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

Program Details

Language Level
BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Immersion Level
Standard
Class Size
Small Class (1-7)
Weekly Classroom Hours
12
Housing
Guesthouse Lodge
Age Min.
16

Pricing

Starting Price
470
Price Details
All of our programs are structured differently but they offer exceptional value by always including the following core components throughout your entire stay:

🏠 Shared Accommodation
👨🏻‍🏫 Spanish Classes
💃🏻 Salsa Classes
🥙 Breakfast & Lunch
🏕️ Game Nights & Activities at Casa Jakera
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Visa
Oct 26, 2023
Jan 04, 2020
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About Program

Immerse yourself in the heart of Havana at 'Casa Jakera' and embrace the Cuban capital's vibrant culture while you learn Spanish. Your daily routine will consist of way more than just classes however, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of the city's charming streets and historic sites.

While your primary focus is mastering Spanish, our programs offer a genuine cultural immersion in the Latin American lifestyle, featuring engaging activities and meaningful volunteer work. Whether you're eager to master the art of salsa or contribute to vital community projects, we most defintely have the right program for you ranging from 1 to 12 weeks and combining different activities, also beyond just Cuba, in one of our camps in Costa Rica and Guatemala.

What else are you waiting for? Join us and make unforgettable memories!

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Program Highlights

  • 🫂 All Levels Welcome – Start as a complete beginner or an advanced speaker
  • 📆 Flexible Start Dates – Programs start every week, all year long
  • 🇪🇸 Quality Standards – Professionally-certified, native Spanish-speaking teachers
  • 💰 Best Value – No extra fees for core elements of your program such as Spanish and salsa classes, accommodation, volunteering sessions or lunch and breakfast
  • 🏷️ Tailored Offer – Choose one of our travel programs ranging from 1 to 12 weeks and combining Spanish and salsa classes and volunteering

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Program Reviews

4.78 Rating
based on 32 reviews
  • 5 rating 78.13%
  • 4 rating 21.88%
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  • Impact 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 4.75
  • Housing 4.6
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.65
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.7
  • Instruction 4
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Value 4.5
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Sandra
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best cuban experience!

I really enjoyed my time in Cuba and I have Jakera to thank for that! The staff makes you feel very welcome and you get to be a part of the Jakera family very quickly. As a solo traveler, it's so nice to feel that you have people around you that you can trust and also have fun with. Leonel and Leandro are super kind and helpful, they will help you with anything you need. The rest of the staff are also very nice and as a tourist it's nice to get to know and spend time with the local people. I also had so much fun with the other "clients" that I met there. I enjoyed the spanish lessons I had with Laritza, she really pushed me to talk spanish and gave me the confidence that i needed. I would absolutley recommend others to visit Jakera Cuba!!

What would you improve about this program?
I really enjoyed the cultural walks and i wish that some of them would be longer. I felt that some of them were too short while others were perfect when it comes to time, the locations and the information the guide would give us.
Also, i found the dancing teachers at Casa del son to be unprofessional with the girls. That was upseting for me to hear since I was serious and actually was there to learn the dance. Some girls were offended and didn't want to go back there.
78 people found this review helpful.
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Ofra
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Havana at its best

The hostel was really nice and in the heart of Havana. The staff explained everything really well and you dive right into the Spanish and dance classes. The culture walks were also a really nice way to explore the city with your new friends. The spanish teachers will also do the culture walks which creates a really nice bond with them, they are really a part of the experience as well. Everything was arranged very well! If you are travelling further trough Cuba the staff is very helpfull in arranging whatever you need. This can be very handy when you visit Cuba and your spanish is not so good. The program is quite flexible, adaptions are possible.
Overall, it was a really great time with so many wonderful people! Really an unforgetable experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't hesitate just go for it! The experience will be really good
77 people found this review helpful.
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Janil
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

What an experience!

From researching and travel planning to our arrival and departure we had an awesome time! Tim and his staff were professional and responded quickly to our concerns. Our casa particular & señora Amy (love love love) you'll become family before you leave. Casa jakera: awesome cooks, food was amazing! Met some new friends from all over the world! Classes were great and helped refreshen my Spanish speaking skills. Overall the city is beautiful the staff is awesome amazing music art food scenery. Loved the culture and can't wait to go back!

**Prices were VERY reasonable compared to other companies**

What would you improve about this program?
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112 people found this review helpful.
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Leah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unexpected Kindness and Inspiration

Jakera Cuba is like a good home away from home; offering most of what you imagine a happy and healthy family would offer a family member and a guest. Cleanliness, comfortable mattresses, home-made healthy fresh food and support and inspiration to explore and be fearless locally because you know the Jakera team, and the kind and interesting and intelligent guests they attract, are there for you if you ask or they see you need it. Cuba, Havana was a last minute spontaneous trip to a place where I knew no one so I did have my concerns (but mostly about me) which were totally unfounded. Jakera's expert hospitality and the excellent courses and local dance classes coupled with my own fearlessness, discoveries and adventures made for my best adventure so far; sorry India and Sri Lanka I still love you and will return. Soon I hope to travel to Costa Rica with Jakera and hopefully see Panama too. 100% Jakera will be a fantastic experience and service.

