Location
  • Panama
    • Panama City
Length
1 to 52 weeks
Language
Spanish
Health & Safety

Program Details

Language Level
Beginner
Immersion Level
Intensive Standard
Class Size
Small Class (1-7)
Weekly Classroom Hours
20
Housing
Apartment Guesthouse Host Family Hostel Hotel
Age Min.
15

Pricing

Starting Price
195
Price Details
Cost of each week of Small Group Intensive Course varies depending on the number of weeks you sign up for. The prices for the course are from $249 to $195 per week for the 20 hours depending on the number of weeks you sign up for.
What's Included
Activities Classes Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Free Daily Social Activities (Sunset Bike Tour, Salsa Class, Happy Hour, Beach Volleyball)

What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare
Nov 22, 2023
Apr 04, 2024
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About Program

Located in the UNESCO world heritage site of Casco Viejo, the safest neighborhood in Panama City and one of the coolest in Latin America. The Small Group Intensive is the school’s most popular course and the fastest way to learn Spanish in the shortest time possible.

Small class sizes, avg. 2 or 3 students per group and max of 4, ensure you get personalized attention and can practice speaking. From total beginners to advanced speakers we offer groups at all levels. The classes are very interactive and focused on conversation, to ensure you have the confidence to speak the language.

The course includes a workbook/textbook, free coffee, tea, wifi, and all the material we use in class as well as free daily activities such as sunset bike ride, brewery tour, salsa lessons, and volleyball. These activities are a great way to meet other students and practice your Spanish outside of class.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Casco Antiguo Spanish School recognizes the importance of culturally responsive teaching, recognizing and addressing systemic biases in education, fostering inclusive classroom environments, and providing access to resources and opportunities that promote equity and diversity. As language educators we aim to contribute to creating a more equitable and inclusive educational system that uplifts BIPOC communities.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Casco Antiguo Spanish School actively supports LGBTQIA+ causes in Panama (our founder is a board member of Panama's "It Get's Better" foundation) and aims to create a welcoming and safe environment for all of our students. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals, creating a safe space where all students can express their true selves while learning a new language.

Neurodivergent Support

At Casco Antiguo Spanish School we are dedicated to providing inclusive and supportive learning environments for neurodivergent individuals. Our experienced instructors are trained to accommodate diverse learning styles, ensuring that every student, regardless of their neurodiversity, can thrive in our language programs. We offer personalized support and resources to help neurodivergent learners excel in their language studies and achieve their language learning goals.

Accessibility Support

We are dedicated to ensuring accessibility for all. We provide a range of accommodations to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, including accessible facilities, materials in various formats, and support services. Our goal is to make language learning an inclusive experience, where everyone can participate fully and thrive in their language studies.

Impact

Sustainability

Casco Antiguo Spanish School is deeply committed to sustainability. We integrate eco-friendly practices into our operations, from using energy efficient bulbs to recycling and reducing waste. By fostering a culture of environmental responsibility, we aim to not only teach languages but also inspire our students to become global citizens who contribute to a more sustainable future.

Ethical Impact

At our language school, ethical impact is at the core of our mission. We prioritize responsible sourcing of materials, fair employment practices, and community engagement. Through our programs, we aim to empower students with not only language skills but also a strong sense of ethical responsibility and social awareness, fostering a positive impact both locally and globally.

Program Highlights

  • Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo, the safest neighborhood in Panama
  • Guaranteed small group size, average of 2 to 3 people and maximum of 4 students per group
  • Free daily social activities included, Sunset Bike Tour, Salsa Class, Happy Hour, Beach Volleyball
  • Volunteer placements at local non-profit organizations offered free for students
  • Social Enterprise, percentage of your tuition supports local non-profits, and 100% of Homestay fees go directly to families

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Instruction 4.95
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.8
  • Value 5
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Patrick
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolute Must

Having attended Casco Antiguo Spanish School, for a four week intensive beginners class, I now find myself with a firm foundation from which to continue my Spanish journey here in Panamá. A combination of class size, conducive learning environment, and the professionalism and skill of all the staff resulted in an interactive and successful programme. Afterschool leisure activities further facilitate language practice and socialisation. Highly recommend the school! Without a doubt I will be back for more classes in the not so distant future!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get stuck in! Whether in a group or one to one lessons you will benefit yourself with a solid base in understanding Spanish. Make sure to join activities and practice whatever you know when you can.
Pros
  • Interactive Environment
  • Social
  • Informative
4 people found this review helpful.
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Carol
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience, Highly Recommend!

