Location
  • Panama
    • Panama City
Length
1 to 52 weeks
Language
Spanish

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
Feb 25, 2021
Jul 02, 2022
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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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Program Highlights

  • Only school 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

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based on 15 reviews
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  • Instruction 9.8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 9.5
  • Value 9.9
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Luh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun Learning at Casco Antiguo Spanish School

I had the best time learning Spanish at Casco Antiguo Spanish school. The class was structured well, and the teachers, Hector and JJ, were enthusiastic and very helpful. They pushed us to learn but were always happy to answer our questions. I took an intensive course for two weeks with four hours of class each day. There were 3 students in the class. I thought four hours would seem a long time, but time just flew by. We learned sentence structures, grammar, and vocabulary through games and conversations. We had three field trips where we had the opportunity to communicate with the locals who were so friendly. I am definitely more confident communicating in Spanish now. Also, they provided ‘after-school’ free activities: bike tours, salsa classes, beach volleyball, and happy hour at one of the rooftop bars in Casco. These were always fun.

What impressed me most is when they said that they are your host for your trip to Panama, they meant it. David (the owner) and Tricia made sure my burner phone worked since my regular one was not compatible with the local SIM card. When I mentioned that this was my first time using Uber, they made sure the experience went smoothly. They arranged a homestay with the nicest lady, Ana Gloria, who went out of her way to make sure I had an enjoyable stay in Panama. The school also arranged for Roberto, to pick me up on arrival and drive me back to the airport on departure. Everyone in the school was friendly and helpful.

I was worried about traveling solo, but I am glad I did. Panamanians are the nicest people. Learning at the Casco Antiguo School was an amazing experience, and I would recommend it to anyone considering an immersion program in Spanish. If I had an opportunity, I would love to return to Casco Antiguo Spanish School and further my Spanish skills.

Pros
  • Excellent instructions
  • Wonderful and helpful staff
  • Located in an interesting part of town, where there are many fun things to do after school
Cons
  • None
2 people found this review helpful.
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Gene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Small, Intensive Intermediate Level Spanish Course at Casco Spanish School

My intermediate level Spanish class (small intensive, 3 students, 4 hours per day for 5 days) with Javier Villa was fantastic. Rather than simply forcing us into a template, it was obvious that Javier had taken the time to review our placement exams and immediately started with material that was appropriate at our level. Javier made a point of mixing outside activities, like a local scavenger hunt and a short tour of the Canal Museum, with the classroom language learning exercises, such as short reading and comprehension exercises and musical exercises for listening comprehension. I'm an American whose Spanish is largely self-taught - I found the class very engaging, interesting, and challenging. I'd highly recommend this class during an extended visit to Panama as a very useful tool for improving your Latin American Spanish skills.

Pros
  • Excellent instructor and staff
  • Good location for travelers/tourists
  • Excellent travel support, for example arranging transportation from airport
Cons
  • I can't think of any issues that I encountered during my work with the school.
4 people found this review helpful.
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Lisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

Great team, great teachers! I would recommend it for every level. The classes with JJ were very interesting and never boring. I took a 2-weeks-course and I feel like I improved a lot. The classes are in the morning from 8-12 or in the afternoon from 1-5. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The school is in the oldtown with a lot of great restaurants nearby. the school is small but absolutely sufficient. they also organize afternoon/evening activities, so it will never be boring. I would recommend the school!

4 people found this review helpful.
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Jonathan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great School

The Spanish school had great staff who were very knowledgable. They had a lot of very helpful tips that helped me learn more Spanish. I️ would recommend taking a few courses from them in order to increase you vocabulary from them. Overall I️ had a great experience with them and would recommend this program to anyone who is not fluent in Spanish.

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

An amazing experience in Casco Viejo

My family including my two teenagers spent a few days studying Spanish as Casco Antiguo. My husband and I are complete beginners and Erick was so patient and knowledgeable. He helped us learn the basics in a few short days. We are able to interact shop keepers and locals on our final day. Our teenagers had a blast, which is saying a lot for class on vacation. They are more advanced and became more confident speaking in conversation. On the last day their instructor sent them on a fun 'scavenger' hunt around Casco Viejo. They interviewed a police officer and navigated their way around the city asking the locals for help. We are definitely looking forward to returning.

Pros
  • The instructors
  • The curriculum
Cons
  • None!
7 people found this review helpful.
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Clara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Spanish School

Casco Antiguo Spanish School is a great Spanish school! I really loved the atmosphere, everybody was so lovely, welcoming and helpful! I enjoyed coming to the classes and as well going to the free activities after class. I was even able to go on a Gamboa Trip with two other students through the school, which was so much fun! I enjoyed being at Casco Antiguo Spanish School, which made it easier for me to improve my Spanish skills. Now I feel more confident to speak the Spanish and am able to talk with the locals, which is an amazing feeling.

Pros
  • Having fun learning a new language
  • Amazing staff and activities
  • You feel afterwards very confident to speak Spanish
10 people found this review helpful.
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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

4 weeks of learning Spanish for 4 hours a day!

I really enjoyed my 4 weeks learning Spanish at Casco Antiguo Spanish School in Casco Viejo. I learnt a lot, going from being a wobbly beginner to a still pretty wobbly intermediate speaker, but as we are living here now, I get lots of opportunities to practice and I will definitely go back for the odd week here and there to help me progress.

During my 4 weeks I had different classmates up to a maximum of 4. I liked learning as part of a group as it gives you a little bit of time to listen and write words down, and to think of what you are going to say next! The classes were a great mix of being taught grammar, having conversations about particular topics and doing exercises and games.

Also it was fun getting to know the other students, we were a real mix of ages and backgrounds. During my 4 weeks I was in a class with 3 nineteen year old boys; two from Brazil, one from England, two ladies of around my age (42) from the US and one older guy also from the US.

Our teacher Katy was particularly good at writing up interesting vocabulary on the white board as we went along, clearly explaining the grammar (almost entirely in Spanish!) and helping us generate loads of examples to get familiar with new verbs and tenses. She also set us a bit of homework everyday to help cement new knoweldge.

I loved going into Casco Viejo everyday, my kids are at school there at The Casco School, so it was fun for me to be able to go in with them on the school bus. The old city is absolutely charming. I love it's narrow cobbled streets and old buildings. And there's loads of little restaurants and bars to have a quick recovery beer in after class!

The language school puts on a daily evening activity from 5pm, bike tours, happy hour pub crawl, salsa lessons but as I have 3 kids I never got the chance to do this. Maybe I will one day!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I loved our trip to the Mola Museum in Cacso Viejo. It was a field trip one morning, We walked 5 minutes to a lovely modern museum and saw the fascinating multi-layered textile art made by Guna women - an indigineous group here in Panama.

We heard how the bright, complex patterns are made to ward off evil spirits by confusing them - and some of them certainly had that affect on me! Particularly the 3D video box where you can lie down and look at the patterns, I couldn't even go near it. All I can deduce is that I am probably a (not very) evil spirit - but bad enough to be repelled by Molas!

https://www.magnoliapanama.com/mola-museum-in-casco-viejo-panama/
25 people found this review helpful.
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best place to learn Spanish!

We planned on taking Spanish lessons at this Spanish language school for one week, but ended up staying three weeks because we liked the school, teachers and lessons so much. The quality of the lessons is very good and the after-class activities are a lot of fun. The atmosphere in the school is really nice and we quickly felt at home. Also, the staff has always been helpful to us when we needed Panama-travel advice :) So we would 100% recommend taking Spanish lessons at Casco Antiguo Spanish School.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure you don't miss the bike tour with Kiki!
22 people found this review helpful.

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