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.