Location
  • Cuba
    • Havana
Length
1 to 12 weeks
Language
Spanish

Program Details

Language Level
BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Immersion Level
Intensive
Class Size
Small Class (1-7)
Weekly Classroom Hours
15
Housing
Hostel
Age Min.
18

Pricing

Starting Price
395
Price Details
Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 receive intensive Spanish tuition comprising 3 x 45-minute lessons spaced with 15-minute breaks.

Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher. On the first morning, there is a short test to establish your level and requirements.

Welcome camino on arrival to learn about the neighborhood including services such as money change and internet.

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

Meals – breakfast & lunch included.
What's Included
Accommodation Classes Meals
What's Included (Extra)

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
Activities Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Not Included (Extra)

Private taxi/airport transfer on arrival USD 40. 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.

Dec 06, 2023
May 07, 2024
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About 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 neoclassical 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 neighborhood. 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.

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Program Highlights

  • 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.

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Staying in a Casa Particulare in the heart of Old Havana, learn Spanish in the mornings Monday to Friday. While in the afternoons enjoy dance classes and culture excursions. Weekend trips feature the beach and a two-night weekend road trip to Viñales (four week program only).

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Instruction 4.85
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.45
  • Value 4.75
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Björn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Bildungsurlaub (educational leave)

A friend and I booked the course through Tim of Corazon Cuba. Tim showed a lot of patience and good humor as we send a lot of mails correcting mistakes of previous emails and reasking question (traveling through india is mentally not a good time to book anything I learned...). But in the end we arrived in La Habana, got picked up by a nice taxi driver and had two amazing weeks. The course was on the rooftop of the school, so sunscreen and a cap were mandatory materials for class. Jose was an incredible teacher, also showing us La Habana and giving us tips where to go after class. The class itself was very intense (most of A1 and A2 in two weeks) but also very interesting and funny. The whole crew was amazing and most evenings we spent relaxing on said rooftop and just enjoying life with the other very cool students.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
due to the inflation and difference between official exchange rate and the black market: bring a lot of cash
Pros
  • learning the language including slang
  • vibes
  • La Habana cocktails
Cons
  • we had a great room for the course time and spend 2 nights more in a horrible room
8 people found this review helpful.
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Thomas
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Corazon Cuba

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the Corazon Cuba experience. What stood out the most were the exceptional friendliness of the staff and the effective leadership and coordination provided by Leo, which included arranging excursions, taxis, and restaurant recommendations. The central location in Havana Vieja was perfect. The quality of the food and coffee was excellent, and I particularly appreciated the casual dining atmosphere. The teaching staff was excellent, patient and relatable. I highly recommend Corazon Cuba, and I have already suggested it to others here in the United States. The only areas of improvement that I can think of would be to provide Wi-Fi/Internet access.

14 people found this review helpful.
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Maggie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I would love to return!

tl;dr If you're hesitant about going, go. This was safe and a truly unique experience, and I had a wonderful time.

This program is great! Here is a general idea of how the days went:
Monday-Friday: 8am breakfast, 9am-noon Spanish classes, noon-1pm lunch, rest of the day is free (sometimes there were guided excursions at various times depending on the activity).
Weekends: Breakfast and lunch provided but otherwise on your own.

Food:
I have a sensitive stomach and was concerned about not having a lot of control over that. The staff is extremely accomodating and I did not have any tummy troubles in my week there! I'm lactose intolerant and do not eat red meat, which they easily accomodated. There was another person there who had Celiac's, and she also did not have any issues. They have filtered water available as well. I brought a Life Straw but didn't need it.

Lodging:
While I was there, everyone else had paid to upgrade to private rooms so I ended up having a private room myself! There is AC in the rooms which I did not know about the first night. They provide you with a basic pillow, fitted sheet, and flat sheet. I can't imagine sleeping with more than a flat sheet given the heat though. There is a small lock box for your belongings and a space to hang your clothing. The door of the hostel is always locked and there is always someone on staff, so I never felt like any of my belongings were at risk. There are multiple toilets and showers available to use, but bring everything you will need (they provide a small towel).

Spanish:
We took a placement test on the first day, which I was excited about. Because there weren't a ton of people during my week, we all had one-on-one lessons which was AMAZING. Everything was catered to my ability level. I took Spanish for several years in high school (and have a bachelors in linguistics--I'm a dork), and the amount of latent Spanish I was able to revive in this week was truly astonishing. I loved my lessons so much.