112 people found this review helpful.
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Urvi
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best way to experience Cuba:)

I found Jakera online and loved my two weeks there! I used the shared accommodation and shared my room with 5 girls, the staff kept it very clean, my bed was comfortable and we had air conditioning. I am a vegetarian and they did a great job accommodating me. The dance was my absolute favorite part, they give you many options to choose from. My Spanish teacher was awesome as were all the great friends I made! Highly recommend:)

112 people found this review helpful.
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Rachel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Cuba Will Steal Your Heart

There are some trips that you remember fondly, some you might look back on as exhausting, and then there are those that actually change your life, heart, and perspective forever. Jakera's Learn Spanish & Volunteer is absolutely this last option. With a combination of a thoughtfully built and well-run program, and the setting of the absolutely unforgettable and unique Cuba, I promise you will find these 6 weeks too short.
The program was 2 weeks in Havana taking Spanish classes in the morning and then having a cultural activity in the afternoon (either a salsa class - my FAVORITE! - or an interesting cultural tour around important sites in Havana), then 2 weeks volunteering in a beautiful small beach town called Playa Giron (where the Bay of Pigs happened), and then the final 2 weeks back in Havana taking Spanish classes again and volunteering with local programs.
Housing both in Havana and in Playa Giron was in a central location, comfortable, clean, and community-building (without wifi and with travelers from all over the world, people build a close knit community so quickly and easily). Every single night people in the house would either sit on the terrace, play cards, talk for hours, go out dancing, go for a walk around the city, go for a drink, walk the Malecon, etc. No boring moments when there are always people around wanting to explore and experience Cuba with you!
The Cuban staff is AMAZING. They make you feel welcome, comfortable, invited, at home, and like family. The Spanish teachers are professionals who are well-trained in Spanish instruction and also always open to suggestions. They are helpful and warm, and they make you laugh constantly. The house staff will even also help you plan out travels you might want to do around Cuba on your own, after the program has ended!
The volunteer opportunities were varied and purposeful; construction, wildlife preservation, cultural activities with children, aiding art programs, and more. The program is still growing, so I know they will be continuing to look for even more ways to get involved although we already stayed quite busy!

I know people always want to hear about the "cons" as well, but I didn't experience many. The "cons" as far as I could tell were all things that were simply "Cuba," not the program. For example, the heat and humidity - not Jakera's fault, but certainly made work more exhausting in the summer months. At times the water or electricity would have a moment when it would go out, but it would always come back on before long. Also one volunteer program changed things on us at the last minute. But this is just Cuban culture - they don't adhere to specific schedules very often. The Jakera staff was always ready with a Plan B if this happened, and always kept a positive mood going.

Overall, I absolutely loved this program. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to give back to the community and actually experience (not just pass through as a tourist) an entirely new culture while traveling. Cuba is a magically unique place. I have traveled a lot, and I can honestly say I've never been anywhere so special. Planning a return trip as I write this, and will go through Jakera again!

109 people found this review helpful.
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Hamish
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My first cigar

After a long 2 hour trip to Viñales,we had a spot of lunch, and got ready to go horseriding through the scenic valley there.The mountains were amazing,with lush green trees all around, contrasted with orange sand everywhere.As uncomfortable as the horses were, it was an enthralling experience to canter through such an amazing place as a way to go sightseeing. After a while, i started seeing these straw huts everywhere.I later learned from the tour guide they were tobacco curing houses, places for tobacco leaves to dry, to make into cigars. I heard we were going to see a cigar farmer,and we would have an opportunity to buy some. We all reached a small hut where a farmer gave us all a sample cigar, dipped in honey, because thats what they traditionally do there. I never had a cigar before that, however, i thought it was fantastic. we saw him roll them in front of us, and we then had them in the most amazing setting, it was a real ethnic experience. I subsequently bought 20 of them for 60 cuc, however no cigar experience could ever match that same feeling of my first cigar, in Viñales.

108 people found this review helpful.
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Jordan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Visit to Cuba

Thought it was a great program and got to learn a lot of Spainish and loads about Cuban culture there is so much to experience in this amazing country the cars,the beaches,the dancing,the people who are kind and friendly. Everywhere you go there is fun reggaeton music coming from the bicycle taxis and cars and the colours and design of the buildings is both eyecatching and beautiful. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to have fun,experience a new culture or learn or improve upon their Spainish

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe more time in viñales
102 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi thanks for getting intouch - Although our programs are attended by mainly young travellers we are also kid and family friendly and have suitable rooms or studios for family’s and can tailor any of our programs to suite . We are a big family at Jakera and all are welcome , Xc