I spent a wonderful week at Casco Antiguo Spanish School. They made it both educational and fun, including daily "field" trips to visit a local museum or market and encourage us to use our Spanish to ask questions of the local people.
Our teacher was excellent, and the classes are small (just 2 in mine). It's in a beautiful neighborhood and felt very safe.
I've been to four Spanish schools, and while this place isn't fancy, it's the best "bang for the buck" that I've experienced. Highly recommend!

10 people found this review helpful.
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Janet
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing school

I spent a week at Casco Antiguo and really had a wonderful time. I found the teachers and the staff to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. Our class time was spent talking and learning. Our teacher used games, textbook, and real world examples to help us learn. I loved going to museums and learning new vocabulary along with local and national history. Learning about Casco history really enhanced our class time. The sunset bike ride was amazing. I hope to attend the school again in the future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely take advantage of the evening extra social opportunities. I loved the sunset bike tour and met students in other classes.
Pros
  • knowledgeable teachers
  • friendly staff
  • wonderful location
9 people found this review helpful.
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Janet
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing school

I spent a week at Casco Antiguo and really had a wonderful time. I found the teachers and the staff to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. Our class time was spent talking and learning. Our teacher used games, textbook, and real world examples to help us learn. I loved going to museums and learning new vocabulary along with local and national history. Learning about Casco history really enhanced our class time. The sunset bike ride was amazing. I hope to attend the school again in the future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely take advantage of the evening extra social opportunities. I loved the sunset bike tour and met students in other classes.
Pros
  • knowledgeable teachers
  • friendly staff
  • wonderful location
9 people found this review helpful.
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Claudia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Enjoyed this experience

First of all the school is located in Casco Viejo, but the modern city is just a short bike and even walk away and the metro station is not that far either, I walked to it. The staff at the school is just wonderful. You are supported in any and every way you need to be. I took one-on-one classes and got to work on what I needed to. Javier zeroed in on my level and what I needed to advance in order to express myself better. I left with knowing what I can and need to do on my own and with a teacher....maybe internet class, to keep moving forward, which is what I want to do.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Cinta Costera
Pros
  • Location
  • Staff
  • Activities
Cons
  • It'a hot in Panama, but the classrooms are air conditioned.
  • It's humid in Panama, but the classrooms are air conditioned.
  • I can't think of any other cons.
11 people found this review helpful.
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Nancy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Casco Antiguo Spanish School

A great place to learn or improve your Spanish skills. They really focus on listening and verbal skills. By the end of my 5 weeks I had advanced significantly in comprehension and speaking.
There is much to see and do in the Casco Viejo area in addition to the after school activities organized by the school. The Amadore Causeway is a great place to watch ships enter/exit the canal. Rent a bike on Sundays and ride the Cinta Costera bike path. Also, Ubers are inexpensive, Overall a great educational and fun experience.

10 people found this review helpful.
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Cindy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic School!

can't say enough good things about Casco Antiguo Spanish school! Our instructor was great! Everyone there was so nice and helpful all the time. The instruction was excellent, they have very small classes (only 2 in ours) so we received very personal instruction..and I loved that each day we walked to an activity during class to not only practice or Spanish but to learn more about the Panamanian culture. They also had great evening activities everyday for anyone that wanted to join in! ITruly, The best ever!

11 people found this review helpful.
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Laura
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Place to Learn Spanish!

I am so glad that I decided to enroll in a class at Casco Antiguo Spanish School. They provided such a safe and comfortable environment to learn Spanish. They have events every day of the week if you are looking for social activities to participate in. My teacher Massiel was fantastic, and even though I was very much a beginner, I improved a lot in the week that I was there. The school is also set in a beautiful and historic part of Panama City which served as the perfect backdrop for practicing Spanish outside the classroom. Recommend to anyone!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was scared to come to class the first day since my prior knowledge of Spanish was almost non-existent, but as soon as I stepped through the doors at Casco Antiguo I felt so welcomed. Class started off with the basics and it was easy to begin picking it up.
11 people found this review helpful.

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