Staff:
The staff here feels like one big family. They speak varying degrees of English, but if you don't speak Spanish, you'll usually find at least one person who can act as an translator if need be. You can also practice your Spanish with any of them judgement-free. They truly made me feel so welcome.

Transportation:
Biggest recommendation besides to do this trip is to pay for the add-on for transportation to and from the airport. I like to travel and would never opt for this service, but it was so nice to have one less thing to worry about. Also, it was the only cab ride where I didn't get ripped off. There are no meters like we're used to in the US and they will overcharge you if you're a tourist (which ends up still being cheaper than an equivalent ride in the US).

Internet:
Assume you will not have access to internet. The wifi at the airport does not work. The wifi at most places that have wifi did not work for me. My understanding was that SIM cards could only be purchased with a credit card, and they do not take American cards. We were lucky to find a bar that had outstanding wifi and I used that to contact my family and check my email.

Safety:
I felt safe for the entirety of my stay. There is a ton of catcalling but it doesn't go beyond that. If you look like a foreigner, you will be approached often and people will try to scam you. People are not forceful though and you can always walk away. I had a cab try to overcharge my friend and I once after we had pre-agreed on the amount and we said no and were able to leave the cab. I wouldn't walk around late at night but yourself but I wouldn't recommend doing that pretty much anywhere. LIke I previously stated, the hostel itself is extremely safe as well.

Other info:
-Do your research beforehand. Assume nothing you need will be available here (shampoo, soap, tampons, medicine).
-Bring a small first aid kit. My must haves were aleve, claritin, and an anti-itch cream (I got quite a few bug bites).
-I went the first week of June. This is the off-season for tourism as it tends to be excessively hot and humid, and is the start of hurricane season. If you come during this time, bring more clothing than you will need as you will sweat through just about everything. (Also, I would honestly consider returning during this timeframe because despite how terribly hot it was, there are less people)
-Wait to exchange your money until you get to the hostel. Make sure all of your bills do not have writing or rips/tears.
-Download maps.me and download the map for Cuba so it will work offline.
-I booked some afternoon excursions through Airbnb and was so glad I did. The excursions the staff offers are great, but if you're looking for something more specialized, you can book it yourself. Make sure you do this all before you leave, as you will likely not be able to access Airbnb while you're in the country.
-Make sure to bring donativos!
-If you're a light sleeper, maybe bring earplugs.
-While it is safe, leave your jewelry or nice handbags at home. Cuba is extremely poor and it just looks like you're flaunting your wealth. I saw people (not in this program thankfully) doing this and it was embarrassing.
-Have an open mind and you will have a fantastic experience!

Pros
  • Quality language instruction
  • Safe lodging
  • A truly unique experience
Cons
  • No internet
45 people found this review helpful.
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Tom
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish in Havana

I had initially only booked for one week but within a day added another week. This was because my teacher only spoke Spanish and my class consisted of 2 students only. So, I had the chance to learn a lot and I did. Another bonus was that the students lived in the school and there was thus a lot of interaction and social events.
Havana was excellent too with music, food and so much to see.

Pros
  • small classes
  • communal living
  • excellent city to be in
Cons
  • some more prepared lesson material would have been beneficial
57 people found this review helpful.
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Jure
5/5
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

95 people found this review helpful.
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Sonja
5/5
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.

91 people found this review helpful.
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Chuck
5/5
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.

84 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Every visitor to Cuba is required to present a visa (also known as Tourist Card) on entry into Cuba. For visitors from US, Canada, Central American countries and the Caribbean - you are lucky! You can buy your visa at your departure airport - either when you check in or at the gate (transit passengers). Fees to buy the visa vary but range from $30 upwards. For US travellers this is the only...

We will generally accept your application and send a confirmation along with a request for a $200 booking deposit to secure your place with us. At this time we will also send you our Field Manual which includes useful information to help you prepare for the trip - including packing list and local contact details. We will also request your flight arrival details so we can arrange an airport...

Hey Victoria, Thanks for your questions. Flight fare is arranged by the students themselves, as is the visa. If you are flying from US, many airlines supply the visa with the flight ticket. We suggest confirming this with the airline in advance. Many thanks, Gar

Sorry - we only accept clients who stay in our accommodations. In the past we have had problems when clients stay elsewhere - we can't trace them if they don't show or are late for certain activities OR they may have problems with their accommodation hosts that we need to fix. We prefer to arrange accommodation as part of the package, that we know to be reliable and trouble free!