the afternoons, evenings and weekends free to enjoy this amazing country.
  • Live in the heart of Old Habana - the most exciting, vibrant and fun neighbourhood in Habana. Price includes half board.
  • 18+ program - but minors (inc families) are welcome if accompanied. We welcome all nationalities including US citizens - this program qualifies under US travel restrictions 'Support the Cuban People' category.
  • All Cuban crew will help you feel at home and help you learn about Cuba's past and present.
  • Discover Cuba - walking tours/cultural excursions to learn more about this amazing country.

Our ‘Learn Spanish in Habana Vieja’ 1 or 2 week program has been crafted to maximize your time in Old Havana (a UNESCO World
Heritage Site). Upon arrival at Havana International Airport you are picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particulares* or hostel. This is your home in

Casa Jakera was opened at the end of 2015 and features shared air conditioned bedrooms, separate shower and toilet facilities, dining rooms and lots of comfortable indoor and outdoor space (including spacious roof terrace). Here can hang out with new friends or chill on your own to enjoy the cool breezes and great views of the streets below. As with most of Havana you will
enjoy taking in the atmosphere in this central location which is truly unique.

Monday to Friday’s intensive Spanish lessons take place shortly after breakfast. Your teacher is licensed and on day one you receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. Lessons take the format of 3 x 45 minute lessons each morning, with 15 minute breaks to refresh, making approximately 3 hours of Spanish lessons each day – 15 hours per week. Lessons are held from 09:00
sharp, Monday to Friday at Casa Jakera.

There are many activities and excursions to occupy your free time. Your host at the Casa will advise you, and we list some of these in the section ‘Excursions’ below.

This program runs from Sunday until Sunday. However, you are welcome to arrive early and/or extend.

What's Included
More info on what's included:

Intensive Spanish tuition comprising 3 x 45 minute lessons.
Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher.

Accommodation Sunday to Sunday (7 nights) in a shared room.

Meals – breakfast & lunch included.

What's Not Included
Some Meals
SIM cards
Travel Insurance
More info on what's not included:

Dinner – there is a restaurant boom going on in Cuba with Parladares and Peso Café’s opening to visitors for the first time. Cuban’s and long-term travelers on a budget are the target market, so there are lots of characterful, good value eateries.

Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. However, the licensing regime has recently been extended to include larger hostal style accommodation. Casa Jakera falls under this latter category and whether you stay at Casa Jakera or another Casa Particulare
breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons are taken at Casa Jakera.

Breakfast and lunch are included in program costs. Cuban cuisine features Native American Taino, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences, and typically includes a combination of rice and beans, vegetables, and either pork or chicken.



One Week
$345 USD
Two Weeks
$690 USD


Cuban Peso
82 F / 66 F
88 F / 70 F
90 F / 75 F
84 F / 68 F
José Martí International Airport
( HAV )

Havana has always been a hotbed for tourism; however, with the bans on U.S. citizens, this has decreased. There are still a large number of tourists that go to this colorful city every year including U.S. citizens for more volunteer projects.

Hosted by Corazon Cuba

Corazon Cuba are based in the heart of Old Habana where we run programs combining learning Spanish, 'dance & discover' cultural excursions and meaningful volunteering to help you maximise your time in this amazing country. Cuba is a country like no other - gorgeous neo-classical buildings rubbing alongside primary coloured classic American cars...

Corazon Cuba
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based on 3 reviews
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  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 10
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recomended

I spent 10 days in the school in Havana vieja. Had a great time there. All the staff is very reliable, helpful and good teachers. Learning spanish was efficient in relaxing way and funny at the same time. After one week program of spanish lessons I decided to prolong it for another week with volunteering work and was great decision. So after spanish in the morning we went to the school and in afternoon helping children in primary school with basic english. Thanks to all of the staff and participants.... Jure

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Yes, I recommend this program

Spanischunterricht mit vielen Erlebnissen

Translated by Go Overseas:

I met a lot of new friends on the first day, and I was immediately accepted into the group. The lessons were great and very individual, first with a classmate, later I even had individual lessons. The teachers are very competent and speak English very well. In the evening people go out to eat together, especially if you are traveling alone, a very nice way to connect. In this way you experience a country much more intensely. I can recommend this language school and hostel to everyone.

Original Review:

Schon am ersten Tag habe ich viele neue Freunde kennengelernt, ich war sofort aufgenommen in die Gruppe. Der Unterricht war spitze und sehr individuell, zuerst mit einem Mitschüler, später hatte ich sogar Einzelunterricht. Die Lehrer sind sehr kompetent, sprechen auch sehr gut englisch. Abends wird zusammen essen gegangen, gerade wenn man alleine auf reisen ist, eine sehr schöne Möglichkeit, Anschluss zu finden. Auf diese Weise erlebt man ein Land viel intensiver. Ich kann diese Sprachenschule und das Hostel jedem empfehlen.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Lucky to have found these guys

I feel compelled to leave a great review for these guys. Tim and Roxandra have set up a phenomenal program here. This city has so much to offer in terms of history, music, art, and a fascinating culture; Corazon Cuba and Casa Jakera provide the perfect jumping-off point whether you are naturally an independent traveler or require a little more structure. Special thanks to the Casa Jakera teachers, specifically Dalber, who was such an interesting and honest person to ask questions to. The tour guides, including Dayron, were a lot of fun to walk the city with. Leonel and Leandro were both very helpful in helping me find the people and places I was looking for. Another note: I was initially apprehensive about attending the included salsa classes, but I highly recommend them (a) because the teachers are funny as hell and (b) because you're going to need at least a foundational understanding of salsa if you want to find yourself in the more local nightlife which will require that you understand the basic steps. It seemed like every day was more fun than the last. I could go on forever about how enjoyable my time there was. Thanks again to the whole team.


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